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Join us tomorrow on February 17th at 7pm for Swing Dancing lessons in the social hall of the Didde Catholic Center. We will provide water, but if you want to bring a water bottle go ahead! Future dates of this will be announced! Hope to see you there!!

Didde Catholic Campus Center 
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Roberta Rockers2/16/2017 12:14 PM

Attention Hornet Community!​

The ESU Iota Chapter of KDP International Honor Society for Educators invite you to join us for Lace Up for Literacy: An Amazing Race!  Teams of 4 will complete to solve clues, perform tasks, and avoid detours as they race against the clock to navigate their way through the ESU campus and the Emporia Main Street area.  The event will begin at 9:00 a.m.Saturday, April 8th at the ESU Memorial Union.  Our course will be “Dr. Seuss” themed. Prizes will be given for the best Seuss-themed team costumes and race winners. A portion of the proceeds will pay for travel grants for school children to attend the WAW Book Celebration in October.  

Get your team of 4 together and join us for a great adventure!  A flyer can be downloaded from our website:
Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society for Educators.2/16/2017 12:15 PM

Join us in the Miller room in the Memorial Union at 5:15 tonight.

New members are welcome!

Our goal is to create a philanthropic feeling and sense of pride among current and future alumni and across campus. Helping fellow students succeed by administering an emergency scholarship. Gaining professional development and establishing relationships with students, alumni and friends of Emporia State University.​

We hope to see you there.

Emmy Edie2/16/2017 12:16 PM

International Studies Abroad (ISA) will be visiting ESU on Tuesday, February 21st! A representative will be tabling on Main Street in the Memorial Union from 11 am – 1 pm. Please stop by if you have any questions about studying abroad through ISA!

ISA offers many different programs in 28 countries around the world. They have study abroad programs for a semester, academic year, summer with options like service-learning or internships, as well as traditional study abroad.

For more information about ISA, check out their website:

Please contact the Office of International Education if you have any questions - or 620-341-5374. We are located in the lower level of the Memorial Union, just under the Hornet's Nest.​

 The Office of International Education2/16/2017 12:17 PM
SAVE THE DATE! April 1st is the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to Fight Suicide at Emporia State!    Stop by and see us on Friday in front of the bookstore and check out our Be the Voice merchandise as well as get registered for the walk.  FREE registration!

Interested in joining Hornets for Hope: Students Against Suicide?​

Email Sammie Bellavia @

Melissa Kurtenbach 2/16/2017 12:20 PM

The Mail Center will be closed Friday.  If you have urgent mailings that need to go out, try to get them over by 2:00 today.

 Mail Center2/16/2017 12:50 PM

With the open carry gun law quickly approaching, I am collecting data to see if students would like to have a firearm safety course offered at Emporia State University. Please click on the link below to access the 5 minute survey.

Thank you. 

Katie Barnhart2/16/2017 1:02 PM

A number of generous organizations in the Emporia area and donors to ESU have made it possible for the Office of Disability Services to offer scholarships for “eligible students with disabilities.” The intent of the scholarships is to in help support your learning and benefit from the education you receive at ESU.​

You can find the scholarship on our website at or come to Plumb Hall 106 and pick up a paper copy of the application. Please return the application to Plumb Hall 106 or email the scholarship to​

SAC Student Advising Center2/17/2017 12:06 PM
RELATIONSHIPS: It's Complicated!   
Mark your calendars for February 27th: At 7:30 pm in the Skyline room of the Memorial Union, nationally recognized speaker Sarah Swafford will be here to share some wisdom and practical tips on relationships between men and women--and how to eliminate the unnecessary drama! This is an event you definitely do not want to miss. After her talk, there will be open Q&A for all your pressing questions. Refreshments will be served!
For more information on this event, contact:
Didde Catholic Campus Center  
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Roberta Rockers2/17/2017 12:08 PM

Next Friday come join us for a great meal for only a dollar!! The Didde Catholic Campus Center Social hall is open to hang out with friends and enjoy homemade food by AKL and ASA! Serving from 5-7:30 pm. Staff and Students of Emporia State are all welcomed!​

Didde Catholic Campus Center 
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Roberta Rockers 2/17/2017 12:09 PM

Sunday, February 19th at 8:30 in the evening come join us for a faith filled evening that starts off with FREE PIZZA! If you are curious about the catholic faith or want to find new ways to strengthen your faith this is the place to explore those ideas. Listen to a motivational talk on how to live our lives to the fullest then go into small group discussions. We will end with Praise and Worship! Bring a friend and an empty stomach! Thank you so much for joining us and taking a step in your faith!

