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June 2021


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What does it mean to be an AACSB-accredited university?

AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.  AACSB standards guide a rigorous self-evaluation and peer-review process.  Attainment of AACSB accreditation acknowledges exceptional quality and continuous improvement.  Worldwide, AACSB accreditation is perceived as the highest standard of achievement for business schools, helping to ensure:

  • Quality teaching and current curricula.
  • Effective management of resources to advance a vibrant and relevant mission.
  • Advancement of business and management knowledge through faculty scholarship.
  • Cultivation of meaningful interaction between students and qualified faculty.
  • Graduates who have achieved specified learning goals.


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Learn more about the Together, Forward campaign by going to www.emporia.edu/togetherforward


For info about alumni events, reunions, or other alumni questions, please contact Tiffany Wilson, Alumni Programs Coordinator.

For info about scholarships and giving, please contact Bethany Tegtmeier, Asst. Vice President for Development.


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Welcome From Dean Ed Bashaw

Greetings from the School of Business at Emporia State. I just completed my five-year anniversary of working here as Dean, and I am so proud to call myself a BizHornet! As we finish 12 months of COVID protocols and adjustments, we celebrate the recent announcement of no masks or social distancing beginning June 7 on campus and the expectation that Fall 2021 will be back to normal. Even though the last year looked completely foreign to all of us, we still had many opportunities to cheer for, share in, and support our many student, faculty, and alumni accomplishments.

We are so proud of the work our Hornets do both inside and outside of Cremer Hall. I hope you read this newsletter and feel the same pride I do for our fantastic school. Please keep us updated on your professional achievements. I look forward to seeing you soon at one of our many face-to-face events this Fall. It’s not too early to start making your Homecoming plans! Mark your calendars for these two events in October:

  • Thursday, October 14, 5:00pm: Chamber After Hours – showcasing our renovated Kansas Business Hall of Fame, our new Bobbi & Steve Sauder Center for Entrepreneurial Development, and our upcoming Studio E location.
  • Thursday, October 21, 2:00pm: Preston Student Family Complex open house and ribbon cutting

Stay Healthy, and Go Hornets!

Ed Bashaw, Ph.D., Dean and Jones Distinguished Professor



School of Business News 

Kendra Kratzberg Places Third in Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge

Kendra Kratzberg, a senior business administration major from New Strawn, KS, placed third (and won $1,000) at the Kansas Entrepreneur Challenge university division for her concept, a software app called "ShowUP." Kansas State University stated that this year’s competition was extremely competitive! Kratzberg says the challenge brought her out of her comfort zone. “I love that this challenge brought me out of my comfort zone and into a place that has provided me with new opportunities and a passion I wouldn’t have gained without it. I’ve been tremendously challenged, humbled, and grateful for this experience and all I continue to learn through it,” says Kratzberg.

When Kendra discussed her concept on the recent “Who Knew?! With ESU” Facebook live event, it caught the attention of alumni Mark Kendall (BSB 84-Business Administration), Executive Vice President of Hub International, Chicago. Mark has invested in over 30 companies, and he sees a lot of great ideas. “Kendra’s concept has a lot of elements of things I like to invest in. She has a great idea, but 80% of ideas fail. So what I’m trying to do is use my experience with lessons learned from both my past successes and failures,” says Mark. “She has a great background, a great mentor, and a great program behind her. If we can get other entrepreneurs to help students like Kendra, you start to create the family atmosphere that ESU has and pay it forward.” During their standing meeting every two weeks, Mark, Kendra, and Dr. Carol Lucy (Kendra’s mentor) continue to work on her business plan. “You need to be unbeatable in your market to be successful,” says Mark.

Kendra also placed second and won $1,500 in the local Emporia Entrepreneur Challenge (EEC) announced on March 18, 2021. Lauren Diaz, a senior accounting and management major from Rose Hill, KS, took first place in the competition and $2,500 for her idea “SnoGo,” a heated turf-topped potty pad that is meant to stay outside to provide a warm snow-free space to keep your pets going outside even if it is snowing. Kaden Ott, a sophomore economics major from Lebo, KS, took third place and $500 with his idea of “Turn Tire.” According to his executive summary, “The purpose of starting Turn Tires is to make use of thousands of wasted tires that are thrown away every year.”

Emporia Entrepreneur Challenge Website 
Top 12 Oral Pitches for the 2021 EEC, including the top three EEC winners


Who Knew?! With ESU – Turning Passion Into Profit

Emporia State hosted a new series this Spring titled: Who Knew?! With ESU. This program featured different departments, interesting information, and favorite stories from the field. For our live segment on April 20 hosted by the School of Business, students Erica Self, Viktoria Mackova, Connor Griffey, Kendra Kratzberg; staff Carissa McAfee; and faculty Dr. Carol Lucy and Dr. Douglass Smith visited about the new Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship major, how to get involved in the School of Business, and the entrepreneurship competitions on campus which help students take their ideas to the next level.


