New Master's program, planetarium renovations coming to ESU

Emporia State University is looking to expand and grow as the years pile on.

The most recent ESU Buzz not only featured President Dr. Michael Shonrock, but also the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dr. Brent Thomas, and interim associate dean Dr. Sheryl Lidzy.


Thomas says the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has new goals to "operationalize the ESU mission and vision statement."

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This is part of the ongoing Strategic Plan, which will go into effect in 2015 after being presented to the Kansas Board of Regents in June.

Thomas also announced the approval of a new Master's program in Forensic Science. This will be the only program like it in the state. Thomas says school faculty visited with directors of major crime labs in the state in order to develop curriculum for the new program.

The group also discussed planned renovations to the Peterson Planetarium. The recent Open House showcased the planetarium and other scientific museums within Cram Science Hall, before scheduled renovations begin. The planetarium project is slated for completion by November. Shonrock, along with Thomas and Lidzy, said it's an exciting venture.

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Also discussed during the show was ESU's summer programs, including Biology Camp, Summer Scholars, and Summer Theatre.

Biology Camp took place earlier in June, and Summer Scholars will be taking place July 7-9. This program is meant for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, and is put on by the Department of Math and Economics. Enrollment is currently taking place; contact the Math Department at 341-5281 for more information.

Also, ESU Summer Theatre is celebrating its 60th year of performances with several shows planned. The next one, "Too Many Cooks," is coming up next week.

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