I'm a Hornet Archives

July, 29 2016

President Garrett and Brian Denton, ESU legislative liaison, spent the week of June 20 in Washington D.C. While there they met with the Kansas Congressional delegation about efforts to designate the Memorial to Fallen Educators a national memorial. They visited former Sen. Bob Dole, photo above, as well as embassies and education organizations in the D.C. area. They also were hosts for an alumni ...

July, 05 2016

Meeting national leaders, re-connecting with alumni, shepherding existing relationships and building new relations were goals for ESU President Allison Garrett’s trip to Washington D.C. During the five days in the nation’s capital, Garrett and Brian Denton, ESU legislative liaison, met with the members of the Kansas Congressional delegation as well as other lawmakers to advocate for ...

June, 20 2016

Josh Yurek from U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts’ office tours the nursing department with chair Dr. Linda Adams-Wendling. During his visit, Josh also met with President Allison Garrett and visited our TRIO department   Student Affairs Recent graduate Eric Lloyd (2016 Psychology) will be inducted into the inaugural Sigma Tau Gamma Undergraduate Hall of Fame. He and the other nine inductees will ...

June, 15 2016

Presentation precedes presidential inauguration A renowned U.S. civil rights attorney who stood alongside Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will give a special presentation at Emporia State University in September to launch the presidential inauguration festivities at the university. Allison Garrett, 17th president of the university since its founding in 1863, will be inaugurated on ...

May, 18 2016

Our graduate commencement exercises last Saturday were standing room only with Room 408 in Plumb Hall used as overflow so friends and family could watch the livestream of the event. The livestreams from both undergraduate and graduate ceremonies are archived here: http://bit.ly/1W02Dkh. And plenty of photos are on our Flickr feed: http://bit.ly/1TG63m8 ESU faculty, staff, students, administrators ...

May, 06 2016

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and other guests celebrated the renovation of the Environmental Education Center at Ross Natural History Reservation with the annual wild game dinner and a special ribbon cutting on April 23. Over 150 Emporia State students and faculty participated in Research and Creativity Day on April 28. Events included oral presentations by both undergraduate and graduate ...

April, 20 2016

April 20, 2016 Congratulations to Dr. Marshall Sundberg, the 2016 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor. I was delighted to be part of a delegation that surprised Dr. Sundberg during his Biology of Plants class on April 8. For more: http://bit.ly/1TftrsY Library & Information Management Dr. Heidi Blackburn, SLIM’s recent Ph.D. program graduate, will present her dissertation research, &...

April, 06 2016

Our spring semester is filled with celebrations. The KSTC Ballroom in the Memorial Union was filled with Kansas Masons and university supporters on Friday, March 25, when we announced the largest gift in Emporia State’s history — a 10-year, $4-million gift from the Kansas Masonic Foundation to establish the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center in The Teachers College. The KMLC will promote ...

March, 09 2016

March 9, 2016   Congratulations to our social science department, whose alumni continue to garner awards:   Amanda Schaefer (BSE-Social Sciences Education 2007; master of teaching 2010), sixth-grade social studies teacher at Emporia Middle School, received a $2,000 Hopkins award. She also received $1,000 to spend on something to benefit a specific school or district program. For more: ...

February, 24 2016

Congratulations to Matt Seimears (Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education), Dusti Howell (Instructional Design and Technology), Chris Pettit (Physical Sciences), and Joseph Kern (Information Technology) who received a No Child Left Behind Improving Teacher Quality competitive grant titled FAN-STEM 1 (Fredonia, Altoona-Midway, Neodesha- Science, Technology, Engineering and ...

January, 27 2016

Thank you to Dr. Sonja Ezell, assistant professor in Elementary Education, Early Childhood and Special Education, for chairing the Martin Luther King Jr., Day Planning Committee. She did a fabulous job on the event, which included a children’s program on campus and a community celebration at Grace United Methodist Church. Congratulations to Jason Brooks, assistant dean of students for ...

February, 10 2016

Congratulations to Shane Shivley, who was named Tuesday as the new president/CEO of the ESU Foundation and Emporia State vice president for advancement. Shane will assume his new role March 1 and we are confident that he and the entire Foundation team will continue the momentum of the Now & Forever campaign and will lead our efforts into the future. For more: http://bit.ly/1Tb050Q   And a...

