Department: Alumni Relations

I'm A Hornet from Interim President Jackie Vietti

June 3, 2015

June 3, 2015

More than 30 high school students from across the state will be attending the Kansas Future Teacher Academy June 7-11. The academy, hosted by Emporia State, has graduated more than 1,200 high school students over 26 summers. During this intense five-day program, the participants share in a variety of activities that will help them to understand better what teachers do and to determine if they have the potential for meeting the challenges of this profession.

All veterans who are eligible for federal education benefits, along with all current members of the armed forces, are now eligible for in-state tuition rates at all 32 public postsecondary colleges and universities in Kansas, effective July 1, 2015, regardless of time spent in the state. The change came last week after Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law HB 2154.

Congratulations to John Rich, who will lead the School of Business as interim dean while a national search is conducted for our next dean. John takes over July 1.

A Topeka teacher was one of five recipients in the nation to receive a scholarship for teaching reading. Nichole Kuhn, Topeka Public Schools USD 501, training at Emporia State University’s Reading Recovery Regional Training Center, received a $10,000 scholarship for her preparation. Reading Recovery teacher leaders have conducted a two-year campaign to fund a 30th Anniversary teacher leader scholarship. 

For the first time in four years, Emporia State football will host six home games on Jones Field at Welch Stadium this fall. With the announcement of the MIAA Television package the final 2015 Hornet football was released this week. For more:

Summer is the time when practicing educators learn how to implement new research, ideas and strategies into their classrooms. This summer, the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence is offering 14 workshops for K-12 teachers and administrators. Learn more at

Congratulations to Lady Hornets Coach Jory Collins who earned 2015 four-year college Coach of the Year honors from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. This is his first KBCA Coach of the Year award and the fifth overall for Emporia State coaches. For more:

Corporal Jerrod Schumann of Police and Safety was a substitute sponsor for a number of ESU Crime and Delinquency studies students. Schumann accompanied the group to the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy, which offers The Collegiate Law Enforcement Academy for students who are interested in entering the law enforcement profession. These students were introduced to a number of topics including live fire weapons training, defensive tactics and hands-on emergency vehicle operation.

Dr. John Rich, John Lohmeyer and Tyler Curtis traveled to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to visit business school alumni and host an event for alumni of ESU’s School of Business. They met with alumni and friends at BNSF and Deloitte in addition to those who attended the alumni event.  A very special thanks to Linda Hurt ’77, a retired VP at BNSF, for partially underwriting the alumni event! 

Around 20 grade-school students from the Emporia area enjoyed a wet Biology Camp last week on campus. Each day, faculty and students in biological sciences helped with fun projects like harvesting insects, seining for fish and observing amphibians and reptiles at Ross Reservation.

Congrats to ESU alumnus Tony Dalisio (MS Biology; graduated 2-3 years ago; disciple of Bill Jensen laboratory). In addition to being an excellent biologist, Tony is also an elite runner who was named the 2015 Maine State Showshoe Champion.

Both the campus and Emporia community turned out on Memorial Day Weekend to celebrate Carol Marshall, who served the university for more than 35 years, and provided for its future upon her death on Dec. 24, 2014, through a substantial legacy gift from the Carol F. Marshall Trust to the Emporia State Foundation. For more on the celebration:

The Alumni Association welcomed five new members to its board of directors:

  • Katie Hill (MLS 2009) – Director of the Coffeyville Public Library; Coffeyville
  • Tyson Hirt (BSB 1999) – CFO of Hayes Holding, Inc.; Wichita
  • Gene McIntosh (BSE 1969; MS 1975) – Retired teacher and pastor; Iola (soon to be of Emporia)
  • Alan Swarts (BSB 1975) – Retired from IT at Johnson County Community College; Lawrence
  • Harry Taylor (BA 1968; MS 1972) – Retired from academic advising at Missouri State University and from a second career in mental health counseling; Benton, Missouri

Athletic accolades

Emporia State softball senior Taylor Zordel can add to her list of honors after being named Capital One Academic All-America Division II Second-Team on Thursday. This is Emporia State's 21st Academic All-America honor of the 21st century for Emporia State and the 45th all-time dating back to 1972. For more:

Emporia State fans continue to follow the Hornet football team as they finished 33rd in the nation in average attendance last season. It is the 17th straight season the Hornets have been in the top 50 nationally in attendance. An average of 5,011 fans per game saw Emporia State play five games on Jones Field at Welch Stadium in 2014. For more:

MIAA Academic Honor Roll — requires a 3.00 cumulative GPA with at least two terms of attendance at Emporia State, excluding summers: baseball — Tyler Beebe, Tory Bell, Justin Harris, Travis Hendry, Matt Hinkley, Jonny Hodges, Jordan Hodges, Ryan Huth, Price Jacobs, Dan Lorenzen, Shawn Talkington, and Jacob Tetuan; softball — Jessica Gragg, Laura Seeman, Jacie Stephens, Eryn Stockman, Hannah Weingartner and Taylor Zordel; track and field — James Bowlin, Drake Brown, Daniel Classen, Nick Klenda, Payson Maydew, Brian Mosier, Kyle Pfizenmaier, Jordan Smith, Duke Tibbs, Donald Wilcox, Catalina Bissell, Shelby Buster, Callie Clark, Lindsay Cuadra, Sara Dunkin Beam, Melinda Faught, Morgan Flowers, Morgan Gilliland, Monica Howard, Carrie Kellie, Carmen King, Kayla Lansing, Chelsea Oberle, Nicole Rottinghaus, Emily Schoenfeld, Dominique Staats, Taylor Stueve, Peyton Weiss, Maggie Wilson.

