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CFO of the Year: Linda Sinnett
ESU Alum Linda Sinnett was named CFO of the Year by the Kansas City Business Journal.
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ESU Marketing Club Fundraiser-Tuesday, October 22
School of Business Academic Advisor donates to Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Academic Advisor for the School of Business, Deena Wilson donated 10 inches of her locks to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, an organization that partners with the American Cancer Society to help women who are battling cancer. To-date this organization has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks. “In the past few years, I have had friends who have battled with Cancer, and their fight has inspired me to make this type of donation,” remarked Wilson. This is not the first time that Wilson has donated. “I have donated to Locks of Love twice before”, Wilson said “I think both are great places to donate your hair, so I just wanted to give to both”. For more information on Pantene Beautiful Lengths please visit http://www.pantene.com/en-US/PanteneBeautifulLengths/Pages/default.aspx
School of Business Waives GMAT requirement based on students GPA
The School of Business has added a waiver to the GMAT admissions requirement for all School of Business Graduate Programs (except MSBE) starting in the spring semester of 2014. Requirements for the waiver are: Applicants who have an overall GPA of 3.50 or better from an AACSB-accredited undergraduate program are exempt from their having to take the GMAT or GRE. “Historically the GMAT exam helps Universities identify skills that students need to be successful in graduate programs. When looking at schools and colleges that are AACSB-accredited, such as the School of Business at Emporia State University, it is recognized that students follow a rigorous curriculum. The School of Business believes that students who have achieved this higher GPA from an AACSB-accredited school or college are already determined to have the academic abilities needed to complete our graduate programs” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business. “By waiving the GMAT requirement, the School of Business will remain competitive in graduate student recruitment and offer an additional component of flexibility during the admissions process to students that fulfill the criteria for the waiver”.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013
For more information, contact Dave Sparks, communications director, Emporia State University Alumni Association, email@example.com, 620-341-6479 (office), 620-339-9939 (cell).
Forward-thinking gift honors longtime Emporia State professor, heightens School of Business profile
EMPORIA, KAN. — A leadership gift enhancing Emporia State’s School of Business further demonstrates an Emporia couple’s lifelong commitment to the university and the community where it is located.
Motivating Dale and Carolyn Davis’s $100,000 gift to Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University is their belief in the potential of the School of Business to enhance the university and greater Emporia community while extending the school’s influence across Kansas and beyond.
The gift recognizes the service and achievement of Dr. John C. Rich, professor of accounting and information systems and director of student affairs and alumni for the AACSB International-accredited School of Business.
“We want to express our appreciation for what Emporia State University has done for Carolyn and I and our family,” said Dale Davis. “It’s also our way of congratulating John Rich for his longtime service to Emporia State.”
“For me personally, this has been an overwhelming and humbling experience,” said Rich, a faculty member at Emporia State since 1968, and part of the leadership team for the Now & Forever campaign.
“The thoughtfulness of the Davises in recognizing me through this gift was unexpected and is one of the most meaningful things that I have ever experienced,” Rich continued.
The Emporia State Foundation hosted a reception at Emporia State’s Sauder Alumni Center on Friday, Oct. 11 to announce the gift and publicly thank the Davises for their generosity. The event featured bell chimes echoing from Silent Joe, the tower housing the bell that serves as audible evidence of success in the University’s comprehensive fund-raising campaign, echoing its “Silent No More” theme.
The Davises’ gift will support strategic marketing initiatives for the School of Business, including traditional materials such as viewbooks, pamphlets and newsletters. In addition, it will enable the school to deliver quality and effective advertising via channels never before possible, such as television, billboards and online.
“Their generosity means the School of Business will be able to extend its reach and heighten both the school and the quality programs we offer in Emporia, Kansas City and online. It’s a tremendous opportunity to further our marketing efforts,” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, School of Business dean.
For DenaSue Potestio, president/CEO of the Emporia State Foundation, the Davises’ gift celebrates the potential for future School of Business growth. “This is a leadership gift in the truest sense of philanthropy,” she said.
“Mr. and Mrs. Davis hope this gift will be an inspiration to other School of Business supporters to enhance their commitment,” Potestio continued.
“This is a wonderful example of how partnerships build success within the community,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State president. “Dale and Carolyn’s gift will make a profound difference in how the School of Business recruits and retains students and builds its reputation.”
