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Arts & Sciences

A dream come true

World-renowned operatic tenor Robert Dean Smith (BS ‘80) grew up in the tiny town of Chetopa, Kansas, and  once dreamed of making music his career. Two degrees in music from PSU helped put him on the path.  In October, he returned home for two concerts with PSU students and faculty, one on campus in the Bicknell...
The business of art

The business of art

Art professor S. Portico Bowman does not believe in the starving artist mentality.   “When students leave our program, they will know how to make a living with their art,” said Bowman.    To back up that claim, Bowman teaches the Business of Art, a unique class that met last semester in The Foundry in the newly-opened Block22.   “We’ve...

Students create old-style radio show

Jason Knowles, a new assistant professor in the Department of Communication, is capturing the imagination of today’s audio production students — and their audiences — with an age-old technique: Foley sound effects to bring a radio story to life.  Their classroom: a stage with microphones. Their learning materials: random objects and a folding table.  Senior...
Life-sized learning

Life-sized learning

Kristy Hutchison, a 49-year-old Wichita junior, was inspired to pursue a degree in nursing after surviving breast cancer and the loss of a child and interacting with nurses who treated them both.  Her education in the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing was elevated last fall with the unveiling of an Anatomage, a 3D virtual dissection...
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...
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...