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News in 2019


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Campus Buzz from President Allison Garrett

Nov. 21, 2019 Administration

The opening of a fully licensed Starbucks is a welcome addition to the Memorial Union. Since the ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. November 12, a line in the store has been the norm. Funded by Sodexo, which holds ESU’s dining services contract, the store created 18 new student jobs to staff its hours of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.


ESU Theatre Offers 'The House of Blue Leaves'

Nov. 18, 2019 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The final fall presentation by Emporia State University Theatre opens Wednesday and runs through Saturday. “The House of Blue Leaves” tells the tale of Artie Shaughnessy, a songwriter who toils by day as a zookeeper. At night, he plays at piano bars in Queens where he lives with his wife, Bananas. His mistress, Bunny Flingus lives downstairs. On the day the Pope is making his first visit to the city, Artie’s son Ronny goes AWOL from Fort Dix, stowing a homemade bomb. Also arriving are Artie’s old school chum Billy, now a successful Hollywood producer, and his starlet girlfriend.


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Alum Drew Shirley to Present The 2019-2020 George R.R. Pflaum Memorial Lecture

Nov. 18, 2019 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The 2019-2020 George R.R. Pflaum Memorial Lecture at Emporia State University will be presented by Alum Drew Shirley (BFA, 2007), an actor and director who lives in Chicago with his wife, Erika. He will present the Pflaum memorial lecture at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 in the R.Q. Frederickson Theatre in Roosevelt Hall. After his remarks, Shirley will take questions from those in attendance.




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Campus Buzz From President Allison D. Garrett

Nov. 6, 2019 Administration

A flag ceremony featuring an ESU alum and retired soldier, a U.S. Army band and free admissions for active and retired military to the Hornet football game were just some of the events honoring veterans on Nov. 2, as Emporia State University helped kick off the All Veterans Tribute in Emporia, the Official Founding City of Veterans Day.



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ESU Honors Veterans with Events Saturday and Beyond

Oct. 29, 2019 Alumni

A flag ceremony featuring an ESU alum and retired soldier, a U.S. Army band and free admissions for active and retired military to the Hornet football game are just some of the events honoring veterans on Nov. 2, as Emporia State University helps kick off the All Veterans Tribute in Emporia, the Official Founding City of Veterans Day.


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Encore Performances of Emporia WWII Film at ESU

Oct. 28, 2019 University Libraries & Archives

As part of Emporia’s All Veterans Tribute!, Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives will present the documentary “From Horse Cavalry to B-29: The Kansas Homefront During World War II” twice next week.


Halloween Donations for Emporia Animal Shelter

Oct. 28, 2019 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Locard Society of Forensic Science, a student organization at Emporia State, is collecting items for the Emporia Animal Shelter during trick-or-treating on Rural Street. This is the fourth year the group has used the city event to help others.