Dale Davis is chairman of the board of directors of Sauder Custom Fabrication, specialists in the design and fabrication of custom vessels serving the world’s chemical, petrochemical, petroleum and power industries. A former member of the Emporia State Foundation board of trustees, he served on the search committee that helped select the current Foundation president. He is also a founding board member of the National Teachers Hall of Fame and is a member of the School of Business Council of Advisors. Carolyn Davis is retired from ESB Financial, where she served as vice president of marketing. Among other philanthropic gifts, the Davises have been major contributors to the Emporia Humanitarian Center, the Emporia Arts Council and numerous scholarships.
The couple has three children, two of whom earned elementary education degrees from Emporia State: Terri McAlister (BSE 1979) of Basehor and Becky Clopton Mayes (BSE 1983) of Emporia. Their son, Michael Davis, lives in Olpe and is employed at Sauder Custom Fabrication in sales.
AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, reaffirmed the Emporia State’s accreditation in 2012. AACSB accreditation is awarded to fewer than 5 percent of the world’s schools of business, and is a reflection of a commitment to quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.
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For more information, contact Dave Sparks, communications director, Emporia State University Alumni Association, firstname.lastname@example.org, 620-341-6479 (office), 620-339-9939 (cell).
Momentum building in ‘Now & Forever’ campaign with upcoming announcement
EMPORIA, KAN. — Emporia State University’s School of Business is the focus of the next celebratory bell-ringing event at Emporia State next Friday, Oct. 11.
“We’re excited to invite the community to help us celebrate a leadership gift to the Now & Forever campaign,” said DenaSue Potestio, Foundation president and vice president for university advancement, noting that the festivities will include ringing Silent Joe, the bell in the stone tower southeast of Welch Stadium.
The gift recognizes the service and achievement of Dr. John C. Rich, professor of accounting and information systems and director of student affairs and alumni for the School of Business. Rich, a faculty member at Emporia State since 1968, is part of the leadership team for Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University.
Ringing the bell has become one of the campaign’s audible icons of success.
“Each time we receive a sizeable gift like the one we’re announcing next week, we ring Silent Joe to tell our supporters we’re ‘Silent No More,’” said Jennifer Denton, the Foundation’s vice president for administration and stewardship, echoing the comprehensive campaign’s theme.
“With this generous gift to the School of Business, we will be able to expand our reach and heighten our branding of both the School of Business and the quality programs we offer in Emporia, Kansas City and online,” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business.
The gift’s benefactors and their reasons for making it will be revealed during the celebration, scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at Sauder Alumni Center, 1500 Highland St., Emporia. The event is open to the public. RSVP to Michelle Corkins, email@example.com or 620-341-6460.
2013 Outstanding Recent Graduate - Jeremy Rusco
BSB 2006 – Business Administration
Emporia is cementing its status as a mecca for alternative sports, particularly with the work that Jeremy Rusco has accomplished in the past few years. Disc golf is said to be one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, partly because of Rusco’s work to promote the fast-growing sport.
Rusco owns Dynamic Discs in Emporia, a premier disc golf retailer that he started as an eBay company in 2005. The business has expanded from an attic to three different basements before settling into retail storefronts in Emporia, Kansas City, and Lewisville, Texas.
He was co-director of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Amateur and Junior Disc Golf World Championship tournament that attracted 550 of the world’s best amateur disc golfers to Emporia in July 2013.
School of Business in the News
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New online MBA program coming from ESU School of Business
A new online Master of Business Administration degree at Emporia State University will provide advanced education in business administration to those seeking advancement to middle and upper managerial and executive positions. Emporia State’s School of Business will launch the new program in Spring 2014.
“Emporia State University has an extended market and alumni who would like to continue their education with an MBA from the School of Business if we can deliver in a distance format, since many cannot get to campus to complete their education” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business. “An online MBA enables the School of Business to deliver quality education and reach our market. We expect this program to grow, and we are looking forward to working with students in this extended market.”
Courses in the online MBA program will be taught by the current faculty in the School of Business and will incorporate and integrate courses in management, marketing, accounting, finance, information systems and strategy. The program will consist of 12 courses, or the equivalent of 36 credit hours.
“For many years Emporia State University has offered graduate programs aimed at professional development and career advancement, and this new online MBA program continues that tradition,” said Dr. David Cordle, Emporia State provost. “We believe that students will benefit from the program’s online delivery and from the quality that is characteristic of our School of Business.”
The new online MBA program is fully accredited by AACSB International, and is designed for business and non-business graduates who wish to receive their education with Emporia State University, but need the option of online classes. Besides accreditation and the convenience the program offers, the online MBA continues the School of Business’ reputation for affordability.
U.S. News and World Report named Emporia State’s School of Business the least expensive option for in-state students and ranked it in the top 10 of least expensive business schools for out-of-state students. In addition, there also are several scholarship opportunities for Emporia State graduate students.
