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Remembering Dr. Harry Stephens

Aug. 31, 2020 Administration

Emporia State University lost a dear friend when Dr. Harry Stephens, a former administrator and current ESU Foundation trustee, died on Saturday. Dr. Stephens was “Harry” to all who knew him, and his love for students, our university and our community was at the forefront of everything he did.

Remembering Jim Calvert

Aug. 25, 2020 Administration

Sadly, I must share with you that James Calvert, former professor in our physical sciences department, died Saturday. During his 32 years at Emporia State, Jim also served as President of the Faculty and interim department chair. Jim always worked for his students and their success.

Campus Closed August 11 for Power Repairs

Aug. 7, 2020 Administration

Emporia State University will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 11, to make needed repairs to the campus electrical system. During the closure — between 6 a.m. Aug. 11 to 6 a.m. Aug. 12 — the campus will have no power. All buildings will be closed and locked.

ESU Launches Mass Testing of Campus Community for COVID

Aug. 5, 2020 Administration

Emporia State University has partnered with a Lenexa laboratory to provide testing for COVID-19 to all faculty, staff and students expected on the Emporia campus for fall 2020. Funding came from the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Taskforce, which is in charge of distribution of CARES Act funding.

International Student Enrollment Restrictions Lifted

July 14, 2020 Administration

I am very pleased to tell you that the federal government today rescinded its guidance that would have forced Emporia State international students to leave the United States if we must move to remote classes. The guidance, originally issued July 6, was rescinded to resolve a federal lawsuit brought by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Update

June 10, 2020 Administration

I want to thank all who watched yesterday’s Town Hall in which I discussed our Fiscal Year 2021 budget. I also appreciated the thoughtful questions you asked.

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ESU Hosts Humanity First Virtual Forum

June 3, 2020 Administration

Emporia State’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host an open forum inspired by the events surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The virtual event is open to the larger community.

Responding to Social Injustice

June 1, 2020 Administration

A walk in the park, a jog through the neighborhood, a trip to the store — these are just a few of the everyday events that many of us take for granted. But for some members of Hornet Nation, even these everyday activities are frightening.

Emporia State Working Toward Face-to-Face Classes in Fall

April 30, 2020 Administration

Emporia State leaders announced today that some face-to-face classes will resume in the second half of the summer session, which begins June 29, with the goal of returning in fall 2020 with in-person classes.