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I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

June 24, 2014

June 25, 2014


  • The Kansas Board of Regents unanimously approved the new Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics at Emporia State University on June 18; the new center was established from $750,000 of grants from the Koch Foundation, Koch Industries, and three ESU alums/Koch executives (David Robertson, Dale Gibbens, and Kim Penner).


  • The National Teachers Hall of Fame officially dedicated the new Memorial to Fallen Educators on June 12th; hundreds of guests from around the country attended the ceremony including Andy Tompkins, President/CEO, Kansas Board of Regents and Ruthanne Buck, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Education.


  • Special thanks to Arthur Piculell of Portland, Oregon who has created the Rosamond Hirschorn Departmental Endowed Chair of Music Fund with a $500,000 gift in honor of his late wife, Dee.


  • Last Friday, Moody’s re-affirmed Emporia State’s A2 rating with a ‘stable’ outlook; continued success related to enrollment growth, managing successfully our current debt service coverage, and building future reserves could upgrade the university to A1 rating!


  • Last week’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting included a brief presentation to Regent’s Chair Fred Logan with a signed resolution by all 32 public postsecondary institution presidents of the new System-Wide Reverse Transfer program between 2-year and 4-year schools supporting seamless transfer for students and KBOR’s Foresight 2020 goal of 60% attainment!


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


  • Laura Patrick, team captain for the Lady Hornets, was nominated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year award.  The winner will be announced in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 19.


  • The Shonrocks, Karen and Michael, had the pleasure to serve as honorary Parade Marshals at the annual Americus Days parade pulled by DeWayne Bachkus on his vintage tractor!  THANKS also to the Alumni Association and volunteers and Corky for participating!


  • Undergraduate Admissions and local alums attended the 30th Anniversary Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Banquet; the Office of the President through the 1863 Society matched $2,000 in scholarships for three new Hornets!


  • 23rd Annual Induction Ceremony for the National Teachers Hall of Fame included inductees:  Jan Alderson from Overland Park, Cynthia Couchman from Buhler, Marguerite Izzo from Malverne (New York), Gary Koppelman from Blissfield (Michigan), and Rebecca Palacios from Corpus Christi (Texas).


  • Emporia State’s Alumni Association recently welcomed three new board members: Courtney George '09 from Tahlequah, OK, Jessie Stinson '05 from Warrensburg, MO, and Brenda Vogts ’81 from Canton, KS.


  • Educators from around the state and region recently attended the Summer Institute for School Librarians; this event was coordinated by Mirah Dow, associate professor of Library and Information Management.


  • Emporia State’s football team was recently ranked #13 in the Lindy's NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 as well as #22 in the Sporting News NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25.  The Hornets begin their season on September 4 against Missouri Southern.


  • Denelle Hurd and Amir Cuffe, Emporia State Admissions Counselors, will host 13 Open Houses in Wichita and Kansas City throughout the summer. They will provide information about the admission process, majors, scholarships and housing information.


  • Kaisa-Triin Karu, exchange student from Estonia, recently had an article published in a marketing magazine in Estonia discussing her experiences at Emporia State.


  • Max McCoy, associate professor, recently had his paranormal mystery, Of Grave Concern, named as a 2014 Kansas Notable Book.  The awards ceremony will be in Topeka on Saturday, September 13.


  • President Shonrock presented ESU alumnus Edward Hammond a plaque commemorating the original six teachers at the Kansas State Normal School.  President Hammond is retiring from Fort Hays State University with 27+ years of leadership and service to Kansas public higher education.


  • The new Vice President of Development for the ESU Foundation is Shane ShivleyCongratulations Shane!


  • Brian Obermeyer (B.S. 1994, M.S. 1996), was named an Ethical Hero by the Nature Conservancy.  He was selected from 270 nominees within the Nature Conservancy as a person who acts ethically and with absolute integrity.


  • The Shonrocks attended the first of the 60th Season Summer Theatre production, Blithe Spirit and look forward to future productions including:  Nunsense (June 25-28), Too Many Cooks (July 9-12), and probably defer to the younger crowd for The Arkansaw Bear (July 23-26).


  • Thirty (30) high school students participated in the 25th Anniversary Kansas Future Teacher Academy (KFTA); 2014 Kansas Master Teacher served as keynote the first evening and ESU Dean Ken Weaver served as closing banquet speaker; another great program coordinated by Bob Aman, Director of the KFTA!


  • With $26.2 million in gifts, grants and pledges received, Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University is nearly 58 percent of the way toward its $45 million goal.


GREAT DAY TO BE A HORNET                                               



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