A handful of Emporia State faculty and staff members are candidates for the United Way of the Flint Hills’ Pie in the Face competition.
Signed up so far are Umair Abbasi, associate director of Marketing and Media Relations; Jason Bosch, director of Student Life Learning and Assessment; Lesley Bedner-Green, assistant manager of the Memorial Union bookstore; Tyler Curtis, executive director of Alumni Relations; Lorinda Duncan, chief financial officer of the ESU Foundation; Shanda Hendricks, front-end supervisor of the bookstore; Barb Kern, executive assistant of Academic Affairs; Damon Leiss, assistant professor of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; Mike McRell, manager of the bookstore; Bill Noblitt, executive director of Marketing and Media Relations; Wade Redeker, director of Residential Life; and Bo Swanson, fiscal systems administrator.
“I was asked by the division of student life to participate, and I said I would be happy to,” Bosch said. “It’s a fun way to help raise money for a good cause.”
Jars with the competitors’ photos are in the Office of Student Affairs in room 205 in Plumb Hall; the union bookstore; Marketing and Media Relations in the basement of Plumb Hall; the Office of Residential Life in room 308, Plumb Hall; Morse Complex; Towers Complex; and the Center for Student Involvement.
To vote, students, faculty and staff can put money in the jar of the person who they would like to see get a pie thrown in their face. The person whose jar has the most money in it at 5 p.m. Nov. 16 will be the “winner.” The date of the pie throwing is still to be decided.
“I’m hoping that we raise lots of money, but I guess I’m hoping I’m not the person that gets the pie in the face,” Kern said.
Several students have also stepped up to compete to have a pie thrown in their face. Those participating are Josiah D’Albini, Samantha Beye, Taylor Bullock, Matthew Chrome, Marissa Germann, Brooke King, Eni Ortiz, Juan Rosales, Brooke Schmidt, Stuart Sneath and Micheal Torres. All student jars are in the CSI.
According to their website, Uwfh.org, the United Way of the Flint Hills works to “advance the common good by building blocks for a good life – education, income and health.” The organization serves residents of Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties and helps families in crisis, provides mentoring and access to youth programs to children, gives shelter and support to victims of domestic violence and supports and cares for senior citizens.
The goal for this year, according to Gwen Larson, assistant director of Media Relations, is to raise more than last year’s $310.