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Fall 2013
Healthy and fun

Healthy and fun

It was cold and rainy outside, but inside John Lance Arena, 900 third graders ran, jumped and danced their way to a healthier lifestyle in May. Students from schools in Crawford and Cherokee counties participated in the 2013 Kansas Kids Fitness Day, sponsored at PSU by the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.  HHPR...

Gorman honored as mentor

Scott Gorman has won many accolades during his teaching career, but one, recognizing his efforts as a mentor is one of his proudest achievements. Gorman, a professor in PSU’s Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, was named the 2013 national mentor of the year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)....

Mother inspired faculty honoree

Tatiana Sildus said she was inspired to teach by her mother. “My mother was a high school teacher,” she said. “It’s the never-ending nature of learning that appeals to me. I like teaching. I like learning. I learn as much from my students as they can learn from me. In my classroom, everyone is a...
New grads praise cooperating teachers

New grads praise cooperating teachers

As excited new teachers took the Teacher’s Oath this past spring, many, like Ryan Pittsenbarger, say they had their cooperating teachers to thank for much of their success. Pittsenbarger, an early/late childhood major from Lamar, Mo., said he had accepted a job offer from the Liberty (Mo.) school district and will begin his first teaching...
Grant targets libraries serving Native American students

Grant targets libraries serving Native American students

A major grant is helping Pittsburg State University train library specialists for schools serving the nine Native American Tribes in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. PSU officials announced the grant from the Laura Bush 21st Century Library program at the Inter-Tribal Council Building in Miami, Okla., in May. “As a lifelong educator, I know that libraries...
Enactus earns high marks

Enactus earns high marks

A little more than a month after being crowned as one of the Midwest regional champions, the PSU Enactus team shined on the main stage at the national competition in Kansas City. Along with being named the overall second runner-up, the PSU team also earned two impressive accolades. During the opening ceremonies, the PSU team...

Student launches new campus leadership group

Every year, the National Society of Leadership and Success offers paid internships to college students who want to start a society chapter at their respective campuses. And every year, thousands of students from across the country apply. For 2013, that number hit the 3,000 mark. “Of those 3,000,” Paige Billingsley, a senior marketing student at...
MBA program has global appeal

MBA program has global appeal

Mohamed Abdellatif didn’t plan to stay long. “I came to Pittsburg State in Summer 2012 for the International Mini-MBA program,” the Egypt native said. “I planned to take it in one month and then go back home.” However, a long talk with PSU’s MBA program director, Professor Michael Muoghalu, convinced Abdellatif to make Pittsburg his...

Can one person make a difference?

Justin Gambill did. For his senior project, Gambill, a social work and Spanish major from Chetopa, Kan., conducted a campus E-Waste Recycling Day this past spring. His goal was to collect 100 e-waste items for recycling and $100 in donations for the SEK Recycling Center. On collection day, the weather was cold and rainy, forcing...
Murray era begins strong

Murray era begins strong

For the first time since the 2004 season, the Pitt State baseball team qualified for the MIAA Postseason Tournament. The Gorillas, under first-year head coach Matt Murray, knocked off perennial power Central Missouri in a best two-of-three series in the opening round of the tournament, earning the right to advance to the final four at...

Math, science events draw students to campus

Math Relays and Science Day are two longstanding campus events that each year draw upwards of 2,000 high school students to the campus to compete, have fun and get to know the university better. These and similar events are recruiting tools for high school students considering where they would like to go to college. On...
PSU honors three for service

PSU honors three for service

On Apple Day, Pittsburg State University honored an individual and a couple for their longstanding service to the university and its students with the Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award. The 2013 recipients of the award are Catherine M. Albright and Alan G. and Roberta Harlow Whetzel. The award, established in 1991, honors the late Ralf...