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Changing Lives - Study abroad trips teach life, humility.

Changing Lives – Study abroad trips teach life, humility.

Often, those Pitt State experiences that have the greatest impact on a student’s life take place far from the Oval. Senior Emily Allen said she thought she understood something about poverty until she went on a trip to Peru this spring...

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Student finds her passion and charts a new path

Student finds her passion and charts a new path

Many of us can point to a person or event that changed the direction of our lives. For Hannah Thomas, who graduated in May, it’s several people and two amazing experiences. It’s not the path Thomas expected to be on when...

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“Tail-End Charley”

“Tail-End Charley”

Gary Brown never thought of his father as an adventurous man. And why would he? Jim Brown was an English teacher who spent more than 30 years in classrooms sharing his love of the written word with students throughout Kansas. So...

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Capturing History

Capturing History

Statistically speaking, noted Ron Womble, he probably shouldn’t have wound up as one of the most revered storytellers in Pittsburg State University history. With a class of 30, his high school newspaper was published on a mimeograph machine. And Womble, a...

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Welcome to the future

Welcome to the future

These images give a glimpse of what the Kelce College of Business will look like upon completion of the college’s major renovation and expansion project. The “new” Kelce College of Business will feature an inviting facility that fosters students’ pursuit...

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In this issue...
School of Nursing honored by U.S. Army

School of Nursing honored by U.S. Army

This spring, Army ROTC designated the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing as a Cadet Command Nursing Center of Excellence. Only a small number of nursing programs in the U.S. achieve Cadet Command Nursing Center of Excellence status, which is based both on academic excellence and the relationship between the nursing program and ROTC. PSU’s...

Group honors dedication to student health

For the past 27 years, Rita Girth has worked to keep students at Pittsburg State healthy. In recognition of that dedication, the Central College Health Association (CCHA) honored Girth with the Ruth Sarna Spirit of College Health award. “The award is special for a lot of reasons,” Girth said, “but it was even more meaningful...
Summit brings manufacturers from around the globe to PSU

Summit brings manufacturers from around the globe to PSU

After the manufacturers and business leaders from around the world and across the U.S. wrapped up the 2017 Global Manufacturing Summit with a tour of the Kansas Polymer Research Center, former Kansas Secretary of Commerce Antonio Soave said he hoped the participants have a new appreciation of the opportunities available in Southeast Kansas. “Once upon...
Top seniors

Top seniors

The 2017 Outstanding Seniors at Pittsburg State University practically grew up on campus. Katelyn Flood, of Weir, and Cody James Lindbloom, of Frontenac, received the university’s highest honors at the annual student leadership and awards banquet on April 28. Flood, a biology major, is the daughter of Timothy and Christine Flood of Weir. Lindbloom, a...
Romney emphasizes American goodness, laments political tone

Romney emphasizes American goodness, laments political tone

When Lee Scott established the speaker series that bears his name, he said he wanted to deepen the level of discourse and enrich the university experience by examining American life from the perspective of nationally prominent leaders and innovators. The series appears to be doing just that. Bill Clinton opened the series in 2015 with...

May named executive director of University Development

A familiar face is leading Pittsburg State University’s Office of University Development. Becky May, who served the past year as interim executive director, has been named executive director of University Development. “Becky is well known and respected by our donors,” said Kathleen Flannery, vice president for University Advancement. “She provided tremendous leadership over the past...
Taking the initiative – New unit boosts partnerships

Taking the initiative – New unit boosts partnerships

To better coordinate, implement and extend Pittsburg State University’s economic development activities and innovation strategies, the university has created a new unit called University Strategic Initiatives. The USI houses all aspects of Enterprise PSU (formerly the Center for Innovation and Business Development) and the Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC), as well as the university’s governmental...
High marks

High marks

Pittsburg State University has successfully undergone a major institutional review by its regional accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). HLC, one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, is responsible for accrediting post-secondary educational institutions throughout the Midwest and requires a major review of each member institution twice during...

Financial aid – Nursing school receives grant

Pittsburg State University’s Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing has been selected to receive a nearly $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The two-year grant, known as the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program, supports innovative academic-practice partnerships that prepare students to become primary care practitioners in rural and...
Art, wood tech students collaborate on exhibit

Art, wood tech students collaborate on exhibit

Typically, art students tend to live in the abstract, while wood tech students focus on the functional. They don’t often think the same, dress the same or even talk the same. Their worlds hardly ever collide. It took an art exhibit to shatter those stereotypes. That was the point behind “Home,” an exhibit in the...
Plastics student lands dream job at Nike IHM

Plastics student lands dream job at Nike IHM

When Jordyn Showers enrolled IN the plastics engineering technology program at Pittsburg State, she had confidence that her degree would one day land her at the job of her dreams. “I knew that maybe five or 10 years into my career, I could end up at a large, well-known company,” she said. “Our plastics program...
Honeywell collaboration

Honeywell collaboration

Officials from Pittsburg State and Honeywell signed an agreement this year that paves the way for expanded research opportunities, technology exchange and closer collaboration between the two entities. “What I’m most excited about is where we are going next,” PSU President Steve Scott said, noting that building partnerships is something PSU has done for a...