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Fall 2015
Gorillas with stripes

Gorillas with stripes

ON JUST ABOUT EVERY WEEKEND THIS FALL, YOU’LL find Gorillas on the football field, but these aren’t the DII powerhouse Gorillas who play in Carnie Smith Stadium or even those Gorillas who star on Sundays for the NFL. These Gorillas wear stripes. “We do seem to have more than our share of Gorillas in the...

National impact

For Mary Carol Pomatto, director of the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing, the appointment to a national board is a big opportunity. Pomatto was one of two members named to the Ascension Health Senior Care national board of directors earlier this year. “It is an opportunity to lead the transformation of delivery of senior...

Off to change the world

Not long after she and more than 1,250 of her classmates picked up their diplomas this spring, Natalie Black was off to make the world a better place, starting with Nepal, which was devastated by an earthquake in April. Black, a native of Mound City, Kan., earned a degree in family and consumer sciences with...

First production in Bicknell Center

Alexander Warstler (Orpheus) and Lindsey Lockhart (Eurydice), rehearse a scene from Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice,” which was the first production in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts’ Dotty and Bill Miller Theater this past spring.

Teaching is her passion

This fall, Cynthia Huffman began her 21st year of teaching mathematics at PSU. She said she loves her job today just as much, if not more, than ever before. Huffman’s passion for teaching is one of the reasons she has received the Kansas Section of the Mathematical Association of America Award for Distinguished College or University...
Toys for sale

Toys for sale

Shoppers came to the Oval in April to snatch up one-of-a-kind toys. The sale, by students in the class “Toy Design,” was a collaborative effort by Portico Bowman, from the Department of Art, and Norm Philipp, from the School of Construction. Bowman said the class taught students to blend art and design with technology like...
CFO of the Year

CFO of the Year

A Pitt State grad is among the top chief financial officers in the Kansas City area, according to the Kansas City Business Journal. Ryan Bevins, a 2003 graduate who double-majored in accounting and finance, was selected by the Journal as one of 10 CFOs of the Year in the KC region. Bevins is in his first year as...
Enactus finishes in top 12 at nationals

Enactus finishes in top 12 at nationals

It’s been another successful year for PSU’s Enactus group, which achieved its highest finish ever at national competition. The Pitt State team finished in the top 12 out of 181 teams at this year’s Enactus U.S. National Exposition, the highest the team has placed since the competition’s global restructure in 2001. “We had an amazing...
PSU, city are great partners

PSU, city are great partners

The university and the City of Pittsburg are taking their economic development partnership to new levels. Daron Hall, Pittsburg city manager, said the city has agreed to invest $20,000 into the production of two regional economic reports that are developed by PSU business faculty. The two reports are the quarterly Pittsburg Micropolitan Area Economic Report...

Top score on state CPA exam

Alumna Ashlee Phillips not only passed the rigorous CPA exam on her first try, she was the top scorer in the state. “The pass rates on the exam, especially for people taking it for the first time, is low,” David O’Bryan, Pittsburg State accounting professor, said. “More than half of those who take it fail....
Top Kansas teachers encourage students

Top Kansas teachers encourage students

Pitt State education majors had an opportunity to get some inspirational, real-world advice from some of the best teachers in Kansas this past spring. The 2015 Kansas Teacher of the Year Team visited the campus in March. After their formal presentations, the teachers took questions from students who soon will be leading classrooms of their...

Group honors Gorman

Add a national award for service to Scott Gorman’s long list of professional honors. Gorman, a University Professor in HHPR, was honored this spring with induction into the North American Society for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (NAS). The event took place at the Society of Health and Physical Educators Society (SHAPE America)...