Welcome to the Gorilla family
It’s my pleasure to be among the first to welcome you to Pittsburg State University.
The start of the fall semester is a time of new beginnings, familiar friendships and endless possibilities. Our faculty and staff share in your excitement at what lies ahead and are here to help you achieve your academic goals.
Whether you are a new student or a returning senior, you’ll notice a lot of changes taking place at your university. Pittsburg State is abuzz with activity and in the process of completing several major additions and renovations to campus facilities.
We’ve renovated more than 89 rooms in Nation Hall and completely updated the heating and air conditioning system in Heckert Wells. But that’s just the beginning.
We’re working hard to improve student life with improvements and additions to the Overman Student Center. This $14 million expansion and renovation will add new offices and meeting spaces for student groups, additional dining and recreational offerings, and a new 600-seat ballroom. It is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015.
A little farther to the east, great progress has been made on two of our most prominent projects. The Plaster Center, our 154,000-square-foot indoor event center will host the 2016 and 2018 NCAA Division II National Track Championships and is on schedule to open in the spring of 2015.
And after nearly two years, the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts is nearing completion. This $33 million facility will feature a 1,100-seat performance hall, 250-seat theater, and much more. Look for an official ribbon cutting in December.
I know that you had many choices when it came to selecting a university, and I thank you for choosing Pittsburg State.
You’ll find that one of the great things about being a Gorilla is that you are now part of an extended family whose members include more than 63,000 alumni throughout the world.
I encourage you to be an active student and to engage in academic discussions. Help lead your university by becoming involved in the Student Government Association or any one of the more than 150 student groups on campus. And, of course, cheer on the Gorillas as they compete in sporting events.
This is your opportunity, and it begins today.
I look forward to seeing you on the Oval. Let’s make it a great semester!
Steven A. Scott, PSU president