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Spring 2019
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...

Happy 60th

Faculty, staff, students, and administrators gathered last fall to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Midwest Quarterly, which pays tribute to its first Editor-in-Chief, the late longtime professor and noted author Dudley Cornish. The journal, which has a global circulation, is now edited by Casie Hermansson, who noted that The Midwest Quarterly remains something of...
Newly renovated lab making impact on students, recruitment

Newly renovated lab making impact on students, recruitment

Senior Carter Stohlberg transferred to Pittsburg State to pursue a degree in Technology & Engineering Education for a reason: the reputation of the program. He made the right choice, he said, after taking classes in the university’s newly-renovated and state-of-the-art Technology & Engineering Education Lab. The lab features a flexible presentation area with a large touch...

PSU Authors Honored

Thirty-five years ago, Axe Library held the first reception to publicly recognize PSU employees who have been published or who have developed creative works during the previous year, with authors, editors, composers, and artists among the honorees. It’s a tradition that has endured. In November, the 35th Annual University Authors Reception was held to celebrate...
Stahl earns fifth degree

Stahl earns fifth degree

Tracy Stahl first started college at Pittsburg State University in 1985 as a bright-eyed, energetic freshman majoring in Marketing. But she wasn’t meant for that. After completing her bachelor’s in 1989, followed by her MBA in Business Administration in 1990, she changed paths to pursue something completely different: a nursing degree. Inspired by a nurse who...
Nursing school lands $3.65 million in grants

Nursing school lands $3.65 million in grants

The Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing was awarded $3.65 in grant funding in 2018, meaning the growing program can grow a bit more. A $2 million, three-year federal grant called Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention-Registered Nurses in Primary Care was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of...
Homework: help others

Homework: help others

Students in Kristen Humphrey’s social work classes and Alicia Mason’s communication classes have unusual homework assignments each semester: to positively impact the community. In Humphrey’s classes, students start by identifying a “problem,” then propose a project to address some aspect of the problem or benefit a specific population, develop a budget, create a flyer, craft...
Longtime university leader to retire

Longtime university leader to retire

Provost Lynette Olson, who also serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs, will retire in June 2019. She has served in that capacity since March 2010, after serving as Interim Provost for a year when former Academic Affairs Vice President Steve Scott was named the ninth president. “It represents a significant milestone for PSU and...
TEDx Returns in 2019

TEDx Returns in 2019

Pittsburg State will once again host a TEDx event, thanks to the success of the inaugural event held in March 2018. Auditions took place in February, with a slate of diverse speakers being chosen. The event will be held March 26 in the Dotty and Bill Miller Theater in the Bicknell Family Center for the...

Research at Pittsburg State University

Students and faculty continue their tradition of working side by side on research at PSU that contributes to the greater good. A sampling: Biology Anuradha Ghosh, assistant professor of Biology, has been conducting a surveillance study for three years that investigates the distribution of three dominant tick species in Southeast Kansas, particularly the non-native Ixodes...