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 November 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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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)


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Welcome From Dean Ed Bashaw

Greetings from the School of Business at Emporia State. We have had a great Fall semester, and these past few months have been filled with many student, faculty, and alumni accomplishments—some of which we’ll share here in this newsletter. It was great seeing so many of our alumni at Homecoming. Our BizHornets are excited for their winter break and will be well-rested upon their return on January 17. We are looking forward to the Spring semester, 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 


On August 30, the School of Business hosted their 4th annual BizFest. This event was open to all students and featured FUN games (like trike races!), FREE food, and PRIZES. Brad Clark (BSB 84-Business Administration) excited the audience with his powerful words about what you can do with your business degree from Emporia State. Students were able to visit with various groups such as Beta Alpha Psi and the Marketing Club on how they can get involved and also ask questions about the different majors, minors, and concentrations we offer. Click here to view the Flickr album.

High School Career Day

The School of Business hosted 571 Kansas high school students from over 33 schools at the annual Business Career Day on October 18. Throughout the day, students learned about several careers in business from a choice of five  different sessions. The day ended with a spirited game of Kahoot with over 160 teams competing! Thank you to Don Hill, Kelly Heine, Steve Stone, Natasha Schamberger, and Kim Redeker for giving us their time to present to this large group of students.

Emporia State Economic Index

Dr. Marc Fusaro, associate professor of Economics and director of the Center for Business and Economic Development, presented the Emporia State Economic Index (ESEI) at the Emporia Area Economic Outlook Conference held on October 26. The index gives a more timely picture of the state of the economy in Kansas and its neighbors. The index is based on an estimate of monthly and state level Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and tells us how per capita production is looking in Kansas, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. If you would like to be one of the first to receive the index each month, please go to our website and subscribe to the update.


Beta Alpha Psi

Congratulations to Beta Alpha Psi for being recognized internationally as a Distinguished Chapter for 2016–2017. The chapter has far exceeded the baseline requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and has excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism, and leadership. Thank you Dr. George Durler and Dr. Liz Diers for your leadership! One of their current events was Trivia Night enjoyed by students and alumni.

Beta Gamma Sigma Key

Thank you to Diane (Thomas) Beatty (BSB 78-Accounting) for her thoughtful gift. Our Beta Gamma Sigma key was erected in time for Homecoming and is proudly displayed on our lower level east entrance. The Key signifies the ESU Chapter as one of distinction for past, present, and future members.

Fall Scholarship Reception and Beta Gamma Sigma Induction

The School of Business had the opportunity to recognize its donors, scholarship recipients, and Beta Gamma Sigma initiates at the annual Fall Scholarship Reception and Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) induction.

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is the highest international business school honor society available only to those at AACSB accredited institutions. For the Fall 2017, BGS inducted 24 members into their chapter, including chapter honoree, Susan Thomas (BS 86-Psychology, Business).

Over 200 School of Business scholarship recipients and donors were invited to attend this event, illustrating the extensive network of community, alumni, and faculty donors that join to make student education possible. Students receiving the Distinguished Business Scholarship, the Preston Scholarship, and the Reeble Scholarship were recognized on stage for their accomplishments. Susan Thomas was the keynote speaker for the afternoon, touching on her years of marketing communications and public relations experience. Her four main points she left the students with were "Earn it, Be Helpful, Be the Example, and Be Great at Being You." Click here to view the Flickr album.


Student News

Cerner Case Competition

A team of three School of Business students competed and finished in first place at the First Annual Kansas Collegiate Case Competition powered by Cerner on September 26. The BizHornet team members included Mohammad Daouk, senior from Lebanon, majoring in computer science and minoring in information systems and math; Emna Rejaibi, freshman computer science exchange student from Tunisia; and Saandhyarag Sasidhar, sophomore from United Arab Emirates, majoring in information systems and marketing. The team advisor was Dr. Mohammed Sajedur Rahman, assistant professor of Information Systems at Emporia State University’s School of Business. Click here to read more.

Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting

Addie Lackey (accounting senior, left), Aubrey Plankinton (MACC student, right), and Dr. George Durler attended the Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 2-5. Over 1,200 students and faculty advisors attended. BAP and KPMG (big four accounting firm) jointly sponsor “A Day of Literacy” each year as a community service project to promote literacy where students do several activities with children in grades K-5. The following days are used for competitions, sharing of ideas, and motivational speakers.   

ESU Helps Hurricane Harvey

Marketing Club students led a drive to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Donation boxes were placed in various locations around campus to gather donations. The students had a great turnout of donations across campus. Thank you to everyone who gave!


Alumni News

Susan Thomas (BS 86-Psychology, Business) with 10Fold Communications was honored as the Honorary Beta Gamma Sigma inductee and visited five classrooms, sharing her story and giving her advice of "Earn it, Be Helpful, Be the Example, and Be Great at Being You."

The School of Business recognized their 2017 Distinguished Alumni, Dr. Dan Deines (MS 74-Business Administration) and Jim Trecek (BSE 66-English), and their Outstanding Recent Graduate, John Moyer (BSB 08-Information Systems), at a reception during Homecoming. Congratulations, BizHornets, on your accomplishments!

Craig (BSB 86-Business Administration, Art) and Brad (BSB 84-Business Administration) Clark, brothers and alumni of ESU, initiated the series titled “Executive Hour,” a forum to bring accomplished business executives on campus periodically to deliver real-world information on select topics, outline the relevance of the topic for a new college graduate, and make themselves available for questions. Two “Executive Hours” were held in the Fall and four more are planned in the Spring. Craig is the chief executive officer and one of the owners of Reliant Worldwide Plastics. Brad is the founder and CEO of Triquetra.

Congratulations to Linda Sinnett (BSB 79-Business Administration, MBA 14-Business Administration), Denise Kruse (BSB 82-Business Administration, Psychology), and Teresa Martin (BSB 81-Business Administration, BS 81-Public Affairs) for being the honored guests at the recent KC Alumni event. We are proud of their recognition by the Kansas City Business Journal as past recipients of “Women Who Mean Business."

Krystin M. (Philbrook) Olson (BSB 04-Management), Wichita, recently became the human relations manager at Koch Industries.

Corina Nour (MBA 11-Accounting, Business Administration), Belmont, Calif., is the new lead internal auditor at Intuit in San Francisco.

Howard West (BSB 05-Computer Information Systems, MS 07-Intructional Design/Technology), Cambridge, Mass., was recently the recipient of the IDS 2017 Global Mentoring Award.

Alen H. Hodzic (BSB 07-Accounting), New York, N.Y., has been named chief of staff for the Northeast Region of Grant Thornton LLP.

Scott Anderson (BSB 91-Accounting), Topeka, has been chosen as one of five members to be appointed to the Kansas Development Finance Authority Board by Governor Brownback.

Do you have information to share with us and/or your classmates?  If so, please click here to share your news.  


Faculty News

We are excited to introduce four new faculty members to our School of Business team! 

The first edition of Dr. Steve Lovett’s textbook was published this fall and is being used as a primary textbook in BU293 – Ethics, Social Responsibility & Sustainability:  Applied Business Ethics: An Exploration of the Use and Impact of Ethical Practices in the Workplace, 1st ed., Kendall Hunt Publishing (2017).

The School of Business would like to recognize Dean Edmiston for his outstanding contributions to the Emporia State academic community. Edmiston retired as associate professor of Accounting after a 39 year teaching career at Emporia State University. Edmiston received his BSB in Accounting in 1966, his MS in Business Education in 1967, both from Emporia State, and completed the Certified Public Accountant Examination in 1982. While at Emporia State, Edmiston was active on several committees and councils and served as the faculty sponsor for the Cardinal Key Honor Society. 



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