Many wonderful hours
Since I rode to and from the campus every day with my father, I usually had a number of hours each day to spend on campus before and after classes. So for four years, I would frequently spend this time, deep in the stacks in a kiosk studying. As I walked down the white marble steps that eventful day in November 1963, it was there that I heard that John F. Kennedy had been shot and killed. A year or so later, my mother would become a librarian there. She loved working there with so many wonderful students. Over the years, a number of these students continued to keep up with her at Christmas. She occasionally would purchase artwork from students or others that were showing there in the library. Today, I have most of them in my home. Porter Hall was a beautiful place.
Mimi Gudgen-Chapman, BS ‘67
Is it me?
I am pretty sure the student sitting at the table in Porter Hall in your Fall 2012 Edition is me (about 50 years and 50 lbs ago). I know I spent 3 to 4 hours studying every evening after work in the library stacks. These were small tables at the end of each row of books where it was quiet for individual students to work.
Allen Fitch, BS ‘64
A place to work and learn
I attended PSU from 1974-1977 for my bachelor’s degree. During those years, I worked in Porter Library full-time in the summer and part-time all through the school year. My first experience was working for Eugene DeGruson up in the small room in Special Collections. When I applied for the job, he asked whether I could type on a manual typewriter. Since I could type on an electric typewriter, I figured it couldn’t be that much different. I was wrong. My first month that summer consisted of learning to type with that old manual typewriter, painstakingly erasing every letter that was halfway on the page!
I learned a lot about the Appeal to Reason and the early history in southeast Kansas, and Mr. DeGruson was a wealth of interesting information.
The next year I transferred to acquisitions, working for Helen Land. She was strict, quiet, and ran a tight ship in the library (and always had a cigarette between her lips!). No unnecessary talking was allowed, even though we were in the acquisitions department and not around the library patrons. Mrs. Stephens, my immediate supervisor, was kind and friendly, and on spring and summer days we opened the large windows on the first floor and enjoyed the beauty of the oval and the fresh air. We even brought a radio the week Mrs. Land was on vacation and listened to music as we processed new books! As much as I enjoyed opening boxes and discovering what books we had purchased, I was ready to leave the library and begin my teaching career!
Debbie Clawson, BS ’78, MS ‘94
The perfect college library
Porter Library. Now, that was what a college library should look like! I worked in the library from 1968 -1970 with Mrs. Greta Gudgen. I learned how a library should work from the best. One summer, Mrs. Gudgen allowed me to take over as Reference Librarian while the two real librarians went on vacation. Porter Library was a great place to work, study, and meet people. I took all the library science courses offered at that time so my teaching certificate included an endorsement for Library Media (grades 1-9). I spent 10 of my 30 years in education as a junior high school media specialist. That part of my career all started because Porter Library was such a wonderful place.
Ruth Ann Coaker Hiebl, BS ‘71
People of Porter
I attended PSU from Sept. 1955-Dec. 1957. As a library science major, I spent many hours in Porter. I also worked 20 hours per week as a student assistant. My job was to help graduate students with research materials.
(Here are) some of the people, places and things as I remember:
Dr. John F. Harvey, Library Director and my advisor. He was married to the college food services dietitian.
Bryant Jackson, Cataloger. He was a gourmet cook. I still use his recipe for peanut brittle.
Betty Bennet, Reference Librarian. She lived with her mother and walked home each day to eat lunch and watch the soap opera “As the World Turns.”
Marietta Edens, Library Science Instructor. She was from Berryville, Ark., and received her education at LSU. She was an excellent instructor, southern cook and friend. She also taught me how to knit and drink chicory coffee.
Gene DeGruson, Special Collections and Rare Books librarian. He also had a few stuffed birds and animals in his area. He always had time to talk with me about special books.
I was chosen the Outstanding Library Science student in 1957 (there were only 5 majors). My husband was in the Air Force in Amarillo, Texas. I was hired as assistant reference librarian at the Mary E. Bevins Public Library and went to work January 1958, for $5,800.
I received an MA in English in 1976. After 42 years, my degrees from PSU were great wherever I was: Texas, Missouri, Ohio and Kansas.
Betty J. Martin, BS ’57, MA ‘76
Great Gorilla grads
In my position as senior estimator here at High Country Millwork in Longmont, Colo., I currently work with four alumni of the PSU Wood Technology program, graduates from 1988, 2005, and two from 2010. Two of these alumni represented High Country Millwork at your 2012 Spring Job Fair. Additionally, we had three PSU student interns here this summer at High Country, with their individual focus in Project Management, Engineering, and Production Management.
I must say, as a graduate of SUNY ESF (State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY) and with 32 years in the woodworking/manufacturing business, that every one of these people is well-versed in the industry, well-spoken, receptive to new ideas, willing to (and capable of) learning new methods, and a pleasure to work with.
You are obviously doing a great job there at PSU, both in the classroom and laboratories, and in your extracurricular offerings. The reports we receive back of the Job Fair is also very positive, and you should certainly continue those. It is satisfying that there are college-aged students willing to pursue this field, and commendable that PSU is there to meet that demand and prepare them well. We look forward to continuing a summer internship program with Pittsburg State University.
Thank you for producing critically-thinking, well-rounded graduates for the woodworking/manufacturing industry. I can understand the pride they all show in being a Gorilla.
High Country Millwork
Campus gym memories
Just got my latest issue of the PittState Magazine. Great to read about the memories we all had of that building. I was the intramural director in the 1970-71 school year. I had a graduate assistantship and worked for Dr. Bill Dickey. As I remember, our offices were somewhere on the top floors. It was dark and dusty but we got the job done and had a good time doing it. Dick Adams was my assistant and Diane Bass was our secretary.
BSEd ’70, MSEd ‘71
An ode to football
I enjoy reading your magazine and feel it is getting better with each issue. I notice you have no poetry…I have a football poem and wonder if you might like to use it for grins in some issue.
Claudia Mundell, Carthage, Mo.
(Ms. Mundell, we’re happy to share your poem with our readers — editor)
September: Crimson and Gold Game Day
Rock wall stadium under a
caressing cobalt sky;
Pillow clouds rest above the
An endless rainbow of team shirts,
Fresh for a new season, a new game.
Sun shimmers off swinging tubas,
Strutting uniforms and trumpeting brass.
The crowd stands as national anthem saturates the air
While the breeze snaps and furls the flag.
Aroma of sugared pecans, salted popcorn,
Steaming hot dogs flavor the day.
Bouncing red-ribboned cheerleaders
fall into a tumble.
Gorilla mascot leads hay bale built players
Lumbering to pristine painted fifty-yard line.
Silver coin is tossed, the kick is made.
Crowd roars like unleashed animals
As the ball careens skyward before descent
On a crimson and gold day.
Proud to be a Gorilla
I am so proud to have gone to Pittsburg State. What a great institution with a wonderful history! Receiving your magazine makes me realize how progressive PSU has become.
Mark Baugher, BS ‘82, MS Ed ‘91