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 January 2017


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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 a qualified faculty.
  • Graduates who have achieved specified learning goals.


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

For info about scholarships and giving, please contact Bethany Tegtmeier, Director of Development.



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Campus News & Events

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Travel with Hornets

To learn about all the exciting, upcoming Hornet Trips, click here.

ESU President Allison Garrett will be hosting a Hornet trip to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco on June 19-July 2, 2017.  To learn more, click here.

Upcoming 2017 trips include: 

President's Tour of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco (June 19-July 2)

3 National Parks, Canyons, & Colors (Sept 23-30)

Grand Hawaii Cruise (Dec 3-19)


Make Your Mark!

Put your stamp on ESU history with a personalized Signature Brick! To learn more about this program or purchase a brick, click here.



Welcome from Dean Ed Bashaw

Greetings from the School of Business at Emporia State University. I began here June 2016, and these first six months have been full of meeting students, faculty, staff, and members of our community. My wife, Sara, and I are excited to be in Emporia, and we have appreciated our warm welcome. I am proud to be your School of Business Dean, and I’m proud of the accomplishments of our school, students, faculty, and alumni. I hope you read this newsletter and feel the same pride I do. Please keep us updated on your professional achievements. I look forward to seeing you soon at one of our many events. We invite you to read our most recent Year in Review, which highlights our students, faculty, and alumni for the 2015-16 academic year. Go Hornets! 

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


School of Business News 

U.S. News Ranks Emporia State Online Graduate Programs Among Top Kansas Schools

In national rankings of online programs released in January 2017, Emporia State ranked No. 40 of 278 schools for its graduate education programs, No. 80 of 141 for non-MBA business programs, and No. 115 of 255 for MBA programs.

Emporia State offers 11 graduate education programs online, one of them being the Master of Science in Business Education through the School of Business. The School of Business also offers a Master of Accountancy and the MBA program.

To read the complete story, click here.

For more information about online degree programs at Emporia State, go to www.emporia.edu/distance.

For more information about the rankings, go to www.usnews.com.

Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Recent Graduate Recognized at Homecoming

Distinguished Alumni

Mike Law

Emporia native Mike Law began his association with the University as an Emporia High School student keeping statistics for Hornet football games on KVOE radio. In the 1980s, he was the play-by-play announcer for both Hornet football and basketball. Mike took classes with Al Higgins in high school and his neighbor was Lyle Brown from KVOE. These two gentlemen helped carve the path for Mike. 

After receiving an associate’s degree in Communication in 1979 from Colby Community College, Mike returned to Emporia and received a bachelor of science in Business Administration from Emporia State in 1981.

Mike, known as Mike Kennedy in the music world, recently retired as the vice president of programming for Steel City Media Kansas City and program director of Q104 KBEQ. He was host for the station’s Morning Drive program for 14 years before stepping away at the end of 2015.

Steve Sauder

Steve Sauder graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is the owner of Emporia’s Radio Stations KVOE/KFFX and is also a founder of ValuNet, the only all-fiber optic broadband network in Emporia.

Sauder has supported the University in a variety of ways, from serving on boards and councils, to fundraising, to establishing multiple scholarships.

He received the Joe Cannon Service Award given for dedication, service, and commitment to bettering ESU and intercollegiate athletics in 2014 in recognition of his ongoing efforts on behalf of the Emporia State Athletics Department.

He is a member of the Emporia State University Foundation Board of Trustees and was the Champion for Athletics for the Now & Forever Campaign.

To read more about Mike and Steve and ESU’s other distinguished alumni, click here.

Outstanding Recent Graduate

Jason Baker (BSB-Accounting 2008, MBA-Accounting 2009) was the 2016 Outstanding Recent Graduate from the School of Business. Jason knew he wanted to come to ESU when he was here for an elementary Math Day.

In just six years since graduation, Baker’s career has already seen him advance from staff accountant to chief executive officer. Baker currently serves as the CEO of Scott Cooperative Association in Scott City, Kan. Prior to becoming chief executive officer, Baker served as Scott Cooperative Association’s controller for three and a half years.

