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April 2019


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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 Hornet Trips:

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)

Mackinac Island (Summer 2020)


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Welcome From Dean Ed Bashaw

Greetings from the School of Business at Emporia State.  We are having a great Spring 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 summer, and for those graduating in May, we wish them all the best and good luck in their careers. We know they are ready!

We are looking forward to the Fall semester, and we hope you join us along the way at one of our upcoming events, like graduation or Homecoming. 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 

New Programs Yield Increased Graduate Enrollment

The School of Business introduced new programs in the 2018–2019 academic year. We are excited to announce that for the 20th day enrollment numbers, the Fall Graduate enrollment showed a healthy increase of 33% (from 152 in Fall 2017 to 202 in Fall 2018). And the Spring 2019 20th day Graduate enrollment was 232. Our undergraduate numbers grew as well, from 743 in Fall 2017 to 749 in Fall 2018.


New Programs

Graduate Programs:

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

Undergraduate Programs:

Business Data Analytics (BDA) - undergraduate major

Data Security Minor 


100% Career Outcomes Rate

Based on data from graduating seniors, all our degrees awarded by the School of Business achieved a 100% Career Outcomes Rate. Career Services collects and reports data following the First-Destination Survey standards established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACEâ). 


Graduation Reception

On Dec. 14, 2018, School of Business held a graduation reception for both undergraduates and graduates. Several graduates took advantage of having a faculty member of their choice ceremoniously hood them. Check out our photo album and hooding videos from our reception on Facebook!


Cremer Hall Renovation

Cremer Hall - before the renovations

Cremer Hall - during the renovations

Cremer Hall - after the renovations

The School of Business is excited about the progress in Cremer Hall. The second floor will see an updated Kansas Business Hall of Fame and a new Roe R. Cross Conference Room with kitchen, among other new spaces. We just received a gift for an Entrepreneurial Center that will open in the Fall.


Chinese Visiting Scholars

The School of Business hosted three visiting scholars from China this semester. The scholars were Dr. Yongsheng Sun, Associate Professor of Management, Xi'an Polytechnic University; Dr. Yanhua Zhou, Associate Professor, Xinjiang University of Finance and Economics; and Mr. Qiang Gao, lecturer, Xinjiang University of Finance and Economics.


Alumni News

Executive Hour

Alumni Craig Clark presented the Executive Hour to a packed room on March 1. He discussed Leveraging Social Media for Career Advancement. Brad & Craig Clark have presented to ESU students three times this semester, delivering messages students can use now and in their future careers.

Ebrahim Kayali

Learn why business alumni Ebrahim Kayali from Syria is proud to be Hornet! We are proud of Ebrahim for his endurance and success! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UGUGK1Yugc …


Carl A. Ricketts
(BS 80-Accounting, MBA 81-Business Administration), Lawrence, retired from Capitol Federal as Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Services Officer at the end of February 2019. 

Stacy A. (Moses) Burkdoll (BSB 00-Accounting, MBA 02-Business Administration), Emporia, is the new co-owner of Varney & Associates CPAs.

Douglas A. "Doug" Gregg (BSE 68-Business Education), Overland Park, retired from AnswerPro Limited in December 2018 and was honored by the City of Mission for his contributions to the city.

Timothy L. "Tim" Werth (BSB 12-Finance), Hays, was ranked as the Number 3 Wealth Advisor in Kansas by Forbes.

April G. (Mansel) Swartz (BSB 84-Accounting), Manhattan, was recently promoted to partner at Varney & Associates CPAs in Manhattan.


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Student News

China Study Abroad Trip

We are excited to send nine business students to China for the inaugural China Study Abroad trip May 17–30, 2019. Students will be traveling to universities and businesses throughout Beijing, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.


Beta Alpha Psi Initiation

New members are, from left:  Bernesta Liburd, Elizabeth Ballenger, Charell Mayeske, Kirk Barnes, Emily Logback, Erin Zimmerman, Tucker Lee, James Howerton, and Seth Redel. Not pictured is Kylie Foster. Current member, Tami Schaefer, is shown holding the chapter's banner.

Ten new members were initiated into the Lambda Psi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the honorary service organization for accounting, finance, and information systems majors on Jan. 31.  


