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 April 2017


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Dean Ed Bashaw
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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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Travel with Hornets

To learn about all the exciting, upcoming Hornet Trips, 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)

Upcoming 2018 Trips:

Washington Week with Tyler & Melanie Curtis (March 18-24, 2018)

Rivers, Roses, Mountains, & Orchards with Don & Linda Miller (August 1-7, 2018)


Alaska Adventure (July 23-August 4, 2018)


Best of Europe's Christmas Markets (December 7-15, 2018)


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. I have almost completed my first year here as Dean, and I am so excited to be a Hornet! This semester has given us the opportunity 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 events.

Go Hornets!

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


School of Business News 

Business Students Take Two Places in Emporia Entrepreneur Challenge

Dr. Dean Hollenbeck, President of Flint Hills Technical College (left) and Dr. Ed Bashaw (right) present the awards to the Emporia Entrepreneur winners Breanne Couch, the team of Sydney Monteith and Alex Rickard, and Andrew Blackwell.

This year marked the 3rd year of the Emporia Entrepreneur Challenge. The EEC allows Emporia State University and Flint Hill Technical College students to compete in an intensive venture idea competition. The Elevator Challenge served as the kickoff activity for the event. On February 15, 27 teams lined up on the first floor of Cremer to present their elevator pitches and compete for three $100 prizes. Click here to read more.

Fifty teams competed in the official Emporia Entrepreneur Challenge. Following the business proposal round, 19 semifinalist teams were selected to advance. Those teams had the opportunity to meet with local business leaders prior to pitching their ideas in the oral presentation and community showcase rounds.

The Community Showcase and Awards Ceremony was held in ESU’s KSTC Ballroom on April 10. First place and $2,500 was awarded to Breanne Couch for No Crumbs, a food truck venture idea. Couch is a sophomore business administration student at ESU. “I really enjoyed being able to compete in the Entrepreneurship Challenge,” said Breanne. “Throughout the competition, my biggest motivator was the amount of local businesses that reached out to me and wanted to create business relationships; having established business people investing in me is so humbling and valuable!”

Second place and $1,500 was awarded to the team of Alex Rickard, biochemistry and molecular biology, from Newton and Sydney Monteith, speech and theater, from Rossville for their business concept Exodus Files, a high school debate file production company.

Andrew Blackwell, ESU business education student from Overland Park, won third place and $500 for his Food Truck idea. Students were judged based on the feasibility, market potential, business model, and concept. Click here to read more and here to view the Flickr album.

Winners of the Elevator Challenge (L to R) include Robert Henley, Judge’s Choice; Bethany Bowman, Best Pitch; and Carissa McAfee, Best Idea.

Two Gifts Honored as Now & Forever Campaign Ends

The School of Business was recently honored with two bell ringings. The first one was held on February 14 for the Preston Family Student Complex. This new area, the Preston Family Student Complex, will be created in the lower level of Cremer. The complex will house the BizHornet Center, new spaces for business clubs to meet, and additional conversation areas. The second bell ringing, on February 18, was for gifts that will establish the John C. Rich Distinguished Accounting Professorship. Click here for the Preston Family Student Complex and John C. Rich Distinguished Accounting Professorship Flickr albums.

Dr. John Rich gives his words of gratitude at the John C. Rich Distinguished
Accounting Professorship bell ringing.

BizHornets Kalyn and Moira visit with Laura McAntee at the Preston Family Student Complex bell ringing.

Beta Gamma Sigma Initiation and Honors Banquet

Dr. Ed Bashaw presents Mark Scoles with his honorary Beta Gamma Sigma plaque.

The School of Business recognized students at the Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) induction and Spring Honors Banquet. BGS inducted 10 members into their chapter, including honoree, Mark Scoles (BSB ’77, accounting). Mark is generally known as a technical expert in financial reporting and serves on the Emerging Issues Task Force – EITF and previously served on the Auditing Standards Board. Click here to view the Flickr album. 

During the Honors Banquet, students receiving the Stephen J. Butcher MBA award, NBEA Award of Merit, Business Faculty Endowed Student Scholarship, and the Outstanding Senior were specially recognized for their accomplishments. Other groups recognized were Senior Honor Students, Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Pi Omega Pi. Mark Scoles served as the keynote speaker for the evening, touching on his 25 years of experience with Grant Thornton LLP and the importance of perseverance during tough times. Click here to view the Flickr album.

