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Coach Kramer: Occupy Silent Joe

Step back to 1987 for a few minutes. Remember the time Hornet football coach Larry Kramer occupied the Silent Joe belltower in a drive to increase season football ticket sales? Kramer's antics landed him a spot on ABC's "Good Morning America" on August 13, 1987. Coach Kramer passed away January 25, 2014 at age 71. He coached the Hornets during one of the greatest runs of football success in school history from 1983-1994.


Building fires and digging wells: DeWayne and Sherry Backhus

On March 13, 2014, Emporia State celebrated the generosity of DeWayne & Sherry Backhus and their seven-figure planned gift to Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University.

The Backhuses' gift will provide the Department of Physical Sciences with:

• Graduate Assistantship enhancements for students seeking their Master of Science with chemistry, earth science, physics, or physical science education concentrations.
• Laboratory capital equipment purchases for physical sciences disciplines.

In addition, the Backhuses are designating a portion of their planned gift to provide scholarships for student-athletes.

Emporia State is grateful for DeWayne & Sherry and their commitment to the University. Not only do they show their support through this planned gift, but also through their many years of dedicated service.

Gala wraps up Emporia State's sesquicentennial

A triumphant performance of a specially commissioned overture...an elegant dinner served in historic surroundings...and a club-like atmosphere where guests danced to a jazz combo. It sounds like a spectacular evening, doesn't it? 

Emporia State University put the finishing touches on its sesquicentennial celebration with a Grand Finale Gala Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Pops Concert packs the Granada

Music from the silver screen formed the program for the Emporia Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the fall season. “We’ve been wanting to do a Pops Concert for a long time,” said Dr. Jeremy Starr, assistant professor of music at Emporia State University. Starr is in his fifth year as conductor of the Emporia Symphony Orchestra. The Emporia State Student Foundation helped promote the concert, which played to a packed house at the Granada Theatre.

Fulhage gift brings added harmony to Emporia State’s music program 

A gift of a quarter-million dollars is making the decision to come to Emporia State University an easy one for 20 music students. They are the first recipients of the Fulhage Music Scholarships, made possible by a gift from the estate of an alumna, Mildred Fulhage.

Author James Patterson’s surprise gift benefits eight education students

National Merit Finalist. A desire to give back to an inner city community. Inspired by teachers who served as mentors.

These are just some ways to describe eight Emporia State University students who have two very important things in common — they are pursuing education degrees from The Teachers College at Emporia State and, thanks to the generosity of best-selling author James Patterson, they each will receive $6,000 toward their freshman year.

Ringing Silent Joe

Students rang the Silent Joe tower bell Wednesday, July 10, 2013 to celebrate the lead gift to Hornet Athletics made by Bobbi and Steve Sauder of Emporia. A new tradition at Emporia State, Silent Joe rings each time a milestone event occurs in the life of Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University.

Hornet Nation says thanks

Midway through this year's Campus Campaign, members of the newly-created Hornet Nation (Emporia State's Student Foundation) thank Emporia State faculty and staff who have already shown their Hornet pride through philanthropy.



Meeting Paul Edwards, Corky's creator

Paul Edwards (BSE 1937) created Emporia State's mascot, Corky, when he was a student at Kansas State Teachers College. Emporia State president Dr. Michael Shonrock sat down with Edwards for a visit.


Honoring Emporia State's Capitol Federal Scholars

The 2012-13 class of Capitol Federal Savings Scholars in Emporia State University's School of Business was recognized at luncheon Dec. 4 at the Sauder Alumni Center. Twenty-six School of Business majors or MBA students where honored at the ninth annual event.

The scholarships are awarded to students from Kansas who maintain a 3.25 or higher grade point average.


A natural fit: Drs. Ron and Pat Fredrickson

An Osage City couple who met at Emporia State returned to Kansas 20 years ago. Drs. Ron and Pat Fredrickson reflect on their "grow where you're planted" spirit.


Completed! Memorial Union rededication ceremony

Fresh from a two-year, $23 million renovation, Emporia State's Memorial Union celebrated with a Homecoming weekend ceremony that marked the project's completion.


Also rededicated: Bloomer Veterans Hall of Honor

The Bloomer Veterans Hall of Honor has been rededicated at Emporia State University's Memorial Union. Family and friends of Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Art Bloomer and his wife, Sue, gathered for a reception recognizing the Bloomers' lead gift in the Memorial Union renovation campaign.



Building Dynamic Leaders for the Future

Col. Cameron A. Leiker delivered the second annual Sam E. and Jeannene Hayes Lecture, "Building Dynamic Leaders for the Future," October 11, 2012 in Emporia State University's Memorial Union Webb Hall. Leiker, a 1990 Emporia State graduate, is director the U.S. Army's Human Capital Enterprise and Strategy, Plans and Initiatives for the Training and Doctrine Command Personnel and Support Element (TRADOC) at Fort Eustis, Va.


Hornet Football: It's a Tradition

Every fall, Emporia State Football Traditions club members imagine the sights and sounds of Hornet football as they launch their season ticket sales campaign. This year, the group kicked off their efforts by watching the first night of practice from the Skybox at Welch Stadium.


Meeting the Lattner Challenge

Students in Emporia State University's nationally-recognized teacher education program may soon find it easier to juggle the demands of classes and finances. A scholarship program for student teachers is now in place, thanks to a grant supported by the Lattner Family Foundation and donors who helped match the organization's $50,000 challenge.


KC Night of Champions

Alumni and friends from the Kansas City area came together July 19 to raise funds for the Emporia State football program in the second annual Kansas City Night of Champions. The event raised more than $35,000. 



Tag--You're It!

The Emporia State University Foundation hopes you'll become a mobile marketer for Emporia State University by bolting a Corky license plate on your car or truck. Take a look at how we're promoting the Corky tag.


$7.5 million scholarship commitment announced

Nov. 16, 2011 news conference held to announce major new push for student schlarships.


Grad traces path of success that started at Emporia State

John "Doug" Smith delivers inaugural Sam E. & Jeannene Hayes Lecture.


Hornets say thanks for scholarships

Listen to the stories of three students as they talk about their Emporia State experience and the impact scholarships have had on their education.


Hornets Go Down Under Hutch

Ride along as Lee Spence (BSB 1978) takes us on a tour of Hutchinson's Kansas Underground Salt Museum.