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Spring 2012
The long road back

The long road back

The easy smile that lights up C.J. Huff’s face belies the stress, long hours and even tears of the past 10 months. Huff, superintendent since 2008, is leading the Joplin (Mo.) School District back from a tragedy matched only by the courage and hard work of the community that has rallied around it.
Success rewarded

Success rewarded

What do tacos and public relations have in common? Usually not much, but this past fall a Big Truck Tacos unit sold food at GorillaFest because of the great work of several PSU public relations students. Earlier in the year, PSU students competed in the Oklahoma Speech Theater Communication Association (OSTCA) conference in Oklahoma City...
Grudge Match at Gorilla Ridge

Grudge Match at Gorilla Ridge

PSU technology and workforce learning students show off their CO2 speedsters before a big race against 8th graders from East Middle School in Joplin, Mo. “Grudge Match at Gorilla Ridge” gave the PSU students a fun experience while learning to “teach specific concepts and organize and manage educational events,” said their professor Mike Neden.
Cadets help dedicate new rappel tower

Cadets help dedicate new rappel tower

Two ROTC cadets pushed off and skillfully rappelled down the side of a new rappel tower, officially dedicating the new structure this past fall. The 40-foot tower was built just outside the Student Recreation Center/National Guard Armory and serves as an important training tool for cadets in the ROTC program. The tower was a gift...
Sagehorn to lead Department of Teaching and Leadership

Sagehorn to lead Department of Teaching and Leadership

In the fall, the College of Education made organizational changes designed to bring its teacher licensure programs under one umbrella. The college combined the departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Special Services and Leadership Studies into one new Department of Teaching and Leadership. “I appointed a study committee (on organization) last year,” said Howard Smith,...
International magazine features PSU alumnus

International magazine features PSU alumnus

A new online international magazine featured one of PSU’s outstanding recent graduates in its debut edition. The magazine, International Student Voice, launched in the late fall and includes stories from all over the world about international travel and study. Cathy Lee Arcuino, PSU’s associate director of International Programs and Services, said when announcements for the...

Kansas Teacher of the Year leads students in rediscovery

Tiffany Richard helps students find something they’ve lost. Children are born with a natural curiosity about the physical world around them, Richard said. “They want to know why the sky is blue or what makes a rainbow,” Richard said. “But something happens by the time they get to high school and for many, biology and...
Dean named editor of The American Economist

Dean named editor of The American Economist

As the dean of the College of Business, Dr. Paul Grimes knew he’d have a lot on his plate as he stepped into his new role last fall. But he also knew he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to head up one of the most well-known economics journals in the nation when he was asked...
Exercising on the Oval

Exercising on the Oval

Faculty, staff and students exercise on the Oval as part of a program intended to highlight the benefits of exercise as part of an overall wellness program. The weekly activity is led by graduate students in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.

Gorilla Legislative Network Update

The Gorilla Legislative Network (GLN) is celebrating its second anniversary … or would be if its members could find the time. An active state legislative session in Kansas has kept the group busy as they attempt to keep up with the latest news coming out of Topeka. “It’s been one of the most active sessions...
Regent McKechnie gives Apple Day address

Regent McKechnie gives Apple Day address

“Much of who I am is because of this special place.” With those words, Ed McKechnie, chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents and a 1986 graduate of Pittsburg State University, summed up the influence of many faculty, administrators and staff on his life and career. McKechnie delivered the keynote address at PSU’s 105th Apple...

Letters Spring 2012

Carney Hall memories Our letters this issue are in response to our request for memories of old Carney Hall. Clearly, that building and especially its well-used auditorium played an important role in the life of the campus. Following, are some of the responses. You can read the remainder at the PittState Magazine online at magazine.pittstate.edu....