RDA Happenings April 2012
Posted on April 1, 2012 – By Emporia RDA
On March 27th I had the honor and privilege to participate in the Emporia State University (ESU) “Hornet Telethon”. There were several community leader volunteers who called incoming ESU fresh-men for fall semester 2012. My assignment was to initiate twenty-six telephone calls to thank those fu-ture Hornets for committing to continuing their education at ESU and the importance of them being part of the community. I will report the vast majority (with the advent of caller id) went to voice mail; I left a detailed message to them. In addition I personally wrote twenty-six individual postcards to my entire contact list.
Now I did get the opportunity to visit with about five students, thanking them for attending ESU; for coming to Emporia and asked if they had any questions. In addition, I spoke with a few parents and sib-lings. One parent thanked me for taking the time and for the thoughtfulness of the call.
Economic development has been equated to a three-legged stool; retention, expansion and recruit-ment. You need all three of the legs of the stool or local economy does not function properly.
One of our sometimes overlooked “existing” industries is the education industry -Emporia State Uni-versity, Flint Hills Technical College and U.S.D. #253. The telethon volunteers supporting the ESU Hornet Telethon effort help strengthen one of our existing educational industries. It is important we support our educational institutions in order for Emporia to maintain, grow and prosper.
On my drive to and from work I normally drive on Merchant Street, which borders the west of the Emporia State University campus. At certain times of the day students are crossing Merchant Street to go to and from classes. On occasion as college students do, they will start crossing the street not at the cross walk and in most instances the driver will yield to the pedestrians.
What amazes me is the number of drivers who don’t yield to the pedestrians at the cross walk by the Chi Omega house. In fact, about a year ago witnessed one of the ESU police vehicles didn’t yield to the pedestrian. My point is, yield to the ESU students crossing the streets on all sides of the campus. Every time you do it sends a strong statement that you welcome these students.
On July 1, 2001 I began serving on the Flint Hills Technical College Board of Advisors. In July 2004 the Flint Hills Technical College governing body became the Board of Trustee’s. I served on the FHTC Board of Trustee’s from July 2004 and my term ends this June as the RDA representative. I served as Chair of the Board for a few terms and as Vice-Chair. It was an exciting time to be associated with Flint Hills Technical College during the evolution from a K-12 Vocational Technical High School to an accredited College by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
It was my pleasure working and being part of the FHTC. The college will do well under the leader-ship of President Dean Hollenbeck, the current Board of Trustee’s and the outstanding faculty and staff at the college. I will miss the monthly meetings and be part of this fine institution.