Emporia State University

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Emporia State University
Emporia State University seal.png
Latin: Emporia Universitate
Motto I'm A Hornet[1]
Established 1863
Type State university
Endowment US$71.009 million[2]
President Michael Shonrock
(January 03, 2012-present)
Provost David P. Cordle
Vice Presidents Werner Golling
(Administration & Fiscal Affairs)
DenaSue Potestio
(University Advancement)
Jim Williams
(Student Affairs)
Academic staff 240
Admin. staff 610
Students 6,033 (fall 2013)
Undergraduates 3,773
Postgraduates 2,260
Location 1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

38°24′58″N 96°10′47″W / 38.416023°N 96.179584°W / 38.416023; -96.179584Coordinates: 38°24′58″N 96°10′47″W / 38.416023°N 96.179584°W / 38.416023; -96.179584
Campus 218 acres (0.88 km2)
Former names Kansas State Normal
Kansas State Teachers College
Emporia Kansas State College
Colors      Black
     Old Gold
Athletics Division II (NCAA)
Sports 13 Varsity Teams
Nickname Hornets
Mascot Corky the Hornet
Website emporia.edu
Emporia State University wordmark.png

Emporia State University (ESU) is a state-funded university in Emporia, Kansas, United States, east of the Flint Hills in Lyon County. It is governed by the Kansas Board of Regents.


Michael Shonrock, Emporia State's current president.

The University was founded in March 1863 when the Kansas Legislature passed the enabling act to establish the Kansas State Normal School. The school's first graduating class consisted of two women — Ellen Plumb and Mary Jane Watson[3]— in 1867, the year the first permanent building was completed.

The name "Normal" originated in France during the 17th century and was given to schools that had "model" classrooms or schools designed to educate teachers-in-training the proper practices of teaching students. The United States had many Normal schools in the 19th century and most changed their names to "Teachers College". Many later became "State Universities."[4]

In 1876, the Kansas Legislature passed the "Miscellaneous appropriations bill of 1876".[5] The end result was that Leavenworth Normal and Concordia Normal were closed so the state funding for normal schools could be directed to Emporia.[6]

KSN branched out with locations in Pittsburg and Hays, Kansas. The western branch in Hays opened June 3, 1902 and today is Fort Hays State University. The Pittsburg branch was opened as the Manual Training Auxiliary School in 1904 and became a four-year school named Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg in 1913. Today it is Pittsburg State University.[7]

In February 1923, the name of the school was changed to the Kansas State Teachers College. In July 1974, the name was changed to Emporia Kansas State College. On April 21, 1977, the college became Emporia State University. Even before any of the name changes were made official by the Kansas Legislature and Board of Regents, though, the school was called Emporia State unofficially by some in the public and in many news reports.[8]

The Kansas Board of Regents is the governing body for ESU. Since 1863, more than 150,000 students have studied at ESU.[9] Emporia State prides itself in being a university that has been changing lives since 1863 and 2013 marked its 150th year.

Dr. Michael Shonrock became the 16th president of Emporia State University on Jan. 3, 2012.[10]

Academic organization[edit]

Aerial View of Emporia State University

Emporia State University comprises four colleges: the School of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Library and Information Management, and the Teachers College.

In July of 2013, Emporia State University was named a Great College to Work For[11] by the Chronicle of Higher Education[12] and Princeton Review[13] included ESU among its "Best of the Midwest" institutions of higher education.

School of Business[edit]

The Emporia State University School of Business is a public business school located on the main campus of Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. The ESU School of Business was founded in 1868 and currently has more than 30 faculty members and approximately 300 students.[14]

The School is an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) accredited school. The programs have been thoroughly reviewed and found to be of the highest quality. This distinction is found with less than 5% of business schools worldwide.[15]

Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics[edit]

The Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics, located in the School of Business, is a center made up of classes that will focus on communication, ethics, and entrepreneurial management.[16] The Center was funded through initial grants of $750,000 from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation and Koch Industries.[17]

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences[edit]

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in numerous fields, with an emphasis on health professions and related programs, biological and biomedical sciences, and social sciences. Courses are offered at the main campus, online, and at satellite campuses.[14]

