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Yearly archive 2011

One remarkable graduate

MOST graduating students have a small group of friends and family who cheer, whistle and applaud when they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. When Lola Ide made that important walk this past spring, the entire arena, including her classmates, gave her a standing ovation. Ide, at 88, became something of a celebrity...
Through Adversity to the Top

Through Adversity to the Top

IN DIVISION II ATHLETICS, two-sport athletes are few and far between. It’s even more rare to have an athlete be successful in two sports that overlap. Larissa Richards, a senior Family and Consumer Sciences major from Great Bend, Kan., has managed to do just that. Richards came to PSU in the fall of 2007 as...

Researcher cracks a 100-year-old code and is surprised by what he finds

A PSU GRADUATE student has cracked the code to some mysterious Civil-War era letters. What the letters revealed surprised not only him, but also officials at the Kansas State Historical Society, who have opted to restrict access to the contents of the letters to adults only. Bill Hoyt, an employee in PSU’s Advancement Services Office...

Helping out

Lucian Myers and Bill and Trish Sullivan may have been some of the first on the scene following the Joplin tornado, but they were just a few of the thousands of PSU faculty, staff, students and alumni who have worked or are working to help the Joplin community recover. Some of the ways the Pitt...
The story behind the photo

The story behind the photo

As the first dramatic photos from the deadly Joplin tornado flashed across our TV screens and on the Internet, one photo leapt out at us and demanded more information. The photo, taken shortly after the tornado struck, was of a young man in red Pitt State t-shirt who was helping attend to wounded in the...
Tornado!  Photographer’s images touch hearts around the world

Tornado! Photographer’s images touch hearts around the world

Like millions of Americans on May 22, Mike Gullett was dreaming of summer. In what had become a family tradition, Gullett’s family gathered at his home in Carl Junction, Mo., on the northwest

Robinson named student health services director

Dr. Brenda Robinson, of Pittsburg, was selected as the director of student health services for the university in June. “We are very excited to welcome Dr. Robinson to Pittsburg State University,” said Dr. Steve Erwin, associate vice president for campus life and auxiliary services. “Dr. Robinson brings with her not only a wealth of medical...

Naccarato serves as director of government and community relations

Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott announced in June the appointment of Shawn Naccarato as the university’s first director of government and community relations. The position encompasses all duties currently held by the university’s legislative liaison and expands those duties to include both federal initiatives and community relations. Naccarato reports directly to the president and...

Flannery leads Office of Development

In January, Kathleen Flannery was selected to be the new director of the Office of University Development. As director, Flannery leads a staff of 10 who are responsible for the university’s extensive private giving efforts. “Pittsburg State University has developed a successful and highly effective program of private giving that is essential to the university’s...
Playing in the MUD -- PSU hosts 1st Baja competition

Playing in the MUD — PSU hosts 1st Baja competition

MUD!  That’s Mud, underlined with an exclamation point. The mud might be one of the most enduring memories of the 2011 Baja SAE Kansas competition May 26-30. It was the kind of mud

Treadmill goes off the grid

Now even an early morning workout can be environmentally friendly. Earlier this year, the Student Recreation Center installed its first “human-powered” treadmill. Vince Daino, director of campus recreation, said the new EcoMill uses a battery that is recharged as the user walks or runs. The fact that the machine does not need to be plugged...
Business student honored for campus work

Business student honored for campus work

Since the first day of her freshman year, Jessica Hicks has been a familiar face in the dean’s office in the College of Business. In the four years since, Hicks has taken on an increasingly important role in the operation of the office. Her work was honored in the spring when Hicks was named PSU’s...