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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 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 held the second Monday of each month. They join the vice presidents, deans, executive directors, leaders of shared governance groups and others representing all units of campus. The meetings provide an opportunity to share news from all corners of campus.

  • During the January Council meeting, Kevin Johnson, general counsel, and Judy Anderson, executive director of human resources, provided training on Title IX discrimination and harassment awareness. Kevin and Judy, along with Lynn Hobson, dean of students, and Carmen Leeds, associate director of intercollegiate athletics, oversee the university’s Title IX program.

  • Thanks to Becky Winterscheidt (’80) who opened her Phoenix home last weekend to Emporia State alumni, Michael Shonrock and Tyler Curtis, executive director of alumni relations. It was great to see Hornets buzzing around Arizona.

  • Scott Wichael, instructor in the music department, will sing with The Lyric Opera of Kansas City. He will be Spoletta in Puccini’s “Tosca.” The opera will be performed four times in April. For more information:

  • Bill Jensen, associate professor of biological sciences, was elected president of the Kansas Chapter of the Wildlife Society during the recent Kansas Natural Resources Conference in Wichita. Emporia State was represented at the meeting by 21 undergraduates, six graduate students, the ichthyology class and three biology faculty members. For more details on the oral and poster presentations:

  • Double duty — the Emporia State University Flute Choir’s recent performance at the Dale Casteel Symphony of Winds in Neodesha, Kansas, provided an excellent recruiting opportunity in southeast Kansas. The event included top band students from eight high schools performance in an honor band. ESU students who performed in the flute choir included math major Makenzie Blitz of Goddard, math and science education major Kalie Fischer of Overland Park, music performance major Heather Mitchell of Emporia, music performance major Anastasia Motiti of Cyprus, music major Jessica Oszman of Kansas City, digital audio major Sage Tichenor of Topeka, elementary education major Mackenzie Tilma of Derby, science major Alexis Vroom of Kansas City, math faculty Michael Murrell and ESU master’s alum Sue Claridge subbing for Lindley Piper, music performance major, who was playing in the Hornet Revue basketball pep band for the home game. 

  • This performance in Neodesha followed the ESU Music Day on the Emporia campus. Emporia State music students assisted with registration, ESU student and faculty performances at in Albert Taylor Hall, master classes and rehearsals during the middle of the day and the middle school and high school participants performing in the final concert that afternoon. Almost 200 students playing flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, euphonium, tuba and percussion came to campus to work with music faculty.

  • The School of Business hosted it’s first ever Elevator Challenge on Feb. 16. Students from Emporia State and Flint Hills Technical College were invited to pitch their business idea in 27 seconds to Dean Kristie Ogilvie while riding the elevator in Cremer Hall. Over 24 students participated in the challenge! The Emporia Gazette wrote about the event and took numerous photos:

  • When Michael Shonrock visited residents at Emporia’s Holiday Resort last week, he was able to spend time with two alumni who attended Kansas State Teachers College with Paul Edwards (’37). One, at age 103, joins Paul as Hornet centenarians. The other alumnus is 97.

  • Emporia State University was well-represented during a visit recently by Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas education commissioner. Watson traveled around the state for the Kansas Department of Education’s “Kansas Children, Kansas’ Future” tour. Those attending from Emporia State included Lendi Bland, Roger Caswell, Heather Caswell, George Durler, Melissa Reed, Dawn Moews, Jill Jones, Sara Schwerdtfeger, John Morton, Michael Shonrock, Dan Stiffler and Ken Weaver.

  • Michael Smith, associate professor of political science, is now a member of the Scholars Strategy Network, a group directed by Theda Skocpol at Harvard University. He is part of the working group on protecting and expanding the right to vote along with Chapman Rockaway of Fort Hays State. Rockaway and Smith are the first two members of Scholars Strategy Network from Kansas. For more on the group:

Athlete signings

    • On National Signing Day, Emporia State football signed 18 high school players and four transfer students. The class included six who played at Kansas high schools. Full details:

    • The women’s soccer team signed six high school players to attend Emporia State. Five are from Kansas, the sixth from Oklahoma. Full details:

  • Jim Hoy, director of the Center for Great Plains Studies, and his wife, Cathy, will receive a “Friend of the Flint Hills” award from the Flint Hills Discovery Center during the organizations annual reception and recognition dinner April 12 in Manhattan. For more about the Hoys and the award:

  • Congratulations to alumnus Ben Smith (B.S. Biology, 2010; MS Biology 2013; thesis advisor: Dr. David Edds)! A portion of Ben’s thesis was recently published in Hydrobiologia: The International Journal of Aquatic Sciences.

  • Emporia State’s tennis teams were picked to finished sixth this season in the MIAA Coaches Preseason Polls released earlier this month. The women’s team opened the season Feb. 14 at Kansas State University with a 7-0 loss. The forecast of winter weather has cancelled Friday’s matches in Emporia against South Dakota. The men open their season Sunday, March 1 at Wichita State.

  • Spring sports — baseball, softball, tennis and track and field — often battle weather as much as opposing teams. To keep up to date on all the schedule changes, make sure to check

  • The K-INBRE Program at Emporia State University is completing its 13th year of consecutive funding from the National Institutes of Health. To date the program has supported the research of 92 undergraduate students and 13 faculty in the Departments of Biology and Physical Sciences. Cumulative funding from the K-INBRE to support research at ESU has exceeded $1.3 million. In this reporting period, 11 undergraduate students were trained in five different laboratories. A total of six faculty received K-INBRE support for their research efforts for a total of over $475,000.  This work generated eight published abstracts from meeting proceedings and 31 scientific presentations. All of these research products are, in some way or another, indebted to the financial support of the K-INBRE program. The most recent award from the NIH ensures the continuation of K-INBRE funding through April 2019

  • Student-athlete Duke Tibbs set a school record in the men’s 400m dash. Tibbs posted a time of 48.02 at the Fank Sevigne Husker Invite in Lincoln, Nebraska, which broke the school indoor record of 48.80 set by Vincent Howze in 2010 at the same meet. Tibbs’ time is the fourth-best in the nation.



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