January, 13 2016

During my first week as a Hornet, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of you, as well as many community members at a reception sponsored by the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and Emporia Main Street. Since arriving in Emporia, I’ve cheered on the Hornets at several basketball games, visited with local media and spent time in Topeka visiting with Governor Brownback and ...

January, 12 2016

A recap of highlights from fall 2015 and a look ahead to the spring semester will highlight the 2016 Spring General Assembly at Emporia State University.  The assembly, which kicks off the spring 2016 semester, is the first of President Allison D. Garrett’s tenure. It begins at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Webb Hall of the Memorial Union. The public is invited. Following the General ...

December, 16 2015

A quick reminder that the Emporia State campus will close at noon Wednesday, December 23, and reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, January 4 with our new president Allison Garrett. I have truly enjoyed my tenure as your interim president. Thank you yet again for the privilege of working beside you in that capacity these past seven months. As a result, my mantra is Once a Hornet — ALWAYS a Hornet! ...

November, 18 2015

A student forum and two faculty, staff and community focus group sessions will be held on Thursday, November 19 to seek input on how to build a better, stronger, more inclusive Hornet Nation in which all voices are heard and respected, and everyone has a sense of belonging. Students meet from noon to 2 p.m. Other campus and community members meet for focus groups from 3 to 3:50 p.m. and 4 to 4:50 ...

December, 02 2015

Our campus remembers Dr. Robert E. Glennen, 13th president of Emporia State University, who died Tuesday. For more: http://bit.ly/1Tldb8w Stingers Up to our ESU Hornet football team, which defeated the Henderson State Reddies 29-3 on Saturday during the NCAA Division II regional playoffs. Emporia State travels to Northwest Missouri State this coming Saturday for an MIAA matchup in the next round....

November, 04 2015

Congratulations to Allison Garrett, named Oct. 22 by the Kansas Board of Regents as the 17th president of Emporia State University. After the announcement, President Garrett and her husband, Chip, stayed several days in Emporia to attend Homecoming activities. They will move to Emporia with their youngest son Noah, a junior in high school, so President Garrett can begin her new role in January. ...

October, 21 2015

Emporia State University Director of Athletics Kent Weiser announced Monday that former Hornet, April Huddleston, will be the 10th head coach of the Hornet softball program. An introductory press conference will be held on Friday, October 23. For more: http://bit.ly/1KkvKmU Dr. David Edds, a Biology professor and ESU Roe R. Cross Professor, has been conducting sabbatical research in Nepal this ...

October, 07 2015

Presidential finalists are on campus this week. Dr. Allison Garrett visited yesterday and today. Dr. Petra Roter visits tomorrow and Friday. During their visits, both met with students, faculty, staff and the Emporia community. Next step? Interviews with the Kansas Board of Regents with an announcement, we hope, by early November. This past Saturday nearly 400 Kansas schoolchildren, teachers, ...

September, 09 2015

The Emporia State men’s cross country team is ranked ninth and the women tenth in the 2015 MIAA Preseason Polls released today. Those are the positions that Emporia State placed in at last year’s MIAA championships and the Hornets have brought in a large number of newcomers for this season. For more: bit.ly/1LU5DXW The new CEO at the Kansas Board of Regents, Dr. Blake Flanders, ...

September, 23 2015

During a visit to Kansas, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran spent about an hour on our campus, visiting with Dr. Jackie Vietti, interim president; Dr. David Cordle, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Jim Williams, vice president for student affairs; and Dr. Ken Weaver, dean of The Teachers College. A highlight was a visit to the Memorial to Fallen Educators on the north end of our campus. ...

August, 26 2015

Kicking off the new year: The Student Advising Center worked with over 400 students last week through drop-ins, helping them get enrolled and adjust their schedule for the semester. Welcome Back, Students! Congratulations to biology graduate student Eric Wilson and Dr. Bill Jensen (Associate Professor, Biology)! Eric presented at the recent 61st Annual Meeting of the Central Mountains and ...

August, 12 2015

It’s a busy week on the Emporia State campus as students return. Early arrivals include student-athletes, international students and members of the marching band. New transfer students move into Morse Hall on Thursday and first-year students and their families will arrive at the Towers Complex bright and early Friday. Congratulations to alumnus (and former admissions counselor) Jim Deane (...

