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Alumni News
Outstanding Alumni

Outstanding Alumni

During Homecoming week, four alumni were honored for their achievements with the 2019 Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award, named for Emeritus Director of Alumni Relations Kenneth K. Bateman.  After teaching middle school and starting his own company, Matt Frankenbery (BSEd ’94) joined the Pitsco, Inc., team in Pittsburg, Kansas, as a curriculum specialist. Now the company’s...
Grandchildren establish endowed scholarship

Grandchildren establish endowed scholarship

Before the evolution of the college-age resident assistant, PSU typically employed “dorm moms” to watch over student residents. One, Margaret Scalet, was a retired grandmother who, in the 1960s, assisted and monitored students residing in Lakeside Dorm — a repurposed military barracks located near what is now Champions Plaza by University Lake — and later,...
A family affair

A family affair

Luella Parks Jackson would be proud, says her granddaughter, Donna Jackson Campbell Brice: as a young widow and mother of six children, Jackson attended school to eighth grade, then worked in an ammunition plant and was a housemaid the remainder of her work life.  But at last count, at least seven of her grandchildren and...
Hood returns to campus to share expertise

Hood returns to campus to share expertise

It’s exciting when alumni return to campus to visit; it’s a bonus when they spend time in classrooms to pass on what they’ve learned and experienced. Major General Jay Hood (’75 BA Economics) did just that last fall.  Hood, a 2002 Meritorious Achievement Award recipient and an ROTC Hall of Fame member, has served in...
Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

A desire by Tim Senecaut (BST ’89) to serve his nation began in childhood. Last fall, he was inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of nearly 29 years of service. He directs the Physical Plant’s Custodial, General, and Landscape Services; advises the Student Veterans Organization; and is a member of the Veterans Memorial Advisory...
Pitts family chosen as 2019 Honorary Family

Pitts family chosen as 2019 Honorary Family

When senior Katy Pitts graduates in May with her nursing degree, it technically will be her second time across the stage; the first was when her mother, Kim Pitts, was pregnant and walking across the stage to receive her own degree.  Katy’s dad, David, also is a graduate. Her older sister, Haley, graduated in May...

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...
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...

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...
Overman celebrated as ardent lifelong Gorilla

Overman celebrated as ardent lifelong Gorilla

Jack Overman, perhaps Pittsburg State’s most ardent cheerleader, died on Dec. 8 at age 100, just months after celebrating his centennial birthday with fans of all ages in the student center that bears his name. Born Aug. 23, 1918, he was known by generations of students, staff, alumni, and community members as a passionate and...

Grad helps reactivate fraternity

Gamma Chi, the local chapter of the historically African American fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., has been reactivated at Pittsburg State University, thanks in part to the leadership of alumnus Damon Broadus (BA ‘91, MS ‘94). He clearly remembers the impact the last reactivation of the chapter had on his life; he was a...