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The Campus Buzz from President Allison Garrett

Making History

The Emporia State soccer team has recorded the best record in program history going 14-5-1 on the season, 8-3 in the MIAA. The Hornets received the No. 3 seed in the MIAA Tournament and advanced to the semi-final round for the second time in program history. Emporia State advances to the NCAA Central Regional Tournament as the No. 5 seed and will take on No. 4 seed Minnesota State-Mankato in Edmond, Oklahoma.


Arts & Sciences

Congratulations to these four students who were semifinalists during competition at the National Association of Teachers of Singingauditions. Gabriel Carter, freshmen men; Corey Mann, sophomore men; Kara Mason, sophomore women; and Xindi Luo, graduate women; were among 11 voice students to travel to Lincoln, Nebraska with faculty Dr. Penny Speadie, Dr. Scott Wichael and Abby Triemer. Schools from Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska attended.

Almost 500 high school students from across the state of Kansas attended Math Dayat ESU on October 24. Students competed in Algebra and Geometry individual events as well as team events in Algebra, Geometry and a catch-all event called Math Scramble. Schools were divided into either Division I or Division II based on their size, and medals were handed out to the top 3 teams and top 5 individuals of each event and division. Math Day is directed by Dr. Connie Schrock. 

Scott Wicheal, assistant professor of music, recently returned from Billings, Montana, where he portrayed Eric, above, in the Rimrock Opera Foundationproduction of “Nosferatu.”

On October 30, the future science teachers of ESU were part of the “Spooky Science Night” at the Emporia Public Library, above. Dr. Claudia Aguirre-Mendez of the Department of Physical Sciences coordinated the activities presented by 15 ESU and EHS students. 100 children and parents enjoyed six different demonstrations including Halloween catapults, Frankenstein’s genes and the chemistry of glow sticks. 

ESU Horn Instructor, Terrisa Ziek and ESU Horn students Brett Logbeck (senior BM) and Brady Bookout (sophomore BME) attended the Mid South Regional Horn Workshopduring Fall Break. The workshop, held this year on the campus of WSU, brings horn professionals, students and enthusiasts from more than nine states. Events included competitions, recitals, masterclasses and lectures. Ms. Ziek performed on recital as a contributing artist. Brett and Brady performed as part of the university mass horn ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Randall Faust, Professor Emeritus, Western Illinois University. 

The Emporia Marching Hornets and Stingers dance team performed at the Southern Plains Marching Band FestivalOctober 25, a real coup as normally the Wichita State band appears.


Financial Aid

Congratulations to Darcy Johnson, student loan coordinator, who was elected president-elect for Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administratorsfor the 2019-20 year.


First Generation

Kathy Landwehr and Jared Burton (Student Advising Center) and Eden Tullis (TRIO) took 18 First Generation ESU students to the Ad Astra Conferencein Wichita. For the third year, ESU has joined the other Regent universities at this conference for and by first generation college students.



Emporia State's Braxton Marstall has been named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Weekfor the second straight time and fourth time this season after the Hornet's 48-0 win over Missouri Southern. 

After setting a school record for wins, the Emporia State women's soccer team had eight players recognized on the All-MIAA teams. Jillian Patton, Shelby Keyes, Ashlyn Lakin, Maria Walden and Rachel Marshall earned second-team honors while Tanna Benefiel and Kennedy Hoffman were named third-team and Sydney Martens garnered honorable mention. 


The Teachers College

Congratulations to alumna Amy Jackson (BS 2004 Psychology, MS 2007 Clinical Society. As director of the student success center at Pratt Community College, Amy received the Community College Professional Awardduring the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators’ Region IV West conference in Wichita. 

Dr. Heather Caswell and Dr. Melissa Reed, Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, took students to Kansas City to present at “Civics, Citizenship and Civility,”a Critical Questions in Education Symposium as part of a high impact grant this semester. In a panel discussion, they presented “Creating Brave Spaces: Understanding Intersectionality of Identity in Learning Environments.” The students presenting were Danica Bender, Sadie Boline, Allie Crome, Sydney Gulley, Paul Reichenberger, Savannah Smith, and Chieko Zimmerman. 