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences[18] at Emporia State consists of:

  • Art[19]
  • Biological Sciences[20] (general biology, botany, ecology and biodiversity, zoology, microbial and cellular biology, physiology, aquatic biology, wildlife biology, genetics, pre-agriculture, pre-medical, pre-medical technology, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, pre-physical therapy, pre-veterinary, pre-physician assistant, pre-mortuary, biochemistry and molecular biology, and secondary teaching)
  • Communications and Theatre[21] (communication, debate, theatre, speech education)
  • English, Modern Languages, and Journalism[22] (English, creative writing, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, ESL, TESOL)
  • Math, Computer Science, and Economics[23]
  • Music[24]
  • Nursing[25]
  • Physical Sciences[26] (chemistry, earth science, physics, physical science teaching, geospatial analysis, pre-engineering, pre-medical, pre-pharmacy)
  • Social Sciences[27]
  • Sociology, Anthropology, and Crime and Delinquency Studies[28]

School of Library and Information Management[edit]

The School of Library and Information Management (SLIM)[29] is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) and consists of the Master of Library Science,[30] which can be acquired at the Emporia campus or one of its satellite locations: Overland Park, Kansas, Denver, Colorado, Salt Lake City, Utah, Orem, Utah, and Portland, Oregon.

Emporia State also offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Management,[31] an Archives Studies Certificate,[32] a Restricted School Specialist,[33] and an Alternate Route/Restricted License Program.[34]

One Room Schoolhouse at the Kansas State Teachers College

The Teachers College[edit]

The Emporia State University's Teachers College[35] is one of only four post-secondary institutions in the nation to be identified as an Exemplary Model Teacher Education program by Arthur Levine in his 2006 national study of teacher education programs.[36] The other three were Alverno College, Stanford University, and University of Virginia.[37] In 2011, The Teachers College was featured in a video produced by the U.S. Department of Education highlighting the use of professional development schools.

Kansas City Campus[edit]

Emporia State University–Kansas City is the branch campus of Emporia State, located in Overland Park.[38] The campus offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.[39][40]


The main buildings of Emporia State University are dedicated to someone or are an important part of Emporia State's history.[41]

Preston B. Plumb Hall
Frank A. Beach Music Hall
Building name Function of building
Preston B. Plumb Hall Administration, Financial Aid Services, Human Resources, Learning Center, and Classrooms
ESU Memorial Union Main Street (Lounge), Bookstore, Admissions, and Sodexo (Dining Services)
John E. King Hall Classrooms, Theatre Department, Arts and Communication Departments
William Allen White Library Computer Lab, Department of University Archives, Reference Center, Book Stacks
Roosevelt Hall College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Frank A. Beach Music Hall The Music Department
Abigail Morse Hall Upperclassmen Residence Hall, TRIO Program, and Student Wellness Center
Towers Complex Resident Halls for Freshman
Raymond Griffith Cremer Hall School of Business
John E. Visser Hall Teachers College
HPER Building Recreation Center and Athletics Department, Classrooms
Butcher Education Center Sociology, Anthropology, and Crime & Delinquency Studies Classrooms
Bruekelman-Cram Science Hall Classrooms, Peterson Planetarium
Earl Sauder Alumni Center ESU Foundation, Alumni Association
Cora Miller Hall Newman Regional Hospital, Division of Nursing

Student life[edit]


The "Victory Joe" Bell Tower
Main article: Emporia State Hornets

Emporia State University's intercollegiate athletic teams are known as the Hornets with the exception of the women's teams, which are known as the Lady Hornets. Emporia Staet competes in NCAA Division II and is a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). Since 1893, Emporia State has belonged to six conferences: the Kansas Conference, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the Great Plains Athletic Conference, the Central States Intercollegiate Conference and the MIAA.[42]

Of its varsity sports, Emporia States's women's basketball team has been the only one to claim a national title. The Lady Hornets, who was led by player Alli Volkens and head coach Brandon Schneider, won the 2010 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship, defeating the Fort Lewis College (Colorado) Skyhawks.[43] The men's basketball team is currently coached by Shaun Vandiver, a former NBA First Round Draft Pick.[44]

