The BLACK & GOLD CIRCLE honors exceptional donors for lifetime giving at a transformational level.

Congratulations to our new members at the Philanthropist Level

Greg & Gina-Lynne Kossover Greg’s influences on and off the court inform their areas of giving at Emporia State.
Greg Kossover earned his Bachelor of Science in Business in Accounting in 1985. A former number one singles and doubles player for the ESU Men's Tennis Team, he won team, singles and doubles titles in the Central States Intercollegiate Conference. After graduation, he completed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination, staying in Emporia, and began his career at the Columbia Savings and Western Financial Corporation. An impressive career spanning over 30 years has led him to his current role as Executive VP and CFO at Equity Bank.
Greg & Gina-Lynne are making big things happen for Emporia State Tennis by making the lead gift to construct the Kossover Family Tennis Complex. At the groundbreaking ceremony, Greg stated, “Like just about everyone else that enrolls at Emporia State, this place changed my life. Emporia and Emporia State became my home and my second family. This gave rise to the name Kossover Family Tennis Complex, which for me means each one of us and all of us together. The next time we meet in this setting we will be cutting the ribbon on what we believe will be an amazing asset for the University and the Emporia community, to be used by the most wonderful people found anywhere.”
He has served as a member of the Finance Committee of the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees since 2017. Greg married Gina-Lynne Smith in 2018 and they have three children: Ethan, Mia and Harris.
Thank you, Greg & Gina-Lynne!

Congratulations to our new members at the Advocate Level

The Charles Koch Foundation seeks to create educational opportunities to help others realize their full potential and improve society.
The Charles Koch Foundation believes education should empower lifelong learning that helps every individual discover their aptitudes, turn them into valued skills, and apply them to help improve society. The Foundation supports education entrepreneurs who share this vision and are creating innovative solutions from the bottom-up that increase access, improve quality and create new pathways to educational opportunities so all learners can realize their potential.
Thank you, Charles Koch Foundation!

Jim & Joan Geitz acknowledge the past generosity of others by establishing a scholarship to help current and future Hornets.
Dr. Jim Geitz retired from Internal Medicine Associates in 2013, after a long and respected career. He had come to Emporia from Kansas City in 1975, after graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completing a residency in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
Geitz and his wife Joan, a former teacher, are parents of three sons: Jim, Jon, and Jeff. They also have 6 grandchildren. Philanthropists made it possible for them to earn their degrees and they have chosen to pay it forward through scholarships for students in business, education, fine arts or nursing.
Thank you, Jim & Joan!

Tony & Deborah Forcum pay tribute to Dr. John Rich for his mentorship and ensure other students have similar experiences through scholarships.
Tony was a principal of Deloitte Consulting LLP and a member of its Board of Directors before his retirement in 2014. Forcum joined a predecessor of Deloitte & Touche in 1974 after graduating from Emporia State University. He became a partner in 1984 and continued to lead a very successful career with the company, which mandated that he live in some of the country’s largest cities and to travel and work on five continents.
Inspired by the education and mentorship he received at ESU from Dr. Rich, Tony and Deborah to make the lead gift for the Dr. John C. Rich Distinguished Accounting Professorship. In an interview about the professorship, Tony recalled the things that really made a difference in his career and said, “John Rich prepared me not just to be an accounting professional and an auditing professional, but he helped prepare me for what life in the business world — in towns a lot bigger than Eureka and Emporia — was going to be like. That was a big deal to me because I had no idea. It was really driven home to me after I graduated … John Rich had prepared us to think broader than just the technical side of our education. He really encouraged us to basically get out there and do what we knew we could do and don’t feel intimidated by others who went to bigger schools, brand-name schools.”
Tony currently serves on the School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and he received ESU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. He and Deborah have 3 children: Brandon, Amy, and Carl.
Thank you, Tony & Deborah!

