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I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

October 22, 2014
  • With the passage of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE), the Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policies and Procedures section of the ESU Policy Manual has been updated to include sexual assault. Michael Shonrock and other Regent CEOs presented updates at last week’s KBOR meeting on changes to their respective campus policies and procedures. The update for Emporia State’s policy, Section 3D.0106, is located at

  • A Hornet is on the front lines of the fight against Ebola. Retired Col. Guy Beougher ’80 (B.S. Business Administration, ‘80) is now a member of the Senior Executive Service and leading the Defense Logistics Agency in the fight against Ebola in Africa.

  • A ribbon cutting for The Thomas Learning Space was held October 16 to dedicate a state-of-the-art learning center in Cremer Hall Room 416. Students, faculty and staff, along with university supporters gathered in to celebrate this new lspace made possible by School of Business graduate Diane L. (Thomas) Beatty.

  • Our Homecoming Black & Gold event had a GREAT turnout — 119 students and 207 family members and friends on campus on Saturday, October 18. These potential future Hornets learned about the university and its programs.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Jeremy Starr (Assistant Professor of Music) on providing an excellent orchestra experience for approximately 700 fourth and fifth graders! The full article can be found here:

  • Nearly 100 ESU Kansas City alumni attended the Alumni Association event on October 9 at Boulevard Brewery in downtown Kansas City. Stingers Up!

  • Congratulations to Micheal Torres and Sertrice Grice, our 2014 Homecoming King and Queen. Micheal is from Emporia and double majoring in modern language and communication with a concentration in public relations. Sertrice is from Wamego, Kansas, and is majoring in psychology with a double minor in sociology and management. Both are seniors and members of Blue Key Honor Society where Micheal is president, and Sertrice is vice president.

  • Faculty, staff and students from Regents institutions attending the annual Michael Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism heard from two expert speakers Monday and Tuesday during their time in Emporia. Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace is assistant vice provost for undergraduate students at the University of Missouri and Dr. William Howe is program manager for culturally responsive education, multicultural education, bullying and harassment, gender equity and civil rights at the Connectivut State Department of Education. Kansas Regent Fred Logan welcomed the guests.

  • Special thanks to all who participated in the Disability Mentoring Day on October 15 at Emporia State University. To view pictures from The Emporia Gazette, please click

  • Congratulations to ESU alumnus Ben Smith (B.S. '10, M.S. '13) and Dr. David R. Edds (Professor of Biology)!  A portion of Ben’s ESU thesis research will be published in the upcoming issue of the Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science.

  • A highlight of Homecoming 2014 was honoring some very special Hornets. On Friday, October 17, we honored four Distinguished Alumni — Daniel D. Busby ’63 & ’64, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability; Dr. Diane M. DeBacker ’82, past Kansas Commissioner of Education and current advisor to the director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council in the United Arab Emirates; Tony Forcum ’73, a retired principal of Deloitte Consulting LLP and a member of its Board of Directors; and Dr. Rosemary A. Kirby ’52, who retired as president of the Wichita Area Technical College — and four Outstanding Recent Graduates — Sean Balke ’06,  president and chief operating officer of Craig HomeCare; Heather Braum ’08, digital and technical services librarian for the Northeast Kansas Library System; Maggie Fletcher ’05, an accountant for Flint Hills Resources, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc.; and Dr. Lea Gimenez-Duarte ’04, an economist for the World Bank focusing on Poverty, Gender and Equity issues. On Saturday morning, October 18, we recognized the 2014 inductees to the ESU Athletic Hall of Honor — Rachel Goetz Wilson, track and field 2001-04; Ted Hollembeak, baseball 1961-65; Gonzalo Javier, men’s track and field/cross country, 1957-60; Tyler Paul, football 2000-03; John Rich, faculty athletics representative 1990-2013; and the members of the 1997-98 NCAA runner-up Women’s Basketball Team.