July, 29 2015

Max McCoy, associate professor, Department of English, Modern Languages and Journalism, was in Japan last weekend to speak at the 2015 International Peace Symposium in Hiroshima about the “Akiba Project,” a program set up to interview the survivors of the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. McCoy interviewed survivors nearly 30 years ago while a journalist at the Pittsburg Sun in...

July, 15 2015

Daniel Hoschouer, a senior majoring in history, is volunteering this summer at the legendary Virginia and Nevada City, Montana, living history and museum historic sites. Last year Daniel had an internship there. He was invited back. For more on the Montana site: http://www.virginiacitymt.com/living.aspx In the news #1 — Dr. Melissa Bailey, interim director of the master of science ...

July, 01 2015

Melissa Bailey, interim director of the master of science in forensic science program and associate professor of biological sciences, is spending nine weeks as an intern at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Criminalistics Laboratory in Olathe. The MSFS program at ESU will be the first and only graduate program in Forensic Science in the state of Kansas. MSFS program at ESU is expecting an ...

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 University; Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas; University of Nebraska Omaha; University of Kansas and Richland College in Dallas, Texas. The second show opens June 24. For more: ...

June, 03 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 ...

May, 20 2015

An open forum regarding Emporia State University’s tuition and fees proposal to the Kansas Board of Regents was held on Wednesday, May 13. A handout was distributed with the highlights of the Tuition and Fees Advisory Committee’s proposed recommendations. It was noted the current recommendations may not be the final proposal to KBOR as we await possible legislative directives. The ...

May, 06 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 Hall on our campus. We will welcome Regent Joe Bain for both ceremonies, and Roe R Cross Distinguished Professor from the School of Business Dr. Don Miller will give the address for undergraduates. For ...

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 reception in late April, be listed in the spring commencement program and be the speaker at the December 2015 commencement. Five faculty members have been named assessment champions for perpetuating ...

April, 08 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 attending the awards banquet for the 2015 Kansas Master Teachers, sponsored by The Teachers College, Bank of America and the Black family of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Among the seven Master Teachers was Bill ...

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 ...

March, 11 2015

Congratulations to our Lady Hornets basketball team, which starts play in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Central Regional Tournament in Hays on Friday. The ladies won their third straight MIAA conference tournament championship on Sunday, securing their spot in the NCAA Regional Tournament, the 17th tournament appearance in 19 years. For more: http://bit.ly/1NyLbx4. The team opens play at 2:30...

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 the induction will take place outside the MIAA meetings in June. The induction will be March 7 in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium. Academic department chairs now attend the Council meetings ...

February, 18 2015

With an enrollment of 5,845 students on Tuesday — the 20th day of classes for Spring 2015 — we mark the seventh consecutive semester of growth since Spring 2012. Our total is an increase of 110 students over Spring 2014. Emporia State is home to students from over 52 different countries who bring their unique culture to campus. Watch our TV spot: http://youtu.be/Od9NXovwPIc Our recent...

January, 21 2015

2015 is off to a GREAT start at Emporia State University. Our online graduate education programs were ranked No. 11 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and we were the top-ranked school in Kansas. The 11 master’s-degree programs covered are health, physical education and recreation; special education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, early childhood ...

February, 04 2015

We kicked off the spring semester with a fireside chat in the KSTC Ballroom for the General Assembly. See the video here: http://bit.ly/1tXtOiL. The 2015 Ambassador class is off to a great semester. The ambassadors have attended their annual two-day retreat and are in full tour training mode. The 25 new and 35 returning ambassadors are completing their tour training so they are ready for the 5,...

December, 17 2014

Welcome to a new look for I’m A Hornet as we close out the final full work week of the fall 2014 semester! We will begin sending the e-newsletters again on January 14! We continue to improve commencement ceremonies for our guests. During Saturday’s ceremonies, the baccalaureate ceremony included real-time closed captioning on the video board at White Auditorium. ...

December, 03 2014

A collaborative project between Emporia State and Flint Hills Technical College has received funding from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) in Kansas. “Energizing” Underrepresented Student Populations to Enhance the STEM Workforce in Kansas has two components. First is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and ...

November, 18 2014

Emporia State University’s Alumni Association hosted its first-ever Veteran Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday, November 8, before the annual Military Appreciation Day at Welch Stadium. The luncheon provided a platform to say THANK YOU to our Hornet veterans while both honoring and celebrating their military service. More than 30 physics and pre-engineering students demonstrated their ...

