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I'm A Hornet from Interim President Jackie Vietti

December 2, 2015
  • Our campus remembers Dr. Robert E. Glennen, 13th president of Emporia State University, who died Tuesday. For more:
  • Stingers Up to our ESU Hornet football team, which defeated the Henderson State Reddies 29-3 on Saturday during the NCAA Division II regional playoffs. Emporia State travels to Northwest Missouri State this coming Saturday for an MIAA matchup in the next round. For more:

  • Work by the Diversity and Inclusion Alliance continues this week. Associated Student Government is sponsoring a second student forum from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 3, in the Memorial Union’s Webb Hall 2. On Friday, December 4, the university sponsors the Equity and Inclusion Summit beginning at 11:30 a.m., in Memorial Union’s Webb Hall. For more:

  • The No. 1 online college in Kansas is Emporia State University, according to Affordable Colleges Online, a Nevada-based organization that ranks the programs in higher-education institutions state-by-state. Emporia State scored 99.65 percent overall, placing it first among 91 institutions in Kansas serving more than a total of 310,000 students. For more:

  • On November 17, 2015, 18 teams from all over the state of Kansas participated in the sixth annual Elementary Robotics Competition located in the Visser Hall Atrium. The Emporia State University Elementary Block I Team “Sabotage” took first place in the competition.

  • Alumni Relations has named its newest Ambassadors for the 2016 calendar. These students will begin their duties with a training retreat January 14-15:  Camille Abdel-Jawad,  Kelsey Bernhart,  Olivia Bisges,  Christina Brunton,  Jean Cantero-Segura,  Fionna Colpan,  Gracie Dautel,  Morgan Davis,  Tyler Demaree,  Payton Feuerborn,  Landon Fliger,  Abby Githens,  Jordan Herpich,  Joshua Hoeven,  Malaree Hood,  Jamie Hoover,  Megan James,  Courtney Leive,  Emely Magana,  Matthew Mahr,  Megan McReynolds,  Payton Peters,  Paul Reichenberger,  Audrianna See,  Brenna Shuttleworth,  Alanie Stalcup,  Garrett VanArsdale,  Madison Wasko,  Matthew Watson,  Alyssa Wistuba and  Lauren York-Keegan.

  • Dr. Michael Smith, chair of social sciences, has been invited to participate in a conference on civil rights on January 28. Smith will speak as part of the academic panel at the conference “The Impact of the Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) Act on Individual Civil Rights in Kansas.” It is hosted by the Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

  • Hats off to Brent Wilson, who is one of eight finalists across the nation for the Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year. Emporia State's Brian Shay won the 1998 Harlon Hill Trophy with the most points (303) and the most first place votes (88) in the trophy's history.  Wilson's nomination marks the tenth time a Hornet has been up for the Harlon Hill Trophy. For more:

  • The Center for Early Childhood Education just hosted its annual fall feast with families and had a “Thanksgiving” type meal prepared by Sodexo for about 155 people with children, their guests and staff. They had a great number of student employees who volunteered time to help out and also had some students from the School Psychology Student Society and psychology graduate teaching assistants who helped serve and clean up.

  • Congratulations to Bridget Carter and Isabella Khatri! The two were named Teachers of Promise on November 21 at the Kansas Teacher of the Year banquet in Wichita.

  • The Alumni Association’s South Central Chapter hosted a lunch before the men’s basketball game between Emporia State and Wichita State on Saturday, November 21. During the program, Dr. Jackie Vietti provided campus updates and Coach Shawn Vandiver greeted the crowd. In addition, proceeds from the South Central Chapter Scholarship Golf Scramble were presented. The tournament raised $14,475 for the chapter’s scholarship fund!  

  • The Emporia State men are picked sixth and the women seventh in the MIAA Indoor Track & Field Coaches Preseason Polls released on November 24. For more:

  • During Emporia’s All Veterans Tribute, the Alumni Association on November 14 hosted its second annual veterans appreciation luncheon for veterans who are alumni, students, faculty and staff. The event, which was titled A Hero’s Homecoming, featured Col. Roger Donlon, who received the first Congressional Medal of Honor for Valor during the Vietnam Conflict. Donlon’s son, Jason, and daughter-in-law, Lori ,are both Emporia State alums. Following the lunch, attendees were all guests at the ESU football game, which was also military appreciation day at Welch Stadium.    

  • A total of 29 returning members of the No. 18 Emporia State football team were honored for their work in the classroom with the announcement of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and Scholar-Athlete awards. The MIAA Scholar Athlete Award is given to those who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50, have at least two terms of attendance at the certifying member institution, excluding summer terms, and earn All-MIAA honors. For more:

  • ESU alumni and fans enjoyed a great game at Allen Fieldhouse when the No. 1-ranked ESU Lady Hornets took on the KU Jayhawks on Sunday, November 8. KU’s new head coach Brandon Schneider, who coached at ESU from 1995 to 2010, took on his former assistant coach Jory Collins in an intense matchup. After the game, a huge crowd of Hornet alumni and fans gathered at Biggs BBQ to show their strong support for the Lady Hornets!   

  • The School of Business was host for over 650 high school students and advisors from across Kansas at its annual Business Career Day on November 18. Students learned about a variety of professions and what degree options looked like for a career in business.

  • Many thanks to those who participated in a panel dialogue discussion after the November 7 performance of “Theater of War.” Speakers and panelists included ESU alumnus Colonel Howard Wheeler ’91; MSG Lyle Babcock, a veteran from Topeka, KS, who has dealt with issues raised by the play; Sheri Hall, wife of ESU alumnus Major Jeff Hall '97, the spouse of a veteran who has dealt with issues raised by the play; Brian Muench, LSCSW, a Clinic-Based Services Director from the Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas; Dr. Damara Paris, a counselor and professor at Emporia State University who has worked with veterans who have dealt with issues raised by the play; and ESU alumnus Richard Snook '96, Veteran Representative for SE Kansas Works. 

  • Congratulations to these Teachers College alumni: Kathy Newton, gifted facilitator at South Breeze Elementary in Newton, Kansas, received $2,789 from Cox Charities Innovation in Education to purchase five Lego Robotic kits. Sarah Mahoney, Southwest Middle School Gifted Facilitator in Lawrence, Kansas, received the Raspberry Pi: Hungry for Programming /Tasty Technology grant from the Lawrence Education Association.

  • Two Emporia State volleyball players received All-MIAA honors for the 2015 season. Shayla Cotman earned a spot on second team as middle blocker, Josie Williams receiving a spot on honorable mention as an outside hitter. For more:

  • Congratulations to Eric Conrad (Chair, Department of Art)! Eric has been invited to Cameron University (Lawton, Oklahoma) as a guest artist. He presented two visiting artist lectures and reviewing portfolios with Graphic Design students on November 17.

  • MIAA Offensive Player of the Year Brent Wilson led a group of 16 players that earned All-MIAA recognition for the playoff bound Emporia State football team. He was joined on the All-MIAA first-team by teammate Mitchell Foote. For more:



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