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October 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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Welcome From Dean Ed Bashaw

Greetings from the School of Business at Emporia State. The Fall semester is in full swing, and these past couple months have been filled with many student, faculty, and alumni accomplishments—some of which we’ll share here in this newsletter. My travels this summer included a trip to China and Bangladesh with Drs. Mark Daly and Sajed Rahman. We are excited about our partnerships to bring more students to ESU as well as send American students for study abroad.

We are looking forward to Homecoming, and we hope you join us at one of our upcoming events, like our Homecoming panel discussion and reception on Oct. 18 honoring our Outstanding Recent Graduate, Cassondra Boston Richards (BSB 2009-Accounting, MBA 2011-Accounting) and Distinguished Alumni, Mark Scoles (BSB 1977-Accounting). 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 

97% Career Outcomes Rate

Based on data from graduating seniors, four of our degrees awarded by the School of Business achieved a 100% Career Outcomes Rate (accounting, business education, computer science, management) with a 97% Career Outcomes Rate average for all business programs. Career Services collects and reports data following the First-Destination Survey standards established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). 

China and Bangladesh Visits

Over the summer, Deans Mark Daly and Ed Bashaw and Dr. Mohammed Sajedur Rahman visited China and Bangladesh to set up program study agreements between our School of Business and their Schools of Business. They visited South China Normal University and ICDDR, North South University, and Dhaka in Bangladesh.

Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics

The Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics kicked off this year's Governance, Law, & Economics Lecture Series with a talk by Jack L. White of Fluet, Huber, + Hoang PLLC on "Free Speech: Context for Consciousness in Democracy" on Sept. 12. The event was attended by 170 students, faculty, staff, and friends of the University.

Beta Gamma Sigma – Best in Business

Congratulations to the Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter for being the “best in business” and qualifying for Highest Honors Chapter for the 2018–2019 academic year from Beta Gamma Sigma Global Headquarters. This status is indicative of a campus where academic excellence is valued and where the faculty officers of the chapter work diligently to enhance Beta Gamma Sigma’s stature on campus.

China Study Abroad Trip

Ten students and two sponsors traveled to China for the inaugural China Study Abroad trip May 17–30, 2019. Stops included Beijing Union University, South China Normal in Guangzhou, and Hong Kong, along with visiting Chinese companies.

When management major Devyn Smith heard about the opportunity for the China Study abroad trip, she jumped at the chance. “I wanted to get an understanding of a new culture, an appreciation for how they handle everything, and how their classes were taught and the differences,” the junior from Belle Plaine, KS, said.

Devyn, along with the other students, studied for two weeks at two different universities; Beijing Union University in Beijing and South China Normal University in Guangzhou. “Beijing Union had many classes for us.  On Wednesdays, they teach the class in English. They also had cultural classes for their trip. There were tons of really cool programs there,” Devyn elaborated on her experience. “The school funded a coffee shop that the students ran. They came up with all their own recipes and all the proceeds went into their organization. Almost all of their programs were very hands on,” she said. At the South China Normal University, the students were also put into classes including a good language-learning class for non–Chinese students to learn Chinese.

Of course, the trip included many sight-seeing and exploring experiences as well. The group got to experience a tour at one of the leading beer companies in China, the Yang Jing Beer Company. The students got insights into how the company produces and markets their products, as well as how the company gives back to the community.

One of the biggest differences according to Devyn was the food. “All typical restaurants had different options than in the United States. Even McDonald’s had unique options. Pizza Huts are fancy, KFC served hamburgers, and there was never cold water because they have to boil water.”

After reflecting on her experience, Devyn says she has a new appreciation for Chinese culture, as well as how the United States has an impact on them. “I have more of an appreciation for China. The culture is so rich and they are so in touch with their traditions. It was entirely worth it to experience something different than the United States,” she said. “It’s amazing the impact the United States has had on China,” she continued. “I was asked to talk to some Chinese kids on the street for practice by their mother. Then, while we were in Hong Kong, we went to the beach, and a group of 20-year-olds were trying to talk to me simply because they wanted my picture. We’ve had a big impact on China. They call the United States a ‘beautiful country’ and consider themselves a developing country.”

