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Spring 2015
Scholarship campaign surpasses goal

Scholarship campaign surpasses goal

The Office of Development celebrated the successful completion of its Pathways to PSU scholarship campaign at the GorillaFest tailgate party preceding the football game on Sept. 6. Kathleen Flannery, executive director of development, said the campaign was launched in 2011 with a goal of raising $12 million for endowed student scholarships. It concluded this year,...

Roelfs earns award

Melinda Roelfs, director of admission, has been recognized for distinguished service in her profession. During the annual conference of the Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO), Roelfs became the third Pitt State employee to earn the Laura Cross Distinguished Service Award. The award is the highest awarded to an individual by KACRAO....

It’s official: No more tobacco!

The university’s new tobacco free policy, which prohibits the use of all types of tobacco products in buildings and on all university-owned, operated or leased properties, went into effect on Jan. 1. Pitt State was the first four-year, regents institution in Kansas to become tobacco free. The road to PSU’s status as a tobacco-free campus...

Byler named director of KSBDC

Center for Innovation and Business Development Director Shawn Naccarato has announced the appointment of Tom Byler as the new director of the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC). Byler, of Fort Scott, has served as a business consultant within the KSBDC since 2008. He succeeds as director Kathryn Richard, who retired this year after more...
Greek groups earn accolades

Greek groups earn accolades

The Eta Eta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha received the sorority’s top honor for the third year in a row. The Crown of Excellence Award was presented to the chapter at the Alpha Sigma Alpha National Convention and Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. They are the only chapter to ever win the award in...

Repeat champion

A PSU interior design student is two for two in national competition. Senior Cassandra Stanley was, for the second consecutive year, on the winning team at the International Interior Design Association’s Design Wars competition in Kansas City. Cassandra was the only student in this year’s competition who also competed in 2013. “Having a year under...

Alumna’s book looks “Inside Beverly Hills PD”

In her latest book, alumna and Arma, Kan., native Helen Maxwell takes a look inside the Beverly Hills Police Department. The book, “Inside Beverly Hills PD,” contains stories about presidents, film stars and, according to Maxwell, ‘real’ police work. The book, Maxwell said, provides a more accurate picture of the complexities of American law enforcement...
Video wins national award

Video wins national award

Adrian Herrera set out to help prepare the campus for a switch to a secure wireless system and ended up winning a national award. Herrera, a graduate student from Topeka, received a first-place award at the National Student Electronic Media Convention sponsored by College Broadcasters Inc., for a video public service announcement he created to...
Faculty textbooks have global impact

Faculty textbooks have global impact

Their classrooms may be in Pittsburg, Kansas, but faculty in the Kelce College of Business are touching students around the world. Textbooks written by Pittsburg State business educators have been adopted at universities throughout the U.S. and in several countries. University Professor Don Baack and Associate Professor Eric Harris, along with Don’s son, Daniel Baack,...
Professor says international experience made her a better teacher

Professor says international experience made her a better teacher

This time last spring, Casie Hermansson was just beginning her teaching experience at a university in Finland. Now, back at PSU, Hermansson says she’s a better teacher because of her Fulbright experience. A professor in the Department of English, Hermansson taught undergraduate and graduate classes in children’s British and American literature and American literature from...
There’s no place like home

There’s no place like home

Traveling is great, but there’s nothing like returning to the comfortable surroundings of home. We can only guess how happy the critters in the Department of Biology’s Nature Reach program were to finally move back to the familiar surroundings of Heckert-Wells Hall late in the fall after spending several months in temporary quarters in Hartman...
Grad gives trainees a lift– in a UH-60 Blackhawk

Grad gives trainees a lift– in a UH-60 Blackhawk

It’s always nice to have alumni drop in, but when that alumnus is flying a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, he gets special attention. Cpt. Justin Dillow flew one of three Blackhawks that came to campus from Ft. Riley last fall to conduct a training exercise for ROTC students on campus. Dillow, a 2010 graduate originally from...