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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...
The business of art

The business of art

Art professor S. Portico Bowman does not believe in the starving artist mentality.   “When students leave our program, they will know how to make a living with their art,” said Bowman.    To back up that claim, Bowman teaches the Business of Art, a unique class that met last semester in The Foundry in the newly-opened Block22.   “We’ve...

A dream come true

World-renowned operatic tenor Robert Dean Smith (BS ‘80) grew up in the tiny town of Chetopa, Kansas, and  once dreamed of making music his career. Two degrees in music from PSU helped put him on the path.  In October, he returned home for two concerts with PSU students and faculty, one on campus in the Bicknell...
“I fit in”

“I fit in”

When NaviT’ Hill blew the head gaskets in her Subaru Forester, she didn’t bat an eye. She rebuilt the engine herself. She also fixed some body damage on the car after hitting a stump, using Associate Professor John Thompson’s lab for the work.  “I’m super proud of it. It speaks to the amount of knowledge and...

Pritchett Trust scholarships

The PSU Scholarship Committee awarded $50,000 in scholarships from the Pritchett Trust to 109 graduates of high schools in Crawford County, Kansas, last fall, to be used to further their education in the 2019-20 academic year.  “We appreciate the fact that these local students chose to stay home to get their education here, and we...
Meet “Alexander”

Meet “Alexander”

  On Aug. 28, a hawk became a Gorilla, thanks in part to a PSU alumnus who is a pilot.  Alexander replaces Harriet, a 35-year-old Harris’s hawk who had represented PSU Nature Reach in hundreds of outreach programs since 1988; she died in January 2019.  Last summer, Director Delia Lister found a replacement, thanks to...
Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice

Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush Condoleezza Rice made remarks and participated in a Q&A with President Steve Scott last fall to an audience of more than 1,000.  Rice had a front seat at historical events such as the Berlin Wall coming down, Germany reunifying, and Sept. 11,...
‘A sense of accomplishment’

‘A sense of accomplishment’

Melissa Payne’s mantra: “Don’t quit your senior year, kids.”  Payne, 50, became one of the newest alumni last year when she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. It took her 26 years to complete it.  “I have such a sense of accomplishment,” she said.  She wasted no time in returning to campus: she soon...
Bringing home the win

Bringing home the win

Five students were faced with the ultimate learning challenge last fall: create a web-based application that matches entrepreneurs willing to mentor new entrepreneurs. But they didn’t have a semester; they had one weekend.  They wound up doing well: they brought home a first-place trophy and bragging rights from Code-A-Thon 2019, a unique competition hosted by...

Students create old-style radio show

Jason Knowles, a new assistant professor in the Department of Communication, is capturing the imagination of today’s audio production students — and their audiences — with an age-old technique: Foley sound effects to bring a radio story to life.  Their classroom: a stage with microphones. Their learning materials: random objects and a folding table.  Senior...
Kelly Borden

Kelly Borden

Pittsburg State faculty, staff, students, and alumni are mourning the loss of Kelly Borden, a longtime administrative   specialist in the Department   of Biology who died on Dec. 31, 2019, after a battle with genetic lung cancer. She was 58.  A 1979 graduate of Pittsburg High School, she attended PSU and in 1990, married Joe Borden....

Class Notes

Class of 1958  John LeBar (BSEd ’58), who holds a doctorate, published a book titled, “Marching Toward Madness: How To Save the Games You Always Loved,” about the good and the bad of big-time athletics. It also discusses players’ abilities to compete at a high level and still be able to excel academically. LeBar taught and coached for 53 years in higher...
Outstanding Alumni

Outstanding Alumni

During Homecoming week, four alumni were honored for their achievements with the 2019 Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award, named for Emeritus Director of Alumni Relations Kenneth K. Bateman.  After teaching middle school and starting his own company, Matt Frankenbery (BSEd ’94) joined the Pitsco, Inc., team in Pittsburg, Kansas, as a curriculum specialist. Now the company’s...