Hornet Profiles

  • Marah  Carney
  • Marah Carney
  • Unexpected Opportunities
  • Graduating student Marah Carney found an unexpected passion during her time at Emporia State University. read more
  • Anya  Avramenko
  • Anya Avramenko
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • From Ukraine, Avramenko will graduate from Emporia State in December with a double-major: interpersonal communication and Spanish and modern literature. read more
  • Ashlea  Chapman
  • Ashlea Chapman
  • Ashlea began her student career with success and a strong set of goals in mind
  • Chapman, who is originally from Atchison, is graduating after eight semesters at Emporia State University with two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Math. She minored in music. She also will graduate debt-free. read more
  • James  Persinger
  • James Persinger
  • 2015 - James Persinger
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  • Elvira  Avdeyeva
  • Elvira Avdeyeva
  • From Turkmenistan to Dr. Seuss to Emporia State
  • You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go… read more
  • Michelle  Corkins
  • Michelle Corkins
  • From Emporia State to the White House
  • Michelle Corkins thought she would be extremely nervous, so she carefully practiced what she wanted to say. And who wouldn’t have some anxiety? It is not every day you get to meet the President of the United States. read more
  • Dr. David  Edds
  • Dr. David Edds
  • The Trip to Nepal
  • Scientists wanting to recognize Edds for his more than 35 years of study of aquatic life in Nepal have named 2 newly discovered fish species in his honor. read more
  • Dr. Abdullahi  Musa
  • Dr. Abdullahi Musa
  • Armed with Ph.D. from Emporia State University, Dr. Musa hopes to help eradicate polio in Nigeria
  • Musa’s dissertation investigated the critical question of why people resist health information provided by government and international donor agencies. read more
  • Nathaniel  Terrell
  • Nathaniel Terrell
  • Servant Professor
  • “We are like family. I tell prospective students, come to Emporia State and we will treat you like family.” read more
  • Jason  Suptic
  • Jason Suptic
  • Code for Life: Don’t Give Up!
  • This is an inspirational story of how Suptic pulled himself up out of the mess he had gotten himself into and turned it around to where he became a graduate of Emporia State University. read more
  • Col. Cameron  Leiker
  • Col. Cameron Leiker
  • Emporia State Alumnus Involved in Historical Moments
  • “We as alumni, as business leaders, as people outside the university, need to become mentors.” read more
  • Preston  Mossman
  • Preston Mossman
  • Passion for Business and Helping People Leads to Success
  • "I've had so many people that have helped me along the way, I wouldn't be here without them. I want to give back." read more
  • Alisha  Lyon
  • Alisha Lyon
  • A House Divided, Changed by Emporia State University
  • "I loved Emporia State more than I ever thought I would." read more
  • Derrek  Harter
  • Derrek Harter
  • Hornet From Day One, Now Flying High in Computer World
  • "I love Emporia State," continued Harter. "I’ve had so many good memories from ESU, but I think what I’ve enjoyed mostly is all the close personal connections that I made during college." read more
  • Charles  Brown
  • Charles Brown
  • 2014 – Charles Brown
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  • Ethan  Crapser
  • Ethan Crapser
  • Theatre, Band, Education, Endly Scholarship, and AVID All Match Up for Crapser
  • I picked Emporia because when I visited it felt like everyone was genuinely excited that I was even considering attending Emporia State, and it made the school seem like a place people wanted to be at. read more
  • Nakita  Elwood
  • Nakita Elwood
  • Non-Traditional Student Aims to Help Others
  • Nakita Elwood jokes about always nagging her son and two “bonus sons” about their grades, but now it is the boys' turn to nag. read more
  • Ikbal Ben Gaied Hassine
  • Ikbal Ben Gaied Hassine
  • Emporia State Student Meets President Obama
  • He joked about his white hair, saying he did not have any white hair when he came to the White House. read more
  • Travisray  Salyers
  • Travisray Salyers
  • Patterson Scholarship Winner Knew Since Sixth Grade He Would be a Hornet
  • Becoming a teacher was a goal Salyers developed in grade school, dating back to first grade. read more
  • Demico  Lockett
  • Demico Lockett
  • Role Model Seeking Title of College Graduate
