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I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

December 3, 2014
  • A collaborative project between Emporia State and Flint Hills Technical College has received funding from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) in Kansas. “Energizing” Underrepresented Student Populations to Enhance the STEM Workforce in Kansas has two components. First is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Day on each campus during both spring and fall 2015. Second is a weeklong STEM camp primarily targeting Hispanic middle-school students in the Emporia area. Campers will be with STEM faculty at Emporia State in the mornings and Flint Hills Technical College in the afternoons. The grant, written by Dr. Betsy Yanik at Emporia State and Ben Coltrane at Flint Hills Tech, enhances a similar project at ESU led by Yanik and colleagues in the math and science departments.

  • The Sauder Student-Athletes were honored at a luncheon Tuesday, December 2. The 30 athletes from across all Emporia State intercollegiate sports teams have received scholarship money from funds given by the late Earl Sauder, whose gift of more than $1 million has benefitted a number of areas of the university. The event included a class photo and words from Earl Sauder’s family — daughter Pam Matlock and son Steve and his wife, Bobbi.

  • Receiving her acceptance letter brought tears to one future Hornet, who shared her excitement on Twitter ( Many students who have visited or been accepted provide feedback through social media.

  • Nearly 80 volunteers spent the Saturday after Thanksgiving ensuring that the Kansas State 6A High School Football Championship game sponsored by the Kansas State High School Activities Association went smoothly. ESU staff, faculty and students along with Emporia community members sold tickets and programs, worked gates, ran the clocks, provided statistics for media and made sure concessions were well-stocked for the more than 7,000 fans of Hutchinson High School and Shawnee Mission East High School.

  • The 50-year-old building at the Ross Natural History Reservation west of Americus is getting a much-needed renovation. The metal building erected in 1963 is being gutted and rebuilt inside. When completed, it will have new windows, doors and siding; a smart classroom that can be used for small conferences, three bathrooms, bunk space for eight visitors, a kitchenette, wet lab and natural history museum along with living quarters for a graduate student caretaker. Ross is a 200-acre tract acquired in 1958 and used for an outdoor laboratory for ESU students and science faculty as well as a venue for regional scientific organizations, local K-12 school groups, Boy Scout events and annual ESU departmental gatherings.

  • The opening of Emporia State’s Corky’s Cupboard food pantry for students was the hallmark of an article in the Kansas City Star on Thanksgiving Day ( The article, which included an interview with Tyler Huddleston and art from Jacki Wallace, University Photography's student photographer, was picked up by the Associated Press and used by newspapers and TV stations across the country.

  • The Honors College Student Area is up and running in William Allen White Library. Dr. Gary Wyatt, associate provost and director of the Honors College, says it will be an enormous addition for students for years to come. A future open house is being planned.

  • Athletic academic honors
    • Eight ESU student-athletes were named to the MIAA volleyball academic honors. MIAA Scholar-Athletes have a 3.5 GPA and have earned All-MIAA honors on the field of play. Student-athletes named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll have at least a 3.0 GPA in at least two semesters of attendance. Seniors Carly Spicer of Osage City (3.91 GPA in elementary education); Courtney Haring of Kirkwood, Missouri (3.84 in rehabilitation counseling); and Katie Deutschmann of Ballwin, Missouri (3.62 health promotion) were named scholar-athletes. The three seniors were named to the academic honor roll along with sophomore Shayla Cotman of Wichita (3.43 accounting); sophomore Alyssa Gibbs of Papillion, Nebraska (3.91 nursing); sophomore Kelly Holden of Allen, Texas (4.0 nursing); junior Torrie Rupe of Wichita (3.82 nursing); and sophomore Josie Williams of Hutchinson (3.48 undecided).

    • From the ESU football team, junior Jason Tetuan of Topeka (3.59 accounting) and senior Austin Willis of Topeka (3.58 health promotion) were names MIAA Scholar-Athletes. They joined 16 additional players on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll: senior Aaron Blount of Garland, Texas (3.0 crime and delinquency studies); senior Clayton Brown of Braymer, Missouri (3.08 physical education); redshirt freshman Gabe Cleveland of Eudora (3.5 health promotion); junior Logan Clothier of Topeka (3.21 in physical education); redshirt freshman Cole Combes of Overland Park (3.54 in health promotion); redshirt freshman Jeramie Fischer of Overland Park (3.25 social science); senior Danny Goodman of Emporia (3.03 crime and delinquency studies); redshirt freshman Dylan Hall of Topeka (3.03 undecided); junior Reed Hartshorn of Garden Plain (3.42 health promotion); redshirt freshman Marcus Houghton of McPherson (3.96 health promotion); redshirt freshman Ty Reasnor of Cashion, Oklahoma (3.95 psychology); sophomore Jordan Robinson of Topeka (3.54 art); sophomore Jarrett Stastny of Sanger, Texas (3.06 communications); junior Connor Thierolf of Marion (3.21 social science); senior Jordan Tice of Osage City (3.67 physical education); and junior Brent Wilson of Ponca City, Oklahoma (3.64 business management).

