Pay it forward, Hornets. This year has been, and still is, a tremendous year for Emporia State. It marked a century and a half of service as an educational institution. ESU, quite literally, has been, “Changing lives since 1863.”
Our campus has seen over 150,000 students in its time. Some of these students have gone on to become leaders, authors, coaches, judges, actors and even Olympic record holders. Of the 643 colleges in the Midwest, only 155 schools earn a ranking as a “Best Midwest,” and for 2014, ESU is one of them.
If you have been on campus recently, you have probably witnessed some significant renovations. The Memorial Union, William Allen White Library entrance, Morse Residential Halls and a number of other buildings are sporting a brand new look. With the addition of 150 new trees planted last year, the Hornet Life substitution for the paper bulletin route and recycling bins in almost every building, our campus is looking younger and greener every day.
Returning students may even have noticed healthy and delicious new options provided by Dining Services. Everywhere you turn, transformation is in the air.
Enrollment has increased, but it doesn’t stop there. Student involvement and the number of students living on campus have also gone up. Students travel to Emporia to study here from all over the United States, and even the world. This semester, we welcome students from 33 different countries, including Zimbabwe, Estonia and China.
At ESU, we aren’t just building a better campus – we are building a better community in every way conceivable.
Yet the academics, aesthetics and student population of ESU aren’t all that have changed over the years. Our amazing university has stood the test of time, seeing its students through momentous events like the end of the Civil War, the Great Depression, desegregation and the birth of the feminist and equal rights movements.
ESU has seen the invention of the modern day automobile, first flight and man landing on the moon, and even the leap in technology from rotary phones to digital cameras. The changes we see today set the tone for the progress we will make in the future.
If the past century has been any indication at all, imagine what can be done in the next 150 years.