Didde Catholic Campus Center 
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Roberta Rockers 2/17/2017 12:10 PM

IT will be performing maintenance on the ESU web site between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 18th, 2017.   Sometime during this time frame, there will be a very brief interruption of service, anticipated to be less than two minutes.  If you try to access the ESU web site during this outage, you will receive an error.  In that case, please try again in a few minutes.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your patience as we perform this critical maintenance.

Information Technology2/17/2017 12:11 PM

Friday, February 24th, 2017

1:30pm - 4:00pm    

Memorial Union Main St


Everyone is encouraged to wear his/her traditional costume to class or work on this day and at 1:30pm come to the Tea Party to enjoy teas from around the world. All teas are complimentary for everyone so make sure to try them all. This is a great event to take beautiful pictures so make sure to be there!


For more information about this program, please email Noble Orajiato

James F. Harter and Dorine D. Harter Office of International Education2/17/2017 1:20 PM

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Webb Hall, Memorial Union


This event provides an opportunity to share and learn about cultures from around the world through different types of International food and performances.


Invitation to Participate as a Food Vendor:

RSO and Non-RSO groups are invited to participate as a food vendor. All food prepared must represent a culture. Registration fee of $15 will be collected for the James F. Harter International Student Scholarship fund. Space is limited so it will be a first-come-first-serve basis. Deadline for registration is Friday, March 3rd, 2017.


Invitation to Participate as a Performer:

If you have talent to showcase your culture (singing, playing music instrument, dancing, fashion show, etc.), we want you! You can either perform solo or as a group.

Students from different background are encouraged to participate.


Save the date! Tell your friends and families as well!

For more information please contact Noble Orajiato at

James F. Harter and Dorine D. Harter Office of International Education2/17/2017 1:21 PM

Students:  Don’t miss this substantial Scholarship Opportunity!!
The Ethnic and Gender Studies Program is accepting applications for the Susan B. Anthony Scholarship.  This scholarship is normally in the $1,000- $1,200 range and will be awarded to the (male or female) student who best satisfies the following requirements:
(1)    Demonstrates/has demonstrated the greatest or most beneficial contribution to the growth and education of women on the Emporia State University campus.
(2)    Demonstrates excellence in scholarship (i.e., grade point average and academic honors).
(3)   Shows financial need.
Application forms can be picked up in the Ethnic and Gender Studies Office, located in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, 433 South Morse Hall.  The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8th.  Submit completed forms to the Ethnic and Gender Studies Office, 433 S. Morse. We encourage any current ESU student who feels they qualify to submit an application.
If you have questions, please contact Heidi Hamilton,, 341-5703.
the Ethnic and Gender Studies Program.2/17/2017 1:39 PM

If you are planning on studying abroad Summer 2017 or Fall 2017, please be sure to fill out your ESU study abroad application packet and bring it by the Office of International Education by the deadline of Friday, March 24th.


You can find information on the available programs and the application on our website:


For more information about study abroad programs, email us at or come by the Office of International Education in room 40 of the lower level of the Memorial Union.

the Office of International Education2/17/2017 1:40 PM

The 2017 Ruth Schillinger Award will be presented at the annual reception for Women’s History Month. The Ethnic and Gender Studies Program is now accepting nominations for the award.
Ruth Schillinger was a beloved faculty member at Emporia State University in the mid-twentieth century.  She was also ESU’s last Dean of Women. Dr. Schillinger died in 1997 and is commemorated through this annual award.  Past recipients have included Dr. Betsy Yanik, Dr. Ellen Hansen, former Dean Marie Miller, Dr. Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro, and Professor Amy Sage Webb. The complete list of past recipients is available on the Ethnic and Gender Studies website. 
The Ruth Schillinger Award is presented to a member of the faculty who has been nominated by a colleague, student, or other interested individual. The text on the plaque reads: “The Ruth Schillinger Faculty Award for Outstanding Service to the Women of Emporia State University is presented to (Prof X) in recognition of her/his many contributions to the lives of Emporia women.”  The recipient should be involved in service to the women of Emporia State University in capacities such as teaching, mentoring, advising and/or publishing. The award recipient will be selected by a committee of faculty from across the campus.
Nominating materials should include the letter of nomination, the nominee’s current vita, and additional letters of support. Please submit all materials to the Office of Ethnic and Gender Studies, located in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, 433 South Morse Hall, Campus Box 4076.  Nominations must be submitted by 5PM on Wednesday, March 8th.  Hard copy or electronic nominations are both acceptable. If electronic, send materials by email to with Schillinger Nomination in the subject line.
 the Ethnic and Gender Studies Program.2/17/2017 1:41 PM

