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 Robinson Markley, Brian Moorman and Timothy W. Puetz at Homecoming last fall with its 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award. The quartet spent the weekend doing everything from riding in the Homecoming Parade to speaking to classes and even found time to be honored at a special ceremony at the Wilkinson Alumni Center.
The 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients are: Ronnie Chang, general manager and vice president of the Integrated Bagging Systems Division of Inteplast Group, the largest manufacturer of integrated plastics in North America; Angela Robinson Markley, the 6th District commissioner for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., and in-house counsel to BRR Architecture, Inc.; Brian Moorman, a record-setting NFL punter and founder of the P.U.N.T. Foundation, which serves pediatric cancer patients and their families; and Timothy W. Puetz, operations manager at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., the world’s largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research.
The four honorees have had vastly different careers and their accomplishments are varied, but back on campus, they shared surprisingly similar thoughts and emotions.
“The professors I had, the coaches I had, the people in the community – Pitt State changed my life and I’m very thankful to have attended here,” Moorman said.
Puetz credited Coach Russ Jewett and the cross country and track team for his love of lifetime fitness, the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation for putting him on the path to his current career and ROTC for helping him develop his leadership skills.
Markley said she honed the writing skills critical to the work she does today in the Collegio newsroom and in class under professors like Mark Arbuckle and Gerard Attoun.
For Ronnie Chang, Pittburg State was his introduction to the U.S.
“I was so impressed by the people I met at PSU,” Chang said. “Since graduation, I’ve been traveling nationwide, internationally, and I can tell you that the experience that I had just proved PSU and the people of Kansas represent the best of America. That is honesty, decency and hardworking people. I was lucky I was immersed in that culture and that shaped me.”