Category: Education

I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

March 25, 2015

  • We said good-bye this morning to the evaluation team from the Higher Learning Commission. A special thanks David Cordle and Jim Williams, the criterion chapter authors, the steering committee and to ALL in Hornet Nation who prepared for the visit, interacted with the team during their visit and participated in the meetings and forums.

  • Congratulations to our Lady Hornets who have moved to the semifinals of the NCAA Elite Eight women’s basketball tournament. The Lady Hornets defeated West Texas A&M 62-50 on Tuesday to advance to tonight’s game against the California (Pennsylvania) Vulcans. Tip off is at 6 p.m. tonight. The game is televised on CBS Sports Network (Channels 158 on Dish, 221 on DirecTV) and can be viewed online at As always, the radio broadcast is on Emporia’s own KFFX (104.9) or online at

  • We sent our Hornet Revue, cheer squad and Corky to the games in Sioux Falls on a chartered bus, thanks to a generous donation from longtime Athletics Champions Steve and Bobbi Sauder.

  • Another Lady Hornet note — senior Merissa Quick on Monday was named an honorable mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

  • New York Times, take 2 — The reporter who wrote a feature about the Lady Hornets as an alternative to the New York Knicks dismal season recapped all his columns and updated his readers on our team’s postseason success. The full article from the March 18 edition:

  • Three Hornets received fun phone calls this week when Michael Shonrock told them they would receive full-ride scholarships for next year, thanks to the family of Virginia Endly. The three students are Megan French of Allen, an incoming freshman majoring in accounting or business; Andy Renteria of Emporia, a current student majoring in chemistry/pre-engineering, and Henry Weiner of Sterling, an incoming freshman majoring in mathematics education. The general consensus of the students at the news — “Cool!” For more on the Endly scholarship:

  • Michael Shonrock greeted high school basketball players and their families on Monday at the annual Flint Hills Optimist basketball banquet. The Emporia service organization selects area basketball players for two all-star games played in White Auditorium each spring.

  • The Fiscal Affairs team — Budget, Business Affairs, Human Resources and Payroll — moved its offices to White Library temporarily for a staff retreat on March 4. The group learned about their individual strengths and building effective teams, were introduced to leadership competencies and hear the buzz around campus and details about the university’s strategic plan and campus master plan. This was the third in a five-session series that began in spring 2014.

  • Dr. Melissa Bailey, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, visited Fort Hays State University to discuss the new Master of Science in Forensic Science program and her research with faculty and students. The MSFS program will begin in August 2015.

  • Emporia State graduate students in Art Therapy and Clinical Counseling presented six out the seven posters entered in the Second Annual Lloyd Stone Student Symposium at the annual Kansas Counseling Association convention held March 4-6 in Wichita. Dani Clenney took first place and Rachel Petersen took second place; both students received scholarships from KCA.

  • Ann Miller, counselor education, was named Counselor of the Year by the Kansas Counseling Association at the KCA convention in Wichita on March 4-6.

  • Emporia State faculty were notified in late February they were successful in obtaining a nearly $200,000 grant. The project — “STEM Makes Academic Success Happen” (SMASH) — is a joint effort across the university, and will involve: Dusti Howell, professor in the instructional design and technology department who will serve as the project director; Matt Seimears, associate professor and chair of the elementary education, early childhood, and special education department; Christopher Pettit, associate professor, physical sciences department, and Joe Kern, instructional designer. 

  • Congratulations to faculty who have received promotions and tenure. Receiving tenure were Russell Fulmer (counselor education), Amanda Miracle (social sciences), Marian Riedy (business) and Joyce Zhou (business). Promoted to associate professor were Fulmer, Kari Hess (nursing), Miracle, Riedy, Lynnette Schreiner (nursing) and Zhou. Promoted to professor were Jane Eberle (instructional design and technology), Darla Mallein (social sciences) and Dawn McConkie (music).

  • On February 27, Emporia State education majors taught writing workshops they had prepared for the students at Emporia's Turning Point Academy as part of the project Writers Ink.  The Emporia State students leading the sessions were: Tracy Ensminger, elementary ‚Ä®education; Hannah Pierce, elementary education; Katy Silveira, secondary education, social studies; and three elementary education students from the BEST (Butler/Emporia Students to Teachers) program —Jason Boyer, Nicole Evans and Megan Shave.  

  • During the Women’s History Month Reception and Awards Ceremony, Dr. Heidi Hamilton, associate professor of communication and theatre, received the Ruth Schillinger Award, named after a dean of women and the university’s first affirmative action officer. Dr. Ann Miller, associate professor of counselor education, received the Dr. Mary F. Headrick Award, designed for those who go the extra mile, making a long-term commitment to promoting the growth of women in our schools and community. Hayley Yocum, a sophomore in social sciences, received the Susan B. Anthony Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year. For more on the awards celebration:

  • The indoor track season ended March 15 with four ESU track and field athletes bringing home All-Americans from the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships March 13 and 14 in Birmingham, Alabama. Donald Wilcox jumped 23-09.00 to earn his first All-American with a fifth-place finish in the men’s high jump. Samuel Saidi cleared his first two bars with no misses and went 6-09.50 to tie for fifth and earn All-American honors in the men’s high jump. Andrew Etheridge earned his fourth All-American honor in four trips to the Indoor Championships in the 60m hurdles. His time of 8.16 was good for seventh overall. Morgan Brant, the only woman representing Emporia State at the NCAA Championships, earned her first indoor NCAA All-American honor for the Hornets. She cleared 5-08.00 to place fifth in the women's high jump.

