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Education
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...

New College of Education dean

James Truelove is the new dean of the College of Education. Truelove was previously the chair of the Department of Graduate Studies in Education at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. Truelove said he is excited about the opportunity to lead the college. “It is a true honor to serve as the next dean of...

First Principals’ Forum focuses on mental health

Although there have always been abundant opportunities for teachers interested in professional development, the same cannot be said for principals. It was with that in mind that the faculty in the Department of Teaching and Leadership in the College of Education began planning the first Kansas-Arkansas-Missouri-Oklahoma Principals’ Forum. “We worked with superintendents to identify principals...

Alumnus honored for teaching

In June, Jim Hogan (BSE ’70, MS ’78) was inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. Hogan taught high school industrial arts for 35 years, before retiring in 2005. But Hogan wasn’t recognized for the number of years he taught, it was for the lives he touched. “I just like being around kids,” Hogan...

New HHPR faculty teaches value of recreation

As an undergraduate student, Sarah Ball volunteered for a Special Olympics competition. It was an experience that not only moved her emotionally, it also helped set the stage for what was to become her life mission: using recreation to help those in need. “This passion led me to start thinking that I would like to...

Grant targets math and science education in rural schools

Karla Childs, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, and four faculty members at Emporia State University, are working with three Kansas school districts this year to improve math and science education in rural schools. Earlier this year, the team of educators received a $194,605 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to deepen...

Group honors professor for vision, advocacy

When Don Ward retired from Pittsburg State’s Department of Psychology and Counseling in December, he could look back at more than 40 years at PSU and a long list of honors and awards he has received. He didn’t know it then, but he had one more coming. In March, the American Counseling Association will honor...
Lessons beyond sport

Lessons beyond sport

Students in Laura Covert’s therapeutic recreation class learned a new sport this past fall, as well as some lessons about life. Jim Debus, a sight-impaired athlete, came to PSU to teach the students the Paralympic game Goalball and also some lessons about people who are blind or have other disabilities. Goalball was invented in 1946...