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Fall 2015

Where in the World is Gus

Big buildings; big impact

Big buildings; big impact

IT’S CLEARLY A BIG BUILDING, but the Robert W. Plaster Center’s location, away from the street and tucked behind the Weede Physical Education Building, makes it easy to underestimate the most recent addition to the campus. “Visitors’ reactions are almost always the same,” said Tom Myers, associate athletics director for facilities. “Stepping inside the door...
Having people who believe in me has made all the difference

Having people who believe in me has made all the difference

“HAVING PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN me has made all the difference,” said David Schlee, his voice filling with emotion. In May, Schlee was one of about 1,270 students who earned degrees from PSU. In fact, Schlee walked in two different ceremonies. On Friday, Schlee joined classmates in the College of Arts and Sciences to receive...

First-generation grad fulfills a promise

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, SHONTAE COBB MADE A PROMISE TO HER grandfather. This year she kept it and in the process set an example for her four siblings and many others she may never know. “When I was in first grade, my grandfather came to my school for Grandparents Day,” Cobb said. “He always told me...
Called to serve

Called to serve

WHEN RICH HILL, MISSOURI, NATIVE ASHLEY ARWOOD first enrolled at Pitt State in 2005, she had dreams of becoming a P.E. teacher. And for two years, that’s what she was on track to do. But Arwood felt “a calling” that just wouldn’t go away. Choosing to follow that call would change Arwood’s life in ways...
First doctoral students hit the books

First doctoral students hit the books

The university’s first doctoral students, 16 eager students in the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, hit the books over the summer. Before they could get up to their ears in study, however, there was time for lunch and a brief celebration of this historic event. “This really is...
Faithful volunteers

Faithful volunteers

Pittsburg State singled out three alumni last spring for their volunteer service to the university. The Alumni Association presented its Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award to Jan Allai and Pete and Shirley Esch as part of PSU’s Apple Day celebration on March 5. The Alumni Association established the Distinguished Service Award in 1991 and...
‘Beethoven’ at home in the Bicknell Center

‘Beethoven’ at home in the Bicknell Center

Ludwig van Beethoven seems right at home in the new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Since February, the famous composer has looked over the James S. and Treva J. Dawson Lobby, a gift of Robert D. and Gwendolyn Tyler. The piece is a 1987 serigraph by Andy Warhol entitled “Beethoven, II. 390.” “It was...

Sandness named staff physician at Bryant Student Health Center

Kathleen Sandness’ long relationship with Pitt State has gotten even stronger. Sandness, who has served as the contracting physician for PSU’s Bryant Student Health Center since 2011, has been named staff physician at the health center. “The opportunity to have Dr. Sandness join the staff of the Bryant Student Health Center is an exciting opportunity...
Scott joins DI athletics summit

Scott joins DI athletics summit

President Steve Scott was chosen to join a group of college and university leaders who met to build the foundation for the future of college sports. Scott joined college presidents, athletics administrators, faculty and students from across the nation at the NCAA Division I Strategic Summit Aug. 4-5. He was one of just three Division...
National group honors Patterson

National group honors Patterson

Over the past 25 years, John Patterson, vice president for administration and finance, has managed the business and financial operations at PSU. In July, the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) recognized Patterson with its highest award for his “outstanding contributions to business and financial management in higher education.” In honoring Patterson...

Part of history

Two Gorillas were inducted into halls of fame, ensuring they will be remembered for years to come. All-America football player and track & field star Brian Moorman was selected for induction into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. He became the first four-time All-American football player in school history (1995-98), and was named to PSU’s prestigious 100th...