  • The Office of International Education will host the Colors of ESU and International Tea Party at 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 24. Students will dress in the traditional clothing of their countries which provides a great opportunity for domestic and international students to share tea and cultures.

  • Lyndel Landgren (Associate Director, Admissions) and the admissions counselors attended the annual state meeting for Admissions and Registrars staff September 24 through 26. ESU received a “shout out” for its effective use of social media.

  • Emporia State’s Zoiks! improv and sketch comedy troupe will be the focus of Thursday’s Buzz interview with Michael Shonrock. Guests on the radio show will be Zoiks! Vice President Jennifer Bratton and Advisor Su J. Mai. The interview is live and can be heard online at

  • Congratulations to ESU alumnus Dr. Daren Riedle (B.S. Biology, '95). Daren has recently completed his Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Texas A&M University. He is currently senior biologist with the Environmental Planning Group ( in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • Foundation leaders, Provost David Cordle, university vice presidents and deans met recently to update the 18 BIG IDEAS of the Now & Forever Campaign, what DenaSue Potestio, Foundation president/CEO calls “refining and defining the vision, which is paramount to fund-raising success.” The campaign has raised $32.5 million — 72 percent of its working goal of $45 million.

  • Congratulations to Murad Jalilov (Political Science major) and Phil Kelly (Professor, Social Sciences).  Murad is the lead author of a report, “The Ukrainian Shatterbelt: A New Cold War?” The report was based on a student/faculty collaborative project this past summer for the ESU Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

  • Mike Law (B.S. Business Administration, ’81) recently was inducted into the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Mike began his broadcasting career in 1977 at KVOE in Emporia while a student at Emporia State. He later worked in Great Bend and Hoisington before returning to KVOE. He moved to Kansas City and has been working at KBEQ since 1991.

  • The ESU Foundation Board of Trustees welcomed new trustees Gary Allerheiligen of Wichita, DeWayne Backhus of Emporia, Diane Beatty of Oklahoma, Isaac (Ike) Diel of Kansas City, Don Hill of Emporia, Don Miller of Emporia, Debra (Debbie) Wynn of Colorado and Theresa (Terry) Young of Topeka during their meeting on Friday, October 17.

  • School of Library and Information Management alum Sue Koenig '11 is the director of the Clearwater, Kansas, Public Library. Sue and her library just won Governor Brownback’s $500 Kansas Book Festival Library Grant Award.

  • The Campus Campaign for the United Way of the Flint Hills is one-third of the way to its goal of $50,001 and coordinator Nathan Woolard and his campaign cabinet are hard at work to plan the Outrageous Olympics fundraiser for October 30 —a fun and wacky competition featuring unique games like Fly Wright, Sticks & Stones and Communication Chaos.

  • The School of Business has a new initiative called the Venture Alliance that connects local businesses with School of Business faculty who can integrate special projects into their classes. This initiative contributes to the success of local businesses while providing an opportunity for our students to apply their academic knowledge in real-world scenarios.

  • Edward Cates (B.S. Communications and Political Science, ’95) delivered the fourth annual Sam and Jeannene Hayes Lecture on Thursday, October 16. The Mission Hills, Kansas, couple established the lecture series to engage ESU alumni in highlighting their success. Student members of Blue Key Honor Society organize the event and escorted Edward to his many speaking engagements in classrooms across campus. Thanks to the generosity of alumni Doug and Nan Smith, five students who attended the lecture and wrote essays about the experience will be chosen to receive $1,000 scholarships.

  • Emporia State University will be hosting the MOKABUG Conference (Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, & Arkansas Banner User Group) on November 19 and 20. Information on registration is online at

  • Brian Miller (Associate Professor, Social Sciences) and Jim Hoy (Professor, English, Modern Languages, & Journalism) will participate in an academic’s roundtable with William Adams, chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities on Thursday, October 23. The event is part of a meeting with Adams and the Kansas Humanities Council and a town hall meeting on “The Heart of the Matter” at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.



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