Giving Back

PSU students planning city-wide scavenger hunt for area high school students 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 — Area high school students have an opportunity for fun, food, and prizes thanks to the efforts of a Pittsburg State University student-led event planned for March 29 throughout Pittsburg.  The event, called SearchTheCity2.0, is a ...

Jock’s Nitch chosen for award 

Thursday, February 28, 2019 —   Minnesota native Phil Minton came to Pittsburg State in 1979 on a track and field scholarship, and his brother, John, followed not long after.   They would go on to build a successful business in Pittsburg that became ...

Joe Hart chosen for Distinguished Service Award

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 —   Longtime PSU supporter and community volunteer Joe Hart has been chosen as this year’s winner of the Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award, to be presented on Apple Day on Monday, March 4.   Hart will ...

SGA students to mentor area high school student leaders

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 —   The Pittsburg State University Student Government Association is planning a new event Friday for 200 students from area high schools: the PSU Student Leadership Conference.  Attendees will be coming from Joplin High School, ...

Senior project earns national recognition

Thursday, January 24, 2019 —   For students in the School of Construction, senior projects come with a bit of pressure: they’ll be seen (and used) by people throughout Pittsburg and beyond.  In any given year, that’s a win-win for many ...

Local business hosts unique fundraiser for Nature Reach 

Thursday, December 13, 2018 —     A local business and Block22 are collaborating to help a longtime program at Pittsburg State to raise funds.  From Monday, Dec. 17, through Saturday, Dec. 22, Sweet Designs Cakery, 311 N. Broadway, will ...

Students enrolled in new course use power of persuasion for positivity 

Thursday, November 29, 2018 —   Don’t be surprised if you see positivity popping up even more in Pittsburg soon.  Students enrolled in the newly-developed undergraduate course called Social Influence & Persuasion are applying ...

Elves in College of Technology create toys for children 

Monday, November 19, 2018 — The North Pole has temporarily relocated to the Kansas Technology Center, and about 15 elves came along.  This week, they were putting finishing touches on 96 wooden toys — gluing, sanding the edges, ensuring wheels moved ...

Therapeutic Recreation students serve special populations

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 —   When Taya Leach graduates in May with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, she’ll be ready, and so will her resumé.  The senior from Parsons, Kansas, already has experience working with special populations, ...

Electrical students learn field work during volunteer project at Ronald McDonald House

Thursday, November 08, 2018 — As 23 Pittsburg State University students wearing toolbelts and hardhats used the glow of their cellphones to work in darkened hallways this week, two things were happening.  The students, who came to ...

Social work students take on community service as class assignment

Thursday, November 01, 2018 — Students in Kristen Humphrey’s social work program have an unusual homework assignment:  To each carry out a project that positively impacts people in the community ...

Big Pink Volleyball Tournament benefits breast cancer foundation

Tuesday, October 02, 2018 — A unique volleyball tournament Saturday at Pittsburg State University’s Student Recreation Center raised $1,000 for Hope 4 You, the Joplin-based chapter of the Breast Cancer Foundation. Hope 4 You raises money to provide mammograms for ...

Louisiana company invests in PSU program 

Sunday, September 23, 2018 — Chad Foster never got to finish college. But he knows the value of the degrees that students earn in Pittsburg State’s Architectural Manufacturing Management & Technology program: He’s now the president and CEO of ...

Foundation’s $1 million pledge gives project momentum

Thursday, September 20, 2018 —   The Sunderland Foundation has pledged $1 million to the capital campaign underway to renovate and expand the building that houses the Kelce College of Business (KCOB) at Pittsburg State University, giving the project ...

Grant gives $50,000 for Crawford County scholarships

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 —   Students from Crawford County who attend Pittsburg State University will benefit from a $50,000 grant awarded to the PSU Foundation by the Pritchett Trust.  The trust, managed by BMO Trust and Custody Services under BMO Global ...

