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Students invest in community by opening own business

Students invest in community by opening own business

Brittan Brenner is a through-and-through Wichitonian, having grown up there. But she considers Pittsburg “home.”

“Just the way this community has invested in me, I can’t think of any place I’d rather go and be a young professional,” she...

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Block22 eateries Gorillas in the kitchen!

Block22 eateries Gorillas in the kitchen!

Three new restaurants will open this fall in Downtown Pittsburg as part of the innovative, historic Block22 project. And at the heart of each of them are Pittsburg State alumni.

The new restaurants are expected to open in October...

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From the Midwest to the Middle East

From the Midwest to the Middle East

When Courtney Blankenship was around nine years old, she discovered she had a passion for learning about Egypt and North Africa.

Following graduation in May, that childhood passion is becoming her full-time focus for the next two years: following...

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Outstanding seniors

Outstanding seniors

Nick Bartelli and Kolleen Gladden have a lot in common. He founded Pittsburg State’s first Christian fraternity, and she founded the first Christian sorority. They both were active as leaders in Student Government Association and community service.

Both...

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Making a difference

Making a difference

DePrice Taylor is a name familiar to fans of Pittsburg State University women’s basketball. The Detroit native was one of the first players former head coach Lane Lord brought with him in 2008 from Barton County Community College after...

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Baja: impacting generations of students

Baja: impacting generations of students

Trent Lindbloom can never guarantee how the Pittsburg State University Baja team will place in the Kansas SAE Baja, even when PSU hosts it, as it has four times since 2011.

But there is one thing of which he...

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In this issue...

National leaders

Two graduates from the School of Construction have risen to the top in their fields, and both returned to campus during the annual Construction Expo to share their expertise. “It’s a special year when two PSU Construction alumni take over leadership of two of our key regional trade associations with many members that routinely hire...
Competition with real-world impact

Competition with real-world impact

Large-scale natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes happen in very geographically diverse regions, but they all have one thing in common: They leave people displaced from homes. For the fifth year, a team of students in the PSU School of Construction and a team from PSU’s sister university in South Korea worked for a...
Boot camp

Boot camp

Students seeking a degree aren’t the only ones drawn to the College of Technology to learn. Industry professionals from around the world regularly seek out specialized courses there to boost their knowledge using state-of-the-art equipment and processes in hands-on programs that no other university offers. At Wood Tech Boot Camp, held each January and May,...
Plastics students land prestigious internships

Plastics students land prestigious internships

When Lexington Peterson took a tour of the Kansas Technology Center at Pittsburg State as a high school senior, Assistant Professor Jeanne Norton handed her a plastic water bottle and sealed the deal on her future career field: Plastics Engineering Technology. Attracted to the 100 percent placement rate, she knew she wouldn’t have to worry...

PSU grad crowned Mrs. United States

Three-time Pittsburg State graduate Samantha Reinecke was crowned Mrs. United States this summer in Orlando, Florida — a surreal experience she found  hard to describe. Reinecke, a native of Chanute, Kansas, earned her bachelor’s degree in education in 2007 and was hired to teach English at Chanute High School. She was crowned Mrs. Kansas in 2010...
Teachers of Promise

Teachers of Promise

The College of Education recognized two promising new teachers for their achievements with the Delta Kappa Gamma/Lyla Vaughn Award: Leslie Harris, who never imagined becoming a teacher until she became a parent, and Erica Hamm-Clark, a first-generation college graduate. Both said the College of Education provided them with welcoming faculty and a wealth of hands-on...
Partnership a win-win in tech literacy

Partnership a win-win in tech literacy

Students from local elementary schools and from Pittsburg State have been learning together, thanks to a minor in technological literacy. The degree program, started in Fall 2015, is a joint effort between the College of Education and the College of Technology. Several days each semester, classes of youngsters fan out in the Technology Learning Center...
Outstanding educators

Outstanding educators

Each spring, the College of Education recognizes one outstanding elementary and secondary teacher who have distinguished themselves within their first seven years of service and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to education. Hope Lickteig, a third-grade teacher at Central Heights Elementary School in Richmond, Kansas, is the recipient of the Outstanding Elementary Educator...
KCOB transformation moving forward

KCOB transformation moving forward

Architectural plans for the renovation of the Kelce College of Business are 90 percent complete. This spring, Lawrence-based architectural firm Clark Huesmann delivered plans that will transform the mid-20th Century facility into one that meets the needs of the 21st Century business student. “The process Clark Huessmann used to develop these plans was impressive,” said...
MBA students get hands-on experience

MBA students get hands-on experience

Kelce College of Business MBA students are putting business theory into practice thanks to the efforts of alumna Dr. Mindi Garner. Garner, a board-certified physician and 2017 Pitt State MBA graduate, is partnering with the KCOB to select students to manage the business operations of her recently acquired Merle Norman Cosmetics franchise retail store in...

New online MBA for business professionals

The Kelce College of Business is expanding the reach of one of its most popular programs thanks to a new agreement with online education service provider, Academic Partnerships. The new program will allow students to earn their MBA completely online in as little as 12 months. The structure differs from the university’s traditional MBA, in...
Enactus success makes a global impact

Enactus success makes a global impact

Pittsburg State’s Enactus team rode momentum of one of its most ambitious public service projects to an appearance at the Enactus national competition in Kansas City, Missouri. This year’s team developed partnerships with area schools to provide support for school children, helped the City of Pittsburg open an overnight homeless shelter to protect lives during...