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I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

July 16, 2014

Congratulations to Melinda Rangel, ’92 BSE (Business Education) and ’95 MS (Master of Science Business Education), who recently received the “Secondary Teacher of the Year” award by the National Business Education Association.

Emporia State’s football team recently had four offensive players named to the Preseason All-American Watch List: guard Jarrett Stastny (first-team), quarterback Brent Wilson (second-team), tackle Aaron Blount (third-team) and receiver Austin Willis (third-team).

Jan Alderson (Overland Park, Kansas) and Cynthia Couchman (Buhler, Kansas) were inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame on Friday, June 13.

If you would like to purchase a limited edition Corky bobble head, please click on the following link:

The University Support Staff (USS) performance review subcommittee has been working diligently to roll out a new performance review. Special thanks to Jackie Lutz (Career Services), Karla Rodgers (Wellness Services) and Shari Scribner (University Archives).

Allan Comstock and Martin Cuellar, music professors, went to the National Conservatory of Music in La Paz, Bolivia. They helped to lay the groundwork for the conservatory to send students to Emporia State University.

Art therapy students from Emporia State were featured in a TV story from the Bahamas. Click this link to watch:

For the 17th straight year, the Lady Hornets ranked in the top six in attendance among nearly 300 NCAA Division II basketball teams with an average of 1,847 fans per game.

For the 12th straight year, the men's basketball team ranked in the top 25 for attendance among nearly 300 NCAA Division II teams with an average of 1,549 fans per game.

President Michael D. Shonrock and Ken Weaver, dean of The Teachers College, went on field trips to several schools to visit classrooms and observe students and teachers utilizing their iPads.

The Memorial to Fallen Educators was officially dedicated on Thursday, June 12. The ceremony included representatives from Newtown, Connecticut, in addition to other guests from other states.

Thanks to the generous donation by ESB Financial, the Memorial to Fallen Educators will have an interactive touch screen kiosk for visitors to learn about the educators who are being honored for their service. Please visit for more information.

Congratulations to Andrea Luthi (triple major ’08: B.S. Chemistry, B.S. Biology, & B.A. Spanish) who will begin a post-doctoral research position at the University of California, Santa Barbara this fall. Upon graduation, she entered the Ph.D. program at Northwestern University.

Congratulations to Harmony Tasker (’12 BM) who has been accepted to the music program at Temple University. Temple has one of the foremost graduate music programs in the country.

During the month of June, there were 861 participants on campus for several athletic camps. The biggest group was 505 football players from 18 different high schools. There will be more camps throughout July!

ESU Summer Scholars, a STEM outreach program, taught middle school Hispanic students how to use a graphing calculator to plot data and fit appropriate curves to data to determine mathematical models. Special thanks to Marvin Harrell, Jorge Ballester and Betsy Yanik.

Payson Maydew, sophomore track and field athlete, was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Second-Team. He is only the 44th student-athlete to receive this honor since 1972.

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Miller, associate professor of Social Sciences, who was a participant in the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute. His speech can be viewed at beginning at the 1:30 mark.

Congratulations to Dr. Greg Schneider, professor of Social Sciences, who recently taped a segment for Sunflower Journeys on his new book Rock Island Requiem. He also received a grant from the Earhart Foundation to support his research efforts.

During the recent academic year, Emporia State student-athletes logged a total of 3,406 community service and engagement hours. Student-athletes have completed more than 25,000 hours of community service in the last decade!

Would you like a tour inside the renovated Memorial Union at Emporia State? Please access the following link to view each level:

Emporia State University’s Kansas Epsilon chapter of Phi Delta Theta celebrated its 45th anniversary on June 27 and 28. Dr. Marc Johnson, an ESU Distinguished Alumnus and current president of the University of Nevada-Reno, served as master of ceremonies during the Saturday night banquet.

The Emporia State University School of Business is excited to announce the launching of a new and exciting opportunity that will allow alumni and supporters to connect with current students. For more info on the program, please visit




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