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The business of art

The business of art

Art professor S. Portico Bowman does not believe in the starving artist mentality.   “When students leave our program, they will know how to make a living with their art,” said Bowman.    To back up that claim, Bowman teaches the Business of Art, a unique class that met last semester in The Foundry in the newly-opened Block22.   “We’ve...

A dream come true

World-renowned operatic tenor Robert Dean Smith (BS ‘80) grew up in the tiny town of Chetopa, Kansas, and  once dreamed of making music his career. Two degrees in music from PSU helped put him on the path.  In October, he returned home for two concerts with PSU students and faculty, one on campus in the Bicknell...

Students create old-style radio show

Jason Knowles, a new assistant professor in the Department of Communication, is capturing the imagination of today’s audio production students — and their audiences — with an age-old technique: Foley sound effects to bring a radio story to life.  Their classroom: a stage with microphones. Their learning materials: random objects and a folding table.  Senior...
Bringing home the win

Bringing home the win

Five students were faced with the ultimate learning challenge last fall: create a web-based application that matches entrepreneurs willing to mentor new entrepreneurs. But they didn’t have a semester; they had one weekend.  They wound up doing well: they brought home a first-place trophy and bragging rights from Code-A-Thon 2019, a unique competition hosted by...
‘A sense of accomplishment’

‘A sense of accomplishment’

Melissa Payne’s mantra: “Don’t quit your senior year, kids.”  Payne, 50, became one of the newest alumni last year when she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. It took her 26 years to complete it.  “I have such a sense of accomplishment,” she said.  She wasted no time in returning to campus: she soon...
Unique study opportunity

Unique study opportunity

Nine students majoring in Plastics Engineering Technology took their learning experience out of the classroom — way out of the classroom, over the Atlantic Ocean, and into Europe!  The trip was made possible with a grant from the PSU Professors Beyond the Classroom program, funded by the Student Government Association, with additional sponsorship from Study...

Student signing

Four students in Electrical Technology don’t graduate until May, but by last October, they already had jobs.  Two key leaders from Interstates, a major company in the electrical construction industry, flew to Pittsburg for the kind of signing ceremony that is routinely conducted for athletes, but not usually seen in academics.  But PSU’s program, those...
Alumni create Women in Technology Scholarship

Alumni create Women in Technology Scholarship

A couple who met as students at PSU and credit it with their success have created an endowed Women in Technology Scholarship to honor two female family members.  “It means so much to both Dave and I to be able to invest in the future of PSU students and at the same time honor my...

Helping an industry shortage

When it comes to the ongoing shortage of qualified diesel technicians in the U.S., a recent donation of three 2015 International® WorkStar® trucks by Navistar to PSU’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment program might help.  The trucks are providing students with hands-on experience to prepare them to work in the on-highway truck industry.  “They will allow faculty...
Marketing majors receive scholarship

Marketing majors receive scholarship

Five marketing majors were awarded scholarships from the Harold and Muriel Berkman Charitable Foundation from a field of 900 applicants: Tanner Glenn, Kacy Kammerer, Christopher Wernimont, Allison Lucas, and Madeline Domnick.  “We’re very proud  of these students and grateful for the recognition and support they received. We predict great things from all of them. Their...

Calling all entrepreneurs

Kelce College of Business hosted a unique workshop last semester to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. It inspired plans to continue fostering entrepreneurship education through KCOB in May.  Called 3 Day Startup, it provided an extreme hands-on environment. Day 1 focused on brainstorming, preliminary pitches/feedback, and team selection modules. Day 2 emphasized business...

Award-winning

The College of Education chose Steve Lilly, superintendent of schools for USD 342 at McLouth, Kansas, as the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service Administrator Award, and Jimmika Lawson, instructional coach to classroom teachers at Silver City Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas, for the 2019 Distinguished Teacher Award.  Lilly (MS ’96) has worked in public education...