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I'm a Hornet from President Shonrock — Sept. 16, 2013

September 16, 2013

September 16, 2013

The BUZZ is now I’m a Hornet.

The newly remodeled Memorial Union hosted over 350 participants for the Kansas Transportation Summit on September 5, 2013; compliments on the facility and service were received from Governor Sam Brownback and Secretary of Transportation Mike King!

The Legislative Bus Tour, Kansas Representatives and Senators, will begin their visit of 4-year universities with Emporia State University on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 22, 2013; Go Hornets!

We have enriched our campus international outreach! Fall 2012 we hosted students from 28 different countries. Fall 2013 we are hosting students from 45 different countries.  The culture and experiences our international students are being shared with the campus, the Emporia community, and our region.

Dean Kristie Ogilvie of the School of Business (SoB) announced the establishment of a new ONLINE Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree beginning Spring semester 2014 (; SoB also announced the creation of a new Marketing & Recruitment Office (620-541-5371).

DeWayne Backhus, new Executive Director of Strategic Planning is now scheduling meetings with strategic planning colleagues at Kansas State University, University of Kansas, and Wichita State University compiling ‘best practices’ in the pre-planning process and implementation of a new Strategic Plan for Emporia State.

A Higher Education Dialog was presented by Regent Vice Chair Kenny Wilk to the Council, including 40+ faculty, staff, and students, on September 9th regarding the major issues facing public higher education.

Max McCoy, Associate Professor, English, Modern Languages, & Journalism just received the 2013 Distinguished Advisor for Four-Year Newspapers from the College Media Association (Max serves as the advisor to the ESU The Bulletin).

President Obama notes the importance of making college affordable; just recognized Emporia State for its affordability and return on investment! 

Comparing to crowd hosted by the 2010 Women’s Basketball Champions, the 17th annual FAN FAIR coordinated by John and Barbara Summervill, now called the Summervill Fan Fair, had a record attendance of 65 alums and friends of Emporia State for the Kansas State Fair.

A memorial service was followed by a reception at the Sauder Alumni Center to celebrate the life of ESU alum and Emporia native, Phil Hopper; the Hopper family recently established a $100,000 scholarship for Nursing students.

ASG President, Racheal Countryman has been appointed as a student representative to the KBOR Transfer & Articulation Council; Racheal also serves on the ESU General Education Council.

During the 2012-2013 academic school year, the National Teachers Hall of Fame has provided $29,468.34 of indirect advertising and promotion to The Teachers College and Emporia State University.

Gould Evans, campus master planning consultants, will return to campus on September 23rd to provide final feedback on the classroom utilization study and preliminary findings regarding the next steps in the planning process.

The Hammonds (Ed & Mary) kindly hosted the Shonrocks (Michael & Karen) for the FHSU and ESU season opener football game in Hays; the Hornet Football team is now 2-0!

A Summit on Access, Persistence, and Completion, hosted on the University of Central Missouri campus, included a President’s Roundtable; Michael Shonrock along with 2 other 4-year and 2-year college presidents discussed the challenges and opportunities for under-represented undergraduate students.

The ESU Foundation hosted a reception at the Sauder Alumni Center on September 13th including an official Bell Ringing ceremony celebrating the establishment of the new $250,000 Mildred Fulhage Music Scholarshipwho says Friday the 13th is unlucky?




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