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I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

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: The team opens play at 2:30 p.m. Friday against Arkansas Tech. For more, including how to get tickets:

  • Speaking of the Lady Hornets — on March 7, the 2010 NCAA Division II National Champion Lady Hornets team was inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame. Before the induction ceremony, the Alumni Association and Athletics partnered to host a reception for the team and their family, friends and fans. The reception featured a highlight reel of the 2009-10 season and comments from Emporia State’s athletic director, head coach and the team. Michael Shonrock attended the reception and was part of the induction ceremony, as well.     

  • The Teachers College picked up a national award this past weekend. The National Association for Professional Development Schools named Emporia State’s PDS program the 2015 NAPDS Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement. Ken Weaver, dean of The Teachers College, and Matt Seimears, chair of the Department of Elementary Education, Early Childhood and Special Education, traveled to Atlanta to receive the award.

  • Thanks to Newman Regional Health for sponsoring Hornet basketball games on February 25. Emporia State’s and Newman’s marketing teams worked on a video to showcase Hornets working at the hospital. You can see the video here — Watch for Dr. Andre Oulai, an orthopedic surgeon who recently joined the hospital and Hornet Nation.

  • Along with liaisons from the six Regents universities, Michael Shonrock hosted a legislative breakfast at the Kansas Statehouse. Discussions centered around the legislators’ outlook for higher education and state revenues.

  • A $100,000 gift from the Goppert Foundation will benefit Emporia State students who struggle to find scholarships. The gift brings the Goppert Foundation Scholarship endowment to $200,000 to benefit students with grade point averages between 2.5 and 3.25. For more on the gift, go to Coverage in The Emporia Gazette is here: KVOE Radio’s coverage is here:

  • Michael Shonrock met last week with President’s Community Advisory Committee. Along with thanks to the committee for support of $1863 Essay Contest during Founders’ Day 2015, we discussed the upcoming Community Visioning process and the future development of the Black and Gold District.

  • The Black and Gold District on the north end of Commercial Street adjacent to campus continues to move forward. Last week, Emporia city commissioners approved incentive policies for development of the area. More in The Emporia Gazette:

  • Two Emporia State students were recognized with Teachers of Promise Awards at the 2015 Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN) State Education Conference in Topeka on February 20. Receiving the honors were Alyssa Floro, a secondary education, biology/chemistry major, in Phase II, teaching in Clay Center, and Courtney Maddux, an elementary education major, in Block II, teaching in Osage City.

  • Fast track for fall! Residential Life moved to an online application process this year. At the end of February 27 — three weeks into the 2015-16 application being available to students — we had 309 submitted. For comparisons, at the end of Week 3 last year, 150 applications had been submitted. Of the 309 applications received, 258 have been completed by new students and 51 for returners. 

  • Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Rabas, who accepted the position of chair in the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism. He will officially begin his new position on June 7.

  • Chief Information Officer Cory Falldine discussed new policy for ESU’s email system(s) to help strengthen university information security. He will be soliciting feedback from shared governance with a goal of establishing new policy by early April. Cory also reported that ESU averages over 4 million incoming email to faculty and staff per month, with over 2.5 million being caught and blocked as spam.

  • Emporia State was the site for 3A and 4A Kansas high schools to compete in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association annual competition. Nearly 140 student journalists and advisors came to campus for the contest, which included nine different categories for a total of 146 entries that were judged by ESU faculty, staff and graduate students. Each of the 10 schools who competed had a student place in the top three in at least one contest.

  • Emporia State junior Terrence Moore was named to the All-MIAA Third-Team in basketball after ranking fourth in the league in scoring and leading the conference in steals. Moore averaged 16.8 points and 2.3 steals per game for the Hornets. He is ranked 23rd in the nation in steals. Terrence became the first Hornet since 1993 to reach 1,000 points in his career as a junior and is ranked 17th in career scoring at Emporia State with 1,161 points as he enters his senior season

  • Michael Shonrock was a guest of the Olathe Rotary Club on March 4 where he was able to meet Hornet alumni, parents of current students and Allen Hamm, assistant director of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Criminalistic Laboratory. Emporia State has worked closely with the crime lab while creating our new master of science in forensic science program.

