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Alumni News

Two receive Meritorious Achievement Award

Marty Bicknell and Lemuel Sheppard are the 2017 recipients of Pittsburg State’s Meritorious Achievement Award, the university’s highest honor. Bicknell, a 1991 graduate, is the founder and chief executive officer of Mariner Wealth Advisors in Leawood, Kansas. Sheppard, a 1982 and 1983 graduate, is an award-winning musician. Bicknell and Sheppard were honored by the university...

On the road– Alumni office visits eight major cities

To connect with Gorillas in the Four-States region, the Pittsburg State Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations often hosts Gorilla Gatherings throughout the Midwest. “Our Gorilla Gatherings are a wonderful opportunity to meet and engage with PSU alumni all across our region,” said Jon Bartlow, director of Alumni and Constituent Relations. “It’s always fun to...
PSU honors two for service

PSU honors two for service

In conjunction with its 2017 Apple Day observance, Pittsburg State honored two alumni with its Dr. Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Awards. This year’s honorees were Al Brown, a senior technical service representative for household, industrial and chemical blow molding at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Homer Cole, a retired businessman, veteran...
These roots run deep

These roots run deep

In nominating her family, senior Hannah Pio noted that she will be the 23rd member of her family and the fourth generation to earn a Pitt State degree when she graduates this spring. “For as long as I can remember, my family has been Pitt State fans,” Pio wrote. “Their love and support for Pitt...
Romance blossoms on Family Day

Romance blossoms on Family Day

Family Day meant a little something more to PSU alumni Kell Smalley and Leah Flynn this year. Flynn thought she was at the gorilla statue in Champions Plaza to take a group picture with her former Pitt State volleyball teammates, but moments later, she received the surprise of a lifetime. After the photo was taken,...
Outstanding alumni return for Homecoming

Outstanding alumni return for Homecoming

The campus and community turned out to honor three outstanding alumni during Homecoming activities last October. Father Mike Simone, director of vocations and chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Kan.; John Lair, program director with New Hope Services and Special Olympics coach, of Pittsburg; and Holly Cranston, M.D., a physician in Pittsburg, received the...

Road trip!

Pitt State is taking a road trip to connect with alumni. Jon Bartlow, director of alumni and constituent relations, said his crew is packing a van for the “Great Gorilla Tour,” which will bring a little bit of PSU to the south and southeast. Beginning on May 15 in Austin and then San Antonio, Texas,...
Campus honors three with highest award

Campus honors three with highest award

As a busy day of touring the campus and meeting with students, faculty and alumni came to an end, each of Pitt State’s three Meritorious Achievement Award recipients for 2016 said they were humbled and honored to be recognized by their alma mater. This year’s award recipients are Ed McKechnie, Maureen Murphy and Kenneth Nance....
Palmer, Murnan honored for service

Palmer, Murnan honored for service

PSU honored two of its alumni for their volunteer service to the university as part of its Apple Day celebration on March 3. The Alumni Association presented its Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award to Shirley J. Palmer and Monica Hartong Murnan. Shirley Palmer (BS in elementary education 1965, MS in school administration 1971, EdS...

Two alumni named to U.S. Army ROTC Hall of Fame

Two Pittsburg State University alumni were selected for induction into the inaugural class of the U.S. Army ROTC National Hall of Fame. Ron Watts, BS 1956, and Jim AuBuchon, BS 1963, received their honors on June 10 in ceremonies at Fort Knox, Ky., commemorating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of ROTC. Watts, originally from...
1/2 Century Reunion

1/2 Century Reunion

One traditional part of every Half-Century Reunion is a class picture on the iconic marble steps of Russ Hall. Members of the PSU Class of 1966 reunited on May 5-6, 2016.
Proud of these Gorillas

Proud of these Gorillas

What do an NFL star, a community leader, a captain of business and a manager at one of the world’s most respected hospitals have in common? They’re all Gorillas and we couldn’t be prouder of them. PSU honored Ronnie Chang, Angela Robinson Markley, Brian Moorman and Timothy W. Puetz at Homecoming last fall with its...