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Fall 2016
A Paraguayan journey

A Paraguayan journey

Alheli Aranda-Britez was just 17 when she arrived on the Pitt State campus five years ago from her home in Paraguay. It was frightening, exciting and sometimes confusing, all at the same time. Today, Aranda is a confident young woman who has just embarked on an exciting career and sometimes she marvels at how much...

Gift is more than a bike; it’s a legacy

When Joe Morris picked up his diploma in May, he also received the title to a 1963 FLH Duo-Glide Harley Davidson with a 74-inch, 1,200-cc engine. More than getting perhaps one of the coolest graduation gifts ever, Morris got a piece of his family legacy. Joe’s unique gift had its genesis when he was born....
PSU alum restores iconic Yosemite sign

PSU alum restores iconic Yosemite sign

Mark Switlik, BFA ’79 and originally from Parsons, Kan., is known for his big art, like the 43×41-foot Centennial Mural on PSU’s Mitchell Hall. Now he can add iconic and historic to the list of adjectives that describe his work. Recently, Switlik completed the restoration of a sign that many visitors to Yosemite National Park...

Alum enters Teachers’ Hall of Fame

Dave Torbett is well known for having a humorous response to just about anything. He turned just a little serious, however, when reflecting on his recent selection to the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. “It’s a very humbling thing,” Torbett said this week. “There are many, many teachers who deserve it more than I.” A...

Grad’s dreams take her to Geneva

Katy Giffin dreams of having a global impact and taking the next step toward making that happen. Giffin, the daughter of Steven and Latisha Potter of Mindenmines, Mo., earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from PSU in May. This fall, Giffin and her husband, Michael, will move to Geneva, Switzerland, where Katy will begin a...

Gorillas gather in Texas

Meagan Swafford, assistant director of Pittsburg State’s Alumni and Constituent Relations office, wasn’t certain what to expect when they put out the word about hosting an alumni event at the Fort Worth Zoo. “We’d never held an event in Fort Worth,” she said. “And summers in Texas can be pretty hot. But we knew our...

Architect selected for KCOB project

As co-owner of the Lawrence-based architecture firm Clark Huesemann LC, Steve Clark is no stranger to the PSU campus. “Members of our firm, including myself, have been working on projects at Pittsburg State since 1994,” he said. “We enjoy working with PSU because the people there are fantastic. We work with a lot of universities,...

PSU, city honored for partnership

Pittsburg State and the City of Pittsburg were honored this summer for their partnership in a recent land exchange. The university and city together were honored by Brailsford & Dunlavey and the International Town & Gown Association with its ImpACT Award: Putting Practice into Action for the Betterment of Communities. The award recognizes universities and...

Simplified tailgating rules

PSU has revised its tailgating policies in advance of the 2016 football season. The new policies focus on personal responsibility and provide clear expectations for those involved in pregame festivities. “After reviewing last year’s changes we found that our policies had become too complicated. I regret that,” said President Steve Scott. “The new rules return...

Peer education groups win state recognition

The peer education groups Students for Violence Prevention and Gorillas In Your Midst presented programs at the Meeting of The Minds Area 4 West conference in Kansas City, earlier this year, and were selected for three awards. Ali Smith, PSU coordinator for violence prevention and victim advocacy, received the “Outstanding Adviser Award For Excellence” for...

Stadium safety, security efforts honored

With an average attendance somewhere between 9,000 and 10,000 fans, Carnie Smith Stadium is one of the top three Division II football venues in the nation. PSU officials are equally proud that the facility has also been honored for the university’s leadership in addressing safety and security issues at the stadium. PSU received the Facility...

Fall 2016 Arts Calendar

Check the calendar on PSU’s homepage, www.pittstate.edu, for the latest additions and changes to the calendar, as well as additional details about specific events. Art Contact joliver@pittstate.edu or call 620-235-4302 for more information. September 1 Luau on the Lanai: A Resource Fair Outside Axe Library on the lanai, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Harry Krug...