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Fall 2012

Teacher of the Year: put kids first

As Tiffany Richard faced a room full of new teachers preparing for their first classrooms, this past spring, she said she couldn’t help but think back to her first teaching assignment. “I’ve been thinking a lot about my first students lately, because they were in Joplin,” Richard said. Richard, a 1995 PSU graduate and the...
Half-Century Reunion

Half-Century Reunion

Members of the Class of 1962 gathered at PSU for their Half-Century Club reunion in May. Alumni participated in a variety of activities ranging from a luncheon on the Oval and campus tour to attending a graduation ceremony as honorary guests.
Gorilla Racing has a good year

Gorilla Racing has a good year

It was a good year for Gorilla Racing. The team finished seventh overall out of 88 teams at Auburn University in April and 11th overall at Oregon a month later. The seventh place finish at Auburn, where PSU was third in the grueling endurance race, was Gorilla Racing’s best  finish ever in U.S. competition. The...
Women Basketball team sets records

Women Basketball team sets records

Gorillas head to the Elite EightThe PSU women’s basketball team made its first trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight this year, but that accomplishment was only one of many. The Gorillas started out the regular season by setting a school record for most consecutive games won, with 14, and continued to be the fastest in program...
Researcher, subject meet for the first time

Researcher, subject meet for the first time

For the past 15 years, Dr. Virginia Rider has known the subject only as “B.H.” As she worked in her lab to help unlock some of the mysteries of lupus, Rider soon came to prize the blood samples she received from “B.H.” for her research. “We used to fight over her blood,” Rider joked. Rider,...

Some of the best in the world

SCOTT NORMAN is getting ready for a different kind of Olympics. Norman, an automotive technology professor at PSU, has been chosen to be the U.S. technical delegate for WorldSkills, an international competition that has been called the “Olympics of the Skilled Trade Industry.” “It’s an honor for me to have been named to this position,”...
New class introduced into Beta Gamma Sigma

New class introduced into Beta Gamma Sigma

Twenty-one students were inducted during the spring semester into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for AACSCB accredited institutions. Also inducted was John Patterson, Pittsburg State University vice president for administration and campus life, who received an honorary membership into the honor society. “Mr. Patterson has served this university for more than 22 years...
Thermal imaging cameras give students an edge

Thermal imaging cameras give students an edge

Students in the School of Construction are using new technology to solve some age-old problems. Five thermal imaging cameras are the latest addition to the school’s impressive collection of top-grade equipment, which is helping students gain valuable experience before entering the job market. Shannon Nicklaus, a professor in the School of Construction, said the thermal...

Matt Murray named Head Baseball Coach

Matt Murray, who has served as assistant baseball coach at the University of Central Missouri the past five seasons, has been hired as Pitt State’s head baseball coach. He replaces Steve Bever who retired following the 2012 season after 22 seasons as the Gorillas head coach. “We are very excited to have Matt Murray join the Gorilla family as our new head baseball coach,” PSU Athletics Director Jim Johnson said. “Matt has enjoyed...
Literary project produces high-class board games

Literary project produces high-class board games

Pittsburg State University English Professor Paul McCallum says one of the things that makes teaching so much fun is when students exceed even his highest expectations. McCallum said from the beginning, he knew the students in his English 771 (Major Authors) class this past spring were capable of doing more than most, so he decided...

Student teacher heads for Australia

This fall, a PSU student teacher will get part of her experience in another country. Julie Penner, a music education major from Pittsburg, is doing the first five weeks of her student teaching in Brisbane, Australia. Jean Dockers, director of teacher education, said the program will give Penner a solid learning experience and also an...
First-year students honored

First-year students honored

Pittsburg State University inducted more than 358 students into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society during a special ceremony at Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium. This is the first time the university has hosted a first-year national honor society on its campus. “A student’s first year in college is so important and, for some, may be the most difficult as...