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From the Oval

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...
Donors complete rehearsal hall

Donors complete rehearsal hall

Now, students in the PSU Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, University Choirs, and the SEK Symphony Orchestra sound just as good rehearsing backstage as they do performing on stage. Donors contributed $1 million to complete a rehearsal hall in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts for daily use by instrumental and...

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...
Soledad O’Brien visits campus

Soledad O’Brien visits campus

A noted broadcast journalist, news anchor, producer, and philanthropist spent time on campus in October as part of the Women in Government speaker series. Soledad O’Brien met with university student leaders for a panel discussion, met with student journalists, presented “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes, and In Our Lives,” in the Bicknell Family Center...
PSU Black Student Association reaches out

PSU Black Student Association reaches out

Omar Brantley, a member of the PSU Black Student Association and a sophomore from Bonner Springs, Kan., reads a book about diversity to third graders at George Nettels Elementary in Pittsburg. Brantley, along with other BSA members and PSU Hispanics of Today also led the students in hands-on activities to foster diversity awareness in recognition of...
New University Professors

New University Professors

Five veteran faculty members have achieved the rank of University Professor: Tim Bailey and Don Viney, both in History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences; Cheryl Giefer, Nursing; Casie Hermansson, English and Modern Languages; and Ananda Jayawardhana, Math. The rank, good for seven years, indicates they are outstanding contributors in their field of specialization.