“The new online MBA program gives us an opportunity to expand our graduate offerings,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State University, “which will enhance our overall enrollment.”
Dr. Kalyan Chakraborty received 2013 Hind Rattan award
Dr. Kalyan Chakraborty with President Micheal Shonrock
Dr. Kalyan Chakraborty, Professor of Economics at the School of Business at Emporia State University received the 2013 Hind Rattan –or Jewel of India- award on Jan. 25, the eve of Republic Day, at the 32nd International Congress of NRIs sponsored by the NRI (Non-Resident Indians) Welfare Society of India. Dr. Manmohan Singh, prime minister of India, presented the 2013 award, which honors the outstanding contribution, services, achievements and accomplishments of Chakraborty in keeping the flag of India high in the world. Chakraborty, who has taught in Emporia State University’s School of Business since 2000, earned multiple degrees and worked in India before coming to the United States in the early 1990s to pursue higher education. Now a U.S. citizen, Chakraborty earned degrees in economics, marketing and sales management, law and business management from Indian universities. From 1978 to 1991, he worked as a sales account executive for the eastern division of Coal India Limited, a Government of India Enterprise, in Kolkata, India. Chakraborty earned a master’s degree in resource and recreational economics from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1994, and a doctorate in economics from Utah State University in 1998.
Dr. Kalyan Chakraborty Receives Award
Capitol Federal® Scholars Announced
For more information, contact DenaSue Potestio, Foundation president/CEO, 620-341-6464 (office), or Dave Sparks, communications director, Emporia State University Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org, 620-341-6479 (office).
September 10, 2013
Capitol Federal® substantially upgrades Emporia State scholarship program
EMPORIA, KAN.— When Emporia State University introduces its next class of Capitol Federal® Scholars later this fall, the news will have an even sweeter ring for the students selected for the scholarship award. That’s because the scholarship’s benefactor, the Topeka-based Capitol Federal® Foundation, has doubled its commitment to the Capitol Federal Scholars Fund for this academic year at Emporia State, granting $80,000 for student scholarships.
“I am so grateful not only for Emporia State’s partnership with the Capitol Federal Foundation, but also for CapFed’s philanthropic leadership in Kansas,” said DenaSue Potestio, Foundation president/CEO.
The Capitol Federal Scholars program targets high-achieving students in Emporia State’s School of Business, rewarding them with scholarships for their academic performance. Each scholarship is renewable annually, meaning a student who earns the scholarship as a freshman will remain eligible through graduate school as long as he or she maintains the required minimum 3.25 GPA.
“The Capitol Federal scholarship has allowed me to pursue my business degree and career aspirations while pushing me to further excel in my academics,” said Mallory Walden, a junior from Wichita majoring in Management Information Systems. “I am able to receive an outstanding education with help from CapFed and I am so grateful for that,” said Walden, a three-year recipient of Capitol Federal scholarship recognition.
Two more Capitol Federal Scholars see the multi-year program as an incentive to continue their hard work. “Not only has the scholarship helped financially, but it also has been a motivator to maintain a high level of success in my college education,” said Eric Wietharn, a junior Accounting major from St. Marys.
As a senior, Kristi Bretches has received Capitol Federal scholarship money each of her four years at Emporia State. “To me, the scholarship acts as a reward for all of the hard work I put in during the school year and it gives me extra motivation to continue doing well in my college education,” said Bretches, an Accounting major.
“This fall marks the 12th year of Capitol Federal driving excellence from our students in the School of Business at Emporia State University," said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, the school’s dean.
“This generous scholarship program has assisted over 100 students financially during its existence. Many of the students who have received the Capitol Federal Scholarships while at Emporia State have gone on to exemplary professional careers,” Ogilvie said, listing Koch Industries, Ernst and Young, Grant Thornton, ConocoPhillips and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as some of the employers of Emporia State’s Capitol Federal Scholars.
A new component of the Capitol Federal partnership with Emporia State is creation of a scholarship program for student-athletes. The new Capitol Federal Athletic Scholars Fund will award scholarships to one or more male student-athletes and one or more female student-athletes each year. Those students’ names will be announced later this fall.
John Dicus, chairman, president and CEO of Capitol Federal Savings Bank, described his company’s longstanding support for education this way: “Education has a ripple effect, being the key to a person’s success, leading to the strength and development of the community. Knowing education makes such a difference, we continue to support the Capitol Federal Scholars Fund and the newly created Capitol Federal Athletic Scholars Fund offered to Emporia State University students.”