New Graduate Program for Fall 2021

A new graduate degree will be offered beginning Fall 2021. The Master of Science in Information Technology will be offered as an accelerated online program. The degree gives students an essential competency required by every business around the globe today—the ability to understand and deploy emerging technologies for enhanced productivity, efficiency, and bottom-line success. Equally valuable to students with or without a technical background, this online Master of Science in Information Technology features experiential interactive learning taught by IT experts with top-level degrees and certifications. Click here for a complete list of our Graduate offerings.


Beta Gamma Sigma Initiation

On April 23, we held our Beta Gamma Sigma Initiation in person and also live on Facebook. Congratulations to our new members—this is an amazing accomplishment! Click here to view the photo album.

Below is the list of students invited to join BGS:

Joseph Allen
Tyler Barber
Brian Denton
Alexandra Flipse
Michaela Forkenbrock
Brooke Jamison
Grace Linck
Ashley Melugin
Calvin Morgan
Salman Mostafa
Tanzina Sultana
Yifei Wang
Ziyu Zhang
Farida Yamoune

We are also proud that our chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (business honor societies reserved only for AACSB accredited schools) received the organization’s Highest Honors award again in 2021. This makes five years straight and is the best record out of any of the KBOR schools.


Virtual Honors & Awards

We could not celebrate the achievements of our students the way we wanted to this year. However, we did create a video on May 7 to honor our outstanding students and their accomplishments! The top MBA award went to Tyler Barber and Farhan Sadique, and the top undergraduate award went to Kolton Hall. Other awards announced were the top 10 Major Field Test winners, Reeble Scholars, Preston Scholars, Outstanding Business Scholars, Distinguished Business Scholars, Dean’s Leadership Class participants, and senior honor students. Congratulations to all these outstanding students for their dedication and hard work.


VITA Program

This tax season, Dr. Liz Diers, assistant professor of accounting, and Beta Alpha Psi members held its Free Tax Preparation workshop. The workshop served as an IRS VITA/TCE return preparation site and was operated by certified student and faculty volunteers. This year, the ESU VITA site filed 78 tax returns and brought into the local community a total refund amount of over $101,000, including $19,000 of Total Recovery Rebate Credit and over $10,400 of Child Tax Credit. Dr. Diers explains the workshop as, “certified student volunteers prepare basic tax returns free of charge, including free electronic filing. The partnership is a win-win; students learn while helping community members save money and file accurate tax returns.”


Graduation Reception

On May 14, we celebrated our graduates with a ceremonial graduate hooding and undergraduate reception. It looked different as we were socially distant, but we enjoyed hooding our graduates and saying good luck to all who attended. Check out all the posted videos and photos on our Facebook page @ESU.Business.


Fourth Annual KBHF Essay Contest

High school students across the state have received their awards from the fourth annual statewide Kansas Business Hall of Fame (KBHF) essay contest. Original essays were based on research of a Kansas Business Hall of Fame honoree inducted into one of two categories, Historical or Contemporary.  Fifty-six entries from eight Kansas high schools were judged by a panel of business professionals and business faculty. The prize money, totaling $2,000, was graciously donated by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. Pictured is Maya Bishop from Olpe High School who won from the senior group.


Six Students Qualify for Nationals at the Phi Beta Lambda State Conference

Seven First Place Finishes

Six students from Emporia State University’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) competed in the 2021 State Leadership Conference held virtually. ESU was one of seven schools that competed at the event. Emporia State students collectively placed 14 times at the competition and brought home seven first place finishes. All six ESU students earned placements and are eligible to compete at the National Conference, held virtually again in June. “Our Phi Beta Lambda students continue to do exceptionally well in competitions,” says Leticia Rust, PBL Advisor. “Even in an all-virtual world, I am continually impressed of how well our students perform. It is very hard to do competitions virtually, especially with the overload of virtual events, both in and out of the classroom.” Some of these students competed and placed within the top 10 at the 2020 National event. Three participants are fantastic Rudd Scholars, and two members received Who’s Who recognition at the state competition this spring.

PBL is the collegiate level of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). It builds on communication, leadership, networking, entrepreneurial, and business skills for the future. All majors are welcome to join PBL.

For more information on Emporia State’s PBL Chapter, please click here or visit our Facebook page @phibetalambdaesu


 Accounting Student Named Shepherd Scholar

Congratulations to Katelyn Schroer, accounting, who was named a Shepherd Scholar. Katelyn joins an impressive legacy of past recipients. Selections were made from a number of outstanding candidates after careful review by the selection committee consisting of a team of Roe R. Cross Professors.


