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From the Oval

PSU Offers Passport Help

Travelers now can receive assistance with passport applications and have their passport photos taken at the post office branch at Pittsburg State. Post Office Administrator Kevin Elrod asks that appointments be made at 620-235-4772. Elrod advised travelers applying for passports to allow four to six weeks for routine processing.

PSU Authors Honored

Thirty-five years ago, Axe Library held the first reception to publicly recognize PSU employees who have been published or who have developed creative works during the previous year, with authors, editors, composers, and artists among the honorees. It’s a tradition that has endured. In November, the 35th Annual University Authors Reception was held to celebrate...
Longtime university leader to retire

Longtime university leader to retire

Provost Lynette Olson, who also serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs, will retire in June 2019. She has served in that capacity since March 2010, after serving as Interim Provost for a year when former Academic Affairs Vice President Steve Scott was named the ninth president. “It represents a significant milestone for PSU and...

Westar Foundation contributes to Nature Reach

Nature Reach, based in the PSU Biology Department since 1985, got a recent boost with a grant award of $10,000 from Westar Energy Foundation. Nature Reach, the focus of which is a live animal collection, is committed to providing natural history and environmental education outreach programming to school and community groups. The annual budget for...
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.

Introductions: Kerri Hanson

Kerri Hanson has been named the new Coordinator of the Center for Student Accommodations, which provides support services to students with diagnosed learning disabilities, physical, or mental illnesses that substantially impair one or more major life activities. Hanson’s experience in such work is both academic and practical in nature. She graduated from PSU in 1998 with...

Introductions: Scott Donaldson

Scott Donaldson was named the new Director of Admissions. After a career in sales, he was inspired by his daughter to return to school to pursue his original dream and in 2008 earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary business education. In 2010, he earned a master’s degree in business education and became a business instructor at...

Introductions: Abigail Fern

Abigail Fern was named the new Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. Fern, who earned a bachelor’s degree in 1998 and is on track to complete a master’s degree in 2019, brings 19 years of experience in brand development; strategic, results-driven marketing communications; public relations; market research; customer service; and operations. Prior to coming to Pittsburg State,...

Events Calendar

Go to https://calendar.pittstate.edu, for the latest additions and changes to the calendar, as well as additional details about specific events.
University launches bike share program

University launches bike share program

Pittsburg State became the second entity in the state to offer VeoRide’s dockless pay-as-you-ride bike share system. In a launch event that coincided with an Earth Day celebration by the Students for Sustainability, the university unveiled 70 Pitt State-branded bicycles. The program is gaining traction across the nation. Faculty and staff members of the Sustainability,...