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Fall 2012

Built with Gorilla Pride

AS A PROJECT MANAGER for Crossland Construction, Aaron Hight (BS ’03, Construction Management) is used to handling a wide variety of projects simultaneously. One of the six projects Hight managed this past summer, however, was different from any he had ever worked on. Hight oversaw the construction of the University House, a multi-purpose building that...
Summer construction at Kelce College of Business

Summer construction at Kelce College of Business

Construction crews spent most of June and July at the Kelce College of Business restoring masonry and removing aging pieces of the exterior, including the retaining wall on the east side of the building. “It’s important to maintain our buildings as they age,” said Paul Stewart, director of facilities planning. “Kelce is an older building,...

Letters Fall 2012

I have really enjoyed reading through this issue. Thank you. Phil Jack BST ‘78 • Just received the Spring 2012 issue of the Pitt State Magazine.  Great job. Tom Speck, BS, 65. • Great magazine. The Extreme Experience article really made my heart swell with pride. I LOVE BEING A GORILLA!!! Kellie Borders • Thank...

Professor links economics to life

Dr. Kenny McDougle peppered the students in one of his summer intersession classes with baseball statistics. They learned which players provided the best return on investment for team owners and whether player salaries had any correlation to winning percentages. They speculated on whether it was smarter to draft a player right out of high school...
Volleyball team travels abroad

Volleyball team travels abroad

Traveling abroad may be on many students’ wish lists, but it is no longer on the list of the PSU volleyball team. This summer, head volleyball coach Ibraheem Suberu and assistant coach Jenny Mueller took 12 members of the team on a once in a lifetime trip to Europe. “Last June the team decided they wanted to go on this journey,” said Suberu. “All of the funds needed to take the team...
Group honors Downing

Group honors Downing

When Kansas SkillsUSA gathered in Wichita earlier this year, they had a special award for Ron Downing, associate professor of automotive technology. The group honored Downing with a hand-crafted trophy and an honorary life membership in the organization, which is a career and technical organization with more than 300,000 members. The award recognizes Downing for...

Knell says Russian education is changing

Susan Knell, an associate professor in teaching and leadership, has led numerous study trips to Russia. “It’s a good exercise in comparative education,” Knell said. After this spring’s trip, Knell noted that education in Russia has changed quite a bit from the days of her first visit there. “The classrooms are still a little behind...

Kelce prepares to celebrate 35 years

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Pittsburg State University naming its college of business in honor of Gladys A. Kelce. Kelce moved to Pittsburg with her family as a teenager and received her Life Certificate in teaching in 1916 from what was then the State Manual Training Normal School. Gladys and her husband L....
Apollo the bald eagle adjusts to a new home at PSU

Apollo the bald eagle adjusts to a new home at PSU

Like any youngster who’s had a rough start in life, Apollo is going to need some time to get used to his new home. Apollo, a young male American bald eagle, is adjusting to his new permanent enclosure at Pittsburg State University’s Natural History Research Reserve. Apollo arrived in mid January and Delia Lister, Nature...

Gorilla Gatherings

Spring 2012 Highlights

Spring 2012 Highlights

• Men’s track & field captures MIAA Track and Field Title • PSU softball tied a school record of 15 consecutive wins • 2012 MIAA Hall of Fame Class: 1991 Pitt State National Champion football team, All-American Ronald Moore (football) 1989-92, All-American Christie Allen Logue (cross country/track & field) 1989-93 • PSU women’s basketball qualifies to...

PSU begins iPad initiative

Pittsburg State University students returning in the fall are likely to see their professors using a new piece of technology in the classroom. The university began its iPad initiative in the spring by distributing the tablets to faculty taking part in the program. “Technology in the classroom is constantly changing,” explained Dr. Lynette Olson, provost and vice...