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Spring 2013

In Memory

Deaths are listed based on information received from families or reported in local newspapers. They are listed by date of graduation or attendance. Nida M. (Cinotto) Aubel, 1933, El Dorado, Kan. Richard Lashley, 1940 Charlene (Heller) Webb, 1940, Rogers, Ark. Betty (Campbell) Horton, 1941, Wayside, Kan. Helen S. (Knowles) Flaharty, 1941, Independence, Kan. Mary E....
From Moccasin Bend RSD#5

From Moccasin Bend RSD#5

During the day, she helped pick the fruits and vegetables that fed post-war America. At night, her bed was beneath the canvas-covered, flat-bed truck that had brought her and her family from eastern Oklahoma to the migrant fields of California, Oregon and Washington. Each time the family moved to pick a new crop, she found...
In High Gear

In High Gear

As a new Pitt State freshman, Joe Douthitt thought he wanted to be a television weatherman. Today, the only time he worries about the weather is when it might affect the activities at Heartland Park, a multimillion-dollar racing complex in Topeka, Kan. How Douthitt went from dreaming of forecasting the weather on TV to marketing...
No ordinary groundbreaking

No ordinary groundbreaking

It happened, as it typically does, after a count of three. The shovels hit the dirt, cameras clicked and people applauded. It happened in the fashion of most ceremonial groundbreakings. But this was no ordinary groundbreaking. It was more than that. It was Pittsburg State University signaling its “intent to reclaim its rightful place as...
Research in a terrorist hot spot

Research in a terrorist hot spot

As media around the globe chronicled the fight with al-Qaeda-linked militants in the North African nation of Mali, few watched with more interest than PSU history professor Steve Harmon. Harmon, an expert on terrorism in North Africa and the Middle East, spent the past fall semester in Mali doing research for a book on unrest...
Biggest Gorilla rolls into town

Biggest Gorilla rolls into town

There were lots of Gorillas in Pittsburg for Homecoming week, but the biggest by far was a shiny, 263,000-lb. brute courtesy of Watco Companies. The locomotive, painted in Pitt State colors and boasting pictures of Gus Gorilla on all sides, was introduced to the community as part of the Homecoming 2012 celebration. “Watco has a...
True inspiration

True inspiration

In December, Chuck Harper (BS, Social Work) walked 56 feet across the stage to pick up his college diploma. His brief walk represented a journey that could not be measured in feet or miles. At 45, Harper has suffered job loss, worked to prepare for a new career and survived a rare blood disease that...
Then & Now

Then & Now

The first place prospective students and their parents visit when they come to PSU is the Student Welcoming Center, which is now located in the old Horace Mann laboratory school. Today’s visitors are likely not aware of the building’s original purpose, but many former students have fond memories of their days in the school. Dr....
Education + ambition = 3 businesses

Education + ambition = 3 businesses

Like many students studying within the halls of the Pittsburg State Kelce College of Business, Matthew Yoakum has dreams of owning his own business after graduation. “My dad owns a drilling company,” the Cleveland, Mo., native said, “and I’d like to take over that one day or maybe even start my own.” Whichever route he...

SIFE changes name

Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) is now ENACTUS, the result of a rebranding effort aimed at highlighting the organization’s focus on entrepreneurial action “as a catalyst to transforming communities and lives.” The name ENACTUS is a combination of the words “entrepreneurial,” “action,” and “us.” Suzanne Hurt, PSU’s academic advising coordinator and ENACTUS adviser, said the...
Little school library rescue

Little school library rescue

It is not surprising that it was a group of teachers-to-be who came to the rescue of a little school library. Future Educators of America (FEA) and Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, solicited donations of books from individuals and groups when they learned that teachers at the SEK Learning Center, a...
Company Day networking

Company Day networking

Bruce Dallman was smiling a lot on Sept. 19, 2012. Dallman, dean of the Pittsburg State University College of Technology, moved from one table to the next in the Kansas Technology Center, visiting with company representatives who were there to meet students at PSU’s annual Company Day. He liked what he was hearing. “There is...