Nature Reach to celebrate World Wildlife Day locally

Friday, August 31, 2018 — Nature Reach Director Delia Lister will be celebrating World Wildlife Day on Tuesday, Sept. 4, in the most appropriate way she can think of: surrounded by critters large and small, as well as the humans who believe in the power those ...

Banquet, scholarship a lasting tribute to GIT student

Monday, April 23, 2018 — When Brittney Feuerborn set out to start the Crimson Creative Awards in 2016 as a senior in Graphics & Imaging Technologies, her goal was to celebrate the most creative minds at Pittsburg State.  This year, on ...

Community welcomes PSU grad home from military deployment

Thursday, March 22, 2018 — “I said to Michelle, ‘there’s not going to be, like, a lot of people waiting is there?’,” Josh said. “She said, ‘Well, my Mom might be there and maybe a ...

Bradley gifts $10,000 to Bradley School of Nursing

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 — Students at Pittsburg State Univeristy's Irene Ranson Bradley School of Nursing soon will see updated equipment in their simulation lab thanks to a gift from the son of the school's namesake. Dr. Fay Bradley, a retired physician and Pittsburg ...

Students spend break volunteering at center for elderly

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 — Two groups of PSU nursing students decided to spend their winter break in class - but not the usual kind of class. They earned credit for working as volunteers at PACE in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, ...

Happy Birthday, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts!

Thursday, December 07, 2017 — Director Joe Firman said that the "celebration" will include rehanging the fly system above the stage in the Lee & Linda Scott Performance Hall; business rarely slows down in one ...

Enactus partners with Communities in Schools to help local schools

Saturday, November 25, 2017 — For the first time, every school in the Pittsburg district now is served by Communities in Schools of Mid-America. It's a big undertaking, Southeast Kansas Operations Coordinator Alex McNay says.  He's thankful that Enactus, ...

PSU receives major gift to provide student scholarships

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 — Robert Lee Mays, a native of Burgess, Missouri, had established the Glenda Sanderson-Mays English Scholarship at PSU in memory of his wife just after her death in April 2013. At that ...

Communities In Schools thankful for support by PSU's Enactus

Monday, November 20, 2017 — He's thankful that Enactus, a student-run group at Pittsburg State University, stepped up to help.  "It's a great thing for everyone involved," McNay said. "It gives the university students the ...

Unique student project helps SEK Humane Society

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 — A unique project by the Pittsburg State University Graphic Arts Club began as a way for students to give back to the community: help the financially struggling SEK Humane Society ramp up pet adoptions and raise money. It wound up being yet ...

PSU Veterans Day ceremony set for Friday

Thursday, November 09, 2017 — Pittsburg State University has finalized plans for the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the PSU Veterans Memorial, to be held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 10. The event is presented as a civics lesson for local sixth graders and is open to the public. Cadet ...

Teacher, students bring forgotten museum back to life

Thursday, November 02, 2017 — A Pittsburg State history teacher and PSU students from sveral 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 ...

PSU grant means local, regional opportunity

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 — EnterprisePSU received the 2018 Leadership Transformation Grant from the Kansas Leadership Center. It was awarded to 40 organizations across Kansas to fund 40 spots in KLC’s core leadership programs in 2018. The 40 spots available are ...

Noted Nashville songwriter returns home to give back

Saturday, October 28, 2017 — And his world had just been turned upside down: He and his wife, Jennifer, were grappling with the birth of their daughter, Katherine, being born 16 weeks premature at Freeman Health System in Joplin.   The ...

Student discovers passion for polymers at Pittsburg State

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 — “I knew I liked to work with my hands and build things,” said McNay. “But I was completely blown away by everything we got to do. We designed and created our own race cars, and then raced them. To be able to go from ...

$500,000 gift to PSU to provide scholarships

Thursday, October 12, 2017 — It's the first such gift to be made in Kansas by the Peter and Veronica Give Back Program — the Kansas arm of entrepreneur Bob Carr's Give Something Back. Three additional gifts will be made today and next ...

