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The life aquatic

The life aquatic

On a hot autumn day, graduate student Kali Boroughs didn’t mind getting a bit wet as she collected research samples from a creek near Galena, Kansas. She and classmate Joshua Holloway and a recent alumna, Alexandra King, stretched a...

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Opossums, armadillos, and bobcats — oh my!

Opossums, armadillos, and bobcats — oh my!

Some 30 miles north in wooded areas, motion-activated  trail cameras set out by biology major Caleb Durbin and Assistant Professor of Biology Christine Brodsky were capturing images of mammals.   By the end of the semester, they had...

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By Doing, Learn

By Doing, Learn

A visitor to Pittsburg State won’t find all of the classrooms in which students are learning on a campus map. Their classrooms also include Ozark streams.   A playground. A nature trail on the outskirts of town.  The educational approach...

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If you build it...

If you build it…

When he graduates in May, Brody Caster, a construction major from Douglas, Kansas, will already have a solid resumé: he served as project manager for a pavilion he and his classmates spent last semester building at Schlanger Park in...

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Tick busters

Tick busters

While most people spend their summers avoiding ticks, graduate student Leah Cuthill hopes to find them. She and Assistant Professor Anuradha   A tick study in local wildlife areas is giving students field and lab experience while providing scientists...

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In this issue...
Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

A desire by Tim Senecaut (BST ’89) to serve his nation began in childhood. Last fall, he was inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of nearly 29 years of service. He directs the Physical Plant’s Custodial, General, and Landscape Services; advises the Student Veterans Organization; and is a member of the Veterans Memorial Advisory...
Hood returns to campus to share expertise

Hood returns to campus to share expertise

It’s exciting when alumni return to campus to visit; it’s a bonus when they spend time in classrooms to pass on what they’ve learned and experienced. Major General Jay Hood (’75 BA Economics) did just that last fall.  Hood, a 2002 Meritorious Achievement Award recipient and an ROTC Hall of Fame member, has served in...
A family affair

A family affair

Luella Parks Jackson would be proud, says her granddaughter, Donna Jackson Campbell Brice: as a young widow and mother of six children, Jackson attended school to eighth grade, then worked in an ammunition plant and was a housemaid the remainder of her work life.  But at last count, at least seven of her grandchildren and...
Grandchildren establish endowed scholarship

Grandchildren establish endowed scholarship

Before the evolution of the college-age resident assistant, PSU typically employed “dorm moms” to watch over student residents. One, Margaret Scalet, was a retired grandmother who, in the 1960s, assisted and monitored students residing in Lakeside Dorm — a repurposed military barracks located near what is now Champions Plaza by University Lake — and later,...

On and off the field

Their sports are very different, but student athletes at Pittsburg State University have a lot in common. They’re driven. They know how to manage their time. They’re competitive in nearly every area of their lives. And they all call PSU a home away from home, with their teams, coaches, and faculty a second family.   They...
Wall of fame

Wall of fame

Alumni and athletics boosters Phil and John Minton donated a collection of framed NFL jerseys to the football program. The collection features signed jerseys of eight former players who were drafted or signed free agent contracts in the NFL. They are on display in the football locker room.  Head Coach Brian Wright said they represent...

Helping an industry shortage

When it comes to the ongoing shortage of qualified diesel technicians in the U.S., a recent donation of three 2015 International® WorkStar® trucks by Navistar to PSU’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment program might help.  The trucks are providing students with hands-on experience to prepare them to work in the on-highway truck industry.  “They will allow faculty...
Alumni create Women in Technology Scholarship

Alumni create Women in Technology Scholarship

A couple who met as students at PSU and credit it with their success have created an endowed Women in Technology Scholarship to honor two female family members.  “It means so much to both Dave and I to be able to invest in the future of PSU students and at the same time honor my...

Student signing

Four students in Electrical Technology don’t graduate until May, but by last October, they already had jobs.  Two key leaders from Interstates, a major company in the electrical construction industry, flew to Pittsburg for the kind of signing ceremony that is routinely conducted for athletes, but not usually seen in academics.  But PSU’s program, those...
Unique study opportunity

Unique study opportunity

Nine students majoring in Plastics Engineering Technology took their learning experience out of the classroom — way out of the classroom, over the Atlantic Ocean, and into Europe!  The trip was made possible with a grant from the PSU Professors Beyond the Classroom program, funded by the Student Government Association, with additional sponsorship from Study...
Happy 50th, Plastics Engineering Technology

Happy 50th, Plastics Engineering Technology

Fifty years ago, the PSU Plastics Engineering Technology program was in its infancy, charting a path to become recognized as a national model.   Today, its graduates are sought after by industry leaders, and the program is playing a pivotal role in the local economy.  City leaders, alumni, faculty and staff, and industry representatives gathered at...
“Fuel Up to Play 60!”

“Fuel Up to Play 60!”

Gorilla tight end Kyler Ray had the chance to see things from a different perspective on the field last fall when he, along with classmates in the Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department, got to do some coaching at Carnie Smith Stadium.  He and his fellow physical education majors oversaw several simultaneous flag football games...