    • Nine women’s soccer players were named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll: sophomore Jaide Allenbrand of Olathe (3.94 biology); junior Emily Haselwood of Olathe (3.63 health promotion); senior Elizabeth High of Lenexa (3.22 chemistry); sophomore McKenzie Koch of Shawnee (3.78 elementary education); junior Perri Mulder of Olathe (3.73 health promotion); senior Ashlyn Parker of Topeka (3.55 nursing); senior Shannon Thomas of Shawnee (3.43 health promotion); senior Mallory Walden of Wichita (3.69 information systems); and junior Katie Wolfe of Topeka (3.93 elementary education).

  • Marketing & Media Relations has earned six awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for publications, videos and campaigns created this past year. The team picked up three gold awards for the ESU Foundation Stewardship Report, the Ten2One Right Now music video and the I’m A Hornet campaign’s innovative use of technology. A silver award went to the I’m A Hornet recruitment publications package for Admissions, and two bronze awards went to Now & Forever introduction for the ESU Foundation and the I’m A Hornet TV ads. The awards will be presented during the CASE District VI conference in Denver in mid-January.

  • A redesigned website for ESU Athletics was unveiled last month. Check it out at Emporia State’s website also was moved to a new template, which was completely redesigned to be mobile friendly —

  • Emporia State’s women’s cross-country team ended its season Saturday, November 22, at the NCAA Division II Central Regional Championships in Wayne, Nebraska. Emily Schoenfeld placed 52nd in the field to lead the team. Four others also finished the race: Taylor Stueve (132), Kayla Lansing (144) and Lindsay Cuadra (178). Both the men’s and women’s teams now turn their focus to the indoor track and field season, which opens on Saturday, December 6, in Joplin, Missouri.

  • Emporia State University was recognized as a new National Writing Project site location — and the only site in Kansas. The designation was officially made during the 2014 National Writing Project Plenary on November 20. ESU’s Flint Hills Writing Project is directed by Drs. Roger and Heather Caswell through the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence.

  • Baseball Coach Bob Fornelli signed five new players for the 2016 season. Three will transfer from community colleges — Matt Slauter and Levi Ashmore from Neosho Community College and Jordan Plank from Barton Community College. Two are high school signees — Tanner Cairns from Wichita Independent High School and Jackson Longhofer from St. Thomas Aquinas.

  • On November 13, the Alumni Association partnered with the School of Business and Career Services to visit the Wichita Business Journal, Koch Industries corporate headquarters, INTRUST Bank, Craig HomeCare and Gutschenritter and Johnson LLC CPA firm to discuss current business needs, internships and employment opportunities. The South Central Alumni Chapter presented a $18,000 check that reflects their proceeds from the 2014 golf scramble. All funds benefit Emporia State students from the South Central region.   

  • Athletic post-season honors
    • Seven ESU volleyball players picked up post-season honors. Senior Carly Spicer was named First-Team All-MIAA at outside hitter. Senior Courtney Haring earned second-team honors at middle blocker. Earning honorable mention were Katie Deutschmann and Josie Williams at outside hitter, Shayla Cotman at middle blocker and Kimberly Bell and Sydney Hartman as setters.

    • In football, 12 players were recognized. Wide receivers Austin Willis and Kavaski Ervin were named second-team All-MIAA. Named to the third team were guard Jarrett Stastny, tackle Aaron Blount and cornerback Deveon Dinwiddie. Receiving honorable mention were Lyndell Johnson at both linebacker and returner, linebackers Deshawn Dinwiddie and Jason Tetuan, defensive linemen Nick Schutte and Eddie Vinson, center Danny Goodman and tight end Reese Richards.

    • In soccer, keeper Yadira Rivera was named first-team All-MIAA and co-Goalkeeper of the Year. Forward Grace Linton was named third-team All-MIAA. Earning honorable mention were defender Shannon Thomas and midfielder Amelie Heun.

  • Ten students from the School of Library and Information Management recently returned from Serbia, where they spent 10 days visiting libraries and working with the American Corners library programs in Belgrade and Novi Sad. This was SLIM’s fourth visit to Serbia as part of its international program.

  • Our Lady Hornets basketball team was ranked No. 1 in the inaugural NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball D2SIDA Regional Poll. The national media poll, sponsored by the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association, is in its first year.



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