Members Initiated Into Beta Alpha Psi

On March 18, six students were initiated into Beta Alpha Psi: Zarena Clarke, Taylor Holte, Chancie Minden, Yui Sato, Matthew Watson, and Landrie Whitson. Beta Alpha Psi is the International Honorary Organization for financial information professionals. Traditionally, it is best known as the honorary accounting fraternity, but all accounting, finance, and information systems majors who meet the qualifications are welcome to join us.



Alumni News

Thank you to Brad (BSB 76-Accounting) and Susan (BS 21-Psychology) Cochennet, owners of the Gufler Mansion in Emporia, for hosting a virtual meeting on April 7 with our Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Members heard Brad and Susan’s story on how they got into the bed and breakfast business and the different lessons they have learned. 


Career Announcements:

Ty M. Baumgardner (BSB 93-Marketing, MS 95-Health, Physical Education, & Recreation), Buford, Ga., has returned to Kansas to take on the roles of both the boys basketball coach and athletic director at Topeka High School-Topeka USD 501.

Ben S. Bosworth (BSB 13-Accounting), Mission, has been hired as a staff accountant at Design Resources, Inc.

Dennis R. Brockman (BSB 87-Business Administration), Naperville, Ill., has been promoted to senior vice president and global chief inclusion and diversity officer with Starbucks Corporation.

Mohammad Daouk (BS 18-Computer Science), Kansas City, Mo., has begun a new job as a software development engineer with Amazon.

Caleb G. Edelman (MBA 17-Business Administration), Wichita, was hired as the new assistant controller at Electromech Technologies in January and has since been promoted to vice president of finance.

Branden A. Ewertz (BSB 09-Management, MS 11-Health, Physical Education, & Recreation), Clearwater, has been promoted to gulf coast sales manager with RedGuard.

Kim M. (Gibson) Grooms (BSB 01-Business Administration), Lawrence, has recently been hired as a senior reporting analyst for Mariner Wealth Advisors.

Enilisse (Ortiz) Hagler (BSB 13-Business Administration), White Oak, Texas, recently began a new position as salesforce administrator at Koch Engineered Solutions.

Nafiul Haque (MBA 16-Information Systems), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has been hired as a digital banking implementation officer for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC).

Sierra J. (Taylor) Heins (BSB 14-Accounting, MBA 16-Business Administration), Lawrence, has recently been hired as a project controls analyst senior for Evergy.

Austin A. Hogan (BSB 15-Information Systems), Arlington, Va., has been promoted to senior associate consultant at Cerner Corporation.

Lexi Holstin (BSB 18-Marketing), Levittown, Pa., has been hired by SanMar as an account executive.

Michelle Corkins Kusselson (BSB 11-Marketing), Yukon, Okla., has been promoted to vice president of operations and foundation executive director at Kansas Academy of Family Physicians.

Kelley A. (York) Massingill (BSB 87-Business Administration), Dothan, Ala., has started a new business with her husband, Rob, called Caring Transitions of Dothan.

Mike May (BSB 79-Business Administration), Bastrop, Texas, has been promoted to director of minerals review at the Texas General Land Office and is also the board of examiners chairperson for the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies (COPAS).

Jessica S. McCartney (BSB 09-Business Administration), Topeka, has been promoted to information technology relationship manager with Advisors Excel.

Brad A. McDaniel (BSB 95-Computer Information Systems), Pleasant Hill, Mo., has been promoted to IT manager at Scoular.

Megan (Teeter) Quillin (BS 08-Management), Shawnee, has been hired as director of search marketing for GoHealth Urgent Care. 

Jesse L. Rivers (BSB 19-Business Administration), Independence, Mo., has become a licensed insurance agent and was recently hired by Spring Venture Group.

Melisa K. Schellhamer (BSB 96-Accounting, MBA 12-Accounting), Topeka, has been promoted to director business application process with ADT.

Justin M. Villmer (BSB 14-Accounting, MACC 17-Accountancy), Colby, has been hired as the new vice president of business affairs for Colby Community College.

Karli M. Zabokrtsky (BS 19-Computer Science), Burlingame, has been promoted to associate software engineer at BNSF Railway.



 Matthew J. Haglund (BSB 99-Marketing), Minneapolis, Minn., was recognized by Ameriprise as a 2020 Chairman's Award for Excellence winner for his work transitioning live events to virtual events. He is vice president-advice & wealth management learning & development at the Ameriprise headquarters in Minneapolis.

Dr. Rosemary A. (Cobble) Kirby (BSE 52-Business Education), Wichita, has been honored with a named scholarship and a sculpture called "Rosemary's Legacy" by WSU Tech, where she served for over five decades and was the first female president.

Daniel R. Naccarato (BSB 82-Business Administration, MBS 85-Business Administration), Hutchinson, "Coach Nac" was named the 2020-21 Dragon Educator of the Year at Hutchinson Community College, where he is an instructor of business management and entrepreneurship.