  • Demico Lockett has held many titles in his lifetime. Student, manager, coach, barber, DJ, and soldier. The title he’s looking forward to most right now? College graduate. read more
  • Claudia  Gomez-Beltran
  • Claudia Gomez-Beltran
  • Change Comes Natural for M.B.A. Student
  • When Claudia Gomez-Beltran is asked the seemingly simple question of “where are you from?” it usually requires a not-so-simple answer. read more
  • Linda  Orear
  • Linda Orear
  • A Constant in Times of Change
  • While many things have changed at Emporia State University in the past 20 years, the support, guidance, and diligence provided by Linda Orear has been constant. read more
  • James  Patterson
  • James Patterson
  • Author James Patterson’s surprise gift benefits eight education students
  • Mr. Patterson chose Emporia State University as a recipient of his generosity because he was impressed with how The Teachers College is preparing the next generation of great teachers. read more
  • Talal  Khelifi
  • Talal Khelifi
  • Man of Many Talents, Loves Emporia State
  • "I was one of the most skeptical people about Emporia State and then I fell in love with this university, the people, and the campus community. Everything is amazing. You would never regret it." read more
  • Lindsey  Razafsky
  • Lindsey Razafsky
  • How to Build a Teacher
  • As a Hornet, you feel like you're part of something special. I wouldn't trade that for anything. read more
  • Marissa  Grier
  • Marissa Grier
  • Easy Choices Early On, Now a Role Model for Single Moms
  • Marissa knew early on that she wanted to be a teacher. read more
  • Dwight  Moore
  • Dwight Moore
  • Professor Helps Tornado Victims
  • I spent many moments close to tears as I listened to people tell their story about the day that the tornado struck and its effect on their lives. read more
  • Phyllis  Wenger
  • Phyllis Wenger
  • Servant Leader
  • If you want to be part of a team that is more like a family, then Emporia State University could be the place for you. read more
  • Scott  Waters
  • Scott Waters
  • The Time Traveler's Guide
  • I am humbled whenever I stand in the front of the classroom at Dobbs School and think of the shoulders I stand on. read more
  • Arlene  Dodge
  • Arlene Dodge
  • Helping and Changing Lives the Hornet Way
  • I am proud to say I work at Emporia State, it's such a wonderful place to be. read more
  • Emily  Graves
  • Emily Graves
  • The Busiest Woman in the World
  • If I am going to be a role model for my children, I need to have a good education. read more
  • Matthew  Nelson
  • Matthew Nelson
  • Decision to attend Emporia State led to Mayo Clinic experience
  • Ever since seventh grade I knew I wanted to become a certified nurse anesthetist. read more
  • Jennifer  Clark
  • Jennifer Clark
  • Getting Involved at Emporia State is Key for Clark
  • That is what I tell others, it's about the close experiences you can have at Emporia State and in the community. That is what you find here. read more
  • Brooke  Schmidt
  • Brooke Schmidt
  • Involvement Changed Her Mind, Emporia State Is Changing Her Life
  • I just found Emporia State to be a good place to find yourself. read more
  • Billy  Garner
  • Billy Garner
  • A New Voice, a New Generation
  • The visits just added to my reasons for picking Emporia State University, showing me what a nice campus it has, that the school and city are not too big, and the cost is a good value. read more
  • Karla  Rodgers
  • Karla Rodgers
  • 32-Year Career Pays Dividends for Emporia State
  • One reason Rodgers has been able to maintain such a high level of success during her time at Counseling Services is she truly enjoys the campus scene and stays involved in it. read more
  • Bob  Gress
  • Bob Gress
  • Nature through a camera’s lens
  • More than 4,000 of his wildlife photographs have been published in a variety of books, magazines, posters, brochures, calendars and postcards. read more
  • Eden  Tullis
  • Eden Tullis
  • She Had Love at First Sight for Emporia State
  • If you want a fulfilling education where you aren’t just a number to professors, go to Emporia State read more
  • Patrick  Martin
  • Patrick Martin
  • Forming a Glass Legacy
  • The school helps produce top notch artists read more
  • Stacey  Braun
  • Stacey Braun
  • STACEY BRAUN The Go-To Advocate for Emporia State Students
  • To our students, Stacey is someone who will listen, someone they trust, and someone who truly cares about each student’s academic and personal success. read more
  • Stan  Gehrt
  • Stan Gehrt
  • Did You Hear the One About the Chicago Coyote?
