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Fighting Cancer With Nanotechnology

Fighting Cancer With Nanotechnology

The next big thing in the battle against cancer and other diseases is very, very small. “This is my dream,” Santra said. Santra’s research, with eight other scientists in New York, Florida and Massachusetts, was published this year in “Nature Communications. Microscopic nanoparticles...

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Center’s name honors Bicknell family

Center’s name honors Bicknell family

Representatives of media outlets from across the region joined PSU officials on the main stage of the new center for the arts in June to hear President Steve Scott announce that the facility, to be completed this fall, has a...

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Life in the fast lane – John Brown’s feet, heart blaze path to NFL

Life in the fast lane – John Brown’s feet, heart blaze path to NFL

The past several months have been a blur for John Brown, former All-American receiver for Pitt State who was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. “It’s been crazy getting to meet and talk...

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Family donates art to PSU collection

Family donates art to PSU collection

The family of the late Dr. William J. and Norma Reals gathered in Porter Hall in July to officially donate the Reals’ personal art collection to PSU and to celebrate the lives of two extraordinary individuals. Dr. Reals was dean of...

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Family, friends, Pitt State and baseball make the difference – Beating the odds

Family, friends, Pitt State and baseball make the difference – Beating the odds

As Gonzalo Gonzalez took a noisy and energetic group of kindergartners through the day’s PE lesson last spring, he was aware that statistically, he shouldn’t be here – not in Kansas and certainly not beginning a career as a teacher. Gonzalez...

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In this issue...
Where in the world is Gus

Where in the world is Gus

Gorilla pride in Mexico – Danica (BME ‘04, MM ‘06) and Shane (BS ‘07) Gibson represented their Gorilla pride in Mexico when they visited the Mayan ruins at Uxmal. On top of the world – Jennifer Culler sports her Gorilla wear at 10,000 feet in the Swiss Alps. Jennifer attended PSU 2007-2010 and is now...
Not your father’s library – Axe changes with technology, new services

Not your father’s library – Axe changes with technology, new services

Randy Roberts smiles when he imagines Odella Nation walking into Axe Library today. “The technology would just be astounding to her,” Roberts said. “All of those manual processes that she would be familiar with – most of that’s gone.” Nation, one of the five original members of the Manual Training Normal School in 1903, established...
Building the future

Building the future

Construction everywhere made it a typical summer at PSU  Never in Pittsburg State University’s history has so much construction been going on at the same time. But for Paul Stewart, director of facilities planning, and Lindell Haverstic, project architect, this past summer was pretty much a typical summer on campus. “In terms of dollar value,...
University, community observe fire centennial

University, community observe fire centennial

PSU welcomed scores of Pittsburg firefighters and others from the community on Monday, June 30, at a commemoration of the centennial of the fire that nearly destroyed Russ Hall, its first permanent building. Lynette Olson, provost and vice president for academic affairs, praised William A. Brandenburg, who, just 10 months into his appointment, was faced...

Program combines research, education and economic development – Polymer chemistry

Petar Dvornic is a man on a mission. Dvornic, chairman of the Department of Chemistry, has been given the task of launching the university’s Polymer Chemistry Initiative and it is unlikely a more passionate advocate for the program could be found. The program, funded by a targeted investment from the Kansas Legislature, puts internationally recognized...
The art of toy design

The art of toy design

A new art class gave students a chance to play with their work while learning more about technology and business. Students in the Toy Design class got a hands-on lesson about the world of toy design, right down to the point of selling their creations to the public. “This course is an attempt to help...
Heflin earns national ADDY Award

Heflin earns national ADDY Award

It started with local awards. Then came regional honors. And then Matt Heflin received the highest honor awarded in the 2014 American Advertising Awards (AAA). Heflin, a PSU graphic design major who graduated in May, received a Gold Award for his design of Brew Chew, a product he describes as “an after-beverage gum.” Now a...
Baack receives Distinguished Educator Award

Baack receives Distinguished Educator Award

Professor of Management Donald Baack received the 2014 Distinguished Educator by the Southwest Academy of Management (SWAM). He received the award in early March during the organization’s annual convention in Dallas. “I am honored to receive this recognition,” Baack said. “It’s nice to have your work acknowledged by your peers from other universities.” Baack has...
Baja returns to Pitt State

Baja returns to Pitt State

Organizers Trent Lindbloom and Bob Schroer were all smiles as hundreds of dusty, tired and happy competitors in the 2014 Baja SAE-Kansas gathered to eat fried chicken and receive awards at the closing ceremonies just outside the Kansas Technology Center. “Overall, it was a great event.” Lindbloom said. “We have heard very positive things from...
Event encourages childhood activity

Event encourages childhood activity

If their energy could be harnessed, the 1,100 third graders running, jumping and playing in Carnie Smith Stadium in May could probably have powered a small city. The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR) hosted students from Crawford and Cherokee counties for the annual Kansas Kids Fitness Day, an event designed to reinforce...
Honored for Career Achievements

Honored for Career Achievements

PSU’s Meritorious Achievement Award recipients for 2014 have distinguished themselves in education, business and military service. “Pittsburg State University’s more than 56,000 alumni are doing some incredible things across the U.S. and around the world,” said Jon Bartlow, director of alumni and constituent relations. “These three individuals represent many others who each day distinguish themselves...
PSU hosts first Great Gorilla Games

PSU hosts first Great Gorilla Games

Nearly 500 high school students from across the region visited Pitt State in April for the first ever Great Gorilla Games. The event featured a variety of STEM-based challenges and competitions, most of which took place in John Lance Arena. Challenges ranged from building rubber-band-powered dragsters and airplanes to designing and building an autonomous robot....