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Features
It’s tailgating time!

It’s tailgating time!

The sky is clear blue, the crowd is dressed in red, the breeze is slight, and burgers and brats are cooking on grills… For Denise Grasso, it’s the perfect day in Gorilla Village just east of Carnie Smith Stadium. Grasso (BSEd ’77, MS ’82, EdS ’82), began tailgating here more than 20 years ago with...
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...
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...
Pedal power

Pedal power

Mitch Yeomans completed many hands-on projects during his time on campus. But one project in particular stood out, because it has the power to change lives. “It could have a real impact on people,” said Yeomans, of Kansas City, Missouri, who graduated in May. “It will give the elderly and disabled chances they wouldn’t otherwise...
Block22 Opens in Downtown Pittsburg

Block22 Opens in Downtown Pittsburg

    143 years ago, Frank Playter, John Sargent, E.R. Moffett, and E.H. Brown came to an agreement: they mapped out four, 40-acre sections stretching eight blocks north to south and eight blocks east to west on the prairie of Southeast Kansas. The four men shared a vision: a new city would prosper. Today, their intersection...
The Fortissimo Project

The Fortissimo Project

Long-distance musical friendship forged after chance encounter In a Brazilian town where some don’t have indoor plumbing, Arley Franca, a fireman and musician, talked his boss into allowing him to start an instrumental music program for children. Five thousand miles away at Pittsburg State, where faculty in the Music Department frequently collaborate with international musicians, University...
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...
Newly renovated lab making impact on students, recruitment

Newly renovated lab making impact on students, recruitment

Senior Carter Stohlberg transferred to Pittsburg State to pursue a degree in Technology & Engineering Education for a reason: the reputation of the program. He made the right choice, he said, after taking classes in the university’s newly-renovated and state-of-the-art Technology & Engineering Education Lab. The lab features a flexible presentation area with a large touch...
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...
There’s no place like home, to win your first National Championship

There’s no place like home, to win your first National Championship

Pittsburg State University’s Men’s Indoor Track & Field team earned its first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship this year in the friendly confines of the Robert W. Plaster Center. The national championship was part of a record-setting season for the men’s and women’s squads, which also earned MIAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, and set several...
Students invest in community by opening own business

Students invest in community by opening own business

Brittan Brenner is a through-and-through Wichitonian, having grown up there. But she considers Pittsburg “home.” “Just the way this community has invested in me, I can’t think of any place I’d rather go and be a young professional,” she said. So, the Pittsburg State senior in communication decided to stay put and open a business...
Block22 eateries Gorillas in the kitchen!

Block22 eateries Gorillas in the kitchen!

Three new restaurants will open this fall in Downtown Pittsburg as part of the innovative, historic Block22 project. And at the heart of each of them are Pittsburg State alumni. The new restaurants are expected to open in October or early November. Toast Heather and Roger Horton, owners of Sweet Designs Cakery in Downtown Pittsburg,...