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Technology
Baja returns

Baja returns

For the second year in a row, Pittsburg State will host the Baja SAE Kansas competition. More than 100 teams from throughout the world are registered for the competition which will attract thousands of competitors and fans to PSU’s campus and community. “This will be the fourth time we’ve hosted the competition,” said Trent Lindbloom,...
An unparalleled experience

An unparalleled experience

“Student Perspectives,” a first-time event in the Bicknell Center Art Gallery last fall, gave photography students an unparalleled experience: the chance to exhibit their work in a prestigious space after having been judged by experts. Such an opportunity might not happen for many photographers until they become professional, noted their instructor, Rion Huffman, an assistant...

Grant targets mentoring

New teachers have few resources and survival strategies. This is especially true in Career and Technical Education, where high turnover rates are experienced. These teachers are often the lone teacher of their discipline in their district. A nearly $900,000 grant awarded to Greenbush – The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, aims to assist these CTE...
It’s a win-win

It’s a win-win

Five years ago, Justin Honey, associate professor in the School of Construction, approached Summit Homes with a request: Did they have an internship available for a bright, hard-working student who was a native of Kansas City and was looking for work experience? Shortly after, a recent PSU graduate joined the Summit team, and the relationship...

New College of Technology dean

Bob Frisbee, who had served as chair of the Automotive Technology Department since 2012, is the college’s new associate dean. He succeeds Tim Thomas, who had served in that role on an interim basis since August 2016. The position of associate dean was created last year to provide further support to the dean and faculty....
Tech seniors partner with Cessna on project

Tech seniors partner with Cessna on project

A senior project with Cessna gave a team of students a very real-world experience. Beginning in August of last year, six Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology students began working with Cessna to design and develop a new door-check fixture that would be used to check the curvature of the pre-fabricated door of a...

HRD program receives donation

This spring, George O’Brien donated nearly $800,000 to the university’s Human Resource Development (HRD) program, which was recently ranked as the fifth best in the nation. O’Brien said he was inspired to donate to the program after talking to longtime friend and now girlfriend, Judy Smetana. Smetana is an assistant professor in PSU’s Human Resource...

Packaging program among nation’s best

Pittsburg’s State packaging graphics program was recently recognized as being among the top in the nation. The Value Colleges website released its list of the top 20 packaging programs in the United States. Pitt State’s program is ranked number 16, behind large schools such as California Polytechnic State University, San Jose State University, Purdue University...
PSU-TEECA named nation’s Outstanding Chapter

PSU-TEECA named nation’s Outstanding Chapter

This spring, Pitt State’s chapter of the Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) group received the national Outstanding Chapter Award, a recognition given to just one university chapter nationwide. PSU-TEECA membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in technology and engineering education and technology programs. TEECA is for college students who are...
School of Construction honored by ACI

School of Construction honored by ACI

Pitt State is one of just 26 universities nationwide to receive an Excellent University Award from the American Concrete Institute (ACI). The ACI is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development and distribution of consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational and training programs. The Excellent University Award is given to programs that are highly...
Baja is back!

Baja is back!

President Steve Scott announces that the Baja SAE Kansas competition will return to the PSU campus in 2018. Scott made the announcement at the conclusion of a news conference that was called to share plans for the 2017 competition, which will be held at PSU May 25-28.
Students, alumni connect at Company Days

Students, alumni connect at Company Days

More than 200 companies participated in the 2016 Company Days event, which gives students the opportunity to network with professionals from across the country. Companies in attendance included national brands as well as local companies. For the students, Company Days is a rare opportunity to have hundreds of potential employers all together in one place....