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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...
Outstanding Alumni for 2018

Outstanding Alumni for 2018

A world traveling emergency response director, a special agent for the U.S. Government, and the president of two global manufacturing firms were honored at Homecoming with the 2018 Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award, named for longtime Director of Alumni Relations Ken Bateman. After earning her degree, Maggie Fleming (BA ’01) began traveling the world...

Longtime educator named president

Alumnus Glenn Coltharp was named president of Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. He’s spent the 37 years as an educator after earning three degrees from PSU — his bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist. His career has included teaching kindergarten, second, and fourth grades, serving as a principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent, and as vice president of...

Vet honored in parade

One of PSU’s oldest graduates and Meritorious Achievement Award winner, 100-year-old Lt. Richard Schiefelbusch (BSED ’40), was honored as the Grand Marshal of the Lawrence Veterans Day Parade. Two PSU graduates — Lindsay Hothan Quall (’09 BSEd) and Bret Hothan (’09 BSEd) — carried the banner announcing him and wore their letter jackets. During WWII,...

(Ret.) Lt. Col. Kenny J. Kunstel

(’65 BS, ’67 MS) was inducted into the PSU ROTC Hall of Fame during halftime of the military appreciation-themed football game on Nov. 3. An aviator during Vietnam, he went on to become an Army officer with more than two decades of experience in infantry, armor, aviation, research and development, and program management, and worked...
GIT graduate scores logo design with NFL

GIT graduate scores logo design with NFL

Crista Cunningham (BST ’14) didn’t grow up a huge football fan but now roots for the Cincinnati Bengals, and with good reason: her logo is worn by the Special Teams Squad. She uses her major — graphic communications, with an emphasis in graphic design and a minor in commercial art — daily in her job at Pitsco...

Where in the World is Gus?

 
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...
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...