$900,000 grant to benefit teachers across Kansas

Monday, October 02, 2017 — A nearly $900,000 grant awarded to Greenbush - The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center aims to help those teachers at public schools across Kansas by partnering with the Kansas Center for Career ...

Trip to see gorilla inspires donation to PSU

Saturday, September 30, 2017 — A trip to see a baby gorilla that fans of Pittsburg State helped name Gus inspired a painting now displayed on the PSU campus. Dan Spangler, a 1977 graduate, visited the Ft. Worth Zoo during a Gorilla Gathering ...

Bank donates $300,000 to Kelce College of Business

Thursday, September 21, 2017 — A ceremonial check was presented during an informal reception at Russ Hall, where some of the more than 30 Pittsburg State University graduates and students who work at the bank gathered for ...

Program connects executives with students

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 — Chris Medley, a 1980 graduate with a BBA in finance and economics, was the latest in the Executive on Campus program.  Past executives on campus have included Chris Williford, who graduated from ...

Gorillas spearhead hurricane relief

Tuesday, September 05, 2017 — "Every cast I've worked with, I've told them, 'You can't expect the community to support the arts if you don't support the community'," she said.  Her casts collected goods for food pantries, donations for the Children's Advocacy Center ...

Recycling initiative on Move In Day takes coordinated effort

Friday, August 18, 2017 — Pittsburg State University Recycling Services, the on-campus Students for Sustainability group, and the Southeast Kansas Recycling Center will be collecting and salvaging recyclable materials that are discarded during the move-in process. It is a ...

Former White House official to speak at PSU

Friday, August 04, 2017 — The next featured speaker in Pittsburg State’s Women in Government Lecture Series is Tina Tchen, who served in various capacities under President Barack Obama. Tchen will discuss her White House experiences and more during a speech at 7 ...

Pittsburg State's Bradley School of Nursing awarded $1.4M grant

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 — The two year grant, known as the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program, supports innovative academic-practice partnerships that prepare students to become primary care practitioners in rural and underserved settings. The grant will ...

Specially trained nurses serve sexual assault victims and justice

Tuesday, June 06, 2017 — In her work, Wendy Overstreet sometimes sees the worst of humanity. Overstreet, the house supervisor at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, is a trained sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) and she admits that while all sexual assault cases are ...

Memorial Day observance May 29

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 — In conjunction with the national multi-year 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War, Veterans of the Vietnam War will receive special recognition at this year’s Memorial Day observance at the Pittsburg State University ...

Group plans outdoor fun for persons of all abilities

Monday, April 24, 2017 — Students majoring in therapeutic recreation at Pittsburg State University are planning some free outdoor fun and activities for persons of all abilities on Saturday, April 29. The TR-iffic Field Day will take place from 10 a.m. until noon on the ...

Cancer survivor leads marrow donor registry drive

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 — Considering she was seven months pregnant, Shannon McDonough didn’t think much of her constant fatigue. “When you’re that far along and working full time, it’s natural to be tired,” she said. ...

Gorillathon raises $11K for Children's Miracle Network

Monday, April 03, 2017 — “And things did not get off to a good start,” said Bicknell, a plastics engineering technology major. “The first semester was just challenging in so many ways. It wasn’t going well.” But just as ...

PSU partners with GCCC and Kansas Army National Guard

Monday, February 13, 2017 — The linkage provides for a path for students at GCCC to take the first two years of the Senior Reserve Officers Training Corps (SROTC) curriculum and then transfer to PSU to finish the final two years of the SROTC curriculum and receive a ...

Students donate hair to support American Cancer Society

Tuesday, February 07, 2017 — “If we had at least eight hair donations, we could make one wig to support a cancer patient,” said Huffaker, a nursing major.  They got that and then some. More than 80 donations were contributed during the hair drive ...

PSU alum leads The Lord's Diner

Monday, January 30, 2017 — When he decided to enroll at Pittsburg State University, Matt O’Malley knew he’d receive a quality education. He knew a degree from the Kelce College of Business would serve him well in his professional career. What he ...



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