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Gorilla in China
Charles “Chuck” Puckett (BS ’65) wears his PSU gear during a visit to see the famous TerraCotta Warriors on a recent trip to China.
Gorillas in Vegas
While daughter Tori Hamblen sports her Benedictine College colors, Wil Huston (BBA, 1984) and son Jon Huston (BST, 2014) display their Gorilla garb with pride.
Alumnae Pat Trainor (BS ,’65, MS, “69) and sister Jacque Trainor Songer (1961-64) show their Gorilla pride on a visit to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, where they visited Anne of Green Gables and shared the Pitt State story with other curious visitors.
Hola! From Mexico
The Stuhlsatz family represents PSU proudly on the beautiful beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Jamie, Jenna, Andrew and Meghan are siblings and have all graduated from Pittsburg State. Jamie and Jenna each married fellow Pitt State alums, adding two more to the PSU dominated family. L-R: Matt Stoskopf (’06), Jamie Stoskopf (’06), Andrew Stuhlsatz (’12), Jenna Manley (’09), Josh Manley (’09), Meghan Stuhlsatz (’15).
Gorillas in Mexico
This family of Gorillas – Joel (‘99), Sandy (‘72), & Mike (‘75) Emerson and Micholee (2004) and Chris (2004) Polsak plus two future gorillas (Quinn & Avery) – showed their Gorilla pride on the beach at Riviera Maya, Mexico, in July 2014.
Gorilla in jaguar country
Ron Gates (BS ’69) is a proud Gorilla in front of Iguacu Falls in Foz del Iguacu, Brazil. Ron was in Brazil photographing jaguars at Jaguar Camp in Porto Jofre, where he was lucky enough to spot four of the elusive cats.
Gorillas at Yosemite
Curt Squire (‘71) Karen Squire (‘70) Charlie Potchad (‘70) and Mike Potchad (‘71) take in Yosemite during a West Coast road trip in 2015.
Gorillas fiddelin’ around
Dawn, Alex and Kevin McNay show their Gorilla pride in front of a giant fiddle at the Port of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Gorillas at the Wall
Four Pitt grads, Jim Kirkpatrick (BS 65), Vicki O’Neal (MS Ed 79), Mary Kirkpatrick (BS 86, MS Ed 94), Lynne Self (BME 65, MS 85, EDS 87), stand in front of the Great Wall. The group traveled to China and toured Beijing and Xian.
Retired Gorilla teachers
This group of retired teachers who are also proud Gorillas, pause for a vacation photo on the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula. L-R: Janie Dent Scott, Sandy Askins Post, Diana Davidson Carter, Phil Carter, and Debbie Post Potter.
On the Inca Trail
Gay (Gregg) Hughes, BSEd ’78, wears her “Welcome to the Jungle” shirt on the Inca Trail at Machu Picchu, Peru, during the summer of 2015.
Gorillas on the beach
Dr. Michael Fenech (BS ‘04), Karrie (Ross) Fenech (BSEd ‘08), Juan Mendez (BSET ‘04), and Ashlee (Zinnert) Mendez (BSN ‘06) show their Gorilla pride on Bavaro Beach, Dominican Republic, in June 2015.
Boat load of Gorillas
The six children of the late Henry and Madeline Yartz, all PSU alumni, gathered for a houseboat trip on Table Rock Lake last summer. L-R: Debbie (Yartz) Amershek (BA 1991), Tom Amershek (AAS 1985 & BS 1985), Cynthia (Lundberg) Yartz (BSN 1993 & MSN 2001), David Yartz (BS 1976), Susan (Yartz) Tewell (BA 1989), Sheryl Swigart, Robert Swigart (BS 1969 & MS 1979), Ken Yartz (Cert 1977), Jan Yartz, Madeline Yartz, Ron Yartz (BS 1977), Lee Ann (Payne) Yartz (BS 1978), Larry Yartz (BS 1973), Sandy Yartz.
David Martin (BSET 2011) and his wife, Rachel (BS 2009), made sure to pack their Gorilla gear on a trip to Thailand last fall.
Gorillas in Taiwan
Brandi Dalgarn (BSEd ’04 and MS ’06), husband Joe Dalgarn (BS ’03, MS ’05, and EdS ’08), and 9-month-old daughter Olivia show their Gorilla pride at the Chiang Kai-shek National Memorial in Taipei, Taiwan.
When in Rome…
Amy Drilling (BSN 2010) and her husband, Dustin (BSBA), are proud Gorillas in Rome. Amy joined Dustin, who was on a mid-tour leave from his Army duties in Afghanistan. This was Dustin’s second overseas tour, having been deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006. The Drillings spent two weeks touring Italy.
Norma (BBA, 91) and Neil Johnson (MS, 91) found this gorilla in Madrid, Spain, as they were touring last summer. They had taken a Douro river cruise in Portugal and then visited Northern Spain.
What are the odds?
When two Gorillas meet by chance on vacation, they just have to snap a photo for Where in the World is Gus? Kathy Edwards Boone (’68) ran into Sen. Jim Barone (’62) and his wife, Donita, on a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii. Although Kathy was without her Gorilla wear, Jim’s proud Pitt State cap was enough to connect two proud PSU alumni.
Jonathan Burton (BST 2012) shows his group’s daily catch and his Gorilla pride at an undisclosed lake in Ontario, Canada.
Gorilla hunting bear
Joe Aquino, far left, shows his Gorilla pride in Esso, Kamchatka, Russia, where he is about to board helicopter for a successful hunt for a 9-foot brown bear.
Seven Mile Beach Gorilla
Dianna (Egidy) Meier (BS ’99) soaks up some rays and shares her Gorilla pride in the Grand Cayman. Dianna reports enjoying swimming with the stingrays, snorkeling, and visiting the Cayman Turtle Farm.
Gorillas on Harleys
Jeff (BS Engineering Technology and certificate in Electricity) and Vicky (BS in Social Work) show their Gorilla pride at Bridal Falls on their trip to the 75th annual Black Hills motor Classic Rally in Sturgis, S.D.
Bette (Walker) Lessen (’80) and Rob Lessen (’81) show their pride in Santa Fe, during a motorcycle tour of New Mexico.
The Al Eshelbrenner’s family went on the Disney Dream Cruise in May 2015. Back row: Al Eshelbrenner, Matt Eshelbrenner, Laura Eshelbrenner, Steven Eshlebrenner, Haley Eshelbrenner, Jordan Montgomery and Blake Montgomery. Middle row: Linda Eshelbrenner, Ben Eshelbrenner, Kensley Montgomery, Angela Montgomery, Catherine Eshlebrenner and Theresa Pepper. Front row: Carter Montgomery and Isacc Eshelbrenner.