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Something to Think About

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Steve Sauder is president of Emporia's Radio Stations, Inc. the owners of KVOE-AM 1400, Country 101.7 and Mix 104.9. Steve has been in a leadership position with ERS, Inc., since 1987.

April 15, 2015

Losing your president like Emporia State University is experiencing is never fun, but this ordeal is made easier when you are reaping the benefits from an outstanding effort from the person you are losing.

          Obviously Michael Shonrock has been an extraordinary leader. It has been my practice to answer that old question: “how are things in Emporia?” with – couldn’t be better because Emporia State is on a tear and the guy leading that has energized not only the University, but our entire community!

          What made Doctor Shonrock so special?

          I’ll mention three things, but there are many more.

          First he’s the best “friend raiser” ever. Michael never misses an opportunity to introduce himself and give away a business card. Little kids might be his favorite, but he’s made friends everywhere he’s gone including the Board of Regents and the legislature.

          There’s nothing phony about Shonrock. What you see is what you get. Unbridled enthusiasm, corny jokes (often repeated) he says “thank you” over and over and the people love it.

Why: Because he never, ever has to fake the sincerity.

          President Shonrock’s second great trait is as a “possibility thinker.” He never looks for a reason to say “no,” but looks first for ways to get things accomplished. Not rocket science – rather – let’s find a way!

          He will leave ESU with a new positive attitude, a shiny Master Plan, an updated strategic plan, new techniques and leaders better prepared to face challenges.

          Michael Shonrock also proved to be a Pied Piper. He brought amazingly talented people to EmporiaState like Provost David Cordle, Business Dean Kristie Ogilvie, V. P. for Administration and Physical Affairs Werner Golling, DenaSue Potestio, President of the ESU Foundation and others. Not only did the president get these folks hired they all live in Emporia!

Also under his leadership many campus leaders have become better at their jobs.

          Good presidents like good coaches are hard to find and harder to keep. We need leaders at ESU with the ability to move on and up. Shonrock fits that model.

          So, after feeling like I’d taken a punch in the gut like most you felt when you received the news of Shonrock’s new job I’m ready to celebrate his leadership and start working towards carrying on the tremendous changes he implemented.

          We are better off to have had Michael and lost him than to never have known him and we wish he and Karen all the best.

          It is a Great Day to be a Hornet! Stingers Up!

          I’m Steve Sauder

April 1, 2015

This is Easter week and this year my heart will be heavy knowing my friend Loren Martin lost his battle with cancer. His services are Monday. He asked me to say a few words. I am so honored.

Loren also asked one of his colleagues from Ek Real Estate to speak. Jeff tells me he’ll concentrate on Loren’s character. Guess that means I get to talk about Loren “the character.”

Don’t hold me to it, but I’m thinking maybe I’ll suggest Loren was like my favorite pair of shoes - easy to put on, comfortable and always available.

I was 15 when I met Coach Martin and about to be a sophomore football player at Emporia High. He was our new coach. He was playing golf with Don Ek. I watched him absolutely kill a golf ball and I thought “what a stud.” That thought has never left me.

Like most new shoes Coach had a little breakin’ in period. His three years as EHS’s football coach weren’t much fun. He inherited a very sad situation. We weren’t only little, we were slow! We played a killer schedule and the results weren’t good. I’m not sure Bear Bryant could have made us a team!

Coach resigned after three years and did other things including 4 great years and C of E’s baseball coach. His Presby’s represented District 10 in the NAIA national tournament.

Loren found his calling as a real estate agent and to say he was unique in that job is an understatement. He was known for his honestly and willingness to always assist his clients and co-workers in a positive and constructive manner. His career spanned over 30 years and I doubt he ever made an enemy.

Loren and Nanette were the classic couple. They met at KU and she says she wasn’t easily convinced to become a part of this football and baseball player’s life. Once she agreed though they became a couple you could easily use as a role model.

As shoes grow older they get scuffed a few times and require some polish, but good shoes are hard to find – that was Loren always interested and willing to help.

Loren had a lot of life experiences: Gifted college athlete, semi-pro baseball star, golfer, card player, KU fan, father, husband, Christian, coach, businessman and friend – the list is endless.

Despite the fact our football team wasn’t very successful I always called Loren “Coach.” That’s a term of endearment I reserve for special people. Rest in Peace – Coach.

I’m Steve Sauder

Wednesday - 03/25/15

(Mailed to Governor Brownback on Monday)

Governor Brownback, just wondering what you thought when your picture went up Sunday at KU/WSU game in Omaha and the crowd booed?

You are good at imagining - like not knowing your tax plan is running Kansas into the poorhouse.

So how do you explain that spontaneous response in Omaha?

I’m sure your handlers had a great answer for you.

Is it possible you are really unpopular and your leadership is a failing?

KU and WichitaState laid it on the line Sunday and the best team prevailed. When it was over there were no excuses, no stories, just honest rhetoric about what worked and what failed.

Too bad you aren't willing to man up like the Shockers and Jayhawks and tell the truth !

Suck it up Governor your leadership is ruining a great state and you can’t even see it!

I’m Steve Sauder

Steve Sauder

President Emporia’s Radio Stations, Inc.

1420 C of E Drive

Emporia, KS66801

March 18, 2015

 

How about a little trivia to start us out today? 

Can you tell me the significance of the following numbers?

19, 17 of 19, 12 of 17, 6 of 12, 6, 3 and 1 of 5? 

If you guessed they have something to do with Lady Hornet Basketball you would be correct.

No apologies for talking sports today because the success and tradition of Lady Hornet Basketball transcends any criticism you might make.

