Distinguished Alumni



Dale CushinberryDale Cushinberry

BSE-Elementary Education, 1970; MS-Counseling 1972

Topeka, Kan.

Dale Cushinberry retired as principal of Topeka's Highland Park High School in 2010, capping off a career of nearly 40 years in education. He worked as a K-12 grade teacher, counselor and administrator in the Topeka school system and served seven years at Washburn University as a professor and administrator.

“I don’t think you can go anywhere in the country and get a better comprehensive education than you can at Emporia State University. There’s not a better quality environment for education anywhere.”

Norma Hafenstein, Ph.D.Norma Hafenstein, Ph.D.

BSE-Elementary Education, 1979

Denver, Colo.

Norma Hafenstein is a faculty member of the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. She is the founder and director of DU's Ricks Center for Gifted Children, a private school serving 250 gifted students preschool through eighth grade.

“I did an independent study where I wrote a proposal for a preschool for intellectually gifted children. That proposal I found the other day in my office, typed by hand. My school at the University of Denver, now nearly 30 years later, is the result of that proposal.”


Floyd Hoelting, Ed.D.Floyd Hoelting, Ed.D.

BA-Social Sciences, 1968; MS-Educational Administration, 1968

Austin, Tex.

Floyd Hoelting has more than 40 years of experience in higher education administration. He is the executive director of the Division of Housing and Food Service at the University of Texas at Austin, providing housing, food services and student development for 8,000 students.

“More than just learning things, I learned about me. The school is so close to the ground, all you have to have is the want to do something, and it was there.”

Dianne H. B. Welsh, Ph.D.Dianne H. B. Welsh, Ph.D.

MS-Psychology, 1984

Greensboro, N.C.

Dianne Welsh is a recognized scholar in international entrepreneurship, franchising and family business. She lives in Greensboro, N.C., where she is the Charles A. Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro's Bryan School of Business and Economics.

“Emporia State University made a difference in my life in terms of teaching me to be a really great professor. I think the professors here made a real difference in my life. They cared about me as a person. I found my niche here at Emporia State, and I’m very thankful for all that the university has done for me.”