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Campus Buzz From President Allison D. Garrett

October 11, 2019

Accreditation Improvement

The Teachers College at Emporia State University received national recognition Sept. 26 from the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation for surpassing the standards in becoming re-accredited during their most recent accreditation cycle. Receiving the Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement, Emporia State was one of only 13 institutions to receive the award out of the 238 nationally which have CAEP accreditation. Other schools recognized included Duke and Boston College. 


500,000th Visitor

A visit to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Chase County, which was organized by ESU’s Office of International Education, resulted in a surprise for Klara Stingsted from Vejle, Denmark. Klara, who was among the group of Danish high school students staying with Emporia host families, was the 500,000th visitor to the park. She received a copy of the park’s DVD and a book of photographs highlighting America’s national parks. Visitors enjoyed cake as part of the celebration.


$2M in Grants

Counselor Education recently learned it received two grants from proposals submitted this summer with the help of Bryan Jones in ESU’s Research and Grants office. One of the grants is only awarded to one organization nationally. This funding will allow the recruiting and funding of 30 new master’s students in service provision to Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Autism Spectrum Disorders consumers, and 35 counseling professionals seeking specialty training in services provision to consumers with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 


NCAA Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Brian Hainline, chief medical officer for the NCAA, spent October 7 on campus, meeting with students and playing tennis with Coach Les Stafford. That evening, Dr. Hainline presented “Can Sport Save Society?”to an audience of ESU faculty, staff and students plus community members.


Center Dedication

About 100 people attended the dedication and consecration of the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center, an organization that has the singular purpose of helping children learn to read and working with the communities the children live in to encourage this basic life skill. It was created with a $4 million gift in 2016 from the Masons of Kansas. The Kansas Masonic Literacy Center has been active over recent years in its goals of helping families, schools, teachers, professionals in literacy development, and — most important — children.


Arts & Sciences

Roberta Eichenberg, Chair of the ESU Art Department, and Megan Stelljes, an ESU alumni art major with a concentration in glass, teamed up at a glass blowing event at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s October Festat their brewery in Chico, California. They created a glass sculpture of a seahorse. 

The Emporia State University Jazz concert benefiting the annual United Way fundraising campaign was September 26 at Albert Taylor Hall, and raised a total of $1,026. 

The ESU music department hosted the High School Marching Band Festivalon October 2 with 22 schools performing and over 2,000 students. Four of the high school band directors were ESU Music Department Alumni. 

The ESU Music Department Hosted the Middle School Big Sing on October 4 with over 150 middle school students attending. This event engaged area middle school directors with the ESU A Cappella Choir and Dr. Ward in a one-day event aimed at exposing middle school students to ESU.

Congratulations to Bryn Boice (BFA Theatre 1999), who is the new director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’sapprentice program, CSC2 program and Stage 2 performances for young audiences. Bryn is an award-winning director, educator, actor and producer as well as artistic director of Anthem Theatre Company of Boston and teaches at Salem State University. 



It was a full house for the How It's Made Touron September 24. The students enjoyed this high impact learning experience, and they learned from Kim Redeker and Adam Eimer how The Sweet Granada and Uncommon Threads got started, what their career/educational history is up until this point and what it means to be an entrepreneur. The students asked good questions throughout the tour.

The School of Business was chosen by Danish high school students from Vejle, Denmark, for their class shadowingdestination. They attended classes with business students, visited downtown businesses and area parks and talked about cultural differences and similarities.

The Teachers College

Dr. Jim Persinger, Psychology and Instructional Design & Technology, was named to GLSEN National’s Research Ethics Review Committee. Persinger is a longtime GLSEN Greater Kansas City Chapter leader and recently partnered with GLSEN to conduct a national study on LGBTQ+ youth inclusivity training outcomes.

In September, Dr. Jim Persinger worked with GLSEN in New York City on the national launch of an inclusivity outcomes tool. This was the culmination of four years of research on teacher trainings to better address the needs of LGBTQ+ youth, who face many disparities in climate and educational outcomes. An earlier phase of the research involved School Psychology Program candidates Emily Schoenfeld and Brettany Williams.

Dr. Cate Crosby was awarded a MIDTESOL 2019 travel grant at the annual Mid-America Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages conference September 27-28 and was elected secretary of the MIDTESOL Higher Education/Teacher Education Interest Section.


