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Students invest in community by opening own business

Students invest in community by opening own business

Brittan Brenner is a through-and-through Wichitonian, having grown up there. But she considers Pittsburg “home.”

“Just the way this community has invested in me, I can’t think of any place I’d rather go and be a young professional,” she...

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Block22 eateries Gorillas in the kitchen!

Block22 eateries Gorillas in the kitchen!

Three new restaurants will open this fall in Downtown Pittsburg as part of the innovative, historic Block22 project. And at the heart of each of them are Pittsburg State alumni.

The new restaurants are expected to open in October...

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From the Midwest to the Middle East

From the Midwest to the Middle East

When Courtney Blankenship was around nine years old, she discovered she had a passion for learning about Egypt and North Africa.

Following graduation in May, that childhood passion is becoming her full-time focus for the next two years: following...

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Outstanding seniors

Outstanding seniors

Nick Bartelli and Kolleen Gladden have a lot in common. He founded Pittsburg State’s first Christian fraternity, and she founded the first Christian sorority. They both were active as leaders in Student Government Association and community service.

Both...

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Making a difference

Making a difference

DePrice Taylor is a name familiar to fans of Pittsburg State University women’s basketball. The Detroit native was one of the first players former head coach Lane Lord brought with him in 2008 from Barton County Community College after...

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Baja: impacting generations of students

Baja: impacting generations of students

Trent Lindbloom can never guarantee how the Pittsburg State University Baja team will place in the Kansas SAE Baja, even when PSU hosts it, as it has four times since 2011.

But there is one thing of which he...

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Where in the World is Gus

In Memory

Deaths are listed based on information received from families or reported in local newspapers. They are listed by graduation or attendance date.   Unknown Year Marcella L. (Kimmel) Page, Frontenac, Kan. Daryl J. Wilcox, Houston, Texas   1931 Ina M. (Bassett) Clagg, Lawrence, Kan.   1933 Dorothy J. (Ruble) Warren, Loudon, Tenn.   1935 Clyde...

Class Notes

Class of 1965 Dennis Swan (BFA) was promoted to rank of Grand Master, 9th Dan Black Belt, in the Korean martial art of Tae Kwon-Do. Grand Master is the highest ranking in Tae Kwon-Do, and Dennis is only the 13th individual ever to achieve this rank. Class of 1977 Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg (MA) was awarded...
Meritorious Achievement Award

Meritorious Achievement Award

Pittsburg State University Alumni Association selected Terry Clark, Ivan Crossland, Jr., John Roderique, and Laurel Brouse Rosenthal to receive the 2018 Meritorious Achievement Award, the university’s highest honor. Clark (MST ‘86) is plant manager of Cobalt Boats, in Neodesha, Kansas, a world-wide leader in manufacturing with more than 100 dealers. Previously, Clark was president of...
Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Award

In conjunction with Apple Day, three were recognized with the Dr. Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award by the Pittsburg State University Alumni Association. Dr. Richard Peterson, of Langdon Lane Animal Hospital, donated his services to PSU Nature Reach from its inception in 1985 until Fall 2017, when he retired and closed his practice. Without...
Smithsonian connection

Smithsonian connection

Getting hired as an intern by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art was a welcome surprise for PSU alumnus Ross Schartel and his former art professor, S. Portico Bowman: to her knowledge, he’s the first PSU graduate to work there. But an even bigger surprise awaited when he showed up for his first day of...
There’s no place like home, to win your first National Championship

There’s no place like home, to win your first National Championship

Pittsburg State University’s Men’s Indoor Track & Field team earned its first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship this year in the friendly confines of the Robert W. Plaster Center. The national championship was part of a record-setting season for the men’s and women’s squads, which also earned MIAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, and set several...

Silverback Fund gaining momentum

Pittsburg State’s newest athletic fundraising initiative, the Silverback Fund, is finding an audience with Gorilla fans and alumni. The Silverback Fund offers Gorilla supporters an avenue to easily contribute a one-time, monthly or annual donation to help fund scholarships for student-athletes. “Most people are surprised when I tell them that there isn’t a student-athlete at...

Gorilla Sports Network adds an affiliate

Pittsburg State fans have a new option when it comes to listening to Gorilla athletics. Broadcast partner My Town Media, has added a radio affiliate in Springfield, Missouri. Fans will be able to listen to Gorilla football on KRZD (107.9 FM, 1550 AM). “Springfield is an important market for us,” said Jim Johnson, Pittsburg State...

A dream come true

Amanda Davied has been named the new head coach for the Pittsburg State University women’s basketball program. The Farlington, Kansas native replaces her former mentor, Lane Lord, who accepted the head coaching position at NCAA Division I member, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. “I’m grateful for the confidence that President (Steve) Scott and (Athletic...
Memories on the mound

Memories on the mound

At a spring baseball game against Missouri Southern State University, there were two starting pitchers, rather than one, who took the mound. And both were in elementary school. Peyton and Bearett Vanderpool, brothers from Carl Junction, Missouri, each got to stand with the team during the National Anthem and throw a ceremonial first pitch, followed...

Fornelli named new coach

There’ll be a new manager in PSU’s baseball dugout in the Spring. Bob Fornelli was tabbed for the top position by Intercollegiate Athletics Director Jim Johnson following the departure of Tom Myers, who resigned to pursue interests outside of collegiate athletics. Fornelli brought 22 years of NCAA Division II experience to Pittsburg State, and came...