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  • Collegiate Readership Program hasn’t disappeared

    | Gretchen Burns reporter |

    Students, professors and faculty will have a more difficult, and in some cases longer walk, to find The USA Today, The Joplin Glove and the Pittsburg Morning Sun newspapers this year.
    The papers are part of the Collegiate Readership Program, a program sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA). To retrieve a copy of any paper within the program, students simply swipe their student ID card into the machine and take which copy they like. However, several of the distribution machines disappeared over the summer, leaving the question of whether the program still exists or has become extinct.
    Newspaper readers will be glad to know the program has not disappeared, it has merely been scaled down due to low readership. Last year, there were six distribution centers across campus for students to pick up papers. This year, there are three.
    Thomas Myers, senior in biology, wasn’t pleased when he went to pick up a paper in the Gibson Dining Hall to go along with his coffee, only to find there wasn’t a distribution center there anymore.
    “I think it is a shame to scale down the program across campus,” he said. “It is a nice way to reach the students and inform an age group where we are becoming adults and becoming aware of current events. We are beginning to form opinions that actually are listened to. Having a source of information helps us learn more about an event.”
    Bailey Jones was also looking forward to her morning paper and was irritated at the lack of her usual distribution center in the dining hall.
    “I don’t go into any of those buildings for my major,” said Jones, sophomore in justice studies. “I liked the one in the dining hall. I would grab one to read on my way out from eating breakfast.”
    The program was originally initiated to get news into classrooms across campus.
    Professors once had access to their own copies of the papers and many would use them to introduce current events in their courses. Over time, however, professors’ access to the bins was cut off and only students were granted access.
    The papers provided have also changed overtime. The Kansas City Star was one of original papers issued through the program, but when distribution zones changed, The Joplin Globe was introduced in replacement of the Star. Two years ago, SGA considered adding the New York Times or the
    Wall street Journal, but the price with each was too much, so the program stuck with the current three papers.
    SGA is charged for the papers taken, not the number issued per day. The money that funds the program is not provided through student fees. Instead, it comes from a pool of money raised in 2001, specifically dedicated to the Collegiate Readership Program.
    Clark Neal, senior in Spanish, says he feels that fewer distribution centers is an improvement on the campus.
    “I just read the news online,” he said. “If we had Vice magazine, or the Wall street Journal for sale, I’d buy them but that’s the only print news form I would pay for, or consider picking up,”
    “Print media is continually proving itself to be too slow to efficiently inform the people on domestic and global issues. There’s no sense anymore in sitting down to a morning paper with a cup of coffee to read about what happened yesterday. We have to know what’s taking place today or it’s too late.”
    For now, SGA is attempting to boost the program and hopes to have a fourth distribution center located in Overman Student Center once renovations are complete.

  • Flat tires

    Campus Christians run out of bikes

    | Val Vita reporter |

    If you have been looking for a way to make that old bike in your garage, the one you never ride, useful again, now is the chance. Don Smith, Campus Christians minister, currently has 52 people on his bike wait list.
    The list, which keeps getting longer every day, is something new for Smith. He says in his 32 years of renting out the bikes via Campus Christians, this is the first time the organization has ever run out of bikes before classes start.
    For students, especially internationals who rarely have cars to move around, the lack of bikes is more than an inconvenience.

    Don Smith, minister of Campus Christians, fixes a bike at his shop, to loan to one of the 54 students who signed up for bicycles in the beging of fall semester, on Friday, August 22.

    Don Smith, minister of Campus Christians, fixes a bike at his shop, to loan to one of the 54 students who signed up for bicycles in the beging of fall semester, on Friday, August 22.


    “I have been walking to places,” says Leila Kola, international student from Finland in business. “I like the warm weather, but when walking, sometimes, it’s a bit too much.”
    Besides walking to the buildings for her classes at, Kola says she walks to the Rec Center as well.
    “I also walked to Walmart with my friends once, but I don’t think I’ll do that again,” she said.
    Kola is one of the 52 on the list.
    Abhishek Hebbar, whose name is currently the 50th in line, says walking during these hot August days is also giving him a hard time.
    “I live at Crimson Villas, and it is kind of hard to walk in the sweltering heat,” Hebbar, international student from India, said. “When I need to go to places away from campus, I travel with my friends in their cars.”
    Campus Christians has 250 bikes rented out to students for the price of $35 each. All of these bikes were donated.
    This fall, PSU received 180 international students, 80 more than last spring.
    Smith says many students who rent the bikes have failed to return them. Last year, 20 bikes were stolen.
    All of these factors have increased the problem of providing bicycles to students who need and want them.
    Tamires Lietti, international student from Brazil in communication, says she had the bad luck of having her rented bike stolen this summer, only a week after moving to Pittsburg.
    “My only solution was buying one,” she said. “I spent $120 and I had to call my dad to explain it, because that was not in our budget.”
    Campus Christians’ bikes are not only for international students. Any student who needs a bicycle may rent one, if there are any.
    Ayman Syed, junior in communication, says he decided to put his name on the waiting list because a bike is an easy way to save gas.
    “And it’s easier to go around campus and find a place to park,” he said. “Plus, it’s also a good way to exercise.”
    Getting back to that old bike in the garage, anyone interested in helping to cut the wait list down should contact Campus Christians at 213 E. Williams St. or call (417) 529-6470.
    “If you have a bike and you are not using it, why not giving it? We would love it,” Smith said. “Even if the bike needs to be repaired it’s OK, just bring it here and I will repair it. Everybody can be a participant on finding bikes.”

