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Changing Lives - Study abroad trips teach life, humility.

Changing Lives – Study abroad trips teach life, humility.

Often, those Pitt State experiences that have the greatest impact on a student’s life take place far from the Oval. Senior Emily Allen said she thought she understood something about poverty until she went on a trip to Peru this spring...

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Student finds her passion and charts a new path

Student finds her passion and charts a new path

Many of us can point to a person or event that changed the direction of our lives. For Hannah Thomas, who graduated in May, it’s several people and two amazing experiences. It’s not the path Thomas expected to be on when...

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“Tail-End Charley”

“Tail-End Charley”

Gary Brown never thought of his father as an adventurous man. And why would he? Jim Brown was an English teacher who spent more than 30 years in classrooms sharing his love of the written word with students throughout Kansas. So...

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Capturing History

Capturing History

Statistically speaking, noted Ron Womble, he probably shouldn’t have wound up as one of the most revered storytellers in Pittsburg State University history. With a class of 30, his high school newspaper was published on a mimeograph machine. And Womble, a...

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Welcome to the future

Welcome to the future

These images give a glimpse of what the Kelce College of Business will look like upon completion of the college’s major renovation and expansion project. The “new” Kelce College of Business will feature an inviting facility that fosters students’ pursuit...

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In this issue...
RN to BSN degree now online

RN to BSN degree now online

In order to expand the RN to BSN program’s reach, Pittsburg State will, for the first time, begin offering it completely online. That’s a welcome change from the nursing degree’s current status as a hybrid program, according to Cheryl Giefer, Director of the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing. “As our population ages, the demand...

National honor society leadership

Two mathematics professors had an opportunity to reflect on history when they were elected to national offices with Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME), the national mathematics honor society. Leah Childers, an assistant professor, was elected to serve as president-elect for the organization. Cynthia Huffman, a University Professor, was elected historian and news editor of the KME’s...
Harpsichord and Steinway pianos making music together

Harpsichord and Steinway pianos making music together

When the decision was made to add a harpsichord to the Steinway pianos already in use in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, Susan Marchant, chair of the Department of Music, did some research. She eventually chose Craig Tomlinson, a harpsichord builder in Vancouver, British Columbia, to provide an instrument that could match the...
Immediate science success

Immediate science success

All seven of the students that graduated from the polymer chemistry program this spring went off to jobs with major companies or into highly regarded polymer chemistry Ph.D. programs. “Over the past few years, the Chemistry Department has more than doubled the number of students in its graduate programs in chemistry and polymer chemistry and...

Enactus project ranked best in U.S.

A project by Pittsburg State’s Enactus group was named best in the nation at this year’s Enactus United States National Exposition. The Pittsburg State Enactus Homeless Solutions project, which aims to raise money and awareness for the homeless population in Pittsburg, earned first place at national competition and earned the team a $7,500 grant. As...
Kelce, city partner on parking study

Kelce, city partner on parking study

Students in Pittsburg State’s MBA program are working with the City of Pittsburg to study parking needs in downtown Pittsburg. During the spring 2017 semester, undergraduate students in the Marketing Research course developed a survey for downtown merchants to assess parking concerns and needs. During the 2017 summer session, MBA students analyzed survey results and...

New insurance course

Pittsburg State’s Kelce College of Business is taking part in the new Kansas Insurance Certificate initiative by offering new insurance courses. The Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance course, which was offered in June, was the first course offered at PSU as part of the statewide effort to build a stronger labor pool for the...

New College of Education dean

James Truelove is the new dean of the College of Education. Truelove was previously the chair of the Department of Graduate Studies in Education at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. Truelove said he is excited about the opportunity to lead the college. “It is a true honor to serve as the next dean of...

First Principals’ Forum focuses on mental health

Although there have always been abundant opportunities for teachers interested in professional development, the same cannot be said for principals. It was with that in mind that the faculty in the Department of Teaching and Leadership in the College of Education began planning the first Kansas-Arkansas-Missouri-Oklahoma Principals’ Forum. “We worked with superintendents to identify principals...

Alumnus honored for teaching

In June, Jim Hogan (BSE ’70, MS ’78) was inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. Hogan taught high school industrial arts for 35 years, before retiring in 2005. But Hogan wasn’t recognized for the number of years he taught, it was for the lives he touched. “I just like being around kids,” Hogan...

New HHPR faculty teaches value of recreation

As an undergraduate student, Sarah Ball volunteered for a Special Olympics competition. It was an experience that not only moved her emotionally, it also helped set the stage for what was to become her life mission: using recreation to help those in need. “This passion led me to start thinking that I would like to...

New College of Technology dean

Bob Frisbee, who had served as chair of the Automotive Technology Department since 2012, is the college’s new associate dean. He succeeds Tim Thomas, who had served in that role on an interim basis since August 2016. The position of associate dean was created last year to provide further support to the dean and faculty....