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Alumni News
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 •...
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...

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...

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...
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...

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