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College Close-up

High marks

The faculty and staff in the Kelce College of Business have earned two prestigious rankings this spring: No. 2 for the Most Affordable Online MBA program by College Consensus. One of the Top 10 Best Business Programs by The Knowledge Review — a publication designed to help students, particularly international students, find colleges that best...
Grads give back to Automotive Tech program in big way

Grads give back to Automotive Tech program in big way

Three of the first students to attend classes in the Kansas Technology Center had such a transformative experience, they reciprocated — and in a big way. Dallas Grothusen (’00), Kelly Burgess (’01), and Ted Polzer (‘02), went on to become leaders with CNH Industrial. In the spring, they returned to campus to help the Department...
Global partners

Global partners

Kelce College of Business Dean Paul Grimes and Associate Professor Sang-Heui Lee spent time in Korea over the summer working on recruiting and a partnership with Woosong University’s relatively new SolBridge International School of Business. “We are working on finalizing a 2+2 program that ultimately will enable Korean students to navigate back and forth between...

Dream research

When Megan Hyatt inquired about science research opportunities at PSU, her request was unique. “My goal since my freshman year at Labette County High School was to attend an Ivy League university like MIT and major in chemical engineering, but living in rural Kansas, there aren’t many opportunities to pursue that,” she said. “My junior...
In the doghouse

In the doghouse

PSU art students collaborated with fifth graders on a colorful project that positively impacted the community. Measurement, assembly, design, and execution were all part of the learning process for their own puppy palaces, which were auctioned and proceeds given to the Southeast Kansas Humane Society. “It’s cool to show kids that adults can do art...
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Coming home

World-renowned operatic tenor Robert Dean Smith, an alumnus of the Department of Music, will return to campus for a gala Homecoming performance. He’s earned accolades performing around the world — from Dresden, Germany, to the Metropolitan Opera, and on Oct. 17 will perform with the SEK Symphony of Pittsburg State University at the Bicknell Family...

New degree concentration

Family & Consumer Sciences will offer a new degree concentration option this fall for students interested in nutrition and wellness in a community setting — a growing career field thanks to a renewed focus nationally on public health, school nutrition, athletic and fitness programs, wellness and health promotion, and community programs. In fact, the demand...
Up on the roof

Up on the roof

Fish are living on the roof of Heckert-Wells. And those fish are growing plants. It’s a forward-thinking project by Students for Sustainability (S4S), Enactus, and the PSU Biology Department. S4S has gained a reputation for its recycling efforts, and its latest initiative, aquaponics, is one that’s trending: it’s the science behind sustainable food production. On...
Study abroad

Study abroad

PSU students don’t just learn on campus in classrooms. Each year, Gorillas enrolled in Study Abroad venture to countries like Belize, Scotland, Costa Rica, Iceland, and Spain. Among their many choices: medical mission trips, which provide those preparing for health-related careers the chance to learn hands-on clinical skills while serving patients who have had little...
Pedal power

Pedal power

Mitch Yeomans completed many hands-on projects during his time on campus. But one project in particular stood out, because it has the power to change lives. “It could have a real impact on people,” said Yeomans, of Kansas City, Missouri, who graduated in May. “It will give the elderly and disabled chances they wouldn’t otherwise...
Dual degrees

Dual degrees

Music Education major Chris Goddard’s students were not surprised at all to see him performing with his band, Zero2Panic, on the roof of a downtown business during Pittsburg ArtWalk last Spring. He’s just that non-traditional. And that includes his approach to higher education. Goddard, at age 32, earned two degrees in May: his bachelor’s in...