Seven years a Gorilla
| Audrey Dighans copy editor |
Even if you don’t gamble, it’s probably a safe bet to say you’ve heard the name “Rodney Kimlin” at some point during your studies at PSU.
Kimlin, graduate student in business, has been a Pitt State student for seven years. He will graduate on May 10, with the Kelce College of Business.
“This is my 14th and final semester at PSU,” Kimlin said. “I’m very excited to graduate. As my brothers would say, I’m ‘finally!’ leaving.”
During his 14 semesters Kimlin has participated in many organizations, including Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike), Student Government Association (SGA), Gorillas for Concealed Carry and the Pride of the Plains Marching Band.
“It might be easier to just give you a copy of my resume if you want a complete list of all the organizations I’ve been in,” Kimlin said. “For advice to others, I’d say don’t wait to be involved and active on campus. But at the same time be organized so that you can participate 100 percent.”
Kimlin says having a calendar and a to-do list has saved his life on numerous occasions and is a must have for all students.
“When you’re involved as I have been, prioritizing what needs to be done and what you want to do is a key trait to have,” he said.
Out of all the organizations he has participated in, SGA has been one of Kimlin’s favorites.
“SGA really kept me up to date about things at Pitt State,” Kimlin said. “I saw more than 60 presentations per semester by all the different organizations we have here and it’s a pretty cool feeling to be ‘in-charge’ of $100,000.”
Kimlin was a graduate senator, treasurer and also worked on allocations for SGA.
Last fall, Kimlin won the Outstanding Ambassador title for student ambassadors as well.
“The hands-on leadership experience I’ve gained at Pitt State has been a tremendous help and will continue to be so for years,” Kimlin said. “You’re asked and told all kinds of things while giving tours. Once I had a kid tell me McCray Hall smells like ghosts and I hadn’t even mentioned the ghost yet. He claimed to have never been to Pitt State, so it was a little creepy and I didn’t really know how to respond.”
Kimlin was also awarded the Golden Gorilla award in 2013 and received Outstanding Greek Man of 2014 during Greek Week.
“Again, look on the resume, it’s long and it’s all there,” he said.
Kimlin will leave the Jungle with a bachelor’s in business administration, a master’s in business administration, and a master’s in arts and communication.
“I double-minored during my undergrad years in communication and economics,” Kimlin said.
Kimlin has been offered and has accepted a position at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Mo., after his graduation.
“It feels great to get out and make money, but I also will get to challenge myself in a new environment and learn new things,” he said. “I’m looking forward to applying what I learned at Pitt in the ‘real world’ and I feel like I’ve left PSU with a very strong and positive legacy.”
“I came from a small high school, that’s what attracted me to Pitt State, that and Kelce is one of the best business colleges in the country. My time in the Jungle was well spent and now it is time to get out there and prove myself.”