Mim takes on BAK in search of ESU alums


Mim Hiesterman (FS’57) is no stranger to life on two wheels. A frequent entrant in the annual Biking Across Kansas event, this year  she set out to meet up with Emporia State University alumni in each of the eight overnight destinations as the 900-bike convoy made its way from west to east across the Sunflower State June 4-11.

As the photos show, Hornet pride spans several generations of graduates, and you’ll meet them wherever you travel. “Everywhere—on the road, or right here in the locker room of the Cottonwood Falls swimming pool,” she laughed during an evening get-together at Chase County High School.

Some of the Hornet faithful not only showed up at Mim’s high school flagpole gatherings, but several, including seven pictured here, pedaled the 475-mile course with her.

Visit ESU’s YouTube site for a conversation with Mim midway through the eight-day trek.

(Clicking on photos enlarges them and provides captions.)


BAK 4BAK 5BAK 6BAK 1One night away from the Missouri border and the end of their journey, the bikers were met in Garnett by Molly Kate Boese (CS), Betty Lewis (BSE’64, MS’66), Jeff McCain (BS’92), Scott Fagg (BSB’86), and Donna Benjamin (MS’95).