Department: Mathematics, Computer Science, & Economics

I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

November 5, 2014

  • The partnership between Emporia State University and the Kansas Leadership Center was spotlighted in the October issue of Health Happenings eNews from the Kansas Health Foundation. The article focused on the development of Emporia State’s embedding of leadership principles in classrooms and planning our new Honors College. See the full article at http://bit.ly/1sf5GBJ.

  • Professor and Chair Joe Yanik and Professor Betsy Yanik, both of the Department of Mathematics and Economics are headed to Mandalay, Myanmar to speak and teach at the Seventh International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education in Developing Countries on November 7 through 9. Joe will present “An Online Master’s Program in Mathematics” and host two workshops on cryptography. Betsy will present “Science and Mathematics outreach — Especially for Underrepresented Populations: Challenges and Success” and host a workshop in engaging STEM programs and activities for mathematics teachers.

  • A new TV commercial for Emporia State is already getting positive feedback. It will air in the Kansas City, Wichita and Topeka markets through December 1. See for yourself online: http://youtu.be/46qB3DP6K18

  • Two Emporia State grads recently received awards from the Kansas Art Education Association. Katie (Lehmkuhl) Morris (BSE 2009) received the 2014 KAEA Outstanding Elementary Art Educator of the Year and Jennifer (Petronella) Hudson (BSE 2008) received the KAEA Outstanding Secondary Art Educator of the Year. Katie teaches at Pauline South and Pauline Central in the Topeka Auburn-Washburn school district. Jennifer teaches at Shawnee Mission South in the Shawnee Mission school district.

  • More than 60 Emporia State student-athletes were honored at a recent volleyball game for receiving Division II Athletics Directors Association Achievement Awards for maintaining a 3.50 cumulative GPA in at least four semesters of college-level work.

  • Trainings for Title IX and Discrimination & Harassment Awareness are currently being developed for rollout beginning next month. The training will consist of online and small group face-to-face sessions, as well as printed materials. Our Title IX committee is Kevin Johnson, general counsel; Judy Anderson, executive director of Human Resources & affirmative action/Title IX coordinator; Lynn Hobson, dean of students/Title IX deputy; and Carmen Leads, associate director of Intercollegiate Athletics/Title IX deputy.

  • An Emporia State graduate described as a “Renaissance man” left the bulk of his estate to endow the David W. Kasitz Donor-Advised Fund to support ESU engraving arts, printmaking and painting programs and provide scholarships for art students. David W. Kasitz, who earned a bachelor of science in education degree in industrial education in 1975, died in January.

  • The 2014 Sí Se Puede Hacer Ciencias y Matemáticas (Yes, You Can Do Science and Math) program brought 72 Hispanic students in Grades 6 through 8 along with 10 adults and teachers to campus on Saturday, November 1. This annual event is coordinated by Professors Betsy Yanik and Joe Yanik of the Department of Mathematics and Economics, and Professor Jorge Ballester of the Department of Physical Sciences. During the day, the students participate in hands-on workshops that show them the types of careers they can have with degrees in math and science.

  • Business and education will be the first two programs to develop system-wide 2 Plus 2 plans with community colleges. The intent of the 2 Plus 2 degree plans is to allow students to spend two years at a community college and two years at a university, with a clear set of courses to take at each institution. With significant work on articulation agreements in these programs already done, we plan to have all the 2 Plus 2 degree programs by the end of the 2014-15 academic year.

  • Michael Shonrock returned to Texas for a few days to participate in the National Association for Campus Activities Central Region Conference. Michael spoke about adaptive leadership during the professional development luncheon and led a professional educational sesson the following day.

  • On October 27, 40 eighth-graders from Chase County Middle School, Neosho Rapids/Hartford Middle School and Emporia Middle School attended the mini Kansas Future Teacher Academy. They spent the day meeting with faculty to learn about the teaching profession; visiting the One Room Schoolhouse, Fallen Educators Memorial and National Teachers Hall of Fame; reading to the children enrolled in the Center for Early Childhood Education; and enjoying lunch in the Memorial Union.

