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Fall 2018

Kansas discovery

Sam Pryer, who completed her graduate degree in May, identified 33 plants never before seen in Kansas as part of her master’s thesis, and 263 occurring for the first time in Crawford and Cherokee counties. In her adviser Neil Snow’s 35-plus years in botany, he knows of no similar thesis that documented as many records...
“You’re getting mentors who care”

“You’re getting mentors who care”

Biology major Zach Denton, inspired by sports injuries during high school to become an orthopedic surgeon, had no trouble getting accepted by University of Kansas Medical School. Fellow biology major Sierra Schupbach, who wants to become a primary care physician, had no trouble getting an offer from Oklahoma State University. And their classmates boasted a high acceptance rate, as well. That’s not uncommon...

Grant dollars = more nurses

The success of the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing in training quality health care professionals has been recognized at the federal level in the form of grant dollars totaling more than $2 million. The multi-year grants will support the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program through the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grant and the...

Inspired

An art class from Associate Professor Malcolm Kucharski inspired Alan Kirby (BGS ‘01) to start his own ceramics business. Two years ago, the creative bug struck again, and Kirby developed an interest in blade work, spawning a knife-making business. His talents were recognized by the History Channel’s series “Forged in Fire,” and in June, Kirby...
Eyecatching crosswalks

Eyecatching crosswalks

Thanks to a grant from SEK Art Fest, students in the Department of Art got hands-on experience creating outdoor murals and elementary students got bright, eye-catching crosswalks. The project, led by Art Chair James Oliver, added artwork to crosswalks at Pittsburg School District’s four elementary schools. University students designed the murals and did the prep...

Staying connected

When Ryan Amick was in high school, his dad, Mark, never missed one of his band concerts; they both lived in the same town. In fact, Mark recorded them for family at a distance. Now Mark lives in California, and Ryan is a music education major at PSU. But Mark is still able to listen...
Students invest in community by opening own business

Students invest in community by opening own business

Brittan Brenner is a through-and-through Wichitonian, having grown up there. But she considers Pittsburg “home.” “Just the way this community has invested in me, I can’t think of any place I’d rather go and be a young professional,” she said. So, the Pittsburg State senior in communication decided to stay put and open a business...
Block22 eateries Gorillas in the kitchen!

Block22 eateries Gorillas in the kitchen!

Three new restaurants will open this fall in Downtown Pittsburg as part of the innovative, historic Block22 project. And at the heart of each of them are Pittsburg State alumni. The new restaurants are expected to open in October or early November. Toast Heather and Roger Horton, owners of Sweet Designs Cakery in Downtown Pittsburg,...
A Gorilla in Chiefs Kingdom

A Gorilla in Chiefs Kingdom

Preparation is key to Kendall Gammon’s success in the Chiefs’ broadcast booth It’s 2:58 p.m., on a Sunday afternoon in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s only minutes away from kickoff and Arrowhead Stadium, home to the Kansas City Chiefs, is packed with nearly 80,000 exuberant fans. Nearly 260 feet above the field, Kendall Gammon, color commentator...
From the Midwest to the Middle East

From the Midwest to the Middle East

When Courtney Blankenship was around nine years old, she discovered she had a passion for learning about Egypt and North Africa. Following graduation in May, that childhood passion is becoming her full-time focus for the next two years: following a trip to the Middle East, she’ll be headed to Morocco, where she’ll work as a...
Outstanding seniors

Outstanding seniors

Nick Bartelli and Kolleen Gladden have a lot in common. He founded Pittsburg State’s first Christian fraternity, and she founded the first Christian sorority. They both were active as leaders in Student Government Association and community service. Both excelled academically: Bartelli earned a degree in communication in three years with a 4.0 GPA, while Gladden...
Making a difference

Making a difference

DePrice Taylor is a name familiar to fans of Pittsburg State University women’s basketball. The Detroit native was one of the first players former head coach Lane Lord brought with him in 2008 from Barton County Community College after being tabbed to lead the Gorillas’ basketball program. “DePrice is probably the number one success story...