The Health, Physical Education, & Recreation Department at ESU hosted the 2018 Convention for the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance.More than 500 physical and health education teachers from Kansas attended the two-day annual event October 24-26. 

HPER student Traci Crusinberrg received the Future Professional of the Year Awardat the 2018 Convention for the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. 

Dr. Vicki Worrell was honored on October 25 for her years of service at the 2018 Convention for the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. 

Brad Crusinbery (BSE 99 – social sciences; MS 04 – education administration), Iola, received Administrator of the Year Awardfrom the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance at the 2018 convention. He is the principal at Iola Middle School. 

Dr. Yeol Huh, Instructional Design and Technology, received the Charles M. Reigeluth Emerging Researcher Awardat the annual convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in October in Kansas City. 

Dr. Damara Paris & Dr. Katrina Miller, of Counselor Education’s RC48 program, took graduate students Nate Holz, Teri Truscott, Jennifer Carter and Jamie Hubble to the National Council on Rehabilitation annual Fall meeting October 24-27 in Arlington, Virginia. Also in attendance was Haley Vivone, graduate assistant for the RSA grant. 

The third installment of ESU's Children Inspire Glass Project held an opening reception October 19 in Visser Hall. CIGP celebrates children’s imagination and creative abilities through interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty and students of various educational disciplines. The art is displayed in Visser Hall and CIGP IV in 2020 is being planned.  

The Visser Hall Learning Commonsstarted opening 24/7 on Monday, October 22. Students with a Hornet ID card have access to the Learning Commons after the building is closed to study.   

Dr. Matt Seimears, Dr. Sara Schwerdtfeger, and Dr. Tiffany Hill, all from Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, were selected to serve as consultants at Saint Anselm Collegein New Hampshire to guide the institution in seeking its accreditation from Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. 

Anne Bordonaro, Director of TRIO, and Dr. Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro, Carrie Boettcher and Dr. Katrina Miller attended the state Tilford Conference on Diversity & Multiculturalismat Hays in October. Speaker John Quinones of ABC news program “What Would You Do?” shared about his early life ambition to become a reporter and how Upward Bound factored into his achievement of his goal. Graduate Art Therapy students Kim Nguyen (left) and Vivian Mosier (right) got a photo with Quinones.  

The Kansas Association for Gifted, Talented and Creativecelebrated its 40th anniversary during the October 7-8 convention hosted in the ESU Memorial Union with the theme, Spotlight on Diverse Gifted Learners. Dr. Connie Phelps, Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, served as the 2018 KGTC Convention Chair.  

“School Counseling 2018: School Counseling in a Fast-Paced World” was hosted at Emporia State November 1. 266 counselors, educators and administrators attended the the 69th Annual Fall Conference for Counselors organized by Dr. Robert Kircher, Coordinator of School Counseling program at ESU. 

Dr. Lee Anne Coester, director of Emporia State University’s Math Leadership Institute, recently received Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics Ray Kurtz Service Awardfor her exceptional work to the math teaching community. 

Members of The Teachers College gathered on October 19 to hear from ESU Distinguished Alumni Dr. Leo Pauls. Left to right, front row: Dr. Leo Pauls, Karen Pauls, Dennis Kear, Dr. Richard Watkins. Left to right, back row: Dr. Melissa Reed, Dr. Gerry Coffman, Dr. Lendi Bland, Dr. Deb Larson, Stephanie Perez, Dr. Heather Caswell, Dr. Lori Mann 



Leslie Moreland was inducted as an honorary member of the Lambda Psi chapter of Beta Alpha Psiat the chapter's annual trivia night on Oct. 26.  A 2002 graduate and an Outstanding Recent Graduate (2011), Leslie has supported the organization financially and with her involvement in chapter activities. She currently participates in the mentor program and is a member of the accounting advisory council.

