Art Piculell Establishes Endowed Professorships in Each of Three Undergraduate Colleges

October 9, 2017

An historic gift to Emporia State honors a former university president, launches the new Hornet Nation Rising fundraising initiative and propels current and future students to successful futures.

The Dr. John E. King Endowed Professorship, honoring Emporia State’s 11th president, in The Teachers College was made possible by Arthur C. Piculell’s gift of $500,000.

“We are on the heels of the most successful fundraising campaign in the history of Emporia State University,” said ESU President Allison Garrett on the new Hornet Nation Rising. “We are maintaining the momentum to continue to provide exceptional higher education opportunities for our students.”

Hornet Nation Rising includes four of the school’s most valued traditions and top priorities for continued advancement: student scholarships, campus facilities, Hornet athletics and endowed professorships.

With his gift, Piculell makes ESU history as the first donor to establish endowed professorships in each of ESU’s three undergraduate colleges. In 2004, Piculell and his late wife, Dee, established a professorship in the name of Dr. Herman B. Baehr in the School of Business. Again, in 2014, Piculell established a fund in memory of Dee and named for Rosamond Hirschorn in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

These professorships will continue the reputation of excellence and student success that has been drawing attention to Emporia State. Just last month, the university was recognized as a College of Distinction for demonstrating innovative application of high-impact education. 

“Like our recent graduates, Art Piculell and his late wife, Dee, are Emporia State success stories,” said Garrett. “We cannot thank them enough for giving back to their alma mater and helping the next generation succeed.”


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New Alumni Director Is Community Leader

November 1, 2017

Emporia State’s new director of alumni relations is a well-known face in the Emporia business community. Jose L. Feliciano Jr. will attend key Homecoming events this weekend although he doesn’t assume his new role until Nov. 13.

Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Graduates Honored at Homecoming Gala

October 24, 2017

Ole Miss Vice Chancellor for Athletics. Nationally known accounting expert. Activist for Americans with Disabilities Act. Kansas Superintendent of the Year. Founder of the Travel Channel. The five members of the 2017 Emporia State University Distinguished Alumni is an impressive class that Hornet Nation is proud to call our own.

Communication Expert to Deliver Annual Hayes Lecture

October 24, 2017

An expert in effective communication returns to his alma mater to deliver the seventh annual Sam E. and Jeannene Hayes Lecture to kick of Homecoming activities at Emporia State University.

Homecoming Festivities Unite ESU Alumni, Emporia Community

October 24, 2017

While ESU alumni return to the Hornets’ Nest for Homecoming, the campus welcomes the Emporia community to enjoy the special events. Homecoming 2017 begins Thursday, Nov. 2 and concludes with a matinee of the musical on Sunday, Nov. 5.

I'm A Hornet from President Allison Garrett

September 27, 2017

High Impact Emporia State University recently named its new Aquatic Research and Outreach Center for Dr. Carl D. Prophet, who first experienced Emporia State

New Research Center Named for High-Impact Learning Pioneer

September 25, 2017

Emporia State University recently named its new Aquatic Research and Outreach Center for Dr. Carl D. Prophet who first experienced Emporia State’s high-impact learning practices more than 60 years ago as a student in biological sciences.

Podrebarac Family Named ESU Hornet Heritage Family

September 20, 2017

The Podrebarac family has had deep ties to Emporia State University ever since 1974. Over the past 43 years and counting, several generations of Podrebarac family members have become Hornet alumni from the two most recent Emporia State eras — Emporia Kansas State College and Emporia State University. Their deep connection to the university has led to the family being recognized as the 2017 Hornet Heritage Family Award recipient.

ESU Announces Hornet Nation Rising Initiative

September 19, 2017

To maintain the momentum of the most successful fundraising campaign in the history of Emporia State University, a focused fundraising initiative has been announced, Hornet Nation Rising. Efforts from previous fundraising efforts resulted in the renovation of several learning spaces on campus to include the latest technology and new collaboration spaces for our students, as well as improvements to some athletic facilities improvements.

ESU Earns National Accolades

September 19, 2017

Emporia State University is the only public university in Kansas to have earned national recognition as a College of Distinction, an honor for universities demonstrating innovative application of high-impact education. In addition, in the Best Colleges 2018 guidebook by U.S. News and World Report, ESU is ranked No. 2 in lowest student debt of all Midwest regional universities.

I'm A Hornet From President Allison Garrett

September 14, 2017

Coming to Campus The Kansas Supreme Court will conduct a special evening session October 3 at Emporia State University in Emporia as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high ...

I'm A Hornet From President Allison Garrett

August 30, 2017

Kansas Literacy Week On Friday, Aug. 18, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declared the week of Sept. 3 through 9 Kansas Literacy Week as a result of efforts put forth by the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center ...

I'm A Hornet from President Allison Garrett

August 16, 2017

Debate Movie ESU Debate champion Ryan Wash will be the focus of a big screen movie. Ryan and debate partner Elijah Smith won the National Debate Tournament policy debate championship (the first for an...

Alumni Help Start New Library Program in South Dakota

June 16, 2017

Siouxland librarians have played key roles in bringing a master of library science degree program to the five-state area.

I'm A Hornet from President Allison Garrett

June 14, 2017

Royals More than 300 Royals fans enjoyed the special package put together by ESU Alumni

Emporia State Names Four University Service Citation Honorees

June 1, 2017

Four Emporia State alumni will be honored with the 2017 Service Citation Award during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday, June 3.



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