Gifts totaling $360,000 celebrated at Emporia State University

January 24, 2014

Three leadership gifts celebrated today will strengthen both Emporia State University and the Emporia community.

The Trusler Foundation provided a total of $125,000 to benefit Emporia State’s School of Business and Athletic Department. The City of Emporia was recognized for its in-kind gift in fall 2013 when city leaders allocated $235,000 to pave the parking lot at the Trusler Sports Complex and repave Trusler Road leading to the home fields of Emporia State baseball and softball teams.

Of the Trusler gifts, $100,000 is directed to the School of Business to match a previous gift from Emporians Dale and Carolyn Davis. The Davises established a fund in October to enhance marketing efforts for the School of Business.

The Emporia State Foundation hosted a reception at Emporia State’s Sauder Alumni Center on Friday, Jan. 24 to announce the gift and publicly thank officials from the Trusler Foundation and City of Emporia 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.

Since its launch a year ago, Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University has surpassed the halfway point of its $45 million working goal.

 “The School of Business is extremely honored and excited by this gift from the Trusler Foundation,” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business. “This contribution will allow us to further enhance our marketing efforts in promotion of the School of Business and celebrate the academic excellence we provide.

“When paired with the gift from Dale and Carolyn Davis, the School of Business will be able to make a positive impact on recruiting leaders for both the state and regional economy,” she said.

The second Trusler gift of $25,000 will be used at Trusler Sports Complex to build a new ticket stand and visitor’s dugout. The project fits perfectly with the city’s paving project.

“The City of Emporia provided a new, sorely needed parking lot at the Trusler Sports Complex,” said Tyler Curtis, director of alumni relations and master of ceremonies at the bell-ringing celebration. “Leveraging the city’s investment with an additional investment from the Trusler Foundation creates a win-win-win for the University, community and the Trusler Foundation.”

Emporia State University Athletic Director Kent Weiser agreed.

”The Trusler Complex has always been a jewel for the community of Emporia,” he said. “Emporia State, Emporia High, youth softball and baseball,and recreational activities throughout the spring and summer bring thousands of visitors to Emporia, and Trusler is often times their first impression of our community.

“We appreciate the continued support of the City of Emporia and the Trusler Foundation for this great sports and activity venue.”

When work on Trusler is completed, the visitor’s dugout will match the home dugout on the Hornet softball field, and a permanent ticket stand will replace the current practice of using tables, which will provide shelter from Kansas winds and allow a more orderly ticketing process.

“These gifts from the Trusler Foundation and the City of Emporia show how important partnerships are between the community and university,” said DenaSue Potestio, president of the Emporia State University Foundation and vice president for advancement. “Together we will change lives not only in Emporia but also at the state, national and international levels.”

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