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I'm a Hornet from President Shonrock

May 13, 2014

1.      Steve Sauder won the Joe Cannon Service Award for dedication, service and committees to bettering ESU and intercollegiate athletics.


2.      President Ekhleif Y. Tarawneh of The University of Jordan is a graduate from Emporia State University. You can view his biography at: Go Hornets!


3.      Eleven students working toward their bachelor’s degrees will receive College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Honor Scholarships. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to students in each of the 11 academic departments as follows:

·         Stacy Curtis of Louisburg, junior in nursing

·         Sharon DePierro of Assaria, junior in information resource studies

·         Sarah Harrington of Newton, junior in music education

·         Arisvet Hernandez of Emporia, junior in communication

·         Christopher Krause of Colorado Springs, Colorado, senior in earth science

·         Matthew Parra of Emporia, junior in political science

·         Nicole Reutzel of Topeka, senior in mathematics

·         Lesbia Rojas-Rangel of Emporia, junior in sociology

·         Samuel Schmidgall of Topeka, senior in English

·         Susan Wecker of Emporia, senior in art

·         Donald Wilcox of Lee Summit, Missouri, senior in biology


4.      Emporia State’s Intensive English Program (IEP) has received accreditation by the Commission on English Language Program (CEA). As an initial accreditation, the next review will be April 2015. This is a great outcome of the teamwork conducted by the OIE and the IEP staff!


5.      Emporia State has been ranked as #14 in the top 100 Nursing Programs in the United States as ranked by College Atlas. View the ranking here:


6.      Michael and Karen Shonrock will serve as grand marshals for the Americus Day Parade on Saturday, June 14 at 11:00am.


7.      Effective retroactive to December 16th, Newman Regional Health is a Critical Access Care Hospital and no longer under the prospective payment system.


8.      At the end of the annual Pre-Conference team meeting with the track squad, a group of athletes surprised everyone with an inspirational music video! The lyrics and music were written and performed by Maggie Wilson, Dominique Staats, Peyton Weiss, Carmen King, Nikki Wetstein, and Ashton Proctor and it was filmed by Morgan Flowers.    Track Fam Rap.m4v


9.      The School of Business at Emporia State University has been listed as one of The 10 Most Affordable Business Schools in 2014 by Affordable Schools:


10.  Walmart Without Peer Award to recognize excellence:  Kyle Downing – Senior – Track & Field – Atchison, Kansas and Alaina Fairbanks – Senior – Track & Field – Shawnee, Kansas.


11.  On Wednesday, April 30, the top three teams from the 3D Emporia competition traveled to Manhattan to go head-to-head against students from Kansas State University. Emporia State team Rock Creek Ostrich Ranch won second place and received a $1,000 prize!


12.  Max McCoy, Associate Professor of Journalism and adviser to The Bulletin at ESU, received the “Distinguished Four-Year Newspaper Adviser” award from the College Media Association last fall in New Orleans. View his acceptance speech (about 13 minutes into the video) here:


13.  It’s a great day to a professor of philosophy! Dr. Charles Brown received the 2014 President’s Award for Research and Creativity and was also named the 2014 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor at Emporia State University.


14.  The fall housing numbers continue to run 100 ahead of last year at this time. Great News!


15.  Emporia State’s Foundation sponsored the Shepherd University Scholars Award Luncheon; the Shepherd family has awarded some 250 students $250,000 since 1995; recipients of the scholarships include: Abigail Black from Secondary Education (Math), Aaron Cox from Secondary Education (Social Sciences), Nakita Elwood from Sociology, Kylie Geiman from Speech & Theatre Education, Sertice Grice from Psychology, Sarah Harrington from Music, Jonathan Holsapple from English Education, Taylor Huettenmueller from Mathematics, Tiffany Khounsombath from Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Miranda Mai from Business Administration, Katherine Slayton from Psychology, Logan Sleezer from Earth Science & Biology, and Donald Wilcox from Biology.


16.  The book American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom was published in 2013.  The book showcases 50 extraordinary teachers across the nation.  Two of those teachers are Hornets, more than any other university in the country.  On Thursday, May 8, Katrina Fried, author of the book, and Josh Anderson (BSE-1997, English and Social Studies), 2007 Kansas Teacher of the Year and debate and forensics coach and speech teacher at Olathe Northwest High School, appeared in the Skillett Atrium in Visser Hall for a Heroes in the Classroom Town Hall Meeting.  The event was sponsored by the National Teachers Hall of Fame, the ESU Alumni Association, and The Teachers College at ESU.


17.  The Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) conducted a survey to determine the impact of the faculty on student exposure to KLC Leadership Principles and Competencies.  The number of courses where content was integrated in the spring 2014 term was 15 courses.  The number of students impacted (course enrollments) was 752 students during the spring 2014 term.


18.  Five Emporia State faculty members have been named Assessment Champions by the university and the Office of Institution Research and Assessment. This new award recognizes the outstanding efforts of Emporia State faculty in perpetuating exceptional learning experiences for our students using assessment as a change agent.  The inaugural group includes:  Christopher Blankenship, Deborah Gerish, Cynthia Kane, Brian Miller, and Kenna Reeves. Each will receive a recognition plaque and a $250 stipend.


