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Alumni News
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,...
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.
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...
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...
2015-16 Alumni Association Board of Directors

2015-16 Alumni Association Board of Directors

Front Row: DeAnn Hill, Amy Vinton, Jennifer Huff, Jan Allai, Billie Jo Drake, Dotty Willis, Dave Torbett, Dan Duling, Jon Bartlow.  Back Row: Nick Dellasega, Steve Zimmerman, Susan Cook, Kelly Peak, Garth Herrmann, Jeff Ney, Robyn Harrell, Christine Schremmer, Kevin Cofer
Faithful volunteers

Faithful volunteers

Pittsburg State singled out three alumni last spring for their volunteer service to the university. The Alumni Association presented its Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award to Jan Allai and Pete and Shirley Esch as part of PSU’s Apple Day celebration on March 5. The Alumni Association established the Distinguished Service Award in 1991 and...
Retired prof celebrates college football days

Retired prof celebrates college football days

At 89, retired PSU math professor and track coach Bryan Sperry showed he still has some good moves during the alumni scrimmage at the University of Kansas this past spring. Sperry, of Pittsburg, may be the only person to earn letters in football at both Kansas State University and the University of Kansas. Sperry was...
Four honored for achievement

Four honored for achievement

On April 10, the university honored four alumni for their professional and community activities with the 2015 Meritorious Achievement Award. “This year’s Meritorious Award recipients are great examples of the ways that Pittsburg State University’s more than 65,000 alumni distinguish themselves in their places of work and in their communities every day,” said Jon Bartlow,...