Information Technology

Information Technology launched a cybersecurity campaignto highlight the technology resources available to students, as well as to keep students safe online. This also included an online scavenger hunt, inspired by the Netflix show “Stranger Things.”


Library & Information Management

Kimberly Martin (Oregon MLS 2017) recently accepted the position of catalog librarianat Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. 

Brandon Wilkinson (Oregon MLS 2012) joined Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, as a visiting assistant professor and reference librarian in March 2018.



Emporia State's Mackenzie Dimarco  earned her first MIAA Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Awardpresented by Mammoth Turf.  

Off to the best start after 10 games in school history, the Emporia State women's soccer team has debuted at No. 14 in this week's United Soccer Coaches National Rankings. 

Emporia State's Tanna Benefielwas named the MIAA Defender of the Weekon October 1 after the Hornets soccer team began their season 2-0. 

The Division II Athletics Directors Association (DII ADA) announced 62 Emporia State student-athletes have earned DII ADA Academic Achievement Awards. The student-athletes were honored October 1 during Hornet volleyball matches. 



Dr. Carrie Boettcher (Assistant Professor, Counselor Education) presented “Cognitive Authority in Online Social Media during Severe Weather” during the Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition at Association of Library and Information Science Education in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Sept. 25. 

Dr. Joan Brewer, Dr. Zeni Colorado-Resa, Dr. Tiffany Hill, Dr. Amanda Lickteig, Dr. Sunnin Keosybounheuang, and Dr. Sara Schwerdtfeger, all from The Teachers College, presented “It’s Better to be Absolutely Ridiculous than Absolutely Boring: The Fun Side of Accreditation” at the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation Conferencein Washington, D.C., September 26.

Four ESU English, Modern Language, and Journalism faculty members presented at the 2019 Mid America Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conferenceon September 28 in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Cate Crosby, Cara Codney, Jonathan Leach, and Dr. Kat O'Meara presented their panel "Cross-Campus Bridges: Reflections on a Multilingual Composition Pilot." The panel was nominated for the "Best of MidTESOL" award by the MidTESOL board.

Dr. Michael Widdersheim, Assistant Professor in SLIM, presented “Intelligent Systems and the Public Sphere in American Society: Information Selection and Quality Management in Public Libraries” at the Tsukuba Conferencein Tsukuba, Japan. 

Stephen Catt and co-author Barbara Tarter at Marshall University presented their paper “Still Not Dead: An updated analysis of the Russian Facebook Advertisements prior to the 2016 US election” at the International Conference on Social Media & Societyat Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada in July. 

Dr. Mirah Dow, Professor and Ph.D. Program Director, and Brady Lund, Ph.D. student, presented on September 23 during the ALISE Academy at the 2019 Association of Library and Information Science Education conferencein Knoxville, Tennessee. The title of the Academy was Including Disability in LIS Education and Workplace:  From Local Concerns to Global Vision.  

Kristine Woods, Ph.D. candidate, presented at the 2019 Association of Library and Information Science Education conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, Ph.D. Student Poster Session, Cooperative catalogers’ lived experience implementing Resource Description and Access: Developing best practices for creating global metadata.

Dr. Greg Schneider (Professor, Social Sciences) presents “The Past and President of American Conservatism” on Sunday, October 13, as part of the Sundays at the Siteseries at the William Allen White State Historic Site in Emporia.



Marta Murvosh (Oregon MLS 2011) had her short story “Mothers and Daughters" published in Abyss & Apex. Murvosh is a teen librarian at Marysville (Washington) Library, Sno-Isle Libraries. 

Dr. Brendan Fay, Assistant Professor in SLIM, published the book “Classical Music in Weimar Germany: Culture and Politics Before the Third Reich” (Bloomsbury).

Former ESU mathematics students, Keely Grossnickle, Jeana Johnson, and Zhihao Sun, are co-authors of a paper published in Mathematics Magazine. The article, TriphosA World Without Subtraction, is a result of undergraduate research conducted with Professor Brian Hollenbeck.

Students, Faculty, Staff Unite to Fight Food Insecurity

October 22, 2019

A signing ceremony last week on the Emporia State University campus brought together students, faculty and staff committed to fighting food insecurity both on campus and off. Emporia at the Table: Ending Hunger in our Community, called the EAT Initiative, is collaborating with programs that already exist and working across campus to share the message in classrooms and to the public.

