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ESU Alum Focuses on Community Engagement

Erica Self

An Emporia State student-athlete alum has returned to her alma mater to focus on community relations. Erica Self earned three degrees from ESU over six years before taking the role as director for student + community engagement.

“As a former ESU student-athlete, I was able to experience what it means to be supported and backed by Hornet Nation. This created a deep sense of Hornet Pride in myself and in my family,” said Self.

A Topeka native, Self began her undergraduate career with ESU in 2017 as a dual athlete. She played forward on the soccer team and specialized in 100 and 200 meters on the track team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in business administration in 2020 followed by a master of business administration degree in 2022 and a master of science in information technology in 2023.

As an athlete, she saw firsthand the support the Emporia community shows Emporia State. Now, she has the opportunity to show how much Emporia State values the community.

Added President Ken Hush: “Emporia State wouldn’t be here without this great community. We are putting extra focus on this partnership so Emporia and the surrounding area know how much we appreciate them.”

This fall, Self was the university lead to ensure Live at the Hive game day experience was top notch for local fans, alumni and special guests who come to the games. Looking forward, Erica is focused on initiatives that increase engagement on campus and within the community.

“I am excited for the opportunity to assist in creating that same feeling of Hornet Pride in our community and for current and future Hornets.”

Self is receptive to future partnerships within the Emporia community, including speaking opportunities. To reach her, email