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Fall 2019
MIAA Commissioner's Cup

MIAA Commissioner’s Cup

Pittsburg State University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jim Johnson accepted the 2018-19 MIAA Commissioner’s Cup on behalf of the Gorillas at the MIAA Spring Awards Celebration at Kansas City, Missouri, on June 3. The Gorillas finished the cup standings with 133 points and had an average of 11.08 points to best second place University of...
Students in Enactus and Kelce College of Business

Students in Enactus and Kelce College of Business

PSU represented in prestigious photo competition

Graphics and Imaging Technologies student Audrey Dainty, Frontenac, Kansas, is still pinching herself: From a field of 601 images submitted by 103 photographers across the nation to a prestigious competition called PhotoSpiva, her photo— “Troubled Psyche” — was one of 88 chosen. Seven other images chosen also were from the GIT Department: three by students...
Global partners

Global partners

Kelce College of Business Dean Paul Grimes and Associate Professor Sang-Heui Lee spent time in Korea over the summer working on recruiting and a partnership with Woosong University’s relatively new SolBridge International School of Business. “We are working on finalizing a 2+2 program that ultimately will enable Korean students to navigate back and forth between...

Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Seven individuals and one team – will be formally inducted into the Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame during halftime of the football game against Lincoln on Oct. 5. The class includes Kim (Erickson) Downey (1990-93), a multiple-time All-MIAA performer and record setting catcher in softball; Venessa (Lee) Nobles (2005-09), a three-time NCAA Division II national...

Leadership changes in COT and KPRC

Robert Frisbee, associate dean of the College of Technology, has been named interim dean. He replaces Tim Dawsey, who was named the new executive director for Advancement of Applied Science & Technology at PSU’s Tyler Research Center, home to the Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC). Dawsey came to PSU in 2013 as a senior research...

Hall of Fame

Lee Scott Jr., a 1971 business graduate, was inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame this summer in a ceremony in Manhattan, Kansas, marking a first for PSU. Scott grew up in Baxter Springs, Kansas, as the son of a gas station owner. He went on to become the president and CEO of Walmart...
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...
In the doghouse

In the doghouse

PSU art students collaborated with fifth graders on a colorful project that positively impacted the community. Measurement, assembly, design, and execution were all part of the learning process for their own puppy palaces, which were auctioned and proceeds given to the Southeast Kansas Humane Society. “It’s cool to show kids that adults can do art...