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December 2018


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


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Travel with Hornets

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

Upcoming 2019 Trips:

Tastes of Tuscany (Feb. 14 - 22, 2019)

New York City: Its Theatres & More (June 6-10, 2019)

The Pathyways of Paul (Sept. 18-28, 2019)

The "Real" Rose Parade (Dec. 29, 2019 - Jan. 2, 2020)


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.


 Corky's Crew

Did you or a Hornet you know have a new baby recently?  Then sign up for Corky's Crew!  This program features special gifts for our newest members of Hornet Nation.  To sign up, click here.

Welcome From Dean Ed Bashaw

Greetings from the School of Business at Emporia State. We are having 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. Our BizHornets are excited for their winter break and will be well-rested upon their return on January 15. For those graduating in December, we wish them all the best and good luck in their careers. We know they are ready!

We are looking forward to the Spring semester, and we hope you join us along the way at one of our many events, like a panel discussion, banquet, or leadership summit. 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 

Year in Review

Announcing the School of Business 2017­–2018 Year in Review! Learn about how our faculty, staff, and alumni work with our students to provide high-impact learning and career readiness—all reasons why we have 100% career placement in all our business majors.


New Programs Offered

The School of Business is proud to introduce new programs in the 2018–2019 academic year.

Accelerated online programs are now available for Master of Accountancy and Master of Business Administration (with concentrations in accounting, information systems, and marketing)

Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) – on campus

Business Data Analytics (BDA) - undergraduate major

Data Security Minor 

BizHornet Center Moves Into New Space

The BizHornet Center has moved from Cremer Hall 207 & 208 downstairs to 128. On Oct. 19, we celebrated our new BizHornet Center with a ribbon cutting. The BizHornet Center is part of the Preston Family Student Complex and is a hub for business students that provides student services including advising and help with scholarships, mentor program, and career services. Thank you to the William and Aloha Preston Family Trust for their generous gift to make this space possible and to our Facilities crew who renovated the space. It looks amazing! Click here to view the Flickr album.


AACSB Reaccreditation Celebrations

Celebrations were held over the summer in Emporia, Wichita, Topeka, and Kansas City to celebrate our AACSB reaccreditation. Thank you to our wonderful hosts Greg Kossover ’85, Executive VP and CFO, Equity Bank in Wichita, and Chris Waldeck ’89, President of Lee / Rock & Republic in KC. It was fun getting together with so many alumni to celebrate an amazing achievement. Emporia State’s School of Business has been accredited by AACSB since 2002, an organization synonymous with the highest standards in business education and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools. Click here to read more.

2+2 Agreement

Another option to earn a four-year business degree is available thanks to a 2+2 articulation agreement signed by Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College. Under the 2+2 agreement, students at FHTC who complete an associate of applied science degree in business technology will be able to transition into ESU’s bachelor of science program in either business administration or business education. Read the full article here.


China Trips

Dr. Ed Bashaw and Dr. Mark Daly traveled to China this summer. Their visits included Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua, Zhejiang; Jiangsu University of Science & Technology in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu; and South China Normal University in Guangzhou, Guangdong. They even met up with alumni in Shanghai. They are excited about their partnerships to bring more students to ESU as well as send American students to China next May for study abroad.


New Suits for Students

The Classroom to Career Certificate program was held on Nov. 5 and Nov. 13 hosted by Career Services & the School of Business. Students in attendance were fitted for a professional suit from Dillard’s!


Capitol Federal Scholars

In 2002, ESU was the first of seven Kansas higher education institutions to partner with Capitol Federal in a scholarship program preparing business students for the challenges of the future. The 2018 Capitol Federal scholars were celebrated during the annual luncheon on Nov. 14 at the Sauder Alumni Center. Click here to view the Flickr album.


BGS Induction & Fall Scholarship Reception

New members of Beta Gamma Sigma were inducted on Nov. 14, including honorary inductee Chris Waldeck, President of Lee Jeans, (’89 marketing). He shared his advice with the students in attendance to work hard, be resilient, take care of people, and know your business. Click here to view the Flickr album.


Koch Center for Leadership & Ethics

The Koch Center hosted its fall undergraduate colloquium Nov. 2–4 titled, “Morality and Economics?” The colloquium addressed whether economics loses the analytical and rhetorical high ground by not incorporating moral philosophy. The Center hosted students from 12 states and 15 different universities. The Center also hosted its last Governance, Law, and Economics Lecture of the semester on Nov. 5th. Dr. Cort Rodet from Ohio University spoke on the fragile social order that exists between the drug factions and the residents in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.


Alumni News

Determined Alumna Perseveres and Inspires 

Determination, perseverance, and inspiration. These are words that have been used frequently to describe Linda Elvin (BSB 04-Business Administration) and her path to getting her college degree; a path that was not “traditional” by any sense. 

