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Spring 2016
PSU hosts diversity conference

PSU hosts diversity conference

Pitt State hosted a conference Oct. 19-20 designed to help universities in the Kansas Board of Regents system address issues of diversity in more effective ways. The theme for the 2015 Michael Tilford Conference was “Diversity Practices: Culturally responsive strategies to champion diversity.” Faculty, staff and administrators from throughout the Regents system participated in workshops...
One professor’s legacy

One professor’s legacy

When Blaze Heckert goes to class, it hardly ever crosses his mind that his family name is on the building in which he studies. Blaze, a Pittsburg State University graduate student in polymer chemistry, has frequent classes in Heckert/Wells Hall, which is named after Leon Clayton Heckert, Blaze’s great-great grandfather. “Honestly, I didn’t know that...

Spring 2016 Arts Calendar

Check the calendar on PSU’s homepage, www.pittstate.edu, for the latest additions and changes to the calendar as well as additional details about specific events. Art Contact rshand@pittstate.edu or call 620-235-4302 for more information. University Gallery Porter Hall February 15 – May 6, 2016 Gwen Walstrand & Sarah Perkins “Cairo” April 21: Artist’s Lecture – 3 p.m.;...
Spirit Squad members make history

Spirit Squad members make history

For the first time in Pitt State history, two members of the university’s Spirit Squad qualified for national competition in partner stunting. The Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) announced in November that Pitt State’s coed partner team of Jayna Guerra and Myles Taylor finished fourth nationally in the qualifying round of the partner-stunting category. The team...
Student group earns national recognition for stalking awareness program

Student group earns national recognition for stalking awareness program

A student group dedicated to sexual assault and domestic violence prevention has been honored with a national award for a stalking awareness program it presented on campus. PSU’s Students for Violence Prevention (SVP) received the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Outstanding Prevention Program award for “P.S. I Love You: Stalking Awareness Evening,” which...
Regents meet at PSU

Regents meet at PSU

PSU President Steve Scott led off the action portion of the Kansas Board of Regents business meeting, last October, with a presentation about PSU’s new strategic plan. Scott told the board about the campuswide process used to develop the plan and then walked the Regents through the various components of the plan. Regents Chair Shane...

Scott leads NCAA Division II Presidents Council

Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott assumed his duties as chair of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council at the group’s recent business meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Scott was elected to the position last October. The 16-member Presidents Council is the governing body responsible for establishing and directing the general policy for Division II...

University targets retention

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median weekly earnings of those who attain at least a bachelor’s degree is almost 70 percent higher than those with just a high school diploma, which is why PSU is redoubling its efforts to make sure that students who begin the work of earning a degree actually...
Student signs country music record deal

Student signs country music record deal

At 6 FEET 4 INCHES TALL with broad shoulders and an easy smile, Douglass native Brody Caster is no stranger to catching eyes. But it’s his smooth voice that has caught the attention of the country music industry and radio stations nationwide. Though he’s majoring in construction management at Pitt State, Caster’s true passion is...
For this doctor, families matter

For this doctor, families matter

When Maureen Murphy graduated from Pittsburg State University, she was well on her way to a career in journalism or public relations. Last October, however, Murphy was honored as the 2016 Family Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Murphy is the first to say her journey into medicine was not...

Scholarship couldn’t come at a better time

When Alex Watson, a PITT STATE senior from LaCygne, Kan., received news that he’d won a major scholarship, his first instinct was to call his mom. But Watson’s mother, Ginger, died in April following a battle with breast cancer. “Moments like that are tough, but we have a great family, and I called my aunt...
Letterpress revival

Letterpress revival

Senior art major Cat Jepson is living proof that those who wrote the obituary for letterpress printing in the 1980s were dead wrong. Thanks to people like Jepson, this early form of printing, developed by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid 15th century, is enjoying a worldwide renaissance. In December, the Department of Art dedicated the...