150Th Anniversary of Emporia State Universityby Senator Pat Roberts
Posted on 2013-02-13
ROBERTS. Mr. President, we have a double privilege here today in
that we obviously are celebrating Kansas State University being 150,
representing 150 years of outstanding academic service to our people,
but also Emporia State University is 150 years old at the same time--a
rather remarkable achievement. I know we would like to congratulate
Emporia State on its 150th anniversary.
Emporia State University is in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas, and it is also very dear to my family. My mother attended Emporia State and studied education. She went on to become a teacher. Emporia State is a teacher's university, second to none. But she, in her day and time, spent a lot of time educating Kansas children up in Atchison, KS, and was very much like the other proud and accomplished alumni from Emporia State.
If a person wants to know about education, all they would have to do--as [[Page S678]] well as teacher involvement and teacher progress and some of the very serious challenges we face today in education--is stop by Emporia State. They have many fine programs and nothing but the best in terms of graduates who do such a great job.
Throughout the past 150 years, Emporia State has grown to accommodate the needs of the State and the 6,500 students it currently serves. What was once the Kansas State Teaching College, Emporia State has now expanded greatly, offering a wide range of academic programs.
In true Kansas fashion, the university has faced challenges head-on from its earliest days. Adversity is not uncommon. In fact, our State motto is ``to the stars through difficulty.'' But the outstanding faculty and staff have persevered on behalf of their students to provide a quality education, and that continues today with teachers who also provide a quality education. We can't do any better than that. It is with great pride as a Kansan and as a son of an Emporia State graduate that I recognize and congratulate Emporia State University on its 150th anniversary.
I am more than happy to yield to my friend and colleague, Senator Moran.
The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mr. Coons). The Senator from Kansas.