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Fall 2016

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...

New strategic planning effort begins

In March, President Steve Scott announced the university’s vision for the future with the launch of the “Pathway to Prominence” strategic plan. The six-year plan focuses on four specific areas of emphasis: academic excellence, student success, partnerships and campus culture and 26 objectives. While the launch may have gotten the headlines, the really exciting work...

Where in the world is Gus

 

Cadets become officers

Nine Army ROTC cadets became second lieutenants on Friday, May 6, in a tradition-rich ceremony in the PSU Veterans’ Memorial Amphitheater. The commissioning ceremony is one of the most memorable days in every officer’s career and the setting – clear blue skies and the memorial’s eternal flame and reflecting pool – make it picture-perfect for...
Palmer, Murnan honored for service

Palmer, Murnan honored for service

PSU honored two of its alumni for their volunteer service to the university as part of its Apple Day celebration on March 3. The Alumni Association presented its Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award to Shirley J. Palmer and Monica Hartong Murnan. Shirley Palmer (BS in elementary education 1965, MS in school administration 1971, EdS...

Rosmait serves on national board

Russ Rosmait, university professor of engineering technology, has been elected to the national board of directors for the American Foundry Society. Rosmait will serve a four-year term on the national board from 2016 to 2020. “I’m honored and excited to serve on the AFS board of directors,” Rosmait said. “It’s a privilege to represent PSU...