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Fall 2012
Professor plays role in Iraq rebuilding

Professor plays role in Iraq rebuilding

On the occasional lists of dangerous jobs, university professors aren’t even an afterthought. But this summer, when Dean Cortes went to teach, he wore a Kevlar vest and rode in a caravan with well-armed South African guards. Cortes, professor and chair of the Department of Economics, Finance and Banking in the Kelce College of Business,...
PSU Receives $1.2 Million Gift from Whetzels

PSU Receives $1.2 Million Gift from Whetzels

It’s no secret that Alan and Roberta Whetzel love Pittsburg State. Their gift of $1.2 million for a renovation of John Lance Arena in April was a concrete expression of their affection for their alma mater and a new generation of Gorillas. The Whetzels joined university officials in the Wilkinson Alumni Center to announce the...
Marching Band records for Hollywood movie

Marching Band records for Hollywood movie

For one day in June, the bright lights of Hollywood shone on current and former members of Pittsburg State University’s Pride of the Plains Marching Band. The musicians came together in the midst of summer to rehearse and record music for a major Hollywood film, “The Candidate,” starring Will Ferrell. “This is an incredible opportunity...
Alumni honored - Meritorious Achievement

Alumni honored – Meritorious Achievement

Pittsburg State University honored three alumni with its Meritorious Achievement Award last April. This year’s recipients are John C. Dormois, M.D., a retired cardiologist from Durham, N.C.; Barron H. Harvey, Ph.D., dean of the Howard University School of Business in Washington, D.C., and Glenna J. Wallace, chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and...
Pittsburg State signs Presidents' Climate Commitment

Pittsburg State signs Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Pittsburg State University this spring demonstrated why it’s quickly becoming known for its environmental efforts with President Steve Scott’s signing of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. PSU is the first four-year university in Kansas to sign the commitment, which calls for universities to work towards climate neutrality. “This is an important step...
Outstanding Senior: Teacher, leader, pioneer

Outstanding Senior: Teacher, leader, pioneer

IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN 40 years since Elizabeth Ann (Bettis) Sanders was named the Outstanding Senior Woman, but when she returned to campus last spring for the rededication of the Senior Walk, some things about the former coed hadn’t changed. Sanders, whose friends call her Ann, still had that infectious smile and she talked with...

ROTC continues success

Pittsburg State University ROTC has a tradition of success in the Ranger Buddy Challenge, a grueling test of cadets’ physical and mental toughness. They extended that tradition recently, coming in a close second at the University of Kansas Ranger Buddy Challenge where they competed against 130 teams from 30 universities. The Ranger Buddy Challenge is...

PSU SIFE team finishes top 20 in the nation

The PSU SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team walked away from the organization’s National Exposition as the 16th best team in the U.S. SIFE adviser Suzanne Hurt said she was proud of how well the PSU team competed against teams from much larger universities and from private schools with seemingly unlimited budgets. Pittsburg State’s formula...
Awards honor educators

Awards honor educators

Each spring, the College of Education honors a small number of teachers and administrators with the Clyde U. Phillips Awards. This longstanding event honors one administrator and one teacher for achievement and two teachers (elementary and secondary) for their success in the first seven years of their professional careers. In April, the awards for distinguished service went to Terri...
A family affair

A family affair

Pittsburg State University is an important place for countless Gorilla families and they express that loyalty through philanthropy that unites the generations. The Dellasegas and Wilberts are two such families. Matriarchs Betty Dellasega and Irene Wilbert say giving to PSU became a family tradition many decades ago and they are proud that it is a...

Students earn ‘Green’ designation

Students in Professor Justin Honey’s Residential Design course scored an impressive accomplishment in the spring when they all passed the challenging Certified Green Professional Designation exam offered by the National Association of Homebuilders. “In the past, as long as graduates had a diploma, that was enough,” said Honey, who has been focused on improving the...
Preserving history is student's future

Preserving history is student’s future

EACH DAY, PSU SENIOR JORDAN BOYD surrounds himself with everyday articles that tell a faded story of life in the mining country of southeast Kansas. Boyd was a summer intern in the new Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, Kan., and has continued working there this fall. It is a job that is helping him prepare...