Since 1999, home basketball games have been played at William L. White Civic Auditorium, a 5,000-seat arena which is named after William Lindsay White, son of William Allen White.[45] In addition to serving as home to the men's and women's basketball teams, the arena is used by the Lady Raiders volleyball team.[46] In 2008, WLW Civic Auditorium received an upgrade with a new scoreboard and video board, as well as a new color scheme on the arena floor and the throughout the entire building.[45]

The Hornets football team, is currently coached by former Hornets quarterback Garin Higgins.[47] Since joining the MIAA in 1991, the Hornets have gone 98–125 in conference play.[48] The Hornets have also participated in five post-season bowls in which three of those were wins.[48]

Francis G. Welch Stadium serves as home to the Hornets football team.[49] The stadium, who is named for long-time Emporia State football coach and athletic director Fran Welch, opened in 1947 and since then has gone under a few renovations. In 1994, the east and west side concession areas, restroom facilities, and entrances were renovated, a new scoreboard was hoisted into place at the south end of the stadium and a new landscaped fence was erected.[49] In 1997, the Hutchinson Family Pavilion, a three-tiered facility which has enclosed theatre seating on the first floor, a president’s box and four sky-boxes on the second floor, and a game-day management and media center on the third floor was built.[49] The current seating capacity is 10,000.

The Hornets baseball team played its first game in 1978.[50] The team has five conference championships, and two NCAA Division II World Series appearance with a 2009 runner-up.[51] The team had also made five appearances in the NAIA World Series, winning the 1978 World Series.[50] Currently the team is coached by Bob Fornelli,[52] who is 377-153 (.711) at Emporia State and 683-266 (.720) overall.[52] The Lady Hornets softball team played its first game in 1974, four years before the baseball team.[53] The team is currently coached by Julie LeMaire, who has a record of 129-45 (.741) while at ESU, and an overall record of 221-121 (.646) has eight regular season championships in the MIAA and eight tournament championships.[53] The team has been

Trusler Sports Complex is home to the baseball and softball teams.[54] The baseball team competes on Glennen Field, named after Dr. Robert E. Glennen, thirteenth president of Emporia State University. In 2009, the field was renovated with a new artificial turf that replaced the infield on Glennen Field. The Lady Hornets compete on Turnbull Field, which is named in honor of J. Michael Turnbull, president and trustee of the Trusler Foundation.[54]

In addition, Emporia State also has a men/women's cross country/track and field team,[55][56] women's soccer team,[57] men/women's tennis,[58][59] and women's soccer.[60]


Corky the Hornet.png

Corky the Hornet is Emporia State University's mascot.[61] In the 1930s, when Emporia State University was named Kansas State Teachers College, the athletic teams were known as the "Yaps". Many people were not fond of the name, most notably legendary coach, Vic Trusler.[62] Trusler suggested to a local writer, Cecil Carle of the Emporia Gazette, that the university's athletic teams should be called the "Yellow Jackets". However, the name changed to "Hornets" because of the lack of newspaper space.[62]

In 1933, the Kansas State Teachers College had a student contest where students and staff could design a mascot for the college. A sophomore by the name of Paul Edwards, who graduated in 1937, designed Corky for a campus-wide logo contest. Many students sent in their drawings of a mascot, but they chose Edwards' Corky, a "human-like" hornet. Corky was published in The Bulletin, the student newspaper for Emporia State University.[62]

In August 2014, it was announced that in January 2015, Corky will have a nephew.[63] Buz will be a smaller, more "child friendly" hornet that will visit local schools, participate in community events and be present at ESU activities. Buz will be designed by Corky's creator Paul Edwards, who is turning 100 years old in January 2015. Buz will also debut in January 2015 at Edwards' birthday party.[63]

Greek life[edit]

ESU has eight fraternities[64] and six sororities.[65]


The Emporia State University Foundation was established in 1952.[66]It was established as an independent, nonprofit corporation that exists to support Emporia State University. The Foundation raises, receives, manages, invests, and distributes private resources in support of the university’s mission in the areas of teaching, research, public service, and scholarship.