The School of Business welcomes three visiting scholars from China. We look forward to working with them on various business research projects in the next few months:

  •  Dr. Yongsheng Sun, Associate Professor of Management, Xi'an Polytechnic University. Main research interests are human resources and labor relations management. 
  • Dr. Yanhua Zhou, Associate Professor, Xinjiang University of Finance and Economics. Main research interests include TNCs management and adaptation of floating populations.
  • Mr. Qiang Gao, lecturer, Xinjiang University of Finance and Economics. Main research interests include innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Congratulations to the Lambda Psi chapter and Dr. George Durler for being recognized internationally as a Distinguished Chapter for 2017-18. The chapter has far exceeded the baseline requirements of Beta Alpha Psi & has excelled in areas of academics, professionalism, & leadership.



At the joint Kansas Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association conferencein Wichita on October 25:

  • Drs. Sandra Valenti and Terri Summey presented on the topic of fake news and librarians’ roles in teaching information literacy in their session, “I read it on Facebook, so it Must Be True” Academic Librarians in the Fight Against Fake News”
  • Shari Scribner (ESU Archives manager and SLIM Emporia student) and Brady Lund (SLIM PhD student) presented “Creating Compelling Virtual Reality Experiences for Special and Archival Collections: A Case-Study of the May Massee VR Experience at Emporia State University” at the KLA/MPLA 2018 Conference. The session was hands-on, with devices provided so that audience members could explore the experience and experiment with the technology.
  • Daniel Agbaji (SLIM Emporia Student) and Brady Lund (SLIM Emporia PhD Student) presented “Virtual and Augmented Reality: An Interactive Exploration of These Technologies and How to Implement Them in Your Library.” 
  • Daniel Agbaji (SLIM Emporia Student) presented “Hypertext Librarian: How School Librarians Can Present Technology Oriented Programming.” 
  • SLIM Faculty - Drs. Mirah Dow, Andrew Smith, Sarah Sutton, Emily Vardell, Sandra Valenti, and Jim Walther, presented “Too much of a good thing? Maintaining a balanced curriculum for new library professionals.” 
  • Michelle Hammond (ESU Library Dean) and Beverley Buller (SLIM Adjunct Faculty) presented “The William Allen White Children’s Book Awards: Bringing Kansas Young Readers and Authors Together.” 
  • Dr. Jim Walther, Assistant Professor at SLIM, presented "A Library Focus on HR: Having Tough Conversations at Pivotal Times for Staff Performance." 
  • SLIM student Samantha Bishop Simmons, presented her poster “Assessing Digital Literacy, Instructional Education, and Learning Outcomes in Underrepresented Undergraduate Students at the University of Kansas.”
  • SLIM student, Danica E. White presented her poster “Copyright & Folklore: Protecting Traditions.”
  • SLIM student Ally Urban presented “Tell Us Your Story! Developing an Oral History Program in Special Collections and Archives.”
  • SLIM student Hannah Adamson presented “The Public Library: Filling in for the Missing School Media Specialists.”
  • SLIM student Kimberly Veliz and Dr. Terri Summey (Emporia State University Libraries), presented “Beyond the Library Walls: Collaborative Programming in Academic Libraries.”
  • SLIM student Sara Schoenthaler presented “Checkout Adventure! Emporia Public Library's Adventure Kits Service.”

At the recent OR/WLA ACRL Conference:

  • Rachel Bridgewater (MLS 2004) discussed her poster session, “Copyright First Responders Pacific Northwest.”
  • Penelope Wood (MLS 2007) presented “Feminist Co-Mentoring as Advocacy: Collaborative Reflective Practice for Improved STEM Data Literacy Instruction.”
  • Current SLIM students, Elaine Goff & Andy Lofthus presented “Advocating for the Underserved.”
  • Kim Olson-Charles (MLS 2014)delivered a talk on “Pitching a New Program: Engaging Campus and Student Affairs.” [
  • Colleen Sanders (MLS 2015) presented “Dispatch from the Race and Pedagogy National Conference: A Critical Check-in.”

At the 53rd Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society:

  • Student Collin Dallimore presented “Determination of Nicotine Levels on Campus During the Tobacco-Free Promotion Using HPLC/UV Coupled with MS.” Co-authors, who also attended the meeting included Ying Zhang and Dr. Qiyang Zhang. 
  • Dr. Eric Trump presented a poster entitled, “Oxygen-Bridged Trigangulenium Dyes.” 

