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November 18, 2014
  • Emporia State University’s Alumni Association hosted its first-ever Veteran Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday, November 8, before the annual Military Appreciation Day at Welch Stadium. The luncheon provided a platform to say THANK YOU to our Hornet veterans while both honoring and celebrating their military service.

  • More than 30 physics and pre-engineering students demonstrated their Arduino-based robots’ abilities to autonomously navigate a maze. The students worked in nine groups of three to four students to design, build and program the robots.

  • Sophomore Megan Holloway of Salina, a member of the Lady Hornets basketball team, is the first recipient of the Bobbi Sauder Student-Athlete Nursing Scholarship. The award was established with a gift from Emporians Bobbi and Steve Sauder.

  • On Sunday, November 9, the state of Kansas officially joined the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, and the Kansas Board of Regents became the portal agency for the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which is a nationwide initiative of states that will make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education. SARA is funded by a $3 million grant from Lumina Foundation, a $200,000 grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and fees paid by institutions. Many thanks to Kathy Ermler, ESU dean of the graduate school and distance education for her help moving this forward.

  • The School of Business held its first Celebration of Excellence on November 7. The event highlighted several initiatives within the school, including the new mentor program, which has successfully paired over 60 students with professional mentors, many of whom are Emporia State alumni and supporters.

  • Retired Army Major Jeff Hall ’97 presented “A Cost of War” during the 2014 Veterans Roundtable, an annual discussion hosted at Emporia State University. Hall has served as a national advocate for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and the use of art therapy to treat the disorder, and he appeared in People magazine on February 18, 2013, to share his personal story. 

  • Emporia State’s nursing program and student Chris Booth, a retired Army sergeant 1st class, were in the spotlight on Veterans Day. Booth chose to pursue a nursing career after a 23-year military career. He plans to graduate in May. The participation of Booth and other nursing students in Emporia’s Veterans Day parade drew media coverage locally as well as in Topeka and Wichita. Watch the story on Wichita’s KWCH here:

  • Mirah Dow, professor in the School of Library Information and Management, received the Vision Award from the Kansas Association of School Librarians. KASL gives the annual award to an individual inside or outside the profession who has contributed to the vision of Kansas school library media centers.

  • The Teachers College will share in a $3 million U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation grant awarded to a Reading Recovery consortium led by Ohio State that also includes Clemson and Georgia State. Reading Recovery is a school-based, short-term intervention designed for children aged 5 or 6, who are the lowest achieving in literacy after their first year of school. ESU’s Reading Recovery program in Kansas is regarded as among the strongest state programs in the nation.   

  • Affordable Colleges Foundation ranked Emporia State’s School of Business No. 42 out of 50 of the Best Online MBA Programs for 2014-2015. Included programs were analyzed on several cost-, quality-, and student support-related metrics, such as student-faculty ratio, percentage of faculty with Ph.D., and full tuition of online MBA program. Emporia State was the only Kansas program on the list, which is available online here:

  • Did you know that in addition to routine patrol our ESU police officers ‘buzz’ around campus providing other types of assistance to The Hornet Nation? In 2014, officers have provided 159 jump starts, 273 lock out assists, 80 escorts and 609 after-hour building/room admittance. Our police department also provides personnel to assist the Emporia Police Department (200 calls) and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office (24 calls).

  • Congratulations to ESU music students Seth Girton, Anastasia Motito and Risa Nishimura on their selection as soloists with the Emporia Symphony Orchestra’s March 2015 concert. Seth (MM Performance student of Dr. Susan Mayo) is a cellist; Anastasia (BM Performance student of Dr. Kate Bergman) is a flautist, and Risa (BM Performance student of Terrisa Ziek) is a hornist. Audition judges were faculty from Baker University, Washburn University and University of Missouri—Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

  • Congratulations go to Kate Freelend (Junior, BID-Interdisciplinary Studies) who won the Singing With Broadway Stars Competition recently. Performers from throughout the region were invited to submit a YouTube video audition for the competition. Winners and runners-up were selected by a panel of industry professionals and performed alongside the Broadway cast at Neil Berg’s 100 ears of Broadway, which was part of the Hesston Bethel Performing Arts Series. Kate’s audition video is here:

  • Cory Falldine is Emporia State’s new chief information officer and associate vice president for information technology. Cory earned his BS in business at Emporia State, followed by an MBA in 2008. His initial appointment what what we then called Technology & Computer Services was in 2004 as a computer support technician. In 2011, he was appointed director of user support services, followed by a promotion to associate chief information officer in 2012. As associate CIO, he has broad responsibilities for building IT’s team and advancing its capabilities.

  • Our Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will receive a community service award from ECKAN (East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation) later this month. The Emporia Head Start, an ECKAN program, nominated the department. ESU track athletes have attended many Head Start events, baseball players have helped with T-ball nights, and the department has donated tickets to a football game for children and their fathers or father figures to attend.

  • The new fiber optic connection between main campus and Cora Miller Hall (home of the Department of Nursing) is now LIVE! Students, faculty and staff will see up to 20x faster and more reliable Internet and network speeds in Cora Miller Hall.

  • Congratulations to Emily Schoenfeld, who earned All-MIAA honorable mention honors for Emporia State with a 17th place finish at the MIAA Cross Country Championships on November 8 in Bolivar, Missouri.

  • The Teachers College was in the spotlight in El Dorado Public Schools newsletter. The article told of the ribbon cutting at Skelly Elementary to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of El Dorado’s collaboration with the BEST program. BEST — Butler & Emporia Students to Teachers — is itself a collaboration between The Teachers College and Butler Community College. The article is here:

  • Plans for a new Welch Stadium scoreboard with video capabilities were announced Thursday, November 6. The gift honors the late Dennis Shogren, a basketball and baseball player at Emporia State between 1947 and 1950. Video from the announcement is here:

  • According to a 2014 study of students and information technology, 90 percent of students are at least moderately interested in learning analytics like alerts if their progress declines in a court, guidance about future courses to consider and suggestions for improving their performance in a course. The study from ECAR (EDUCASE Center for Analysis and Research) surveyed more than 75,000 students from 213 campuses in 45 U.S. states and 15 countries. Other findings — technology makes students feel more connected to other students (51%), instructors (54%) and the institution (65%). And, although students look online or reach out to friends first for tech support, 1 in 5 say they use their college’s help desk.

  • Emporia State University was highlighted in the November 5 edition of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities e-newsletter. You can read it online here:

  • In fall 2014, the top majors for our student-athletes are biology, crime and delinquency studies, communication, art and nursing in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; health promotion, recreation, elementary education, physical education and athletic training in The Teachers College and business administration, accounting, marketing and management in the School of Business.

  • Congratulations to Emporia State biology faculty, graduate students and alumni on another great showing at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society held November 7 through 9 at Kansas State University. Maya McElfish (M.S. Biology student) won the George Toland Award for the best paper presented at this meeting by a KHS student member on the ecology of North American amphibians and reptiles. Maya received a certificate and check for $200. Lynette Sievert, professor in biological sciences, is Maya’s thesis advisor. Three more of Sievert’s graduate students presented at the conference — Emma Pauly-Hubbard, Ashley Messner and Andrew Coleman — based on thesis research involving Great Plains skinks, Prairie Ring-necked snakes and salamanders. Also attending the conference were Justine Becker (M.S. Biology student), Jared White (M.A. Biology student), Greg Sievert (biology instructor) and Stan Roth (alumnus). Also, Emporia State alumnus Eric Kessler was elected president-elect for 2015.



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