Now & Forever Campaign[edit]

Now & Forever Campaign logo

In February 2013, the University announced a campaign to raise $45 million in five-to-seven years.[67] The campaign started in February 2013, when the University turned 150.[67] The University has a $45 million and a vision goal of $63 million – and armed with 18 Big Ideas that will propel us into our next 150 years.[68] The $63 million and 18 Big Ideas comes from the year the University was established (1863.)[68]

The Campaign's slogan is Silent no more.[68] After an announcement of a donation, big or small, the University rings a bell called Silent Joe.[69] The bell, which is located just south of Francis G. Welch Stadium, was originally rung only after a football team won at home.[70]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ESU's Motto". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Emporia State Endowment
  3. ^ Ted McDaniel, ed, Gwen Zimmerman, Our Land, A History of Lyon County Kansas, (Emporia State Press, 1976) 167
  4. ^ New World Encyclopedia, Normal School, Origination of Normal Schools
  5. ^ "Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society, Volume 6". Google Books. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Ted McDaniel, ed, Gwen Zimmerman, Our Land, A History of Lyon County Kansas, (Emporia State Press, 1976) 171.
  8. ^ Emporia Gazette June 7, 1904
  9. ^ "Emporia State University History". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Michael D. Shonrock becomes 16th President of Emporia State University". Emporia State Recent News. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Great College to Work For". Emporia State Recent News. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Chronicle Website review on ESU". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Princeton Review on ESU". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "ESU Academic Schools". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "ESU School of Business AACSB Accreditation". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  16. ^ AJ Dome. "Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Koch Center Funds". CJOnline.com. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "College of Liberal Arts and Sciences". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Art degree". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Bio Sciences at ESU". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "Communication and Theatre". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  22. ^ "English, Modern Languages and Journalism". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  23. ^ "Math, Computer Science, and Economics". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  24. ^ "Music". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  25. ^ "Nursing Dept.". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  26. ^ "Physical Sciences". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  27. ^ "Social Sciences". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  28. ^ "Sociology, Anthropology, and Crime and Delinquency Studies". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  29. ^ "School of Library and Information Sciences". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  30. ^ "Master of Library Science". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  31. ^ "Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Management". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  32. ^ "Archives Studies Certificate". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  33. ^ "Restricted School Specialist". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  34. ^ "Alternate Route/Restricted License Program". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  35. ^ "Teaches College". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  36. ^ Education Schools Project
  37. ^ ESU Teachers College Recognition
  38. ^ "Kansas City Campus". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  39. ^ "Undergraduate programs at KC". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  40. ^ "Graduate programs at KC". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  41. ^ "ESU Campus Map of Buildings". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  42. ^ ESU Media Guide - History on page 85
  43. ^ ESU Celebrates National Title
  44. ^ Vandiver joins ESU
  45. ^ a b WLW Civic Auditorium
  46. ^ WLW Auditorium History
  47. ^ Higgins at the Helm
  48. ^ a b MIAA History
  49. ^ a b c Francis G. Welch Stadium
  50. ^ a b Baseball History - Page 42
  51. ^ 2009 World Series (NCAA Div. II)
  52. ^ a b Bob Fornelli
  53. ^ a b Softball
  54. ^ a b Trusler Sports Complex
  55. ^ Women's XC/track & field
  56. ^ Men's XC/Track & Field
  57. ^ Soccer
  58. ^ Men's Tennis
  59. ^ Women's tennis
  60. ^ Women's soccer
  61. ^ Corky the Hornet
  62. ^ a b c History of Corky Fischer, William, Jr. "The Legend of Corky the Hornet: Emporia State University." Editorial. The Historical Marker Database. William Fischer, Jr., 18 Sept. 2010. Web. 22 Sept. 2013.
  63. ^ a b Buz, Corky's nephew
  64. ^ "Fraternities". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  65. ^ "Sororities". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  66. ^ "ESU Foundation". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  67. ^ a b "ESU Announces Now & Forever Campaign". CJOnline.com. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  68. ^ a b c "Now & Forever Goals". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  69. ^ "Silent Joe, "Silent no more."". Emporia State Recent News. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  70. ^ "Silent Joe". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 

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