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It’s tailgating time!

It’s tailgating time!

The sky is clear blue, the crowd is dressed in red, the breeze is slight, and burgers and brats are cooking on grills... For Denise Grasso, it’s the perfect day in Gorilla Village just east of Carnie Smith Stadium. Grasso (BSEd ’77,...

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Study abroad

Study abroad

PSU students don’t just learn on campus in classrooms. Each year, Gorillas enrolled in Study Abroad venture to countries like Belize, Scotland, Costa Rica, Iceland, and Spain. Among their many choices: medical mission trips, which provide those preparing for health-related careers the...

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Pedal power

Pedal power

Mitch Yeomans completed many hands-on projects during his time on campus. But one project in particular stood out, because it has the power to change lives. “It could have a real impact on people,” said Yeomans, of Kansas City, Missouri, who...

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Dual degrees

Dual degrees

Music Education major Chris Goddard’s students were not surprised at all to see him performing with his band, Zero2Panic, on the roof of a downtown business during Pittsburg ArtWalk last Spring. He’s just that non-traditional. And that includes his approach to higher...

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Pittsburg Divas pay it forward

Pittsburg Divas pay it forward

A group of seven KC residents who bill themselves as the Pittsburg Divas were students here 50 years ago, but they haven’t forgotten their alma mater. Each year for the past three years, these Gorillas pay it forward by giving a scholarship award to a student in honor of another PSU alumna, Dr. Inez Kaiser...

SGA plans alumni reunion for 100th

During Homecoming, PSU Alumni and Constituent Relations and the Student Government Association will hold a reunion and celebration of the group’s 100th anniversary. Oct. 17 at Carnie Smith Stadium Yell Like Hell competition • Royalty crowning Oct. 18 Breakfast hosted by President Steve Scott and campus tours of the newest buildings Taste of Pittsburg •...
Lifetime achievement

Lifetime achievement

Rozanne Sparks, a 26-year veteran of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the department this spring. Sparks was a professor of education, coordinated the School Counseling Program, and was the director of the Teacher Education Program. “This award is given to an individual who we believe deserves recognition...
Global partners

Global partners

Kelce College of Business Dean Paul Grimes and Associate Professor Sang-Heui Lee spent time in Korea over the summer working on recruiting and a partnership with Woosong University’s relatively new SolBridge International School of Business. “We are working on finalizing a 2+2 program that ultimately will enable Korean students to navigate back and forth between...

High marks

The faculty and staff in the Kelce College of Business have earned two prestigious rankings this spring: No. 2 for the Most Affordable Online MBA program by College Consensus. One of the Top 10 Best Business Programs by The Knowledge Review — a publication designed to help students, particularly international students, find colleges that best...

Hall of Fame

Lee Scott Jr., a 1971 business graduate, was inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame this summer in a ceremony in Manhattan, Kansas, marking a first for PSU. Scott grew up in Baxter Springs, Kansas, as the son of a gas station owner. He went on to become the president and CEO of Walmart...
Students in Enactus and Kelce College of Business

Students in Enactus and Kelce College of Business

Real-world projects a win-win

Real-world projects a win-win

Kelce College of Business students are playing a big role in the success of two new downtown businesses. Students in Mary Kay Wachter’s marketing course worked with Davey Froman, owner of Miners + Monroe, on a comprehensive marketing plan for the mercantile store. The students also presented tips on how the store could create and...

Outstanding educators

A first-grade teacher at a small school district who struggled with reading as a child, and a physical education teacher at a middle school in a district of 11,227 students who is passing his love of basketball on to youth, were chosen by the College of Education for distinguished service. Chad Dozier (’12), of Heller...

College recognizes achievements

 

Global dyslexia initiative

Inspired by a former prison inmate who went on to become an Emmy-nominated actor, PSU’s Center for READing has joined the Dyslexia Awareness Foundation to implement a global dyslexia screening and remedial reading intervention initiative in schools, jails, prisons, and community centers. It’s designed to improve literacy for children, teens, adults, and incarcerated persons, and...

Teacher scholarships

The College of Education has received a $539,281 grant from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to provide scholarships, mentoring, and laptops to 25 teachers from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, who are Hispanic and/or are teaching in districts with Hispanic populations ranging from 15 percent to greater than 50 percent. Participants will earn...