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Spring 2019
Block22 Opens in Downtown Pittsburg

Block22 Opens in Downtown Pittsburg

    143 years ago, Frank Playter, John Sargent, E.R. Moffett, and E.H. Brown came to an agreement: they mapped out four, 40-acre sections stretching eight blocks north to south and eight blocks east to west on the prairie of Southeast Kansas. The four men shared a vision: a new city would prosper. Today, their intersection...
The Fortissimo Project

The Fortissimo Project

Long-distance musical friendship forged after chance encounter In a Brazilian town where some don’t have indoor plumbing, Arley Franca, a fireman and musician, talked his boss into allowing him to start an instrumental music program for children. Five thousand miles away at Pittsburg State, where faculty in the Music Department frequently collaborate with international musicians, University...

Grad helps reactivate fraternity

Gamma Chi, the local chapter of the historically African American fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., has been reactivated at Pittsburg State University, thanks in part to the leadership of alumnus Damon Broadus (BA ‘91, MS ‘94). He clearly remembers the impact the last reactivation of the chapter had on his life; he was a...
Overman celebrated as ardent lifelong Gorilla

Overman celebrated as ardent lifelong Gorilla

Jack Overman, perhaps Pittsburg State’s most ardent cheerleader, died on Dec. 8 at age 100, just months after celebrating his centennial birthday with fans of all ages in the student center that bears his name. Born Aug. 23, 1918, he was known by generations of students, staff, alumni, and community members as a passionate and...

Longtime educator named president

Alumnus Glenn Coltharp was named president of Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. He’s spent the 37 years as an educator after earning three degrees from PSU — his bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist. His career has included teaching kindergarten, second, and fourth grades, serving as a principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent, and as vice president of...
Outstanding Alumni for 2018

Outstanding Alumni for 2018

A world traveling emergency response director, a special agent for the U.S. Government, and the president of two global manufacturing firms were honored at Homecoming with the 2018 Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award, named for longtime Director of Alumni Relations Ken Bateman. After earning her degree, Maggie Fleming (BA ’01) began traveling the world...

Vet honored in parade

One of PSU’s oldest graduates and Meritorious Achievement Award winner, 100-year-old Lt. Richard Schiefelbusch (BSED ’40), was honored as the Grand Marshal of the Lawrence Veterans Day Parade. Two PSU graduates — Lindsay Hothan Quall (’09 BSEd) and Bret Hothan (’09 BSEd) — carried the banner announcing him and wore their letter jackets. During WWII,...

(Ret.) Lt. Col. Kenny J. Kunstel

(’65 BS, ’67 MS) was inducted into the PSU ROTC Hall of Fame during halftime of the military appreciation-themed football game on Nov. 3. An aviator during Vietnam, he went on to become an Army officer with more than two decades of experience in infantry, armor, aviation, research and development, and program management, and worked...
GIT graduate scores logo design with NFL

GIT graduate scores logo design with NFL

Crista Cunningham (BST ’14) didn’t grow up a huge football fan but now roots for the Cincinnati Bengals, and with good reason: her logo is worn by the Special Teams Squad. She uses her major — graphic communications, with an emphasis in graphic design and a minor in commercial art — daily in her job at Pitsco...
New University Professors

New University Professors

Five veteran faculty members have achieved the rank of University Professor: Tim Bailey and Don Viney, both in History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences; Cheryl Giefer, Nursing; Casie Hermansson, English and Modern Languages; and Ananda Jayawardhana, Math. The rank, good for seven years, indicates they are outstanding contributors in their field of specialization.
Conservation expert volunteers  for new position

Conservation expert volunteers for new position

Jim Triplett dedicated 30+ years to every conservation-related activity he could find before retiring from the Biology Department in 2014. But he’s not done: he’s now serving as the university’s first Special Assistant to the President for Sustainability. And he’s doing it as a volunteer. Triplett, an avid outdoorsman, came to PSU on a football...
Biology students gain field experience trapping bats

Biology students gain field experience trapping bats

It has all the makings of a would-be Halloween movie: bats fly out of storm tunnels starting at sundown. Clouds move in front of the moon. The bats flutter this way and that, their numbers increasing as the hour grows late. But for students in Andrew George’s biology classes, the scene has all the makings of...