Emporia State University

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Emporia State University
Emporia State University seal.png
Emporia State University Seal
Latin: Emporia Universitate
Motto Changing Lives Since 1863
Established 1863
Type State university
Endowment US$67 million[1]
President Michael D. Shonrock
(January 03, 2012-present)
Vice-president James Williams
Provost David P. Cordle
President of the Board of Regents Fred Logan
Academic staff 240
Admin. staff 610
Students 6,033 (fall 2013)
Undergraduates 3,773
Postgraduates 2,260
Location Emporia, Kansas, United States of America
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 www.emporia.edu

Emporia State University (ESU) is a university in the city of Emporia in Lyon County, Kansas, just east of the Flint Hills.


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[2]— 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."[3]

In 1876, the Kansas Legislature passed the "Miscellaneous appropriations bill of 1876".[4] The end result was that Leavenworth Normal and Concordia Normal were closed so the state funding for normal schools could be directed to Emporia.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

The Kansas Board of Regents is the governing body for ESU. Since 1863, more than 150,000 students have studied at ESU.[8] Emporia State prides itself in being a university that has been changing lives since 1863 and 2013 marked its 150th year.

Michael Shonrock became president of Emporia State University on Jan. 3, 2012.[9]


These persons have served as presidents or interim presidents of Kansas State Normal School (1863–1923), Kansas State Teachers College (1923–1974), Emporia Kansas State College (1974–1977), and Emporia State University (1977–present).[10]

Title Name Dates
President Lyman Beecher Kellogg 1865–1871
President George W. Hoss 1871–1873
President Charles Rhodes Pomeroy 1873–1879
President Rudolph B. Welch 1879–1882
President Albert R. Taylor 1882–1901
President Jasper N. Wilkinson 1901–1906
President Joseph H. Hill 1906–1913
President Thomas W. Butcher 1913–1943
President James F. Price 1943–1945
President Dr. David L. MacFarlane 1945–1953
Interim President Dr. John Jacobs 1953
President Dr. John E. King 1953–1966
Interim President Dr. Larry Boylan 1966–1967
President Dr. John E. Visser 1967–1985
President Dr. Robert E. Glennen 1985–1997
President Dr. Kay Schallenkamp 1997–2006
Interim President Dr. John O. Schwenn 2006
President Dr. Michael Lane 2006–2011
Interim President Dr. H. Edward Flentje 2011
President Dr. Michael D. Shonrock 2012–present


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]

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[16] at Emporia State consists of:

  • Art[17]
  • Biological Sciences[18] (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[19] (communication, debate, theatre, speech education)
  • English, Modern Languages, and Journalism[20] (English, creative writing, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, ESL, TESOL)
  • Math, Computer Science, and Economics[21]
  • Music[22]
  • Nursing[23]
  • Physical Sciences[24] (chemistry, earth science, physics, physical science teaching, geospatial analysis, pre-engineering, pre-medical, pre-pharmacy)
  • Social Sciences[25]
  • Sociology, Anthropology, and Crime and Delinquency Studies[26]

School of Library and Information Management[edit]

The School of Library and Information Management (SLIM)[27] is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) and consists of the Master of Library Science,[28] which can be acquired at the Emporia campus or one of its satellite locations: Kansas City, Denver, Colorado, Salt Lake City, Utah, Orem, Utah, Portland, Oregon, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Emporia State also offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Management,[29] an Archives Studies Certificate,[30] a Restricted School Specialist,[31] and an Alternate Route/Restricted License Program.[32]

Teachers College[edit]

Emporia State University's Teachers College[33] 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.[34] The other three were Alverno College, Stanford University, and University of Virginia.[35] 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.


The main buildings of Emporia State University are all dedicated to someone or of are important part in ESU's history.[36]

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 Department
William Allen White Library Computer Lab, Library
Roosevelt Hall College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Frank A. Beach Music Hall Music Department
Abigail Morse Hall Residence Halls (sophomores to seniors), TRIO Program, and Student Wellness Center
Towers Complex Resident Halls
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


Power "E" logo is the official logo for athletics.

The school competes in Division II of the NCAA and became a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) in 1991. ESU Athletics currently fields teams in 15 sports, including: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track & field, and women's volleyball.

ESU Athletics has had four top four finishes in four sports over last four years (Women's Basketball, 1st in 2010; Baseball, 2nd in 2009; Softball, 2nd in 2008; Men's Track and Field, 4th in 2011). In March 2010, the Lady Hornets basketball team won the NCAA Division II National Championship, defeating the Fort Lewis College (Colorado) Skyhawks.[37] The softball team played for the national championship in 2008. The baseball team played in the national championship game in 2009 and they were MIAA conference champions in 2011. They've played in 9 straight regional tournaments. The hornets have been pre-season ranked top 10 since 2009.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Emporia State Endowment
  2. ^ Ted McDaniel, ed, Gwen Zimmerman, Our Land, A History of Lyon County Kansas, (Emporia State Press, 1976) 167
  3. ^ New World Encyclopedia, Normal School, Origination of Normal Schools
  4. ^ Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society, Volume 6 By Kansas State Historical Society]
  5. ^ A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans "State Normal School, Concordia" by William E. Connelley, transcribed by Carolyn Ward, 2000
  6. ^ Ted McDaniel, ed, Gwen Zimmerman, Our Land, A History of Lyon County Kansas, (Emporia State Press, 1976) 171.
  7. ^ Emporia Gazette June 7, 1904
  8. ^ Emporia State University History
  9. ^ Michael D. Shonrock becomes 16th President of Emporia State University
  10. ^ "Former Presidents of Emporia State University". About Emporia State University. Emporia State University website. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Great College to Work For
  12. ^ Chronicle Website review on ESU
  13. ^ Princeton Review on ESU
  14. ^ a b ESU Academic Schools
  15. ^ ESU School of Business AACSB Accreditation
  16. ^ College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  17. ^ Art degree
  18. ^ Bio Sciences at ESU
  19. ^ Communication and Theatre
  20. ^ English, Modern Languages and Journalism
  21. ^ Math, Computer Science, and Economics
  22. ^ Music
  23. ^ Nursing Dept.
  24. ^ Physical Sciences
  25. ^ Social Sciences
  26. ^ Sociology, Anthropology, and Crime and Delinquency Studies
  27. ^ School of Library and Information Sciences
  28. ^ Master of Library Science
  29. ^ Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Management
  30. ^ Archives Studies Certificate
  31. ^ Restricted School Specialist
  32. ^ Alternate Route/Restricted License Program
  33. ^ Teaches College
  34. ^ Education Schools Project
  35. ^ ESU Teachers College Recognition
  36. ^ ESU Campus Map of Buildings
  37. ^ Lady Hornets Celebrate, Emporia Gazette, 29 March 2010.

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