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A dream come true

A dream come true

Sometimes it takes a lot to keep a dream alive, BUT IF the dream is big enough and important enough, persistent people can make dreams come true. On Dec. 7, 2014, more than 1,000 people from the campus and community came...

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Youthful graduate

Youthful graduate

Alex Jaeger recalls that when he first arrived on campus he got some looks. “I think some of the other students were trying to figure out what I was doing in class,” Jaeger said. That reaction from classmates wasn’t surprising, given that...

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Professors mentor young researchers

Professors mentor young researchers

On a recent afternoon, two researchers were hard at work in a Chemistry Department computer lab. One of the scientists concentrated on the effects of common pesticides on human DNA. Nearby, the other was focused on finding a way to...

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A new tradition– Plaza is a place of honor

A new tradition– Plaza is a place of honor

A new space has joined the Russ Hall stairs, the Oval and the bridge at University Lake on the list of great campus icons. On Oct. 11, thousands of PSU alumni, students and staff joined President Steve Scott on the east side of...

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Another Milestone: PSU’s First Doctorate

Another Milestone: PSU’s First Doctorate

Certain dates are highlighted in the history of Pittsburg State University: • 1905, the university’s first three-year certificate • 1908, a four-year life diploma • 1912, the first baccalaureate degree • 1929, the first master’s degree • 1959, the first education specialist (Ed.S) degree Add to...

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Video wins national award

Video wins national award

Adrian Herrera set out to help prepare the campus for a switch to a secure wireless system and ended up winning a national award. Herrera, a graduate student from Topeka, received a first-place award at the National Student Electronic Media Convention...

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Faculty textbooks have global impact

Faculty textbooks have global impact

Their classrooms may be in Pittsburg, Kansas, but faculty in the Kelce College of Business are touching students around the world. Textbooks written by Pittsburg State business educators have been adopted at universities throughout the U.S. and in several countries. University Professor...

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In this issue...

Three receive alumni award

This past fall’s Outstanding Alumni Award recipients said they were both proud and humbled to be selected to represent their fellow alumni. Benjamin Burns, vice president-internal audit & due diligence at Leggett and Platt, Inc., in Carthage, Mo.; Emily Brown, project executive and director of training and development for McCownGordon Construction in Kansas City, Mo.;...
In the driver’s seat

In the driver’s seat

A new crane simulator in the School of Construction is used to challenge students with situations faced by crane operators running many types of cranes on the typical construction worksite.Using a digital screen and construction-related software, students work through a variety of scenarios that they may someday encounter in the field. “What this helps our...

Company Day 2014 – A full house!

The College of Technology hosted its largest ever Company Day in September. More than 200 companies visited the KTC to meet, talk with and potentially hire Pitt State technology students. “We never thought we’d be able to fill the KTC,” said Dean Bruce Dallman, “but we were over full. That’s just incredible. Industry professionals recognize...

Making it “cool” for kids

PE teachers from across Kansas filled the Student Recreation Center for two days in October as the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation hosted the annual Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD). Professor Scott Gorman, an organizer for the convention, said its most important function was to share information. “We...

Student accepts professor’s challenge

For some time, researchers have known it is possible to run a gasoline engine by burning wood. This past fall, a PSU student actually did it. In the late 1980s, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency produced a 39-page report describing how to build a wood-burning gas generator. Such a generator would be vital during...
Phillips 66 Career Resource Center

Phillips 66 Career Resource Center

Alumnus and former Phillips 66 executive John Lowe, right, joined President Steve Scott to dedicate the Phillips 66 Career Resource Center in the Office of Career Services. The renovated and updated resource center includes a wide range of online and physical resources for students planning their careers. While on campus, Lowe spoke to students about...
Where in the World is Gus?

Where in the World is Gus?

Historic construction moves to completion

Historic construction moves to completion

Construction and renovation are almost a given on campus, but this past year has seen more large projects than at any time in the university’s history. Paul Stewart, director of facilities planning, said it has been a busy but exciting time to be at Pittsburg State. “It’s very satisfying to be involved in a number...
Scholarship campaign surpasses goal

Scholarship campaign surpasses goal

The Office of Development celebrated the successful completion of its Pathways to PSU scholarship campaign at the GorillaFest tailgate party preceding the football game on Sept. 6. Kathleen Flannery, executive director of development, said the campaign was launched in 2011 with a goal of raising $12 million for endowed student scholarships. It concluded this year,...

Roelfs earns award

Melinda Roelfs, director of admission, has been recognized for distinguished service in her profession. During the annual conference of the Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO), Roelfs became the third Pitt State employee to earn the Laura Cross Distinguished Service Award. The award is the highest awarded to an individual by KACRAO....

It’s official: No more tobacco!

The university’s new tobacco free policy, which prohibits the use of all types of tobacco products in buildings and on all university-owned, operated or leased properties, went into effect on Jan. 1. Pitt State was the first four-year, regents institution in Kansas to become tobacco free. The road to PSU’s status as a tobacco-free campus...

Byler named director of KSBDC

Center for Innovation and Business Development Director Shawn Naccarato has announced the appointment of Tom Byler as the new director of the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC). Byler, of Fort Scott, has served as a business consultant within the KSBDC since 2008. He succeeds as director Kathryn Richard, who retired this year after more...