  • There will be coyotes hiding in bushes or in the parks, and people will be walking by with their dog and they’ll have no idea there’s a coyote there. read more
  • Kevin J. Rabas
  • Kevin J. Rabas
  • ESU's Poet in Residence
  • Rabas believes it's also a way to get today's poetry out of academe and into the Average Joe and Josephine's living room—or at least in the coffee house. read more
  • Amy Sage Webb
  • Amy Sage Webb
  • Everyday Drama
  • Although she’s taught in a variety of places, including classes for delinquent girls and in a women’s prison, ESU is uniquely appealing for Webb. read more
  • Amy Sage Webb
  • Amy Sage Webb
  • 2012 - Amy Sage Webb
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  • Matt  Seimears
  • Matt Seimears
  • Learning Through Robotics
  • "Students have to learn to work together to design and engineer their robots," he says. "It's a holistic, hands-on learning process, and I believe students learn best when they use their hands." read more
  • Harold  See
  • Harold See
  • ESU Grad Practices What He Teaches
  • While teaching law at a university, See became concerned about the state of Alabama’s Supreme Court. “My father told me that if you’re going to complain about something, you better be willing to do something about it,” he says. read more
  • Leone  Buyse
  • Leone Buyse
  • Alumna Brings Beautiful Music to ESU
  • She has performed with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players throughout Europe and Japan, with the Tokyo, Juilliard, and Muir String Quartets, and in recital with Jessye Norman and Yo-Yo Ma. read more
  • Randy  Scott
  • Randy Scott
  • Cancer Research Helps Others
  • “We wondered why some cancer patients had tumors that metastasized and why some others with the same cancer went on to live long lives,” he explains. read more
  • Richard  Schrock
  • Richard Schrock
  • 2011 - Richard Schrock
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  • Karen Manners Smith
  • Karen Manners Smith
  • 2009 - Karen Manners Smith
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  • Herbert  Achleitner
  • Herbert Achleitner
  • 2006 - Herbert Achleitner
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  • Donald  Miller
  • Donald Miller
  • 2005 - Donald S. Miller
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  • Larry  Schwarm
  • Larry Schwarm
  • 2004 - Larry Schwarm
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  • Ronald T. McCoy
  • Ronald T. McCoy
  • 2003 - Ronald T. McCoy
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  • Harvey C. Foyle
  • Harvey C. Foyle
  • 2002 - Harvey C. Foyle
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  • William H. Clamurro
  • William H. Clamurro
  • 2000 - William H. Clamurro
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  • Joella  Mehrhof
  • Joella Mehrhof
  • 1998 - Joella Mehrhof
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  • Ronald Q. Frederickson
  • Ronald Q. Frederickson
  • 1997 - Ronald Q. Frederickson
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  • Gaylen J. Neufeld
  • Gaylen J. Neufeld
  • 1995 - Gaylen J. Neufeld
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  • Roger C. Greer
  • Roger C. Greer
  • 1993 - Roger C. Greer
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  • Teresa A. Mehring
  • Teresa A. Mehring
  • 1992 - Teresa A. Mehring
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  • Philip L. Kelly
  • Philip L. Kelly
  • 1991 - Philip L. Kelly
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  • Cooper B. Holmes
  • Cooper B. Holmes
  • 1990 - Cooper B. Holmes
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  • Dan R. Kirkhhefer
  • Dan R. Kirkhhefer
  • 1989 - Dan R. Kirkhhefer
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  • Carl D. Prophet
  • Carl D. Prophet
  • 1988 - Carl D. Prophet
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  • Thomas D. Isern
  • Thomas D. Isern
  • 1987 - Thomas D. Isern
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  • Elaine V. Edwards
  • Elaine V. Edwards
  • 1986 - Elaine V. Edwards
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  • Melvin G. Storm
  • Melvin G. Storm
  • 1985 - Melvin G. Storm
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  • Stephen F. Davis
  • Stephen F. Davis
  • 1984 - Stephen F. Davis
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  • Helen  McElree
  • Helen McElree
  • 1982 - Helen McElree
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  • DeWayne A. Backhus
  • DeWayne A. Backhus
  • 1981 - DeWayne A. Backhus
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  • Loren E. Pennington
  • Loren E. Pennington
  • 1980 - Loren E. Pennington
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  • William R. Elkins
  • William R. Elkins
  • 1979 - William R. Elkins
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