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

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.[42] 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.

Greek life[edit]

ESU has eight fraternities[43] and six sororities.[44]


The Emporia State University Foundation was established in 1952.[45]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.[46] The campaign started in February 2013, when the University turned 150.[46] 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.[47] The $63 million and 18 Big Ideas comes from the year the University was established (1863.)[47]

The Campaign's slogan is Silent no more.[47] After an announcement of a donation, big or small, the University rings a bell called Silent Joe.[48] The bell, which is located just south of Francis G. Welch Stadium, was originally rung only after a football team won at home.[49]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ESU's Motto
  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 By Kansas State Historical Society]
  6. ^ A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans "State Normal School, Concordia" by William E. Connelley, transcribed by Carolyn Ward, 2000
  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
  10. ^ Michael D. Shonrock becomes 16th President of Emporia State University
  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. ^ Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics
  17. ^ Koch Center Funds
  18. ^ College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  19. ^ Art degree
  20. ^ Bio Sciences at ESU
  21. ^ Communication and Theatre
  22. ^ English, Modern Languages and Journalism
  23. ^ Math, Computer Science, and Economics
  24. ^ Music
  25. ^ Nursing Dept.
  26. ^ Physical Sciences
  27. ^ Social Sciences
  28. ^ Sociology, Anthropology, and Crime and Delinquency Studies
  29. ^ School of Library and Information Sciences
  30. ^ Master of Library Science
  31. ^ Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Management
  32. ^ Archives Studies Certificate
  33. ^ Restricted School Specialist
  34. ^ Alternate Route/Restricted License Program
  35. ^ Teaches College
  36. ^ Education Schools Project
  37. ^ ESU Teachers College Recognition
  38. ^ Kansas City Campus
  39. ^ Undergraduate programs at KC
  40. ^ Graduate programs at KC
  41. ^ ESU Campus Map of Buildings
  42. ^ Lady Hornets Celebrate, Emporia Gazette, 29 March 2010.
  43. ^ Fraternities
  44. ^ Sororities
  45. ^ ESU Foundation
  46. ^ a b ESU Announces Now & Forever Campaign - www.cjonline.com
  47. ^ a b c Now & Forever Goals
  48. ^ Silent Joe, "Silent no more."
  49. ^ Silent Joe

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