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News in 2021


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Hornet Hills Name of New ESU Disc Golf Course

June 10, 2021 Foundation

After soliciting naming ideas from Emporia State students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, the new disc golf course on campus will be called Hornet Hills. The three people who suggested the name will receive gift cards to Dynamic Discs from company founder and ESU alumnus, Jeremy Rusco.


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Bringing People Together

June 10, 2021 Administration

When Dr. David Cordle leaves his office in Plumb Hall for the last time in June, he will conclude a career in higher education that spans four decades. If you count his years as a student, he has spent five decades on college and university campuses.


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Douglas J. Cohen’s ‘No Way to Treat a Lady’ Is Summer Musical Production

June 9, 2021 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Emporia State University Theatre presents Douglas J. Cohen's “No Way to Treat a Lady” as the 2021 Summer Theatre Musical at 7:30 p.m. on June 23, 24, 25 and 26. This fast-paced, murder-musical comedy is set in seedy 1970s New York. Follow lovable schlub-of-a-detective Morris Brummel in his pursuit of a serial strangler across the city, while he negotiates a romance with a woman way out of his league. Who will be the first to grab the daily headlines: the killer or the detective?


Emporia State Drops Mask Mandate, Other COVID Protocols

June 7, 2021 Administration

Requirements to wear masks, social distance and disinfect classrooms and offices ended today at Emporia State University. In a communication to all faculty, staff and students, ESU President Allison D. Garrett shared that campus is officially back to normal.


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ESU Student Places in Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge

June 1, 2021 School of Business

An Emporia State business administration student took third place in the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge recently. Kendra Kratzberg, a senior from New Strawn, earned $1,000 for her idea “ShowUP.”



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William Allen White Children’s Book Winners Announced

May 24, 2021 University Libraries & Archives

The spirit of the supernatural is the common denominator between the two books selected by Kansas schoolchildren for the 2021 William Allen White Children’s Book Awards. Voters in Grades 3 through 5 selected “Small Spaces” by Katherine Arden. Voters in Grades 6 through 8 chose “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes.


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New Online Program Focused on Dyslexia

May 19, 2021 The Teachers College

A new program aimed to help teachers who have students struggling with dyslexia is available through Emporia State University.


ESU Undergraduate Commencement Moved Indoors

May 14, 2021 Administration

Saturday’s undergraduate commencement ceremony for Emporia State University will be indoors at White Auditorium, 111 E. Sixth Ave., in Emporia.