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Spring 2014
Baja returns to Pitt State

Baja returns to Pitt State

Organizers Trent Lindbloom and Bob Schroer were all smiles as hundreds of dusty, tired and happy competitors in the 2014 Baja SAE-Kansas gathered to eat fried chicken and receive awards at the closing ceremonies just outside the Kansas Technology Center. “Overall, it was a great event.” Lindbloom said. “We have heard very positive things from...
Eye on the prize – Student vet won’t let injury spoil his dreams

Eye on the prize – Student vet won’t let injury spoil his dreams

Once he realized everyone was OK, Lance Thornton let himself relax a little bit. “I looked around the Humvee and saw that no one was hurt,” Thornton said. “To be real honest about it, I started laughing.” The improvised explosive device (IED) exploded just as Thornton and the security convoy he was leading came over...
Look what was in this year’s Grammy’s goodie bag!

Look what was in this year’s Grammy’s goodie bag!

Many of the world’s biggest music stars left the Grammy Awards in January with some nice hardware in their hands. But while only the winners took home a Grammy, all of the nominees took home an item made by a Pittsburg State student. Pitt State senior and Chillicothe, Mo., native Tyler Dietzschold made 250 metal...
PSU breaks ground on indoor event center

PSU breaks ground on indoor event center

Confetti rained down as officials turned the first ceremonial spades of soil for Pittsburg State’s newest addition. A large crowd from the campus and the community gathered for the indoor event center groundbreaking, which was held in John Lance Arena on Feb. 25. “Today’s groundbreaking is about more than the construction of a facility,” said...
Department of Nursing - $1 million gift and a new name

Department of Nursing – $1 million gift and a new name

The Department of Nursing began the fall semester with a new name and an important gift. In September, the department announced a $1 million gift from Dr. Fay Bradley and also a new name. It is now the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing, honoring Dr. Bradley’s mother. University officials said the elevation of the...
Persistance pays off for Missouri alumni

Persistance pays off for Missouri alumni

Joplin resident Barry Williamson (BS ’74, MS ’77) was so eager to get a Pitt State license plate that he rose early on the day the applications became available and drove to Pittsburg to wait for the PSU alumni offices to open. “Barbara (his wife, BS ‘75) and I sat up the night before thinking...
Russ Hall fire lives on in PSU lore

Russ Hall fire lives on in PSU lore

When lightning struck on that stormy June night, it appeared that Mother Nature might accomplish what foes in other parts of Kansas had failed to do – prevent the growth of a major state institution of higher learning in southeast Kansas. But from the moment that the fire alarms first sounded, the spirit that would...
Alum fulfills dream of covering Olympics – twice!

Alum fulfills dream of covering Olympics – twice!

Kim Rhode, a skeet shooting legend, had just become the first American to earn an individual medal in five straight Olympics. Step to the podium. Here comes her gold medal. Cue the national anthem. And that’s when Beth Hamilton lost it. “I couldn’t help it,” she said of that moment during the 2012 Summer Olympics...
Krimson Kultuur open for business - Shop ‘til you drop

Krimson Kultuur open for business – Shop ‘til you drop

A project of Pittsburg State’s Enactus group, the new student-run Krimson Kultuur store that sells products from the 10,000 Villages organization, opened Nov. 14 with an official ribbon cutting celebration. The store is located at 111 W. 4th Street in Pittsburg. PSU officials, including President Steve Scott, Provost Lynette Olson and Kelce College of Business...
Where in the world is Gus

Where in the world is Gus

Honeymoon in Paradise – Joe (BST ’06) and Krissy (BS ’11) Taylor, support the Gorillas while on their honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii. On the menu? – Fortunately, there is no evidence that the owner of these prehistoric jaws ever dined on Gorillas. Doug (BBA ‘99) and Lisa (‘98 & ‘99) Stice stopped for a snapshot with future Gorillas Brandon,...
Art Day inspires

Art Day inspires

Art Day brought an explosion of color and creative energy to an otherwise wet and dreary day on campus last November. More than 430 high school artists from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma came to campus to practice and display their artistic talents. “This has been great,” said Whitney Beth, a teacher at Nevada (Mo.) High...
Hidden in plain sight: Professor identifies new species

Hidden in plain sight: Professor identifies new species

By his own count, Snow has described more than five dozen new plant species within the Myrtle family. This past year, one of his discoveries received special recognition. The International Institute for Species Exploration selected one of Snow’s finds as one of the top 10 new species of 2013. Snow’s Eugenia petrikensis, a small woody...