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Eye on the prize – Student vet won’t let injury spoil his dreams

Eye on the prize – Student vet won’t let injury spoil his dreams

Once he realized everyone was OK, Lance Thornton let himself relax a little bit. “I looked around the Humvee and saw that no one was hurt,” Thornton said. “To be real honest about it, I started laughing.” The improvised explosive device (IED)...

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Look what was in this year’s Grammy’s goodie bag!

Look what was in this year’s Grammy’s goodie bag!

Many of the world’s biggest music stars left the Grammy Awards in January with some nice hardware in their hands. But while only the winners took home a Grammy, all of the nominees took home an item made by a...

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PSU breaks ground on indoor event center

PSU breaks ground on indoor event center

Confetti rained down as officials turned the first ceremonial spades of soil for Pittsburg State’s newest addition. A large crowd from the campus and the community gathered for the indoor event center groundbreaking, which was held in John Lance Arena...

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Department of Nursing - $1 million gift and a new name

Department of Nursing – $1 million gift and a new name

The Department of Nursing began the fall semester with a new name and an important gift. In September, the department announced a $1 million gift from Dr. Fay Bradley and also a new name. It is now the Irene Ransom Bradley...

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Persistance pays off for Missouri alumni

Persistance pays off for Missouri alumni

Joplin resident Barry Williamson (BS ’74, MS ’77) was so eager to get a Pitt State license plate that he rose early on the day the applications became available and drove to Pittsburg to wait for the PSU alumni offices...

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Russ Hall fire lives on in PSU lore

Russ Hall fire lives on in PSU lore

When lightning struck on that stormy June night, it appeared that Mother Nature might accomplish what foes in other parts of Kansas had failed to do – prevent the growth of a major state institution of higher learning in southeast...

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Krimson Kultuur open for business - Shop ‘til you drop

Krimson Kultuur open for business – Shop ‘til you drop

A project of Pittsburg State’s Enactus group, the new student-run Krimson Kultuur store that sells products from the 10,000 Villages organization, opened Nov. 14 with an official ribbon cutting celebration. The store is located at 111 W. 4th Street in...

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Sharing the love: Graduate crafts heartfelt messages for millions

Sharing the love: Graduate crafts heartfelt messages for millions

Sometimes it’s hard to find just the right words, especially for the people who mean the most to you. Amy Trowbridge-Yates (BA 2001) can help. She spends every day crafting just the right phrases so you can share your most...

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In this issue...
Alum fulfills dream of covering Olympics – twice!

Alum fulfills dream of covering Olympics – twice!

Kim Rhode, a skeet shooting legend, had just become the first American to earn an individual medal in five straight Olympics. Step to the podium. Here comes her gold medal. Cue the national anthem. And that’s when Beth Hamilton lost it. “I couldn’t help it,” she said of that moment during the 2012 Summer Olympics...
Where in the world is Gus

Where in the world is Gus

Honeymoon in Paradise – Joe (BST ’06) and Krissy (BS ’11) Taylor, support the Gorillas while on their honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii. On the menu? – Fortunately, there is no evidence that the owner of these prehistoric jaws ever dined on Gorillas. Doug (BBA ‘99) and Lisa (‘98 & ‘99) Stice stopped for a snapshot with future Gorillas Brandon,...
Art Day inspires

Art Day inspires

Art Day brought an explosion of color and creative energy to an otherwise wet and dreary day on campus last November. More than 430 high school artists from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma came to campus to practice and display their artistic talents. “This has been great,” said Whitney Beth, a teacher at Nevada (Mo.) High...
Hidden in plain sight: Professor identifies new species

Hidden in plain sight: Professor identifies new species

By his own count, Snow has described more than five dozen new plant species within the Myrtle family. This past year, one of his discoveries received special recognition. The International Institute for Species Exploration selected one of Snow’s finds as one of the top 10 new species of 2013. Snow’s Eugenia petrikensis, a small woody...
Greek chapters earn national awards

Greek chapters earn national awards

A Pitt State fraternity and sorority both repeated as recipients of prestigious awards in 2013. Crown of Excellence For chapters of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, earning the prestigious Crown of Excellence award is among the most difficult of  tasks. Earning the award two years in a row? That’s nearly impossible. Just don’t tell that...

Letters

Early Gus revealed Thanks for the great article about the genesis of “Gus.”  One of my favorite memories of Gus is Rick Woolfolk in a full-blown Gus costume, climbing down a rope from the second balcony to the main floor of the old science building during Apple Day festivities. Rick did an excellent impression of Gus...

Fine arts calendar

Art University Gallery – Porter Hall   March 27 – May 2 It was a small country everyone was famous Kate Nelson, Georgetown, Texas Lecture: March 27, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Porter Hall, Room 103 Reception to follow Harry Krug Gallery - Porter Hall   March 10 – May 2 Cut and Tie Katherine Strause,...

Online graduate program one of nation’s best

U.S. News has recognized PSU’s online graduate education program as one of the best in the U.S. The findings were published in the 2014 edition of U.S. News’ “Best Online Graduate Education Programs,” released in January. To compile its rankings, U.S. News compared online graduate education programs at universities across the country. U.S. News ranked...
Six-year-old inspires graduate

Six-year-old inspires graduate

Inspiration can come from some unlikely places. For Terry Killman, who graduated last December with a degree in vocational-technical education, it came from an energetic 6-year-old named Eli. Killman was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia just a year into his degree program at PSU. The disease progressed quickly and eventually his oncologist told him that...
Lab adds impressive technology

Lab adds impressive technology

DEXA is just the latest piece of high-tech equipment in HHPR’s Human Performance laboratory. DEXA, short for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, is sometimes referred to as a bone densitometer and measures bone density and body composition. The new machine is being used by students in the department’s rapidly growing Exercise Science Program. Mike Leiker, assistant...

Veteran educator offers advice to new teachers

Andy Tompkins had some fundamental questions for newly minted teachers as they prepared for graduation in December. The first one was “Do you like kids?” Tompkins, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents and also former dean of the PSU College of Education, admitted that the question may have seemed counter intuitive for...

Innovation in the workplace is essential

The start of the spring 2014 semester brought with it a new minor option that promotes creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The minor in Innovation Engineering is a collaborative effort of the College of Technology and the Kelce College of Business and is open to any major on campus. The minor teaches students the techniques and...