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I'm A Hornet from President Shonrock

December 17, 2014
  • Welcome to a new look for I’m A Hornet as we close out the final full work week of the fall 2014 semester! We will begin sending the e-newsletters again on January 14!

  • We continue to improve commencement ceremonies for our guests. During Saturday’s ceremonies, the baccalaureate ceremony included real-time closed captioning on the video board at White Auditorium. For the graduate ceremony that afternoon, faculty were seated on the stage of Albert Taylor Hall with graduates seated on the east side of the auditorium — both moves that freed the prime center seats for those coming to celebrate their graduates.

  • The fall semester may have just ended, but we already are preparing for students to return in January. Although classes don’t begin until January 21, our new international students along with student-athletes in winter sports will arrive on campus January 11 and 12.

  • Time to mark calendars for fall campus celebrations. In Fall 2015, Family Weekend will be September 26; Homecoming October 24 with fall break October 15 and 16. For 2016, Family Weekend is September 17; Homecoming October 15 and fall break October 20 and 21. In 2017, Family Weekend will be September 23, and Homecoming October 7. Fall break will be October 12 and 13, pending Regent approval to change our academic calendar.

  • Emporia State student-athletes already have completed 1,900 hours of community service during the fall 2014 semester. Our men’s and women’s basketball players will rack up more hours during the winter break, when they traditionally visit senior living center. I’m told that Wii bowling is especially popular during these visits.

  • Great news in the sciences — physics and chemistry classes are overflowing for spring 2015. Kudos to faculty for being willing to offer more sections of labs and increase their class sizes to accommodate the additional students.

  • The first-ever newsletter to alumni of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences was emailed to more than 10,000 people recently. This new outreach brought immediate responses from some of our alumni who appreciated the communication.

  • The National Teachers Hall of Fame raised nearly $16,000 from its annual auction, which will be used to pay for the 2015 induction ceremonies. Director Carol Strickland also reported that a new name will be added to the Memorial to Fallen Educators: Teacher’s aide Kimberly Riddle, 46, died December 2 in a crash between two school buses in Knoxville, Tennessee. Witnesses said Mrs. Riddle threw herself on top of children to protect them.

  • The Office of Residential Life plans to launch online housing contracts in time for students to reserve their rooms for the 2015-16 academic year.

  • Exciting changes are coming in the City of Emporia just a few blocks south of campus. The Emporia City Commission approved plans for the new Chelsea Lofts commercial and residential development in the 1000 block of Commercial Street. Created by ESU alumnus Cory Haag, the development is planned with nearly 50 living units and 1,500 square feet of commercial space. For more, see the article in The Emporia Gazette:

  • Vaughn Lorenson, director of Stanton County Emergency Management and president of Kansas Emergency Management Association, came to campus December 8, to officially present Carrie Boettcher, ESU emergency manager, with the 2014 New Emergency Management Professional Award. Carrie’s selection was announced during the KEMA meeting in September.

  • We celebrated the opening of The Donald Reichardt Center for Publishing & Literary Arts on December 4. A gift from Distinguished Alumnus Donald G. Reichardt of Roswell, Georgia, created the work space for student writers that includes new computer hardware and software. The Department of English, Modern Languages and Journalism publishes Flint Hills Review, a national literary journal, and Quivira, a publication of the creative writing student organization.

  • Congratulations to ESU alumnus Dr. Ashley M. Long (M.S. Biology, 2010; Dr. Bill Jensen advisor). Ashley is finishing her post-doc at Texas A&M University and has accepted a position as Research Scientist with the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources ( Ashley will be developing a research program there and teaching ornithology at the university.

