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News in 2020



Students Compete for Grants in Community Impact Challenge

Oct. 27, 2020 Student Life

Finalist teams for the third annual Community Impact Challenge will make their pitches at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, for a chance to win a grant to put into action their ideas to address challenges facing the Emporia community.


ESU Offers Online Bachelor’s in Sport Leadership and Recreation

Oct. 21, 2020 The Teachers College

Americans, regardless of their age, spend a significant amount of time involved in sport and recreational activities. This has led to a trillion-dollar industry. As this industry continues to grow, there is a need to develop effective leaders who can meet the demands of competitive and evolving markets.


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Kossover Family Tennis Complex Construction Begins

Oct. 20, 2020 Foundation

Work has begun on Emporia State University’s newest building project — the $3.8 million Kossover Family Tennis Complex, a one-of-a kind facility for tennis in our region.


Two Book Readings in Late October

Oct. 20, 2020 University Libraries & Archives

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives invites the campus and community to literary readings from two Kansas novels published by Meadowlark Books, an Emporia-based independent press dedicated to books from the Midwest. To view livestreams and recordings of these events, and to submit questions for Q&A segments, attendees can visit emporia.edu/live.


COVID Pandemic Cancels 2021 Kansas Master Teacher Awards

Oct. 19, 2020 The Teachers College

The Kansas Master Teacher program at Emporia State University is another temporary casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic after the award committee decided to suspend the awards for the 2020-21 academic year.


Euripides’ ‘Medea’ is Fall Production for ESU Theatre

Oct. 19, 2020 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Emporia State University Theatre presents Euripides’ “Medea,” in a new version by Ben Power, as its fall 2020 show. Two free performances will be presented on the steps of ESU’s Memorial Union at 5 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31 with an alternate performance scheduled for Nov. 1, in case of inclement weather. The production runs 90 minutes.


Cecil O’Brate, Walter Beech Inducted Into Kansas Business Hall of Fame

Oct. 19, 2020 School of Business

Cecil O’Brate and the late Walter Beech have been announced as the 2020 Kansas Business Hall of Fame inductees. This marks the 32nd year of inductions into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame, located at Emporia State University in the School of Business’ Cremer Hall.



ESU Offers Educators Help in Meeting the Social-Emotional Needs of Youth

Oct. 12, 2020 The Teachers College

“Children are not robots, what happens in their lives outside of school — particularly at this time — impacts their ability to learn,” said Melissa Gerleman, instructor in the Department of Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education. With an ever-growing awareness of students needing their feelings addressed for learning to occur, Gerleman worked with colleagues to develop coursework for educators wanting to help students.