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Max McCoy Named Strader Award Recipient

Sept. 8, 2020 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Max McCoy, ESU English, Modern Languages, and Journalism professor and advisor to the ESU Bulletin student newspaper, was recognized by the College Media Association as the 2020 Noel Ross Strader Award winner.


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Pete Rydberg New Director of Theatre

July 21, 2020 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The new director of theatre at Emporia State University brings to campus his expertise in theatre history, acting, directing, devised theatre, theatre for social justice, and public speaking. Dr. Pete Rydberg is also certified in fight directing with a specialty in unarmed, rapier and dagger, broadsword.


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Graphic Design Seniors Present Virtual Show

May 6, 2020 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

When the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the traditional ESU Graphic Design Senior Show in the Department of Art’s gallery space, students turned to technology and downtown Emporia businesses to showcase their art.


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Three Honored with Awards for Women’s History Month

April 27, 2020 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Each spring, Emporia State University celebrates Women’s History Month by honoring three award winners with a reception sponsored by the Ethnic and Gender Studies program and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.


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ESU Theatre Postpones Spring Play, Cancels Summer Theatre

April 16, 2020 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Emporia State University Theatre has postponed its spring 2020 production of Euripides classic Greek tragedy “Medea.” Originally to be presented as the final show of the 2019-2020 season, the production will now be presented in the fall of 2020.


2020 Friends of the Plains Dinner Canceled

March 24, 2020 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The 2020 Friends of the Plains dinner scheduled for April 24 at the Copper Top in Emporia has been canceled to help limit public events during the COVID-19 pandemic. The dinner will not be rescheduled for 2020, according to Friends spokesperson, Susan Brinkman.


2020 Tallgrass Writing Workshop Canceled

March 17, 2020 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The 2020 Tallgrass Writing Workshop scheduled for April 17-18 at Pioneer Bluffs in Matfield Green has been canceled to help limit public events during the COVID-19 pandemic. The workshop may be rescheduled for the fall, according to the workshop sponsor, the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University.



Faculty, Staff Events Cancelled

March 12, 2020 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Four events planned by faculty and students over the next three weeks at Emporia State University are cancelled. These cancellations come as the university responds to the COVID-19 pandemic by following social distancing practices, which include avoiding mass events of congregate areas.


ESU Theatre Presents ‘Death by Design’

Feb. 17, 2020 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Emporia State University Theatre will present a new comedy, “Death by Design,” as the opening production of its spring season. Playwright Rob Urbinati is a New York playwright with close ties to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and his alma mater, University of Oregon.