  • Our track and field team opened the indoor season with six provisional qualifiers, five event champions and eight runner-up finishes at the December 6 Missouri Southern Early Bird Invite in Joplin, Missouri. Morgan Gilliland earned provisional qualifications with second-place finishes in women’s shot and weight throw. Carmen King earned a provisional with first-place in long jump. Peyton Weiss also earned a provisional with a fourth-place long jump finish. Maggie Wilson picked up a provisional with a fifth-place finish in the pole vault. Dominique Staats won the women’s 400m, while Morgan Flowers place second is both the 60m dash and 200m run. Emily Schoenfeld took second in the mile run. For the men, Samuel Saidi earned a provisional mark while winning the high jump. Jacob Bull won the mile run then anchored the distance medley relay to a first place finish with Cody Miller, Jordan Smith and Daniel Claassen. Colin Coleman took second in the 200m, and Duke Tibbs took second in the 400m. 

  • The men’s 4x400m relay team of Ryan Dickson, Cody Miller, Andrew Etheridge and Duke Tibbs turned in the fastest time in the nation this year this past weekend. The squads, which competed at both the K-State Winter Invitational and the University of Nebraska Kearney Pre-Holiday Multis, picked up five provisional qualifiers. Along with the relay finish, Andrew Etheridge won the 60m hurdles; Morgan Brant provisionally qualified with a third-place finish in women’s high jump. Samuel Saidi took a provisional mark with a second-place finish in men’s high jump, and Payson Maydew posted a provisional qualifying total in the heptathlon. To keep up with our athletes’ competitions, go to the website at

  • The newest class of Capitol Federal Scholars was recognized December 8 with a luncheon. The 26 students, all enrolled in the School of Business, must maintain a 3.25 GPA to renew the scholarships, which can follow a student from freshman year through graduate school. Since its creation in 2002, more than 150 Hornets have been recognized. The 2014-15 scholars are Holly Clark of Shawnee, Alexandra Ewy of Lawrence, Megan Goodman of Salina, Moira Pyle of McPherson and Ryan Smith of Shawnee, freshmen; Morgan Flowers and Dallas Shafer, both of Emporia, Tawni Griffey of Norton and Kristina Johnson of Garden Plain, sophomores; Dylan Giessert of Hope, Chelsea Ingram, Kayla Lansing and Brittany Rees, all of Emporia, and Anna Zimmerman of Topeka, juniors; Sara Dunkin and Austin Willis, both of Topeka, Royce Franklin and Mallory Walden, both of Wichita, Lindsey Holthaus, Betsy Teegardin and Amber Vandiver, all of Emporia; Nicole Rottinghaus of Baileyville and Eric Wietharn of St. Marys, seniors; and Stephanie Anderson and Chelsie Dieker, both of Emporia; Kristi Bretches of McPherson, Kelly Copp of Auburn and Amanda Humphrey of Wichita, graduate students.

  • The 2014-15 class of Earl W. Sauder Student-Athlete Scholars was honored during a luncheon that celebrated the 10th anniversary of the $1.25 million gift that established the program. The 30 student-athletes awarded scholarships represent all 11 intercollegiate sports offered at Emporia State. They are baseball: Justin Harris (business administration), Matthew Hinkley (health promotion), Price Jacobs (interdisciplinary studies), Dean Long (recreation) and Shawn Talkington (biology); football: Deveon Dinwiddie (interdisciplinary studies), Jarrett Stastny (communication), Austin Willis (health promotion), Jordan Tice (physical education) and Brent Wilson (management); men’s basketball: Joshua Pedersen (physics) and Micah Swank (health promotion); men’s tennis: Andrew Davids (biology), and Keenan Smith (history); men’s track: Ryan Dickson (interdisciplinary studies), Andrew Etheridge (crime and delinquency studies) and Payson Maydew (accounting); soccer: Jordan Foutch (information systems); softball: Kaitlyn Caston (business administration) and Taylor Zordel (health promotion); volleyball: Katie Deutschmann (health promotion) and Carly Spicer (elementary education); women’s basketball: Merissa Quick (crime and delinquency studies) and Amber Vandiver (business administration); women’s tennis: Tawni Griffey (accounting) and Taylor Smith (art); and women’s track: Shelby Buster (nursing); Sara Dunkin (business administration), Sophia Hayes (health promotion) and Carmen King (biology).

