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News in 2020


Campus Closed August 11 for Power Repairs

Aug. 7, 2020 Administration

Emporia State University will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 11, to make needed repairs to the campus electrical system. During the closure — between 6 a.m. Aug. 11 to 6 a.m. Aug. 12 — the campus will have no power. All buildings will be closed and locked.


Blackbaud Data Security Incident

Aug. 5, 2020 Foundation

The information below relates to a data security incident involving Blackbaud, Inc., a service provider of the ESU Foundation.


ESU Launches Mass Testing of Campus Community for COVID

Aug. 5, 2020 Administration

Emporia State University has partnered with a Lenexa laboratory to provide testing for COVID-19 to all faculty, staff and students expected on the Emporia campus for fall 2020. Funding came from the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Taskforce, which is in charge of distribution of CARES Act funding.


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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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New Chair in Business Brings Depth of Experience

July 16, 2020 School of Business

A professor with a wide breadth of experience beyond accounting is the new chair of the Accounting, Information Systems, and Finance Department in the School of Business at Emporia State University. Dr. Mary Teal assumes the role Monday, July 20.


International Student Enrollment Restrictions Lifted

July 14, 2020 Administration

I am very pleased to tell you that the federal government today rescinded its guidance that would have forced Emporia State international students to leave the United States if we must move to remote classes. The guidance, originally issued July 6, was rescinded to resolve a federal lawsuit brought by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



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Summer Internship Dream Come True — Even Working From Home

July 6, 2020 School of Business

Ryan Wagner, a senior marketing student at Emporia State University from Silver Lake, landed the internship of his dreams — working for Stamford Media Center as a digital marketing and operations intern. The current environment and COVID-19 restrictions haven’t stopped him from getting an amazing experience, despite doing all of his work from home in Emporia.


Coach Education Program Re-Accredited

June 22, 2020 The Teachers College

Besides teachers and parents, who spends evenings, weekends — countless hours a year — working with children under the age of 18? Coaches.


athletic training graduate program earns accreditation

June 15, 2020 The Teachers College

Emporia State is now able to offer a graduate program in athletic training, having recently earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.