The Ethnic and Gender Studies Program is now accepting nominations for the Dr. Mary Headrick award.  Dr. Headrick was known for her tireless efforts to ESU and in the Emporia community to help women reach their full potential.  This award is designed for those who go the extra mile, making a long-term commitment to promoting the growth of women and girls in our schools and community, in such capacities as mentoring, service, or acting as a role model.  Recipients of the award may be members of the ESU community, such as faculty or staff, or members of the larger Emporia community.
Nomination forms are available in the Ethnic and Gender Studies office, located within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, 433 South Morse Hall, or by contacting Dr. Heidi Hamilton,, 341-5703.
Nominations are due by 5PM on Wednesday, March 8th.
the Ethnic and Gender Studies Program.2/17/2017 1:41 PM

Consider attending and/or presenting at the Tell Your Story mini-conference. Who better to learn new strategies and techniques for teaching online than your fellow faculty? Tell Your Story is a series of mini presentations conducted by ESU faculty. Each session is 15-20 minutes long and will cover a different topic. Everything from grading using Zoom, to strategies to engage students in discussions, to ideas for project-based and activity-based learning, to video-based homework assignments. Stop in and hear what your peers are doing!


Day: Friday, March 10th

Time: Refer to online schedule

Where: White Library 400C

No registration required. Come and go.


For more information, including a link to the proposal form, go to:


 Rob Gibson2/20/2017 12:14 PM


It is with great pleasure that I announce our 2017 Distinguished Alumni of Emporia State University.  The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor granted to a living, degree-bearing alumnus of ESU.  Here are this year’s recipients:


  • Ross Bjork (BS ‘95 Recreation) – Since 2012, Ross has served as the Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Mississippi/Ole Miss.  The youngest AD among the “power five” conference institutions, Ross led Western Kentucky’s Athletic Department prior to going to Ole Miss and has served in athletic roles at UCLA, the University of Miami, the University of Missouri, and other athletic programs throughout the Midwest since graduating from ESU. 


  • Dan Deines (MS ’74 – Accounting) – Nationally known and respected in the field of accounting, Dan serves as Professor, Department of Accounting and Head of Accounting Pilot and Bridge Project at Kansas State University, holding the KPMG Ralph Crouch Professor Chair of Accounting at KSTATE.  Dan is a true testament to the degree of quality of ESU’s accounting department. 


  • Duane French (BS ’79 – Rehabilitation Counseling) – Now serving as director of disability services for the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services, Duane formerly held a similar role in the State of Alaska.  A quadriplegic since age 14, Duane was an engaged advocate for the passages of ADA and has been commended for his work in advocating for individuals with spinal cord injuries and passing the ADA alongside the likes of Christopher Reeve. 


  • Sue Givens (BSE ’77 – El Ed) – Sue serves as Superintendent of Schools for El Dorado (Kansas) and this year’s Superintendent of the Year in the State of Kansas.  Sue is a respected and accomplished leader of public education in Kansas and beyond.  Sue is a true Hornet: she married a Hornet (Bruce – now retired special education director and current State Representative) and their daughter Megan is also a graduate (BSB ‘03 Computer Information Systems / works for Koch Industries)


  • Jim Trecek (BSE ’67 – English) – perhaps the world’s most interesting man – or at least the world’s most interesting Hornet - Jim’s resume highlights include creating of The Travel Channel and having top security clearance.  Venture capitalist, strategic planner, counter intelligence officer, corporate public relations officer – these are just a few things that Jim has done professionally.  Perhaps a “stay thirsty, my friends” moment is due. 


These individuals will be honored during Homecoming 2017 on November 3 and 4.  Stay tuned for more information on each of these outstanding recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award.   


