Hornet Heritage family’s ESU roots run deep


2010 Hornet Heritage FamilyFrom two great aunts attending Kansas State Normal School in the horse and buggy days to graduates from the latter part of the 20th century, Emporia State University figures prominently in the lives of this year’s Hornet Heritage Award family.

Claiming the 2010 award is the Simkins-Hartzler family. With 18 degrees from KSN, Kansas State Teachers College and Emporia State University between them, the family also includes six more who attended.

“Noting this legacy includes three generations, it is obvious that black and gold runs through your veins,” said Judith Heasley, ESU Foundation president and University Advancement executive director, in a letter congratulating Charles and Frances Ross Simkins on their family’s selection.

Dr. and Mrs. Simkins divide their time between homes in Danbury, Wis., and Aiken, S.C.

The ESU Alumni Association sponsors the Hornet Heritage award to recognize a multigenerational family of Hornet alumni and former students. The family was honored on Hornet Heritage Day Sept. 18.