Skip to main content

Campus Buzz from President Allison Garrett

Emporia State Starbucks ribbon cutting ceremony

Starbucks Time

The opening of a fully licensed Starbucks is a welcome addition to the Memorial Union. Since the ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. November 12, a line in the store has been the norm. Funded by Sodexo, which holds ESU’s dining services contract, the store created 18 new student jobs to staff its hours of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cyber Security

With Lyon County State Bank and the Department of Homeland Security, Emporia State sponsored a presentation by Geoffrey Jenista, cyber security advisor for homeland security. The community event for business owners and managers was held in ESU’s Cremer Hall, home of the School of Business.

Marathon Man

Congratulations to Asher Delmott (BA Psychology, 2012; MS Psychology, 2015), ESU human resource generalist, who successfully completed two marathons in two months. On October 13, he completed the Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:46:16, placing 514th out of 45,000. On November 5, he ran the New York City Marathon in 2:56:40, placing 1,135th out of 52,813 finishers.

Arts & Sciences

Eleven students from the Department of Mathematics & Economics took a field trip to Kansas City to visit the rare book collection at the Linda Hall Library on November 8. The students viewed rare, old mathematics books including books by Euclid dating back to 1482 and Newton dating back to 1736.

Dr. Kevin Rabas debuted his film “Strawberry Fight Club” at the Kansas International Film Festival in Overland Park on November 9.

Emporia State University was selected as one of 10 participating institutions in the American Association of State Colleges and University's American Democracy Project Global Civic Literacy Initiative in partnership with World101 from the Council on Foreign Relations. The aim of this initiative is to help students increase their knowledge of our global society and understand how global issues affect their lives. Dr. Mark Daly, Dean of the Office of International Education, and Dr. Bekah Selby, Department of Mathematics & Economics, are ESU’s representatives. Dr. Selby was also recently appointed to the American Democracy Project Steering Committee.

Six students and one professor from the Department of Mathematics and Economics became full members of Kappa Mu Epsilon on October 24th, 2019. One student became an associate member. KME is a mathematics honor society. The organization was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students.

Congratulations to alum Jana Liles (BFA Theatre, 2001), who is the new director of marketing for Kansas City Repertory Theatre. A Salina native, Jana will be moving to Kansas City from Chicago.


Congratulations to Dr. Tonya Bauman, School of Business, for winning the Best Presentation Award at the Clute International Academic Conference on Business earlier this month. Her paper was titled, “Qualitative Research: The Repertory Grid Technique.”

ESU alum Eric Hanson from NBC Universal visited campus November 14 and 15. He spoke with students in the Integrated Marketing class about digital media career and internship opportunities at NBC.

The Teachers College

Dr. Kat O'Meara (English, Modern Language, and Journalism), Cara Codney (Intensive English Program), Jon Leach (Intensive English Program), and Dr. Cate Crosby (Instructional Design & Technology/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) were recently awarded "Best of MIDTESOL" for their panel presentation, "Cross-Campus Bridges: Reflections on a Multilingual Composition Pilot", which they presented at the MIDTESOL Conference on September 28 in Omaha, Nebraska. They have been invited to present their work at the international TESOL Convention in Denver, Colorado at the beginning of April 2020.

Congratulations to students Kelly Guindon, Aiden Smecka, and Monica Schmidt, who were honored at the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance 2019 Convention in late October of the as graduate and undergraduate teaching, nonteaching major of the year.

Dr. Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro presented the Joan Phillips Presidential Legacy Award at the American Art Therapy Association national conference in Kansas City in late October to Charles Anderson, former ESU faculty and long-time ESU art therapy site supervisor.

Twenty-eight ESU art therapy graduate and undergrad students, five faculty and adjuncts, more than 20 recent alumni, and countless other alumni from the ESU art therapy program's history, along with over 1,000 others from the U.S. and around the world, attended the 50th Annual Conference of the American Art Therapy Association in Kansas City, October 30-November 3. Between them, program faculty Dr. Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro and Libby Schmanke provided eight papers, panels, and advanced practice sessions, while the Student Art Therapy Organization was active in conference hosting duties.

Student Affairs

From October 8 to 10, Recreation Services sent three teams to participate in the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association Regional Flag Football Tournament at Oklahoma State University. Our very own Madeline Kuckelman was placed on the All-Tournament Team and our two student officials, Ty Hermesch and Ramon Hernandez-Sanchez, performed very well, gaining more experience and knowledge.


Emporia State junior Yuchen Du was named second-team All-MIAA in volleyball to headline three Hornets that earned honors from the conference coaches. Seniors Aliyah Berndard and Emma Dixon were both named honorable mention All-MIAA.

