Pitt Briefs

Korea study abroad

Several open spots are available for students wishing to join the PSU Korea delegation. The trip is estimated at $2,800 including airfare, lodging and meals. The trip is scheduled for May 11-24. For more information, email cylee@pittstate.edu.

Student-built lab unveiled Wednesday

The new Design and Engineering Lab at the Kansas Technology Center was unveiled Wednesday, Feb. 26, in room E120.
The lab is part of PSU’s Wood Technology Department and was designed by the spring 2012 graduate students Chris Bell and Scott Vasey, who are both employed at Advanced Fixtures Inc.
The project was awarded $30,000 and construction began last November.

Audubon focuses on purple martins

The Sperry-Galligar Audubon meeting will feature Andrew Burnett, alumnus and member of the Purple Martin Conservation Association, as he speaks about his work to restore the purple martin habitat in Parsons.
The meeting is at 7 p.m. in Yates Hall 102.

Comedian tours jungle

Comedian Mal Hall will perform at 8 pm. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the U-Club located in the basement of Overman Student Center. In 2009 Hall was a finalist on NBC’s “Standup for Diversity Showcase.”
The event is free and open to the public.

Cultural immersion program scheduled

BaFa BaFa, a cross-cultural simulation program, will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center.
The event will help participants experience what it’s like to step into a culture different from their own.
For more information, call Kristen Humphrey at 235-4329 or krhumphrey@pittstate.edu or Harriet Bachner at 235-4633 or hbachner@pittstate.edu.

Food & Culture Fair

International students will offer tastes of their native cuisines as well as performances of music and dance at the annual Food & Culture Fair 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Memorial Auditorium.
The event is co-sponsored by the International Students Association and International Programs and Services Office.
Entrance fee is $1, but children under age 12 may enter for free. Tickets are required to purchase food and will be available at the door for $1-$1.50.
Shuttle rides from Overman Student Center to Memorial are available from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
For more information, call Cathy Lee Arcuino at 235-4680.

PSU hosts Science Day

Organizers say they expect more than 700 high school students from Kansas and Missouri to participate in Pittsburg State University’s annual Science Day on Thursday, Feb. 27.
 The event begins at 8:45 a.m. in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center with opening remarks by PSU President Steve Scott. Students will compete in chemistry, physics, e arth and space science, and biology.
 In addition to written exams, students work in teams on hands-on tests of their scientific knowledge and creativity. In the paper-tower competition, students will be challenged to build the tallest tower possible using only a sheet of paper and some paper clips. For the mousetrap-car competition, they must build a car powered by a mousetrap and race it against other competitors’ cars.
 Science Day concludes about 2 p.m. with the Biology Bowl team competition.

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