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 with a lifetime giving of $1.5 million, and is 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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Exploration of Teaching/Education Careers Offered

October 5, 2017

Kansas high school students looking toward the future have the opportunity to see whether they want to be among the future generation of teachers, coaches, counselors, education researchers, speech therapists — every profession that begins with a degree in education. And those repeating attendance at the Kansas Future Teacher Academy will find a new experience.

The Work of Honoring Educators

October 4, 2017

The Kansas Master Teacher program, which has been honoring teachers for 65 years, recently updated the criteria by which teachers are selected for the award. The program is based out of The Teachers College at Emporia State University.

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.

Kansas Literacy Week Proclaimed by Governor

August 21, 2017

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 and Emporia State University. Kansas Literacy Week coincides with Library Card Sign-up Month, National Read a Book Day (Sept. 6), and International Literacy Day (Sept. 8).

STEM Learning in the Summer Time

July 14, 2017

Kansas teachers are working with students in rural parts of the state this summer to increase student learning in key areas.



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