Women in technology

Stephanie Henningsen, senior in desil and heavy equipment, learns about the braking system of a CAT dozer from Ethan Meier, graduate assistant, on Monday September 8.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Susan Martin says it is common for her to be the only female in a class. “If there are other women there’s only one or two,” said Martin, senior in construction management. The Kansas Technology Center, where Martin attends many of her classes, has had its fair share of the limelight over the past decade. With nearly $26 million worth of equipment and technology inside its walls, thousands of students from across the country flock to at least one of the building’s five departments, ready to learn and gain hands-on experience. Although the departments housed in the KTC may attract men easily, women too, call the KTC home. Just…

Dance minor takes off

Janice Jewett, associate professor, and Robert Clark, a senior in phychology and political science, teach the dance appriciation class how to do the tango.

Students, faculty respond to need with new program | Gretchen Burns reporter | A new minor has danced its way to the Pittsburg State campus and although in early stages, it is beginning to take off. Students now have the option to minor in dance whether for themselves or for a future career choice. Janice Jewett, associate professor of health, human performance and recreation department (HHPR), teaches many of the new dance minor classes. “The main reason for this minor was to create opportunities for students who were interested in owning or managing their own dance studio,” she said. “We asked ourselves what could we offer through our department to fit this need.” Taylor Brumbaugh…

Lego Education Foundation brings event into classrooms

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | For PSU students, an 8:30 a.m. class assembly might be a bit too early in the morning for a required high level of enthusiasm, a visit and gift from Gus Gorilla and Lego creations to build. For the second graders of Meadowlark Elementary, however, it was the perfect time. All together, Meadowlark has about 60 second-graders, divided into three classes. The three classes have been working together since the first day of school on the Lego Education Brick-Building Event for Paint the Town Red. “This is the first year we’ve held this event,” said Ashlei Bockover, marketing coordinator for the Lego Education Foundation. “We wanted to do something that…

Covered in RED

Members of Alpha Gamma Delta decorate for Paint the Town Red week in support of Pitt State's football team.

Annual event promises to be fun for all ages | Gretchen Burns reporter | Paint the Town Red is celebrating its ninth year at Pitt State and it is just as full of events as ever. The celebration, sponsored by the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the PSU Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations, for this year lasts from Wednesday, Sept. 3, to Saturday, Sept. 6. The event is put on to acknowledge and celebrate the first home game for the PSU Gorillas. On campus, Paint the Town Red is all about the upcoming game and friendly competition it inspires between the university’s offices and departments. In the community, it is so much more….

Students have variety of opportunities to join

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Students, Pitt State has clubs that want you to join them. With more than 150 student clubs and organizations, each offers a variety of opportunities from networking to having fun in all areas of study and interest. One such group is the Climbing Club, open to students with a love of heights and who are a bit on the adventurous side. “We climb mainly because it is a physical and mental challenge,” said Bailey Jones, sophomore in justice studies. “ I have not found a bigger sense of accomplishment in anything I have done. Getting to the top of a hard route is amazing.” Climbing Club meets at the Pittsburg…

PSU competes in Red Bull soapbox race

Ian Youvan, junior in finance, Gabe Harris, graduate student in business, Curtis Ebert, senior in communication and Austin Clay compete in the Red Bull Soapbox Race Seattle in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, Aug 24.

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Pittsburg State students seem to have a healthy habit of getting the university’s name spread nationwide for a variety of reasons. The latest reason, including one RV, one soapbox in the shape of a gorilla and four friends, called Pittsburg State #SOKB (Straight Outta Kansas Baby) made a few heads turn at the Red Bull Soapbox Race Seattle in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, Aug. 24. “It was great to accomplish something so big,” said Ian Youvan, junior in finance and the team’s driver. Youvan’s teammates included Gabe Harris, graduate student in business, Curtis Ebert, senior in communication and Austin Clay. #SOKB took fifth place out of the 40 teams…

Campus copes with high temperatures

John Botts, sophomore in finance, spends time in between classes laying in the shade to try and cool off during the hot summer days.

| Jay Benedict reporter | “I might as well be studying outside,” said Emma Tompkins. “At least there’s a breeze out there.” Tompkins, senior in therapeutic recreation, was studying on the second floor of the Student Recreation Center on Monday afternoon. The building’s cooling system had been offline more than 48 hours, bringing the inside temperature to 90 degrees. Sweat poured off Tompkins as she studied her notes. “Classes should be canceled when it feels like this,” Tompkins said. “It’s distracting and uncomfortable. We’ve got Canvas and email, professors should use them and let us work from home.” However, down the hall in the Human Performance Lab, exercise science majors kept at work, despite the…

Greeks praise, critique weekend conference

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | Each year at about 5 a.m., 400 Pitt State students are up, dressed and loading onto charter buses, paid for by the university, on their way to the Fraternal Leadership Summit (FLS). This year the $60,000 annual conference on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16 and 17, was no exception. Held in Fayetteville, Ark., at the University of Arkansas, Pitt State Greek students attended a weekend of seminars, speakers and various breakout sessions aimed at improving recruitment processes, philanthropy and leadership. “FLS is designed to bring the Greek community together,” said Steven Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxiliary services. “This is our sixth or seventh year of…

Hot Gorillas

John Botts, sophomore in finance, spends time in between classes laying in the shade to try and cool off during the hot summer days.

How are Pitt State’s students and faculty coping with the heat? Find out in this week’s issue of the Collegio.

Student gets help at new campus home

Residents push the screen aside in order to move in larger items to avoid busy stairwells on Saturday, August 16.

| Marcus Clem reporter | It was a circus out there. That’s at least what can be gathered if one follows the Saturday, Aug. 16, theme of getting into the residence halls for roughly 1,500 students. The theme was just to keep the whole idea of starting a new year, or maybe a new life, on-campus fun for both residents and the students who are charged with their care as resident assistants. “It helps some people relax a lot,” said Michelle Smith, junior in nursing, who is now living in the Crimson Commons residence hall and volunteered to help other on-campus students move in. That’s what Ashvin “Ash” Sahni, area coordinator, also has in mind,…