  • The Emporia State United Way campaign has one more month to go and already has surpassed its halfway point. So far, $26,000 in pledges has come in from over 200 faculty and staff. The goal is to raise $50,001 with 51 percent participation from faculty and staff.

  • Approximately 40 area students and teachers from Emporia and Osage City high schools visited ESU’s Department of Psychology on Tuesday, October 28 for the Third Annual Psychology Day. Students visited a psychology class, participated in hands-on demonstrations, toured the Davis Rat Lab and Visser Hall, heard a student panel describe what college is like, and listened to Dr. Pam MacDonald speak on the influence of advertising on attitude formation. 

  • During the recent Kansas Association of Nursing Students state convention, members of the Emporia State chapter (E-KANS) were elected to the board of directors — Adam Tebben, president; Joe Jager, treasurer; Cheyenne Allen, secretary; Bridget Camien, legislative chair; Joy Baker, newsletter editor/historian; Allison Roberts, membership chair; and Kelsey Carr, nominations and elections chair. During the convention, E-KANS won three of four state awards, including the highest honor, the School of Excellence Award. These award submissions will compete at the National Student Nurses Association convention next year. Kudos to Kari Hess and Keri Jarvis, both assistant professors of nursing, for their outstanding leadership to E-KANS.

  • Huge thank you to our Emporia State University Foundation trustees for contributing over $500 worth of food items and $795 in cash for Corky’s Cupboard, our new campus food pantry. A Grand “Can” Opening for Corky’s Cupboard was held Monday, November 3 in the Center for Student Involvement.

  • Congratulations to Deveon Dinwiddie and Austin Morton for earning Player of the Week honors in the MIAA conference after the football team’s 30-10 win over Missouri Western on October 25. Deveon, a senior corner back from Hutchinson, was named Defensive Player of the Week. Austin, a red-shirt freshman kicker from Rockwall, Texas, was named Special Teams Player of the Week.

  • With railroading the topic of the October 23 edition of Sunflower Journals on KTWU in Topeka, history Professor Greg Schneider was interviewed about the forces that contributed to the demise of the Rock Island Railroad. Greg’s book, “Rock Island Requiem,” which tells the full story, was published in 2013 by the University Press of Kansas.

  • In the days and weeks leading up to Tuesday’s general election in Kansas, social science Associate Professor Michael Smith was sought after by media around the world. A reporter from Le Monde writing about the U.S. Senate race in Kansas came to campus last month to interview Michael about Kansas politics and social science Associate Professor Joyce Thierer about Kansas history. On Tuesday night, Michael and other Kansas professors tweeted about the election with the hashtag #InsightKS.

  • Biology Professor Richard Schrock is another faculty member heard on the airwaves. Richard received second place in radio commentary from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters state last month. The award was for Richard’s commentary on KANU about the public’s failure to get vaccinations after their experiences with smallpox and polio were eliminated.

  • Despite competing with Game 7 of the World Series, nearly 500 faculty, staff, students and community members heard Coach Ken Carter deliver the 2014 Bonner & Bonner Diversity Lecture on October 29. While in Emporia, Coach Carter attended a scrimmage with the Hornet men’s basketball team, ate breakfast with ESU coaches and student-athletes and spoke to about 50 students in two classes — elementary science methods for education majors and a leadership class with students from throughout campus.

  • Emporia State faculty and students volunteered to lead activities October 25 as more than 40 Girl Scouts explored careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). For more information, see the Emporia Gazette’s article at: http://bit.ly/1Ebuwdi

  • Emporia State alum and retired Army Major Jeffery W. Hall will discuss “A Cost of Warfare” during the Veterans Roundtable at 7:30 p.m. November 6, in the Memorial Union’s Preston Family Room. The annual Veterans Roundtable 1940-2014 is part of the larger All Veterans Tribute, a weeklong celebration, which commemorates the city of Emporia’s role as the Founding City of Veterans Day. The roundtable is sponsored by the Emporia State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Department of Social Sciences and the Lyon County Historical Society Archives and Museum.

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