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I'm a Hornet from President Shonrock

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, May 2012) has been accepted to the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (

ESU was the first in the nation to go live with eTranscripts on Wednesday, February 26! Special thanks to Elaine Henrie, Dianne Graves, Sandy Crofoot, Nikki Barnes, Sheila Markowitz, Renee Bass, Jane Lackey, and Alicia Dingman for their extensive work on this project!

The ESU Alumni Association recently announced the 2014 University Service Citation Award recipients including:  Don Hill, Emporia, KS and Gail & George Milton, Emporia, KS.

RIGHT NOW, the anthem of the Hornet Nation, and creation by ESU students Gabe Andrews and Benny Bowden performing as Ten2One, has gone viral; the video release and photographs

Undergraduate Admissions, during week #29 of the recruitment cycle, added another 47 students bringing ESU to 292 registered students; 2012 was 171, 2013 was 192, and 2014 is 292!

Michael Shonrock welcomed more than 160 Kansas students, grades 4 through 12, competing in the 2014 Emporia Area Regional Science and Engineering Fair in ESU’s Webb Hall on Saturday, February 22. A big thanks to all the judges for this event!

Future Hornet Kylie Pfannenstiel (@KPfannenstiel)tweeted, 2/21/14, 4:55 PM: Been trying to pick between Emporia and K-State. And then Emporia sent me a birthday card. Emporia wins :)

Corky, ESU Spirit Squad, ESU International Students, Tyler Curtis and Michael Shonrock joined a PEP RALLY at Logan Avenue Elementary School, coordinated by Laura Eddy and Undergraduate Admissions, the gymnasium was buzzing with excitement; over $100 in pennies were also donated for Logan’s fundraiser!

The Now & Forever Campus Campaign is underway; thanks to our campaign co-chairs; Sharon Brown with Unclassified Commission, Racheal Countryman with Associated Student Government, Sheryl Lidzy with the Faculty Senate, and Laurie Pitman with the Classified Assembly.

The ESU Alumni Association recently announced the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients including:  Daniel Busby, Winchester, VA – BSB 1963; Diane Debacker, Topeka, KS – BSB 1982; Rosemary Kirby, Wichita, KS – BSE 1952; and Tony Forcum, Plano, TX – BSB 1973.

Dr. Betsy Yanik attended the national EPSCoR meeting in Washington, D.C. visiting congressional leaders and discussing ESU’s STEM outreach work; Betsy received a 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

The Social Media Policy Workgroup created by the Kansas Board of Regents for the purpose of revising its social media policy has completed a preliminary draft policy; posted at this website and will be available for comment through March 28.

Kristie Ogilvie, Dean of the School of Business, and the ESU Alumni Association teamed to visit alumni and friends at several Wichita-based businesses: BKD, Spirit Aerosystems, AGH, and Grant Thornton.

Elaine Henrie, Director Financial Aid & Scholarships & Registrar, Connie Corcoran, Associate Director, Thad Davidson, Assistant Director for Technology, and Jaime Morris, Assistant Director for Scholarships recently certified as Personal Financial Managers through Inceptia.

Along with Governor Sam Brownback, ESU Football Coach Garn Higgins and ESU Basketball Coach Shaun Vandiver joined Kansas Legislators in the Capitol Rotunda as part of the annual American Cancer Society’s Lobby Day

Roxana Peraza, Admissions Counselor, and Jason Brooks, Director of Multicultural Affairs, were invited to present at Pathways to College, an evening event for students and parents at Emporia High School.

The 7th ranked Emporia State Lady Hornets used a 17-0 run in the first half and never trailed afterwards in a 75-71 win over 8th ranked Central Missouri in the MIAA Tournament Championship Game; off to the 2014 NCAA Division II Basketball Central Regional Tournament (Arkansas)!




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