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Guys in grade school: Men remain a small minority among elementary school teachers

Guys in grade school: Men remain a small minority among elementary school teachers

Tim Vesco loves his job and it shows. It’s after lunch when Vesco, a fifth-grade teacher at Frontenac’s Frank Layden Elementary School, dives into a math lesson involving fractions. The students sit in small groups, scattered among a variety of bean-bag chairs,...

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Prairies: a glimpse into our past

Prairies: a glimpse into our past

The only sounds on this hot, humid September day are the insects and a crow in the distance as Dixie Smith, chair of the Department of Biology at Pittsburg State University, plods through the tangled mass of bluestem, bright azure...

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Battling foodborne illness

Battling foodborne illness

A group of PSU researchers has developed a process that may one day make a night out at your favorite restaurant, a trip to the grocery store or turning on the tap in a developing nation a much safer experience.   Research...

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Block22 moves forward

Block22 moves forward

A project to bring university housing and business development space to downtown Pittsburg is moving forward. The project, known as Block22, will renovate four of Pittsburg’s most historic buildings by transforming them into housing units for students, as well as retail,...

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In this issue...
Why I teach third grade

Why I teach third grade

Paul Hanney was THAT kid. Hanney (BSE 2000, MS 2010), a third-grade teacher at Westside Elementary School in Pittsburg, is not shy about his academic record as a youngster. “I absolutely hated school,” Hanney recalled. “I was not good in a single thing, except art. When I was in elementary school, all of the desks...

Prize honors former faculty member

The Midwest Quarterly has announced the establishment of a poetry prize in honor of longtime faculty member and Midwest Quarterly poetry editor Stephen Meats. Five hundred dollars will be awarded to the author of the best poem published in the four issues that make up each volume of the quarterly, beginning with the Fall of...
Professor helps students do research, publish

Professor helps students do research, publish

In the world of scientific research, publication in a respected scientific journal is the brass ring. It’s the place where seasoned researchers share their work and expose it to the scrutiny of some of the best minds in their fields. So it’s a pretty big deal when a student’s research – especially the work of...
‘It’s alive!’ Theatre retells iconic horror story

‘It’s alive!’ Theatre retells iconic horror story

Special Effects Make-Up Artist Brandi Graber says she loved watching scary movies when she was little, so it was a two-hour labor of love when she transformed Stephen Reida from a friendly PSU junior into the iconic creature from Mary Shelley’s novel, “Frankenstein.” PSU Theatre’s October production of the Victor Gialanella play, based on Shelley’s...

Freshman Experience – Kylie DeClue

Academics. Arts. Athletics. Kylie DeClue was looking for a university that “had it all.” She found it just 90 minutes from home. As an accomplished cellist and softball player at Park Hill South High School, DeClue was looking for a university that strongly supported both the arts and athletics. “And when I made my first...

Spring 2017 Arts Calendar

Check the calendar on PSU’s homepage, www.pittstate.edu, for the latest additions and changes to the calendar, as well as additional details about specific events. Art Contact joliver@pittstate.edu or call 620-235-4302 for more information. University Gallery  Porter Hall April 11 – May 6 Marjorie Schick, 50 Years Innovating Art for the Body Lecture: May 6, 4...

Where in the world is Gus

In Memory

In Memory Deaths are listed based on information received from families or reported in local newspapers. They are listed alphabetically followed by graduation or attendance date. James T. Akers, 1961 Tina L. Allen, 2006, Pittsburg, Kan. Gregory N. Ambrose, 1975, Olathe, Kan. Dorothy L. (Shade) Ames, 1963, Fort Scott, Kan. Helen L. Anderson, 1949, Parsons,...

Class Notes

Class of 1976 Robert J. Grassino (BSEd, EDS 1992) retired in 2012 after more than 28 years in public education. Dr. Grassino spent 16 years working in the Circle School District, USD 375, in Towanda, Kan. While at Circle, he served as the elementary principal, the high school principal, and the assistant superintendent. In addition...
These roots run deep

These roots run deep

In nominating her family, senior Hannah Pio noted that she will be the 23rd member of her family and the fourth generation to earn a Pitt State degree when she graduates this spring. “For as long as I can remember, my family has been Pitt State fans,” Pio wrote. “Their love and support for Pitt...
Romance blossoms on Family Day

Romance blossoms on Family Day

Family Day meant a little something more to PSU alumni Kell Smalley and Leah Flynn this year. Flynn thought she was at the gorilla statue in Champions Plaza to take a group picture with her former Pitt State volleyball teammates, but moments later, she received the surprise of a lifetime. After the photo was taken,...
Outstanding alumni return for Homecoming

Outstanding alumni return for Homecoming

The campus and community turned out to honor three outstanding alumni during Homecoming activities last October. Father Mike Simone, director of vocations and chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Kan.; John Lair, program director with New Hope Services and Special Olympics coach, of Pittsburg; and Holly Cranston, M.D., a physician in Pittsburg, received the...