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Fall 2010

Student makes the connection with loyal alums

2010 GRADUATE STUDENT JACOB TUPPER was looking for a part-time job two years ago when he heard about student caller openings for PSU’s annual Phonathon. With only one day left to apply, he made the call. Since then, he’s made thousands more. Tupper, of Stilwell, Kan., was a natural fit for the Phonathon, one of...

In Memory

(Deaths are reported based on information received from families or reported in local newspapers. Listed by date of graduation/attendance.) Mae Van Sickle, 1928, Fulton, Kan. Anna C. Loch, 1929, Louisburg, Kan. Elizabeth Toepfer Ashbrook, 1930, Shawnee, Kan. Logan C. Guffey, 1930, Buhler, Kan. Marjorie Harwood, 1930, Humboldt, Kan. Iris Jackson, 1930, Winfield, Kan. Sarah Jane...

Alum’s company wins state business award

The Joplin (Mo.)-based company owned by a PSU graduate has received the “2010 Rising Star of Entrepreneurship” award from the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers in Jefferson City. Brian Carpenter, (BS ’95) and his wife Amy own I3 Technology Group, a telecommunications and low-voltage wiring contractor which sells phone systems to clients throughout...

Graduate publishes memoir set in Pittsburg

Kevin Gray, an author and 1976 graduate of PSU, has written a memoir about the adventures and life lessons learned during his college years. His new book, “On the Strand,” is focused largely in Pittsburg and at the former Kansas State College, which became PSU in 1977. Gray, whose father Harold L. Gray graduated from...

Insurancenter Associate Earns Professional Designation

Dallas Johnson, a native of Kansas and a PSU graduate, was recently awarded the professional designation of Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) from The Insurance Institute of America. To receive the AAI designation the candidate must successfully complete three courses and national examinations that test for the person’s knowledge of insurance coverage, marketing concepts, selling...

PSU grad named partner at BKD

Troy E. Hill, (BBA ’84) has been named as a partner to BKD’s Joplin (Mo.) office. After earning his degree in accounting, he joined BKD in 1992, when CPA firm Oler, Casey & Dennett in Pittsburg was acquired by BKD, one of the 10 largest CPA and advisory firms in the U.S. He spent eight...

PSU grade receives tenure and promotion

PSU alumna Vicky Fang recently received a promotion and tenure at Cedarville University (Ohio). This honor goes into effect August 2010. A faculty member at Cedarville University since 2004, Fang has been promoted to associate professor of computer engineering. She earned her BSEE at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1992, MSET at PSU in 1998,...

Class Notes

Submit class notes information online: psumag@pittstate.edu Class of ’66 Gary Daniels (MS) of Grove, Okla., has been awarded the 2010 Cardinal Citation Award by the Labette Community College Alumni Association and Labette Community College. This is the highest honor that is bestowed to an individual for lifetime achievement by LCC. Each year the association recognizes...

Gorilla Gatherings — Keeping connected!

When Craig Yocham and his wife Jennifer received an invitation this spring to attend their first PSU Gorilla Gathering in their hometown of Tulsa, Okla., they weren’t certain what the evening would hold. But within minutes of walking through the door, the meaning of being a lifetime Gorilla came flooding back. “We wanted the opportunity...

The best plate in the state

With Pittsburg State license plates becoming the one of the most popular collegiate plate in the state, it seems you never have to look too far to find a Gorilla. This spring, numbers from the state transportation office showed that PSU surpassed Wichita State University in having the third highest number of license plates on...

Technology reunion planned for Homecoming weekend, Oct. 15-16

Pittsburg State will host its largest alumni reunion ever this fall as graduates from the College of Technology are welcomed back to campus. The reunion, planned for the weekend of Homecoming on Oct. 15 and 16, will have the largest invitation list yet. With nearly 11,000 graduates since the college was first established, organizers are...

PSU honors three alumni for achievement

Three alumni who have shown outstanding leadership and achievement in their fields were awarded the 2010 Meritorious Achievement Award during commencement activities May 14-15. The PSU Alumni Association established the award in 1958 as the highest award given to graduates based on career achievement. Candidates for the award have demonstrated substantial professional growth and advancement...