Overall, Devyn says the experience was amazing. “I’ll keep these stories for a very long time. I made some great friends, and I still have my WeChat. It’s good to know if I wanted to go back there’d be people who I could hang out with.”



Over 150 students attended the School of Business annual BizFest on August 28.  Students learned about the different majors and student organizations the School has to offer and had the opportunity to practice some speed interviewing and get feedback on their resume from alumni Brad Cochennet (BSB 1976-Accounting), Mike Law BSB 1981-Business Administration), and Angela Watson (BSB 2003-Accounting, MBA 2003-Business Administration).


FCC Chairman Visits Campus

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was the guest at a broadband roundtable on Sept. 19 coordinated by the office of U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall. Community leaders, broadband providers, and others attended the roundtable and reception held in Cremer Hall.


Alumni News

Graduation Reception

The School of Business held a graduation reception and graduate hooding ceremony on May 10. We wish all of our new alumni the best of luck in their future careers. We know they are ready!

Executive Hour

Alumni Craig (BSB 1986-Business Administration) and Brad Clark (BSB 1984-Business Administration) are back for a third year presenting the “Executive Hour” series. They kicked off the semester with their first presentation on Sept. 20 on Resume Tips & Review. The Clarks’ next Executive Hour will be Nov. 1 on “Saving the World Through Entrepreneurship, Social Responsibility, and Sustainability.”

Honorary BGS Inductee

Mayra Aguirre (BSB 2003-Management) was the Honorary BGS Inductee for Spring 2019. Mayra is a program officer for the Hall Family Foundation, a private philanthropic organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Greater Kansas City. The Foundation supports a number of nonprofit organizations and community initiatives and contributes, on average, about $40 million to such programs annually. Mayra focuses on strategic grant-making primarily in the areas of children, youth, and families, along with neighborhood revitalization. Prior to joining Hall Family Foundation, Mayra was the Executive Director of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund, an affiliate fund at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Mayra also holds a law degree from the University of Kansas. She also serves on the Board of Directors for ESU's Alumni Association.

Dean’s Advisory Council

The School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council met on Apr. 25 in Cremer Hall’s newly remodeled Roe R. Cross Room. Thank you to our members who gave their time to better our School of Business! We look forward to the unique contribution each member will make to the council and their respective committees.


Corporate Partners Visit Cremer

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas and Koch Industries, two of our Corporate Connections partners, visited our students in September about internship and career opportunities within their companies. All nine Koch employees who visited were BizHornet alumni. Stingers up!

 The Koch team back row, left to right: Ken Harmon (BSB 1995-Computer Information Systems), Dominik King (BSB 2012-Accounting), Matthew Wallace (BSB 2011-Business Administration, BSB 2012-Computer Information Systems), Preston Mossman (BSB 2015-Information Systems), Burton Tredway (BSB 1991-Accounting, MBA 1992-Business Administration), Davian Lawrence (BSB 2014-Information Systems); Front row, left to right: Melodie Brown (BSB 2008-Management Information Systems), Kalyn Meseke (BSB 2017-Accounting); Not pictured: Taylor McAllister (BSB 2016-Information Systems)

Luck of the Irish


It was the luck of the Irish that brought three Hornets together at Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Ireland. Gayle Brock (BSE 1970-Elementary Education) & Janice Childs Brock (MS 1970-Music (Education) (Fowler, KS) with Beth Ginter (MBA 1998-Business Administration) Olpe, KS (center).


Chris Waldeck (BSB 1989-Marketing) and other executives with newly-formed Kontoor Brands rung the morning bell at the New York Stock Exchange on June 5. (Chris is pictured in the back row under the “N”)

Congratulations to our BizHornets Brian Richardson of Salina (BSB 1992-Business Administration) and Deryl Wynn of Kansas City, KS (BSB1983-Business Administration, BFA 1983-Speech) for being selected by Ingram’s magazine for the "50 Kansans You Should Know" feature.