While living and working in Santa Fe, NM, for several years, Linda had been contemplating moving away, as there was not much room for job advancement opportunity outside the travel/tourism sector.  Until she figured out where her path would take her, she started taking courses at the Santa Fe Community College.  At the time, Linda was working for a real estate development company where she met her future husband, Brian, who was from Kansas City.  Shortly thereafter, Linda moved to Kansas City to be with Brian.  She began taking courses at the Johnson County Community College (JCCC) to continue her education, and as she fine-tuned her plans to pursue a degree in Business Administration, she learned about the 2+2 program between JCCC and ESU.  Her career path, since coming to Kansas City, started at Atwood Publishing for 8 years before the company went through an acquisition by Ascend Media where she worked another 5 years as Director of Human Resources. After leaving Ascend Media in 2007, Linda went to work for Layne Christensen, a drilling company, as Benefits Manager. After 5 years, Layne decided to move their corporate office to Houston. A move to Houston was not in the cards for Linda so she left and went to work for Associated Wholesale Grocers where she serves as the Senior Manager of Benefits & Compensation today.  

While working full time, Linda graduated through the 2+2 program in 2004, she proudly walked across the stage at Emporia State and graduated with her BSB in business administration.

In 2011, things in Elvin’s life would once again take a turn. While attending the National Championship Air Races with many of her family members in Reno, NV, a plane malfunctioned and crashed less than 10 feet in front of the family, killing 11, including Linda's mother-in-law, Cherie. Linda, her husband, her father-in-law and brother-in-law each lost one of their legs and sustained several other serious injuries.  However, Linda did not let this event define her. To this day, Linda still enjoys the air races and attends almost every year. As described by many, Linda’s strong personality does not let her life as an amputee keep her from doing what she loves to do.

Congratulations to Luke Palmer (BSB ’18 accounting & information systems), who was inducted in the Sigma Tau Gamma Noble Man Hall of Fame during the fraternity’s Grand Conclave in Phoenix June 28–30. All 10 inductees were finalists for the Sigma Tau Gamma’s Ellsworth C. Dent Undergraduate Man of the Year.



Brothers and alumni Brad (BSB ’84 marketing, business administration) and Craig Clark (BSB ’86 business administration) hosted a series of Executive Hour presentations this semester. The Executive Hour is a forum 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. They hold three presentations each semester.  

On Oct. 6, BizHornet alumni and friends were invited to our Game Day Experience. The alumni toured Cremer Hall, visited the new BizHornet Center, and enjoyed some VR demonstrations in Richel Lab. They enjoyed a tailgate lunch and later watched ESU beat Fort Hays!


Gary Sherrer (BSE ’63 speech & social sciences), Kansas’ 45th Lieutenant Governor, was our inaugural Executive in Residence this Fall. His three weeks were full of events, meetings, and appointments with students, including his kick off lecture held Oct. 8 sponsored by Blue Key Honor Society.


The School of Business hosted a panel discussion and reception for three honored guests over Homecoming. Stephanie Whitacre (BSB ’06 accounting/MBA ’08) was recognized as our 2018 Outstanding Recent Graduate. Accompanying her on the panel was 2018 Hayes Lecture speaker Ron Frierson (BS ’96, social sciences) and Gary Sherrer (BSE ’63, speech & social sciences). Click here to read more.


John A. Stibal (BSB 82-Business Administration), Chicago, Ill., was recently promoted to senior vice president of Sales and Client Management at UNUM.

Bradley L. "Brad" Johnson (BSB 04-Computer Information Systems), Silver Lake, was recently inducted into the Minneapolis High School Sports Hall of Fame, Minneapolis, Kans.

Brett L. Bruner (BSB 06-Business Administration), Russellville, Ark., is the new Dean of Student Engagement at Arkansas Tech University.

Greg E. Purkeypile (BSB 77-Business Administration), Derby, was inducted into the ESU Cross Country Hall of Fame in August.

Stephanie A. (Pape) Whitacre (BSB 06-Accounting, MBA 08-Accounting, Business Administration), Olathe, was recently promoted to Director at BKD.


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


Student News

Students Place in Top 10 at Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference

Five School of Business students placed in the Top 10 in the nation at the 2018 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference held in Baltimore, MD, in June. At the conference, Karoline Kennedy received two first places finishes—one in Business Presentation and one in Public Speaking. Four other students placed at the National Leadership Conference: Rob Lara – Fifth place, Impromptu Speaking; Carolina Taylor – Sixth place, Cost Accounting; Ashley Rietcheck and Madison Orrange – Eighth place, Accounting Analysis & Decision Making. Click here to read more.

