Family with degrees from KSN, KSTC, EKSC and ESU tabbed for Hornet Heritage Award

October 3, 2013

Over its 150-year history, the institution of higher education located at the north end of Emporia’s Commercial Street has been known by four names — Kansas State Normal, Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia Kansas State College, and Emporia State University.

In this sesquicentennial year, it is both coincidental and fitting that the family chosen for Emporia State’s multigenerational attendance recognition, the Hornet Heritage Family Award, should have graduates from all four eras — KSN, KSTC, EKSC, and ESU.

The Crumb-White family degree tree stretches from Katie (Turner) Crumb’s 1922 KSN Teaching Certificate to the Master of Science in Industrial Design and Technology that Natalie (White) Ball earned from Emporia State in 2010.

In between those years, 32 members of the Crumb and White families have attended what is now Emporia State, earning a total of 29 degrees. Among seven family members earning multiple degrees is Glenn Crumb (BSE 1951, MS 1956) who served on the Physical Sciences faculty at KSTC from 1963-69.

“We are blessed to have families who have made Emporia State University a family tradition,” said Tyler Curtis, executive director of alumni relations. 

“Recognizing a family whose ties to Emporia State span nearly 100 years during the university’s sesquicentennial anniversary is a true honor,” said Curtis. “These families make us all proud to be Hornets.”

The Crumb-White family will be recognized during Emporia State’s Alumni Awards Celebration, which includes a reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 with dinner following. The public is invited to attend. Reservations may be made by calling the Emporia State Alumni Association office at 620-341-6476. Family members will also be introduced during the Emporia State vs. Southwest Baptist football game Saturday, Oct. 12.

The Hornet Heritage Family award, sponsored by the Emporia State University Alumni Association, annually recognizes a multigenerational family of alumni and former students who have developed close relationships with Hornet Nation.

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