To read more about Jason and ESU’s other Outstanding Recent Graduates, click here.

Nominate an Outstanding Recent Graduate

The Outstanding Recent Graduate Award recognizes an outstanding recent graduate from each of the undergraduate colleges and schools at Emporia State University. Selection for this award is based on criteria determined by each school/college and the stipulation that the recipient be no more than 10 years past graduation at Emporia State University. This award is sponsored by the ESU Alumni Association. Nominations are due on April 1.

To nominate an Outstanding Recent Graduate, click here.

High School Business Career Day

On October 26, approximately 570 high school students from 45 schools around the state of Kansas came to Emporia State University to participate in the annual School of Business High School Career Day.

At Career Day, students learned about the School of Business from current students, heard about the possibilities of careers in business from individuals in the industry, and participated in Kansas Business Hall of Fame trivia. This day offered a great opportunity to expose students to fields of study and potential careers they might be interested in pursuing.

To view the photos from Career Day, go to our Flickr page.

Beta Gamma Sigma Initiation and School of Business Scholarship Reception

The School of Business had the opportunity to recognize its donors, scholarship recipients, and Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) initiates at a reception on November 15. During this reception, BGS inducted 19 members into their chapter.

Students receiving the Distinguished Business Scholarship, the Preston Scholarship, and the Reeble Scholarship were specially recognized on stage for their accomplishments. School of Business alumni and BGS chapter honorees Randy (BSB 1979-Accounting) and Jan (BSB 1980-Business Administration) Steinert (pictured below) served as the keynote speakers for the afternoon, touching on “principles to succeed.”

Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest international business school honor society available only to those at AACSB accredited institutions. Our Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter was named “best in business” and qualified for Highest Honors Chapter for the 2015–2016 academic year from Beta Gamma Sigma Global Headquarters.

To view the photos from the reception, go to our Flickr page.

Business Alliance

Pictured left to right: Cory Haag, Brad Cochennet, Steve Sauder, Errol Williams, Karen Sommers, Tony Forcum, Dale Gibbens, Tim Wright, Janet Schalansky, Nick Laurent, and Russ Everhart

The School of Business Alliance held their annual meeting recently. The alliance represents a wide cross section of leadership and meets to address issues of importance to the School of Business and to provide insight and help with assessing the school's programs and activities. This group considers and responds regularly to the appropriateness of the School of Business mission and other strategic decisions.


Student News

PhD Project to Help Business Grad Earn Advanced Degree

Jason Tetuan (BSB 2016-Accounting), master of accountancy student at Emporia State University’s School of Business, dreams of earning his doctorate in Accounting. He is now one step closer, with the help of the PhD Project, an organization that encourages and helps minority students earn doctoral degrees.

 A Topeka, Kan., native, Tetuan graduated from ESU in 2016 with his bachelor of science in Accounting and will graduate with his master of Accountancy in May 2017. He currently holds a 4.0 grade point average in his master’s program. As an undergraduate, Tetuan played middle linebacker for the Hornet football team and was team captain. He earned many honors, including being named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and honorable mention for defense on the USA Football Preseason Watch List. He was also named a School of Business Capitol Federal Scholar for the current 2016–17 academic year.

Tetuan applied and was accepted to attend the annual conference in Chicago in mid-November. He was one of the 300 accepted out of 800 applicants — and was the only student from Kansas to attend.

Tetuan will be the first generation in his family to get a master’s degree, let alone a doctorate.

“I come from a great, supportive family. I want to make them proud,” he said. “But this is for me. I want to be in the classroom, inspiring others to get their degrees, just like Dr. Lamsal did for me.”

Click here to read the full article.

Internship Leads to Job Prior to Graduation

A summer internship with Phillips 66 is taking Emporia State University graduate student Matt Haefele (BSB 2016-Accounting) directly into a full-time job.

Matt is studying for a Master of Accountancy and has been assigned to work in a new headquarters building completed in July. This was his second internship with Phillips 66.

Matt said that being very active in classes and on campus contributed immensely to his understanding in how to communicate and how to work with others, though he said there was a steep learning curve. Several class projects at Emporia State had refined his communications style, too, and the internship helped him improve significantly and to apply and refine what he had learned in classes.