November, 05 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 ...

October, 22 2014

With the passage of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE), the Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policies and Procedures section of the ESU Policy Manual has been updated to include sexual assault. Michael Shonrock and other Regent CEOs presented updates at last week’s KBOR meeting on changes to their respective campus policies and procedures. The update for Emporia ...

September, 24 2014

Roger D. and Carla (Bailey) Smith recently made an estate gift in excess of $1 million to Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University. A portion of the gift will benefit a Success Center and two scholarships in their names to benefit graduates of public high schools in Wichita, Paola and Ellsworth.  Charles Ramos from Noel-Levitz Higher Education Consulting was recently on ...

August, 27 2014

Werner Golling, new vice president for administration and fiscal affairs, recently completed his tour of Emporia. He has ridden his bike a total of 218 miles on each and every street in the city of Emporia. Congratulations, Werner! For the first time in school history, the Emporia State football team will begin the season ranked in the top 25 of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) ...

September, 10 2014

The Ring the Bell celebrations are meant to honor our generous donors and sound a voice of success to the Hornet Nation. Silent Joe — the campanile on campus and our Campaign’s symbol — was silent for many years because he only rang when the Hornets had a home football team victory. NOW reframed as a beacon of achievement and symbol of success, Silent Joe rings aloud to ...

June, 24 2014

June 25, 2014   The Kansas Board of Regents unanimously approved the new Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics at Emporia State University on June 18; the new center was established from $750,000 of grants from the Koch Foundation, Koch Industries, and three ESU alums/Koch executives (David Robertson, Dale Gibbens, and Kim Penner).   The National Teachers Hall of Fame ...

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. ...

August, 13 2014

The creator of Corky, Paul Edwards, is designing Corky’s nephew; a child-size mascot to be launched in the Spring 2015. Paul’s 100th Birthday will be celebrated with alumni and friends in Southern California on January 12, 2015! Shirley Morrow, Fiscal Analyst, Kansas Legislative Research, and Cindy Denton, Principal Analyst, Division of Budget, visited ESU on August 7 to discuss ...

July, 16 2014

Congratulations to Melinda Rangel, ’92 BSE (Business Education) and ’95 MS (Master of Science Business Education), who recently received the “Secondary Teacher of the Year” award by the National Business Education Association. Emporia State’s football team recently had four offensive players named to the Preseason All-American Watch List: guard Jarrett Stastny (first-...

June, 10 2014

The ESU Alumni Association’s 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Event recognized University Service Citation Recipients including:  Don Hill, retired pharmacy owner and Kansas Legislator since 2003 and Gail and George Milton, Emporia community residents since the late 1960s.  Congratulations and THANKS for your volunteerism! Emporia State University finished in the top 100 out of over 300...

May, 13 2014

Steve Sauder won the Joe Cannon Service Award for dedication, service and committees to bettering ESU and intercollegiate athletics.   2.      President Ekhleif Y. Tarawneh of The University of Jordan is a graduate from Emporia State University. You can view his biography at: http://www.ju.edu.jo/Lists/Administrators/Disp_form.aspx?ID=...

April, 25 2014

GREAT DAY TO BE A HORNET; Governor Sam Brownback visited campus on April 14th; announcing support of HB2506 which passed both chambers of the Kansas Legislature contains the following provisions for Emporia State: Honors College enhancement of $1 million per year, funding restorations in 2014 and 2015 ($572,488 and $711,554), technical corrections...

April, 08 2014

The 61st Annual Kansas Teacher Award banquet recognized seven (7) new Kansas Master Teachers including:  Bonnie Austin of Dodge City, John Bode of Lawrence, Lori Gunzelman of Andover, Signe Truelove of Emporia, Carla Varner of El Dorado, Kathleen Wilhite of Olathe, and Maria Worthington of Blue Valley; THANKS for making a difference in the lives of so many ...

March, 26 2014

Emporia State Lady Hornets coach Jory Collins has been named the Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division II Region 7 Coach of the Year. He is one of eight finalists for the inaugural Pat Summitt Trophy to be presented to the 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year. 2.      Twenty teams of students from Emporia ...

