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Corky's Crew launches with Emporia's first newborn of 2015

January 7, 2015

When Aubrianna Noelle Krahenbuhl gets a little older, she’ll have some bragging rights to use against her older brothers and sisters. Not only was Aubrianna the first baby born in 2015 at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, she is also the first member of the new Corky’s Crew program offered by Alumni Relations at Emporia State University.

Aubrianna, who entered the world at 12:03 a.m. Jan. 1, 2015, received the first Corky’s Crew onesie as well as other goodies. The event didn’t seem to impress her, but dad Casey and mom Stasia were delighted.

“We’ll make her wear that when they play Washburn,” Casey Krahenbuhl promised Emporia State President Michael D. Shonrock, who visited the family.

“We just want parents to know college is possible, literally from Day One it is possible,” Shonrock said.

For the new program, 400 pale yellow onesies with a white outline of Corky and black lettering saying “Corky’s Crew” were delivered to Newman Regional Health for new babies. Heather Arndt, director of Newman’s Women’s Life Center and Surgery, coordinates the program for Newman. Arndt, who earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Emporia State in 1999, presented the first onesie to Aubrianna.

“Partnering with Newman Regional Health for the Corky’s Crew newborn program is an example of what a university community looks like in action,” said Tyler Curtis, executive director of alumni relations.

The program is also open to alumni with newborns, Curtis said. Any alumnus who sends a birth announcement to Alumni Relations at alumni@emporia.edu will receive a onesie. By age 4, the children in the alumni Corky’s Crew program will receive information about the Corky’s Crew program offered by ESU’s Intercollegiate Athletics.

“Our goal is to build a meaningful connection to our next generation of Hornets — community members, fans and alumni and legacies,” Curtis said.