Tell us your stories


The most powerful stories are the ones you tell about your Emporia State experience. Go add yours! Meanwhile, here are a few that might inspire you—

I transferred to Emporia State University to begin my junior year in the fall of 1957 to run cross country and track under coach Fran Welch. During my two years of eligibility, Coach Welch helped me become one of the nation’s top distance runners and guided me through personal obstacles. I am so thankful.

  • Paul Whiteley (BSE-Elementary Education ’60), Louisville, Ky.

After 25 years of horse racing and 22 years of teaching, the memories of Welch Stadium, Wooster Lake, Peter Pan Park and the Rock Castle that brought me so much joy still haunt my dreams. I went to Kansas State Teachers College in 1968-1969 to play football under coaches Leahy and Cerone. Those were the days! 

  • Tom Buffamonte (BSE-Physical Education ’70), Brownsville, Texas

My wife Sheri and I have fond memories of Emporia State where I was the last ROTC class to graduate. My education has opened the door for many exciting ventures in life, including speaking around the country and on Capitol Hill. I am extremely grateful for the education I received at Emporia State University.

  • Jeff Hall (BS-Social Sciences ’97), Davenport, Iowa

During my three years at Emporia State I was involved in several organizations, played football and was involved with three honor societies. My experience at Emporia State University helped prepare me for my training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa., which allowed me to work in anti-arthritic drug research for 27 years.

  • Dr. Richard P. Carlson (BS-Biology ’62), Overland Park, Kan.

As an undergrad and as a teacher, my professors cared about my success. Emporia State empowered me to become a teacher and after a few years in the field, I went back to school and enrolled in grad school for IDT. In those two years I learned more than expected and women’s basketball won the National Championship!

  • Melissa Crawford (BSE-Business Education ’10, MS-IDT ’12), Highland, Kan.

When I began my college career in 2005, I was Associated Student Government Legislative Director. Some of my fondest memories were from my involvement with campus organizations. I chose a career in student affairs because of Emporia State and now I am a student government advisor.

  • Courtney George (BS-Social Sciences ’09), Tuscaloosa, Ala.

I came to Emporia in 2012 as an international student. I have met many friends from different places. I really enjoy and the environment on campus and Emporia State has taught me how to smile, be kind and have a wonderful day. The teachers and students are all very kind. I love this school.

  • Haishan Luo, International Student, Huizhou, Guangdong, China

I have many fond memories of Emporia State that make me smile. After graduating, I became an actress in New York City for several years. I had great instructors and learned many things on the stages of Albert Taylor Hall, Bruder, Pocket and Thymele Theatres.

  • Gloria (Duncan) Ware (BFA-Speech ’84), Indianapolis, Ind.

After being told in high school that I would never make it in college, I found myself at Emporia State University in the 90s. Emporia State gave me an opportunity that other schools would not. Not only did I earn a bachelors degree but also a masters and Ph.D. Thank you Emporia State for changing my life in a positive way.

  • Cheryl Fields (BGS ’97), Kenosha, Wis.

I entered Kansas State Teachers College in the spring of 1970. After returning from Vietnam, I didn’t believe that I was college material. The faculty helped me graduate in 1972 with a 3.9 grade point average. The campus atmosphere was amazing and very supportive of me. I’m proud to be a Hornet!

  • Donald Cox (BSB-Accounting ’73), Panama City, Fla.

Emporia State University cares about its students and provided me with a foundation for a rewarding career. I worked for Boeing for 37 years and 
worked on all Boeing airplanes. Now it’s time to give back. Thank you Emporia State.

  • Loyd D. Jacobs (BA-Physics ’54), Bellevue, Wash.

I am a third generation of my family to graduate from Emporia State University. Since graduating, I have been a teacher in Osage City, Kan. My son is currently playing football at Emporia State and will be the fourth generation teacher from our family to graduate. Go Hornets!

  • Lynn Tice (BSE-Physical Education ’85, MA-Social Sciences ’97), Osage City, Kan.