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Campus Buzz from President Allison D. Garrett

National Acclaim

“Elevations: A Personal Exploration of the Arkansas River” by Max McCoy, ESU professor of journalism, is one of two winners of the National Outdoor Book Awardin the history/biography category. “Elevations” began as a sabbatical project five years ago and was published in February 2018 by the University Press of Kansas.


Bowl Time

Congratulations to our Hornet football team, which is traveling to Corsicana, Texas, to play in the 2nd annual Corsicana Bowlon December 1.

GAME TICKETS:Order general admission tickets for $10/each from the ESU ticket office and pick up at our Will Call tent at Tiger Stadium in Corsicana. (Proceeds from tickets purchased from ESU stay at ESU.) 

TAILGATE:Join ESU alumni from Texas and beyond for a party before the 2 p.m. kickoff. Homemade chili and cinnamon rolls will be served from noon to 1:45 p.m. Tickets cost $5 in advance, $10 at the event.  

MARCHING HORNETS: We’d like our Emporia Marching Hornets and Stingers Dance Team with us in Texas. Charter buses are reserved, but funding is needed for hotel rooms and meals. 


Flag Recognition

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution recognized ESU for its display of the U.S. flag during the November 3 Flag Celebration. The recognition was presented by the Kansas Society of the SAR.  


Arts & Sciences

Congratulations to Callie Dallimore, who won second place for her poster, “Metal concentrations in flood-prone sediments of Tar Creek near Miami, Oklahoma,” at the Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas.

Congratulations to these ESU music students selected to perform with the Emporia Symphony Orchestra at the February 26 concert. The Concerto/Aria Competitionwas November 18 with 15 contestants judged by Dr. Joanne Britz, clarinet professor at Pittsburg State University, Dr. Jessica Koebbe, piano professor at MidAmerica Nazarene University, and Steve Lewis, conductor of Midwest Chamber Ensemble. The winners are Luwei Zhou, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, First Movement; Javier Chavez, Ibert’s Concertino for Saxophone, First Movement; and Xindi Luo singing Mozart’s “Parto, Parto.” Cindy Silvero, violin Saint-Saens Concerto No. 3, First Movement, is the alternate performer.

A huge thank-you to Drs. Gary Ziek and William Woodworth for providing musical direction for the 13th Annual Emporia State High School Honors Band Festival on November 17. During the concert, 150 students from 18 schools performed original compositions by Dr. Ziek and Dr. Woodworth. The ESU Jazz Ensemble I also performed along with a special performance by the ESU Marching Hornets.

Congratulations to music student Yining Wang who placed third at the Kansas Music Teachers Piano Competitionon November 11.



On November 17, 28 ESU students were inducted into the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter of the TRIO, Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. These 17 students are in our Student Support Services program: Elizabeth Anaya Gomez, Nikki Aranda, Kaleb Barber, Tamira Carter, Monica Estrada Espinoza, Erin Goodwin, Cierra Hall, Joni Kasper, Denise Lemus, David “Osmin” Magana, LaDonna Muniz, Brooke Parnell, Alex Reid, Nathan Rhodes, Kayla Searles, Cheyanne Tucker, and Judith Velazquez. The following 11 students are a part of the McNair Scholars Program: Corryn Anderson, Ziarra Arzu, Kali Letourneau, Mayra Murillo Espinoza, Ana Perez Lebron, Alondra Rivero, Cesar Sanchez, Jessica Schneider, Kiersten Smith, Carolina Taylor and Ceanna Trice. Students who hold a 3.0 cumulative GPA for two consecutive semesters and who participate in a Higher Education Opportunity Program like TRIO are eligible for membership.



Emporia State senior quarterback Braxton Marstall is one of 37 nominees nationwide and eight in Super Region 3 for the 2018 Harlon Hill Trophyas the Division II College Football Player of the Year. 

Senior quarterback Braxton Marstall was named the Offensive Player of the Yearto headline 12 Emporia State players that earned All-MIAA honors from the league coaches. Honored players were Landon Nault, Justin Brown, Austin Unterreiner, Parker Bass and Jace McDown, second team; and Tyler Harris, Estevan Arana, Braden Janzen, Marek Thompson, Tre'vaun Ammons and Gary Woods II, honorable mention. 

Our 2018 football team drew recognition from Emporia’s KVOE Radio for their relationship with Jade Thompson, younger brother of defensive lineman Marek Thompson. KVOE presented the story in its Feel Good Friday segment.

