Last summer, Alumni and Constituent Relations hosted a number of Gorilla Gatherings for nearby counties on campus. Alumni and Constituent Relations Director Jon Bartlow said the beauty of the fall campus and opportunities to see the new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts and the Plaster Center all factored into the decision to host the gatherings on campus.
PSU President Steve Scott and his wife, Cathy, hosted the events on the patio of the Crossland University House where participants enjoyed Southeast Kansas fried chicken with views overlooking the campus lake, Timmons Chapel and Carnie Smith Stadium.
After brief remarks from the president, participants at each gathering got a tour of the campus, including a behind-the-scenes look at the Bicknell Center.
Bartlow said it was exciting to see the passion for PSU in the faces of the alumni.
“Pittsburg State is a wonderful place to talk about, but it is even better when alumni and friends can experience it in person,” Bartlow said.
Half Century Reunion
PSU will honor the class on 1965 for their Half Century Reunion on May 7-8, 2015. As in years past, graduates from 1965, as well as any previous Half Century Reunion inductees, are invited to attend numerous events throughout the two-day reunion. A big change for 2015 will be a dinner, program, and dance on Thursday evening featuring live music and local musicians the alumni would have often heard in Pittsburg in the 1960s.
After kicking the reunion off with a dinner and dance on Thursday, Friday morning is reserved for less structured time exploring the campus. Attendees can browse the university bookstore, go on an individual tour of campus, or attend the commissioning of PSU ROTC’s latest group of officers. Lunch will be held in the Wilkinson Alumni Center during which time President Steve Scott will induct members of the class of 1965 into the Half Century Club. Individuals present from the classes of 1960 and 1955 will be recognized as well.
After lunch there will be a driving tour of campus and class picture on the steps of Russ Hall followed by a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception in the Alumni Center. To top the event off, all members of the class of 1965 are invited to participate in Commencement ceremonies, walking in the procession and being recognized at graduation.
Out of the Jungle Senior Send Off
The Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations made some exciting changes to the Out of the Jungle Senior Send Off event in November. The event has always been a celebration of seniors’ upcoming graduation as well as an opportunity for the Alumni and Constituent Relations Office to be able to share some of what they do with these soon-to-be alumni.
“Rather than having an event where we spent a great deal of money on food and a small period of time actually interacting with students, the alumni relations staff decided to revamp the event to include more time visiting with the graduating students,” said Jon Bartlow, director of Alumni and Constituent Relations. “Additionally, the money that had been spent on providing food for the event was used instead to buy outstanding give-away items including a 42-inch TV, an I-pad mini, a lap top, and a Fitbit just to mention a few.
“The best change, Bartlow said, “was the ability for us the sit down one-on-one with these students, talk to them about their plans, and take more than just a couple of minutes to share with them the great programs and opportunities that await them as alumni.”
Each student came to the Wilkinson Alumni Center and spent 15-20 minutes visiting with alumni staff and representatives at various tables, each of which covered particular topics relating to various programs and benefits offered by the PSU Alumni Association. These topics ranged from the PSU Official Kansas and Missouri License Plate Program to how to get involved as a County Champion or Alumni Association board member to what benefits and services are offered to PSU Alumni. Each student who attended the event was entered into the prize drawing.
As an added gift to graduates, the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations waived the $30 fee for Official PSU Kansas and Missouri license plates for students graduating in December.