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Arts & Sciences
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...
Professor helps students do research, publish

Professor helps students do research, publish

In the world of scientific research, publication in a respected scientific journal is the brass ring. It’s the place where seasoned researchers share their work and expose it to the scrutiny of some of the best minds in their fields. So it’s a pretty big deal when a student’s research – especially the work of...
PSU awards first Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees

PSU awards first Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees

In December, the university reached an important milestone when it conferred its first doctoral degrees on the 12 students who have complete PSU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. “It is such a gratifying feeling to finally see our first Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates!” said Cheryl Giefer, interim director of the Irene Ransom Bradley School...

Whitbeck leads national FCS organization

Duane Whitbeck, chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, was recently elected president of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). Whitbeck was sworn in as president of the organization at its national conference in Bellevue, Washington. The AAFCS represents a field that has evolved to represent many areas, including human...

Pomatto named dean

After serving as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since the early part of 2016, Mary Carol Pomatto has taken on that responsibility permanently. Provost Lynette Olson announced the appointment in October. “After consulting with College of Arts and Sciences leaders, who without exception affirmed Dr. Pomatto’s positive and steady leadership over...

Letner leads student publications

Josh Letner, a Pitt State graduate and former editor of The Collegio, is the university’s new director of student publications. Letner succeeds Gerard Attoun, who retired in 2016 after 16 years directing the publication of The Collegio and Kanza yearbook. Letner earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from PSU in 2009 and a master’s degree...