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I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

March 25, 2015
  • We said good-bye this morning to the evaluation team from the Higher Learning Commission. A special thanks David Cordle and Jim Williams, the criterion chapter authors, the steering committee and to ALL in Hornet Nation who prepared for the visit, interacted with the team during their visit and participated in the meetings and forums.

  • Congratulations to our Lady Hornets who have moved to the semifinals of the NCAA Elite Eight women’s basketball tournament. The Lady Hornets defeated West Texas A&M 62-50 on Tuesday to advance to tonight’s game against the California (Pennsylvania) Vulcans. Tip off is at 6 p.m. tonight. The game is televised on CBS Sports Network (Channels 158 on Dish, 221 on DirecTV) and can be viewed online at As always, the radio broadcast is on Emporia’s own KFFX (104.9) or online at

  • We sent our Hornet Revue, cheer squad and Corky to the games in Sioux Falls on a chartered bus, thanks to a generous donation from longtime Athletics Champions Steve and Bobbi Sauder.

  • Another Lady Hornet note — senior Merissa Quick on Monday was named an honorable mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

  • New York Times, take 2 — The reporter who wrote a feature about the Lady Hornets as an alternative to the New York Knicks dismal season recapped all his columns and updated his readers on our team’s postseason success. The full article from the March 18 edition:

  • Three Hornets received fun phone calls this week when Michael Shonrock told them they would receive full-ride scholarships for next year, thanks to the family of Virginia Endly. The three students are Megan French of Allen, an incoming freshman majoring in accounting or business; Andy Renteria of Emporia, a current student majoring in chemistry/pre-engineering, and Henry Weiner of Sterling, an incoming freshman majoring in mathematics education. The general consensus of the students at the news — “Cool!” For more on the Endly scholarship:

  • Michael Shonrock greeted high school basketball players and their families on Monday at the annual Flint Hills Optimist basketball banquet. The Emporia service organization selects area basketball players for two all-star games played in White Auditorium each spring.

  • The Fiscal Affairs team — Budget, Business Affairs, Human Resources and Payroll — moved its offices to White Library temporarily for a staff retreat on March 4. The group learned about their individual strengths and building effective teams, were introduced to leadership competencies and hear the buzz around campus and details about the university’s strategic plan and campus master plan. This was the third in a five-session series that began in spring 2014.

  • Dr. Melissa Bailey, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, visited Fort Hays State University to discuss the new Master of Science in Forensic Science program and her research with faculty and students. The MSFS program will begin in August 2015.

  • Emporia State graduate students in Art Therapy and Clinical Counseling presented six out the seven posters entered in the Second Annual Lloyd Stone Student Symposium at the annual Kansas Counseling Association convention held March 4-6 in Wichita. Dani Clenney took first place and Rachel Petersen took second place; both students received scholarships from KCA.

  • Ann Miller, counselor education, was named Counselor of the Year by the Kansas Counseling Association at the KCA convention in Wichita on March 4-6.

  • Emporia State faculty were notified in late February they were successful in obtaining a nearly $200,000 grant. The project — “STEM Makes Academic Success Happen” (SMASH) — is a joint effort across the university, and will involve: Dusti Howell, professor in the instructional design and technology department who will serve as the project director; Matt Seimears, associate professor and chair of the elementary education, early childhood, and special education department; Christopher Pettit, associate professor, physical sciences department, and Joe Kern, instructional designer. 

  • Congratulations to faculty who have received promotions and tenure. Receiving tenure were Russell Fulmer (counselor education), Amanda Miracle (social sciences), Marian Riedy (business) and Joyce Zhou (business). Promoted to associate professor were Fulmer, Kari Hess (nursing), Miracle, Riedy, Lynnette Schreiner (nursing) and Zhou. Promoted to professor were Jane Eberle (instructional design and technology), Darla Mallein (social sciences) and Dawn McConkie (music).

  • On February 27, Emporia State education majors taught writing workshops they had prepared for the students at Emporia's Turning Point Academy as part of the project Writers Ink.  The Emporia State students leading the sessions were: Tracy Ensminger, elementary ‚Ä®education; Hannah Pierce, elementary education; Katy Silveira, secondary education, social studies; and three elementary education students from the BEST (Butler/Emporia Students to Teachers) program —Jason Boyer, Nicole Evans and Megan Shave.  

  • During the Women’s History Month Reception and Awards Ceremony, Dr. Heidi Hamilton, associate professor of communication and theatre, received the Ruth Schillinger Award, named after a dean of women and the university’s first affirmative action officer. Dr. Ann Miller, associate professor of counselor education, received the Dr. Mary F. Headrick Award, designed for those who go the extra mile, making a long-term commitment to promoting the growth of women in our schools and community. Hayley Yocum, a sophomore in social sciences, received the Susan B. Anthony Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year. For more on the awards celebration:

  • The indoor track season ended March 15 with four ESU track and field athletes bringing home All-Americans from the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships March 13 and 14 in Birmingham, Alabama. Donald Wilcox jumped 23-09.00 to earn his first All-American with a fifth-place finish in the men’s high jump. Samuel Saidi cleared his first two bars with no misses and went 6-09.50 to tie for fifth and earn All-American honors in the men’s high jump. Andrew Etheridge earned his fourth All-American honor in four trips to the Indoor Championships in the 60m hurdles. His time of 8.16 was good for seventh overall. Morgan Brant, the only woman representing Emporia State at the NCAA Championships, earned her first indoor NCAA All-American honor for the Hornets. She cleared 5-08.00 to place fifth in the women's high jump.

  • Congratulations to Luke Ball, a 2012 graduate who is finishing a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of North Texas. His thesis exhibition, “Rituals in Rust,” is on display from Feburary 24 to April 5 at the Cedar Valley College Educational Art Gallery in Lancaster, Texas.  

  • On March 11, the School of Business hosted lecturer Dr. Charles Rice, distinguished professor of soil microbiology at K-State and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner. He was invited to campus as a speaker for Dr. Marian Riedy’s Business, Law and Sustainability course.

  • Brian Miller, associate professor in social sciences, has received an Andrew Mellon Fellowship from the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. The Huntington is a collections-based research and educational institution. Brian’s book “Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South” is now available.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Jim Costello, chair of the Department of Counselor Education, who was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council.

  • Corky, the Emporia State cheerleaders and Michael Shonrock attended a school pep assembly at Logan Avenue Elementary on Friday, March 13. The school was celebrating a successful “Pennies for Patients” campaign, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

  • With women’s basketball playing in the postseason and spring sports taking off, it’s a crazy time in the athletic world for our student-athletes, staff — and fans! While the Lady Hornets were playing during in the NCAA Regional tournament at Hays on the opening weekend of Spring Break, 300 fans showed up for baseball in Emporia on Friday and 200 for softball on Saturday. And fans who couldn’t travel to Hays could watch and listen to the games online. During the week before Spring Break, ESU Athletics’ Facebook page recorded 3,100 engagements with fans and supporters — the most of all MIAA schools.

  • Career Services was host for the Spring Teacher Career Fair on March 4, welcoming 150 recruiters from 89 school districts. Kansas districts were well-represented and joined by a growing number of out-of-state districts from both coasts and even Alaska!

  • Kudos to the eight students from the Teaching Middle/Secondary Mathematics class who organized Mathematics Family Night at Emporia Middle School. Under Dr. Connie Schrock’s direction, each student created two stations for the theme EMS Spy Academy and helped with logistics for the event. Another 60 ESU students volunteered to help run the evening, including the entire Emporia State softball team, 30 other math education majors and members of Sigma Tau Gamma.



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