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Spring 2011
Perfect Match

Perfect Match

SOME THINGS JUST SEEM DESTINED TO HAPPEN. Brian Moorman met Taylor Speth when Taylor was just six years old and in the midst of chemotherapy for a brain tumor. Neither of them knew it that day, but it was a meeting that would change not only their lives, but the lives of many others. In...
Opportunity of a Lifetime

Opportunity of a Lifetime

THOUSANDS WILL VISIT PSU this May when the university hosts the 2011 Baja SAE Kansas competition, the first international Baja challenge to return to the state in a decade. Approximately 100 teams-including 24 teams from eight other countries- will compete in the engineering design competition, which will be held May 26-29 on the PSU campus....

College of Education Online Offerings Grow

The demand for online courses and programs, particularly at the master’s degree level, has never been higher and the College of Education is working to expand its online options. Students generally cite convenience and the cost of travel when they choose online courses,” said Dr. Howard Smith, dean of the College of Education. “That’s a...

Jump Start for the Arts

Although President Steve Scott was one of the first to caution that “there’s still a lot of work to do,” advocates for the construction of a fine and performing arts building on campus were encouraged in August when the university took the step of hiring an architectural firm to begin planning for the new facility....
Kyrgyzstan Students Find Home at Pittsburg State

Kyrgyzstan Students Find Home at Pittsburg State

When business professor Choong Lee received his first international education grant nine years ago, he was soon making inroads in Central Asian countries that might have students interested in American study. Those recruitment efforts paid off this year when two students from the country of Kyrgyzstan arrived at PSU, marking the first time the university has...
Nursing Earns Reaccreditation

Nursing Earns Reaccreditation

Every year the standards seem to change and the bar gets higher, but PSU’s Department of Nursing continues to meet and even exceed the requirements for accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In the fall, the CCNE awarded PSU’s BSN and MSN degree programs accreditation for 10 years, the maximum time period allowed....
Mapping the Future

Mapping the Future

In 1917 a Kansas City architectural firm sketched the university’s first masterplan. The Oval, framed by academic buildings, remains today one of PSU’s signature features. Another Kansas City architectural firm began work in recent months on a campus masterplan that could lay the foundation forwhat the campus will look like even into the next century....
Housing Transformation

Housing Transformation

The major transformation of on-campus housing continued at a rapid pace in 2010 with the completion of a complex featuring new style of housing for students and the renovation of another of PSU’s existing residence halls. Officials snipped yards of crimson ribbon in October to officially open Crimson Commons, a 200-bed, $10-million apartment-style housing complex...
Kudos to Good Ol' PSU

Kudos to Good Ol’ PSU

We all know why we love PSU, but its always good to hear nice things from others. In 2010, PSU was singled out for praise by the Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report and by G.I. Jobs. The Princeton Review listed PittState on its list of the best universitiesin the Midwest. The Review quotedstudents...

Healthy Numbers

Pittsburg State is setting records bothfor the conferring of degrees and forenrollment. In 2010, PSU granted 1,648degrees, breaking a record set just theyear before. At the same time, fall 2010headcount enrollment was 7,131, justunder the record of 7,277 set in 2009. PSU officials said healthy enrollmentincreases in several categories helpedoffset the record numbers lost throughgraduation....
A Reason to Celebrate!

A Reason to Celebrate!

The 10-year, $120-million Campaign for Pittsburg State University cameto a conclusion with fireworks and celebration last September. All told,the campaign raised $122,727,266 for everything from scholarships tomajor capital improvements on campus. PSU President Steve Scott said the campaign has made the universitymuch stronger than it would have been had the fundraising effort nottaken place. “Just...

PSU Foundation Spotlight – Lori Ann Spachek

Lori Ann Spacheck’s love of public radio began at a young age. “My mother would always have our local public radio station on the car radio,” she says with a smile. “I didn’t want to admit it to her but I loved listening to it. I guess you could say I was a bit of...