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Alumni News
Outstanding Alumni for 2017

Outstanding Alumni for 2017

A medical physicist, a military strategist, and a nanotechnology researcher were honored with the 2017 Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award during Homecoming activities in October. Jessica Freeman Clements (BS ’02) went on to earn a master’s degree in nuclear engineering sciences from the University of Florida in 2005. She’s now the Chief Physicist...

Johnson appointed to NCAA Management Council

Jim Johnson, director of Intercollegiate Athletics, has been selected as a Division II Management Council member representing the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. “The MIAA is fortunate that Jim, with his years of NCAA committee experience and governance leadership, will be representing our voice on important decisions.” The Management Council is charged with recommending administrative policy...

Scott receives national award

PSU alumnus H. Lee Scott, Jr. (BBA, ‘71), is a recipient of the 2018 Horatio Alger Award. For more than 70 years, the Horatio Alger Award has been annually bestowed upon admired leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversities, and who have remained committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities. Scott...
Alumni recruit fellow Gorillas

Alumni recruit fellow Gorillas

Whether it’s recruiting employees or recruiting future students, PSU alumni play an important role. At College of Technology’s Company Day last fall, Dustin Doherty, (‘16), welcomed current students with an eye toward finding positions for them. His company, Ward Kraft, was one of more than 200 companies that filled the Kansas Technology Center. Doherty credits...
Pittsburg State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2017-2018

Pittsburg State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2017-2018

Front row, left to right: Angie Saporito; Robyn Harrell, secretary; Ruth Duling; Catherine Linaweaver; Denise Grasso; Eric Wilkinson; Gretchen Bolander; Ben Burns; Amy Vinton, 2nd vice-president; PSU President, Steve Scott Back row: Jon Bartlow, executive director; Chris Schremmer, treasurer; Steve Zimmerman; Kelly Peak, president; Jeremy Hildebrand; Steve Pierce; Garth Herrmann, 1st vice-president; Avery Adair; Mark...

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,...