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Diana Hellen and family

Hornets on ice

Hornet alumni and friends enjoyed an afternoon on ice at the Topeka Expo Center in March. Among the crowd lacing up skates were Diana Hellen (BSE-Speech ’63), Topeka, and her family.

Sonya and Roger Schifferdecker

Hornets at Wingnuts

Emporia State’s baseball team finished the season with an exhibition game against the minor league Wichita Wingnuts in Lawrence-Dumont Stadium at Wichita.

The Hornets led 4-2 after 5 ½ innings, but were overcome by a Wingnuts rally in a 6-4 loss.

Baseball coach Bob Fornelli said the Hornets have been fortunate to have a lot of players play with the Wingnuts through the years.

“Hopefully that will continue,” he said before the contest. “The neat thing is a lot of our guys have played there (Lawrence-Dumont Stadium) in the NBC Tournament. They take great care of us. They feed us before the game and give us some food after the game — they treat us like professionals.”

Along with the good showing by ESU, a lot of Hornet fans made the trip and were treated by the Wingnuts and the Emporia State Alumni Association with a great time.

Among the fans in the stands were Sonya Schifferdecker (BSE-Elementary Education ’85) and her husband, Roger, Mulvane.

Hornets in Dublin

Hornets in Dublin

Corky (or at least a travel-sized version of Emporia State’s mascot) toured St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland on the recent “Best of the British Isles” expedition organized by Please Go Away™ Vacations. Connie Mitzener (BSE-Elementary Education ’67), Shawnee (holding Corky), and her husband, Gary (behind Connie), were among friends who flew across the Atlantic for the April excursion. Find out more about Hornet travel benefits.

Dave Eldridge and Lorie Rogan

Hornets making noise

Longtime “Voice of the Hornets” Dave Eldridge (BSB-Business Administration ’62, MS-Counselor Education ’68) and Lorie Rogan, whose booming “Go, Emporia!” cheers echo through the stands at Hornet basketball games turn up the vocal volume at NCAA Division II women’s basketball tournament action in Topeka in March.

Rob Gilligan

Hornets going green

If the Emporia State campus looks a little greener on your next visit, thank several hundred students and community volunteers. Connecting the April 26 Arbor Day observance with Emporia State’s sesquicentennial, several hundred green thumbs helped plant 150 perennials in various locations throughout the campus.

Emporia Mayor Rob Gilligan (BFA-Communication ’02) helped shovel dirt around a tree that’s now growing near Roosevelt Hall. See more photos of "You, Me and a Tree".