Pitt Briefs

Convocation

The annual Apple Day Convocation ceremony will be 3-4 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall in McCray Hall.
This year’s keynote speaker is Paula Baker, PSU alumna and president and CEO of Freeman Health Systems.
Convocation will also recognize the Golden Gorilla Student Leadership Award recipients and the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients. The drawing for Centennial Scholarships will take place at the end of the ceremony. All students enrolled for Fall 2014 are eligible, but must be present to win.

‘Throwback Thursday’ karaoke

Students are encouraged to join Gorillas in Your Midst 8-10 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the U-Club.
Prizes for best performances of a ‘90s throwback song will be awarded to the best individual and duo performers. Refreshments will be provided. Contact jknoll@pittstate.edu for more information.

Student Legal Services

The Student Legal Services Office, located in the Overman Student Center room 205, will offer legal counseling 8-10 a.m. Mondays and 8 a.m.-noon Fridays. Student employees are in the office throughout the remainder of the week to assist with other needs.

Pharmacy information sessions scheduled

Students interested in learning about careers in pharmacy and the doctor of pharmacy degree education program at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy are encouraged to attend an information session at 3 p.m. Friday, March 7, in Grubbs Hall 107.

Women’s Studies Clothes Line Project

The PSU Women’s Studies Club is organizing a project to promote awareness about domestic violence. Volunteers will decorate T-shirts with messages about their experiences from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 10 in Grubbs 309. At 11 a.m. on March 12, the shirts will be displayed in the campus Oval.

Professor receives education award

Donald Baack, professor of management, has been selected as the 2014 Distinguished Educator by the Southwest Academy of Management. He will receive his award during the organization’s convention in Dallas.
Baack has taught at PSU since 1988. Criteria used to select him as the winner include distinction in service to the profession, teaching and scholarship. Baack also served as president of the group in 1996.

Art Fest seeks artists

The SEK Art Fest committee is now accepting applications for the 2014 “SEK Loves Football” event. Those selected to participate will be announced on April 25 during the Art Walk in downtown Pittsburg. The SEK Art Fest will feature 36 giant footballs, and selected artists will have a stipend of $500 and a $100 material allowance.
The Art Fest committee is also accepting requests to become underwriters. The cost to underwrite one football is $1,995. Anyone interested should call 308-6392.
More information on the SEK Art Fest can be found at www.visitcrawfordcounty.com/sekartfest.

Breakfast burritos for sale

Sigma Alpha Iota will sell breakfast burritos in the Oval from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 13 and 27. Burritos are $2. Proceeds will benefit a music camp held for elementary students of Pittsburg and surrounding areas.

Students to compete in concrete bowl

A group of Pittsburg State construction management majors is preparing for a national bowling competition in Reno, Nev. Lauren Bohannon, Storm Schnake and Blake Swaggerty will compete on March 23 in the American Concrete Institute’s Concrete Bowling Ball competition. The students advanced to nationals after finishing first overall in regional competition in Kansas City last month.
 Pitt State’s second team, Daniel De Oliveira and Jeremy Messer, tied for second at regionals and have also been invited to compete in the national competition.
 The competition challenges teams to demonstrate the effect of fibers in reinforcing concrete. Prizes will be awarded in both the Performance and Presentation categories, with first place in each category getting $750; second place, $500; and third, $250.

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