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Education

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...
Learning by serving

Learning by serving

Sometimes the most important lessons are taught from a book. And other times, students learn all they need to know from a simple smile. Students in Laura Covert’s Therapeutic Recreation for Older Adults course get a healthy amount of both. Once a week for six weeks this past fall, students visited Gran Villas Assisted Living...
Marching dream comes true

Marching dream comes true

Twins Blaze and Mia Perry love being in the Frontenac High School/Middle School marching band. They’ve made new friends and say that marching and performing gives them a sense of accomplishment. That’s especially true because Blaze and Mia are both blind. Music Teacher Linda (Sawyer) Evans (BME ’01, MS ’04, MME ‘12) said Blaze and...

Honored teachers give students advice

Nicolette Hastings, a special education teacher at Baxter Springs High School, said a second-grade teacher made a big difference in her life. “It was the first time in my life that I felt valued,” Hastings said. Hastings, the recipient of the College of Education’s fall 2016 Distinguished Service Award for teaching, spoke to students at...

Alum enters Teachers’ Hall of Fame

Dave Torbett is well known for having a humorous response to just about anything. He turned just a little serious, however, when reflecting on his recent selection to the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. “It’s a very humbling thing,” Torbett said this week. “There are many, many teachers who deserve it more than I.” A...

Grad’s dreams take her to Geneva

Katy Giffin dreams of having a global impact and taking the next step toward making that happen. Giffin, the daughter of Steven and Latisha Potter of Mindenmines, Mo., earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from PSU in May. This fall, Giffin and her husband, Michael, will move to Geneva, Switzerland, where Katy will begin a...