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From the Oval
High marks

High marks

When it comes to offering options to students also balancing work and families, Kelce College of Business was ranked among the best in the nation last year. Princeton Review ranked it at No. 3 on the list of Most Family Friendly Business Schools in the U.S and put the Kelce MBA program on the list...

Axe Library… looking good!

Students have a new reason to spend more time at Axe Library. The second phase of a multi-year improvement plan has been completed with the renovation of the third floor. The nearly $1 million upgrade has resulted in a space that encourages both collaboration and quiet study. New features include the addition of eight enclosed...
Art professor opens exhibit in NYC

Art professor opens exhibit in NYC

PSU art students have an advantage when it comes to learning the business side of art before graduating: their teacher, James Oliver, is also a working artist who brings his professional experiences into the classroom. Last fall, he staged a solo exhibition in the George Billis Gallery in New York City, where he also had...

Legacy lives on through trumpet donation

David Kuehn, an acclaimed musician and teacher, died earlier this year, but his memory lives on through a collection of vintage coronets and trumpets he entrusted to PSU Professor of Trumpet Todd Hastings shortly before he died. The instruments date from the late 1800s to the 1940s. The collection also includes Kuehn’s music library and...
A title of distinction

A title of distinction

Four veteran faculty members earned the distinction of “University Professor” last fall: Dr. Julie Allison, Psychology; Dr. Craig Fuchs, Honors College/Music; Dr. Mark Johnson, Technology and Workforce Learning; and Dr. Khamis Siam, Chemistry. The rank of University Professor indicates that an individual faculty member is recognized by their peers both on and off campus as...
Former White House staffer comes to campus

Former White House staffer comes to campus

Tina Tchen, the former Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, was the featured speaker in the Profiles of Women in Government Lecture Series in November, an event held at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts and attended by community members and students from across the region. The series was established in...
Trip to see gorilla inspires donation

Trip to see gorilla inspires donation

A trip to see a baby gorilla that fans of Pittsburg State helped to name Gus inspired a painting now displayed on the PSU campus. Dan Spangler, a 1977 graduate, visited the Ft. Worth Zoo during a Gorilla Gathering sponsored by the Office of Alumni & Constituent Relations. There, a world-class gorilla exhibit features a...

Introductions

Shama Ali has been named the new Director of International Programs and Services. Ali comes to PSU from Creighton University where she served as the Coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services since 2003. “We’re excited to bring someone with Shama’s international experience to Pittsburg State,” said Howard Smith, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management...
Transformational

Transformational

When Block22 opens in August 2018, four historic buildings at Fourth and Broadway will have been transformed into a unique living-learning community. Block22 will feature apartment-style housing for PSU students, a makerspace business incubator, Root Coffeehouse, professional offices, various dining options and more. While much of the design will feature modern and even some futuristic...

Small Crafter Licensing program launched

PSU is helping small crafters add Gorilla pride to their entrepreneurial spirit. The university has launched a new licensing program specifically geared to those crafters who want to sell homemade products that bear the university’s trademarked logos and wordmarks. “Our standard licensing program has thrived in recent years,” said Jenny Hellwig, director of Creative Services...

Historic fraternity returns

It’s been nearly 20 years since Alpha Phi Alpha, the nation’s first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, last had a recognized chapter at PSU. The fraternity will return to campus this spring thanks to a two-year effort by alumni and students. Jason Kegler, assistant vice president for Student Life, served as the...

Johnson appointed to NCAA Management Council

Jim Johnson, director of Intercollegiate Athletics, has been selected as a Division II Management Council member representing the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. “The MIAA is fortunate that Jim, with his years of NCAA committee experience and governance leadership, will be representing our voice on important decisions.” The Management Council is charged with recommending administrative policy...