Thank you to Matt Hertig (BSB 1991-Management) for the complimentary tickets to attend Marketing Analytics Strategy Summit on Sept. 26, hosted by his company Alight Analytics.


Scott L. Truelove (MS 2007-Business Education), LaOtto, In., is retiring after 23 years of teaching business education courses for schools in both Indiana and Ohio.

Melissa J. Stevens (BSB 2006-Marketing), Lenexa, will be inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame in June for her winning record as a pitcher on the Lady Hornets Softball Team.

Kirsten A. Ford (BS 2011-Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, MBA 13-Business Administration), Palmer Lake, Colo., will be the first woman to serve on the NCAA football rules committee.

Chaunzey E. (Reid) Tenbrink (BSB 1980-Accounting), Berryton, retired on Nov. 30, 2018, after 38+ years of service with BNSF Railway in Topeka.

Steve Coen (BSB 1976-Business Administration), Andover, retired from his role as President of the Kansas Health Foundation at the end of July 2019.

Jan M. (Biles) Steinert (BSB 1980-Business Administration), Andover, retired from Spirit Aerosystems at the end of July 2019.

Cassondra J. (Boston) Richards (BSB 2009-Accounting, MBA 11-Accounting, Business Administration), Addison, Texas, was promoted to assurance senior manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Yanzhen Pan (BSB 2015-Accounting), Auckland, New Zealand, is now an auditor for KMPG New Zealand.


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Student News

Beta Alpha Psi

Four students and the two co-advisors for Beta Alpha Psi attended the annual international meeting in Chicago, Aug. 8–10, 2019.  Pictured are (L to R) Carolina Taylor, Benesta Liburd, Alex McAnerney, James Howerton, and advisors Dr. Juan Chavarria and Dr. George Durler.

Beta Gamma Sigma Initiation and Honors Banquet

Many honors were handed out at the Spring 2019 Beta Gamma Sigma Initiation and Honors Banquet held on April 25. The new Beta Gamma Sigma members in attendance were (left to right) Allison Hill, Cullen Roche, Mayra Aguirre, Darian Bishop, Bernesta Liburd, Martin Okonkwo, Leticia Rust, Shelby Clark, and Tina Miller. Mayra Aguirre, business alumni, was the Honorary BGS Inductee. Also, congratulations to Addie Lackey for winning the Stephen J. Butcher MBA Award and Cullen Roche for winning Outstanding School of Business Senior.

Phi Beta Lambda

Emporia State University students brought home 12, top-10 finishes recently at the 2019 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX, accounting for half of the total wins for Kansas students. To read more, click here.

Published McNair Scholar

The first McNair Scholar to be published is Carolina Taylor, accounting student, with Dr. Joyce Zhou. The paper titled “How Does Culture Affect International Business Between the United States and China?” was published in the Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness. https://doi.org/10.33423/jmdc.v13i3.2243


Faculty News

Welcome our new faculty this Fall to the School of Business:

Dr. Peter Staples – Visiting Assistant Professor – Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics

Dr. Nizam Najd – Visiting Assistant Professor – Business Administration

Mr. Will Phillips – Instructor – Business Administration

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Muldoon, Assistant Professor of Management, on receiving the President's Award for Research and Creativity. This award honors individuals who have been active in research, scholarly activity, or creative endeavors. Dr. Muldoon also deserves recognition for winning the John F. Mee award for the “Best Management History Division Contributor," the most prestigious annual award at the Academy of Management. Dr. Muldoon was also named as the author with the most downloads in the last 12 months in the Journal of Management History for his article, “The Hawthorne Legacy: A Reassessment of the Impact of the Hawthorne Students on Management Scholarship, 1930­­–1958.”

Congratulations to Dr. Joyce Zhou who was the recipient of 2019 Faculty Mentor Award of the Year. Dr. Joyce Zhou’s marketing project was also featured in a booklet published May 16th on AACSB's Innovations That Inspire web page https://bit.ly/2YXZBBe. Students collaborated with area businesses to develop a complete business plan for a virtual reality application, from creation and development to point-of-sale transactions.



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