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December 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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For info about alumni events, reunions, or other alumni questions, please contact Tiffany Wilson, Alumni Programs Coordinator.

For info about alumni events, reunions, or other alumni questions, please contact Fionna Lee, Alumni Programs Coordinator. 


For info about scholarships and giving, please contact Bethany Tegtmeier, Asst. Vice President for Development.


For info related to internships, recruiting, giving, and scholarships, contact Tyler Curtis, Assistant Vice President for University Advancement.


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Welcome From Dean Ed Bashaw

Greetings from the School of Business at Emporia State. We are on Winter break and have just come off the heels of Commencement where we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. Some are on a new adventure and are just wetting their toes on what will be their first jobs. Others completed their Master’s degree to improve their chances for a promotion or a move to a company they want to work in. Regardless of their reasons, we embrace the fact that they worked hard for their degrees, and we are extremely proud. We wish them all the best and good luck in their careers. We know they are ready! If you have been considering getting a Master’s degree, or an additional degree, it’s never too late. Research has shown the value of higher education. In addition to our on-campus programs, we now have accelerated online programs as well. Let us know how we can help!

We are looking forward to the Spring semester, and we hope you join us along the way at one of our many events, like one of our Advisory Councils or Spring Honors Banquet. 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 

Homecoming 2019

The School of Business was proud to host three alumni at the annual Homecoming Panel Discussion & Reception on October 18. The panelists answered questions to a room overflowing with students, faculty, staff, and guests. Here are some of their quotes from that conversation.

Mark Scoles (BSB 1977-Accounting) – 2019 Distinguished Alumni

The relationships made with his professors is one of the things Scoles still carries with him today, and in his opinion, is what made ESU so great for him. These thoughts were reflected in an answer to ESU business students at the panel. When asked what advice he would give BizHornets, Scoles replied, “Enjoy and continue your relationships with professors. It will pay off in the end. Be a sponge and pay attention.” Although his career has been successful by many measures, Scoles said it wasn’t always the easiest road. “Your career and life will not be a linear progression – there will be many ups and downs. Just work hard and understand the business you are in. When you hit bumps, make the best of them.”

Click here to read Mark’s biography.

Cassondra Boston Richards (BSB 2009-Accounting, MBA 2011) – 2019 Outstanding Recent Graduate

Richards says she would not be where she is today if not for Dr. Rich introducing her to the industry. According to Richards at the panel, networking and keeping a relationship with peers and classmates is one of the most important things you can do while still in school. “Keep up with relationships and networking. Always build your network with professors and peers. It was because of John Rich – he got my foot in the door at the big firms,” she said when giving advice to current ESU business students. Click here to read Cassondra’s biography.

Michael Gonzales (BA 1975-Art; MS 1977-Counselor Education) – Hayes Lecture Speaker & Guest Panelist

Michael is the principal owner of NE&E consulting and travels the country as a consultant, executive coach, speaker, panelist, and advisor on Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) topics impacting business and workforce imperatives. As the former corporate leader of Hallmark’s D&I department, he was responsible for Hallmark’s D&I’s strategies and objectives, their internal and external collaborations, partnerships, and compliance. He was responsible for the execution of the D&I’s priorities regarding workforce, workplace, marketplace, and community.  Michael was also responsible for the company’s seven Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

He is also the co-founder of the Diversity & Inclusion Consortium, a national organization of over 295 D&I practitioners and advocates. The Consortium was created when he saw a need for collaborative thought and sharing. The main objective of the Consortium is to share best practices and to provide each other insights and support regarding D&I opportunities and challenges.

As a first-generation student, Gonzales chose ESU because of the sense of community he didn’t feel he could get at a bigger school. During his time on campus, Gonzales worked at the student affairs office and with the dean of students both as an undergraduate and Graduate Assistant. It was there he learned some of the things he wishes he would have been told earlier. “You must be willing to be uncomfortable marketing yourself. Put yourself out there for new opportunities,” he told students. “Focus on work you are doing that will prepare you for your career. Create good habits, be a continual student of your industry, stay true to yourself.”



