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I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

September 10, 2014
  • The Ring the Bell celebrations are meant to honor our generous donors and sound a voice of success to the Hornet Nation. Silent Joe — the campanile on campus and our Campaign’s symbol — was silent for many years because he only rang when the Hornets had a home football team victory. NOW reframed as a beacon of achievement and symbol of success, Silent Joe rings aloud to celebrate success across campus and will FOREVER be remembered as Silent No More.

  • Special thanks to all alums and friends that attended the Summervill’s Fan Fair that kicked off Emporia State’s presence at the Kansas State Fair. There were several I’m A Hornet prizes for those in attendance.

  • The Hornet football team won their home opener on September 4, 53-28. Deshawn Dinwiddie was named MIAA Defensive Play of the Week. The next home game, Family Weekend, will be September 20 against Central Oklahoma.

  • Kent Weiser, Director of Athletics, has been selected to serve as a member of the NCAA Division II Football Committee effectively immediately through September 2016. Congratulations, Kent!

  • Over 375 students attended the second annual Biz Fest event on August 28 hosted by the School of Business. The event provided students with information on resources, scholarships, and majors offered within the School of Business.

  • The Office of International Education reported the largest international enrollment with 549 international students this semester, 360 undergraduate and 189 graduate students.

  • All 350 fall student-athletes attended the Swarm the Nest event on September 3. Pictures were taken with deans of their respective colleges: School of Business had about 100 student-athletes, Liberal Arts & Sciences and The Teachers College had about 125 each.

  • The third annual Cruiser’s Car Show around Kellogg Circle Drive took place on August 23. Special thanks to all car owners and local businesses who participated in this event.

  • The Athletic Training Program had a three-year aggregate first-time pass rate of almost 73 percent on the Board of Certification Examination for the Athletic Trainer which surpassed the minimum requirement of 70 percent for accreditation purposes. This exceeds our last year’s rate by over 10 percent!

  • The north side of campus will have a new look soon with the implementation of the Campus Master Plan. Projects include a curb and gutter project on Highland Street, improvements to the edge of campus along I-35 and landscaping the compound area.

  • The Convention & Visitors Bureau has donated two billboards to help promote Emporia State University along the interstate. We appreciate the communities of the Hornet Nation!

  • The Office of International Education is hosting several events this month for international students including a game night at the library this Friday and an afternoon of activities on the field on September 25.

  • As part of the Campus Master Plan, there will be new grass installed on the south side of campus, which will be supported with an expanded irrigation system.

  • Congratulations to recent ESU alumnus Andrew Rutter, BS Biology (Ecology & Biodiversity ’13) who has accepted a fullyfunded MS position through the Southern Illinois University Department of Forestry and the Southern Illinois Cooperative Wildlife Research Lab.

  • Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business; June Coleman, director of Career Services; and Tyler Curtis, executive director of Alumni Relations, met with the Salina Chamber of Commerce and Salina Downtown Inc. last month to discuss potential partnerships.

  • Emporia State University is participating in a recruitment tour through Latin America. The tour is organized by the Council of International Schools and includes visits to English-speaking schools in 12 countries.

  • The Division II Athletics Directors Association (DII ADA) recently announced that 55 Emporia State student-athletes earned Academic Achievement Awards. This award recognizes those who maintained a 3.50 cumulative GPA in at least four semesters of college level work.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Greg Schneider (Professor of History) on having his book Rock Island Requiem win the George and Constance Hilton award for the Best Book in Railroad History for 2014.

  • Emporia Connection hosted some 100+ alumni in Denver, Colorado, that included welcomes from Tyler Curtis, DenaSue Potestio and Michael Shonrock.

  • Emporia State University was chosen by the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) to pilot the USA Direct program. This newly created program targets fee-paying students who will come to universities in the United States for one or two semesters to learn English and/or earn academic credits.

  • The South Central Alumni Chapter Golf Scramble held in Newton, Kansas, this summer raised almost $18,000 in scholarships for students attending Emporia State University from the south central region.

  • Chris Schwinghamer, BS Biology (Ecology & Biodiversity concentration ’14) recently accepted a graduate research assistantship position at Southeast Missouri State University. Congratulations, Chris!

  • Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dr. Sarah Sutton (School of Library and Information Management) on her article, Altmetrics: What Good Are They to Academic Libraries. To read, please follow this link

  • Congratulations to Jeremy Starr, Susan Mayo and Martin Cuéllar (Department of Music) on their accomplishments in Paraguay this summer via the Paraguay Partners Association. They are a part of the Great Plains Trio.

  • Dr. Brent Thomas, dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences, served as an external reviewer of Patrick Moldowan’s thesis. Patrick is a master’s student at Laurentian University in Canada under the supervision of Jacqueline Litzgus.

  • Special thanks to all Team Leaders and Hornet Helpers who assisted students with the move in process to the residential halls. The feedback from parents and students has been very positive!

  • Ten Elementary Education majors spent Labor Day weekend studying the Mexican Free Tailed Bat in the caves of Freedom, Oklahoma: Carolyn Wallace, Jessica Nispel, Amanda Erwin, Samantha Sare, Elisabeth Apel, Paige Hardiman, Courtney Maddux, Adriann Thomas, Kellie Cornwell and Ali Anderson. Special thanks to Dr. Matt Seimears for his assistance.

  • Congratulations to Professor Dan Colson (Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism) who recently had an article appear in the Journal of Academic Freedom through the American Association of University Professors.

  • For pictures from the Biology picnic on August 27 at Hammond Park, please visit

  • Congratulations to Dr. “Chloe” Yunqi Zhao (MS Microbial and Cellular Biology ’09) on accepting a tenured associate professor position at the Department of Pharmaceutics in Kunming Medical University in Kunming, China.

  • Newman Regional Health is proud to announce re-accreditation of its Sleep Disorders Center and first time accreditation for its new in-home Out of Center Sleep Testing (OCST) program by the American Association of Sleep Medicine.

  • Congratulations to Professor Luisa Perez (Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism), whose research paper presentation proposal has been accepted by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

  • Special thanks to the Emporia Chamber of Commerce for its efforts and support for the first-ever Swarm the Nest event on September 3, which included hundreds of fans the opportunity to meet Emporia State student-athletes.

  • Emporia State University’s Herbarium is located on the first floor of Breukelman Hall. For additional information, please visit their website at

  • The weekend of September 20 is Family Weekend here at Emporia State University with numerous events. For a list of all events, please visit



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