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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...
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...
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 •...

Pilot program

A new degree option was introduced last academic year as a pilot program by the College of Education. Beginning in the second semester of their freshman year, students may now complete the Elementary Education Unified program in which they earn both general and special education teaching licenses for grades K-6 simultaneously. The pilot program was...

Special recognition for alumni

Distinguished Service Award Longtime PSU supporter and community volunteer Joe Hart (BA ’59) was chosen as this year’s winner of the Dr. Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award, presented on Apple Day. “I was surprised and I’m very, very appreciative of it,” said Hart, a native of Richmond, Kansas, who came to PSU after serving...

Teacher scholarships

The College of Education has received a $539,281 grant from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to provide scholarships, mentoring, and laptops to 25 teachers from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, who are Hispanic and/or are teaching in districts with Hispanic populations ranging from 15 percent to greater than 50 percent. Participants will earn...

Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Seven individuals and one team – will be formally inducted into the Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame during halftime of the football game against Lincoln on Oct. 5. The class includes Kim (Erickson) Downey (1990-93), a multiple-time All-MIAA performer and record setting catcher in softball; Venessa (Lee) Nobles (2005-09), a three-time NCAA Division II national...

Global dyslexia initiative

Inspired by a former prison inmate who went on to become an Emmy-nominated actor, PSU’s Center for READing has joined the Dyslexia Awareness Foundation to implement a global dyslexia screening and remedial reading intervention initiative in schools, jails, prisons, and community centers. It’s designed to improve literacy for children, teens, adults, and incarcerated persons, and...
Wyrick named MIAA winner

Wyrick named MIAA winner

Redshirt junior track and field and football standout Levi Wyrick was named the MIAA Ken B. Jones Award winner as the conference’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Wyrick outscored four additional finalists — Fort Hays State wrestler Brandon Ball, Nebraska Kearney track and field athlete Jacob Bartling, Emporia State football player Landon Nault, and Lincoln...

College recognizes achievements

 
Player and coach share long friendship

Player and coach share long friendship

Last November in New Orleans, Ron Randleman walked onto the Tulane University stadium field just before kickoff to speak with Willie Fritz — the head coach of a team in need of a win. The two have a relationship that extends well beyond their four seasons together at Pittsburg State, where Randleman coached the Gorillas...