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ESU Celebrates Founders’ Day 2024 + Day of Giving

Feb. 7, 2024 Alumni

Emporia State University faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends celebrate 161 years of educational excellence and opportunity with the annual Founders’ Day celebration on Thursday, Feb. 15. The event includes a lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Webb Hall on the second floor of the Memorial Union. A program will follow at noon.

Six Named ESU Distinguished Alumni

Oct. 19, 2023 Alumni

Six Emporia State University graduates will receive Distinguished Alumni awards at the Black & Gold Gala on Oct. 27 as part of Homecoming 2023. The award is the highest honor bestowed to alumni and recognizes outstanding accomplishments in their careers.

Outstanding Recent Grads to be Honored

Oct. 17, 2023 Alumni

Three alumni have been chosen as the Outstanding Recent Graduates for 2023. To qualify, nominees must have earned a degree from Emporia State University within the past 10 years. Awards will be presented to these recipients on Friday, Oct. 27, at the Black & Gold Gala during Homecoming weekend.

Alumni Association To Recognize University Service Citation Recipients

Oct. 13, 2023 Alumni

The ESU Alumni Association’s University Service Citation Award honors both alumni and friends who have made unique and significant contributions to the University, its students and its staff members. This year’s recipients will be recognized during the ESU vs. Washburn football game on Oct. 14. They are:

Young Family To Be Honored as Hornet Heritage Family

Oct. 13, 2023 Alumni

For more than 90 years, descendants of Leona C. (Hamilton) Young have followed a path she opened to Emporia State University. Although the year is not available, Young received her teaching certificate in the late 1920s from Kansas Normal School, which, after three name changes, became Emporia State University.

Homecoming Festivities Unite ESU Alumni, Students and Community

Oct. 9, 2023 Alumni

ESU welcomes alumni, students and the Emporia community to enjoy a week full of special events. Homecoming 2023 kicks off on Friday, Oct. 20, with a baseball alumni golf tournament and concludes with the final performance of the Homecoming musical “Little Shop of Horrors” on Sunday, Oct. 29. Special reunion groups include Class of 1973 (50 Year Class), Greek Alumni, Softball and Baseball.

Celebrate Founders’ Day at ESU

Feb. 13, 2023 Alumni

Emporia State University will celebrate 160 years of educational excellence and opportunity with its annual Founders’ Day celebration this week — and provide an opportunity for friends of ESU to offer birthday gifts through the annual Day of Giving at the ESU Foundation.