Nineteen is how many years ago Cindy Stein became the ESU coach and started the modern era of Lady Hornet basketball!

Now before some of you old times get upset we had Lady Hornet Basketball prior to Cindy and it was successful, but Stein raised the bar and got us all involved and the rest is as they say….history.

Those other numbers?

17 of 19 represents the number of times the Lady Hornets have made the NCAA tournament field.

12 of 17 is the incredible number of times our ladies have played in the Regional Championship game!

6 of 12 is the number of times the Lady Hornets have won the Sweet Sixteen game and advanced to the Elite 8.

Six is the number of times our ladies have eliminated the host and number 1 ranked team on their home court in the Regional Tournament!

Three represents the coaches: Stein 3 years, Brandon Schneider 11 years; and Jory Collins completing his fifth year.

And finally 1 of 5 is the number of times the Lady Hornets have won a National Championship – 2010 in St. JoeMissouri.

Those numbers are incredible?

It has been fun reading Posts on social media from Lady Hornets congratulating Jory, his staff and the players.

Emily Bloss Carpenter, a former all everything Lady Hornet remembered when Jory started as a scrimmage player for the Lady Hornets 15 years ago! 

Jory’s rise to the top job has been documented many times and his story is far from complete. I’m thinking it may be difficult to keep him in Emporia.

The Lady Hornet tradition is bigger than life and getting better. 

        It is indeed a great day to be a Hornet!

        Stingers Up!

        I’m Steve Sauder.

March 11, 2015

Monday’s Gazette editorial came from the Salina Journal with the title of: Bleed, Kansas, bleed.

It drew a reference back to the “Bleeding Kansas” days when Kansas became as famous as any state could be in those times because the battle to decide if Kansas would support slavery was raging. Those battles often ended with bloody results and many lives lost. 

Our current political mess in Kansas is also bringing a lot of publicity to Kansas and much like the 1800’s most of the attention is not positive. While lives may not have actually been lost due to the current leadership in our state – lives certainly are being changed by these questionable policies.

Governor Brownback leads a group that controls our state and has implemented tax policies that so far have been nothing but a disaster! The results have created massive shortfalls in revenue even to numbers that had already been adjusted downward!

Despite the obvious gap in funding our Governor pushes forward. Last week he appeared at a gathering in Missouri actually touting the success of his tax plans in Kansas. His answer to questions about the results which are hard to avoid was “we just need more time.”

Meanwhile public school, universities and other Regent institutions make plans to survive with less money and higher tuition (note Flint Hills Techical College’s recent tuition announcement). Farmers fear a major shift in property taxes and our excellent high way program continues to be raided to help make ends  meet for our governor’s pleasure.

Governor Brownback is using his power in many areas making changes that defy imagination. Human rights, moving election, the judiciary, selection of judges and currently the funding methods for public education. He has the power and is wielding it without caution.

Kansas is famous again and much like the 1800’s when the publicity wasn’t all that flattering Kansas is once again a national joke!

The part of this sad story that is so hard to accept is that we not only elected this guy, but we re-elected him despite knowing his tax plans were putting our state in the poorhouse.

How and when will this all end?

The editorial writer suggested the legislature needs to pay more attention to the budget deficit - suggesting “the cuts are just starting.”

And he ends his editorial with “Or, maybe Kansas just needs to bleed some more.”

Bleeding Kansas, same song second verse! Heaven help us.

I’m Steve Sauder.

March 4, 2015

Bobbi and I spent January and February in California. More accurately we were in the CoachellaValley which is a desert surrounded by mountain ranges. Los Angeles is about a hundred miles west with San Diego completing a triangle about 120 miles away.

          We picked this area because of an average temperature in the 70’s, 350 days a year of sunshine, 124 golf courses in the valley and the opportunity to leave cold weather behind.

          Our 8 week adventure taught us a lot. We better understand the meaning of “diversity and tolerance.” We know leasing real estate can be fraught with misunderstanding and half truths. We know more about living in a metropolitan area than we expected to – the valley is made up of nine communities and a population exceeding half a million people. Events adding a hundred thousand visitors happen often.

The local newspaper – which was excellent – said the CoachellaValley is home to some of the richest people on earth and also some of the poorest.

          The San Gorgonio Pass the north-west entrance to the valley is thought to be the second windiest place in the country and is home to nearly 3,000 wind turbines.

          This was a shocker for me thinking California would never allow this kind of sight pollution, but I’ve learned these giant windmills have been there for more than 30 years!

          Here are some of the events and things we found interesting during our California stay.

          The Palm Springs Film Festival was amazing. One hundred and thirty  movies were shown several times each over an eleven day run to packed houses. We saw two foreign films. We’ll see more next year.

          The church we attended was amazing.

          The traffic wasn’t bad, but fast. With most areas being gated with no front yard exposures 50/55 mile an hour speed limits were common – in town.

          Name dropping was everywhere. We’d go from I-10 onto Bob Hope Drive then turned on to Ginger Rodgers Drive to go home. Frank Sinatra and Gerald Ford were close by and the Eisenhower Medical facilities were everywhere. Every restaurant had pictures of famous people. I’ll talk about the eating establishments next week.

          There were events of all kinds. The Coachella Valley Music Festival, too many art festivals to count, six casinos in the valley all featuring name stars and shows. Pro golf, pro tennis, D-1 Softball, the NBA Outside Games, the Palm Springs Grand Prix, an 8,000 participant bike race, winter professional baseball league and did I mention 124 golf courses?

          It’s a big agriculture area with 95% of U.S. dates being grown in the valley plus many other fruits and veggies.

          But, with all that said – it is really nice to be home.

          I’m Steve Sauder.