Musings in the midst of celebrating


150th Anniversary Gala

The great thing about an anniversary like Emporia State University’s sesquicentennial is that it’s not confined to just one date—one event—or one issue of Spotlight magazine, for that matter.

No, when you’re celebrating a proud university’s 150th anniversary, the party doesn’t stop!

In the last issue of Spotlight, we rolled out Emporia State’s sesquicentennial website and splashed across the magazine’s cover a logo that has taken up residence on everything from billboards and banners to t-shirts and testimonials.

Several hundred hours of behind-the-scenes work leading up to the February Founders’ Day and Sesquicentennial Gala events helped focus our attention on commemorating a milestone achievement and away from mid-winter’s chill.

Since then, we’ve also heard the premiere of an orchestral work commissioned in honor of Emporia State’s 150th anniversary. We’ve published a pictorial history of the university. And to green up the campus, we’ve planted 150 perennials on the grounds to commemorate Arbor Day and the sesquicentennial.

What’s ahead for the rest of the year, you ask? A lot more celebrating.

We’re expecting to see you back on campus for the Oct. 6-12 Homecoming celebration. Watch your mail—snail and electronic—for details on a series of reunions and events that will flavor the Homecoming menu.

Emporia State University. Changing lives since 1863. And the best, as they say, is yet to come!


Dave Sparks