Bangladesh Partnership Grows

Dr. Mark Daly, Dr. M. Sajed Rahman, and Dr. Ed Bashaw presented to a group of students at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh in October. The team is working to further their agreement between our two business schools.


Graduation Reception

The School of Business held a graduation reception and graduate hooding ceremony on December 13. We wish all of our new alumni the best of luck in their future careers. We know they are ready!  Click here to view the photo album.


Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi recently held its faculty/honorary initiation and trivia night. Drs. Lei Wen and Juan Chavarria were faculty inductees, and Kris Culliton was the honorary inductee.  Kris is the BAP National Corporate Partner representative for the Accounting and Finance Women’s Alliance.


NBC Universal Meet & Greet

The School of Business hosted a Meet & Greet with Eric Hanson, Director of Digital Media at NBC's Stamford Media Center on Nov 14.  He also spoke with our Integrated Marketing class in internships & careers in digital media and specifically NBC Universal.


Beta Gamma Sigma

The Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter was recognized for being the “Best in Business” and qualified for Highest Honors Chapter for the 2018-2019 academic year from Beta Gamma Sigma Global Headquarters. This will be the fifth consecutive year the chapter has received this honor and the only chapter in Kansas to receive this honor all five years.


Alumni News

School of Business students who are a part of the Dean’s Leadership Class participated in Lockton University Day in Kansas City. Lockton is the world’s largest privately held, independent insurance broker.  Pictured L-R: Linnea Meier, Shannen Meyer, Karla Flores, Alessa Torres, Teresa Martin (BS 1981-Public Affairs; BSB 1981-Business Administration) (EVP/Producer, Lockton, & ESU alumni), and Seth Redel. 


Juli Osborn (BSB 1980-Accounting), retired Phillips 66 employee, stopped by our booth at Homecoming Black and Gold Day, an event for prospective high school students. It was awesome to see you, Juli!


Accounting alumni (L to R) Shayla Cotman (BSB 2017-Accounting; MBA 2018-Business Administration), Kalyn Meseke (BSB 2017-Accounting), and Payson Maydew (BSB 2016-Accounting; MBA 2018-Business Administration), spoke in Dr. John Rich’s “Professional Development and Leadership for Accounting Majors” class about their careers and the different career options that earning an accounting degree can give you.


Scott L. Bender (BSB 1991-Accounting), Wichita, began working as the IT director - operations for Flint Hills Resources in February 2019.


Beau C. Jenkins (BSB 2016-Information Systems), Tulsa, OK, began working as an SQL report developer for Clearwater Analytics in October 2019.


Christopher M. Lewis (BSB 2003-Business Administration), Germantown, Md., is the new head men's basketball coach at Frederick Community College.


Braxton C. Marstall (BSB 2019-Marketing), Emporia, began working as a LAET for Total Quality Logistics in Raleigh, North Carolina, in September 2019.


John R. Simecka (BSB 1970-Business Administration), Saint Marys, received the Jefferson Award which highlights local volunteers.


Maria S. Walden (BSB 2019-Information Systems), Fort Worth, Texas, is a cyber security analyst for Textron, Inc.


Jennifer J. (Robertson) Zavadil (BSB 2006-Accounting, MBA 2008-Accounting, Business Administration), Topeka, is a new financial analyst for the Kansas Insurance Department.


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Student News

Malcolm Dade Is Set for Success

In May 2019, first-generation student Malcolm Dade walked across the stage at White Auditorium and followed in the steps of his older sisters to become one of the first members of his family to receive a college degree.

Graduating with an Accounting degree, the Edmond, Oklahoma, native always knew college was the best route for him because of the way his parents preached about education. He is currently on track to graduate in August 2020 with his Master of Business Administration with an Accounting concentration. Click here to read the rest of Malcolm’s story.


