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Opossums, armadillos, and bobcats — oh my!

Opossums, armadillos, and bobcats — oh my!

Some 30 miles north in wooded areas, motion-activated  trail cameras set out by biology major Caleb Durbin and Assistant Professor of Biology Christine Brodsky were capturing images of mammals.   By the end of the semester, they had photographic evidence of bobcats, deer, raccoons, gray and fox squirrels, opossums, eastern cottontail rabbits, mice, armadillos, coyotes, groundhogs,...
The life aquatic

The life aquatic

On a hot autumn day, graduate student Kali Boroughs didn’t mind getting a bit wet as she collected research samples from a creek near Galena, Kansas. She and classmate Joshua Holloway and a recent alumna, Alexandra King, stretched a seine across the water so that the current swept aquatic life into it.  Their purpose: to...

Next up

The ability of nursing students to learn by doing will be elevated when a 5,000-square foot simulation hospital is built adjacent to McPherson Hall, home to the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing.  Private donors initiated the $6 million project after learning of the need.  According to Kathleen Flannery, vice president for University Advancement and...
Tick busters

Tick busters

While most people spend their summers avoiding ticks, graduate student Leah Cuthill hopes to find them. She and Assistant Professor Anuradha   A tick study in local wildlife areas is giving students field and lab experience while providing scientists valuable data.  Ghosh have been collecting them as part of a four-year surveillance study and research project that could...
If you build it...

If you build it…

When he graduates in May, Brody Caster, a construction major from Douglas, Kansas, will already have a solid resumé: he served as project manager for a pavilion he and his classmates spent last semester building at Schlanger Park in Pittsburg.   “We developed the scope, created design concepts, and carried out the construction,” he said.   The client, the Parks...
Mr. Bean: coffee grounds to batteries         

Mr. Bean: coffee grounds to batteries       

A bag of coffee beans might seem like an unlikely educational tool. So might a small pile of coffee grounds derived from the beans. But at Pittsburg State University, where textbooks and Powerpoints are supplemented with things like trail cams,   fish seines, and cement trucks, it makes perfect sense.  Those coffee grounds that inspired Jonghyun Choi, a student from South Korea,...
KATHRYN WOLFE

KATHRYN WOLFE

Kathryn Wolfe had always known she wanted to be a physical therapist. What she couldn’t imagine is just where that profession would take her early in her career. Wolfe, who earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2014, moved to New York to pursue her doctorate in physical therapy from Long Island University. During...
SHANTANU DHAR

SHANTANU DHAR

When Shantanu Dhar spoke at Pittsburg State in November 2019, it was his first visit to campus in 25 years. The Mumbai, India, native had many stories and lessons to share. Dhar, who graduated in 1994 with a master’s of science in human resources development, has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the...

ABBY CLEVENGER

Not long after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Abby Clevenger and her husband Lane began talking about how they could help the Haitian people recover. The couple had a longstanding relationship with the Caribbean nation and cared deeply about the people there. Abby, who earned a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science in...
JACK JOHNSON

JACK JOHNSON

The Kansas Technology Center had just opened when Jack Johnson chose to be a Gorilla in the late 1990s. He was excited for the hands-on learning it provided. The Columbus, Kansas, native has put that education to good use since graduating in 1999 with degrees in both automotive and engineering technology. In 2009, Johnson led...
By Doing, Learn

By Doing, Learn

A visitor to Pittsburg State won’t find all of the classrooms in which students are learning on a campus map. Their classrooms also include Ozark streams.   A playground. A nature trail on the outskirts of town.  The educational approach can be summed up easily in three words: the university motto, “By Doing, Learn.”   It was the premise...
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...