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I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

April 8, 2015
  • No fooling! April 1 started with official Hornet Nation welcomes to first-year students and family members attending the annual Phi Eta Sigma honor society banquet and colleagues and friends attending the awards banquet for the 2015 Kansas Master Teachers, sponsored by The Teachers College, Bank of America and the Black family of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Among the seven Master Teachers was Bill McFarland (MS ‘86), a social studies teacher at Washburn Rural Middle School, who is an alumnus (1960-67) of Thomas W. Butcher Elementary School on Emporia State’s campus (now the Center for Early Childhood Education).

  • The Office of International Education hosted recently a “Tea with the President” event. Michael Shonrock joined international students for an informal session in which students had the opportunity to share their personal experiences about being at Hornet while hearing the president’s story of coming to Emporia and future plans and ideas for the university. The event facilitated the exchange of ideas on things that can be done to help make the students’ experience in Emporia and at ESU better.

  • Housing applications for 2015-16 are up 70 percent from the same time last year, helped in large part by a new online contract form. At 6 1/2 weeks since releasing the 2015 contract, nearly 500 applications have been received the Towers freshman complex and Morse upperclass residences.

  • Another sign of strong momentum for fall 2015 is our Hornet Connections. We’ve had three since March 27, and Webb Hall in the Memorial Union has been packed with new students and their families.

  • The Office of International Education held the Colors of ESU followed by the international tea party. The event consisted of a fusion of students from all corners of the world sharing a variety of hot and cold tea drinks. Students wore their traditional clothing. There was a special dance performance by students from Pakistan and a duo musical instrument performance by students from Syria and China. The event was a great opportunity for international students to share information about their home countries with American students.

  • Our track and field teams opened the outdoor season with their home meet, the Spring Open, on March 28. Over 600 athletes representing nearly 20 schools and track clubs came to Welch Stadium and Zola Witten Track. At the next meet — the State Farm ESU Relays on April 4 — Hornets put up seven provisional marks, three event championships and five runner-up finishes. For more, see

  • A collaborative project that will lead to a new certification program in the School of Library and Information Management has received nearly $500,000 in grant funding from Librarians for the 21st Century. The project involves co-teaching between school librarians and classroom science teachers and combines expertise from SLIM, the Department of Physical Sciences, The Teachers College and Information Technology. Emporia State will create a new Information, Technology and Scientific Literacy Certificate, plus new interdisciplinary curriculum and new learning opportunities for a total of 50 undergraduate and graduate students. The project came after a multi-year collaboration by Drs. Mirah Dow of SLIM and Kenneth Thompson in the Department of Physical Sciences.

  • The ESU Foundation plans to honor Ken and Marilyn Buchele, Ed and Marla Flentje, Laura McAntee, Jane Reeble and Charles Wilhite with an upcoming “50 Over 50” luncheon, which celebrates donors giving more than $50,000 to Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University.

  • Stene Verhulst, director of international recruitment, was interviewed about Emporia State’s efforts to recruit and support Syrian students and scholars whose education is disrupted by violence in their home country. To see the interview:

  • Energizing Students on Saturday, April 4, was the first workshop in the collaborative project between Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical School. The grant from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, includes a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Day on each campus in spring and fall 2015 plus a weeklong STEM camp during the summer primarily targeting Hispanic middle-school students in the Emporia area. FHTC will host the second STEM workshop on May 8.

  • Unfortunately, Provost David Cordle was obligated to wear some Central Missouri gear and supply a digital photograph as proof after losing a bet with his counterpart, Dr. Deborah Curtis, provost of University Central Missouri. The two had a friendly wager on last weekend’s softball doubleheader between the Hornets and Jennies in Warrensburg. The Hornets fell 2-1 in Game 1 and 5-2 in Game 2. Our Hornets are 27-11 on the season and 10-4 in MIAA play.

  • Curtis Zunigha, former chief and tribal manager for the Delaware Tribe in Oklahoma spoke at Emporia State on March 30 to raise awareness about contemporary Native American issues as well as Delaware heritage in Kansas. The Delaware Tribe was removed from Kansas in 1866 but has always remained connected to the state. They are currently pursuing efforts to regain a land base in Kansas and are pleased to have their Historic Preservation Office housed on our campus. For more, see

  • More than 200 middle school girls came to campus last month for the 21st annual Enhancing Your Future day. Organized by Drs. Betsy Yanik and Marvin Harrell of the Department of Mathematics and Economics, the day exposes girls to the possibilities of careers in science with presentations and hands-on workshops with working pharmacists, health-care professionals and faculty. Featured speaker this year was Elizabeth Yanik, an epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute.

