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Fall 2017
Student finds her passion and charts a new path

Student finds her passion and charts a new path

Many of us can point to a person or event that changed the direction of our lives. For Hannah Thomas, who graduated in May, it’s several people and two amazing experiences. It’s not the path Thomas expected to be on when she came to PSU from Ottawa, Kansas. “I was thinking pre-med,” Thomas said. A...
“Tail-End Charley”

“Tail-End Charley”

Gary Brown never thought of his father as an adventurous man. And why would he? Jim Brown was an English teacher who spent more than 30 years in classrooms sharing his love of the written word with students throughout Kansas. So it was a bit surprising when Gary came across a manuscript, following his father’s...
Capturing History

Capturing History

Statistically speaking, noted Ron Womble, he probably shouldn’t have wound up as one of the most revered storytellers in Pittsburg State University history. With a class of 30, his high school newspaper was published on a mimeograph machine. And Womble, a practical joker, didn’t take school seriously. His family, shaped by the Depression and World...
Honeywell collaboration

Honeywell collaboration

Officials from Pittsburg State and Honeywell signed an agreement this year that paves the way for expanded research opportunities, technology exchange and closer collaboration between the two entities. “What I’m most excited about is where we are going next,” PSU President Steve Scott said, noting that building partnerships is something PSU has done for a...
RN to BSN degree now online

RN to BSN degree now online

In order to expand the RN to BSN program’s reach, Pittsburg State will, for the first time, begin offering it completely online. That’s a welcome change from the nursing degree’s current status as a hybrid program, according to Cheryl Giefer, Director of the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing. “As our population ages, the demand...

National honor society leadership

Two mathematics professors had an opportunity to reflect on history when they were elected to national offices with Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME), the national mathematics honor society. Leah Childers, an assistant professor, was elected to serve as president-elect for the organization. Cynthia Huffman, a University Professor, was elected historian and news editor of the KME’s...
Harpsichord and Steinway pianos making music together

Harpsichord and Steinway pianos making music together

When the decision was made to add a harpsichord to the Steinway pianos already in use in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, Susan Marchant, chair of the Department of Music, did some research. She eventually chose Craig Tomlinson, a harpsichord builder in Vancouver, British Columbia, to provide an instrument that could match the...
Immediate science success

Immediate science success

All seven of the students that graduated from the polymer chemistry program this spring went off to jobs with major companies or into highly regarded polymer chemistry Ph.D. programs. “Over the past few years, the Chemistry Department has more than doubled the number of students in its graduate programs in chemistry and polymer chemistry and...
Welcome to the future

Welcome to the future

These images give a glimpse of what the Kelce College of Business will look like upon completion of the college’s major renovation and expansion project. The “new” Kelce College of Business will feature an inviting facility that fosters students’ pursuit of active learning experiences, encourages students and faculty to collaborate, and promotes the engagement of...

Enactus project ranked best in U.S.

A project by Pittsburg State’s Enactus group was named best in the nation at this year’s Enactus United States National Exposition. The Pittsburg State Enactus Homeless Solutions project, which aims to raise money and awareness for the homeless population in Pittsburg, earned first place at national competition and earned the team a $7,500 grant. As...
Kelce, city partner on parking study

Kelce, city partner on parking study

Students in Pittsburg State’s MBA program are working with the City of Pittsburg to study parking needs in downtown Pittsburg. During the spring 2017 semester, undergraduate students in the Marketing Research course developed a survey for downtown merchants to assess parking concerns and needs. During the 2017 summer session, MBA students analyzed survey results and...

New insurance course

Pittsburg State’s Kelce College of Business is taking part in the new Kansas Insurance Certificate initiative by offering new insurance courses. The Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance course, which was offered in June, was the first course offered at PSU as part of the statewide effort to build a stronger labor pool for the...