MIAA Scholar-Athletes — requires earning first-team all-MIAA honors on the field with at least a 3.50 GPA in the classroom: baseball — Shawn Talkington and Justin Harris; softball — Taylor Zordel; track and field — Payson Maydew, Donald Wilcox, Emily Schoenfeld and Maggie Wilson

In baseball, Emporia State center fielder Justin Harris and third baseman Dean Long can now add second-team ABCA/Rawlings All-American to their list of postseason accolades. Justin also was named to the Daktronics All-American Second Team while Dean was named to the honorable mention team as voted on by the members of D2SIDA, the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association. For more:

Emporia State finished the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Allendale, Mich. with two All-Americans and three more top 12 finishes. Andrew Etheridge ran 14.34 to place ninth in the 110m hurdles. Kyle Pfizenmaier threw 203-2 to place 12th in the men's javelin. Samuel Saidi cleared 6-06.75 in the men's high jump to finish in 15th place. Sara Dunkin Beam was 15th in the women's javelin at 138-03 while Elizabeth Costello threw 120-2 to place 20th in the javelin. Payson Maydew earned All-American status with a third place showing in the decathlon and Donald Wilcox placed seventh in the long jump to earn All-American honors. For more:

The Alumni Association hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to thank and recognize the many volunteers who donate thousands of hours of service to advance the university and its mission. They also recognized Gary Parks, Mark and Pat Sevier,and Ron Thomas with University Service Citation Awards. The award recognizes unique and distinct service to the institution. Thank you to all of our volunteers and congratulations to the award winners! 

I'm A Hornet from Interim President Jackie Vietti

June 17, 2015

Bravo to Emporia State Summer Theatre, which opened its 61st season last week. The 24-member troupe is primarily Emporia State students but also includes students from Missouri Western State ...

Summer Theatre opens Wednesday night

June 8, 2015

The 61st season of Emporia State University Summer Theatre proudly continues a favorite Emporia tradition with four delightful shows sure to please audiences of all ages. The line-up includes

Estate gift to athletic programs celebrated

May 21, 2015

A friendship that began in Herington Kansas, at Herington High School between Larry Wild and Jerry Smith carried on throughout college years and beyond. Both young men enrolled at Kansas State ...

I'm A Hornet from President Michael D. Shonrock

May 20, 2015

An open forum regarding Emporia State University

President’s Award recognizes sustained commitments to Emporia State

May 18, 2015

A former administrator and current volunteer as well as a family whose legacy has benefited Emporia State University students are the inaugural recipients of the new President

Three alumni named Outstanding Recent Graduates

May 14, 2015

As Emporia State University students prepare for Saturday Cory Falldine of Emporia, Tiffany ...

I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

May 6, 2015

Congratulations to students preparing for commencement Saturday, May 16. Undergraduate exercises will begin at 9:30 a.m. in White Auditorium. Graduate ceremonies will be at 2 p.m. in Albert Taylor ...

Jacqueline Vietti named interim president

May 5, 2015

Dr. Jacqueline Vietti will be the interim president of Emporia State University beginning June 1. The Kansas Board of Regents today appointed Vietti, who has worked in public higher education for over...

Regents appoint presidential search committee

April 29, 2015

The Kansas Board of Regents today appointed the search committee for the next president of Emporia State University and named a search firm. The committee represents Emporia State students, staff and ...

I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

April 21, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Persinger, director of the school psychology graduate program, who was named the 2015 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor last week. He will be honored at a university ...

Persinger named 2015 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor

April 17, 2015

A psychology professor who continually seeks new ways to educate is the 2015 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor at Emporia State University. Dr. James Persinger learned he was the recipient of the ...

Funeral services for Steve Hanschu

April 13, 2015

Services for Steven F. Hanschu will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1101 Neosho St. in Emporia. Steven, an instructor in University Libraries and Archives, died ...

President Shonrock stepping down

April 9, 2015

Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State University, announced today that he has accepted the presidency at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

April 8, 2015

No fooling! April 1 started with official Hornet Nation welcomes to first-year students and family members attending the annual Phi Eta Sigma honor society banquet and colleagues and friends ...

Library school, campus celebrate alumna's legacy

April 8, 2015

The life of Geraldine Strader, an esteemed alumna of both The Teachers College and the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University, will be celebrated with an 80th ...

Kansas Master Teacher celebration on Wednesday

March 30, 2015

Teaching is cause for celebration at Emporia State University on Wednesday during Master Teacher Day. The seven members of the 2015 class will be on hand to present a seminar then receive their awards...