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December 2015

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In this issue
In memoriam: Passing of President Robert E. Glennen

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December 12 | ESU Winter Commencement | Undergraduate 10 a.m., White Auditorium | Graduate 2 p.m., Albert Taylor Hall, Plumb Hall

January 19 | Northeast Alumni Chapter Planning Meeting (includes Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, and Shawnee counties) | 6:30 p.m. | Lakeview Villa Clubhouse, Lawrence | For more information, contact Nikki Metz at

February 12 | Founders' Day Luncheon | 11:30 a.m. | Memorial Union, Webb Hall

February 25 | South Central After Hours Event | Fox and Hound, 1421 Waterfront, Wichita | Save the date!

March 4-5 | Sigma Pi Reunion | ESU Campus | Save the date!

April 1 | Track and Cross Country Alumni Dinner | ESU Campus | Save the date!

May 6 | Kansas City Scholarship Golf Tournament | Save the date!

June 4 | Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon | Memorial Union, Webb Hall | Save the date!

August 20 | South Central Scholarship Golf Tournament | Save the date!


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For more information about the Best of Scotland trip hosted by Dr. Karen Smith, click here.

School of Business Professor Emeritus Dr. Don Miller and his wife Linda will go on a Hornet adventure in Bar Harbor, Maine in October of 2016. To learn more, click here.

Sara and Byron Welch traveled to Alaksa in 2015.

Fred and Judy Jennings traveled to Alaska in 2015.

Duane and Charlotte Clum went on a Panama Cruise in 2015.

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Bill King and Margaret (Margie) Nairn and Garry and Bette Tranbarger held Corky in front of Multnomah Falls on a recent Columbia River Cruise.

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17th ESU President Announced

Capitol Federal Luncheon 

Football vs. Henderson State

International Culture Show

School of Business Career Day

Women's Basketball vs. Cameron

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For information about alumni events, reunions, or other alumni questions, please contact Nikki Metz, Alumni Program Coordintor.

For information about scholarships and giving for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, please contact Angela Fullen, Director of Development.

For information about scholarships and giving for the School of Business, please contact John Lohmeyer, Director of Development.

For information about scholarships and giving for The Teachers College and SLIM, please contact Roy Mann, Director of Development.

For information about scholarships and giving for the Athletics, please contact Spencer Allen, Director of Development.

In Memoriam: Passing of President Robert E. Glennen

Dear Hornet Nation,

We received the sad news that Dr. Robert E. Glennen, Emporia State’s 13th president, has died. President Glennen led our university from 1985 to 1997.

President Glennen took the helm of ESU at a time when the university bore the marks of years of declining state support. He faced a $1.1 million budget cut, declining enrollments, and even the threatened closing of the institution. He adopted Daring to Excel as his administration's theme and challenged the university to succeed in academics, advising, extracurricular activities, and athletics in spite of its current condition.

Twelve years later, the university was financially sound and enjoying a national reputation as a leader in teacher education reform and student retention and as an innovative marketer through its regional distance program in the School of Library and Information Management.

During his tenure as president, Dr. Glennen was instrumental in the founding of the National Teachers Hall of Fame. He has been recognized nationally for his teacher education reform efforts. He was one of six finalists for the AASCU 1992 Presidential Award for Support of Teacher Education. In 1989, he received the National Academic Advising Association's Award of Excellence for contributions to the field of academic advising over a 20-year period. Personally, he has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Portland, the Outstanding Faculty Award at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Notre Dame Man of the Year. He was named a 1994 Kansas Master Teacher and was the 1994 recipient of the Mike Harder Public Administrator of the Year Award by the Kansas Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

A memorial service is planned for Monday in Las Vegas. President Glennen’s family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Dr. Robert and Mary Glennen Scholarship at Emporia State and the baseball program at the University of Portland, where President Glennen was a student-athlete. To donate contributions to the Dr. Robert and Mary Glennen Scholarship, click here.

I know that some of you knew the Glennen family and may want to send. Those cards may be sent to his wife, Mary Glennen, 2620 Lake Sahara Drive No. 152, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89117.

Finally, Emporia State flags across campus will be lowered beginning Friday through Monday, the day of the funeral.

Jackie Vietti, Ph.D.
Interim President


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