Troy & Connie Johnston are dedicated to helping others achieve success in the field of accounting by supporting scholarships and faculty.
Troy (BSB ‘88) and Connie (Hanson)(BSB ’86) are both successful alumni of Emporia State’s School of Business. Troy is an audit partner/head of Risk Management at KPMG LLP. He has been with KPMG since 1989 and has led audits for an impressive list of global and Fortune 500 companies, taking him to nearly every major city in the US and on regular visits to many countries around the world. He is currently the Houston Business Units Professional Practice Partner, which is essentially head of risk management for Houston and seven outlying offices in Texas and Louisiana. There are only 18 of those Partners in the Firm.
Troy currently serves on the Emporia State University Foundation Board and the School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. Troy and Connie have 2 children: Sydney and Jordan. 
Thank you, Troy & Connie!

Mark & Brenda Commons pay it forward by giving back and celebrating family.
Mark (BSB ’80) and Brenda (AS ’78) are both graduates of Emporia State University, with Mark graduating in 1980 and Brenda in 1978. Together, they established the Commons Family Scholarship because they are grateful for the education they received from Emporia State University and desired to give other deserving students the same opportunity while also creating a legacy for Mark’s parents, Bob D. and Betty Jo Commons.
Bob graduated from Emporia State University receiving two degrees in 1951 and 1956 and was a school administrator for many years in Kansas school systems. Betty graduated from the College of Emporia in 1949 and taught home economics.
Thank you, Mark & Brenda!

Sodexo, Inc. & Affiliates partner with Emporia State in creating a space for fostering relationships for the good of the University and its students.
Improving the quality of life for all is the motto of Sodexo and it is their conviction that doing good business in a good way has a powerful positive impact on all the consumers they serve every day. Their support of the Breidenthal University House through a substantial gift to sponsor the kitchen area is a result of that conviction.
Thank you, Sodexo!

Lynn Fiehler carries on the tradition of giving generously from the heart in memory of her husband Mike Fiehler.
Lynn’s late husband Mike worked for IBP/Tyson for 44 years, serving as an amazing leader, a thoughtful mentor, and a cherished friend to many. Mike loved his Tyson family, and through his service and dedication, the company was able to continue operations after the restructure in 2008. That will never be forgotten. He also had a great passion for many things throughout his life; the KC Royals, KU basketball, American Legion baseball, Nascar, fishing, restoring antiques, and his most recent hobby, picking. He was an avid collector of various memorabilia. Mike also worked quietly behind the scenes as an advocate and supporter of many local organizations, always giving generously from his huge heart. He leaves behind a true legacy marked by his candor, his keen business sense, his dedication, his steadfast commitment to the things and people he believed in, his fierce loyalty, and his ability to see potential in others and push them to become their best.
Continuing to support the programs that were important to Mike, such as Football, Baseball, Women’s Basketball, and Music, are one way that Lynn carries forward his memory.
Thank you, Lynn!

Sam & Jeannene Hayes take pride in highlighting successful alumni and bringing them to campus to share their experience and expertise with current students.
Dr. Sam Hayes, D.D.S (BS 1962) and wife Jeannene have a shared fondness for Emporia State University. In 2006, they established the Sam & Jeannene Hayes Lecture Series as a way to engage Emporia State’s alumni in highlighting their successes. Individuals whose leadership qualities, skills and accomplishments have led to distinction are featured in the annual fall lecture. Additionally, they have a named endowed scholarship for undergraduate students. Sam has served as Chair of the Foundation Board and President of the Alumni Board. During his time at ESU, he served as Student Body President and remains a dedicated alumnus of the Blue Key National Honor Society. Together Sam and Jeannene have three daughters.
Thank you, Sam & Jeannene!

Ralph & Jerri Laster support those who supported them by investing in the Dr. John C. Rich Distinguished Accounting Professorship and other funds within the School of Business.
Ralph (BSB ’74) and Jerri support the School of Business and credit Ralph’s success in business to the completion of his CPA. They are grateful for the mentorship and direction that was given to him during his time at Emporia State from the likes of Bob Tabor and Dr. John Rich. Investing in the Dr. John C. Rich Distinguished Accounting Professorship is one of the ways they have chosen to give back.
Ralph retired from AmVestors Financial Corp in Topeka, KS as Chairman & CEO in 1996. He became a professional bass fisherman in 1997. He currently serves on the ESU School of Business Alliance and received ESU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999. Ralph and Jerri have a daughter & son.
Thank you, Ralph & Jerri!

