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Arts & Sciences
Concerts connect students, professionals, and composers

Concerts connect students, professionals, and composers

When Wyatt Smith enrolled as a student, he had no idea that while earning his music education degree, he’d get to play his trumpet alongside such greats as Doc Severinson of Tonight Show fame, or Dave Hickman, the leading trumpet pedagogue in the world, in Pittsburg, Kansas. It’s rare that student musicians get to rehearse...
A passion for polymers

A passion for polymers

Kevin McNay was introduced to the amazing world of polymers in a PSU summer camp, “Plastic is Fantastic,” in eighth grade. Five years later, he returned to PSU to attend one of the top collegiate polymer programs in the nation, where he had access to an industry-endorsed Plastics Engineering Technology program, a renowned Polymer Chemistry...

PSU’s broadcasting program

PSU’s broadcasting program drew national attention when students McKenzi Tims and Michaela Joines earned the College Broadcasters, Inc., 2017 Student Production Award for Best Documentary/Public Affairs. Their documentary, “Enabled: The Haven Shepherd Story,” delved into the life of a young woman from Carthage, Missouri, who lost both legs as an infant in Vietnam, yet went...
Students to benefit from planned giving

Students to benefit from planned giving

A scholarship fund established in 2013 by Robert Lee Mays in memory of his wife, Glenda, meant the world to Lindsey Viets, who earned her bachelor’s in education in May 2017. Now an English teacher, it helped her finish college in a financially stable position. Last fall, PSU received another gift from Mr. Mays, who...
Mentor extraordinaire

Mentor extraordinaire

Mallory Gibson, a junior in biology, wants to become a medical scientist. Ashleigh Elbert, a graduate student, hopes future generations will benefit from what she and classmates are researching. Both are among the many enrolled in PSU’s premedical program who look to Virginia Rider, a University Professor in the Department of Biology since 2000, as...
Honeywell collaboration

Honeywell collaboration

Officials from Pittsburg State and Honeywell signed an agreement this year that paves the way for expanded research opportunities, technology exchange and closer collaboration between the two entities. “What I’m most excited about is where we are going next,” PSU President Steve Scott said, noting that building partnerships is something PSU has done for a...
RN to BSN degree now online

RN to BSN degree now online

In order to expand the RN to BSN program’s reach, Pittsburg State will, for the first time, begin offering it completely online. That’s a welcome change from the nursing degree’s current status as a hybrid program, according to Cheryl Giefer, Director of the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing. “As our population ages, the demand...

National honor society leadership

Two mathematics professors had an opportunity to reflect on history when they were elected to national offices with Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME), the national mathematics honor society. Leah Childers, an assistant professor, was elected to serve as president-elect for the organization. Cynthia Huffman, a University Professor, was elected historian and news editor of the KME’s...
Harpsichord and Steinway pianos making music together

Harpsichord and Steinway pianos making music together

When the decision was made to add a harpsichord to the Steinway pianos already in use in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, Susan Marchant, chair of the Department of Music, did some research. She eventually chose Craig Tomlinson, a harpsichord builder in Vancouver, British Columbia, to provide an instrument that could match the...
Immediate science success

Immediate science success

All seven of the students that graduated from the polymer chemistry program this spring went off to jobs with major companies or into highly regarded polymer chemistry Ph.D. programs. “Over the past few years, the Chemistry Department has more than doubled the number of students in its graduate programs in chemistry and polymer chemistry and...

PSU, KCUMB renew partnership agreement

PSU and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB) have renewed their longstanding Partner Program agreement. The Partner Program is an articulation agreement between PSU and KCUMB that allows PSU biology majors to apply to the medical school in their sophomore year. Under the agreement, KCUMB reserves first-year seats for selected PSU students....

Prize honors former faculty member

The Midwest Quarterly has announced the establishment of a poetry prize in honor of longtime faculty member and Midwest Quarterly poetry editor Stephen Meats. Five hundred dollars will be awarded to the author of the best poem published in the four issues that make up each volume of the quarterly, beginning with the Fall of...