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News in 2022


ESU Theatre Presents ‘Curtains: A Musical Whodunit’ for Homecoming Production

Oct. 4, 2022 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Emporia State University Theatre presents “Curtains,” written by Rupert Holmes with lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander, as the 2022 Homecoming musical. Director of Theatre Dr. Pete Rydberg teams up with longtime choreographer partner Cindy Severt for this dance-filled comedy.


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Forensic Science Open House Launches Fourth Annual Seminar Series

Oct. 4, 2022 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Two murder cases with ties to Emporia are the focus of the first two sessions of the fourth annual Master of Science in Forensic Science Seminar Series at Emporia State University. The five seminars throughout the 2022-23 academic year focus on “Kansas Crimes.”


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Emporia State Invests in Department of Music

Sept. 30, 2022 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Emporia State University continues to elevate and reimagine its future through the announcement of the following additions in the Department of Music.


Emporia State University draws more new students than in 2021

Sept. 29, 2022 Administration

Emporia State University’s class of new incoming students show double-digit increase in the 20th day of enrollment figures for fall 2022. New freshmen students saw a 12% increase over 2021, new transfer students 15% and new graduate students 7% for an overall increase of 10% for new students compared to fall 2021.


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Emporia State Invests in Department of Art

Sept. 28, 2022 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Emporia State University has a long history of excellence in the Department of Art. A tight-knit community of educators, artists and designers, Hornets work with internationally recognized faculty to get a degree in one of six studio concentrations, pursue a teaching degree in art education, or prepare for masters’ study in art therapy.


Four Recognized with University Service Citation Awards

Sept. 27, 2022 Alumni

The ESU Alumni Association’s University Service Citation Award recognizes alumni and friends of the University who have made unique and significant contributions to the University, its students and staff members.



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‘Impactful’ and ‘Dedicated’ Educator Named Endowed Professor

Sept. 13, 2022 The Teachers College

Dr. Beth Dobler was named the 2022-23 King Endowed Professor recently by The Teachers College at Emporia State University. She is a professor in the Department of Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education at Emporia State.