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Spring 2016
Bicknell Center gets rave review from alum, theater vet

Bicknell Center gets rave review from alum, theater vet

“I never thought I’d live to see it,” Glen Clugston said as he walked into the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. It was a phrase he repeated several times as he toured the facility during a visit to his hometown last fall. Clugston, a 1951 graduate,...

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Former president shares lessons about diversity

Former president shares lessons about diversity

When Lee and Linda Scott decided to endow a major speakers series at PSU, it was clear that the first speaker in that series would need to be someone of national significance. How about the 42nd president of the United States? On Nov. 23, 2015, President Bill Clinton spoke to a standing-room-only crowd in the...
Proud of these Gorillas

Proud of these Gorillas

What do an NFL star, a community leader, a captain of business and a manager at one of the world’s most respected hospitals have in common? They’re all Gorillas and we couldn’t be prouder of them. PSU honored Ronnie Chang, Angela Robinson Markley, Brian Moorman and Timothy W. Puetz at Homecoming last fall with its...
Alumni give lead gift for Kelce College of Business improvements

Alumni give lead gift for Kelce College of Business improvements

Pitt State alumni John and Susan Lowe, of Houston, Texas, have pledged the largest single gift in the history of the Kelce College of Business. The $3 million gift will go toward facility improvements at the KCOB. “John and Susan understand the difference a quality education can make in a student’s life because they experienced...
Performance is also a display of will, attitude

Performance is also a display of will, attitude

Stephanie Robinson was born with a cyst on her brain that affects the motor skills on the right side of her body. But don’t make the mistake of thinking of this energetic Pittsburg State freshman music major as someone with a disability. “I think of it as an opportunity,” Robinson said, flashing a contagious broad...
Researcher seeks keys to a brighter energy future

Researcher seeks keys to a brighter energy future

Since Man forged the first plow and stuck it into the earth, rust has been an enemy. But to Ram Gupta, an assistant professor and research scientist at PSU, rust, or iron oxide, may be one of the keys to a world powered by inexpensive, abundant and environmentally friendly energy. Gupta, who came to PSU...
Overman expansion transforms the campus

Overman expansion transforms the campus

The building project that students anticipated most was completed just in time for the opening of the fall semester. The university formally dedicated the expansion and renovation of the Overman Student Center on August 19 to begin the new academic year. To say it has transformed not only the Oval, but also the student experience...
Superintendent offers advice to new teachers

Superintendent offers advice to new teachers

Who better to offer words of encouragement and advice to new teachers than the Kansas superintendent of the year? Cynthia Lane, a PSU alumna, superintendent of the Kansas City, Kan., schools and the 2016 Kansas superintendent of the year, spoke to education students in December, in advance of their graduation and the beginning of their...
Wishes do come true

Wishes do come true

The basketball game on Jan. 30 was a very special black-tie affair, thanks to the hard work of the PSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and a little girl named Lily. SAAC hosted the Make-A-Wish celebration between the Women’s and Men’s games against Northwest Missouri State University for Lily, a 7-year-old from Wichita, Kan., who has...
Westar donates solar panels

Westar donates solar panels

Westar Energy recently donated a mobile solar panel unit to the College of Technology as part of the educational component of the Solar Photovoltaic Project. Erik Mayer, associate professor of electronics engineering technology, said the unit is used to help give students a first-hand look at how solar energy works. “It’s very nice to have...
Foundation celebrates 30 years of excellence

Foundation celebrates 30 years of excellence

The PSU Foundation celebrated 30 years of success at the annual Presidents Society Dinner last September and looked ahead to the future with the launch of a new capital campaign. “So many of the wonderful advances we’ve made over the past 30 years have been made possible by the hard work of this foundation and...