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College Close-up
Baja returns

Baja returns

For the second year in a row, Pittsburg State will host the Baja SAE Kansas competition. More than 100 teams from throughout the world are registered for the competition which will attract thousands of competitors and fans to PSU’s campus and community. “This will be the fourth time we’ve hosted the competition,” said Trent Lindbloom,...
An unparalleled experience

An unparalleled experience

“Student Perspectives,” a first-time event in the Bicknell Center Art Gallery last fall, gave photography students an unparalleled experience: the chance to exhibit their work in a prestigious space after having been judged by experts. Such an opportunity might not happen for many photographers until they become professional, noted their instructor, Rion Huffman, an assistant...

Grant targets mentoring

New teachers have few resources and survival strategies. This is especially true in Career and Technical Education, where high turnover rates are experienced. These teachers are often the lone teacher of their discipline in their district. A nearly $900,000 grant awarded to Greenbush – The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, aims to assist these CTE...
It’s a win-win

It’s a win-win

Five years ago, Justin Honey, associate professor in the School of Construction, approached Summit Homes with a request: Did they have an internship available for a bright, hard-working student who was a native of Kansas City and was looking for work experience? Shortly after, a recent PSU graduate joined the Summit team, and the relationship...
Distinguished service honorees

Distinguished service honorees

The College of Education chose Jason Walker, principal and athletic director at the middle school in Baxter Springs, Kansas, as the 2017 Distinguished Service Administrator, and Steve Davidson, math teacher and coach at the high school in Lakin, Kansas, as the 2017 Distinguished Service Teacher. Walker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from...

A triple win partnership

 A partnership between Pittsburg schools and PSU has proven again to be a triple win. More than 40 students and faculty from the College of Education, as well as the Department of Art, the College of Technology, and the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, staged family nights with hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering,...
Prestigious appointment

Prestigious appointment

Susan Knell, a longtime faculty member in the College of Education who has gained an international reputation in children’s literature, has been appointed to the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award Committee. The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international distinction given to authors and illustrators of children’s books and recognizes lifelong achievement. The committee...
Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

University Professor Becky Brannock of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, has been inducted into the Kansas School Counseling Hall of Fame. Brannock also serves as the director of PSU’s School Counseling Program, which prepares candidates for careers as professional school counselors in Pre-K-12 settings. Recipients are chosen by a committee consisting of school counselors,...
Education comes full circle

Education comes full circle

When Daniel Golden was a fifth grader, his teacher, Angela Abbott, wrote him a letter praising how much he had progressed as a student and his kind and cooperative nature. “If you ever need anything, I will always be here for you, Daniel,” wrote Abbott before placing it in a scrapbook that she carefully created...
Bank donates $300,000

Bank donates $300,000

A $300,000 pledge from Girard National Bank and its University Bank locations marked a milestone in the campaign to renovate and expand the Kelce College of Business.      A ceremonial check was presented last fall at Russ Hall, where some of the more than 30 PSU graduates and students who work at the bank...
Alumni inspire students

Alumni inspire students

Professors within the Kelce College of Business understand that sometimes, the best lessons aren’t found in a textbook. It’s why they consistently invite successful alumni back to campus to speak with students. “It’s important to allow students the opportunity to interact directly with those in the field,” said Lynn Murray, associate professor and chair of...
Dean shares economic expertise

Dean shares economic expertise

Paul Grimes, dean of Kelce College of Business, spent part of winter break in Jakarta, Indonesia, as part of an international effort by the Global Economic Education Alliance to develop financial literacy for poor and vulnerable youth. His group was training teachers how to teach those skills to those who desperately need it. “The idea...