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A home away from home

A home away from home

Making a connection with the community.

when Cesar Sobrino Acuna arrived in Pittsburg from Paraguay in Fall 2012 to begin his degree in music performance, he was nervous.

Most international students are.

They travel thousands of miles. They face a...

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Back from the brink

Back from the brink

A Pittsburg State history teacher and PSU students from several departments have helped bring a forgotten museum back from the brink of being closed forever.

The Crawford County Historical Museum had for several years struggled financially, drew few visitors,...

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Students design new local Airbnb

Students design new local Airbnb

Three seniors in Interior Design class will have an impressive portfolio when they graduate: they crafted plans for a real-world customer — a business in downtown Pittsburg that intends to use those plans to expand.

Signet Coffee Roasters plans...

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Nursing grad credits professor with success

Nursing grad credits professor with success

The letter was sent informally — technically a message, sent via Facebook from a former student to a professor.

It meant the world to its recipient, who cried when she read it.

“Hi Amy,” it began. “I was just...

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Have skates (and tuba) will travel

Have skates (and tuba) will travel

Doug Whitten is known to most as a music professor, director of the university’s renowned Pride of the Plains Marching Band, and one of the finest tuba players in the region.

But Whitten has a small secret. On certain...

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In this issue...
Outstanding Alumni for 2017

Outstanding Alumni for 2017

A medical physicist, a military strategist, and a nanotechnology researcher were honored with the 2017 Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award during Homecoming activities in October. Jessica Freeman Clements (BS ’02) went on to earn a master’s degree in nuclear engineering sciences from the University of Florida in 2005. She’s now the Chief Physicist...

New turf on the diamonds

PSU softball and baseball fans will notice a major difference in the university’s stadiums this year. Thanks to the generosity of several anonymous donors, the university has installed new turf on both fields. The wall-to-wall AstroTurf brand synthetic turf was installed on all playing surfaces, batting cages, and bullpen areas. The turf is similar to...

Pitt State launches Silverback Fund

It’s no secret that the rising cost of a college education is placing an increasing burden upon students and their families. What isn’t often realized is the impact that has on university athletic departments, especially at NCAA Division II institutions such as PSU, where few student-athletes receive a “full-ride” athletic scholarship. “As tuition increases so,...
A Commitment to Excellence

A Commitment to Excellence

Russ Jewett doesn’t spend much time looking at the trophies and awards that line his office walls. After nearly 30 years of leading Pittsburg State’s men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams, there are almost too many to count. His women’s cross country teams have earned nine MIAA titles, including the 2017...

Plaster Center contributes to uptick in economy

Local lodging revenue, room sales, and hotel jobs in Pittsburg were up in 2017, with the Robert W. Plaster Center getting some of the credit. The $13 million, 154,000-square-foot center, completed in Spring 2015 as a joint venture between the City of Pittsburg, Crawford County, and PSU, includes a 100-yard turf field and one of...
Hardcourt to classroom

Hardcourt to classroom

As captain of the PSU women’s basketball team, Mikaela Burgess was well-versed in teamwork and pressure. She played against some of the nation’s best competition on its biggest stage in her career, including three NCAA Division II Region championship tournaments and one Elite Eight. As an Early Childhood Education major, she faced a different kind...
Baja returns

Baja returns

For the second year in a row, Pittsburg State will host the Baja SAE Kansas competition. More than 100 teams from throughout the world are registered for the competition which will attract thousands of competitors and fans to PSU’s campus and community. “This will be the fourth time we’ve hosted the competition,” said Trent Lindbloom,...
An unparalleled experience

An unparalleled experience

“Student Perspectives,” a first-time event in the Bicknell Center Art Gallery last fall, gave photography students an unparalleled experience: the chance to exhibit their work in a prestigious space after having been judged by experts. Such an opportunity might not happen for many photographers until they become professional, noted their instructor, Rion Huffman, an assistant...

Grant targets mentoring

New teachers have few resources and survival strategies. This is especially true in Career and Technical Education, where high turnover rates are experienced. These teachers are often the lone teacher of their discipline in their district. A nearly $900,000 grant awarded to Greenbush – The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, aims to assist these CTE...
It’s a win-win

It’s a win-win

Five years ago, Justin Honey, associate professor in the School of Construction, approached Summit Homes with a request: Did they have an internship available for a bright, hard-working student who was a native of Kansas City and was looking for work experience? Shortly after, a recent PSU graduate joined the Summit team, and the relationship...
Distinguished service honorees

Distinguished service honorees

The College of Education chose Jason Walker, principal and athletic director at the middle school in Baxter Springs, Kansas, as the 2017 Distinguished Service Administrator, and Steve Davidson, math teacher and coach at the high school in Lakin, Kansas, as the 2017 Distinguished Service Teacher. Walker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from...

A triple win partnership

 A partnership between Pittsburg schools and PSU has proven again to be a triple win. More than 40 students and faculty from the College of Education, as well as the Department of Art, the College of Technology, and the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, staged family nights with hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering,...