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   October 2014

Our Purpose
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Our Hours, Location, & Contact
Our Staff

2014 Special Events
2013 Special Events

Our Governance & Advisory Board
Our Mission & History

The Kansas Science Teacher

Our Purpose

The Emporia State University Science and Mathematics Education Center (SMEC) serves students, faculty, and area teachers!  The Center includes library resources, planetarium programs, and educational outreach.  We have a plethora of K-12 physical sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics resources in formats including kits for classroom use, teacher resource books, student activity books, literature books, textbooks, professional materials, assessment resources, audio-video & interactive white board DVDs.

We are committed to the improvement of pre-service and in-service preparation for teaching. These services include dissemination of curriculum materials, hands-on outreach activities, staff development, research within school districts, state-wide research, and science and mathematics curriculum development.

SMEC is supported financially with funding from donations as well as the Departments of Biology, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences as well as the The Teachers College.  Our resource center is open to the ESU community as well as the greater Emporia and surrounding communities* for your use.  While we are not funded by the main library, our 9,000 available items complement the University Libraries & Archives collection. This win-win situation means our resources can be searched in the Center and by using the Kellogg on-line catalog.


SMEC Resources

SMEC Office
          SMEC Office       Science & Math

* If you are not currently an ESU student, staff, or faculty, then you need to obtain a Kansas Resident Card to check out our resources. The KRC is available at ESU White Library circulation desk (see campus map for White Library or WL location).  What do you need to bring? A Kansas drivers license or official Kansas photo id card and $15.00 per year. Thanks for supporting us!!

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Our Hours, Location, & Contact

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
& by appointment-in summer!
Location: Science Hall 177
Phone: 620-341-5636
Mail: Emporia State University, SMEC
Campus Box 4030
  1 Kellogg CR
  Emporia, KS  66801-5415

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Our Staff

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October 2014 - left to right> Chris Hayen, Lizeth Magana, Rhyan Sawyer,
Alyssa Floro, Bryan Longwell, Sarah Noller

smec staff 10-2013  October 2013-May 2014

smec staff 8-2013

August-October 2013

Susan Aber SMEC Director
Susan Aber, PhD (620.341.5636)
Lecturer, Earth Science, Emporia State University

Sarah Noller

Student Assistant, Earth & Physical Sciences Resource Coordinator
Sarah Noller

Graduate Student, MS Candidate, Biological Sciences, Emporia State University

  Rhyan Sawyer

Student Assistant, Chemistry Resource Coordinator
Rhyan Sawyer
Undergraduate, BS Candidate, Physical Science, Pre-Engineering, Emporia State University

Lizeth Magana

Student Assistant, Biology Resource Coordinator
Lizeth Magana
Undergraduate, BS Candidate, Physical Science, Pre-Engineering, Emporia State University


 Chris Hayen

Student Assistant, Planetarium
Christopher Hayen
Undergraduate, BS Candidate, Physical Science, Pre-Engineering, Emporia State University

Alyssa Floro

Student Assistant, Planetarium
Alyssa Floro
Undergraduate, BSE Candidate, Middle & High School Teaching, Emporia State University


Student Assistant, Astronomy & Physics Resource Coordinator
Bryan Longwell
Graduate, MS Candidate, Earth Science Emporia State University


Student Assistant, Math Resource Coordinator & LibGuide Creator
Christian Lollar
Undergraduate, BS Candidate, Earth Science, Emporia State University

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Latest update 10/16/2014.