Whether it’s recruiting employees or recruiting future students, PSU alumni play an important role.

At College of Technology’s Company Day last fall, Dustin Doherty, (‘16), welcomed current students with an eye toward finding positions for them.

His company, Ward Kraft, was one of more than 200 companies that filled the Kansas Technology Center. Doherty credits Company Day with helping to get him there, so he was happy to return as an alumni recruiter.

Alumnus Larry Walls (BST ‘90), who in 1990 landed a job at Master WoodCraft Cabinetry LLC®, is now the senior plant manager of the company.

Walls returns to campus twice a year to recruit in the Wood Technology program, and last fall flew students and their instructor, Charlie Phillips, to his plant in Marshall, Texas, on the company jet. Walls said PSU students will be eligible for future scholarships from the company.

Alumni, too, are helping to recruit the next generation of Gorillas.

Frontenac High School teachers Eric Gudde (BST ‘02, MS’ 05) and Keith Aikin (BSE ‘04 and MS ‘07) were recognized by the College of Technology’s Legacy Program, for those who let their students know about PSU’s technology and engineering education.

Fourth grade teacher Mandy Arck (BSED ’01, MS ‘09, MS ‘14) was thrilled to be able to take her students to a hands-on field trip to the KTC last fall.

“I’m telling my students to look around. Look at the classrooms. Look at what’s here. Start considering college, and get ready for it,” she said. “And I tell them that if you want the best, it’s right here in your own backyard.”