Three Hornets earned First-Team All-MIAA football honors to headline a total of 14 Emporia State players that garnered all-conference honors. Linebacker Jace McDown, defensive back Lawson Holbert and offensive lineman Austin Unterreiner were named First-Team All-MIAA, defensive lineman Parker Bass and defensive back Gary Woods II were on the second-team, offensive lineman Steve Williams and defensive lineman Marek Thompson earned third-team honors while seven Hornets picked up honorable mention.

Despite a 13-4-3 record and trip to the MIAA Tournament semifinals, the Emporia State women's soccer team came up short of their second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Hornets were ranked seventh in the final regular season regional rankings, but the automatic qualifier from the GAC took the final spot in the regional tournament.

Emporia State linebacker Jace McDown has earned Academic All-District honors as presented by CoSIDA. He is now eligible to move onto the national ballot for a chance to earn Academic All-America honors.

Emporia State's Mackenzie Dimarco was named the Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year to highlight six Hornets on the All-MIAA women's soccer team. She was joined by Tanna Benefiel on the first-team while Sydney Martens was named third-team with Kailey Corr, Aislinn Hughes and Hannah Woolery earning honorable mention.

Koch Center

The Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics hosted its three-day Fall Undergraduate Colloquium with the topic “Morality and Economics?” Twenty-one students from 10 states traveled to Wichita and discussed the value of incorporating moral and cultural perspectives into economics.


Dr. Evandro Camara of Sociology, Anthropology, Crime and Delinquency Studies presented a research paper on intergroup inequality titled “Notes on Culture and the Natural Attitude” at the 2019 meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania October 30 through November 2.

November 13, Recreation Services staff, along with 11 students, attended the National Intramural & Recreational Sports Association Kansas State Workshop, in Lawrence. Assistant Director Daniel Fragel presented “The Face of the Program: Student Employees!” Director Mike Wise served on the discussion panel, “What We Look for When Hiring Professional Positions.”

Dr. Cate Crosby (IDT/TESOL) presented on a panel on “Second Language Writing across PK16 Contexts: Intersections of Teaching, Learning, and Development” at the Symposium of Second Language Writing on November 16 in Tempe, Arizona. The panel was based on the work for their forthcoming book — Second Language Writing across Educational Contexts: Intersections of Teaching and Learning (Spring 2020, University of Michigan Press).

Students and faculty from ESU’s psychology department participated in the 38th annual meeting of the Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas, hosted by Baker University November 1-2. Presenters included:

  • “The Effects of Self-Efficacy and Motivation on Fluid Intelligence and its Impact on IQ Scores” by Stephany Graham, student
  • “College Students’ Perception of Male or Female Sexual Assault as Serious Crime” by Madison Roth & Taylor Stohs, students
  • “Positive Psychology and the Applications of Technology” by Abigale Welch, student
  • “Detecting Deception from Non-Native Speakers versus Native Speakers: A Systematic Review” by Dr. Keith Wylie, faculty, and Michelle Pena, student
  • “The relationship between implicit and explicit moral thought in moral-self development” by Dr. Kelly McEnerney, faculty
  • “The Affects of MAOA-L and Unhealthy Attachment Styles on Aggression Levels in Adolescents” by Zachary Fasig, student
  • “College Students’ Coloring of a Mandala Prior to an Anxiety Inducing Test” by Meagan Hunt and Julia Gardner, students
  • “Universal Design for Learning: An Alternative to “Learning Styles” Frameworks” by Dr. Jennifer Moss, faculty

Dr. Connie Phelps, Director of Gifted Education, participated as an invited speaker on gifted, talented, and creative education at the Talent Point, Alphabeta, and La Sezione ANILS conferences in Florence, Scorzè, and Rovigo, Italy, during her sabbatical.

Dr. Heather Caswell, Dr. Melissa Reed, and Dr. Roger Caswell presented “Why are we here?: Developing a professional identity through self-care and civil engagement” at the Critical Questions in Education Symposium in Chicago, Illinois on November 11.

Dr. Yeol Huh served as a conference planner for the Korean Society for Educational Technology Affiliate at the annual convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in October, and moderated a panel discussion titled, "Trends and Issues of Educational Technology in Korea and the U.S. and the Role of KSET in Leading the Future.”

Dr. Karen Bates, Dr. Lori Mann, and Dr. Teddy Roop presented at the International Literacy Association conference in New Orleans, October 11-13. Their presentation was titled “A Digital Transformation of Literature Circles: Our Journey.”


Photo Club members and faculty Morgan Ford Willingham attended the Society for Photographic Education Midwest conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Oct. 24-26. Students attended lectures and engaged in portfolio review sessions.