JumpStart Kansas – ESU


JumpStart Kansas - ESU has partnered with the Kansas Department of Commerce to present Kansas entrepreneurs the opportunity to apply for government funding. These funds should be used to create new businesses or expand existing businesses with innovative products, services, or processes. Click here for more information or to apply.

Community Internship Initiative Places Six Students

The Community Internship Initiative sponsored by the School of Business and coordinated by Emporia Main Street has been successful in creating six paid internships for business students in Spring 2017 within the local business community. The interns include Andrew Blackwell (Poehler Mercantile), Alexandra Ewy (ESB Financial), Kristen Stupka (IM Design), Taylor Elbe (Dynamic Discs), Delaney Schuler (Brickyard 20 Ale House) and Lexi Holstin (KVOE - Emporia's Radio Stations). This initiative is funded in part by a high-impact learning grant from the ESU Honors College.    

Corky’s Career Closet

Dr. John Rich, Dr. Joyce Zhou, June Coleman, Pete Euler, and Lisa Brumbaugh cut the ribbon for the new Career Closet.

A ribbon cutting was held on April 13 for a second professional Corky’s Career Closet at Emporia State University. The School of Business is excited to enhance the offerings of the Teacher's College Career Closet by adding an additional site in the Memorial Union. This additional site will be available to all majors across campus.  The closet(s) offer free professional clothing to students for interviews and work-related settings. We are now accepting items for donation to the Career Closet. Click here to read more and here to view the Flickr album.

VITA Program

This tax season, Dr. Liz Diers 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. Federal and state returns were prepared for Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois. Of the 149 returns prepared, 52 were for international students. Dr. Liz Diers, assistant professor of accounting, 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.”

Future Business Leaders of America Conference

Students from Olpe High School join the opening session for the District VII FBLA competition.

On February 1, Emporia State University hosted over 500 students for this year’s Kansas District VII Future Business Leaders of America Conference. The FBLA organization allows students to learn and pursue their interests in a variety of business fields. Students came to the conference from area middle and high schools to compete in hopes of qualifying for the state competition. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student organization in the world.

Graduation Reception

As we prepare for a Spring Commencement and our Spring Graduation Reception, we hope you enjoy these photos from our Graduation Reception in December, because these photos represent why we are here at the School of Business!

Digital Publications

Be sure to take a look at our 2015-2016 Year in Review and School of Business Viewbook at the bottom of our School of Business homepage.


Student News

Emporia State Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Receives National Recognition and Places at State

 From left to right: Brittany Gilliland, Holly Clark, Madison Orrange, Peyton Gould, Brent Brammer, Maria Solis, Grayce McAllister, Taylor Dunbar (front), Carissa McAfee (back), James Willingham (Co-Advisor).

Nine students from Emporia State University’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) traveled to Sterling College (Kansas) March 3 and 4 to compete at the 2017 Kansas State Leadership Conference. Students collectively placed 16 times at the competition. Six students who placed first or second place in their event qualify for the 2017 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in June. Click here to read more about PBL’s accomplishments and student placings.

Award at Great Plains Conference

Alexandra Ewy, a senior Honors student majoring in Computer Information Systems, received first place in the “Above 60 Credit Hours Social Science” category at the Annual Great Plains Honors Conference in Beaumont, Texas, for her poster “The Possibility of an Impartial Jury: A look at the Sixth Amendment and Human Bias.” The poster reflects her Senior Honors Thesis completed this past fall under the guidance of School of Business faculty Dr. Steven Lovett.

Social Media Workshop

Social media was the focus of a workshop held on February 16, with Emporia High School and Emporia State University marketing students leading the discussion. Co-hosted by Emporia Main Street, the idea for the workshop stemmed from a survey on social media usage conducted at EHS by students involved with Future Business Leaders of America.

Community Service

On January 25th, members and candidates of Beta Alpha Psi gathered to volunteer at the Emporia Gazette's Food for Students, an organization which provides to-go bags of food to students in Emporia schools who come from food insecure households.

Graduate Research Day at the Capitol

Congratulations to Thomas Houk, MBA student (and student advisor Dr. Marc Fusaro), who competed in the Capitol Graduate Research Summit in Topeka on February 28 and received the BioKansas Award for his poster abstract titles "Improved Tracking of Kansas Economic Activity."


Alumni News

Jan & Randy Steinert and Mim & Kieth Hiesterman at the Now & Forever
Campaign Celebration.

Judith A. Carroll (BSB 69-Business), Independence, is co-author of the book Cameos of Courage 



Jessica A. Crabtree
(BSE 13-Business Education), Hesston, received the Phi Beta Lambda 2017 Alumni of the Year award.