  • Congratulations to Luke Ball, a 2012 graduate who is finishing a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of North Texas. His thesis exhibition, “Rituals in Rust,” is on display from Feburary 24 to April 5 at the Cedar Valley College Educational Art Gallery in Lancaster, Texas.  

  • On March 11, the School of Business hosted lecturer Dr. Charles Rice, distinguished professor of soil microbiology at K-State and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner. He was invited to campus as a speaker for Dr. Marian Riedy’s Business, Law and Sustainability course.

  • Brian Miller, associate professor in social sciences, has received an Andrew Mellon Fellowship from the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. The Huntington is a collections-based research and educational institution. Brian’s book “Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South” is now available.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Jim Costello, chair of the Department of Counselor Education, who was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council.

  • Corky, the Emporia State cheerleaders and Michael Shonrock attended a school pep assembly at Logan Avenue Elementary on Friday, March 13. The school was celebrating a successful “Pennies for Patients” campaign, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

  • With women’s basketball playing in the postseason and spring sports taking off, it’s a crazy time in the athletic world for our student-athletes, staff — and fans! While the Lady Hornets were playing during in the NCAA Regional tournament at Hays on the opening weekend of Spring Break, 300 fans showed up for baseball in Emporia on Friday and 200 for softball on Saturday. And fans who couldn’t travel to Hays could watch and listen to the games online. During the week before Spring Break, ESU Athletics’ Facebook page recorded 3,100 engagements with fans and supporters — the most of all MIAA schools.

  • Career Services was host for the Spring Teacher Career Fair on March 4, welcoming 150 recruiters from 89 school districts. Kansas districts were well-represented and joined by a growing number of out-of-state districts from both coasts and even Alaska!

  • Kudos to the eight students from the Teaching Middle/Secondary Mathematics class who organized Mathematics Family Night at Emporia Middle School. Under Dr. Connie Schrock’s direction, each student created two stations for the theme EMS Spy Academy and helped with logistics for the event. Another 60 ESU students volunteered to help run the evening, including the entire Emporia State softball team, 30 other math education majors and members of Sigma Tau Gamma.

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Three women received awards during the

I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

March 11, 2015

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Teacher preparation program receives national award

March 10, 2015

Emporia State's Professional Development School received the 2015 national award for exemplary achievement on March 6. The award, given by the National Association for Professional Development Schools...

Saturday's science fair cancelled

February 27, 2015

The Emporia Area Regional Science and Engineering Fair scheduled for Saturday Feb. 28, has been cancelled due to the forecast of inclement weather.

Goppert scholarship gift celebrated

February 26, 2015

A desire to help college students who might struggle to find scholarships and give them an incentive to remain in Kansas communities is the reason the Emporia State University Foundation has received...

I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

February 25, 2015

The MIAA Basketball Tournament in Kansas City will include the induction of the 2010 Lady Hornet national championship team into the MIAA Hall of Fame. This is the first time in conference history ...

2015 Kansas Master Teachers inspire in, out of classroom

February 24, 2015

Inspiring their students is a common description of the members of the 2015 class of Kansas Master Teachers, which was announced today. The teachers chosen for this annual award are: Carmen Cantrell,...

Biology faculty, students make strong showing

February 23, 2015

Biology department faculty and students had a solid presence and performance at the 2015 Kansas Natural Resources Conference ( held in Wichita recently. ESU was represented ...

Enrollment growth continues

February 19, 2015

The seventh consecutive semester of enrollment growth at Emporia State saw gains in every school and college of the university. Total enrollment on the 20th day of classes for spring 2015 was 5,845, ...

I'm a Hornet from President Shonrock

February 18, 2015

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Past, present and future celebrated during Founders' Day at Emporia State

February 13, 2015

Emporia State University celebrated the 152nd anniversary of its founding with a reminder to faculty, staff, students and friends that education can provide the hope needed to rise above war, strife ...

University Service Citation recipients announced

February 13, 2015

Service and loyalty take many forms, and this year's University Service Citation Awards reflect an assortment of each. The annual awards, begun in 1980 by the Emporia State University Alumni ...

Five named Distinguished Alumni

February 13, 2015

Five outstanding graduates of Emporia State University have been named recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is coordinated by the ESU Alumni Assoiciation and is the highest ...

Spencer Allen joins Foundation development staff

February 13, 2015

The passion for Emporia State University that Spencer Allen displayed in four seasons on the basketball court now finds its way back to the university in a new way. Allen, who earned a bachelor

Now & Forever campaign changes lives one gift at a time

February 10, 2015

When Bob Agler came to Emporia, he was a young man recently graduated from Winfield High School. In the ensuing 55 years, he has viewed Emporia and Emporia State University through a series of ...

Undergraduates to present research at state Capitol

February 9, 2015

ESU will participate in Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol event on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Undergraduate students from each of the state