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I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

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 education, instructional specialist, instructional design and technology, teaching, business education, teaching English to speakers of other languages and library science.

  • Thanks to major gifts from the Bill and Aloha Preston Family Trust, Trusler Foundation and Emil Babinger Trust, hosting a regional NCAA softball tournament and other events will be much easier starting this spring as the dirt infield of Turnbull Field will be replaced by a RamTurf artificial playing surface by ATG Sports of Andover, Kan. in time for the first pitch of the 2015 season.

  • Our 200-page self-study is off to the Higher Learning Commission in advance of our comprehensive evaluation visit March 23 through 25. The PDF can be downloaded at

  • For Spring 2015, we welcome a cohort of 110 international students. Students are from new countries including Colombia, Costa Rica, The Gambia and Turkmenistan. With the addition of the new cohort of students, the total of countries represented on campus rose to 54, including the United States. As part of this semester's new international student orientation, the Jim and Dorine Harter Office of International Education included for the first time a boot camp experience in which new students were immersed in the Emporia State culture with the help of the E-Team and spent the day bonding with each other. 

  • Little Aubrianna Noelle Krahenbuhl is the first member of Alumni Relation’s new Corky’s Crew program. Aubrianna was born at 12:03 a.m. Jan. 1 at Newman Regional Health in Emporia — the first baby to receive a special yellow onesie featuring an outline of Corky in white with the words “Corky’s Crew.” All babies born at Newman will receive the onesies, along with any alumni who notify Alumni Relations about births in their families. Announcements, which will be published in Spotlight, can be emailed to

  • The Now & Forever Campaign has passed $34.2 million, and is 75.5 percent of the way toward its goal of $45,351,863.

  • Publications
    • An article by Dan Colson, assistant professor in English, Modern Languages and Journalism, appears in the current issue of American Quarterly, the official journal of the American Studies Association. The article is “Erasing Anarchism: Sacco and Vanzetti and the Logic of Representation.”
    • Phil Kelly, professor of social sciences, has a contract to publish a book about geopolitics with Stanford University Press.
    • Chris Lovett, professor of history, reviewed the book “The Martial Imagination: Cultural Aspects of American Warfare.” The review appeared in the December issue Journal of American History.

  • Joella H. Mehrhof, professor in Health, Physical Education and Recreation, will receive the SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America Honor Award, College/University during the organization’s national convention in Seattle in March.

  • Our Lady Hornets basketball team was featured in on the front page of the sport section in the Jan. 10 issue of The New York Times. A link to the article is here: The article was the first in a series called “Not the Knicks” by reporter Scott Cacciola, the Times’ New York Knicks beat reporter, who was reassigned “to see the game played at a higher level”

  • Michael Smith, associate professor in social sciences, continues to be called on as an expert on Kansas politics. On Jan. 15, he provided post-analysis of Gov. Sam Brownback’s State of the State address for Kansas Public Radio.

  • Four members of the Emporia campus community completed Leadership Emporia in December. They are Michelle Corkins, development and stewardship coordinator for the ESU Foundation; Mike Wise, director of recreation services; Joan Brewer, associate dean of The Teachers College; and Sharon Brown, advising office coordinator for Elementary Education, Early Childhood and Special Education.

  • Concluding business that began during the 2014 legislative session, two pieces of campus property have been sold — University Apartments and Anderson Library. Thanks to the 2014 Kansas Legislature for passing legislation that allowed us to keep the proceeds and use them in residential life and university libraries to pay for renovations.

  • The ACT Class Profile Report for our 2014-15 freshman class shows that we are bringing in very good students. Our top three competitors for students are, in order, Kansas State University, the University of Kansas and Wichita State University.

  • Speaking of academic excellence, on Feb. 5, 210 first-year students are invited to the First-Year Scholars Recognition Reception. This is our largest number so far of students who have earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher during their first semester at Emporia State.

  • Keri Jarvis, assistant professor of nursing, presented at the National Elsevier Faculty Development Conference Jan. 2 through 6 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her presentation was titled “Creative Simulation Alternatives: Engaging Nursing Students as Patients.”

