People and Society

Two brothers bring Baja full circle

Thursday, May 17, 2018 —   The Kansas SAE Baja Competition follows roughly the same schedule each year: teams arrive, prepare their cars, present to judges, and compete in endurance and technical events in front of cheering spectators.  But this year's ...

Baja provides unparalleled opportunity for students

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 — Trent Lindbloom can't guarantee how the Pittsburg State University Baja team will place in this week's Kansas SAE Baja — the fourth to be held at PSU since 2011 — but there is one thing of which he is ...

Mathematics student earns prestigious scholarship

Monday, May 14, 2018 — Pittsburg State mathematics graduate student Georgette Searan of Girard, Kansas, has been selected to receive a prestigious and highly competitive Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) ...

From the Midwest to the Middle East

Thursday, May 10, 2018 — When Courtney Blankenship was around nine years old, she discovered she had a passion for learning about Egypt and North Africa.   Following graduation this weekend from Pittsburg State University, that childhood passion will ...

Finding fulfillment with a second degree

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 — In her youth, Leslie Harris never imagined becoming a teacher.    "I really wasn't a 'kid person' until I had kids later on in life," she said.   This week, 37-year-old Harris will graduate with a ...

Family's first college graduate takes a second chance 

Tuesday, May 08, 2018 — When Erica Hamm-Clark graduated from Mound City High School, she immediately entered the workforce.  "I just didn't think college was an option for me either financially or academically," she said. "No one else in my ...

Teachers receive awards from College of Education

Monday, May 07, 2018 — 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 ...

University events attracting visitors and helping local economy

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 — And that’s after hosting more than 600 musicians last Saturday during the Kansas District Solo & Ensemble Festival.   “It’s an exciting but exhausting time of year,” said Marchant. ...

President Scott expresses frustration with state funding during Legislative Town Hall 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 — That was the message delivered to campus Monday during Pittsburg State’s Legislative Town Hall. Led by University President Steve Scott, Chief Strategy Officer Shawn Naccarato and Riley Scott, legislative liaison, the session provided ...

Student group plans, markets large-scale concert open to all 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 — Planned for 7 p.m. on April 26, Bananarama will include bands, bungee jumping, and surfing, among other things.   The Gorilla Activities Board, the student group responsible for planning, marketing, and ...

Hundreds of students to fan out across Pittsburg for Big Event

Thursday, April 12, 2018 — Now, in her senior year, she's rallying more than 600 fellow Pittsburg State students to take part in the Big Event on Saturday as part of a national initiative to make a difference at the grass-roots level.  "For me, it's personal," ...

Governor, officials to recognize national championship team

Friday, April 06, 2018 — The celebratory event will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at the Robert W. Plaster Center. The public is invited to attend.  Colyer will be joined by Sen. Richard Hilderbrand and Reps. Adam Lusker and ...

Balancing school and parenthood: first-time fair seeks to connect students with resources

Thursday, April 05, 2018 — Her classmate, Amy Gideon, a mother of two from Columbus, Kansas, also knows. She, too, commutes, balances a family life with a school life, and is paying for three college tuitions at once: Hers and her two ...

Great Gorilla Games planned for Tuesday

Friday, March 30, 2018 — The day-long event is one of the largest technology-related competitions in the region, pitting teams in competitions like designing and building an autonomous robot, mass producing miniature cars on an assembly line, and constructing ...

School of Construction gearing up for large expo 

Thursday, March 29, 2018 — It also serves as a vital link between a growing industry — construction — and prospective hires as young as high school.  The School of Construction Expo, now in its sixth year, is planned for April 3-4 at the ...

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 ...

Experimental fiction writer to read from her work 

Friday, March 16, 2018 — "I’m happy to have one coming to campus, especially one as talented as Aimee Parkison," said Chase Dearinger, assistant professor in Creative Writing at Pittsburg State.  The event is free, and is ...

Students, employers hope to make match at Career Day 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 — It's the Spring Career Day, where students will begin in earnest to seek the one thing, other than a diploma, that they came to Pittsburg State for: a job.  Pittsburg State Career Services hosts the annual ...

Leaders kick off 33rd Annual Community Campaign 

Friday, March 09, 2018 — The annual campaign began in 1985 with the incorporation of the PSU Foundation. But the partnership between the university and the community dates back to the turn of the 19th century.  "It was community and ...

