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I'm A Hornet from Interim President Jackie Vietti

July 29, 2015
  • Max McCoy, associate professor, Department of English, Modern Languages and Journalism, was in Japan last weekend to speak at the 2015 International Peace Symposium in Hiroshima about the “Akiba Project,” a program set up to interview the survivors of the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. McCoy interviewed survivors nearly 30 years ago while a journalist at the Pittsburg Sun in Kansas. McCoy published an e-book from those interviews called “Zero Minutes to Midnight.” Both the Wichita Eagle and Joplin Globe newspapers published features on McCoy’s return to Japan. For more:

  • David Szabo, a sophomore business administration major, attended the National Leadership Conference for Future Business Leaders of America in Chicago and received national recognition for placing third in microeconomics. 

  • A collaborative card access conversion project spearheaded by Information Technology will bring enhanced security and greater convenience to campus constituents. The phased project will eventually replace all ID cards with chip technology. The first phase in August includes installing contactless card readers at residence halls and re-carding affected students and staff. During the next year, card readers will be replaced in campus buildings that have card access and new IDs issued. When the project is done, users can hold their cards close to the readers, but won’t need to swipe their cards. Because smart chips are not easily copied, security will be enhanced.

  • Dr. Lawrence Lyman, Dr. Scott Waters, Dr. Harvey Foyle and ESU alum Allyson Lyman recently published “Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School.” The textbook and accompanying CD are designed to provide teachers with effective strategies for planning curriculum, promoting interaction and effectively teaching elementary and middle school students. The publication is available from the National Social Science Press.

  • Alumni of Emporia State’s fraternities continue to be engaged with their alma mater and chapters. Last week both Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Tau Gamma alumni reunited in Emporia. Fraternity and sorority alums are among the most engaged segment of Emporia State’s alumni base.

  • Speaking of engaged fraternity alumni, Phi Delta Theta alumnus Sanaka Samarasinha was among those alumni who returned for their summer reunion. Sanaka serves as the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Belarus.  Sanaka is a recipient of Phi Delta Theta’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. The a story in The Emporia Gazette here:

  • Dr. Tiffany Hill will join the Hornet Connected Learning team in the Elementary/Early Childhood/Special Education department for the 2015-16 academic year. She joins Dr. Nancy Smith and Dr. Lori Mann as HCL team leaders.

  • In August, Dr. Joe Yanik begins his three-year term representing the Kansas Section on the Mathematical Association of America’s Board of Governors at the national Mathfest meeting in Washington D.C.

  • Almost 40 Hornet alumni and friends enjoyed a tour of Ireland together this summer. You can view pictures from their trip to the Emerald Isle at

  • Congratulations to Micheal Torres, a May 2015 graduate and new admissions counselor, who is a finalist for the Ellsworth C. Dent “Man of the Year” Award with Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. Named after a charter member of Delta Chapter, the award is the highest honor bestowed upon a collegiate member. Selection of the five finalists for the award is based on leadership, extracurricular activities, scholastic achievement and service to school and Chapter. Micheal is in Norfolk, Virginia, today through August 2 for the National Leadership Conference where the winner will be announced.

  • Emporia State University's School of Library and Information Management professor Dr. Melvin Hale presented at the Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) on July 14. He demonstrated to archivists how to produce rich narratives from photos using his KBI theory (Know, Believe, Imagine).

  • The adaptive special education graduate program at Emporia State University awarded nearly $41,000 in scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year to 33 graduate students. For more:

  • Lee Spence ’78 recently hosted a group of Hornets and their families at Underground Vault and Storage, where he serves as CEO. The group enjoyed touring his business as well as Strataca Underground Salt Museum.  Dr. Rich Sleezer ’87 & ’90, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and his daughter, who will be a freshman at Emporia State this fall, served as special guests from the university. You can view pictures from the event at

  • Natasha Jenkins (BSE, Social Sciences, 2007) was recently named a Teachers for Global Classrooms program fellow by U.S. State Department.

  • The Information Technology department has a full list of events to help with at the launch of the fall semester. By being on-site for students, the department has seen a decrease in calls to the help desk after students move in. So far, IT staffers have participated in E-Experience and Hornet Connection in July and plan to be at international student orientation and residence hall move-in on campus and the launch of Hornet Connected Learning for elementary education students at Butler Community College, Emporia State University — Kansas City and on campus in August. They also will participate in the Fall Tech Fair and freshmen seminars.

  • Mim Hiesterman ‘57, South Central alumni coordinator, recently completed a bike ride across the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany, New York. And she sported an Emporia State bike jersey while doing so. Way to go, Mim. 

  • Emporia State had a total of 16 selections to the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Men's and Women's All-Academic team. The nine women and seven men were recognized as Emporia State was ranked fourth in the nation in total honors. For more:

  • Tyler Curtis, executive director of Alumni Relations, recently completed a series of courses offered by Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and earned an executive certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership.



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