  • Congratulations to Katelyn Dorrell (current BA English major; Music minor) and Dawn McConkie (Associate Professor; Department of Music)! They were recently notified that their abstract submission, "Music and the Written Word: The Power of Collaboration," was approved for presentation at NCUR (National Conferences on Undergraduate Research) 2015 at the Eastern Washington University. Their abstract was chosen from more than 3,700 submissions. The selection committee commented that their abstract demonstrated a unique contribution to their field of study. This will be a great opportunity for them to present their work to peers, faculty, and staff from around the world. Their work was conducted as part of the ESU Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

  • The ESU Department of Music hosted its Ninth Annual High School Honors Band Festival on the ESU campus in late November. It was the most successful event to date, with 140 participating students from 22 Kansas high schools. Gary Ziek, ESU director of bands, worked with students from schools around the state including Emporia, Eureka, Gardner Edgerton, McPherson, Holton and Satanta. The students rehearsed all day and performed in a concert with the ESU Wind Ensemble.

  • Twenty-five ESU staff joined with community members to participate in a watch party reception for Gov. Sam Brownback’s 2015 State of the State speech on Thursday. Members of the audience heard the governor talk about his plans for the Kansas economy, K-12 and KPERS funding formulas, and his vision for responsible government. Participants then heard a response from Democratic Sen. Anthony Hensley.  After the speeches, staff and audience members discussed what the governor’s plans might mean for Emporia, Lyon County and Emporia State going forward.

  • Members of President’s Cabinet met in Wichita during the first week of the semester for a refresher course in adaptive leadership at the Kansas Leadership Center. The group discussed the university’s culture change over the last couple of years and how they can work together on active challenges going forward.

  • Michael Shonrock, Roy Mann and Tyler Curtis joined Paul Edwards and his family in Santa Barbara, California, to celebrate Edwards’ 100th birthday anniversary. Edwards created Emporia State’s mascot, Corky, while a student before going on to a career with Walt Disney. At the party, Shonrock delivered nearly 200 birthday cards from Hornet Nation.

  • Emporia State Director of Athletics Kent Weiser lives Emporia State's commitment to diversity, inclusion and gender equity among its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Weiser was awarded the 2014 Emporia State Presidential Award for Distinguished Service to Diversity. The annual award recognizes those at Emporia State who demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Emporia State’s internal auditor, Brian Denton, gave his annual report to the Regents during their January meeting. Included in the audit presentation were projects correlated to executing the new strategic plan and also graduate-on-time initiatives.

  • Gary Ziek, director of bands, had five musical publications and had five more accepted for upcoming 2015 publication. Ziek wrote both original compositions and brass arrangements, which were published by Wingert-Jones, Kendor and Hickman Music Editions. He received his sixth JW Pepper Editor’s Choice designation for his new composition “Shock Wave.”

  • Softball Coach Julie LeMaire’s love of the game is being recognized by the Smithsonian’s Musem on Mainstreet traveling exhibition, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.”

  • Emporia State basketball games are a mouse click away, thanks to a collaboration between Stretch Internet and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Through the agreement, fans can see all MIAA basketball and football games through almost any Internet-connected device including smart TVs, Apple TV and Google Chromecast. Video, audio and live stats can be accessed at Click on the schedule for the sport you want to watch, then you’ll find links to the different formats.

  • More than 35 Emporia State University students will study abroad this semester. Hornets will gain academic and professional experiences in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom. Some of them will participate in two SLIM faculty-led programs in Bulgaria and the U.K. Another student will partially complete her student-teaching requirements at BINUS International School, Indonesia.

  • Alumnus Ben A. Spalding (BA Music ’07) was featured in a review of Handel’s Messiah, performed shortly before Christmas by Spalding’s 18-voice Spire Ensemble. The review can be read online:

  • The Emporia State men’s track and field team had two provisional qualifiers and six event champions on their way to a team victory over Wichita State, Friends and Butler CC on Friday at the Shocker Prelude in Wichita. The Hornet women had four event champions and one provisional qualifier as they finished second in the team standings behind the host Shockers. For more, see

  • A delegation from Emporia attended the NCAA National Convention in Washington, D.C., last week. Kent Weiser, athletic director; Carmen Leeds, associate athletic director; Michael Shonrock, and Scott Waters, professor in elementary education, early childhood and special education and faculty representative to athletics, voted on 19 pieces of legislation impacting NCAA Division II and attended a number of sessions for athletic directors, faculty athletics representatives and CEOs.

  • Marketing & Media Relations picked up six awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for publications, videos and campaigns created this past year. During the annual CASE District VI conference in Denver Jan. 11-13, the team picked up three gold awards for the ESU Foundation Stewardship Report, the Ten2One Right Now music video and the I’m A Hornet campaign’s innovative use of Layar technology. A silver award went to the I’m A Hornet recruitment publications package for Admissions, and two bronze awards were presented for the Now & Forever Campaign’s introductory brochure and the I’m A Hornet television ads. 



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