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I'm A Hornet from Interim President Jackie Vietti

October 21, 2015
  • Emporia State University Director of Athletics Kent Weiser announced Monday that former Hornet, April Huddleston, will be the 10th head coach of the Hornet softball program. An introductory press conference will be held on Friday, October 23. For more:
  • Dr. David Edds, a Biology professor and ESU Roe R. Cross Professor, has been conducting sabbatical research in Nepal this semester, continuing his research in fish ecology in Nepal. Dr. Edds has been very active in the professional service and connecting local scientists in Nepal. Here are two his scholarly recent scholarly activities:

Dr. Edds served as a panelist in a workshop on the “Impact of Damming Rivers of Nepal on Aquatic Diversity” hosted in Kathmandu by the Asian Development Bank.

Dr. Edds and Dr. David Gillette (M.S. 2002), Associate Professor of Environmental Science at the University of North Carolina Asheville, presented a program on “Aquatic Biodiversity, Ecological Services, and Fish Conservation in Nepal” to the Tribhuvan University Academic & Research Centre, Kathmandu.

  • Dr. Bill Jensen and his undergraduate students attended the 2015 meeting of the Central Plains Society of Mammalogists (CPSM) on October 9 and 10 at the Mozingo Lake Recreation Area near Maryville, Missouri. Dr. Bill Jensen completed his term on the CPSM Executive Board as Past-President but will be hosting next year’s CPSM meeting at the newly renovated classroom facility at ESU’s Ross Natural History Reservation.

  • A new partnership with the Kansas Food Bank will help dollars donated to Emporia State’s campus food pantry stretch further. The university is the first to partner with the Wichita-based organization’s Stocking Pantries program. Corky’s Cupboard, the campus food pantry, also recently received a $1,000 grant from United Way of the Flint Hills. For more, as well as how to contribute to the food drive competition between Emporia State and Washburn, which ends Oct. 30, see

  • The Emporia State football game at Northwest Missouri on Saturday, November 7, has been selected for the DII Football Showcase on the American Sports Network. The game, originally scheduled for 1 p.m., has been moved back to a 6 p.m. kickoff at Bearcat Stadium in Maryville, Missouri. For more information, including how to watch the game:

  • The Board of Trustees of The National Teachers Hall of Fame voted unanimously at Friday’s annual strategic planning meeting that the Memorial to Fallen Educators will be expanded to include educators who have “fallen in the line of duty” on the higher education level.

  • It’s Homecoming Week on campus. “South Pacific” in Albert Taylor Hall, Hayes Lecture, Class of 1965 Reunion and much more. See the full schedule of events at

  • The School of Business hosted Kristin Oliver, executive vice president of people for Walmart, to campus on October 8. Oliver spoke to students on topics including human resource management, corporate practices and leadership. Over 250 students attend the event.

  • Emporia State in the news:

Michael Smith, chair and associate professor in social sciences, was interviewed by the New York Times for an article about voter IDs in Kansas. The full story is here:

Emporia State University received a mention during a Fox News interview with Charles Koch. The interview was on The Kelly File. The full video is here: The ESU begins at 7:20.

  • Alumni and friends gathered in Kansas City at the Boulevard Brewery on October 1 and heard comments from Dr. David Cordle, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. A large number of ESU SLIM alumni were present as they were attending a joint conference of the Kansas and Missouri library associations. The conference was chaired by two ESU alumni from the SLIM program. 

  • An open house for educators is being held at Emporia State University-Kansas City (8400 W. 110th St., Suite 150, Overland Park) on Thursday, November 5. Visitors can explore new opportunities through the 30 bachelors, masters, licensure, and certificate programs offered in Kansas City. People interested in the programs — whether they can attend or not — can learn more at

  • The Teachers College invites all alumni, faculty, staff, and emeritus faculty to the Homecoming Party on the Patio. The event will be Saturday, October 24 on the Visser Hall Patio from 12-1:15 p.m. Food, drinks, tableware, and seating are provided.

  • New bike repair stations have been installed at three locations on campus. One is at the Student Rec Building, one at Towers Complex (south of Singular) and one at WAW Library.  The city will also be locating two additional stations, one downtown and one at the Veteran’s Memorial south of town. For more:

  • Emporia State University’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society recently was named a chapter of merit. Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society founded in 1897 that recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others. For more:

  • Applications are being accepted for teachers and librarians wanting to earn certification in information, technology and scientific literacy. The first of four courses will be offered in spring 2016. The new program is funded by a $496,277 grant from the 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Library. For more:

  • Professor Cynthia Kane, Assistant Professor Alex Mudd and Professor Terri Summey from the University Libraries and Archives presented at a joint conference of the Kansas Library Association and the Missouri Library Association, September 30 through October 2 in Kansas City, Missouri. Terri presided over the conference as president of the Kansas Library Association. Cynthia and Terri presented a session titled, “Going Where They Are: Measuring the Impact on Student Learning of Intentionally Imbedded Librarians.” Alex and Cynthia presented during their session, titled “What Faculty Think They Know: Understanding Faculty Awareness and Perceptions of Library Services” regarding the faculty survey the ULA conducted last spring. 

  • Hornet alumnus Susan Thomas will present the fifth address in the Sam E. and Jeannene Hayes Lecture Series on Thursday, October 22, inside the Memorial Union’s Webb Hall at 7 p.m. Thomas will speak about “An Ordinary Life of Extraordinary Experiences” that led her to become the founder, president and CEO of 10Fold Communications. For more:



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