Yours for ESU,



Tyler Curtis2/20/2017 12:16 PM

The Bonner & Bonner Diversity Lecture Book group meets tomorrow, February 21, at 6:30 pm in the Honors College Seminar Room on the 4th Floor of the William Allen White Library. Teachers preparation, roles of principals and teachers, and teachers’ unions will be some of the topics discussed. The context of our discussion is Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve – Even If It Means Picking a Fight, by Dr. Steve Perry, and a book with opposing viewpoints: A Smarter Charter: Finding What Works for Charter Schools and Public Education. Copies of the books are available from the Honors College and at the University Libraries and Archives. Everyone is welcome. Contact Megan Mahoney ( with questions or if interested in participating through Zoom.

Megan Mahoney2/20/2017 12:17 PM

Blue Key Honor Society has 3 shirts left from I Heart ESU week. All shirts are size 2XL in white. If you would like to purchase one, please stop by Career Services with exactly $5 in cash or a check made out to Blue Key Honor Society--we will not have change available!

Blue Key Honor Society2/20/2017 12:20 PM

Some additional repair work on the south steps of the Memorial Union will begin Tuesday, February 21st and should only last the one day, therefore the first and second-floor entrances will be closed. 

Please plan to use the west, Union Square, or south, Webb Hall stairway, entrance.  Thank you for your patience as this repair work is completed.

Memorial Union2/20/2017 12:21 PM

The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a program that allows students to study a semester or academic year at another institution within the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands or Canada! Since it is an exchange program, students pay ESU tuition and fees then pay living expenses (room and board) at host university.​

Reasons to study through NSE:

·         Check out graduate schools

·         Explore other activities not offered here (surfing, skiing, deep water fishing, etc)

·         Take courses not available at ESU

·         Become more independent and resourceful

·         Experience a different part of U.S. or Canada

·         Many more!!​

Deadline is this Friday, February 24th for Fall 2017 or academic year! Preference for Spring 2018 deadline is Friday, but there are mid-year placements as well.


Check out the NSE website!

For more information, contact or stop by the Office of International Education, located in the lower level of the Memorial Union (under the Hornet's Nest).

Office of International Education2/20/2017 12:24 PM

If you haven’t been able to come to one of our training sessions, there’s still time to sign up.  You will need to configure OneDrive in order to move your Y:/ drive data, before the March 1stdeadline for faculty and staff.  In this class, we’ll show you how to install OneDrive and move your data. We have 2 more classes this week.  Check out our calendar, here, and use the form to sign up today!

Information Technology2/20/2017 12:26 PM

International Studies Abroad (ISA) will be visiting ESU TOMORROW Tuesday, February 21! A representative will be tabling on Main Street in the Memorial Union from 11 am – 1 pm. Please stop by if you have any questions about studying abroad through ISA!​

ISA offers many different programs in 28 countries. They have study abroad programs for a semester, academic year, or a summer. ISA also provides service-learning and internship opportunities.


For more information about ISA, check out their website:


To learn more about study abroad programs, email us at or come by the Office of International Education in room 40 of the lower level of the Memorial Union.​

The Office of International Education  2/20/2017 1:24 PM

Associated Student Government and Corky's Cupboard are teaming up to host the Spring Canned Food Drive of 2017!
Dates: February 28th-March 2nd
Times: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM each day
Location: CSI Lounge (in the Memorial Union)
Needed items: Pasta, cornbread, cereal, oatmeal, crackers, canned chicken, tuna, and snacks.

Corky's Cupboard takes care of Emporia State students, so let us take care of it.
Help restock needed items and finish the semester strong!! 

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in volunteering for this event, e-mail ASG Treasurer, Mia Combs ( or ASG President, Elijah Williams (

Mia Combs2/20/2017 1:50 PM

Who's ready for another exciting week of Emporia State basketball?! ESU Ambassadors will be handing out free T-Shirts to the first 75 students with their student ID through the gate at both the women's and men's games on February 23rd. T-Shirt giveaway will begin 15 minutes before each game. Women's game starts at 5:30 & the Men's game starts at 7:30. Go Hornets!


ESU Ambassadors2/21/2017 12:06 PM

Hornets for Hope: Students Against Suicide is hosting the Annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk on April 1st.  We need a facepainter for our event.  If you are interested in donating your time and talent please contact:

Melissa Kurtenbach @

Please join us on April 1st to join the movement to prevent suicide.  FREE registration!  Visit to register today!​
Melissa Kurtenbach2/21/2017 12:08 PM

Emporia State Football is seeking applicants for a marketing intern. We are looking for applicants who are self-motivated, detail oriented, communicate effectively, and have the ability to problem solve. Applicants should have a background in Photoshop and understand the importance of social media in marketing. We would like applicants to be experienced using all social media platforms (i.e. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc). The position would meet for 1 hour, two times a week w/ the coaching staff to go over ideas and then have the freedom to make each project their own. All Applicants can send their information to Coach Bryan Nardo, (@CoachNardo27) or contact him for more information.

