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Fall 2019
It’s tailgating time!

It’s tailgating time!

The sky is clear blue, the crowd is dressed in red, the breeze is slight, and burgers and brats are cooking on grills… For Denise Grasso, it’s the perfect day in Gorilla Village just east of Carnie Smith Stadium. Grasso (BSEd ’77, MS ’82, EdS ’82), began tailgating here more than 20 years ago with...

SGA plans alumni reunion for 100th

During Homecoming, PSU Alumni and Constituent Relations and the Student Government Association will hold a reunion and celebration of the group’s 100th anniversary. Oct. 17 at Carnie Smith Stadium Yell Like Hell competition • Royalty crowning Oct. 18 Breakfast hosted by President Steve Scott and campus tours of the newest buildings Taste of Pittsburg •...
Lifetime achievement

Lifetime achievement

Rozanne Sparks, a 26-year veteran of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the department this spring. Sparks was a professor of education, coordinated the School Counseling Program, and was the director of the Teacher Education Program. “This award is given to an individual who we believe deserves recognition...
Pittsburg Divas pay it forward

Pittsburg Divas pay it forward

A group of seven KC residents who bill themselves as the Pittsburg Divas were students here 50 years ago, but they haven’t forgotten their alma mater. Each year for the past three years, these Gorillas pay it forward by giving a scholarship award to a student in honor of another PSU alumna, Dr. Inez Kaiser...
Gorilla students win Viking axe competition

Gorilla students win Viking axe competition

Manufacturing Engineering Techonlogy students Michael Paddock, a senior from Clinton, Missouri, and Logan Roseberry, a junior from La Harpe, Kansas, won “Most Captivating Design” for their Viking axe in the national Cast in Steel competition. Their double-headed design included the splitface Gorilla on the handle. The mold for casting was done using the additive manufacturing...

High marks

The faculty and staff in the Kelce College of Business have earned two prestigious rankings this spring: No. 2 for the Most Affordable Online MBA program by College Consensus. One of the Top 10 Best Business Programs by The Knowledge Review — a publication designed to help students, particularly international students, find colleges that best...
Student project aids firefighters

Student project aids firefighters

Three of the first students to attend classes in the Kansas Technology Center had such a transformative experience, they reciprocated — and in a big way. Dallas Grothusen (’00), Kelly Burgess (’01), and Ted Polzer (‘02), went on to become leaders with CNH Industrial. In the spring, they returned to campus to help the Department...
Real-world projects a win-win

Real-world projects a win-win

Kelce College of Business students are playing a big role in the success of two new downtown businesses. Students in Mary Kay Wachter’s marketing course worked with Davey Froman, owner of Miners + Monroe, on a comprehensive marketing plan for the mercantile store. The students also presented tips on how the store could create and...

Pilot program

A new degree option was introduced last academic year as a pilot program by the College of Education. Beginning in the second semester of their freshman year, students may now complete the Elementary Education Unified program in which they earn both general and special education teaching licenses for grades K-6 simultaneously. The pilot program was...

Teacher scholarships

The College of Education has received a $539,281 grant from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to provide scholarships, mentoring, and laptops to 25 teachers from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, who are Hispanic and/or are teaching in districts with Hispanic populations ranging from 15 percent to greater than 50 percent. Participants will earn...
Wyrick named MIAA winner

Wyrick named MIAA winner

Redshirt junior track and field and football standout Levi Wyrick was named the MIAA Ken B. Jones Award winner as the conference’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Wyrick outscored four additional finalists — Fort Hays State wrestler Brandon Ball, Nebraska Kearney track and field athlete Jacob Bartling, Emporia State football player Landon Nault, and Lincoln...

Global dyslexia initiative

Inspired by a former prison inmate who went on to become an Emmy-nominated actor, PSU’s Center for READing has joined the Dyslexia Awareness Foundation to implement a global dyslexia screening and remedial reading intervention initiative in schools, jails, prisons, and community centers. It’s designed to improve literacy for children, teens, adults, and incarcerated persons, and...