President Shonrock's Buzz — June 24, 2013

June 24, 2013

The Kansas City area chapter of the Alumni Association raised over $9,000 for scholarships at their recent golf tournament and silent auction.

Emporia State, for the 11th straight year, was among nine MIAA schools in top 100 NCAA Division II members (out of 315) in the Learfield Sports Director¹s Cup standings; ESU ranked #79 (244 points).

Michael Shonrock is now serving as an ex-officio member of the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC); attended first board of directors meeting at Union Station (June 12th).

Thirty-five (35) junior high school students participated in the annual Kansas Future Teacher’s Academy; Michael Shonrock served as the closing speaker (June 13th) and focused comments on Random Acts and Kindness (http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/).

The Alumni Association selected Will Ramsey, Leawood, to serve as the new association president; special thanks to out-going association president, Jason Fanning, Olathe.

Persistence pays off – prior to the KBOR meeting last week, met with Legislative Research to better ‘understand’ how the salary cap and longevity calculations were literally calculated.  Found a $99,798 error in favor of Emporia State; Legislative Research will report the error to the Governor’s office.

The Teachers College was recently recognized as one of the top 50 education graduate programs for 2013-2014; http://www.mastersdegreeonline.org/the-best-education-graduate-schools/.

Dual-reporting; the Executive Director of the Alumni Association, Tyler Curtis and the Executive Director of the department of Marketing & Media Relations, Umair Abbasi will now report to both ESU Foundation President DenaSue Potestio and ESU President Michael Shonrock.

START/TAP (Students Through Alumni Recruitment Teams/Teacher Appreciation Program), during 2012-2013, served lunch to over 2,100 educators from 35 different Kansas schools; kudos to our Alumni Association!

The MIAA recognized 155 ESU Student-Athletes for outstanding academic achievements for 2012-13; 19 were named MIAA Scholar-Athletes, earning a 3.5 GPA or higher while also achieving All-MIAA athletic recognition (19 ESU Student-Athletes were the most by a Kansas MIAA school, and second most in our 15-member conference).

Andy Tompkins and Michael Shonrock presented awards and certificates to the five (5) new inductees to the National Teachers Hall of Fame (June 14th); the day before, the NTHF held of groundbreaking for a new Fallen Teachers Memorial adjacent to the one-room school house ($40k of the $200k project cost raised to date).

The Now and Forever campaign has raised over $12M over the past year; the goal is to raised (cash, planned gifts, etc.) a total of $45M over the next 5-7 years.

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