Around Hornet Nation
If you were on the ESU campus in the late 1970s, the Von Brothers might have been among your acquaintances. The group got together for a reunion last fall in Overbrook, Kan. Among them: (left to right) Gary Dial, Collinsville, Ill. (BSB ‘78-Business Administration), Wes Stone, Iola (BS ‘76-Chemistry), Robert Taylor, Blue Springs, Mo. (BSE ‘80-Physical Education), Bob Bambick, Wichita (BS ‘79-Math), Barry Mellen, Plains (BSE ‘80-Business Education), Dean Wigger, Pomona, Brent Littleton, Valley Falls, (BSB ‘79-Data Processing), Greg Swenson, Stillwater, Ok., Rocky Stucky, Sabetha (BS ‘78-Industrial Education), and Jack Coppoc, Overbrook (BSE ‘80-Biology).
ESU’s Alumni Association and Foundation staff members were in the Mile-High City for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Region VI conference anyway, so why not host a get-together for Hornet alumni from the area? Lodo’s Bar and Grill provided the backdrop for the Jan. 8 gathering which included graduates such as (left to right) Gene Temanson (BSB ‘93-Business Administration and Management) and Shelly Mann (BS ‘89-Psychology), Firestone, Colo., and Fort Collins residents Christina Garton (BA ‘07-History) and Shawn Salley (BS ‘03-Earth Science, MS ‘07-Physical Science).
The Kansas Statehouse was full of Hornets in mid-February, but a call to the exterminator was definitely not necessary. ESU Day under the Dome included a variety of ESU staff, students, and Alumni Association board members who taught Gov. Sam Brownback the “stinger sign” in his ceremonial office Feb. 21.
As the first university professors to present professional development activities at a Saudi Arabian university Dr. Dan Lumley (demonstrating a puzzle he showed to the Saudi professors) and Dr. Darla Mallein quickly learned there were differences in the way things operate.
Lumley (BSE ’69-Social Sciences, MS ’75-Education Administration) and Mallein (BSE ’80-Social Sciences, MS ’94-Master Teacher Secondary ) were guests of Saudi Arabia’s Jazan University in September, 2011.
“The professors were very receptive to strategies for effective teaching,” Lumley said during an ESU colloquium in February. However, Lumley and Mallein learned that their interactive style of teaching was much different than the rigid lecture format that their Saudi colleagues were used to.
Lumley is an educational consultant from Kansas City, Mo., and a 2001 ESU Distinguished Alumnus. Mallein is an associate professor of social studies at ESU.