March, 11 2014

63% or 135 Classified Employees voted in favor of moving to University Support Staff status; 86% or 215 of the 249 eligible Classified Employees turned out for the USS vote.  Special THANKS to the Alternative Service Committee (ASC) members for engaging and informing employees! Professor and Chair Brent Thomas announced that ESU alumnus Ashton Rorebeck (B.S. Biology; Pre-dental Concentration,...

February, 05 2014

The ESU Foundation celebrated another bell ringing ceremony with a $360,000 gift; $100,000 matching gift from the Trusler Foundation for the School of Business, $25,000 gift from the Trusler Foundation for ESU Intercollegiate Athletics, and $235,000 in-kind-gift from the City of Emporia for paving projects for the Trusler Sports Complex; Silent No More.  ...

February, 19 2014

The Grand Finale of the Emporia State University Sesquicentennial GALA (Saturday, February 15, 2014) included a 150th Commemorative Overture commissioned by Assistant Professor and Conductor Jeremy Starr and composed by Professor Gary Ziek; Gabe and Benny’s Right Now ESU hype-song transcribed for the orchestra by Professor Andrew Houchins; announcement of the...

January, 15 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR REMINDER, our Spring 2014 General Assembly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:00pm in the Memorial Union, Webb Hall.  Prior to our assembly, starting at 1:00pm in the Memorial Union, Preston Room, will be a special meeting to discuss our re-accreditation draft report for the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) campus visit scheduled for March 23-25, ...

December, 13 2013

LUCKY Friday the 13th of December 2013 HAPPY HOLIDAYS and many thanks to the hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and friends attending Emporia State’s Holiday Reception hosted at the Memorial Union Skyline Room; special appreciation to our Sodexo catering staff and Memorial Union staff! Emporia State’s commencements will be live-streamed on the Internet tomorrow, Saturday, December ...

November, 25 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING Over the weekend, began signing THANK YOU letters to alums and friends agreeing to serve on the National Campaign Committee of our Now & Forever:  The Campaign for Emporia State University! The rivalry continues between Emporia State and Washburn; Can the Bods a great success; ESU collected 58,166 can versus Washburn’s 15,54 Yes, the Hornets over the ...

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 ...

October, 29 2013

Great Day to be a Hornet; the Kansas Legislative Bus Tour of 4-year universities began at Emporia State (October 22nd); many THANKS to the Emporia community, alumni, and students for Telling our Story; over 100 members of the Hornet family joined the 30+ legislators for lunch in the MU Skyline Room. What True Grit (might have) Looked Like, the photographs of F.M. Steele, was the theme of ...

October, 15 2013

The Hornet Nation was All Shook Up this past Homecoming weekend recognizing the Hornet Heritage Crumb/White family with degrees stretching from KSN, KSTC, and ESU; recognizing our four Outstanding Recent Graduates and four Distinguished Alumni; Athletics Hall of Honor inductees; the theatre production All Shook Up; and the Hornet football team putting up a school record of 747 yards of total ...

September, 30 2013

Remember, The BUZZ is now I’m a Hornet.   6,033 reasons it is a GREAT day to be a HORNET; Fall enrollment! The employee Dependent/Spouse Tuition Waiver program noted an increase in participation/enrollment for Fall semester 2013; total of 53 participants, 41 undergraduates (38 dependent and 3 spouses) and 12 graduates (2 dependent and 10 spouse, $94,520.80 investment! The Board of ...

September, 16 2013

September 16, 2013 The BUZZ is now I’m a Hornet. The newly remodeled Memorial Union hosted over 350 participants for the Kansas Transportation Summit on September 5, 2013; compliments on the facility and service were received from Governor Sam Brownback and Secretary of Transportation Mike King! The Legislative Bus Tour, Kansas Representatives and ...

August, 13 2013

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni framed the importance of clarity regarding the new strategic plan for Emporia State at last weeks’ President’s Senior Leadership Retreat; SWOT Analysis, GAP Analysis, new Mission Statement, new Vision Statement, and year-long Environmental Scanning were ...

June, 24 2013

The Kansas City area chapter of the Alumni Association raised over $9,000 for scholarships at their recent golf tournament and silent auction. Emporia State, for the 11th straight year, was among nine MIAA schools in top 100 NCAA Division II members (out of 315) in the Learfield Sports Director¹s Cup standings; ESU ranked #79 (244 points). Michael Shonrock is now ...