Pitt State Briefs (October 3, 2012)

DeGruson Lectures focus on Julius Wayland, elections

The annual Gene DeGruson Memorial Lecture returns to Pittsburg’s Stilwell Hotel this year for the first time since its inception in 1997. This year’s lecture is actually a two-day event set for Oct. 10 and 11.
Sharon Neet, a research colleague of Gene DeGruson and a noted authority on socialist editor Julius A. Wayland and The Appeal to Reason newspaper, will deliver the keynote address at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Stilwell Hotel Ballroom.
On Thursday, Oct. 11, Mark Peterson, an assistant professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, will deliver a talk on “The Elections of 1912 and 2012: A Retrospective on Striking Similarities and Confounding Contrasts,” at 2 p.m. in Axe Library.
Both lectures are free and open to the public and a reception will follow each.
The Gene DeGruson Memorial Lecture was established in 1997 to honor Gene DeGruson who served as curator of Special Collections at PSU from 1968 until his death in 1997.
For more information about the Gene DeGruson Memorial Lecture or PSU Special Collections, call Randy Roberts at 620-235-4883, or by e-mail at reroberts@pittstate.edu.

Acrobat workshop slated

People can learn to create interactive forms in Adobe Acrobat Pro that can be filled out and submitted digitally. Original form creation for layout, information and graphics will be done in Word with form fields added in Acrobat Pro. Managing data from submitted forms will also be covered, including how to import data into Excel. Additionally, working with already prepared pdf’s by changing text or inserting fields will be demonstrated.
Workshops are limited to 12 attendees. To register, go to http://www.pittstate.edu/office/gorilla-geeks/training.dot

Lunch and Learn Thursday

The Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society is holding a “Lunch and Learn” presentation by Christine Perez from the PSU Counseling Center from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in 211 Whitesitt. Those planning to attend should bring their own lunch to eat as they listen to Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project.”

Karaoke Thursday

Gorillas in Your Midst is holding a karaoke night 8-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the U-Club in the Overman Student Center. There will be free refreshments and giveaways.

Oval Time today

The Student Activities Council is scheduling Oval Time, a free activity for students to participate in, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Oval. For more information, call SAC at 235-4801 or go to www.pittstate.edu/sac.

Internatl. gathering Friday

A Germany international gathering is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the basement of Grubbs Hall. There will be a cultural presentation and snacks. For more information, call Cathy Lee Arcuino at 235-4607 or carcunio@pittstate.edu.

5K planned Saturday

Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring the “Run in the Jungle 5K” on Saturday, Oct. 6. The race will start at 7:30 a.m. at the tennis courts by the Weede and end at the same location. To register online, contact Juliana Hughes at juliana.hughs@pittstate.edu.

Dance workshop Friday

The PSU Dance Club, SAC and the HHPR Department are sponsoring western and ballroom dancing workshops 12:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, as well as on Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 30, at the PSU Recreation Center. The courses can be taken for one hour of credit. For more information, call Janice Jewett at 235-4669 or jjewett@pittstate.edu.

Violence prevention drive

Students for Violence Prevention are collecting items for the Safehouse Crisis Center in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Organizations on campus can win a pizza party by earning the most points from the items they donate. A single roll of toilet paper, a single trash bag, and a roll of paper towels are each worth one point; a box of trash bags is worth the number of bags in the box, laundry detergent is worth five points and dish soap is worth two points. For more information, contact Brooke Powell at brooke-cunningham@hotmail.com or Kelsey Admire at kcadmire@gus.pittstate.edu.

Grad Finale Wednesday

Grad Finale for undergraduate and graduate students planning to graduate in December will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct 11, in the Balkans Room of the Overman Student Center. Grad Finale is an opportunity to handle graduation questions and needs. Students planning to graduate are asked to apply for graduation before Grad Finale. For more information, go to www.pittstate.edu/office/registrar/grad-finale.dot.

Internet safety session Wednesday

A session on campus and Internet safety is schedule for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Inaugural Room of the Overman Student Center. The topics are understanding your rights, and reviewing laws pertaining to campus and Internet safety.

National Life Chain Sunday

The National Life Chain, a prayer chain and public witness against abortion, will be held 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, from Sixth to Ninth streets along Broadway. Signs can be picked up at Eighth Street and Broadway at 2:45 p.m. For more information, call Kathryn Wolfe at 687-0036 or kwolfe@gus.pittstate.edu.

Garage sale Saturday

The Fashion and Merchandising Entrepreneurs organization is holding a garage sale from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1216 E. Ninth St. to raise money for their trip to New York. There will be clothing, jewelry and shoes for men and women.

Concert Tuesday

Tony Lucca, runner-up from season two of the TV show “The Voice,” will perform a concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Gorilla Village. The opening performer will be Gabe Dixon. For more information, call the Student Activities Council at 235-4801 or go to pittstate.edu/sac.

Table tennis tournament

Intramural Sports is organizing a table tennis tournament. The entry deadline for the tournament is Sunday, Oct. 7. There will be a managers meeting Friday, Oct. 12, and matches will begin Monday, Oct. 15. For more information, call the Intramural Sports office at 235-4955 or intramurals@pittstate.edu.

Alzheimer’s presentation

Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, is planning a presentation by Sean Lauderdale, faculty member in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, on aging and Alzheimer’s and what family members can do about it. The presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in 307 Whitesitt Hall. It is open to PSU employees, students and the public.

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