We hope you enjoy this issue of the PittState Magazine as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. In this issue are some things we hope you will find fun and helpful. Read new issues every May and August.
A home away from home

A home away from home

Making a connection with the community.

when Cesar Sobrino Acuna arrived in Pittsburg from Paraguay in Fall 2012 to begin his degree in music performance, he was nervous.

Most international students are.

They travel thousands of miles. They face a...

Continue reading "A home away from home"

Back from the brink

Back from the brink

A Pittsburg State history teacher and PSU students from several departments have helped bring a forgotten museum back from the brink of being closed forever.

The Crawford County Historical Museum had for several years struggled financially, drew few visitors,...

Continue reading "Back from the brink"

Students design new local Airbnb

Students design new local Airbnb

Three seniors in Interior Design class will have an impressive portfolio when they graduate: they crafted plans for a real-world customer — a business in downtown Pittsburg that intends to use those plans to expand.

Signet Coffee Roasters plans...

Continue reading "Students design new local Airbnb"

Nursing grad credits professor with success

Nursing grad credits professor with success

The letter was sent informally — technically a message, sent via Facebook from a former student to a professor.

It meant the world to its recipient, who cried when she read it.

“Hi Amy,” it began. “I was just...

Continue reading "Nursing grad credits professor with success"

Have skates (and tuba) will travel

Have skates (and tuba) will travel

Doug Whitten is known to most as a music professor, director of the university’s renowned Pride of the Plains Marching Band, and one of the finest tuba players in the region.

But Whitten has a small secret. On certain...

Continue reading "Have skates (and tuba) will travel"

In this issue...
Prestigious appointment

Prestigious appointment

Susan Knell, a longtime faculty member in the College of Education who has gained an international reputation in children’s literature, has been appointed to the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award Committee. The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international distinction given to authors and illustrators of children’s books and recognizes lifelong achievement. The committee...
Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

University Professor Becky Brannock of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, has been inducted into the Kansas School Counseling Hall of Fame. Brannock also serves as the director of PSU’s School Counseling Program, which prepares candidates for careers as professional school counselors in Pre-K-12 settings. Recipients are chosen by a committee consisting of school counselors,...
Education comes full circle

Education comes full circle

When Daniel Golden was a fifth grader, his teacher, Angela Abbott, wrote him a letter praising how much he had progressed as a student and his kind and cooperative nature. “If you ever need anything, I will always be here for you, Daniel,” wrote Abbott before placing it in a scrapbook that she carefully created...
Bank donates $300,000

Bank donates $300,000

A $300,000 pledge from Girard National Bank and its University Bank locations marked a milestone in the campaign to renovate and expand the Kelce College of Business.      A ceremonial check was presented last fall at Russ Hall, where some of the more than 30 PSU graduates and students who work at the bank...
Alumni inspire students

Alumni inspire students

Professors within the Kelce College of Business understand that sometimes, the best lessons aren’t found in a textbook. It’s why they consistently invite successful alumni back to campus to speak with students. “It’s important to allow students the opportunity to interact directly with those in the field,” said Lynn Murray, associate professor and chair of...
Dean shares economic expertise

Dean shares economic expertise

Paul Grimes, dean of Kelce College of Business, spent part of winter break in Jakarta, Indonesia, as part of an international effort by the Global Economic Education Alliance to develop financial literacy for poor and vulnerable youth. His group was training teachers how to teach those skills to those who desperately need it. “The idea...
Enactus gives back

Enactus gives back

Once again, Enactus is giving back. The student-run group at PSU stepped up to help Communities in Schools of Mid-America with a project to address needs at Pittsburg’s elementary schools, middle school, and high school. “It’s a great thing for everyone involved,” said Coordinator Alex McNay. “It gives the university students the opportunity to be...
Concerts connect students, professionals, and composers

Concerts connect students, professionals, and composers

When Wyatt Smith enrolled as a student, he had no idea that while earning his music education degree, he’d get to play his trumpet alongside such greats as Doc Severinson of Tonight Show fame, or Dave Hickman, the leading trumpet pedagogue in the world, in Pittsburg, Kansas. It’s rare that student musicians get to rehearse...
A passion for polymers

A passion for polymers

Kevin McNay was introduced to the amazing world of polymers in a PSU summer camp, “Plastic is Fantastic,” in eighth grade. Five years later, he returned to PSU to attend one of the top collegiate polymer programs in the nation, where he had access to an industry-endorsed Plastics Engineering Technology program, a renowned Polymer Chemistry...

PSU’s broadcasting program

PSU’s broadcasting program drew national attention when students McKenzi Tims and Michaela Joines earned the College Broadcasters, Inc., 2017 Student Production Award for Best Documentary/Public Affairs. Their documentary, “Enabled: The Haven Shepherd Story,” delved into the life of a young woman from Carthage, Missouri, who lost both legs as an infant in Vietnam, yet went...
Students to benefit from planned giving

Students to benefit from planned giving

A scholarship fund established in 2013 by Robert Lee Mays in memory of his wife, Glenda, meant the world to Lindsey Viets, who earned her bachelor’s in education in May 2017. Now an English teacher, it helped her finish college in a financially stable position. Last fall, PSU received another gift from Mr. Mays, who...
Mentor extraordinaire

Mentor extraordinaire

Mallory Gibson, a junior in biology, wants to become a medical scientist. Ashleigh Elbert, a graduate student, hopes future generations will benefit from what she and classmates are researching. Both are among the many enrolled in PSU’s premedical program who look to Virginia Rider, a University Professor in the Department of Biology since 2000, as...