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Students’ Essays Bring Scholarships

Feb. 21, 2020 Alumni

Two Emporia State students who believe in serving others and giving back have won scholarships in an annual essay contest. Jack Jewett of Wichita received $1,000, and Gaby Amparan of Liberal received $863 at today’s ESU Founders’ Day celebration.


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Campus Buzz From President Allison D. Garrett

Feb. 19, 2020 Administration

Dr. Jim Persinger, professor of psychology, and Kaylee Lacey, freshman pre-nursing major, were interviewed in November for NBC’s Today Show about parents using the Life360 app to keep track of their adult children. The finished package aired Jan. 7.


ESU Theatre Presents ‘Death by Design’

Feb. 17, 2020 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Emporia State University Theatre will present a new comedy, “Death by Design,” as the opening production of its spring season. Playwright Rob Urbinati is a New York playwright with close ties to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and his alma mater, University of Oregon.


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Presentation Explores the Harlem Renaissance and Kansas

Feb. 17, 2020 University Libraries & Archives

ESU Special Collections and Archives will host “The Harlem Renaissance,” a presentation and discussion by Lem Sheppard, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Learning Commons of William Allen White Library. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program.



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Celebrate Founders’ Day at ESU

Feb. 11, 2020 Alumni

Emporia State University will mark 157 years of educational excellence with its annual Founders’ Day celebration.



Finalists for The Teachers College Dean Set to Visit Campus

Feb. 7, 2020 The Teachers College

Three finalists for the position of dean of The Teachers College at Emporia State University will visit the campus during February. Each candidate’s visit will include a presentation to the campus community and public followed by questions and answers. In addition to these presentations, each candidate will meet with the search committee and administrators, faculty, staff and students as they complete the interview process.


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Campus Buzz From President Allison D. Garrett

Feb. 7, 2020 Administration

Ed Eilert (BSB 1962, MS 1962) was named an Outstanding Kansas Citian of the Year by The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City. Eilert is chair of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. The award is designed to recognize individuals who have contributed to the well-being and/or historic preservation of the greater Kansas City metro area, through their professional work, civic engagement or volunteerism, or who have simply become part of Kansas City’s history.


Terry Family Recognized for Hornet Heritage by ESU Alumni Association

Feb. 4, 2020 Alumni

An important and influential family with an Emporia State family legacy is being recognized this weekend at the ESU basketball game. Paul and Odessa Terry didn’t merely dream that all eight of their children would graduate from college; they expected it. The children didn’t disappoint and, as a result, the Terrys will be honored as a 2020 Hornet Heritage Family by Emporia State University’s Alumni Association on Saturday, Feb. 8, during the Hornets’ home basketball game.