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Emporia State University, often referred to as Emporia State or ESU, is a public university in Emporia, Kansas, United States, east of the Flint Hills. Established in March 1863 as the Kansas State Normal School, Emporia State is the third-oldest public university in the state of Kansas. Emporia State is one of six public universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents. The university offers degrees in more than 80 courses of study through four colleges and/or schools: the School of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Library and Information Management, and The Teachers College. Emporia State's intercollegiate athletic teams are known as the Hornets, with the exception of the women's teams, which are known as the Lady Hornets. Emporia State competes in NCAA Division II and has been a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) since 1991. The origins of the university date back to 1861, when Kansas became a state. The Kansas Constitution provided for a state university.From 1861 to 1863 the question of where the university would be located – Lawrence, Manhattan or Emporia – was debated. In February 1863, Manhattan was selected as the sire for the state's land-grant college, authorized by new legislation by Congress. Lawrence and Emporia were left as candidates for a state university. The fact that Lawrence had $10,000 plus interest donated by Amos Lawrence plus 40 acres (160,000 m2) to donate for the university had great weight with the legislature, and Lawrence was selected by one vote over Emporia. On March 7, 1863, the Kansas Legislature passed the enabling act to establish the Kansas State Normal School; it did not open until February 15, 1865.
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from Emporia State University that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.