The PBL team from Emporia State University included (from L to R, back row):  Kimberly Raygoza, Paul Frost, Karoline Kennedy, Madison Orrange, Ashley Rietcheck, Carolina Taylor, (front row) Mackenzie Hofstra, James Willingham (PBL Advisor), and Rob Lara.


PCAOB Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Kristi Pickett, senior accounting student from Burlingame, who was named as recipient of a $10,000 merit-based scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). The scholarships are intended to encourage accounting students to pursue careers in audit. Click here to read more.


Beta Alpha Psi

Twelve students were initiated into the ESU chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) on Aug. 30. BAP is the honorary service organization for accounting, finance, and information systems majors with over 300 chapters around the world. BAP serves as The "BRIDGE" to members' professional future.  Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and perform regular community service to be eligible for membership. 

Pictured are (from left to right): 

Luke Palmer, Tanner Balsters, Wyatt Porter, Tyler Rogers, Cullen Roche, Anthony Sanchez, Carolina Taylor, Tami Schaefer, Jacob Hubbard, and Madison Orrange.  Not pictured:  Laura Castillo and Valerie Rubio, online members.

Also, congratulations to the Lambda Psi chapter and Dr. George Durler for being recognized internationally as a Distinguished Chapter for 2017–2018. The chapter has far exceeded the baseline requirements of BAP and has excelled in areas of academics, professionalism, & leadership.


Hult Prize Under Way

Congratulations to the Hult Prize competition winners. The winning team will move forward to compete in one of 25 cities hosting a Regional Finals next Spring. Click here to learn more.

Winning Team “The Innovators”  (left to right):

Bonnie Monahan - elementary education;  Camila Ramos Ascarrunz - business management & political science; Aya Bouchank - master’s degree in instructional design and technology; & Ifeanyi Martin Okonkwo - MBA

Runner-Up “American-Tunisian Team”:

Khalifa Ben Lazrek - undeclared; Austin Souphanh – information systems; Quinton Birmingham – physical science; and Imen Rajhi - undeclared


Poster Presentation

On Sept. 22, business student Carolina Taylor and Dr. Joyce Zhou participated in the poster presentation at the 22nd Annual MKN McNair Heartland Research Conference. 


Faculty News

Congratulations to Dr. John C. Rich for being the first recipient of the Dr. Donald S. Miller Business Faculty Award of Merit. This is among the highest honors the School of Business can bestow on a business faculty member who shows excellence in university teaching, participation in professional activities, fostering of an intellectual atmosphere, respect accorded to him or her by peers and students, recognition of extra classroom service to the university, and a record of distinction as a student mentor.

Dr. Marc Fusaro was a guest speaker at the Emporia Regional Economic Outlook Conference held on campus on Oct. 26. The purpose of the conference is to provide insight into current, local, and national economies, addressing topics of interest to the community, region, and state.

The work of Drs. Joyce Zhou, Anna Catterson, and Rob Gibson was picked up by EDUCAUSE REVIEW, August 24, 2018, in an article titled “Students as VR/AR Creators.”

In June, Dr. Derek Yonai taught “Markets and Morality” to Texas teachers in Aledo, TX, as part of the Teaching Free Enterprise project at the O’Neil Center at SMU. In the afternoon, he taught them “Trade and Culture.” In Amarillo, he taught the teachers his module, “Trade and Culture.”

Dr. Jeff Muldoon has been named Associate Editor of the Journal of Management History. Dr. Muldoon has served on the Editorial Board for two years and was awarded Best Paper in 2013.

Dr. Mohammed S. Rahman, along with Rakibul Haque, Md, presented their paper titled “Factors Affecting the Adoption of Telemedicine in Rural Areas of Bangladesh” at the Proceedings of the Twenty-fourth Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), New Orleans, LA, August 8–11, 2018. https://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2018/Health/Presentations/24/

Two of Dr. Joyce Zhou’s papers were  accepted for presentation at the 2018 Marketing Management Association Fall Educators’ Conference  in Kansas City, MO, Sept. 19 to 21, 2018. They were: 1) “Marketing & Library: A Case Study of an Academic Library in a Mid-West University,” co-authored by SLIM faculty members Dr. Jim Walter, Dr. Sandra Valenti, and our business graduate student Tingxuan Lu; and 2) “Virtual Reality Applications in an IMC Class,” co-authored by Dr. Jun Yu, Dr. Anna Catterson, and Dr. Charlie Jiang.

Dr. Antonina Bauman together with her colleague from the Pacific National University (Khabarovsk, Russia) Dr. Nina Shcherbina published a paper titled "Millennials, Technology, and Cross-Cultural Communication" in the Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice (vol. 18, issue 3).


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