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Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University


Advancing Emporia State through private gifts and grants

DenaSue PotestioAs leaders in your professional fields and communities, you--the members of our National Campaign Committee--are a tremendous asset to Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University. Thank you for your advocacy for Emporia State and for lending your support of the campaign on the University's behalf!

DenaSue Potestio, Foundation President/CEO, offers greetings and a closer look at this transformative campaign in a video message you can view by clicking on her image.

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How're we doing? Glad you asked!

It's been an amazing time in the life of Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University. Two back-to-back years of record-breaking fundraising prove that this transformational campaign is changing lives. Your generosity inspires Hornet Nation to dream big!

Because of this success, the ESU Foundation ramping up its personnel to maintain the momentum. Special congratulations to Shane Shivley, new vice president for development!




Thoughts from a National Campaign Committee member

I'm still thankful for my ESU education and how it prepared me for my career. I'm actively involved with the university and I enjoy promoting and sharing my experiences. I'm also raising my two daughters to be Hornet fans. They love Corky!
--Kim (Gibson) Grooms, BSB 2001
Lawrence, Kansas



Embodying our values, building a culture of philanthropy

At Emporia State University, every gift is appreciated. Every dollar counts. And every donor is appreciated. Every donor counts.

These few words form the core of this transformational effort for Emporia State. 


Silent Joe is Silent No More!

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An Emporia couple honors a respected School of Business professor with a gift in his name.

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Steve and Bobbi Sauder make a leadership gift to Hornet Athletics.

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An anonymous gift establishes a Distinguished Business Scholar program.


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Building new fires, digging new wells

DeWayne and Sherry Backhus are making gifts that benefit Emporia State "now" and "forever." 

Where are National Campaign Committee members located?

Thoughts from a National Campaign Committee member

What could be better than teaching subject matter you love to wonderful students in a small college environment? That is what I did for 38 years as a Mathematics teacher at KSTC, EKSC, and finally at ESU. Teaching at ESU was a marvelous adventure.
--George Downing, MS 1958, Emporia, Kansas 


Looking ahead to more successes

September 12  |  Location TBD  Dedication of Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics

September 18  |  Visser Hall Atrium — Applauding major estate gifts from Roger and Carla Smith.


Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics named at Emporia State University

The Kansas Board of Regents has approved a center for leadership and business ethics at Emporia State University to be officially named the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics. 


Gift honors career of celebrated Emporia State vocal music professor

She may not have directed a choir at Emporia State University since her retirement 31 years ago, but Rosamond Hirschorn’s name remains associated with legendary excellence in vocal music education. Now, thanks to a gift from a former student, her name is also attached to an endowed professorship in the Department of Music.



New scholarship highlights Tri Sigma Founders’ Day

It wasn't a typical Founders' Day for Emporia State's Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority this year. Neil and Carol Roach presented the first Roach Family Award to a Tri Sigma sister.



Long-time business professor named ‘Icon of Education’

Ingram’s Magazine recognized Emporia State University’s Dr. John Rich as a 2014 Icon of Education for his commitment in the classroom.



New address, visual identity launched

Emporia State University is entering its 151st year with a new address. 


Emporia State is host for 2016 Kansas Shrine Bowl

The city with one of the strongest connections to the Kansas Shrine Bowl will host the 43rd annual all-star football game and surrounding festivities in 2016.

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