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I'm a Hornet from President Shonrock — Nov. 13, 2013

November 13, 2013

The Emporia State University Foundation’s Annual Meeting (November 1st) of the Board of Trustees welcomed ten (10) new trustees including:  Mryl Cobb, Angela Hoffman, Jim Kessler, Ron Loewen, Teresa Markowitz, Mike Petitjean, Dan Shanelec, Bob Warren, Tim Wright, and Richard Zahn.  Special THANKS to outgoing ESUF Chair Lana Oleen, BEST WISHES to incoming ESUF Chair Kim Penner, and CONGRATS to ESUF President DenaSue Potestio and her team on another great meeting!

Among the nearly 350 ESU student athletes, the most popular majors include:  Liberal Arts & Sciences, Biology and Crime & Delinquency Studies; Teachers College, Health Promotion and Physical Education; and School of Business, Business Administration and Accounting.

Si Se Puede (Yes, You Can) was the message to 75+ middle school Hispanic students and their families attending the annual math and science outreach program sponsored by ESU science and mathematics faculty members; this fall’s program was even featured on Kansas First News.

Brewster Place, retirement community in Topeka, hosted the Edith Lessenden Chandler Recital Series with an outstanding piano performance by Dr. Steven Spooner; the series is co-sponsored by the ESU Department of Music and ESU Foundation.

Dr. Matt Seimears with the Department of Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education; Dr. Chris Petit with the Department of Physical Sciences; Dr. Dusti Howell with the Department of Instructional Design & Technology, and Joseph Kern, ESU instructional Designer recently met with students and teaches at Garden City High School planning for an area wide Robotics Competition for early Spring 2014; this STEM initiative was funded by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Emporia State hosted the Kansas Honors Conference (November 2nd) including presentations for a number of honors students from Emporia State University, University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, Hutchison Community College, and Wichita State University.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) welcomed Juanita Bartley, ESU Senior Administrative Assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences as the association’s 2014-2015 President of the Heartland Chapter.

The Kansas Business Hall of Fame Board of Directors recently selected this years’ Contemporary and Historical Hall of Fame Inductees; Professor Marian Riedy serves as KBHF Executive Director and Glenda Estes serves as KBHF Treasurer.

Recently, Michael Shonrock served as a member of the peer review team for the re-accreditation visit of the University of Nebraska Kearney from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC); Emporia State HLC visit is scheduled from March 23-25, 2015.

The South Central Chapter of the ESU Alumni Association recently announced raising $13,750 from their recent Golf Tournament; over the past 15 years over $100,000 has been raised by the South Central Chapter for ESU scholarships!

Hundreds of ESU students, accompanied by faculty and staff, personalized more than 4,000 post cards to prospective students during the annual Postcard Palooza.

Board of Regents Chair Fred Logan attended the recent Senior Leadership meetings to discuss progress on our new strategic plan, progress on our new campus master plan, and held an Open Forum for ESU faculty, staff, and students. Regent Logan and KBOR CEO/President Andy Tompkins also meet with KVOE Radio and The Emporia Gazette to discuss Emporia State and Kansas public higher education!

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