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Fall 2019

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...
Player and coach share long friendship

Player and coach share long friendship

Last November in New Orleans, Ron Randleman walked onto the Tulane University stadium field just before kickoff to speak with Willie Fritz — the head coach of a team in need of a win. The two have a relationship that extends well beyond their four seasons together at Pittsburg State, where Randleman coached the Gorillas...

College recognizes achievements

 
Grads give back to Automotive Tech program in big way

Grads give back to Automotive Tech program in big way

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...

Outstanding educators

A first-grade teacher at a small school district who struggled with reading as a child, and a physical education teacher at a middle school in a district of 11,227 students who is passing his love of basketball on to youth, were chosen by the College of Education for distinguished service. Chad Dozier (’12), of Heller...
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...
Dual degrees

Dual degrees

Music Education major Chris Goddard’s students were not surprised at all to see him performing with his band, Zero2Panic, on the roof of a downtown business during Pittsburg ArtWalk last Spring. He’s just that non-traditional. And that includes his approach to higher education. Goddard, at age 32, earned two degrees in May: his bachelor’s in...