19.  Undergraduate Admissions hosted two Open Houses at ESUKC on April 23 and 30. Amir Cuffe, Admissions Counselor, and Laura Eddy, Director, met with high school juniors and family members about becoming part of the Hornet Nation!


20.  Since September 1, 2013, Undergraduate Admissions has hosted 57 groups (such as AVID, TRIO and Charter Schools) totaling 1497 students and 151 sponsors. This is in addition to daily campus visits and Black and Gold Visit Days. In total, 2,617 prospective students/1,939 guests have visited Emporia State this academic year!


21.  University Facilities is having its annual scholarship fund drive this and next week. This drawing and the hot dog lunch on Friday, May 16, 2014 will be in support of the classified employee dependent’s scholarship awards!


22.  Throughout this year, ESU student athletes completed over 3,400 hours of community service.  One of the biggest events was the 8th annual Senior Citizen Prom on April 1st.


23.  Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University has passed the halfway point on the way to its $45 million working goal. The campaign to build spirit, camaraderie and a sense of pride of membership in Hornet Nation has raised nearly $23.7 million thus far.


24.  Gwen Calcaterra of St. Louis, Mo, was named the recipient of the inaugural Roach Family Award, an endowed scholarship for a Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority member created by a generous gift from Neil and Carol (Harbour) Roach.


25.  The Alumni Association partnered with The Teachers College and the National Teachers Hall of Fame to recognize two alums who were profiled in the recent book American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom by Katrina Fried.  Josh Anderson ’97 and Ron Poplau ’68 were two of only 50 public school teachers nationwide to be profiled in this book.  Nautilus Book Awards has awarded American Teacher a Silver Medal in Social Change, Independent Publisher Book Awards has awarded it a GOLD Medal for Peacemaker of the Year, and Foreword Reviews has nominated it for Book of the Year in Education.


26.  On Friday, May 3, the five new inductees of the National Teachers Hall of Fame were guests of President Obama for a reception at the White House.  Joining them were Carol Strickland, Executive Director of the National Teachers Hall of Fame, and Lindy Whetzel, Chair of the Board of Directors.


27.  During this year’s Newberg Banquet, Devan Boeger, a mathematics education major from Great Bend, was recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Senior, and Amy Bretches, a computer science and math major from McPherson, was honored as the 2014 Distinguished Senior.


28.  Outstanding Student Athletes of the year for performance over time, athletic achievement, academic success, community service, and contribution to the team include:  Chris Poston – Senior – Football – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Payson Maydew – Sophomore – Track & Field – Pratt, Kansas, and Laura Patrick – Senior – Women’s Basketball – Hutchinson, Kansas.


29.  Undergraduate Award of Excellence are given to the following student-athletes for excellence in athletic performance, academic achievement, and community service: Brent Wilson – Sophomore – Football – Ponca City, Oklahoma and Merissa Quick – Junior – Women’s Basketball – Cheney, Kansas.


30.  University Facilities is working with the contractor to complete the Memorial to Fallen Educators (located west of the One Room Schoolhouse) in time for its dedication on June 12, 2014.


31.  ESU baseball won the MIAA Championship by batting their way through the loser’s bracket to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.  They swept Missouri Western 3-2 and 6-0.


32.  #18 ranked ESU Softball advanced to the NCAA Regional title game to play Southeastern Oklahoma State in Mankato, Minnesota.  The Hornets have recorded at least 35 wins in each of the last 12 seasons.


33.  Four members of the MIAA Champion Emporia State softball team earned Daktronics All-Central Region honors as voted on by sports information directors from the MIAA, Northern Sun and Great American Conferences. Stephanie Goodwin and Jessica Gragg earned first-team All-Region honors while Taylor Zordel and Kaitlyn Caston were named to the second-team.


34.  At the 30th annual honors banquet for The Teachers College, honored faculty include:

·         Dr. Stuart Ervay (Professor, School Leadership/Middle & Secondary Teacher Education)

·         Ms. DeeAnn Holmes (Instructor, Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education)

·         Dr. Jean Morrow (Professor & Chair, Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education)

·         Dr. Dennis Pelsma (Professor, Department of Counselor Education)

·         Mr. Timothy Warner (Instructor, Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education)


35.  Over the summer, Corky the Hornet will be covering your parking meters in all but three areas.  Enforced areas all handicap spots, meters in front Plumb Hall (Kellogg Circle), and the meters on the north side of the library.


36.  The following list is contains those promotion and/or tenure recipients:

·         Gwen Alexander (School of Library and Information Management)

·         Melissa Bailey (Biological Sciences)

·         Allan Comstock (Music)

·         Carol Daniels (Psychology)

·         Mirah Dow (School of Library and Information Management)

·         Kari Hess (Nursing)

·         Matt Howe (Health, Physical Education and Recreation)

·         Brenda Koerner (Biological Sciences)

·         Deborah Larson (Elementary Education)

·         Melissa Reed (Elementary Education)

·         Chad Wiley (Mathematics)


37.  The new graduate assistant within the Office of the President will be Jeff Miller.  He is a native of Shawnee, Kansas (Kansas City area) and will be graduating with his undergraduate degree in business management this Saturday!







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