“A foundation of accounting and business was needed in order to begin to understand how Phillips 66 operated and how to do my job,” he explained.

As inventory accounting analyst for the summer, Haefele reconciled inventory between statements and accounting books and tested new systems and processes being implemented for the group to which he had been assigned.

How It’s Made Tour

School of Business students from the Learning Community and the Marketing Club were able to meet entrepreneurs from three local businesses during the Emporia Main Street’s “How It’s Made Tour.” IM Design, Surly Mermaid, and Twin Rivers Winery provided informational sessions for students, which enabled them to ask questions and perspectives on how to be successful in starting, owning, and running your own business.


Alumni News

Michael Garrett, Veteran and Mentor

Retired after actively serving over 27 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Garrett (BSB 1984-Business Administration) is grateful for many things in his life, including his wonderful career, his wife, and Emporia State University. An independent analyst now living in Japan, Garrett was a first-generation college student. Garrett credits his professional success as a Marine and his prosperity to his business education and is thankful for the scholarship he received to get through school. Now, he is honored to pay it forward by mentoring a student through the School of Business Mentor Program.

Garrett was raised in Kansas City, Kan. While at Emporia State, he was a four-year varsity football player. He joined the Marine Corps' Platoon Leaders Course as a sophomore at Emporia State. After completing his undergraduate degree from ESU, he earned a master of science degree in Human Resources, paid for by the Marine Corps, from Chapman University in Orange, Calif.

Garrett has a list of descriptors he gives himself: A welfare child, ESU graduate, retired Marine officer, veteran, combat veteran, disabled veteran, husband (his most important duty), cancer survivor, and an extremely lucky American.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Garrett claims there are things that enable professional success: production, great relationships, and duty, and it is impossible to properly do your duty without living an ethical life. He goes on to say, “Success in life is so much more than money. For me, I love doing the right thing because shortcuts, unethical behavior, and taking advantage of others destroys teams, organizations, and communities.”

Having been a mentor previously, when asked if he’d be willing to mentor a student again, Garrett quickly replied back, “It would be an honor to help a Hornet. For me, there was no better University in the United States than Emporia State. My Emporia State education enabled me to become an officer and have an absolutely incredible life.”

Semper Fi, and Go Hornets!

Click here to read the full article.

Be a Mentor

All alumni and supporters are invited to apply to be a mentor to current School of Business students. The Mentor Program at the School of Business is an exciting opportunity which allows alumni to connect with current students. The goal of the Mentor Program is to give students the ability to learn from experienced professionals while preparing for life after college. Mentors should have the interest and ability to help and support students as they grow professionally. Our students are seeking someone who will provide them with honest feedback, guide them in developing the skills to be successful in the workplace, and paint a realistic picture of professional life.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor to a BizHornet, please contact Leticia Rust at lrust1@emporia.edu.

John Stibal Presents Hayes Lecture

John Stibal (BSB 1982-Business Administration), regional vice president of Sales and Client Management Northeast Region for Unum, spoke on “Keep Rising to the Next Level” at the sixth-annual Sam E. and Jeannene Hayes Lecture on October 13.

Dr. Sam Hayes (BA 1963-Chemistry) of Mission Hills, Kan., and his wife, Jeannene, established the 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 each annual lecture, which is organized by students in the Blue Key Honor Society at ESU.

Stibal, the eighth of nine children of the late Dr. Willard and Laura Stibal, grew up in Emporia while his father was on faculty at Emporia State.

Click here to read the full article.

Alumni Accomplishments 

Bob L. Agler
 (BSB 63-Accounting), Emporia, was named the 2017 Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. 

The Kansas City Chiefs announced Mayra Aguirre (BSB 2003-Management), executive director of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund, as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. The Chiefs, along with Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, honored her at the team’s September 25th game against the New York Jets during a pregame ceremony on the field. 

Pete S. Clarke (BSB 1964-Business Administration), Kingwood, Texas, has been inducted into the Texas Senior Games Hall of Fame for a life of accomplishments in track and field. 

