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Big buildings; big impact

Big buildings; big impact

IT’S CLEARLY A BIG BUILDING, but the Robert W. Plaster Center’s location, away from the street and tucked behind the Weede Physical Education Building, makes it easy to underestimate the most recent addition to the campus. “Visitors’ reactions are almost always...

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First doctoral students hit the books

First doctoral students hit the books

The university’s first doctoral students, 16 eager students in the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, hit the books over the summer. Before they could get up to their ears in study, however, there...

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Faithful volunteers

Faithful volunteers

Pittsburg State singled out three alumni last spring for their volunteer service to the university. The Alumni Association presented its Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award to Jan Allai and Pete and Shirley Esch as part of PSU’s Apple Day...

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‘Beethoven’ at home in the Bicknell Center

‘Beethoven’ at home in the Bicknell Center

Ludwig van Beethoven seems right at home in the new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Since February, the famous composer has looked over the James S. and Treva J. Dawson Lobby, a gift of Robert D. and Gwendolyn Tyler. The...

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Bicknell Center has rousing first season

Bicknell Center has rousing first season

The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts got off to a rousing start with its inaugural season in 2014-15. The facility’s two performance halls were hopping with prominent speakers like Former First Lady Laura Bush and exciting national entertainment like...

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Friends for life

Friends for life

There were undoubtedly many friends among the 1,270 members of this past spring’s graduating class, but it’s unlikely many had been together as long as a trio of women from Spring Hill, Kan. Shannon Jesberg, Lenzi Sudduth, and Ellen Wieberg have been...

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Housing, student center projects wrap up

Housing, student center projects wrap up

Two major construction projects are wrapping up just in time for the opening of the fall semester. The renovation of Nation Hall East and the expansion and renovation of the Overman Student Center will be complete when students arrive. The Nation...

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Where in the World is Gus

Having people who believe in me has made all the difference

Having people who believe in me has made all the difference

“HAVING PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN me has made all the difference,” said David Schlee, his voice filling with emotion. In May, Schlee was one of about 1,270 students who earned degrees from PSU. In fact, Schlee walked in two different ceremonies. On Friday, Schlee joined classmates in the College of Arts and Sciences to receive...

First-generation grad fulfills a promise

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, SHONTAE COBB MADE A PROMISE TO HER grandfather. This year she kept it and in the process set an example for her four siblings and many others she may never know. “When I was in first grade, my grandfather came to my school for Grandparents Day,” Cobb said. “He always told me...
Called to serve

Called to serve

WHEN RICH HILL, MISSOURI, NATIVE ASHLEY ARWOOD first enrolled at Pitt State in 2005, she had dreams of becoming a P.E. teacher. And for two years, that’s what she was on track to do. But Arwood felt “a calling” that just wouldn’t go away. Choosing to follow that call would change Arwood’s life in ways...

Sandness named staff physician at Bryant Student Health Center

Kathleen Sandness’ long relationship with Pitt State has gotten even stronger. Sandness, who has served as the contracting physician for PSU’s Bryant Student Health Center since 2011, has been named staff physician at the health center. “The opportunity to have Dr. Sandness join the staff of the Bryant Student Health Center is an exciting opportunity...
Scott joins DI athletics summit

Scott joins DI athletics summit

President Steve Scott was chosen to join a group of college and university leaders who met to build the foundation for the future of college sports. Scott joined college presidents, athletics administrators, faculty and students from across the nation at the NCAA Division I Strategic Summit Aug. 4-5. He was one of just three Division...
National group honors Patterson

National group honors Patterson

Over the past 25 years, John Patterson, vice president for administration and finance, has managed the business and financial operations at PSU. In July, the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) recognized Patterson with its highest award for his “outstanding contributions to business and financial management in higher education.” In honoring Patterson...

Part of history

Two Gorillas were inducted into halls of fame, ensuring they will be remembered for years to come. All-America football player and track & field star Brian Moorman was selected for induction into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. He became the first four-time All-American football player in school history (1995-98), and was named to PSU’s prestigious 100th...
Gorillas with stripes

Gorillas with stripes

ON JUST ABOUT EVERY WEEKEND THIS FALL, YOU’LL find Gorillas on the football field, but these aren’t the DII powerhouse Gorillas who play in Carnie Smith Stadium or even those Gorillas who star on Sundays for the NFL. These Gorillas wear stripes. “We do seem to have more than our share of Gorillas in the...

National impact

For Mary Carol Pomatto, director of the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing, the appointment to a national board is a big opportunity. Pomatto was one of two members named to the Ascension Health Senior Care national board of directors earlier this year. “It is an opportunity to lead the transformation of delivery of senior...

Off to change the world

Not long after she and more than 1,250 of her classmates picked up their diplomas this spring, Natalie Black was off to make the world a better place, starting with Nepal, which was devastated by an earthquake in April. Black, a native of Mound City, Kan., earned a degree in family and consumer sciences with...

First production in Bicknell Center

Alexander Warstler (Orpheus) and Lindsey Lockhart (Eurydice), rehearse a scene from Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice,” which was the first production in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts’ Dotty and Bill Miller Theater this past spring.