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Spring 2020
Grandchildren establish endowed scholarship

Grandchildren establish endowed scholarship

Before the evolution of the college-age resident assistant, PSU typically employed “dorm moms” to watch over student residents. One, Margaret Scalet, was a retired grandmother who, in the 1960s, assisted and monitored students residing in Lakeside Dorm — a repurposed military barracks located near what is now Champions Plaza by University Lake — and later,...

Two Gorillas recognized for school counseling

Two Gorillas were nominated as Kansas School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year and were recognized at the fall conference of the KSCA. Both are employed by Pittsburg schools; Melinda Walsh DeGruson (’93 BSED, ’97 MS, ’01 EdS), is now in her 22nd year as a counselor and works at Lakeside Elementary. Brandi Wimmer Dalgarn (’04 BSEd, ’06 MS), is...
A family affair

A family affair

Luella Parks Jackson would be proud, says her granddaughter, Donna Jackson Campbell Brice: as a young widow and mother of six children, Jackson attended school to eighth grade, then worked in an ammunition plant and was a housemaid the remainder of her work life.  But at last count, at least seven of her grandchildren and...
“Fuel Up to Play 60!”

“Fuel Up to Play 60!”

Gorilla tight end Kyler Ray had the chance to see things from a different perspective on the field last fall when he, along with classmates in the Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department, got to do some coaching at Carnie Smith Stadium.  He and his fellow physical education majors oversaw several simultaneous flag football games...
Hood returns to campus to share expertise

Hood returns to campus to share expertise

It’s exciting when alumni return to campus to visit; it’s a bonus when they spend time in classrooms to pass on what they’ve learned and experienced. Major General Jay Hood (’75 BA Economics) did just that last fall.  Hood, a 2002 Meritorious Achievement Award recipient and an ROTC Hall of Fame member, has served in...
Happy 50th, Plastics Engineering Technology

Happy 50th, Plastics Engineering Technology

Fifty years ago, the PSU Plastics Engineering Technology program was in its infancy, charting a path to become recognized as a national model.   Today, its graduates are sought after by industry leaders, and the program is playing a pivotal role in the local economy.  City leaders, alumni, faculty and staff, and industry representatives gathered at...
Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

A desire by Tim Senecaut (BST ’89) to serve his nation began in childhood. Last fall, he was inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of nearly 29 years of service. He directs the Physical Plant’s Custodial, General, and Landscape Services; advises the Student Veterans Organization; and is a member of the Veterans Memorial Advisory...
Unique study opportunity

Unique study opportunity

Nine students majoring in Plastics Engineering Technology took their learning experience out of the classroom — way out of the classroom, over the Atlantic Ocean, and into Europe!  The trip was made possible with a grant from the PSU Professors Beyond the Classroom program, funded by the Student Government Association, with additional sponsorship from Study...
Outstanding Alumni

Outstanding Alumni

During Homecoming week, four alumni were honored for their achievements with the 2019 Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award, named for Emeritus Director of Alumni Relations Kenneth K. Bateman.  After teaching middle school and starting his own company, Matt Frankenbery (BSEd ’94) joined the Pitsco, Inc., team in Pittsburg, Kansas, as a curriculum specialist. Now the company’s...

Student signing

Four students in Electrical Technology don’t graduate until May, but by last October, they already had jobs.  Two key leaders from Interstates, a major company in the electrical construction industry, flew to Pittsburg for the kind of signing ceremony that is routinely conducted for athletes, but not usually seen in academics.  But PSU’s program, those...
Alumni create Women in Technology Scholarship

Alumni create Women in Technology Scholarship

A couple who met as students at PSU and credit it with their success have created an endowed Women in Technology Scholarship to honor two female family members.  “It means so much to both Dave and I to be able to invest in the future of PSU students and at the same time honor my...

Class Notes

Class of 1958  John LeBar (BSEd ’58), who holds a doctorate, published a book titled, “Marching Toward Madness: How To Save the Games You Always Loved,” about the good and the bad of big-time athletics. It also discusses players’ abilities to compete at a high level and still be able to excel academically. LeBar taught and coached for 53 years in higher...