Dr. Marc Fusaro was a guest speaker at the Emporia Regional Economic Outlook Conferenceheld on campus on Oct. 26. The purpose of the conference is to provide insight into current, local, and national economies, addressing topics of interest to the community, region, and state. 

Dr. Derek Yonai presented and led the inaugural "Brown Bag Seminar" for the BB&T Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy and Capitalismat Mercer University. The discussion topic was the need for humanized business education in business schools. He also gave a public talk on “Morality and Markets.”

BizHornet Xinwei Liu (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joyce Zhou) presented "Chinese Parents' Gender-Role Attitudes Toward Their Young Child in Entertainment Market" atThe International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines on Oct. 23.

BizHornet Carolina Taylor (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joyce Zhou) presented her research project "How does Culture Affect International Business Between the United States and China" at the 2018 Kansas Honors Connectionsprogram Nov. 3. 

Dr. Bill Stinson and Dr. Mark Stanbrough, Health, Physical Education, & Recreation Department, presented "Compassionate Coaching: The Research Behind Team Building and Bonding" at the 2018 Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual in October at ESU.  

Dr. Yeol Huh, Dr. Dabae Lee, Dr. Zeni Colorado-Resa, and graduate student Xueqi Song, all from Instructional Design and Technology, presented "Comparison Between Intended and Perceived Learning Outcomes Based on TPACK in A Technology Integration Course for Pre-service Teachers" at the annual convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in October in Kansas City.  

Dr. Yeol Huh, Dr. Dabae Lee, and graduate students Zimeng Li and Tong Bai, Instructional Design and Technology, presented "AltSchool: Implementing Personalized Learning with Technology" at the annual convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technologyin October in Kansas City.   

Amanda Lickteig presented "Creating MINDFUL Citizens in a Post-Truth Era" at the 2018 Kansas Council for the Social Studies ConferenceOctober 29 at Emporia State University.  

Todd Roberts, Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, presented “Modernizing Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom: Using Whole Brain Teaching as a Way of Teaching Kids” at the 2018 Kansas Council for the Social Studies ConferenceOctober 29 at Emporia State University. 

Dr. Ken Weaver, dean of The Teachers College and Psychology professor, and George Abel, retired Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning with USD 253 Emporia, presented “Secondary Teacher Expanded Practice Internship During the Pre-Student Teaching Semester” at the annual convention of the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities/The Renaissance Groupon October 8 in Charleston, South Carolina. 

At the Kansas Library Association, Dr. Emily Vardell gave a presentation entitled “Health Insurance Information Needs: How Librarians Can Help,” which was sponsored by Beta Phi Mu.

Ellen Hansen and Heidi Hamilton conducted a workshop titled “Establishing a new major in Ethnic, Gender and Identity Studies” at the 2018 Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism, held October 22 and 23 at Fort Hays State University.

Director of Composition Dr. Kat O’Meara presented her institutional research at the Thomas R. Watson Conference in Rhetoric and Compositionin Louisville, Kentucky, on October 25. The presentation, “Investigating the Culture of Writing Across the Disciplines: Initializing a Whole Systems Approach for a WAC/WID Program,” was a part of the accepted panel “Making Matters Visible: Uncovering Thinking, Knowing, and Being with Institutional Ethnography.”

Cynthia Kane, University Libraries and Archives, co-presented “From Tests to Rubrics: Strategies for Assessing Information Literacy at Three Institutions” on October 23 at the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Assessment Institute Conferencein Indianapolis, Indiana.   



Dr. Carol L. Russell's, Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education, recently published book, “Integrating Art in the Inclusive Early Childhood Curriculum”(Common Grounds Publishing), is a culmination of over 40 years of interdisciplinary research and teaching experiences in inclusive arts.  

ESU alum Jeremy Tiemann (M.S. 2002) co-wrote with A.J. Stites and J.L. Sherwood “Fecundity estimates of the Gravel Chub, Erimystax x-punctatus (Pisces: Leuciscidae)” published in Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science121:386–390.