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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,...
A Gorilla in Chiefs Kingdom

A Gorilla in Chiefs Kingdom

Preparation is key to Kendall Gammon’s success in the Chiefs’ broadcast booth It’s 2:58 p.m., on a Sunday afternoon in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s only minutes away from kickoff and Arrowhead Stadium, home to the Kansas City Chiefs, is packed with nearly 80,000 exuberant fans. Nearly 260 feet above the field, Kendall Gammon, color commentator...
From the Midwest to the Middle East

From the Midwest to the Middle East

When Courtney Blankenship was around nine years old, she discovered she had a passion for learning about Egypt and North Africa. Following graduation in May, that childhood passion is becoming her full-time focus for the next two years: following a trip to the Middle East, she’ll be headed to Morocco, where she’ll work as a...
Outstanding seniors

Outstanding seniors

Nick Bartelli and Kolleen Gladden have a lot in common. He founded Pittsburg State’s first Christian fraternity, and she founded the first Christian sorority. They both were active as leaders in Student Government Association and community service. Both excelled academically: Bartelli earned a degree in communication in three years with a 4.0 GPA, while Gladden...
Making a difference

Making a difference

DePrice Taylor is a name familiar to fans of Pittsburg State University women’s basketball. The Detroit native was one of the first players former head coach Lane Lord brought with him in 2008 from Barton County Community College after being tabbed to lead the Gorillas’ basketball program. “DePrice is probably the number one success story...
Baja: impacting generations of students

Baja: impacting generations of students

Trent Lindbloom can never guarantee how the Pittsburg State University Baja team will place in the Kansas SAE Baja, even when PSU hosts it, as it has four times since 2011. But there is one thing of which he is certain: “Our industry people will tell us they’ll hire Baja students over others,” Lindbloom said....
A home away from home

A home away from home

Making a connection with the community. when Cesar Sobrino Acuna arrived in Pittsburg from Paraguay in Fall 2012 to begin his degree in music performance, he was nervous. Most international students are. They travel thousands of miles. They face a language and cultural barrier. Add to that their preconceived notions about the U.S. “In a...
Back from the brink

Back from the brink

A Pittsburg State history teacher and PSU students from several departments have helped bring a forgotten museum back from the brink of being closed forever. The Crawford County Historical Museum had for several years struggled financially, drew few visitors, and had just one staff member who was not paid, with no volunteers and no board....
Students design new local Airbnb

Students design new local Airbnb

Three seniors in Interior Design class will have an impressive portfolio when they graduate: they crafted plans for a real-world customer — a business in downtown Pittsburg that intends to use those plans to expand. Signet Coffee Roasters plans to add an Airbnb above their newly-opened and completely renovated historic shop, but needed an interior...
Nursing grad credits professor with success

Nursing grad credits professor with success

The letter was sent informally — technically a message, sent via Facebook from a former student to a professor. It meant the world to its recipient, who cried when she read it. “Hi Amy,” it began. “I was just thinking back recently to my 16 years of education and found myself thinking to a time...