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I'm a Hornet from President Shonrock

February 4, 2015
  • We kicked off the spring semester with a fireside chat in the KSTC Ballroom for the General Assembly. See the video here:

  • 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 5,600 visitors who will be on campus in 2015.  

  • Seven faculty members in The Teachers College were recognized during the spring semester meeting. Beth Dobler, Lori Manna and Nancy Smith received the Excellence in Service Award for their work on Hornet-Connected Learning, the one-to-one mobile device initiative. John Wade earned the Excellence in Scholarly Activity Award for writing a book and three book chapters, editing a book and publishing two articles in peer-reviewed journals in the past three years. Deb Larson earned the Excellence in Instruction Award. Jean Morrow, who retired in 2014, received the Darrell E. Wood Service Award, and the Ervay Family Award for Applied Scholarship went to Matt Seimears.

  • Carolyn Hoover was a special guest at Sunday’s women’s basketball game against University of Nebraska Kearney. Carolyn is battling leukemia and is working through the Make A Wish Foundation to travel to swim with dolphins. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee passed donation containers through the stands and raised $2,000.46 from fans of both schools to go toward Carolyn’s trip.

  • The Master of Accountancy program at Emporia State was ranked No. 4 by Accounting Degree Review’s 30 Most Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Accounting 2015. See the full list at

  • Emporia State track and field athletes picked up five provisional qualifiers and six event championships at the Jayhawk Classic at the University of Kansas. Duke Tibbs won two events — 400m and 200m — with provisional qualifers. His time in the 400m ranks third in ESU history and fourth in the nation. Andrew Etheridge won the 60m hurdles and a provisional qualification with a season-best time that has him ranked third in the nation. Sam Saidi picked up the other provisional qualifier for the men’s team, finishing second in the high jump. Thomas LaRoche won the 800m, and the distance medley team of Daniel Claassen, Cody Miller, Bobby Thompson and Jacob Bull won with a time that ranks them fourth in school history and seventh in the nation. For the women, Morgan Brant was a provision qualifier with a second-place finish in the high jump. Emily Schoenfeld won the 3,000m, and Carmen King placed fourth in the 200m and fifth in the long jump. Morgan Flowers finished fourth in the 60m and ninth in the 200m.

  • At the UCM Invite in Warrensburg on Jan. 23, the men’s track team got Top 2 finishes in 11 of 16 events to secure the top team spot. The women had three champions on the way to a third-place finish in the team standings. For more see

  • To assist our donors with their income tax preparation, ESU Foundation teammates have mailed a 2014 cash giving summary statement to each of the more than 4,200 households who made a cash gift last year.

  • Information Technology (IT) wrapped up their “IT Roadshows” for the fall 2014 semester. These new, bi-annual, roadshows are meant to both provide an overview of current IT projects and to ensure Information Technology strategy continually aligns with changing university needs. The top, recurring, themes from those conversations included: Increased and ongoing visibility of university IT projects/priorities, investment in classroom-related technology, continued expansion of infrastructure to support Internet-enabled devices, general IT “training” for staff and faculty, streamlined employee access to university systems and agility of implementing new systems. IT will be continuing the roadshows throughout the spring 2015 semester and will be providing information on how the university can tackle each of these topics.

  • Students and faculty in our Theatre Department had a strong showing at Festival 47 for Region V of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival during winter break in Bloomington, Minnesota. Faculty members Jim Ryan and Amanda Dura received certificates of commendation for directing and costume design respectively. The ESU Tech Crew Showdown team of Ethan Crapser, Elizabeth Kennell, Andrew McCutcheon, Landon Noll, John Alfrey and Rochele Watson made it to the semi-finals. Two students, Samaria Fleig and Brandon Jensen, made it to the semi-final round of 64 in the Irene Ryan scholarship auditions. Kylie Geiman was selected to perform in the 10-minute play event at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and Lisa Tinker earned an honorable mention for stage management in the production of “Working.”

  • Have you seen Spotlight Express, the new e-letter from Alumni Relations? If you missed it, catch it online at

  • In MIAA 2015 preseason rankings, both ESU baseball and softball teams are picked to take the conference this season. ESU Softball also was ranked No. 18 in the NFCA Preseason NCAA Division II national poll. In MIAA voting, baseball received 10 of 14 first-place votes and softball received 12 of 14. Coaches cannot vote for their own teams. The baseball season is set to begin Friday at home on Glennen Field in the Trusler Sports Complex. The softball team opens its season Feb. 13 at the UAM 8-State Classic in Bentonville, Arkansas.

  • Angie Locke, recent graduate from the 2012 cohort of the School of Library and Information Management, has been offered a position as an instructor/reference librarian at Wichita State University and she will be starting soon.

  • Tyler Curtis, executive director of Alumni Relations, has now completed courses in Principles of Leading Transformational Nonprofits and Leading Nonprofit Boards as part of a certificate program in nonprofit leadership offered by the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. 

  • Dan Colson has just been named managing editor for Sigma Tau Delta publications. Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honorary society. Dan’s appointment means, among other things, that ESU is now the home of the professional publications The Rectangle and The Review. This is a real coup for the university, for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and for the Department of English, Modern Languages and Journalism.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Evandro Camara (Department of Sociology and Crime & Delinquency Studies) on his recent publication in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies titled “Estrutura e Significado: Implicacoes Fenomenologicas e Politicas do Sotaque Regional Brasileiro.”

  • Michael D. Shonrock joined Tyler Curtis, executive director of alumni relations, and Roy Mann, Emporia State Foundation director of development, in making the California trip to celebrate the 100th birthday of Paul Edwards. See photos here: and more details here:

  • SLIM student Jenay Solomon has received the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) scholarship to attend the ACRL bi-annual conference in Portland in March. The scholarship is for students currently enrolled in library school, and she will receive complimentary registration to the conference in Portland and a $600 stipend to defray costs.

  • When President Barack Obama visited the University of Kansas on Jan. 22, Emporia State’s Michael Smith was asked for political commentary by Kansas Public Radio. Michael presented with J. Schafer of KPR and Steve Kraske of KCUR.

  • Speaking of President Obama, during his State of the Union address, an Emporia State student had a birds-eye view. John Bessmer, a junior majoring in business management, is an intern in the Washington D.C., office of Rep. Tim Huelskamp. The internship was coordinated by Michael Smith in political science and Burdett Loomis at KU. Faculty in the ESU School of Business arranged for John to receive credit for the intership. Here’s a link to the story about John from Rep. Huelskamp’s website:

  • Two faculty members helped select students for the Fulbright U.S. Student program. Manjula Shinge (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Abelilah Sehlaoui (Instructional Design and Technology) were members of the national screening committee and volunteered their time to read and rate applications then attending a one-day meeting for selection.

  • SLIM alum Joanna McCloud is one of only 15 students admitted to the Johns Hopkins University's Advanced Academic Program in Digital Curation.

  • Publication news: Student Murad Jalilov and Dr. Phil Kelly published with an Italian geopolitical institute. Michael Smith’s book “State Voting Laws in America” is out; Brian Miller’s “Empty Sleeves” is forthcoming.



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