Emery Estate Will Assist HSU Students Majoring In Theater Arts

Professor Emery's longtime friend and attorney, Don Seamster, presents check from the Emogene Emery Estate to HSU President Lanny Hall.

Emogene Emery taught speech communications at Hardin-Simmons University for 23 years.

Students have received scholarships for many years from the Emogene Emery Speech Communications Fund, which she established in honor of her parents Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Emery.

The Emogene Emery Theater Scholarship, which has been established after her death, will begin helping students studying theater arts at HSU in the fall of 2010.

Miss Emery's estate will also increase the scholarship funding given to students majoring in speech communications.

Devoted Teacher, Beloved Faculty Member

Emery devoted 45 years to teaching speech communications in Texas and Oklahoma.

Born is Howe, Oklahoma in 1911, she achieved national prominence as a certified professional parliamentarian.

In 1947, she was recruited by the University of Texas to develop a women's debate program. Seven years later, HSU President Evan Allard Reiff persuaded Emery to serve as an associate professor of speech at HSU.

She led the HSU speech and debate program and served nine years at the head of the communications department. The beloved faculty member, who always had the best interest of students at heart, retired from HSU in 1977.

Her honors were numerous, including being named to Who's Who Among American Women, Outstanding Educators of America, Directory of American Scholars, and Who's Who Among American Scholars.

She was also historian of the Texas State Speech Association, vice president of the National Commission on Parliamentarians, and governor of the South Central Region of the American Institute of Parliamentarians.


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