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Arts & Sciences
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...

Kansas discovery

Sam Pryer, who completed her graduate degree in May, identified 33 plants never before seen in Kansas as part of her master’s thesis, and 263 occurring for the first time in Crawford and Cherokee counties. In her adviser Neil Snow’s 35-plus years in botany, he knows of no similar thesis that documented as many records...
“You’re getting mentors who care”

“You’re getting mentors who care”

Biology major Zach Denton, inspired by sports injuries during high school to become an orthopedic surgeon, had no trouble getting accepted by University of Kansas Medical School. Fellow biology major Sierra Schupbach, who wants to become a primary care physician, had no trouble getting an offer from Oklahoma State University. And their classmates boasted a high acceptance rate, as well. That’s not uncommon...

Grant dollars = more nurses

The success of the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing in training quality health care professionals has been recognized at the federal level in the form of grant dollars totaling more than $2 million. The multi-year grants will support the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program through the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grant and the...

Inspired

An art class from Associate Professor Malcolm Kucharski inspired Alan Kirby (BGS ‘01) to start his own ceramics business. Two years ago, the creative bug struck again, and Kirby developed an interest in blade work, spawning a knife-making business. His talents were recognized by the History Channel’s series “Forged in Fire,” and in June, Kirby...
Eyecatching crosswalks

Eyecatching crosswalks

Thanks to a grant from SEK Art Fest, students in the Department of Art got hands-on experience creating outdoor murals and elementary students got bright, eye-catching crosswalks. The project, led by Art Chair James Oliver, added artwork to crosswalks at Pittsburg School District’s four elementary schools. University students designed the murals and did the prep...

Staying connected

When Ryan Amick was in high school, his dad, Mark, never missed one of his band concerts; they both lived in the same town. In fact, Mark recorded them for family at a distance. Now Mark lives in California, and Ryan is a music education major at PSU. But Mark is still able to listen...
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...