Ann J. Havenhill carries on the legacy she and her late husband Jack began together.
Dr. Marshall “Jack” Havenhill was a physician in Emporia and at Emporia State University for many years. They established the Dr. Marshall A. Havenhill, II & Ann J. Havenhill Scholarship for athletic trainers in 2005 to support their belief in the importance of higher education and to provide educational opportunities to all students. Dr. Havenhill gained an appreciation of the critical role of athletic trainers on the sports medicine team through his service for over 25 years as the ESU Intercollegiate Athletics Team Physician. They hoped to help preserve the ESU Athletic Training Educational Program for the benefit of athletic trainers of the future. In 2012, they made a lead gift to the John Baxter Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Havenhill was awarded ESU’s Service Citation Award in 2007.
Ann is also an advocate for the arts and enjoys attending music performances. She has played the flute for most of her life and recently gave money to the Music Department for them to purchase a contrabass flute, which is the only one in any flute choir in the state of Kansas. She enjoys sporting events, too, and is an avid Hornet Athletics fan.
Thank you, Ann!

Congratulations to our Advancing Members at the Partner Level

Brigadier General William “Art” and Sharon “Sue” Bloomer are passionate supporters of Hornet Athletics and the Physical Sciences at Emporia State.
Brid Gen Art Bloomer received a B. S. in Education in 1955 with teaching fields in Mathematics, Physics and Physical Education. While at ESU, he was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity, now Phi Sigma Kappa, and was a varsity athlete. He lettered all four years in both football and basketball and was the last athlete to accomplish this feat since 1955. Art served 31 years in the U. S. Marine Corps, rising to the grade of Brigadier General. After retiring from the Marine Corps, General Bloomer went on to a distinguished civilian career with American Protective Services, Inc.
Art married Sharon ”Sue” Vernon of Emporia, KS on May 30, 1954. Sue attended KSTC for a short time and that is where they met. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. The Bloomers have three children: Leigh Anne, Jeff and Brenda. They also have seven grandchildren.
Thank you, Art and Sue!

Congratulations to our Advancing Members at the Investor Level

Leon & Judy Hannebaum recognize the tenacity and determination required to complete a business degree and give back to encourage students to succeed.
Leon K. and Judy M. Hannebaum both are 1969 graduates of Emporia State University, with Leon achieving a Bachelors of Business Administration and Judy achieving her Bachelors of Elementary Education. Their experiences here made a lasting impression which they are grateful for. After graduation, Leon was enlisted in the Army for two years, and of that time, fifteen months were spent in Vietnam. Since 1971, Leon has made his living in the commodity grain market in one fashion or another and now has a prosperous Hannebaum Grain office in Salina, Kansas, which was started in 1979.
Leon and Judy were married in 1968 and have raised four children together and to date have nine grandchildren. By endowing a scholarship for students majoring in business, they hope to give students from their area a chance to the same experiences they had while pursuing their dreams.
Thank you, Leon & Judy!

Diane & Gary Beatty have proven their commitment to Emporia State through their continuous acts of generosity over the decades.
Originally from Hartford, KS, Diane L. (Thomas) Beatty received her Bachelor of Science in Business, majoring in Accounting, in 1978 from Emporia State University. She worked for ConocoPhillips for 36 years and retired in 2015 as their General Manager in their Upstream Financial Services department.
Diane established the Thomas Learning Space within ESU’s School of Business through a personal gift made by Diane and her matching employer, ConocoPhillips. This space is in celebration of the Thomas Family’s long-standing commitment to higher education. Multiple generations of family members have attended the University through the years, including Diane’s great grandmother, Carrie Gasche, who graduated from Kansas State Normal in 1898. Diane also supports the advancement and growth of the faculty in the School of Business and assists with special projects through the Diane Beatty School of Business Fund. Additionally, by endowing the Thomas Scholarship, she hopes to influence rural high school kids from Southern Lyon County to go to Emporia State University by providing a financial incentive. Diane also serves on the Business Alliance Board for the School of Business and is a current member of the board of trustees for the Emporia State Foundation and serves on its Finance Committee.
Thank you, Diane & Gary!


To all of our members, we are grateful for the way you have transformed Emporia State University over the years. 

