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I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

August 27, 2014
  • Werner Golling, new vice president for administration and fiscal affairs, recently completed his tour of Emporia. He has ridden his bike a total of 218 miles on each and every street in the city of Emporia. Congratulations, Werner!

  • For the first time in school history, the Emporia State football team will begin the season ranked in the top 25 of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NCAA Division II Preseason Poll. The Hornets are ranked No. 22 and begin their season September 4.

  • The university will be closed on Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day.

  • Roy Mann (’79 & ’98) is a new director of development for the Emporia State Foundation. He was the former director of Alumni Relations from 1995-2008 and received the University Service Citation Award in 2013.

  • There have been nearly 1,300 I’m A Hornet license plates given away this past week. Alumni and friends from around Kansas have requested a license plate, in addition to the following states: Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois, Arkansas, Virginia, Wyoming, Montana and Washington.

  • The nominees for the Faculty Senate Second Vice President are Dr. Kevin Coulson (Professor, School of Business) and Dr. Andrew Houchins (Professor, Music).

  • Congratulations to Kristina Scott (Elementary Education ’00) and Jeff Miller (Business Management ’14) on receiving the new Presidential Graduate Scholarship worth $4,000 each.

  • Thank you to all faculty and staff for your service on one of the many campus-wide committees here at Emporia State.

  • There is a new I’m A Hornet bench located between Plumb Hall and King Hall that was donated by the class of 2014. Special thanks to the facilities department and the Emporia State Student Foundation for their help with this project.

  • Nearly 1,000 students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff were served ice cream following the General Assembly on August 15. The Scoop, as it is called, was served by the President’s Council.
  • The Kansas Board of Regents will visit campus on the evening of October 6 and the morning of October 7.
  • There are three individuals from the President’s Office who are teaching a class this semester: President Michael Shonrock (Leadership in Organizations guest presenter), Dr. Kevin Johnson (Legal Environment of Business) and Lisa Moritz (Fiction Writing).
  • The Emporia State volleyball team was recently selected fifth in the 2014 MIAA Coaches Preseason Poll. The season begins on September 9 against William Jewell in White Auditorium.
  • Congratulations to Dr. William Jensen on his article titled “Divergence of vocal culture among isolated alpine habitats is inconsistent among three Oscine species” that was recently published in the Journal of Ornithology. Dr. Jensen worked with his M.S. advisee Anthony Dalisio, ’11.
  • Eleven elementary, middle and high school teachers spent three weeks at Emporia State this summer participating in the inaugural Flint Hills Writing Project. Special thanks to ESU faculty Roger and Heather Caswell for coordinating this event.
  • The School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) is pleased to welcome 59 new Master of Library Science students this fall as well as 16 new students to the Doctor of Philosophy, Library and Information Management, degree program.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Marshall Sundberg (Professor of Botany, Department of Biological Sciences) on receiving the 2014 Samuel Noel Postlethwait Award from the Botanical Society of America. This award was presented at the BSA Annual Meeting last month in Boise, Idaho.
  • The registration deadline for the Second Annual Nitty Gritty Tie-Dye Run is this Friday, August 29 by 5 p.m. Please visit for more information about this event on September 6.
  • Congratulations ESU-NIL-8TORS for placing 20th out of 36 teams in the Corporate Challenge 2014. This was the ESU-NIL-8TORS’ first time competing in the event, so job well done!
  • Chief Information Officer Mike Erickson has decided to move his family closer to the mountains by accepting a similar lead technology role with the Colorado School of Mines. Associate Chief Information Officer Cory Falldine has been named interim CIO.
  • The President’s Office welcomed back student workers Tim Bartley (Marketing) and Jennifer Clark (Accounting) after corporate internships over the summer. They are joined by Brooke Schmidt (Nursing), Josiah D’Albini (Sociology), and Michael Torres (Communications). MBA students Amanda Humphrey and Jeff Miller are also helping President Shonrock with special projects this fall.
  • From 2009 to 2013, SLIM’s Emporia Diversity Initiative, which provides full tuition and enrichment experiences through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, graduated 32 minority Master of Library Science students.
  • The Alumni Association hosted an event with 125 alumni at Sporting Kansas City on August 16, which included a pre-game tailgate and a special post-game group picture on the field.

  • A new, easy-to-use literacy software called Read and Write Gold is now available. It is a customizable toolbar that integrates reading, writing, student and research support tools. Please visit for more information.
  • Faculty Senate attended the Kansas Leadership Center on August 14 followed by a reception at President Shonrock’s residence.
  • Thank you to all Hornet Helpers for a successful move-in to the residence halls on August 14 and 15.
  • There will be an Emporia Connection Reunion event in Denver, Colorado, beginning August 29 and concluding on August 31.
  • The Union Activities Council hosted a Party on the Lawn in front of Plumb Hall on August 19 to kick off the start of the school year.
  • The welcome back Block Party sponsored by Emporia Main Street on August 18 was a tremendous success in addition to the Monday Night Football event that featured the No. 22-ranked Emporia State University Hornets.
  • Special thanks to Career Services for helping coordinate a part-time job fair on August 21 for students.
  • The Flint Hills Regional Council had a retreat on the campus of Emporia State on August 22.
  • The annual Gala Benefit Concert will be on September 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Heath Recital Hall. Musical performers include: Catherine Bergman, Gary Brattin, William Clamurro, Allan Comstock, Tracy Freeze, Richard Hellinger, Dawn McConkie, Anna Ryan, Christine Tompkins, Scott Wichael, Gary Ziek and Terrisa Ziek



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