Helping and Changing Lives the Hornet Way
If you are unsure as to what the "Hornet Way" means, look up Arlene Dodge. She has helped make Emporia State a leader in higher education and a university that has been changing lives for 150 years.
Dodge began working for Emporia State in 2002 at the Student Loan office, bringing with her 26 years of experience in the private sector when she worked in the Technical Publications and Accounts Payable departments of Didde Graphics Systems in Emporia. In 2004 she moved to the Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education Department on campus.
It was in her current job that Dodge received the 2008 Darrell E. Wood Service Award, an honor bestowed each year on an individual who has supported the mission of the school in a unique or outstanding manner.
"It was an honor to receive the Darrell E. Wood Service Award in 2008," says Dodge. "It was so unexpected. I think of so many I work with who are also deserving of this award. I attribute much of my success to the people around me. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with the professionals I do."
Dodge garnered the award by illustrating the "Hornet Way" in what those nominating her said was her "continued cheerfulness, dedication, helpfulness, efficiency and willingness to go the extra mile."
She also was praised for her consistent graciousness and ability to be "patient beyond what is deserved." As one colleague said of Dodge: "She takes time to care how you are."
Besides being a model for service to the campus community and students, Dodge is equally known for managing the other day-to-day duties of her department as she administers the office and assists the chair and department faculty with their responsibilities. The nomination for the Wood Service Award included mention of her outstanding abilities in the areas of technology and computer processes too.
Dodge also takes care of graduate applications and maintains the student files in the Master Teacher, Early Childhood Unified programs and assists faculty with Kansas State Department of Education grants.
"I am proud to say I work at Emporia State," says Dodge. "It's such a wonderful place to be. Everyone on campus is so supportive, and it makes working here an enjoyable experience.
"My goal is to assist the faculty and students so that the students can achieve their own goals," she adds. "It is very rewarding to watch the students as they go through our programs and as they grow into professionals themselves and one day have their own classroom."
But enough about work. What does Dodge do in her spare time?
She helps her husband on the farm and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. Dodge was born and raised in Chase County west of Emporia. She attended elementary school in Saffordville and then graduated from Chase County High School in Cottonwood Falls. Dodge attended Emporia State University.