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College Close-up

Foundation’s $1 million pledge gives Kelce project momentum

A $1 million pledge by The Sunderland Foundation to the $18.5 million capital campaign to renovate and expand the building that houses the Kelce College of Business has given the project momentum. The Sunderland Foundation, started in 1945 by the president of the Ash Grove Cement Company in Overland Park, Kansas, has a long history...

Louisiana company invests in AMMT program

After a career day event on campus last year, Gator Millworks was so impressed with the quality of students in Architectural Manufacturing Management & Technology — previously Wood Tech — that they not only hired three as summer interns, they returned to campus last fall and donated $12,000 to the program. President and CEO Chad Foster said...

Kelce College of Business earns accreditation

Kelce College of Business faculty, staff, and students are celebrating their recent accreditation by the AACSB — the premier accreditation source by businesses and employers. This marks the 20th anniversary of the KCOB earning its first accreditation — a milestone that is unique to other institutions in the region. “This is verification that we have...
Student project serves individuals with special needs

Student project serves individuals with special needs

When Taya Leach graduates in May with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, she’ll be ready, and so will her resumé: she already has experience working with special populations of a variety of ages and ability levels, thanks to a field day event that she and her classmates put on each semester at the Robert W. Plaster Center....

Teachers of Promise

The College of Education recognized two December graduates as Teachers of Promise. Commerce, Okla., native Madison Freeman excelled in math in middle school. That inspired her to seek a degree teaching math, and now she’s back in an eighth-grade classroom — this time in Tahlequah, Okla., as a newly-graduated teacher. Freeman transferred to PSU from...
History comes alive

History comes alive

Students in the College of Education often are treated to living history lessons, illustrating for them best practices for their future classrooms. Debbie Restivo’s Elementary Social Studies classes, for example, hosted a visit from Dagmar Snodgrass, who grew up in Berlin, Germany, during and after World War II. She shared her experiences with the “Candy...

Distinguished Service awards

The College of Education chose Marcia Base, a special education teacher at Andover Middle School in Andover, Kan., as the 2018 Distinguished Service Teacher, and Derek Holmes, principal at Concordia Elementary School in Concordia, Kan., for the Distinguished Service Administrator award. They received their awards in December. Base (BSEd ’81, MSEd ’83) is a native...

College of Education earns national accreditation

The College of Education has received accreditation from the nationally-recognized Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation — one of only two universities in Kansas to do so. It’s based on rigorous standards developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs, and means students have received an education that prepares them to succeed in teaching in a diverse...
Ronald McDonald House gets a hand

Ronald McDonald House gets a hand

Electrical Technology students and Ronald McDonald House of the Four States are benefitting from a partnership with the help of alumnus Clint Myers, who with his dad, Chuck Reynolds, operates C&D Electric in Diamond, Mo. Myers (AAS ’11, BS ’17) said he believes in giving back, so he agreed to help instructor Ed Moore provide students...

National leaders

Two graduates from the School of Construction have risen to the top in their fields, and both returned to campus during the annual Construction Expo to share their expertise. “It’s a special year when two PSU Construction alumni take over leadership of two of our key regional trade associations with many members that routinely hire...
Competition with real-world impact

Competition with real-world impact

Large-scale natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes happen in very geographically diverse regions, but they all have one thing in common: They leave people displaced from homes. For the fifth year, a team of students in the PSU School of Construction and a team from PSU’s sister university in South Korea worked for a...
Boot camp

Boot camp

Students seeking a degree aren’t the only ones drawn to the College of Technology to learn. Industry professionals from around the world regularly seek out specialized courses there to boost their knowledge using state-of-the-art equipment and processes in hands-on programs that no other university offers. At Wood Tech Boot Camp, held each January and May,...