Conference Brings Award-winning Children’s Author, National Literacy Experts to ESU

October 22, 2019

The author of the 2019 Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award, Dan Santat, will speak at an upcoming literacy conference at Emporia State University. The 22nd Annual Kansas Regional Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Conference to be held Nov. 4 at Emporia State.

Paraguayan Official Visits Campus

October 21, 2019

The head of a Paraguayan study abroad organization visited Emporia State University on Oct. 21. Federico Mora is general coordinator of the National Scholarship Program for Study Abroad or BECAL. The program sends undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals to top universities and research centers around the world with the promise they will return and use their new knowledge to benefit Paraguay.

ESU Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Recent Graduates Honored During Homecoming

October 15, 2019

Five Distinguished Alumni and three Outstanding Recent Graduates will be honored at Emporia State during the Black & Gold Gala on Oct. 18, which kicks off the 2019 Homecoming weekend.

Homecoming Festivities Unite ESU Alumni, Emporia Community

October 10, 2019

While ESU alumni return to the Hornets’ Nest for Homecoming, the campus welcomes the Emporia community to enjoy the special events. Homecoming 2019 begins Wednesday, Oct. 16, with the first event organized by students and concludes with a matinee of the musical on Sunday, Oct. 20.

Emporia State Receives More Than $2 Million In Grants for Rehabilitation Counseling

October 9, 2019

Two grants totaling more than $2 million received by Emporia State University look to help professionals whose goals are to increase the employment opportunities for people with deaf and hard of hearing issues, and autism spectrum disorders. Emporia State has one of just three programs in the United States that offers a concentration in working with deaf and hard of hearing people.

ESU Presented Top Award for Education Leadership

October 2, 2019

The Teachers College at Emporia State University received national recognition Sept. 26 from the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation for surpassing the standards in becoming re-accredited during their most recent accreditation cycle.

Emporia State Posts Enrollment Growth, Retention Record

October 2, 2019

Emporia State University posted another year of enrollment growth thanks to another record retention rate and an increase in first-time freshman undergraduate and graduate students compared to fall 2018.

Campus Buzz From President Allison D. Garrett

September 26, 2019

Emporia State was honored to be the site of a visit by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who convened a broadband roundtable on Sept. 19 in the School of Business. The event was coordinated by the office of U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall. Community leaders, broadband providers and others attended.

Planks Honored as Hornet Heritage Family

September 17, 2019

Diplomas and certifications from Emporia State University fill the foliage on Gene and Betty Plank’s family tree.

Partnership with HOHM Brings Two Nap Pods to campus

September 13, 2019

Emporia State University is bringing napping to new places with the help of HOHM. ESU is only the second university in the United States to implement these unique sleep pods, which unlike other pods, are more like a small bedroom than an actual pod. Following the ribbon-cutting at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, ESU students and faculty will be able to reserve their spot to take a nap in the comfort of HOHM.

The Campus Buzz From President Allison D. Garrett

September 11, 2019

Congratulations to 2019 graduate Sarah Spoon (BA Modern Language & English, History & Journalism minors, Spanish concentration). A student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Sarah received first prize and a $5,000 Peter O.E. Bekker Scholarship.Wrote the New York Press Club in its program, “We look forward to watching Sarah continue to hold accountable those who attack freedom of the press and know she will go on to do amazing things for our profession.”

The Campus Buzz From President Allison Garrett

August 29, 2019

Prof. Kevin Rabas, chair of English, Modern Languages and Journalism, co-directed a short documentary, “Strawberry Hill Fight Club,”which screened at the IFC Kansas City film festival this summer. It will be screened Saturday in Emporia at the No Coast Film Festival and at the Kansas International Film Festival this fall.

Opportunities for Educators This Fall

August 29, 2019

Educators are being offered opportunities to increase their skill and knowledge through workshops and conferences provided this spring through The Teachers College at Emporia State University. Some events offered have graduate credit available.

Agencies Looking for Art Therapists Can Receive Assistance

August 27, 2019

Medical settings — including support centers, clinics, and hospitals — can benefit through a program to put patients at ease using art therapy.

Kansans Can Win Books in Photo Contest

August 22, 2019

Kansans taking pictures of themselves can take part in a photo contest during Kansas Literacy Week, September 1-7.



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