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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...

Alum among nation’s top construction leaders

Reed Graham, a 2001 PSU graduate and Chief Operating Officer at Erickson Construction in Chandler, Ariz., was named a 2016 winner of Professional Builder Magazine’s “40 Under 40” award. The honor recognizes young industry leaders who are making a significant impact at their respective companies. Graham, 38, has helped Erickson increase revenue by 33 percent...

What a day

Saturday, May 28, 2016, will be etched clearly in Head Coach Russ Jewett’s memory for the rest of his life. It was the day PSU’s women’s outdoor track and field team captured the program’s first-ever national championship. “We scored 13 points total on Thursday and Friday,” Jewett recalled. On Saturday, the Gorillas started to build...

PSU, city partner on project

PSU is partnering with the City of Pittsburg on a project to redevelop 350 acres of land near the city’s center. Earlier this year, the city received a $196,000 Environmental Protection Agency planning grant to clean up and redevelop more than 350 acres of land between 7th and Washington and Rouse and Joplin streets. The...

Auto tech receives parts donation

Automotive technology students at Pittsburg State have an increased supply of tools and parts on which to train thanks to a donation from a local business. Molle Automotive in Pittsburg recently donated a collection of vehicle parts and tools to the Pitt State auto tech program, which will be used by students in a variety...

Letters

Kudos I just read the spring issue of the PittState Magazine and wanted to tell you that you do a fantastic job. You make me wish I had gone to Pitt State. I feel like I’m a Gorilla! Stan Hicks, Enid, Okla. (By the power vested in me as editor of the PittState Magazine, I...

MBA program among nation’s most affordable

The Kelce College of Business offers one of the best and most affordable Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees in the nation, according to the online business education and career guide, Top Management Degrees. Pitt State’s MBA degree is ranked second on Top Management Degrees’ “Top 50 Affordable MBA Programs 2016” list. The list includes...

Cloninger, Gladden lead SGA

When sophomore Kolleen Gladden heard her named called as the next Pittsburg State Student Government Association vice president, her first thought was of her running mate and new SGA president, Hank Cloninger. “Hank had been so incredibly stressed about the election that I just felt relieved for his sake,” Gladden said. Her response, slightly tongue-in-cheek,...