Actress, cartoonist to visit campus Monday 

Friday, March 09, 2018 — Lee is sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Council, the Pittsburg State Art Department, and the Student Fee Council.  "I've been a personal fan of her work for 20 years," said Laura Washburn, interim ...

Exhibit features notable entertainers from Southeast Kansas

Friday, March 09, 2018 — A new exhibit in Special Collections at Leonard H. Axe Library, entitled “Southeast Kansans in Stage, Radio, and Film,” features six influential entertainers from this region: Carson ...

More than 70 bands performing in Pittsburg today

Friday, March 02, 2018 — Started in 1974 by Professor of Music Russell Jones with just 14 bands, the festival has evolved into what is believed to be the biggest one-day jazz festival in the Midwest, according to Professor of Music ...

Students share cultures through international event for community

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 — The long-running even provides a globe-trotting experience for students, faculty, staff, and the community. A variety of food samples from around the world can be enjoyed from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the ...

Dance Showcase planned for Monday

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 — Sponsored by the Minor in Dance program of study at Pittsburg State, the event is open to the public and free of charge.   "The purpose of the evening is to celebrate all aspects of dance, ...

Block22 apartments 80 percent full in less than two weeks

Monday, February 26, 2018 — But Feb. 14 wasn’t a normal day. Pearson and nearly 65 fellow Gorillas were up and in line early to pick out their rooms at Block22, a unique living-learning community in downtown Pittsburg that will feature apartment-style living for ...

Co-founder of Google Earth to speak at Pittsburg State

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 — He'll present his special lecture to campus and the community at 10 a.m. in the Overman Student Center.   McClendon, a former vice president of engineering at Google, built the teams and ...

Band directors, music teachers form group so they can perform 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 — "I walked into the conversation, said I would be happy to conduct and organize a group, and within 30 minutes we had a personnel roster built," Fuchs said.    They began contacting colleagues and peers and by late June, ...

TEDx speakers announced; ticket sales to begin soon

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 — TEDxPittsburgStateUniversity will be held on March 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Miller Theatre inside the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Tickets for the event, limited to 100 audience ...

Science Day to draw more than 700 students

Monday, February 19, 2018 — "They wanted to know what careers were available, and what degrees they should seek if they wanted those careers," she said.  For 40 years, Pittsburg State has been offering an event for high ...

Wood Tech Companies to visit campus in search of hires

Monday, February 19, 2018 — "There's an overwhelming demand for graduates," said Assistant Professor Charlie Phillips, who organizes the annual event.   When he was a student at Pittsburg State, one company came ...

Poet Kevin Rabas to Read at Pittsburg State University

Monday, February 19, 2018 — The event is free, and is sponsored by Pittsburg State's Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, the Student Fee Council, and the Kansas Humanities Council. A reception will follow.   Rabas, who as Poet ...

Districts, students hope to make a match

Friday, February 16, 2018 — "We're up to 100 districts from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, which is a big increase over last year when we had 83," said Mindy Cloninger, director of Career Services.    Braden ...

Students chosen to present research at Capitol

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 — Among them:  a student from Galena, Kansas, whose research in the Tar Creek Superfund site focuses on how the clean-up of the site has impacted animal and plant life. a student from Vinita, Oklahoma, whose research in ...

Pittsburg State livestreams first Virtual Town Hall

Friday, February 09, 2018 — The idea for the streamcast came from President Steve Scott, who wanted to ensure the campus community stayed informed on the latest legislative happenings and their impact. “We hold campus Legislative Town Hall meetings almost monthly ...

Pitt State seeking volunteers for 2018 Baja competition

Thursday, February 08, 2018 — Unlike past years, this year’s portal allows volunteers to self-select the areas in which they have an interest, ultimately helping organizers assign people to the tasks best suited to ...

Comic opera a "must see"

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 — "Everyone should see it once in their lifetime, and everyone should perform in it," he said.   Howle speaks from experience. He's performed in it six times, and this weekend will direct it for the second ...

Survivor of attempted suicide to share personal story

Tuesday, February 06, 2018 — But Hines survived. And on Wednesday, Feb. 7, he'll share his story on campus, with a presentation open to students from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student ...

Study shows Block22 will have ample parking

Tuesday, February 06, 2018 — With nearly 100 students living at Fourth and Broadway, Block22 would significantly transform the downtown district.     One question, though: where is everyone going to park?   “The ...

