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Profiles
Battling foodborne illness

Battling foodborne illness

A group of PSU researchers has developed a process that may one day make a night out at your favorite restaurant, a trip to the grocery store or turning on the tap in a developing nation a much safer experience.   Research detectives Tuhina Banerjee, a chemist in the Department of Chemistry, along with Assistant...
‘It’s alive!’ Theatre retells iconic horror story

‘It’s alive!’ Theatre retells iconic horror story

Special Effects Make-Up Artist Brandi Graber says she loved watching scary movies when she was little, so it was a two-hour labor of love when she transformed Stephen Reida from a friendly PSU junior into the iconic creature from Mary Shelley’s novel, “Frankenstein.” PSU Theatre’s October production of the Victor Gialanella play, based on Shelley’s...

Freshman Experience – Kylie DeClue

Academics. Arts. Athletics. Kylie DeClue was looking for a university that “had it all.” She found it just 90 minutes from home. As an accomplished cellist and softball player at Park Hill South High School, DeClue was looking for a university that strongly supported both the arts and athletics. “And when I made my first...
A Paraguayan journey

A Paraguayan journey

Alheli Aranda-Britez was just 17 when she arrived on the Pitt State campus five years ago from her home in Paraguay. It was frightening, exciting and sometimes confusing, all at the same time. Today, Aranda is a confident young woman who has just embarked on an exciting career and sometimes she marvels at how much...

Gift is more than a bike; it’s a legacy

When Joe Morris picked up his diploma in May, he also received the title to a 1963 FLH Duo-Glide Harley Davidson with a 74-inch, 1,200-cc engine. More than getting perhaps one of the coolest graduation gifts ever, Morris got a piece of his family legacy. Joe’s unique gift had its genesis when he was born....
PSU alum restores iconic Yosemite sign

PSU alum restores iconic Yosemite sign

Mark Switlik, BFA ’79 and originally from Parsons, Kan., is known for his big art, like the 43×41-foot Centennial Mural on PSU’s Mitchell Hall. Now he can add iconic and historic to the list of adjectives that describe his work. Recently, Switlik completed the restoration of a sign that many visitors to Yosemite National Park...

Gorillas gather in Texas

Meagan Swafford, assistant director of Pittsburg State’s Alumni and Constituent Relations office, wasn’t certain what to expect when they put out the word about hosting an alumni event at the Fort Worth Zoo. “We’d never held an event in Fort Worth,” she said. “And summers in Texas can be pretty hot. But we knew our...
In love with Gus

In love with Gus

Only Gorilla Nation can truly understand how much we love our adorable mascot, Gus. So while it may have surprised the rest of the world, it made perfect sense to us when PSU alumni and friends embraced an online contest to name a new baby gorilla at the Fort Worth Zoo. Earlier this year, the...
Student honored for life-saving donation

Student honored for life-saving donation

When Britta Hess registered as a bone marrow donor in 2014, she did it to help a friend of a friend. “A girl at my high school knew someone who needed a transplant, and she asked many of us if we would sign up as potential donors,” said Hess, a sophomore at PSU. “I registered...
A dream year

A dream year

If someone had given Garrett Appier advance notice of how his senior year at Pitt State would turn out, he wouldn’t have believed it. “This whole year was kind of a dream,” Appier said. “I could not have ever imagined it would turn out like this.” The Paola native ended his track and field career...
Our story in pictures

Our story in pictures

When Malcolm Turner retired from Pittsburg State in June, he left behind an office that spanned 275 acres. He also left what many at his going- away party referred to as a legacy: hundreds of thousands of images taken during the 30 years that he served as the university’s official photographer. His photos chronicled daily...
Performance is also a display of will, attitude

Performance is also a display of will, attitude

Stephanie Robinson was born with a cyst on her brain that affects the motor skills on the right side of her body. But don’t make the mistake of thinking of this energetic Pittsburg State freshman music major as someone with a disability. “I think of it as an opportunity,” Robinson said, flashing a contagious broad...