Philanthropist Level
Breidenthal Foundation
City of Emporia
Emil Babinger Trust
Joan Dale & R.D. Hubbard
Kansas Masonic Foundation
Greg & Gina-Lynne Kossover
Lyon County Kansas
Jane H. Reeble
Dave & Kathy Robertson
Steve & Bobbi Sauder
Trusler Foundation, Inc.
Walter S. & Evan C. Jones Testamentary Trust

Partner Level
$500,000 - $999,999
Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC
Art & Sue Bloomer
Capitol Federal Foundation
Skip & Jan Evans
Chuck & Doris* Hanna
Loretto Langley Charitable Trust
John & Ann McPherson
Marjorie A. Nelson
Pepsi-Cola Company
Paula K. Sauder
Augusta H. Shepherd
Roberta E. Shogren
The Patterson Family Foundation
Evergy (formerly known as Westar Energy)
Charles Wilhite

Investor Level
$250,000 - $499,999
Barbara A. & Frank* J. Becker
Diane & Gary Beatty
Charles Koch Foundation
Ike & Jennifer Diel
Fred C. & Mary R. Koch Foundation
Don & Linda Glaser
Goppert Foundation
Leon & Judy Hannebaum
Ray & Bonnie Harvey
Dr. Perry Hunsley
Kenneth J. Hush
Dixie L. Karnes
Jim & Kathy Kessler
Lattner Family Foundation, Inc.
Jeff & Gwen Longbine
Russ & Sheila Meyer
Preston Family Trust
R.E. French Family Educational Foundation
Claire* & Betty Schelske
Sunderland Foundation
John L. Waechter
John & Jenny Waldeck
Mike & Sue Waldeck
Walter S. & Evan C. Jones Foundation
Russ Wiley
Gerald & Mary Ann Witten

Advocate Level
$100,000 - $249,999
Gary & Eliza Ace
Bank of America - Wichita
Paula Beavers & Mary Abbott
Dorothy E. Blaufuss
Margie T. Braden
Ken & Marilyn Buchele
Sara Carlson-Welch & Byron Welch
Mark & Brenda Commons
Robert D. Chatham
Dr. William H. Clamurro
Stephen J. Clegg, Jr. & Karen Kohler Clegg
Myrl & Laveta Cobb
Donna M. Curry
Dale & Carolyn Davis
Paul & Janice DeBauge
Educational Foundation of KSCPAS, Inc.
ESB Financial
Lynn Fiehler
Tony & Deborah Forcum
Joyce & Craig French
Jodie L. Fund
Jon & Lois Fuquay
Jim & Joan Geitz
Dale & Sheryll Gibbens
Glendo Corporation
Dennis W. Hanson
Theodore & Doris Harder
Darrell & Norma Harkness
Ann J. Havenhill
Jeff & Cheryl Hawes
Sam & Jeannene Hayes
Barb A. Hunter
Thomas & Anne Hutton
John E. Trembly Foundation
Troy & Connie Johnston
Steve & Ann Knecht
Koch Industries, Inc.
Pamela J. Konetzni
Brock & Mary Kretsinger
William D. Krug
Carolyn Langenwalter Walter & James Walter
Ralph & Jerri Laster
Nick & Jan Laurent
Lyon County State Bank
Vernon & Nancy McKinzie
Janet R. Miley
Donald S. & Linda E. Miller
Dennis B. Neff
Nelson Lyon County LLC
Fred & Paula Neuer
Max Nightingale
George & Elinor Osborn
Ron E. Ott
Kim & Lynda Penner
PepsiCo Foundation
Mike & Carol Petitjean
Rich Porter
Carl & Kay Prophet
Robert & Connie Purinton
Dr. W. Ann King Reynolds
Joyce & Michael Reynolds
Dr. John C. Rich
Roberts Blue Barnett Funeral Home - J. Michael Turnbull•
James R. Shepherd
Doug & Nanette Smith
Sodexo, Inc. & Affiliates
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Randall E. & Jan M. Steinert
Kurt & Shiela Steinkuhler
Max & Sharon Stewart
Marion S. Stuart
Paul David Walker & Barbara White Walker
Nancy (Page) K. Zook

Membership is as of September 1, 2020