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I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

June 10, 2014

The ESU Alumni Association’s 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Event recognized University Service Citation Recipients including:  Don Hill, retired pharmacy owner and Kansas Legislator since 2003 and Gail and George Milton, Emporia community residents since the late 1960s.  Congratulations and THANKS for your volunteerism!

Emporia State University finished in the top 100 out of over 300 NCAA Division II schools in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings for the 12th straight year.

Deloitte LLP has named Emporia State alum, Craig Kuckelman, Kansas City managing partner. Kuckelman earned a BSB in accounting in 1991 and currently serves on the Business Alliance for the School of Business.

The Kansas Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence has awarded ESU $348,375 to support Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Sciences. This award primarily focuses on renovations for research space in the Department of Physical Sciences.

Two ESU officers, Corporal Jerry Cook and Officer John Stimatze completed the IPMBA, a Police Mountain Bike certification on May 22.  They assisted with patrol at the annual Dirty Kanza event on May 31.

A recent study conducted by Dr. Jeff Tubbs at the Cost of College Sports recognizes Emporia State as the most efficient athletic department in the MIAA during 2009-2013.

ESU hosted the 41st annual Conference on Higher Education Computing in Kansas that included more than 180 technology professionals from 13 higher education institutions and state offices from across Kansas. Attendance was up by more than 30% over previous years.

Critically acclaimed author of several children’s books, Myron Uhlberg was the keynote at the 29th Annual Tallgrass Writing Workshop this past weekend.

The School of Business has announced a landmark initiative to establish a center of leadership and business ethics. Initial grants total $750,000 on behalf of Fred and Mary Koch, David Robertson, Dale Gibbens, and Kim Penner.

Nathan Woolard and his Leadership Studies class will be working with USD 253 to bring attention to the summer academic slide for schoolchildren, and in conjunction with the United Way Worldwide Day of Action, United Way of the Flint Hills is launching a program tentatively called “Summer Climbin'.”

Our football coaches created a video on the Evolution of Dance that instantly reached thousands of viewers.  This five minute video can be found at:

Carmen Leeds, Senior Associate Athletic Director, will be the new vice Chair of the NCAA National Committee on Women’s Athletics. Congratulations Carmen!

New I'm A Hornet banners and flagsThe Dirty Kanza bike race brought 1,272 participants from 45 states and 8 countries to the Emporia community.

Former Hornets, Bill Freeman and Bill Tidwell, will be inducted into the 2014 Class of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 5th at the Wichita Boathouse.

During a recent conference, ESU shared best practices for implementing Ellucian eTranscripts sharing their experiences in being the first Banner ERP institution to implement the eTranscript solution. More than 300 higher education institutions from across the United States participated.

This is the 12th straight year the Emporia State track and field men have scored at the national meet and both teams have scored in 20 of the last 22 outdoor national championships. The Emporia State men finished 19th and the Hornet women were 67th at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

At the recent NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships, Payson Maydew and Briar Ploude both took third place. Maydew shattered his own school record with 7,413 points in the decathlon while Briar Ploude cleared 6-11.75 (2.13m) in the men’s high jump. Nikki Wetstein placed eighth in the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 13.85.  Peyton Weiss and Payson Maydew have also earned CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District honors.

The NEW I’m A Hornet banners and flags (above right) look great and will be located in the following locations: campus light poles, Highland Street and Commercial Street.




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