  • On February 26, Emporia State hosted a luncheon for our Young Professionals (roughly defined as 35 years old and younger). In an effort to increase communication, build relationships across campus and better integrate and retain our young professionals, this inaugural event was hosted by Werner Golling, vice president for administration and fiscal affairs, and Shelly Gehrke, assistant vice president for academic success. Over 60 young professionals attended.  Several other collegial activities and events are already getting organized by the participants of this luncheon to further their connection to each other and Emporia State.

  • United Way of the Flint Hills named Emporia State a community builder during its celebration luncheon last week. Emporia State employees gave $41,189 to the campaign.

  • Keeping busy! The Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professors meet monthly for lunch and discussion about happenings on campus and in education in general. Some activities of the group at this time of year include reviewing applications for the prestigious Virginia Endly Memorial Scholarship, the Shepherd Scholarships and the Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professors Scholarship.

  • The Office of International Education had a busy start to 2015 with recruitment trips to South and Southeast Asia; visiting Gyeongju University, a new partner in South Korea; and taking the new international students to Kansas City.

  • Get outside the box, create your own degree plan, chart your own course. Interdisciplinary Studies (DIS) students choose courses from interest areas across campus to design their degrees based on their own interests. Currently about one-third of the 124 majors in the department are distance students, the other two-thirds are here on campus. The capstone project requires that students complete a research project in their last semester, and the new DIS Internship course encourages them to get practical, hands-on experience in their chosen field of study before they graduate. For more information:

  • Gonzalo Bruce, dean of international education, presented in two sessions at the Association of International Education Administrators Annual Conference. The sessions titles were: “Mobilizing the campus through leadership: Examining the role of the Senior international officers in medium-sized institutions” and “The Role of senior international officers in the process of developing strategic internationalization plans.”

  • The Emporia State University Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Jeremy Starr, performed for all of Walnut Elementary School (except kindergarten) on February 20. The students came to Heath Recital Hall in Beach Hall on our campus. Many thanks to Meredith Knapp, music teacher at Walnut, for coordinating the event.

  • Six members of the Emporia State track and field teams — Payson Maydew, Andrew Etheridge, Samuel Saidi, Donald Wilcox, Duke Tibbs and Morgan Brant — earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region honors for the 2014-15 season. The top five individuals in each event from each region earned the All-Region honor, in addition to each of the members of the regions' top three relay teams. For more: All six will represent Emporia State this week at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. Keep track of their performances at

  • Congratulations to ESU alumnus James Whitney (B.S. Biology, 2007)! Dr. Whitney recently accepted an assistant professor position in the Biology Department at Pittsburg State University, where he will teach ichthyology and aquatic ecology.

  • For the first time since 2009, Emporia State women’s basketball has placed two players on the All-MIAA first-team and two players on the All-Defensive team. Senior Merissa Quick and sophomore Kelly Moten both earned first-team All-MIAA honors and were named to the All-Defensive team while Addie Lackey was named MIAA Freshman of the Year. For more:

  • Dr. Melissa Bailey, interim director of the master of science in forensic science program and associate professor of biological sciences, attended the annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting in Orlando, Florida. She learned about the accreditation process for the program and made many contacts with other program directors and potential students. The MSFS program launches in August 2015 and is the first and only graduate program in forensic science in the state of Kansas.

  • Hornets in KC — on February 26, June Coleman, director of Career Services; Tyler Curtis, executive director of Alumni Relations; and Carmen Martinez, Kansas City alumni coordinator, visited LRS Consulting, Kendall King, VML, Neighbors Construction and Silpada Designs to discuss needs for their businesses and build connections with Emporia State University. Afterward, the trio met with a group of alumni and friends in the Kanas City area to network and share university updates.    

  • The Emporia Entrepreneur Challenge, a venture idea competition open to Emporia State and Flint Hills Technical College students, received 37 entries for submission. Competitors will go through a several step process and winners we will be announced in late April.  



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