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I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

July 31, 2014

Ingram’s, a Kansas City Business Magazine, recently recognized Icons of Education. Notable recipients include Dr. John Rich (School of Business Professor and Director of Student Affairs and Alumni), Dale Cushinberry (Topeka Public Schools), and Andy Tompkins (President and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents).

 

The first ever STRONG Emporia Fitness Camp was held earlier this summer. Special thanks to Erin Blocker (Health Promotion Instructor and Assistant Track & Field Coach) for hosting this community engagement event.

 

According to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Emporia State University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for. This is the second straight year that Emporia State has been recognized.

 

Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority recently named two Emporia State alums to its National Council. Melissa Koch Merriam (BS Business Management '00) is the new National President, and Kathryn Wolfington Harth (BSE Elementary Education '01) is the new National Vice President of Membership.

 

Emporia State led the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association with 10 selections to the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women's All-Academic team.

 

Emporia State Men’s Track and Field team had three selections to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team. Individuals include Payson Maydew (3.88 GPA in Accounting), Jordan Smith (3.28 GPA in Health Promotions) and Nick Klenda (3.32 GPA in Criminal Justice).

 

Lea Anderson (BSE Elementary Education ’14) recently accepted a position at BINUS International School in Jakarta, Indonesia. She took advantage of the international student teaching program this summer.

 

As part of the campus master plan, a new curb has been installed on Highland Street beginning at the Art Annex and wrapping around the practice fields near the interstate.

 

The Kansas History Teacher of the Year is Joel Schaefer (BSE Social Sciences '97). This award was presented by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

 

The new chair for the University Support Staff Commission is Darcy Johnson (Financial Aid, Scholarship, and Veterans Services). USS was formerly known as Classified Assembly. Congratulations Darcy!

 

Dr. Kevin Rabas (Associate Professor of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism) recently had his play, “Guess My Name,” performed at the 4th Annual 24 Hour Play Festival in Topeka.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Jared Larson (BA Modern Languages and Social Sciences '02) on finishing his Ph.D. in International Relations at the University of Delaware. He has accepted a position at the University of Izmir in Turkey.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Wolgast (BSE Social Science ’89), the principal of Pioneer Trail Middle School in Olathe, Kansas. The National Association of Middle School Principals recognized Pioneer Trail as the Middle School of the Year for 2014.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Yaokun "Angel" Yang (Master of Music Performance '09) who was recently granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at Liaoning Normal University in Dalian, China.

 

The Department of Mathematics and Economics received a $3,000 Waldemar J. Tijitzinsky scholarship. This year’s recipient is T.J. Huettenmueller, an undergraduate mathematics major.

 

Hornet football players Jarrett Stastny and Brent Wilson were named to the Beyond Sports Network Preseason Division II All-America list. Jarrett was named to the second-team, and Brent earned third-team honors.

 

Congratulations to Dr. David Edds (Professor of Biology) and the members of the Kansas Fishes Committee on the publication of their new book titled “Kansas Fishes.”

 

During the summer term, 87 student-athletes took at least one summer class which totaled 430 credit hours.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Mott (MLS and MA History '08) who has successfully defended her dissertation at North Dakota State University where she completed her Ph.D. in history.

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