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Arts & Sciences

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...
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...
Donors complete rehearsal hall

Donors complete rehearsal hall

Now, students in the PSU Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, University Choirs, and the SEK Symphony Orchestra sound just as good rehearsing backstage as they do performing on stage. Donors contributed $1 million to complete a rehearsal hall in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts for daily use by instrumental and...

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...
Biology students gain field experience trapping bats

Biology students gain field experience trapping bats

It has all the makings of a would-be Halloween movie: bats fly out of storm tunnels starting at sundown. Clouds move in front of the moon. The bats flutter this way and that, their numbers increasing as the hour grows late. But for students in Andrew George’s biology classes, the scene has all the makings of...
Stahl earns fifth degree

Stahl earns fifth degree

Tracy Stahl first started college at Pittsburg State University in 1985 as a bright-eyed, energetic freshman majoring in Marketing. But she wasn’t meant for that. After completing her bachelor’s in 1989, followed by her MBA in Business Administration in 1990, she changed paths to pursue something completely different: a nursing degree. Inspired by a nurse who...
Homework: help others

Homework: help others

Students in Kristen Humphrey’s social work classes and Alicia Mason’s communication classes have unusual homework assignments each semester: to positively impact the community. In Humphrey’s classes, students start by identifying a “problem,” then propose a project to address some aspect of the problem or benefit a specific population, develop a budget, create a flyer, craft...