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 August 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: 

Grand Hawaii Cruise (Dec 13-29)

Upcoming 2018 Trips:

Washington Week with Tyler & Melanie Curtis (March 17-23, 2018)

Alaska Adventure (July 23-August 4, 2018)

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

Hello! I’ve just completed my first year, and I’m so glad I chose to come to Emporia State. My wife Sara and I have nestled in, and we are proud to call Emporia home. I’ve enjoyed meeting students, campus community, and alumni. Some of their accomplishments are shared here in this newsletter. Our BizHornets were busy wrapping up their semester, and many are still enjoying summer internships with amazing companies. We are ready for another great academic year, and we hope you join us along the way at one of our many events. As always, please keep us updated on your professional achievements. And if you’re ever near campus, please stop by for a visit.

Go Hornets!

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


School of Business News 

Business Alliance

The School of Business Alliance held their Spring meeting on April 17. The Council 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.

Kansas Business Hall of Fame

A. B. "Bob" Hudson (left) and Tom Devlin (right)

Congratulations to the 2017 Kansas Business Hall of Fame inductees. A. B. “Bob” Hudson was named the Historical Award recipient, and Tom Devlin received the Contemporary Award. The Board members are representatives from Kansas universities and businesses. It is the only such business recognition program in Kansas. Click here to read about the Kansas Business Hall of Fame and all the inductees. The Kansas Business Hall of Fame Board of Directors have put plans in motion to renovate a new space which will be more accessible to the community and will provide a more welcoming space for students and visitors.  

Successful Career Outcomes Rate

Based on data from the 2015-16 graduating seniors, five of our six degrees awarded by the School of Business achieved a 100% Career Outcomes Rate with an average of 99% for these six degrees. ESU Career Services collects and reports data following the First-Destination Survey standards established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Kansas Small Business Development Center

ESU’s Kansas Small Business Development Center assisted 152 small business clients in 2016. The following results were from a survey where 56 clients responded:

  • $5.3 million in new or increased sales
  • 164 jobs created and/or retained
  • $2.8 million in capital infusion
  • 23 new businesses

…And all of this resulted in a total return of $18.20 for every dollar invested in the ESU Kansas Small Business Development Center in 2016!


Student News

Students Place in Top 10 at National Conference

Two School of Business students placed in the top 10 in the nation recently at the 2017 Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference held in Anaheim, CA, June 24–27. Madison Orrange, a sophomore accounting major and information systems minor, placed fifth in Computer Applications. Carissa McAfee, a sophomore dual management/marketing major and theater minor, placed sixth in Client Services and fifth in Public Speaking. Click here to read the full story.

Summer Interns at Koch Industries

From left to right: Ryan McBroom, Katie Kapp, Luke Palmer, Fionna Colpan, Dave Robertson (President & COO of Koch), Kalyn Meseke, Shane Garrison, Ramon Rivera, and Jason Kuehl.

Alumni Dave Robertson, President & COO of Koch Industries, had lunch with eight BizHornet summer interns recently. We have many students enjoying internships this summer. These students are gaining great professional experience from amazing companies!

Lyon County History Center Project

Students in the Marketing Management class worked closely with the Lyon County History Center on a real-life project which involved conducting marketing research, presenting marketing strategies, and providing creative and innovative ideas for the Center.

2017 Athletic Award Winners

We are proud of all of ESU’s Student-Athletes (pictured above) for their accomplishments this year! A big congratulations to our four business students (front row, left to right) Tawni Griffey and Farhan Sadique as they were recognized as Student-Athletes Above the Cloud and Addie Lackey & Thomas LaRoche for receiving the Athletics Undergraduate Award of Excellence.

Beta Alpha Psi Travels to St. Louis

Five students and their adviser represented Emporia State at the Missouri Valley Regional meeting of Beta Alpha Psi in St. Louis last spring. Beta Alpha Psi is the honorary service organization for accounting, finance, and information systems majors at AACSB accredited Schools of Business. Students attending the meeting were (from left to right) Jason Kuehl, Bryan Jones, Aubrey Plankinton, Austin Brown, and Kalyn Meseke.

Meet Our Most Recent Alums

We held a Graduation Reception and Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 12, for our graduates. Click here to see the photos!


Alumni News



Chris Waldeck (BSB 89 - Marketing) was recently named President of Lee® Jeans. Click here for the full story.



Dr. Teresa Clounch (BSB 89 - Business Administration) has been named the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Student Life at Fort Hays State University. Click here for the full story.

Tyler Paul (BSB 04 - Accounting) was inducted as part of the 2017 class into the MIAA Hall of Fame. Tyler was an All-American running back for the Hornet football team and was named the 2003 College Division Academic All-America of the year by CoSIDA. He was the 2004 Ken B. Jones Award winner and led the MIAA in total rushing yards as a junior and senior.  After attending ESU, he received his Juris Doctor of Law and is a practicing attorney in Wichita. Click here for the full story and here to watch his MIAA induction interview.

Dave Robertson, President and COO of Koch Industries; Steve Coen, President and CEO of Kansas Health Foundation; and Jeremy Rusco, owner of Dynamic Discs, were named in Ingram's "50 Kansans You Should Know." Click here to read more.

ESU Night at the K was held on June 8. From left to right: Jason Rowland, Jen Baxter, Jason Fanning, Dr. John Rich, Scott Durham and Charlie, and Dr. Ed Bashaw.

Troy Johnston (BSB 88 - Accounting) hosted the Holton Open, a 31-year-old event made up of ESU alumni from Holton & McPherson who all met at Emporia State University. Thanks for the Stingers Up gentlemen!

Tim (BSB 86 - Accounting) and Kristi Wright were awarded a 2017 Service Citation Award. Together, the couple have established funds in the School of Business, including the Wright CPA Group, PA Accounting Scholarship, and they have been instrumental in helping with the Emporia State international population. Click here to read more.

Sheila J. (Damman) Rumsey (BSB 88 - Finance) has recently been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of the Realtors of South Central Kansas in Wichita.

Kaci L. (Watts) Brady (BS 11 - Management) was recently named the Executive Director of the Ransom Memorial Hospital Charitable Association in Ottawa, Kansas.

Brandie J. Booth (BSB 06 - Business Administration, MBA 11 - Business Administration) recently became the Assistant Project Manager for Van Acker Construction in California.

If you haven’t seen the throwback Thursday recruitment video from 1999, take a look by clicking here! You might be in it!

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Faculty News

Dr. Jeff Muldoon and Dr. Antonina Bauman published their paper titled "Ethics and Closing a Business" in the Special Spring 2017 issue of the Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal.

Dr. Christopher Stone presented a session on Misconceptions of Military Culture at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The participants in the session represented researchers and practitioners actively working to solve the various problems military veterans face while transitioning back into civilian life.

Dr. Douglas Smith attended the inaugural Race in the Market Place (RIM) forum in Washington, DC. The Race in the Marketplace (RIM) Research Network is a transdisciplinary and international research network which seeks to collaboratively advance our understanding of the role of race (and its intersecting socio-political constructs: e.g., class, gender, ethnicity, religion, and sexuality) in the marketplace.

Dr. Raffaele De Vito, professor emeritus, was honored with the Silver Stirrup Award for Meritorious Service at the 45th Annual Team Kansas awards banquet held on June 6, 2017, in Emporia. De Vito was a founding member of the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council, which started in 1985. De Vito was professor of management for the School of Business, retiring in 2016 after 34 years with the university. Click here for the full story.

Retired professor Dr. George Walters was recognized by the Emporia Lions Club as the Lion of the Year for his extensive and long-term service to the club.


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