Alain-Phillippe Durand (BA 92-Business, BA 92-Foreign Language), Tuscon, Ariz., was appointed dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona.

John W. Foster (BSB 85-Business Administration), McPherson, has been selected to lead the claims department at American Farmers & Ranchers Insurance in Oklahoma City.

Art L. Gutierrez (BSB 03-Computer Information, MLS 10-Library Science), Emporia, completed the Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2016-2017, sponsored by the Kansas Association of School Boards.

Jennifer A. Hendrix (BSB 88-Accounting), Batesville, Ariz., was one of six teachers in Kansas to receive the Kansas Master Teacher Award.

James D. Holland (BA 93-Economics, BA 93-Geography), Abilene, has been named the Community Development Director for the city of Abilene. 

Jim A. Kern (BSB 71-Business Administration), Edmond, Okla., retired from the position of vice president of Human Resources at Homeland Stores.

Jim R. Kessler (BSB 74-Business Administration) & Kathy (Keegan) Kessler (FS), Emporia, retired after serving the Emporia community for 43 years with Modern Air Conditioning. 

Kenneth G. Plamer (BSB 94-Accounting), Hutchinson, is a production manager at Paulo in Kansas City.

Susan A. Riley (BSB 00-Computer Information Systems), Kansas City, recently became an administrator for the Highland Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Highland, Kan.

Johnny L. Robinson (BSB 82-Data Processing Information Systems), Easton, has assumed the position of a financial advisor and registered representative of Exchange National Bank & Trust in Atchison.

Gary Sherrer (BSE 63-Speech), visited ESU on March 28 and 29. During his time back on campus, he talked to students in business, political science, and leadership classes while also visiting Alpha Kappa Lambda, Blue Key, and the Center for Student Involvement.  He even found time to play some pickle ball with George Milton.  An accomplished banker, Gary also has a distinguished public service record, having served as Lt. Governor and Secretary of Commerce for the State of Kansas as well as a past chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents.  Gary received ESU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994. 

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Faculty News

Drs. Kevin Coulson, Joyce Zhou, and Jun Yu conducted a
research project with Jenny Zhen Yin (BSB 13-Business Administration). The paper, titled “Promoting Business Schools: A Content Analysis of Business School Magazines,” was accepted for publication by the Journal of Applied Business and Economics.

Dr. Steve Lovett had an article published, titled “The Toolkit and the Carpenter: Teaching the Critical Distinction Between Business Ethics and Personal Morals,” in the E-Journal of Business Education & Scholarship of Teaching (eJBEST), Volume 10, No. 2, December 2016. http://www.ejbest.org/a.php?/content/issue/19

Dr. Antonina Bauman presented her paper “Teaching a Capstone Course in Strategic Management” at the 15th Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu on January 4, 2017.

A paper written by Dr. Joyce Zhou, Dr. Jun Yu, and their co-authors, titled “Chinese Consumers’ Perception of Advertising: A Regional Analysis,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness.

An article written by Dr. Jeff Muldoon titled “The Hawthorne Studies: An Analysis of Critical Perspectives, 1936-1958was accepted for publication in the Journal of Management History.

Dr. Steve Lovett was the main speaker/author at a National Business Institute (NBI) conference, presenting course materials entitled “New Ethics Rules: Responding to Subpoenas and Document Requests,” on January 25, 2017.

Dr. Steve Lovett was a featured panelist at a National Business Institute conference, presenting course materials he authored entitled “Text Messages and Smartphones: Applying Real-Life Strategies” and “Ethics of Evidence,” on January 27 in Overland Park, Kan.

Drs. Antonina Bauman, James Zheng, and Joyce Zhou co-wrote “Online Trust and Financial Performance: A Case of Online Bookstores,” which was published in the Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness.

Drs. Joyce Zhou and Jun Yu (and student Hangwei Xu) presented a paper “Data Analysis Software for Marketing Analytics: A Study of Industry Needs and Educational Offerings” at the Academy of Business Research Spring 2017 conference. They received a Best Paper Award.

Drs. Daniel Haskin and Liz Diers presented two papers “Chesapeake Energy and Cash Flow” and “Earned Income Tax Credit Trends over Fifteen Years: Between, Inside, and Outside of Indian Reservations” at the Academy of Business Research Spring 2017 conference. “Chesapeake Energy and Cash Flow” received a Best Paper Award.

Dr. Joyce Zhou received one of the i3 (Ignite, Innovate, Inspire) grants for her project “Virtual Reality in Marketing.”


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