Editors Notes


Musings while afoot

I walked to work this morning. Granted, that’s hardly a noteworthy event. My home is only a few blocks south of Sauder Alumni Center, so it’s not unusual that I leave the car in the garage and let my feet propel me.

This morning, though, signs of renewal were all around me. The first sprigs of green in my lawn (I’m hoping it’s grass, not weeds) and buds on trees gave me hope that warmer temperatures are beginning to displace winter’s hold on Emporia.

Continuing north, I caught the morning sun’s flare in the shiny glass of the new Memorial Union atrium area. I imagined that light spilling inside the building once students replace construction workers as its principal inhabitants.

Lorinda DuncanBrett LarsonLaurie Pitman

My mind bounced toward renewal of another sort—welcoming new staff members who’re seeing their first spring at Sauder. Lorinda Duncan (BS 1993), the ESU Foundation and Alumni Association’s new chief financial officer, joined us in late fall. We’re also greeting Brett Larson as a new development officer for the ESU Foundation.

Laurie Pitman has hit the ground running as alumni relations administrative assistant, following Joan Lauber’s retirement in December. Laurie had the benefit of working with Joan for several weeks to learn the ropes of the new job.

Spring inspires creativity, and that’s what we’re celebrating in this issue of Spotlight. Join us as we take a look at just a few of the ways ESU students express that spirit of renewal and revitalization.

Dave Sparks