For the second straight year, Emporia State running back Landon Nault has earned Google Cloud Academic All-District honorsas presented by CoSIDA. He is now eligible to move onto the national ballot for a chance to earn Academic All-America honors for the second time. 

Congratulations to our 2018 soccer team for its historic 14-6-1 season record. The team fell 2-1 to Minnesota State in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional Tournamentin Edmond, Oklahoma. It was the team’s first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament as the #5 seed in the Central Region. 

Emporia State placed five volleyballplayers on the All-MIAA team selected by the conference coaches. Senior Tatum Graves earned First Team honors, Yuchen Du was named to Second Team and Taylor Otting, Emma Dixon and Allie Maloney received honorable mention. 


University Support Staff

University Support Staff Senate invites all USS employees are invited to the Jingle & Mingle from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. December 7 in the Sauder Alumni Center atrium. The Senate will provide refreshments and holiday cheer.


Academic Affairs

Gieselle Taylor, director of Academic Center for Excellence and Success (ACES), presented a workshop on Academic Integrityfor the Alpha Sigma Alpha women at their sorority house on November 8.


Library & Information Management

Alumni of the Oregon MLS program are newly elected officers for the Washington Library Association. Sam Wallin (2006) is Public Library Division Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, and Judy Pitchford (2004) is Special Library Division Vice Chair/Chair-Elect.

Rachel Fellman, current Oregon student, is a new project archivist at the California Historical Society in San Francisco.



New members of Beta Gamma Sigmawere inducted on November 14, including honorary inductee Chris Waldeck, president of Lee Jeans, (1989 BSB Marketing). He shared his advice to work hard, be resilient, take care of people and know your business.

The Classroom to Career Certificateprogram on November 5 and 13 was hosted by Career Services and the School of Business. Students were fitted for professional suits from Dillard’s.

In 2002, ESU was the first of seven Kansas higher education institutions to partner with Capitol Federal in a scholarship program preparing business students for the challenges of the future. The 2018 Capitol Federal scholarswere celebrated during the annual luncheon on November 14 at the Sauder Alumni Center. 

The Koch Center hosted its fall undergraduate colloquiumNovember 2 through 4 titled “Morality and Economics?” The colloquium addressed whether economics loses the analytical and rhetorical high ground by not incorporating moral philosophy. The Center hosted students from 12 states and 15 different universities.

The Koch Center hosted its finalGovernance, Law, and Economics Lectureof the semester on November 5. Dr. Cort Rodet from Ohio University spoke on the fragile social order that exists between the drug factions and the residents in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Ninety-two people attended Rodet’s lecture and a special thanks to all the faculty who promoted the event to their students.


The Teachers College

The national and state accreditation team from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparationand the Kansas State Department of Education were on campus November 5-7 reviewing all teacher education programs, meeting with faculty, cooperating teachers, department chairs, deans, and ESU partners from around the state. An accreditation decision is expected in early spring.

Dr. Katrina Miller, Counselor Education, with members of her cohort, learned how to develop Trauma-Informed Organizationsat the University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda in November. Participants of this session discussed how to identify trauma responses of students and address them at all levels of an organization. The program included visits to the National Genocide Memorial, a tour of the Nyamirambo neighborhood and Women’s Center, and engaging with students aged 3-14 at the first and only school in Rwanda for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Children who participated in Dr. Carol Russell’s project, Children Inspire Glass, were at Ellen Plumb's City Bookstore in Emporia November 2. The children from CIGP II were able to take their glass and clay sculptures home. Russell is a member of the early childhood faculty. 

Nearly 100 Kansas educators attended the 21st Annual Kansas Regional Reading Recovery® and Early Literacy Conferenceheld at ESU on November 5. Featured speakers included ESU faculty members Dr. Heather Caswell and Dr. Melissa Reed, both from Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, and Dr. Roger Caswell, Executive Director, Jones Institute for Educational Excellence, and Dr. Annie Opat, Director of ESU’s Kansas Regional Reading Recovery University Training Center.

Dr. Jim Persinger, President of the Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansasand chair of ESU’s psychology department, led a discussion on psychological safety at the PERK conference held November 9-10 at ESU. Over 160 students and faculty attended from 17 universities, with most presenting original research.

The Iota chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society at ESU, produced a video highlighting their badge program, called Post-Initiation Incentive Program. The video was featured in The Leader, the monthly online newsletter of Kappa Delta Pi. The video can be seen at

Congratulations to Kim Nguyen, art therapy student, who received the American Art Therapy Association’s 2018 Rawley Silver Award for Excellence from the AATA at its annual conference in early November in Miami, Florida.

