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ESU prepares for drive benefiting United Way

The United Way of the Flint Hills is just about a week away from starting the general part of its annual fundraising effort. Oct. 3 is the date for the campaign kickoff, featuring a street fair in front of the Granada Theatre.

The following day, Emporia State University begins its fundraising drive for the United Way with announcements at the football and volleyball games, and the ESU campaign for the United Way was the focus of Thursday's ESU Buzz with President Dr. Michael Shonrock on KVOE. United Way Director Jami Reever says Emporia State is a great example.

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ESU drive chair Nathan Woolard says the atmosphere on campus is building with the kickoff coming Oct. 4.

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The campus drive ends on Halloween with what's being called the Outrageous Olympics.

Emporia State is also gearing up for the official enrollment total to be released by the Kansas Board of Regents on Friday, and President Shonrock hinted at a big number during the program. The university has a bell-ringing ceremony set for 3 pm Friday at Silent Joe.