The Emporia Entrepreneur Challenge 

The Emporia Entrepreneur Challenge is a venture idea competition that is open to all students from Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College, with $4,500 in cash prizes. Events included a Meet & Greet event and the Elevator Challenge. The top two finishers will compete at the State Entrepreneur Challenge at Kansas State University on April 30.

Congratulations to our top three winners of the Entrepreneur Challenge. 

1st place and $2,500 - Joshua Peck, senior management major, for his idea Outdoor Buddy, a mobile application that puts hunters one click away from the rules, regulations, seasons, and limits for the exact location in which they are standing.

2nd place and $1,500 - Anni Paunisaari, graduate exchange student from Finland, for her idea The Circle, a concept café striving to reduce the amount of food waste in the U.S. by turning waste to taste.

3rd place and $500 - Lisa Foster, senior management major, for her idea Chair Flair, a company providing wheelchair wraps and accessories to allow customers to decorate and personalize their wheelchairs.

Congratulations to our winners of the Elevator Challenge: Lisa Foster - Best Pitch; Tanner Arst - Best Idea; and Kyle Harrison - Judge’s Choice. Thank you Rich Avery, owner of Pizza Ranch, for judging!


Capital Graduate Research Summit

Tami Schaefer, MBA student, presented her paper "Adjusted Poverty Rates: Emphasis on Counties With Universities" (faculty advisor Dr. Marc Fusaro) at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit in Topeka.


Phi Beta Lambda

Back Row, left to right: Lindsey Newman, Martin Okonkwo, Karoline Kennedy, Rob Lara, Paul Frost, Michaela Forkenbrock.  Front Row, left to right: Carolina Taylor, Jan Bard, Emily Euler, Shelby Russell, Dulce Gillen, Madison Orrange.  Not Pictured: Ashley Rietcheck & Mackenzie Hofstra

Fourteen students from Emporia State University’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) traveled to Butler Community College in El Dorado, KS, to compete at the 2019 Kansas State Leadership Conference. Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate level of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). ESU was one of seven schools that competed at the event. ESU students collectively placed 46 times at the competition and brought home 19 first place finishes. All of our 14 students earned placements and are eligible to compete at the National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in June.  “Our Phi Beta Lambda students continue to do exceptional at State,” says Dr. Ed Bashaw, Dean of the School of Business. “We have some very well educated and well-rounded students participating at the National stage, and I am confident that this group of students will bring home some great finishes.” Emporia State was recognized as the largest Kansas Chapter at the event.


Hult Prize

Winning Team “The Innovators”  (left to right): Ifeanyi Martin Okonkwo – master of business administration; Camila Ramos Ascarrunz - business management & political science; Aya Bouchank - master’s in instructional design and technology; & Bonnie Monahan - elementary education

The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student movement for social good and welcomes college and university students from all over the world to compete and show their talents. Emporia State’s winning team advanced to the Hult Regionals in San Francisco March 15–16. Martin Okonkwo, one of the presenters says, “Participating in the Hult Prize Challenge has  opened my eyes to a different kind of entrepreneurship. The one that focuses on social impact. This year I had the opportunity to collaborate with an awesome team to create a business idea that would provide 10,000 jobs in the next decade for the youth. It was a great learning experience for me. The Hult Prize challenge has taken me places and helped me make lifelong connections. I am proud to be a part of this global movement of change-makers, and I encourage my fellow Hornets to hop on board." To learn more about Hult Prize, go to http://www.hultprize.org


Faculty News

Dr. Geethalakshmi S. Lakshmikanth, Assistant Professor Information Systems, presented two research papers and served as a session chair at the Academy of Business Research Conference in Nov. at Boca Raton, FL, and won the Best Paper award for both of them: “Artificial Neural Networks in Business Systems – Roles and Techniques” and “Back-Propagation in Stock Market Prediction – A Survey.” 

Congratulations to Dr. Joyce Zhou for receiving a 2018­–2019 i3 Grant (Innovate, Inspire, & Ignite). This year’s focus is on designing, developing, and implementing Open Educational Resources (OER).


On Feb. 18th, Dr. Derek Yonai conducted professional development training for World History, World Geography, and World Cultures teachers in the Northwest ISD, outside Fort Worth, TX. Approximately 35 teachers were trained on “Culture and Trade” as part of the Teaching Free Enterprise to Texas Teachers project operated by the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University. 



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