Ten years ago Dr. Matt Seimears, Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, started the Emporia State robotics competitionwith four teams. In early November, Emporia State hosted more than250 Kansas Grade 6-12 kids from 40 schools who participated with ESU students.

Members of the Student Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology(pictured with Dr. Christopher Stone from ESU’s School of Business, left, students included, left to right, Kaitlin Cyr, Jessica Danford, Alexandria Klema, and Sang Hui Ji) presented the findings of a customer satisfaction survey they conducted for Craig HomeCare in Wichita. They presented their findings to president of the company, Rich Giblin, and his executive team. The project provides the students the chance to use the knowledge and skills they acquire in the industrial/organizational psychology program in a real-world consulting environment.

The psychology department Emporia State University hosted the 2018 Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas/Nebraska Psychological Societyconference in November. ESU undergraduate students Maddy Orton & Lori Ahuja and graduate students Anna Wray & Alex Klema all won awards for outstanding non-empirical and empirical papers.

Aidan Johnson, psychology major, presents his research co-authored with professor emeritus Dr. George Yancey at the Psychological and Educational Research in Kansasconference held November 9-10 at ESU.



Julie Cayton attended the Educational Opportunity Association Regional Conferencein Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She presented a workshop titled, “Empowering Our Students to Experience Happiness: The Secret of the 40 Percent.” Julie will serve as the Past President of the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Chapter of EOA next year.  



Heidi Hamilton (Professor, Department of Communication & Theatre) presented a roundtable, “This is Not a Game: Challenging the Language that Normalizes Rape Culture on U.S. College Campuses,” at the National Communication Association Conventionin Salt Lake City. 

Heidi Hamilton presented “Veterans Deployed to Standing Rock: The Rhetoric of Serving Country through Peaceful Protest” at the Rhetoric Society of America biennial Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dr. Emily Vardell (Assistant Professor, SLIM) presented “Information Tactics of Individuals Making Health-Insurance Purchase Decisions” at the annual SIG-USE Symposium at the Association for Information Science and Technology conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, on November 10. 

Dr. Amanda Lickteig, School Leadership / Middle and Secondary Teacher Education, presented “Let's Talk About Your Self(ie)” at the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in Houston on November 17.

Dr. Jasmine Linabary, assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre, presented "From data points to people: Feminist situated ethics in online big data research" at the annual conference of the National Communication Associationin November in Salt Lake City. This paper was recognized as part of a top paper panel for NCA's Feminist and Women's Studies Division. Dr. Linabary also presented "Critical inclusivity: Navigating exclusions in organizing across difference online" at the same conference. 

Sarah Johnson, Assistant Professor, University Libraries and Archives, discussed how ESU Libraries and Archives evaluated and re-mixed the technical services workflow in “Technical Services Workflows: The Book’s Journey” presented at the joint Kansas Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association conference in Wichita.

Dr. Jasmine Linabary, assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre, presented "'I wasn't going to let him win': Examining women's resilience in response to online harassment" at the annual conference of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender in October in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Dr. Terri Summey, Professor in University Libraries and Archives, presented “Emotional Intelligence: Key to Quality Customer Service” using information from her doctoral research at the joint Kansas Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association conference in Wichita.



Dr. Erika Martin (Laboratory Coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences), Ali Alamri and Saad Alqahtanipublished “Pilot Study: building a non-recirculating microcosm system and testing how temperature influences growth of Southern Redbelly Dace (Chrosomus erythrogaster)” in Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science121: 330-334.

Heidi Hamilton (Professor, Department of Communication & Theatre) published “Recovering Bruce Gronbeck: Reflecting on argument’s role in political rhetoric” in Recovering argument: Selected works from the 19th NCA/AFA Alta conference on argumentation (pp. 22-26). New York: Routledge.

Libby Schmanke, art therapy, had three articles featured in the launch of a new blog of the Art Therapy Credentials Board. 

Libby Schmanke, art therapy, wrot the chapter "Art Therapy Applications and Substance Abuse" in the book Art and Expressive Therapies within the Medical Model: Clinical Applications published by Routledge and released November 16. 

Dr. Jasmine Linabary, assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre, recently published a co-authored article titled "Navigating Big Data dilemmas: Feminist holistic reflexivity in social media research" in Big Data & Society.