  • Rachel Spaulding, the newest faculty member in the Department of English, Modern Language, and Journalism, successfully defended her dissertation on March 27 at the University of New Mexico and passed with distinction. Spaulding joins the Emporia State faculty in May to teach two Spanish language classes and a special graduate course in English titled “Monsters & Marvels: New World Debates on Conquest and Possession.” For more on Spaulding, see the article in the ESU Bulletin:

  • Six regular-season games for ESU baseball and softball will be broadcast live by Emporia’s Radio Stations. Voice of the Hornets Greg Rahe will call the games on KFFX-FM and well as online at For a list of the games and more details, see

  • Brian Mosier, an undergraduate mathematics major, was selected for a summer undergraduate research experience in statistics to be held this summer at Carnegie Mellon University.

  • The Emporia State University Department of Music will present the 2015 Kansas City Symphony Master Class Series honoring Dr. Gould and Nancy Garcia and featuring Noah Geller, concertmaster for the Kansas City Symphony. The class will be from 2 to 6:30 p.m. in Beach Music Hall. The Master Class series is underwritten by Dr. Fred and Paula Neuer.

  • Congratulations to Brian Shay, a three-time All-American and the 1998 Harlon Hill Trophy winner as the top player in Division II. The Emporia State running back is one of 10 former MIAA student-athletes and coaches selected for induction into the MIAA Hall of Fame this year. The induction ceremony will be June 3 in Kansas City, Mo. For more:

  • The Edith Lessenden Chandler Recital Series continues with at 7 p.m. April 25 with a concert at the Sauder Alumni Center featuring pianist Eva del Carmen Medina Amezcua from Mexico. The Series is underwritten by Drs. Douglas and Marged Amend.

  • The Emporia State University Alumni Association partnered with ESU Athletics to support our Lady Hornets during the NCAA Division II tournament. Events included pre-game fan gatherings and a send-off prior to the Elite Eight. Congratulations to our Lady Hornets on reaching this year’s final four!      

  • Dr. Joe Yanik, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Economics, recently was elected governor of the Kansas Section of the Mathematical Association of America.

  • Congratulations to Ben Kerbs (B.S. Biology major) on his recent research presentation at The Botany 2015 conference held at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His presentation was titled Phenotypic novelty and the potential for speciation via stabilization of hybrid recombinants in Tolpis (Asteraceae). An abstract of his presentation is available at

  • Students and faculty from the department of mathematics and economics attended the meeting of the Kansas section of the Mathematical Association of America held at Fort Scott Community College on Saturday, March 28. At the meeting, the students participated in a problems competition and Joe and Betsy Yanik gave a presentation on “Mathematics in Myanmar.”

  • Tyler Curtis, executive director of Alumni Relations, was invited to speak to the Rotary Club of Western Johnson County on March 24. Shannon Doser ‘94 is a charter member and past president of the club and serves as the Emporia State University Kansas City Alumni Chapter President.

  • ESU science faculty and students attended the 147th Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science held at Pittsburg State University on March 27 and 28. Congratulations to the laboratory of Dr. Andy Miller (Assistant Professor of Chemistry)! Dr. Miller’s advisees Nick Mayes and Dane Boring tied for second in the undergraduate poster competition. Gang Yang received first place in the master’s poster presentation competition (also advised by Dr. Miller).

  • International students presented their annual International Food Festival on April 4. With over 25 groups of student participants, Emporia State and the Emporia community had a glimpse of the world through a delicious variety foods and special performances.

  • Congratulations to ESU Debate Coach LaToya Green on receiving the Mid-America Critic of the Year Award in debate. This award is given to a judge in each region for excellence in adjudicating debates. These awards represent the hardworking and dedicated judges who give so much to our students at each debate tournament. It is impressive that LaToya is being recognized so early in her professional career for the outstanding work that she does in the area of debate. 

  • Kansas State Board of Education member Steve Roberts visited The Teachers College on April 2. He met with education faculty and content area faculty and sat in on classes taught by Dr. Deb Larson and Dr. Matt Seimears.

  • The Sauder Alumni Center hosted the Government Matters Legislative Dialogue on Saturday, March 28. Local legislators who participated in the dialogue included Reps. Ron Highland, Don Hill and Peggy Mast and Sen. Jeff Longbine. The dialogue series is coordinated by the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters. Approximately 75 community members attended Saturday’s forum.

  • Also reaching out legislators — Associated Student Government President Tyler Huddleston and members of his cabinet drove to Topeka last Thursday to lead the inaugural Hornets on the Hill. Huddleston and his staff visited legislators’ offices giving out chocolate and saying thank you for supporting Emporia State and higher education. Students were warmly received as being from the only school that makes effort to bring them something.



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