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Former president shares lessons about diversity

Former president shares lessons about diversity

When Lee and Linda Scott decided to endow a major speakers series at PSU, it was clear that the first speaker in that series would need to be someone of national significance. How about the 42nd president of the United States? On...

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Proud of these Gorillas

Proud of these Gorillas

What do an NFL star, a community leader, a captain of business and a manager at one of the world’s most respected hospitals have in common? They’re all Gorillas and we couldn’t be prouder of them. PSU honored Ronnie Chang, Angela...

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Alumni give lead gift for Kelce College of Business improvements

Alumni give lead gift for Kelce College of Business improvements

Pitt State alumni John and Susan Lowe, of Houston, Texas, have pledged the largest single gift in the history of the Kelce College of Business. The $3 million gift will go toward facility improvements at the KCOB. “John and Susan understand...

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Performance is also a display of will, attitude

Performance is also a display of will, attitude

Stephanie Robinson was born with a cyst on her brain that affects the motor skills on the right side of her body. But don’t make the mistake of thinking of this energetic Pittsburg State freshman music major as someone with...

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Researcher seeks keys to a brighter energy future

Researcher seeks keys to a brighter energy future

Since Man forged the first plow and stuck it into the earth, rust has been an enemy. But to Ram Gupta, an assistant professor and research scientist at PSU, rust, or iron oxide, may be one of the keys to...

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Overman expansion transforms the campus

Overman expansion transforms the campus

The building project that students anticipated most was completed just in time for the opening of the fall semester. The university formally dedicated the expansion and renovation of the Overman Student Center on August 19 to begin the new academic...

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Superintendent offers advice to new teachers

Superintendent offers advice to new teachers

Who better to offer words of encouragement and advice to new teachers than the Kansas superintendent of the year? Cynthia Lane, a PSU alumna, superintendent of the Kansas City, Kan., schools and the 2016 Kansas superintendent of the year, spoke to...

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Wishes do come true

Wishes do come true

The basketball game on Jan. 30 was a very special black-tie affair, thanks to the hard work of the PSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and a little girl named Lily. [caption id="attachment_6751" align="alignleft" width="500"]Dylan Donley, baseball;...			<p><a class=Continue reading "Wishes do come true"

In this issue...
Bicknell Center gets rave review from alum, theater vet

Bicknell Center gets rave review from alum, theater vet

“I never thought I’d live to see it,” Glen Clugston said as he walked into the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. It was a phrase he repeated several times as he toured the facility during a visit to his hometown last fall. Clugston, a 1951 graduate,...

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Westar donates solar panels

Westar donates solar panels

Westar Energy recently donated a mobile solar panel unit to the College of Technology as part of the educational component of the Solar Photovoltaic Project. Erik Mayer, associate professor of electronics engineering technology, said the unit is used to help give students a first-hand look at how solar energy works. “It’s very nice to have...
Foundation celebrates 30 years of excellence

Foundation celebrates 30 years of excellence

The PSU Foundation celebrated 30 years of success at the annual Presidents Society Dinner last September and looked ahead to the future with the launch of a new capital campaign. “So many of the wonderful advances we’ve made over the past 30 years have been made possible by the hard work of this foundation and...
PSU hosts diversity conference

PSU hosts diversity conference

Pitt State hosted a conference Oct. 19-20 designed to help universities in the Kansas Board of Regents system address issues of diversity in more effective ways. The theme for the 2015 Michael Tilford Conference was “Diversity Practices: Culturally responsive strategies to champion diversity.” Faculty, staff and administrators from throughout the Regents system participated in workshops...
One professor’s legacy

One professor’s legacy

When Blaze Heckert goes to class, it hardly ever crosses his mind that his family name is on the building in which he studies. Blaze, a Pittsburg State University graduate student in polymer chemistry, has frequent classes in Heckert/Wells Hall, which is named after Leon Clayton Heckert, Blaze’s great-great grandfather. “Honestly, I didn’t know that...

Spring 2016 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 rshand@pittstate.edu or call 620-235-4302 for more information. University Gallery Porter Hall February 15 – May 6, 2016 Gwen Walstrand & Sarah Perkins “Cairo” April 21: Artist’s Lecture – 3 p.m.;...
Spirit Squad members make history

Spirit Squad members make history

For the first time in Pitt State history, two members of the university’s Spirit Squad qualified for national competition in partner stunting. The Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) announced in November that Pitt State’s coed partner team of Jayna Guerra and Myles Taylor finished fourth nationally in the qualifying round of the partner-stunting category. The team...
Student group earns national recognition for stalking awareness program

Student group earns national recognition for stalking awareness program

A student group dedicated to sexual assault and domestic violence prevention has been honored with a national award for a stalking awareness program it presented on campus. PSU’s Students for Violence Prevention (SVP) received the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Outstanding Prevention Program award for “P.S. I Love You: Stalking Awareness Evening,” which...
Regents meet at PSU

Regents meet at PSU

PSU President Steve Scott led off the action portion of the Kansas Board of Regents business meeting, last October, with a presentation about PSU’s new strategic plan. Scott told the board about the campuswide process used to develop the plan and then walked the Regents through the various components of the plan. Regents Chair Shane...

Scott leads NCAA Division II Presidents Council

Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott assumed his duties as chair of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council at the group’s recent business meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Scott was elected to the position last October. The 16-member Presidents Council is the governing body responsible for establishing and directing the general policy for Division II...

University targets retention

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median weekly earnings of those who attain at least a bachelor’s degree is almost 70 percent higher than those with just a high school diploma, which is why PSU is redoubling its efforts to make sure that students who begin the work of earning a degree actually...