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Fall 2013
Picking up the pieces when disaster strikes

Picking up the pieces when disaster strikes

As adjutant general of the State of Kansas, Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli is responsible for the Kansas Army National Guard and Air National Guard, the men and women who Kansans depend on when disaster strikes. He is also director of the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for Kansas. Fortunately, the storm passed without...
Alum leads mission trip that unites gridiron rivals

Alum leads mission trip that unites gridiron rivals

As a former student-athlete at Blue Springs South High School, Brett Shamblin knows just how heated the cross-town rivalry with Blue Springs High School can be. “It’s a pretty bitter rivalry,” Shamblin, a 2008 PSU grad, said. “These are high school kids that, when put on the same playing court or field, really don’t like...
Alumni recognized for diverse achievements

Alumni recognized for diverse achievements

Pittsburg State University’s Meritorious Achievement Award recipients for 2013 couldn’t be a more diverse group. One is a Las Vegas performer who has been a favorite pianist of presidents from Carter to Obama. Another is a retired executive who was responsible for tens of billions of dollars of business for one of the nation’s largest...
MPI donates new wax injection machine

MPI donates new wax injection machine

Russ Rosmait can’t help but smile when talking about one of the newest pieces of equipment installed at the Kansas Technology Center. A new 25-ton wax injection machine, valued at approximately $160,000, was recently donated to PSU by MPI, a worldwide leader in wax-room equipment, with headquarters in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. “It’s incredibly exciting to have...
Business leaders offer insight, advice

Business leaders offer insight, advice

Pittsburg State President Steve Scott joined other area business leaders at a symposium in March aimed at providing future professionals a look inside the life of organizational management. The event, “Challenges of Leadership and Management,” was sponsored by PSU’s MBA Association. It took place inside the Kelce College of Business. Joining Scott as featured speakers...
Happy 90th Birthday, GUS

Happy 90th Birthday, GUS

Who better to wish Gus Gorilla a “happy 90th birthday” than Jack Overman, who is beloved almost as much as our iconic Gus? Although the concept of a gorilla for a mascot dates back to 1920, it wasn’t until 1923 that student Helen Waskey created a drawing, giving Gus a likeness and a personality. Jack...
Where in the world is GUS?

Where in the world is GUS?

School of Construction adds iPlan Tables

School of Construction adds iPlan Tables

When the College of Technology purchased a 55-inch iPlan Table last fall, for its construction management program, it was one of the nation’s first universities to boast the new technology. Not long after, the college purchased two additional iPlan Tables, which gives students more access to the technology that is reshaping the construction industry. “The...

Alum making waves in NW Arkansas

As she prepared for a career in education, Bethany Strasser heard all about the possible challenges she would face as a classroom teacher. Her first year on the job didn’t disappoint. “The horror stories are true about first-year teachers,” said Strasser, a 2011 PSU graduate and engineering technology teacher at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville,...
Tech students stage ‘Amazing Race’

Tech students stage ‘Amazing Race’

In April, technology education students took Liberal Middle School on an “Amazing Race.” It was the latest in a series of school-based interactive activities designed to teach important technology concepts. As part of the program, Liberal students visited a variety of stations that represented several different locations around the world. Their journey began at “Liberal...
Technology goes 3-D

Technology goes 3-D

The College of Technology is using a variety of 3-D technology equipment to prepare its students for the ever-changing world. The COT’s School of Construction recently purchased a 3-D printer that faculty said is creating new ways of teaching and learning. This type of printing has been a major benefit to the construction industry, as...
Teachers honored for service, excellence

Teachers honored for service, excellence

The College of Education honored three teachers and an elementary school principal for service and teaching excellence at the annual Clyde U. Phillips Awards ceremony in April. At the ceremony, the college also awarded more than $150,000 in student scholarships. Ann Lee, the principal at Westside Elementary School in Pittsburg, and Richard Holroyd, a teacher...