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Spring 2017

Class Notes

Class of 1976 Robert J. Grassino (BSEd, EDS 1992) retired in 2012 after more than 28 years in public education. Dr. Grassino spent 16 years working in the Circle School District, USD 375, in Towanda, Kan. While at Circle, he served as the elementary principal, the high school principal, and the assistant superintendent. In addition...
These roots run deep

These roots run deep

In nominating her family, senior Hannah Pio noted that she will be the 23rd member of her family and the fourth generation to earn a Pitt State degree when she graduates this spring. “For as long as I can remember, my family has been Pitt State fans,” Pio wrote. “Their love and support for Pitt...
Romance blossoms on Family Day

Romance blossoms on Family Day

Family Day meant a little something more to PSU alumni Kell Smalley and Leah Flynn this year. Flynn thought she was at the gorilla statue in Champions Plaza to take a group picture with her former Pitt State volleyball teammates, but moments later, she received the surprise of a lifetime. After the photo was taken,...
Outstanding alumni return for Homecoming

Outstanding alumni return for Homecoming

The campus and community turned out to honor three outstanding alumni during Homecoming activities last October. Father Mike Simone, director of vocations and chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Kan.; John Lair, program director with New Hope Services and Special Olympics coach, of Pittsburg; and Holly Cranston, M.D., a physician in Pittsburg, received the...

Herlocker, Lungwitz embrace leadership roles

Senior guards Paige Lungwitz and Hadyn Herlocker have been a big part of one of the most successful periods for the Gorilla Women’s Basketball program. Going into their senior season, the pair has been a part of 79 wins and only 21 losses and have made three trips to the NCAA Tournament. As they began...
Volleyball players find new ‘home’ in U.S.

Volleyball players find new ‘home’ in U.S.

Lana DaSilva, a senior exercise science major from Sao Vicente, Brazil, always dreamed of leaving her home country to explore the world, but she never really planned to attend college in the U.S. But after following a friend from Brazil to Cowley Community College, DaSilva eventually joined the volleyball team at Pittsburg State. “When I...

Athletes make dreams come true

Pitt State Athletics celebrated Make-A-Wish Day on November 5 during the football game against Nebraska-Kearney. This year, PSU helped make a wish come true for Shelly Mallams, a 16-year-old girl from Girard who battled cancer after a tumor was found in her lung. As part of the Make-A-Wish celebration, Mallams received free hotel nights and...

Weede Renovations complete

Pittsburg State University celebrated completion of a four-year, nearly $5 million project to remodel the Garfield Weede Building this past October. “It’s exciting to finally see the project complete,” said Jim Johnson, director of intercollegiate athletics. “In many ways, it’s even better than we imagined.” The total project began with a $1.2 million lead gift...
Baja is back!

Baja is back!

President Steve Scott announces that the Baja SAE Kansas competition will return to the PSU campus in 2018. Scott made the announcement at the conclusion of a news conference that was called to share plans for the 2017 competition, which will be held at PSU May 25-28.
Students, alumni connect at Company Days

Students, alumni connect at Company Days

More than 200 companies participated in the 2016 Company Days event, which gives students the opportunity to network with professionals from across the country. Companies in attendance included national brands as well as local companies. For the students, Company Days is a rare opportunity to have hundreds of potential employers all together in one place....

Thomas named COT interim associate dean

Tim Thomas, a longtime COT faculty member and former department chair, is the college’s first associate dean. He will serve as associate dean on an interim basis while the university conducts a national search for the position. In this new interim role, Thomas will work alongside Dean Tim Dawsey to lead the COT into a...
Construction alumni raise $73K for scholarships

Construction alumni raise $73K for scholarships

For the first time since its inception in 1988, the PSU Construction Alumni Gorilla Golf Classic Series raised more than $70,000, most of which will go toward student scholarships. Hosted by the PSU Construction Alumni Association, the 2016 series of four golf tournaments throughout the region is one of the premier fundraisers for the construction...