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Since the closing of the College,

The Alumni Association has been charged with keeping the Fighting Presbie Spirit alive. It has done so in four major ways.

  • By the establishment of the College of Emporia Scholarship for current college students with C of E relatives.

  • By producing a periodic newsletter to keep alumni informed of alumni news and the status of the campus and its various buildings.

  • By sponsoring alumni reunions and supporting regional and local gatherings.

  • By maintaining the overall heritage of the College of Emporia.

The association has a 501 C3 non-profit status and can accept gifts from donors on a tax- exempt basis. The association is made up of C of E alumni and faculty from across the United States and many foreign countries. Annual dues help to cover the expenses incurred with the scholarship fund and the printing and distribution of the newsletter

Alumni Membership

Send Payment and Personal Information from the form to:
College of Emporia Alumni Association
P.O.Box 405
Emporia, KS 66801-0405

Membership Report

As of July 2019
4,029 members, not all paid dues

Identification and Purpose

(Adopted July 23, 2005)

The College of Emporia Alumni Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization of alumni and friends of The College of Emporia (1882-1974) who have incorporated under the laws of the State of Kansas to foster and support the moral concepts and the high ideals of scholarship and character for which The College of Emporia was known.

To accomplish these objectives it is the intent of this Association to provide and maintain and Open Scholarship Program for scholarship grants to any accredited college, university, or vocational school identified to be "higher education" for descendents of alumni, former students, and/or employees of the former College of Emporia, to maintain a Director of Alumni, to preserve and display selected memorabilia of the College of Emporia, and to publish a newsletter at least twice yearly for the edification of its members.


Relocation of Stuart Hall Bell and World War Plaques

Transcript maintenance at Emporia State University

Sponsorship of Major Reunions:
 1982 - Denver, CO
 1988 - Kansas City, MO  near the Plaza
 1992 - Kansas City, Mo  near the Plaza
 1996 or 97 - Kansas City, Mo near the Airport  
 1998 - Baltimore, MD  
 2000 - Emporia, KS
 2004 - Overland Park, KS
 2007 - Overland Park, KS
 2010 - Overland Park, KS
 2012 - Philadelphis, PA
 2013 - Overland Park, KS
 2015 - East Coast (It's a Shore Thing) 
 2016 - Emporia, Kansas
 2018-  Shawnee-on-the-Delaware, PA        

Establishment of C of E Scholarships from 1982 through 2006 and Beyond

The Elected Board

Class 2021

Everett 'Chip" Barger  (74)  Kansas City, MO
Mary Jayne (Barnes) Gamble (70)  Phillipsburg, NJ
Tom Hughes (71) Lexington, MO
Jim Brooks (72) Wildwood, MO
Roger Klein (72) Overland Park, KS

Class 2022

Neil Crane  (62)  Iola, KS

Roberta Crane (67)  Iola, KS

Megan Evans  (70) Halstead, KS

Barbara Mathis  (63) Leavenworth, KS

Earl McGinn  (71)  Sedgwick, KS

Class 2023

Carolyn (Cruikshank) Day  (60) Pembroke Pines, FL

Chris Lovett  (70)  Topeka, KS

Jim Mathis  (61)  Leavenworth, KS

Norman Tice  (61)  Wichita, KS

Ray Sager  (65)  Shawnee, KS


Appointed Offices

Scholarship: Jim Brooks  (72) Wildwood, MO

Nominating: Norm Tice (61) Wichita, KS

Historian: Linda Myers (62) Pryor, OK

Memorabilia: NEEDED

Reunion: Mary Jane Gamble (70) Emporia, KS

Newsletter/Commun: John Acomb (64) Beloit WI

Webmasters: Megan Evans (70) Halstead,KS  / Joanna Brooks (71) Wildwood, MO

Local Contact:  Cecil Lane (71) Lebo, KS/Mary Jane Gamble (70) Emporia, KS

2021 Alumni Officers

These members meet bi-annually to carry on the business of the association. These meetings are generally held in Emporia. Executive Committee members confer at least quarterly.

President: Roger Klein (72) Overland Park, KS

President Elect: John Acomb  (64) Beloit, WI

Past President: Mary Jayne Barnes Gamble (70) Emporia, KS

VP/Membership: Les Palmer (63) Prairie Village, KS

Treasurer: Cecil Lane (71) Lebo, KS

Secretary: Sue Nispel (59) Wichita, KS

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