  • Max McCoy, associate professor in English, Modern Languages and Journalism, will travel to Japan this summer, sponsored by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, to speak at the international peace conference in Hiroshima. He will be recalling the life of Yoshito Matsushige, the photographer who took the only photos in Hiroshima the day the bomb fell, and with whom Max became acquainted in the 1980s while writing for the Asahi Shimbun. Max will also do some writing for the newspaper in advance of the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.

  • Two new books from faculty will be published in the next few months. Michael Smith, associate professor in social sciences, with Chapman Rackaway of Fort Hays State University and Kevin Anderson of Eastern Illinois University, wrote “State Voting Laws in America: Historical Statutes and Their Modern Implications,” which will be published this month by Palgrave/Macmillan. “Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South,” written by Brian Miller, associate professor in social sciences, is set to publish in March 2015 from the University of Georgia Press.

  • Emporia State volleyball signed six players during the early signing period. High school signees are Emma Benton of Central Catholic High School in Grand Island, Nebraska; Lauren Chevalier of Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado; Jamie Hauptman of Millard South High School in Omaha, Nebraska, and Julia Joseph of Andover Central High School in Andover. Another high school signee, Tatum Graves of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, will also play basketball for the Lady Hornets. Danika Burton is the sixth player signed and will transfer from Coffeyville Community College.

  • The Zeta Phi Beta sorority’s bingo night fundraiser raised money and collected goods for Shiloh Home of Hope, an Emporia ministry caring for women and children in crisis, run by Carol and Lee Alderman, former president of Flint Hills Technical College.

  • Senior Austin Willis, wide receiver on the Hornet football team, earned Third-Team Don Hanson All-Super Region 3 honors. He finished the year with 56 catches for 757 yards and six touchdowns. He finished his career with 2,005 receiving yards on 128 catches for an average of 15.7 yards per catch. Austin also is an Academic All-District performer with a 3.58 GPA in health promotion.
    A new vehicle for Police & Safety shows off the Emporia State visual identity.
  • ESU’s Police & Safety Department has a new vehicle in its fleet. The 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor is an SUV and replaces a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. The Explorer sports a graphic package that incorporates the university’s new visual identity.

  • Dr. Salim Sehlaoui and Dr. Manjula Shinge from the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program have participated as members of the National Screening Committee for the Fulbright US Student Program. Dr. Sehlaoui evaluated applications in Houston and Dr. Shinge in Washington, DC.

  • Dr. Melissa Reed from Elementary Education has been selected to participate on a national reading panel to review National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and ACT Explore reading assessments for grade 8 students. Both assessments provide key information on student achievement and indicate the extent to which students are on track toward being prepared for college and careers by the end of Grade 12.

  • Our Campus Campaign for United Way of the Flint Hills concluded December 4 with a preliminary total of $40,392.61 raised in gifts and pledges, up $2,300 from the 2013 campaign. The 2014 campaign saw 43 percent participation from faculty and staff.

  • Emporia State is one of 25 finalists for the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) awards, thanks to the Hootin’ Hornet Hoedown Senior Prom organized last spring by ESU’s SAAC. The event paired more than 200 local seniors with student athletes at Emporia State for two-stepping and other fancy footwork to live country music provided by the band Unchained. Each finalist receives $500 for the event or activity for which they are recognized. Two runners-up and an overall winner from the field of 25 will be announced in January.

  • Four of the eight finalists to become 2015 Kansas Teacher of the Year are ESU alums:  Beau T. Bragg (MS 2011 in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation), Lisa Holt (BSE 1994 in Elementary Education), Jamie McDaniel (BSE 1993 in Elementary Education) and Dennis Munk (BS 2002 in Athletic Training; BSE 2003 in Physical Education). The delegation of eight will present seminars to education students on campus January 27.

  • For the third straight week, the women’s basketball team is the No. 1-ranked team in the WBCA/USA TODAY Sports NCAA Division II Top 25 rankings. It is the 162nd week the Lady Hornets have been ranked in the top 10 of the WBCA Poll, the most of any active NCAA Division II member institution. The Lady Hornets are also ranked No. 1 in the D2SIDA National Media Poll.



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