Eric Porter (BSB 12-Business Administration), Emporia, is vice president of commercial lending at ESB Financial. He has been listed on the Independent Banker’s 40 under 40 list. Read the local story here.

Troy A. Ross (BSB 09-Business Administration), Manhattan, is the owner of CR Tire & Automotive, which has been named the 2021 Emerging Business of the Year by the Kansas Small Business and Development Center.

Travisray Salyers (BSE 17-Business), Linwood, business teacher at Santa Fe Trail High School, was honored at this year’s 2021 Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference with the 2021 Kansas Alumni of the Year Award. He continues to support FBLA and PBL as well as ESU School of Business with his current students.



Vicki L. (Rees) Brooks (BSB 92-Business Administration, BSN 97-Nursing), Emporia, has retired from Newman Regional Health after 46 years in the field of nursing.

Bruce W. Burenheide (BSB 78-Business Administration), Emporia, retired from Bluestem Farm & Ranch Supply after 44 years as a manager/buyer.

Lana R. (Waetzig) Reinhart (BSE 84-Business Education), Minneapolis, retired after 37 years of teaching in North Ottawa County USD 239 Minneapolis Schools.


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Faculty News

The School of Business would like to welcome these three new faculty members:

Dr. Md Nabid Alam, Instructor in Information Systems, is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Information Systems (Minor: Economics) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; his Master of Business Information Systems from the Australian National University, Australia; and his Bachelor of Business Administration in MIS from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr. Khalid Aram, Assistant Professor in Management, received his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Binghamton University, NY; his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan; and his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine.

Dr. Danya Mi, Assistant Professor in Accounting, received her PhD in Accounting from Georgia State University, Atlanta; her Master of Science in Accounting from State University of New York, Binghamton; and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Statistics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Farewell to our Business Faculty and Staff

A mixed blessing is felt with the departure of our valued faculty and staff who will be retiring. We know you join us in sharing your appreciation to our friends who have served us so well! We want to thank the following colleagues for their service to the School of Business and to Emporia State.


Dr. George Durler, Professor, Accounting, Information Systems, and Finance – 23 years

Dr. Dan Haskin, Associate Professor, Accounting, Information Systems, and Finance – 5 years

Linda Orear, Administrative Specialist – 27 years

Dr. Marian Riedy, Associate Professor, Business Administration – 12 years




Congratulations to Dr. Joyce Zhou for earning the 2021 Outstanding Advisor and Graduate Faculty Mentor Award.





Dr. Mary Teal will be featured in Statista’s panel of prominent university experts (on podcast series Thought Leader Experts) opining on the post-pandemic future of higher education. This podcast has a national and international audience.


Dr. Butch Sim successfully completed his dissertation in May and is now Dr. Sim. Congratulations!


Congratulations to Dr. Douglass Smith for being named a 2021 Assessment Champion Award winner. The Assessment Champion award is a tradition which began in 2014, and since then over 40 assessment champions have been honored. This award recognizes the outstanding efforts of Emporia State University faculty and staff in designing exceptional learning experiences for our students using assessment as a change agent. Annually five awards are presented by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.


Dr. Sajedur Rahman's hard work and quality efforts have been recognized by his achievement of tenure status. This is a notable attainment to be celebrated.


Drs. Sajedur Rahman and Will Senn have had their workshop proposal, “Literate Computing for Machine Learning with Python and Jupyter Lab” accepted for HICSS-55, the 2022 Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. This workshop is a hands-on exploration of literate computing and machine learning using the Python programming language through the medium of Jupyter Lab notebooks. The link to the summary is below. http://hicss.hawaii.edu/swt/artificial-intelligence/


Drs. Douglass Smith and Will Senn received great news that their submission, “Social Media Political Discourse Among Students: Potential Areas of Inquiry” has been accepted for the Twenty-First International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations - Hosted by University of Curaçao.


Dr. Geethalakshmi S. Lakshmikanth has been approved to become an Affiliate Graduate Faculty at Wichita State University and will serve on varied dissertation committees in this capacity. She is also stepping into high schools. She is a 2021 British of Columbia’s Science Fair Judge and will check out science projects at 9-12th grade levels.  


Dr. Lei Wen’s article, “Construct a Two-Stage Case Study in an Intermediate Accounting II Course” has been accepted for publication in the Business Education Innovation Journal.


Congratulations to Dr. Dipak Ghosh for developing the first course (BC807 accelerated online course) at Emporia State that meets the official Quality Matters (QM) standard!  Thank you for your leadership, Dr. Ghosh.


Drs. Shawn Keough and Will Phillips participated in the Garmin Unbound Gravel held on June 5. Congratulations on finishing the 100-mile race!




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