I'm a Hornet from President Shonrock

May 26, 2014


Emporia State University will honor its volunteers during an upcoming celebration.  The 2014 Volunteer Appreciation event takes place Friday, June 6 in the Memorial Union’s Webb Hall. Three Emporia residents will be singled out for special honors as recipients of the 2014 University Service Citation.  Don Hill, a retired pharmacy owner, has represented the Emporia area in the State House of Representatives since 2003.  Gail and George Milton have been a presence in the Emporia community since the late 1960s, when George was hired as the men’s and women’s tennis coach and a faculty member in physical education.

During the spring commencement exercises on May 17, the Emporia State University Alumni Association welcomed all graduates and presented each graduate with a new I’m a Hornet alumni pin.  Board President Will Ramsey ’67 provided a special welcome during both the undergraduate and graduate degree ceremonies.  Go Hornets!

This past week (May 19-22) was Unclassified Professional Employee Recognition Week.  Over 200 ESU employees dedicate their days to fulfill a variety of student needs. We are grateful for all the work they do and are excited to take this week to show them our appreciation!

Emporia State placed 29 returners on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for track and field/cross country this season, including three MIAA Scholar-Athletes:  Alaina Fairbanks Sr. Physical Education from Shawnee, Maggie Wilson Jr. Recreation from Iola, and Payson Maydew So. Accounting from Pratt.

Four members of the MIAA Champion Emporia State softball team earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Central Region honors as voted on by NFCA member coaches from the MIAA, Northern Sun and Great American Conferences. Stephanie Goodwin (Overland Park) and Jessica Gragg (Topeka) earned first-team All-Region honors.  Goodwin and Gragg also earned Daktronics All-American honors as voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Emporia State placed ten returners on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for baseball this season, led by MIAA Scholar-Athlete Shawn Talkington (Cottonwood Falls); Tyler Beebe Sr. Accounting from Ottawa, Matthew Hinkley Sr. Health Promotions from Liberty, Mo., Ryan Huth RS-Fr. Social Science from Emporia, Daniel Lorenzen Jr. Physics from Olathe, Dylan McEwin Sr. Health Promotions from Paris, Texas, Dalton Piecukonis Sr. Marketing from Topeka, Cory Sager Sr. Mathematics from Colby, Todd Schultz Sr. Business Administration from Hutchinson, and Kevin Shaffer Sr. Recreation from Longmont, Colo.

Executive Director of Athletics, Kent Weiser, has been asked by the NCAA Vice President for Division II to serve as a member of the NCAA Inclusion Advisory Group. The mission of the group is to study issues related to diversity and inclusion, and to make recommendations on D-II initiatives that would enhance the division’s diversity.  Additionally, at the upcoming MIAA Conference meetings in June, Kent will also assume the position of Chair of the Institutional Representatives (IR) Committee.  This group includes all Athletics Directors, Senior Woman Administrators, and Faculty Athletics Representatives of our 14 member conference.

On May 16th, the Newman Division of Nursing held a senior recognition ceremony with thirty-three nursing graduates.  Miranda Wayman (Emporia) won the Cora Miller Award and Katrina Oelke (Lawrence) won the Francis Stout Award.  Congratulations to all graduates on a job well done!

During the month of May, Denelle Hurd and Amir Cuffe, Wichita and Kansas City Admissions Counselors, delivered bagels and cookies to more than 100 area high schools. The response from High School Counselors, Principals and Office Staff has been overwhelmingly positive!

Approximately 250 visitors attended Hornet Connection this past Friday.  This includes 125+ new students who enrolled for their first semester.  The “Hornet Nation” welcomes all new students and we will see you in August!

The Kansas City Area Alumni Chapter hosted its 6th annual scholarship golf tournament on May 9 at Deer Creek Golf Club followed by a dinner and silent auction.  The event raised over $6,000 for a scholarship fund benefitting Emporia State University students from the KC area.

Sixty-five Emporia State University students from The Teachers College received special recognition at the 30th Annual Teachers College Honors Banquet.

Tragedy on national and personal scales are the topics of books selected by Kansas schoolchildren as the winners of the 2014 William Allen White Children’s Book Awards.  “America is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell,” by Don Brown was selected by voters in Grades 3 through 5.  "Hidden," by Helen Frost, was selected by voters in Grades 6 through 8.

A Kansas native who runs a national retail company and a railroad builder who developed Johnson County will be inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame next month. David Dillon, chairman of the board of the Kroger Co., and the late William B. Strang, who built the interurban Strang Line for rail travel between Kansas City and Olathe, will be recognized at the KBHF induction ceremony during the 42nd annual Team Kansas Awards Banquet on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Wichita State University.

The Kansas Epsilon Chapter of Phi Delta Theta voted Nakita Elwood as their chapter Sweetheart for 2014-2015.  She is a junior sociology major with a leadership minor from Madison who is a stellar student with an amazing work-ethic.

Thirteen ESU Track & Field athletes competed in Allendale, Michigan at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships.  Results and videos are available through ncaa.com.

Emporia State has three marks in the top ten at the national meet. Payson Maydew is ranked fourth in the men's decathlon with 7,207 points as he won the MIAA Championship. Samuel Saidi is ranked sixth in the men's high jump as he cleared 7-00.25 (2.14m) and placed second at the KU Relays.  Kyle Pfizenmaier threw the javelin 213-09 (65.15m) at the ESU Relays.

Emporia State University began participating in the Student Achievement Measure (SAM) project this past academic year. The SAM is an improved way to report undergraduate student progress and completion by including a greater proportion of students as well as tracking students who enroll in multiple higher education institutions.. ESU’s Student Achievement Report is accessible by clicking on this link: http://www.studentachievementmeasure.org/participants/155025

The following retirees were honored at a reception on May 15th for their dedication and years of service to Emporia State University.  These retirees below account for three hundred years of service to ESU:  Bill Barnes (School of Business), Candace Boardman (School of Library and Information Management), Marilyn Buchele (Dean of Students), Stuart Ervay (The Teachers College), Ray Hauke (Administration and Fiscal Affairs), Nancy Hite (School of Business), Donald Miller (School of Business), Marie Miller (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), and Jean Morrow (The Teachers College).

Spenser Hoyt, an 8th grader at Americus Grade School, recently served as State President of the Kansas Society Children of the American Revolution.  His project during his presidency dovetailed with the National Presidents project to raise money for the Student Veterans Association programs.

There will be over 200 Dirty Kanza participants/visitors to Emporia staying on campus for the annual Dirty Kanza race which takes place on Saturday, May 31st.

Ray Hauke, Vice President of Administration and Fiscal Affairs, has announced his retirement.  There will be a reception for him on Thursday, June 19th from 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Skyline Room which is located on the second floor of the Memorial Union.  There will be a short program beginning at 3:15 p.m.




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