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From the Oval
Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice

Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush Condoleezza Rice made remarks and participated in a Q&A with President Steve Scott last fall to an audience of more than 1,000.  Rice had a front seat at historical events such as the Berlin Wall coming down, Germany reunifying, and Sept. 11,...
Meet “Alexander”

Meet “Alexander”

  On Aug. 28, a hawk became a Gorilla, thanks in part to a PSU alumnus who is a pilot.  Alexander replaces Harriet, a 35-year-old Harris’s hawk who had represented PSU Nature Reach in hundreds of outreach programs since 1988; she died in January 2019.  Last summer, Director Delia Lister found a replacement, thanks to...

Pritchett Trust scholarships

The PSU Scholarship Committee awarded $50,000 in scholarships from the Pritchett Trust to 109 graduates of high schools in Crawford County, Kansas, last fall, to be used to further their education in the 2019-20 academic year.  “We appreciate the fact that these local students chose to stay home to get their education here, and we...
Latina-based sorority

Latina-based sorority

PSU became just the third university in the Midwest last fall to host a Latina-based sorority, Lambda Pi Upsilon Sorority, Latinas Poderosas Unidas, Inc.  The sorority was founded in 1992 at the State University of New York at Geneseo by six women to diversify collegiate offerings.  The first three members to be initiated were Nathalie Vasquez, a...

Program expansions

New in Fall 2020 will be the expansion of the University’s Gorilla Advantage program from its existing portions of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri, to include every county in those states. That expansion means students in those states will pay in-state tuition. “Gorilla Advantage has been the most successful tuition program in the history of Pittsburg...
Student employee of the year

Student employee of the year

At the 30th anniversary of a time-honored tradition, Kaylah Ailes was named the Student Employee of the Year. “Our 624 student employees play an important role here on campus – it would be a very different place in terms of a workforce if we didn’t have them,” said Mindy Cloninger, director of the Office of...
Outstanding seniors

Outstanding seniors

Long Xiao and Gretchen Reed were chosen from among the best and brightest graduating seniors to represent their class as Outstanding Senior Man and Outstanding Senior Woman. Reed, who earned two degrees — a bachelor’s in Management and Marketing and a bachelor’s in English-Professional Writing, with a minor in Spanish — is a native of...

Speaker series to feature Condoleezza Rice

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak on Oct. 3 as part of the H. Lee Scott Speaker Series: An Examination of American Life. The series, established in 2015, is designed to bring nationally prominent leaders and innovators to PSU. The series’ inaugural speaker was President Bill Clinton, followed by Massachusetts Governor Mitt...
Lasting impressions

Lasting impressions

Three faculty were recognized this year with the Dr. Robert K. Ratzlaff Outstanding Faculty Awards, created to recognize those faculty members who make lasting impressions on students. Eric Harris, an associate dean in the Kelce College of Business and a professor of marketing, is highly published in academic journals and well-respected for his research, but...
Registrar Debbie Greve

Registrar Debbie Greve

Registrar Debbie Greve, a two-time graduate of PSU (’97, ’98) who worked for PSU for 31 years, retired in May. She first worked in the PSU Admission Office from 1984 to 1998, then worked at other institutions before returning to her roots at PSU in 2002. During her career, she played an active role in...

Introductions

  Aaron Hurt was named director of International Programs and Studies. Hurt has served in International Programs and Services since 2007 in many roles — administrative specialist, admission coordinator, assistant director, and interim director — before being named director for International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admission. Beyond the formal tasks of ensuring international students can study...

Summer construction

This fall, Phase IV of renovations at Axe Library are expected to be complete. The project includes updating first floor finishes, ceilings, LED lighting, and space reconfiguration to meet the needs of 21st Century students and faculty based on a phased master plan. In previous phases, the university invested nearly $3 million to modernize the...