Emporia State was the first of seven Kansas higher education institutions to partner with Capitol Federal in a scholarship program preparing business students for the challenges of the future. “I thank Capitol Federal for saying ‘yes’ to our students and for supporting and encouraging them through the Capitol Federal Savings Scholarship program,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State’s president.
Emporia State will host a luncheon recognizing its twelfth class of Capitol Federal Scholars and the new Capitol Federal Athletic Scholars in November. Students earning Capitol Federal Scholars recognition at that luncheon, their majors and hometowns will include:
Morgan Flowers, Business/Financial Service, Pratt
Tawni Griffey, Accounting, Norton
Chelsea Ingram, Business Administration, Topeka
Jeana Johnson, Accounting/Business Education, Topeka
Dallas Shafer, Business Administration, Emporia
Dylan Geissert, Business Administration, Hope
Kayla Lansing, Accounting, Leavenworth
Brittany Rees, Business Administration, Emporia
Betsy Teegardin, Accounting, Emporia
Anna Zimmerman, Business Administration, Topeka
Sara Dunkin, Business Administration, Topeka
Royce Franklin, Business Administration, Wichita
Nicole Rottinghaus, Marketing, Baileyville
Mallory Walden, Management Information Systems, Wichita
Eric Wietharn, Accounting, St. Marys
Stephanie Anderson, Accounting, Emporia
Kristi Bretches, Accounting, McPherson
Brynna Demotte, Business Administration, Topeka
Lindsey Holthaus, Accounting, Topeka
Victoria Slinkard, Management, Medicine Lodge
Zach Carlson, MBA, Topeka
Kelly Copp, MBA, Auburn
Chelsie Eagleburger, MBA, Emporia
Amanda Humphrey, MBA, Emporia
Krista Saylor, MBA, Newton
ESU Grad Scores Highest on the CPA exam in Kansas!
Dean Kristie Ogilvie, Jason Rowland, and Dr. John Rich
Jason Rowland( BSB in Accounting 2010 and MBA 2012) scored the highest in the state of Kansas during the 1st testing window of 2013 for CPA candidates who completed their fourth (and final) section of the Exam during that time period. Jason now works for TPP | Certified Public Accountants, LLC in Overland Park, KS
“The combination of ESU's quality curriculum, attentive faculty, and campus involvement options provided me ample opportunities for learning both in and out of the classroom. During my time in the MBA program, I learned a great deal through interaction with various School of Business faculty members. My professors were always available to answer my questions, offer career advice, or discuss any issues that were of concern to me. Their leadership and genuine desire to help me succeed were key factors that enabled me to develop the skills that I would need to enter the profession of accounting. My education and experiences at ESU prepared me for success on the CPA Exam and a successful start to my career.” Jason Rowland
Past Grads land jobs at KOCH Industries
Felix Bhatti – Collaboration Analyst, Koch Business Services – December 2012 CIS Graduate
"I graduated in Dec 2012 with a degree in Computer Information Systems from the School of Business at Emporia State University. The information systems faculty has been instrumental in helping me develop industry-relevant, cutting-edge managerial and technical competencies crucial to my professional life. They encouraged the acquisition of not only theoretical knowledge but also stressed practical applications of subject matter. Thanks to their support and encouragement, prior to graduation, I obtained placement at Koch Business Solutions based in Wichita as Collaboration Analyst. My time at ESU has been a truly rewarding experience and I would strongly recommend the Information Systems program at the School of Business as a foundation for a successful and fulfilling career."
Brandon Long – Network Analyst, Koch Business Solutions – December 2012 CIS Graduate
“The instruction I received from the faculty and staff in the School of Business provided me with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the workplace, and the meaningful advice I received helped me grow personally and professionally. During the summer prior to graduation, I completed an internship with Koch Industries in Wichita. This was a very enjoyable and rewarding experience, as it allowed me to gain hands on experience in the information technology field while working in a professional business environment. Upon the completion of my internship, I was offered a full time position with Koch Business Solutions. Overall, my experience at Emporia State was exceptional and I would not be where I am today without the School of Business and its faculty.”
Matthew Wallace – Application System Analyst, Flint Hills Resources – May 2012 CIS Graduate
“With the knowledge and skills I attained from the exceptional faculty at Emporia State University I was able to secure a job at Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., well in advance of graduation. While working in IT you’re exposed to new systems and technologies that you may have never even heard of. The classes I took in the School of Business exposed me to a wide variety of areas within IT, and enabled me to adapt to an ever-changing industry. I am currently working as an application systems analyst where each day is a little different than the last, and that’s what makes going to work so easy. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been able to transition from a school that encourages you to reach your full potential, to a company that does the same. “