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Where in the World is Gus

In Memory

Deaths are listed based on information received from families or reported in local newspapers. They are listed by graduation or attendance date.   Unknown Year Marcella L. (Kimmel) Page, Frontenac, Kan. Daryl J. Wilcox, Houston, Texas   1931 Ina M. (Bassett) Clagg, Lawrence, Kan.   1933 Dorothy J. (Ruble) Warren, Loudon, Tenn.   1935 Clyde...

Class Notes

Class of 1965 Dennis Swan (BFA) was promoted to rank of Grand Master, 9th Dan Black Belt, in the Korean martial art of Tae Kwon-Do. Grand Master is the highest ranking in Tae Kwon-Do, and Dennis is only the 13th individual ever to achieve this rank. Class of 1977 Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg (MA) was awarded...
Meritorious Achievement Award

Meritorious Achievement Award

Pittsburg State University Alumni Association selected Terry Clark, Ivan Crossland, Jr., John Roderique, and Laurel Brouse Rosenthal to receive the 2018 Meritorious Achievement Award, the university’s highest honor. Clark (MST ‘86) is plant manager of Cobalt Boats, in Neodesha, Kansas, a world-wide leader in manufacturing with more than 100 dealers. Previously, Clark was president of...
Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Award

In conjunction with Apple Day, three were recognized with the Dr. Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award by the Pittsburg State University Alumni Association. Dr. Richard Peterson, of Langdon Lane Animal Hospital, donated his services to PSU Nature Reach from its inception in 1985 until Fall 2017, when he retired and closed his practice. Without...
Smithsonian connection

Smithsonian connection

Getting hired as an intern by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art was a welcome surprise for PSU alumnus Ross Schartel and his former art professor, S. Portico Bowman: to her knowledge, he’s the first PSU graduate to work there. But an even bigger surprise awaited when he showed up for his first day of...
There’s no place like home, to win your first National Championship

There’s no place like home, to win your first National Championship

Pittsburg State University’s Men’s Indoor Track & Field team earned its first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship this year in the friendly confines of the Robert W. Plaster Center. The national championship was part of a record-setting season for the men’s and women’s squads, which also earned MIAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, and set several...

Silverback Fund gaining momentum

Pittsburg State’s newest athletic fundraising initiative, the Silverback Fund, is finding an audience with Gorilla fans and alumni. The Silverback Fund offers Gorilla supporters an avenue to easily contribute a one-time, monthly or annual donation to help fund scholarships for student-athletes. “Most people are surprised when I tell them that there isn’t a student-athlete at...

Gorilla Sports Network adds an affiliate

Pittsburg State fans have a new option when it comes to listening to Gorilla athletics. Broadcast partner My Town Media, has added a radio affiliate in Springfield, Missouri. Fans will be able to listen to Gorilla football on KRZD (107.9 FM, 1550 AM). “Springfield is an important market for us,” said Jim Johnson, Pittsburg State...

A dream come true

Amanda Davied has been named the new head coach for the Pittsburg State University women’s basketball program. The Farlington, Kansas native replaces her former mentor, Lane Lord, who accepted the head coaching position at NCAA Division I member, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. “I’m grateful for the confidence that President (Steve) Scott and (Athletic...
Memories on the mound

Memories on the mound

At a spring baseball game against Missouri Southern State University, there were two starting pitchers, rather than one, who took the mound. And both were in elementary school. Peyton and Bearett Vanderpool, brothers from Carl Junction, Missouri, each got to stand with the team during the National Anthem and throw a ceremonial first pitch, followed...

Fornelli named new coach

There’ll be a new manager in PSU’s baseball dugout in the Spring. Bob Fornelli was tabbed for the top position by Intercollegiate Athletics Director Jim Johnson following the departure of Tom Myers, who resigned to pursue interests outside of collegiate athletics. Fornelli brought 22 years of NCAA Division II experience to Pittsburg State, and came...