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School of Nursing honored by U.S. Army

School of Nursing honored by U.S. Army

This spring, Army ROTC designated the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing as a Cadet Command Nursing Center of Excellence. Only a small number of nursing programs in the U.S. achieve Cadet Command Nursing Center of Excellence status, which is based both on academic excellence and the relationship between the nursing program and ROTC. PSU’s...

Group honors dedication to student health

For the past 27 years, Rita Girth has worked to keep students at Pittsburg State healthy. In recognition of that dedication, the Central College Health Association (CCHA) honored Girth with the Ruth Sarna Spirit of College Health award. “The award is special for a lot of reasons,” Girth said, “but it was even more meaningful...
Summit brings manufacturers from around the globe to PSU

Summit brings manufacturers from around the globe to PSU

After the manufacturers and business leaders from around the world and across the U.S. wrapped up the 2017 Global Manufacturing Summit with a tour of the Kansas Polymer Research Center, former Kansas Secretary of Commerce Antonio Soave said he hoped the participants have a new appreciation of the opportunities available in Southeast Kansas. “Once upon...
Top seniors

Top seniors

The 2017 Outstanding Seniors at Pittsburg State University practically grew up on campus. Katelyn Flood, of Weir, and Cody James Lindbloom, of Frontenac, received the university’s highest honors at the annual student leadership and awards banquet on April 28. Flood, a biology major, is the daughter of Timothy and Christine Flood of Weir. Lindbloom, a...
Romney emphasizes American goodness, laments political tone

Romney emphasizes American goodness, laments political tone

When Lee Scott established the speaker series that bears his name, he said he wanted to deepen the level of discourse and enrich the university experience by examining American life from the perspective of nationally prominent leaders and innovators. The series appears to be doing just that. Bill Clinton opened the series in 2015 with...

May named executive director of University Development

A familiar face is leading Pittsburg State University’s Office of University Development. Becky May, who served the past year as interim executive director, has been named executive director of University Development. “Becky is well known and respected by our donors,” said Kathleen Flannery, vice president for University Advancement. “She provided tremendous leadership over the past...
Taking the initiative – New unit boosts partnerships

Taking the initiative – New unit boosts partnerships

To better coordinate, implement and extend Pittsburg State University’s economic development activities and innovation strategies, the university has created a new unit called University Strategic Initiatives. The USI houses all aspects of Enterprise PSU (formerly the Center for Innovation and Business Development) and the Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC), as well as the university’s governmental...
High marks

High marks

Pittsburg State University has successfully undergone a major institutional review by its regional accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). HLC, one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, is responsible for accrediting post-secondary educational institutions throughout the Midwest and requires a major review of each member institution twice during...

Financial aid – Nursing school receives grant

Pittsburg State University’s Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing has been selected to receive a nearly $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The two-year grant, known as the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program, supports innovative academic-practice partnerships that prepare students to become primary care practitioners in rural and...

Growth, optimism in local economy

The Pittsburg area economy is strong and getting stronger. When Michael Davidsson began studying the local and regional economy more than four years ago, he saw signs of progress in the region. “The Pittsburg area has great potential for economic growth and development,” Davidsson said in early 2014. Davidsson, an assistant professor in Pittsburg State’s...

PSU signs $1M contract with Coca-Cola

Pittsburg State University has entered into a 10-year, $1 million contract with Coca-Cola. The agreement grants Coca-Cola campus-wide “pouring rights,” including fountain dispensers in retail settings, campus vending machines and distribution at all athletic events. In total, Coca-Cola’s contract will result in the university annually receiving more than $100,000 in income over the length of...

Student groups honored for peer education

PSU’s peer education groups Students for Violence Prevention and Gorillas in Your Midst were honored for their work with three awards at the NASPA-BACCHUS Initiatives Region IV-West conference. Caitlin Martin, the student coordinator for Students for Violence Prevention, was selected to receive the “Outstanding Student Award for Excellence” for her commitment to inclusivity, activism and...