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Features
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...
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...
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...
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...