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 2019 Capitol Federal scholars were celebrated during the annual luncheon on Nov. 19 at the Sauder Alumni Center. Congratulations to these BizHornets for receiving the honor of being a Capitol Federal Scholar: Derrick Barger, Jack Barger, Darian Bishop, Kristen Bohm, Anna Dercole, Courtney DeWeese, Salem Eichelberger, Ryan Flakus, Megan French, Zachary Harris, Rachel Hays, Allison Hill, Aleah Howard, Elliott Kobiskie, Madeline Kuckelman, Kyle Miller, Tyler Olmsted, Kristi Pickett, Jacob Pittenger, Kersten Postel, Ashley Rietcheck, Erica Self, Madilyn Staples, Marcus Waters, Caleb Weins, Erin Zimmerman.


BGS Induction & Fall Scholarship Reception

The Scholarship Reception and Beta Gamma Sigma induction ceremony was held on Nov. 19. BGS is the honor society for AACSB accredited business schools. Thirty members were inducted, including faculty member Dr. Jun Yu and Honoree, Mr. Bill Pickert. This year’s chapter is on track to obtain the Highest Honors for the fourth consecutive year. ESU has the only Highest Honors chapter in Kansas.  Click here to view the photo album.


Hult Prize Under Way

The Hult Prize Competition was held on Nov. 23. The winning teams head to Washington, DC (first place) and San Francisco (second place) in March. Pictured from left is Hult Prize student coordinator Ifeanyi (Martin) Okonkwo with the first place “Team Tawi Bags”: Kennedy Mwangi, Donovan Reeves, (Jill) Tzu-Yuan Huang, and Justice Brobbey. Second place (Team Therm Way) goes to Karla Flores, Emily Euler, Shakirjan Kabulov, and Courtney Burian.


Graduate Student Research Grants

Congratulations to the recipients of the Graduate Student Research grants: Kennedy Mwangi & Dr. Zhou, "A Case Study of the “Sheng” Language in Marketing in Kenya" and Xutong Yang & Dr. Yu, "Consumer Perception of Credit Card Usage:  A Cross-Cultural Study."


Conference Presentations

MBA student Xutong Yang (co-author Dr. Jun Yu, Marketing) presented a research paper titled "The Different Attitudes and Behavior Towards Credit Products between American and Chinese College Students" in Academy of Business Fall 2019 Conference, Oct. 14-16, Las Vegas, NV.


Successful Food Drive

174 items and $29 were collected as our BizHornet Beta Alpha Psi students went door to door in Emporia for the Can the Bods competition. Thank you to our community for opening their pantries to help our students. Pictured are Tatum Graves, Alex McAnerney, and Jake Hubbard.


Faculty News

Congratulations to Dr. John Rich who recently received the Hornet Legend Award. You are loved by the campus, the community, and all the students you've touched, and this award is truly deserved (Photo by Marvin M. Tajchman).  Save the Date – John Rich Retirement Reception on Friday, April 24, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Sauder Alumni Center.


The paper titled "The Different Attitudes and Behavior Towards Credit Products Between American and Chinese College Students" by Dr. Jun Yu and MBA student Xutong Yang was accepted for Academy of Business Research Conference presentation in Las Vegas in October.


Associate Professor Dr. Marian K. Riedy’s article, “Opening the Doors on Sue-and-Settle:  A Model for Mediating Public Policy Disputes,” based on research she conducted while on sabbatical leave in New Zealand, has been published in the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (Vol. 34(2) Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 247 (2019)).  This publication is the official law journal of the American Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution.


Dr. Daehyun Moon, Accounting, presented his paper titled “Social Media Data for Audit Evidence” at the 2019 American Accounting Association Midwest Region Meeting, Oct. 17-19, Chicago, IL.


Dr. Marc Fusaro, School of Business Associate Dean, along with recent ESU alumni Franziska Willenbuecher (BSB 2018-Business Administration; BA 2018-Modern Language), recently had an article published in the International Journal of Services, Economics and Management (2019 Vol.10 No.3) titled “Could Financial Trouble Be Avoided by Cooking at Home? An Analysis of Checking Account Records.”


Congratulations to Dr. Tonya Bauman (center), School of Business, for winning the Best Presentation Award at the Clute International Academic Conference on Business earlier this month.  Her paper was titled, “Qualitative Research: The Repertory Grid Technique.”



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