Ticket office busy with regional and national events

Friday, February 02, 2018 — As Director of Ticket Operations at Pittsburg State University, Minneman is on the front line when it comes to activities on campus, and right now, her calendar is full.  “These may be the two busiest months ...

Students' work is 'for the birds'

Thursday, January 25, 2018 — From the Ozarks to urban areas, their research, they say, is for the birds. In fact, the opportunity to study birds in unique ways is why the three chose PSU for their advanced degrees.  Student Katie McMurry, who earned her ...

University Housing launches Block22 web page, sets dates

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 — The answer: soon.   PSU's Office of University Housing recently launched the Block22 section of its web page, and in February, students will have their first chance to register for one of 99 student housing apartments within ...

Founders to perform on campus Friday

Monday, January 22, 2018 — With songs ranging from Appalachian-themed originals to Radiohead covers, to art songs using famous poetry, Founders reimagines the boundaries of musical styles.   Each musician has worked with acclaimed ...

Contest open to young builders

Thursday, January 18, 2018 — Partnering with the school for the 11th year is the National Association of Women in Construction Chapter No. 382.   Registration begins at noon the day of the event and is limited to the first 100 ...

Students spend break volunteering at center for elderly

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 — They earned credit for working as volunteers at PACE in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana.  PACE, or the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly, promotes the health, independence ...

Spirit Squad to compete at nationals

Thursday, January 11, 2018 — Football teams get 60. Basketball teams get 40. But for members of Pittsburg State University’s Spirit Squad, competition time isn’t measured in minutes — it’s measured in seconds: 150 seconds, to be ...

Students create interior design for local Airbnb

Thursday, January 11, 2018 — It was when the owners of Signet Coffee Roasters were discussing with Bertoncino, a customer, their plans to add an Airbnb above their newly-opened and completely renovated historic shop at 109 N. Broadway, that she jumped at the chance ...

Community welcomes students from around the world

Thursday, January 11, 2018 — After 21 hours of travel, Daeun Im of South Korea was among 21 people from six countries to touch down on an American Airlines flight and become the latest of 80 international students to enroll at Pittsburg State ...

Study Abroad open to students, public

Thursday, January 11, 2018 — Pittsburg State University helps students overcome this challenge by offering opportunities to travel abroad on a short-term basis through faculty-led study-abroad programs. “Traveling outside of the country, if even for a few days, ...

University mourns death of Joseph Grady Smoot‚

Monday, January 08, 2018 — The PSU vice president emeritus died Friday, Jan. 5, at Via Christi Village in Pittsburg. He was 85.  “Grady loved this university and this community,” said President Steve Scott. “But, ...

More than 500 earn degrees at Fall Commencement

Monday, December 18, 2017 — President Steve Scott also achieved a personal milestone: the 8 p.m. ceremony was his 50th Commencement over which to officiate.   In addressing the ...

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 ...

Mr. Peabody goes home for Christmas

Wednesday, December 06, 2017 — His owner, separated from him since before Thanksgiving, credits students, staff, and alumni of Pittsburg State University and the community of Pittsburg with finding him, caring for him, and ensuring his safe return.  The tale ...

Faculty member inducted into Hall of Fame

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 — Brannock also serves as the director of PSU's School Counseling Program, which which prepares candidates for careers as professional school counselors in Pre K-12 ...

PSU, City, Chamber renew economic development partnership

Thursday, November 30, 2017 — This week, the Pittsburg City Commission affirmed that the partnership is working, when it voted 5-0 to renew the contract for 2018. “We are incredibly grateful for the unanimous support from the Pittsburg City Commission,” ...

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 ...

Retailers prep for new generation of shoppers

Monday, November 20, 2017 — “Everybody wants to talk about Millennials,” said Eric Harris, professor of Management and Marketing at Pittsburg State University. “But the fact is that a lot of Millennials are now in their 30s, and having kids of ...

PSU, city seek restaurant for Block 22

Thursday, November 16, 2017 — Pittsburg State University and the City of Pittsburg are seeking restaurant industry professionals who want to be part of the exciting renaissance taking place in downtown Pittsburg. The new restaurant would be a key component of Block ...

Unique student project helps SEK Humane Society

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 — It wound up being yet another hands-on learning opportunity.  "The idea actually started last holiday break, when I read an article about a New York photographer doing pet portraits," said Andrea McConnaughey, an ...



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