Pittstate Briefs

Peer-health group taking applications

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The peer-health education group, Gorillas in Your Midst, is taking applications for its Spring 2012 two-credit hour training class. The class will be held from 2-3:50 p.m. Wednesdays. Applications are available in 105 or 121S Overman Student Center. For more information, contact Sarah Duffy, student coordinator, or adviser J.T. Knoll at 235-4062 or gorillas1@yahoo.com.

Diwali Night Saturday

The Indian Student Association is holding Diwali Night at 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom in the Overman Student Center. Tickets for the light festival are available at 704-4679, 704-4154, 704-7225, and 386-874-6019.

Poetry reading today

There will be a poetry reading by Geoffrey Nutter from his book “Christopher Sunset” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Governors Room in the Overman Student Center. A reception will follow the reading. The reading and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, call Lori Martin at 515-7240.

Chili feed Tuesday

The Biology Club is having a chili feed and contest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, on the second floor of Heckert-Wells Hall. Those interested in entering chili into the contest are asked to e-mail psubiologyclub@gmail.com with a description of the ingredients. Entries will need to be turned in by 10 a.m. on the second floor of Heckert-Wells the day of the competition. A bowl of chili, a drink and a dessert will be $3. For more information, contact Ali Blanchard at ablanchard@gus.pittstate.edu.

5K run on Saturday

The Pittsburg YMCA is holding its Turkey Trot 5K run and one-mile walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Lincoln Park. Contestants will predict the time of their run or walk and the top two predictions closest to their actual times in each division will receive an award. Registration the day of the event will begin at 8:15. Preregistration forms are due by Nov. 4 and are available at the Pittsburg YMCA. Preregistration is $12 and registration the day of the race is $15. The first 30 registered will receive a free shirt. For more information, call the Pittsburg YMCA at 231-1100.

Pre-dental club meets

The Pre-Dental Club is meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Varsity Room in the Overman Student Center. For more information, e-mail predentalclub@yahoo.com.

Orchestra concert tonight

The PSU Chamber Orchestra is performing an autumn concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in McCray Recital Hall. The concert will feature the PSU Cello Choir and is free and open to the public.

Int’l gathering Friday

International Programs and Services is having the Ghana International Gathering at 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the United Methodist Ministries Center. There will be a free meal and a cultural presentation. For more information, call Cathy Lee Arcuino at 235-4607 or carcuino@pittstate.edu.

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Tour includes raffle

Students who complete a tour of the Graphics and Imaging Technologies Department will be eligible to win an iPod and iTunes card. To schedule a tour, go to www.pittstate.edu/git.

Exhibit opens Tuesday

An art exhibit by Paul Morris from Fort Collins, Colo., titled “Sustaining Persistence” will open Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the PSU Harry Krug Gallery. There will be a lecture at 2 p.m. in 103 Porter Hall. The exhibit will be open until Thursday, Dec. 8. For more information, call 235-4305 or go to www.pittstate.edu/art.

Choir concert Friday

The Pittsburg State University choirs will perform their fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in McCray Recital Hall. The choirs will be under the direction of Susan Marchant and the pianist will be Dongyuan Chen. The concert is free. For more information, call the music department at 235-4466.

Author, producer to speak

John de Graaf, author and documentary producer, will speak at noon Tuesday, Nov. 8, in 109 Grubbs Hall. There will be a book signing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in 224 Kelce Hall. Some of de Graaf’s documentaries include “Affluenza” and “Buyer Be Fair” and his books include “What’s the Economy for Anyway.”

Art exhibit lecture

Fred Kautt, senior photographer of the Hallmark photography studio for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in 103 Porter Hall, about his experiences working for Hallmark and his artwork and relationship with the art exhibit “Hauling Hay,” which is being displayed in the University Gallery. The exhibit will be on display until Thursday, Nov. 17.

Organ recital Sunday

Wolfgang Reisinger, director of music for the Archdiocese of Vienna, will perform a free organ recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in McCray Recital Hall. For more information, call the Department of Music at 235-4466.

Undergraduate research

Faculty interested in involving undergraduate students in research are invited to attend an information session about undergraduate research faculty support opportunities. There will be three sessions at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9, 10 and 11, in room 332A in The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. For more information, e-mail bpeery@pittstate.edu

Construction gets $6,000 donation

The Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technologies Department has received a $6,000 donation to buy a pipe laser, which will be used to align pipes for proper slope and positioning. Roger Heckert, a PSU alumnus and representative of the Kansas Contractors Association Education Foundation, presented the check.

PSU honors authors

An authors reception to recognize 47 PSU faculty and staff members who have had their works published will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the browsing area of Axe Library.

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