Wes W. Cooper
 (BSB 1991-Management), Wichita, recently added CEO to his title as the president of TrueNorth, Inc.

Mandi R. Dilling (BSB 2007-Marketing), Chicago, Ill., is a published co-author of the book "The Freshman Project."  

Ed Eilert (BSB 1961-Business Administration, MS 1962-Business Education) was named one of Ingram's Most Powerful Business Leaders in Greater Kansas City. Ed was a consultant with A.G. Edwards for nearly 37 years, and mayor of Overland Park, Kan., for 24 years. He is currently the chairman of the Johnson County Commission. Ed is also on the Business Alliance Board for ESU’s School of Business. The council meets once a year to address issues of importance to the School of Business and to provide insight and help with assessing the school's programs and activities. For more information on Ingram’s top 250, click here.     

Gabe Medina (BSB 2006-Management), Mission, received the Athletic Hall of Honor Award during Homecoming 2016 for his excellence in baseball.

Melissa Stevens (BSB 2006-Marketing), Overland Park, received the Athletic Hall of Honor Award during Homecoming 2016 for her excellence in softball.

Mel Wagner, Jr. (BSB 1991-Management) was named the new chief executive officer of INDATELTM Services in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Mel previously served as their vice president of Business Development and Sales since 2014. Mell brings more than 25 years of experience in telecom and an entrepreneurial focus that has been instrumental in driving INTADEL’s market position and achieving financial growth.

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 Faculty News

Dr. Kamal Lamsal: Sugarcane Harvest Logistics in Brazil. Transportation Science. For more information, click here.

Dr. Steven Lovett: Applied Business Ethics: An Exploration of the Use and Impact of Ethical Practices in the Workplace. Published by Kendall Hunt (2016) ISBN: 978-1-5249-0063-2.

Dr. Steven Lovett: The Employee-Lawyer: A Candid Reflection on the True Roles and Responsibilities of In-House Counsel. Journal of Law & Commerce 34, 1:113­–159.

Dr. Mohammed Sajedur Rahman with Myung Ko, John Warren, and Darrell Carpenter: Healthcare Technology Self-Efficacy (HTSE) and Its Influence on Individual Attitude: An Empirical Study. Computers in Human Behavior (2016), 58, pp. 12–24.

Dr. Jun Yu and Dr. Joyce Zhou: Consumer Perception and Consumption Behavior Regarding Luxury Products in the Fashion Industry. International Journal of Business, Marketing, and Decision Sciences (IJBMDS), 2016.

Dr. Satvir Singh: Individual Deals Within Teams: Investigating the Role of Relative I-Deals for Employee Performance. Journal of Applied Psychology (JAP). August, 2016. For more information, click here.

Dr. Antonina (Tonya) Bauman: Students’ Perceptions of the Use of Technology in Cross-Cultural Communication. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning Journal, (Vol. 6, No.  2, pp. 193­–207).

Dr. Lei Wen: Integrate Video-Based Lectures Into Online Intermediate Accounting II Course Learning. Business Education Innovation Journal. December, 2016.

Dr. Jun Yu and Dr. Joyce Zhou with Hailin Chen (MAcc student) on a research paper. The paper was accepted and published in the International Journal of Business, Marketing, and Decision Sciences (IJBMDS), Volume 9, Number 1, 2016. The manuscript is titled “Consumer Perception and Consumption Behavior Regarding Luxury Products in the Fashion Industry.”

Dr. Jeff Muldoon for being placed on two editorial boards: The Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies is published by SAGE Publications quarterly to advance the knowledge and practice of leadership and organizations, and the Journal of Management History, Emerald Group Publishing, which is an interdisciplinary journal and publishes research using diverse methodologies and theoretical approaches.

Dr. Christopher Stone was invited to speak to a panel of individuals from the Department of Defense (DOD) Transition to Veterans Program about his research on Veteran stereotypes in the employment selection process. The panel included individuals from the DOD, Department of Labor, and the Veterans’ Administration. Dr. Stone’s research is being used to further improve programs for military veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. 



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