Bryan Nardo2/21/2017 12:13 PM

Emporia State Football is Currently looking for Student Assistants, Student Coaches & Student Managers to help run day-to-day operations within our football program. Two of these positions could possibly come with a stipend. This is a great opportunity to build your resume and make connections in the coaching profession. If interested please contact either Coach Bryan Nardo through email or on Twitter @CoachNardo27, or Coach Nathan Linsey @CoachLinsey.

Coach Nardo  2/21/2017 12:15 PM

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

3:30 – 5 pm

Special Collections and Archives​

Comedy! Laughs! A break from the homework that you have already been procrastinating to do! Come join Zoiks! as they perform and make you laugh in the hallway by Room 119 in the William Allen White Library. The audience is limited to 25 seats so be sure to get here as early as you can.


Special Collections and Archives  2/21/2017 12:19 PM

Come join Peterson Planetarium on Thursday February 23 from 6:30pm-7:45pm for our weekly NASA nights series! This week come hear guest speaker NASA engineer Phil Knocke present about his role in programming and operating the Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity. 
Admission is free, seating limited, 620-341-5636 for reservations.

Dr. Susan Aber2/21/2017 12:20 PM

Wednesday, February 22nd

Event:  Wind Ensemble Concert

Details: The Emporia State University Wind Ensemble is a 60 member group, consisting of the university’s premiere wind players and percussionists. The group has recently performed the music of composers such as Vincent Persichetti, Dmitri Shostakovich, William Schumann and Eric Whitacre. The Wind Ensemble has released two compact discs, Rituals of Fire and Racing With the Sun, featuring the music of ESU composers.  The Emporia High School Symphonic Band will be joining them for this performance.

Time:   7:30pm

Admission: $5.00 for General Admission, $4.00 for Students and Senior Citizens, Children 12 and under are free


Thursday, February 23rd

Event:  Dr. Kevin Snyder

DetailsUsing his experience as a struggling youth who battled depression, an eating disorder and even being arrested, Dr. Kevin Snyder has transformed himself into one of the most dynamic motivational speakers and inspirational authors. Through his programs and books, he has helped nearly half a million people discover their passion and leadership abilities.  Kevin’s passion for experiencing life and living it to the fullest exudes in everything he does. His energy is contagious and it will inspire you to never take yours for granted.  Sponsored by Fraternity and Sorority life

Time:   7pm

Admission: Free​

Albert Taylor Hall2/21/2017 12:22 PM

Get to know an international student at ESU by becoming a conversation partner!​

The Intensive English program is seeking individuals willing to spend one hour each week having an informal conversation with an international student. The conversation partners program pairs international students that are learning English with fluent English speakers for casual conversation. In addition to building friendships, the goal of the program is to give the students a chance to practice using spoken English in a relaxed setting, as well as to further intercultural communication and understanding on campus.


Partners meet for one hour each week, throughout the semester. The partners choose a time and public place to meet that is convenient for them both. During meetings, the conversation partners have a casual chat about topics that are interesting to them.


Students, faculty, and staff are welcome. All fluent English speakers are welcome to be a conversation partner. You do not have to be a native speaker of English.


For more information or to become a conversation partner, contact the Intensive English Program at .


Intensive English Program2/21/2017 12:23 PM

A town hall meeting will be held, Moving Beyond Islamophobia and other Prejudices, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Blue Key Room in the Memorial Union. This meeting will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to interact, voice their opinions and propose how Emporia State University should move forward to combat Islamophobia and other prejudices. 

Brandy Nance2/21/2017 12:48 PM

Dr. Inge Auerbacher, a Holocaust survivor and human rights activist will be speaking tonight in the Memorial Union Ballroom.  Dr. Auerbacher was one of the 1% of 15,000 children who survived a Nazi concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.  She is an accomplished chemist, author, and inspirational speaker. Come join us tonight, Tuesday, February 21st in the Memorial Union Ballroom at 7pm.  Free and open to the public.

Union Activities Council2/21/2017 2:59 PM