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It’s tailgating time!

It’s tailgating time!

The sky is clear blue, the crowd is dressed in red, the breeze is slight, and burgers and brats are cooking on grills… For Denise Grasso, it’s the perfect day in Gorilla Village just east of Carnie Smith Stadium. Grasso (BSEd ’77, MS ’82, EdS ’82), began tailgating here more than 20 years ago with...
Lifetime achievement

Lifetime achievement

Rozanne Sparks, a 26-year veteran of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the department this spring. Sparks was a professor of education, coordinated the School Counseling Program, and was the director of the Teacher Education Program. “This award is given to an individual who we believe deserves recognition...

SGA plans alumni reunion for 100th

During Homecoming, PSU Alumni and Constituent Relations and the Student Government Association will hold a reunion and celebration of the group’s 100th anniversary. Oct. 17 at Carnie Smith Stadium Yell Like Hell competition • Royalty crowning Oct. 18 Breakfast hosted by President Steve Scott and campus tours of the newest buildings Taste of Pittsburg •...
Pittsburg Divas pay it forward

Pittsburg Divas pay it forward

A group of seven KC residents who bill themselves as the Pittsburg Divas were students here 50 years ago, but they haven’t forgotten their alma mater. Each year for the past three years, these Gorillas pay it forward by giving a scholarship award to a student in honor of another PSU alumna, Dr. Inez Kaiser...
Real-world projects a win-win

Real-world projects a win-win

Kelce College of Business students are playing a big role in the success of two new downtown businesses. Students in Mary Kay Wachter’s marketing course worked with Davey Froman, owner of Miners + Monroe, on a comprehensive marketing plan for the mercantile store. The students also presented tips on how the store could create and...

PSU represented in prestigious photo competition

Graphics and Imaging Technologies student Audrey Dainty, Frontenac, Kansas, is still pinching herself: From a field of 601 images submitted by 103 photographers across the nation to a prestigious competition called PhotoSpiva, her photo— “Troubled Psyche” — was one of 88 chosen. Seven other images chosen also were from the GIT Department: three by students...
Students in Enactus and Kelce College of Business

Students in Enactus and Kelce College of Business

Leadership changes in COT and KPRC

Robert Frisbee, associate dean of the College of Technology, has been named interim dean. He replaces Tim Dawsey, who was named the new executive director for Advancement of Applied Science & Technology at PSU’s Tyler Research Center, home to the Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC). Dawsey came to PSU in 2013 as a senior research...

Hall of Fame

Lee Scott Jr., a 1971 business graduate, was inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame this summer in a ceremony in Manhattan, Kansas, marking a first for PSU. Scott grew up in Baxter Springs, Kansas, as the son of a gas station owner. He went on to become the president and CEO of Walmart...
Gorilla students win Viking axe competition

Gorilla students win Viking axe competition

Manufacturing Engineering Techonlogy students Michael Paddock, a senior from Clinton, Missouri, and Logan Roseberry, a junior from La Harpe, Kansas, won “Most Captivating Design” for their Viking axe in the national Cast in Steel competition. Their double-headed design included the splitface Gorilla on the handle. The mold for casting was done using the additive manufacturing...

High marks

The faculty and staff in the Kelce College of Business have earned two prestigious rankings this spring: No. 2 for the Most Affordable Online MBA program by College Consensus. One of the Top 10 Best Business Programs by The Knowledge Review — a publication designed to help students, particularly international students, find colleges that best...
Grads give back to Automotive Tech program in big way

Grads give back to Automotive Tech program in big way

Three of the first students to attend classes in the Kansas Technology Center had such a transformative experience, they reciprocated — and in a big way. Dallas Grothusen (’00), Kelly Burgess (’01), and Ted Polzer (‘02), went on to become leaders with CNH Industrial. In the spring, they returned to campus to help the Department...