  • It’s a rush

    Fall recruitment ends, begins for PSU Greeks

    | Audrey Dighans copy editor |

    Students who moved back early probably noticed members of Pitt State’s seven fraternities busy fixing up their houses for another school year. That’s because the first week of classes is also the first week of Fall rush and the men of Sigma Tau Gamma, Sigma Chi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Sigma Kappa and Sigma Phi Epsilon are all hoping to gain new recruits.
    While the frats were busy fall cleaning last week, PSU’s three sororities; Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Alpha Gamma Delta, were participating in multiple rush, or as it is more formally called, “recruitment” events.
    All three of PSU’s sororities are National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) members, which means they must adhere to rules of recruitment.
    This means that women who are interested in joining a sorority at Pitt State must register during the summer for formal recruitment. The women, mostly incoming freshmen, move into the student residence halls a week before classes begin for the fall semester and are given a schedule of the week’s recruitment activities.

    Alpha Sigma Alpha member Morgan Robbins, shows off a handmade sign during the sorority rush week.

    Alpha Sigma Alpha member Morgan Robbins, shows off a handmade sign during the sorority rush week.

    This year, each day of recruitment week featured a different activity, starting Monday, Aug. 11, with house tours. Potential recruits visited each house for a chance to meet with sorority members.
    Tuesday, Aug. 12, was sisterhood night; Wednesday, Aug. 13, philanthropy night; Thursday, Aug. 14, preference night; and Friday, Aug. 15, was Bid Day, the day potentials, those wishing to join a Greek organization, find out which house they are in.
    Although freshmen typically make up the recruitment pool, Rush is not limited to them. With more than 130 potentials in this year’s pool, many rush participants were upperclassmen.
    Taylor Heuertz, junior in elementary education, says she was nervous at recruitment but happy that she was accepted by Alpha Gamma Delta.
    “I felt super comfortable with all the girls there,” Heuertz said. “They were easy to talk to and I felt at home when I was there.”
    Heuertz says her favorite part of recruitment was seeing all the houses.
    “It was the first night, I got to meet everyone and it prepared me for the rest of the week,” she said.
    Rush may be over for the sororities this fall, but for the fraternities it is still recruitment season. In the past, recruitment for the fraternities has been informal at PSU. This year, however, Pitt State’s seven fraternities are holding both formal and informal.
    “The last time we attempted formal recruitment was in 2012,” said Jarrett Robertson, junior in history, member of Sigma Tau Gamma and vice president of recruitment for the Interfraternity Council (IFC). “It did not go well, we had three men sign up.”
    IFC is the fraternity version of Panhellenic. Both organizations work to run the Greek community at Pitt State.
    Robertson says there are more than 40 men signed up for this year’s recruitment process.
    “I think the big difference this time around is that I eliminated individual houses having booths at Pitt Cares over the summer and had just an IFC table to recruit potentials for the entire fraternity community,” he said.
    Formal recruitment for men is similar to the sorority version. Each day of the week will have different events for potentials to meet the members. Monday, Aug. 18, featured a tour of all the houses; Tuesday, Aug. 19, saw an all fraternity barbecue in the Oval; Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 20-21, are rush events; and Friday, Aug. 22, is Bid Day.
    “Each house will be hosting different activities on Wednesday and Thursday,” Robertson said. “Potentials are required to attend at least three chapter events each night.”
    Recruitment events during formal recruitment are alcohol-free. Fraternities are also banned from handing out bids to potentials until noon Friday, and then only to the Greek adviser or IFC Recruitment.
    Bids will be announced at 5 p.m. Friday.
    “Students should know that all the recruitment events this week and next week are open to anyone interested in joining a fraternity,” Robertson said. “This is meant to be a community involvement, not just a particular chapter.”

  • Campus clubs to meet, greet students at Activities Fair

    | Casey Matlock reporter |

    Sandra Floras says the Activities Fair helped her with her major.
    “My favorite booth from last year was the education booth because it helped me to further my major by building connections and experiences,” said Floras, senior in education.
    The Student Activities Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Oval. Megan Smejdir, campus activities coordinator, says 60-70 organizations will showcase for potential club members. Free food, drinks and several activities will be provided.
    “My favorite booth from last year was Gorilla Radio because I had a couple of friends at the booth, and it was fun to meet new people, listen to music, and there was the free barbecue,” said Clara Stiles, senior in business management. “You get free stuff left and right.”
    One of the main activities students can look forward to is the barbecue held by the Office of Student Diversity, which will offer free burgers and hotdogs.
    “The Activities Fair is a great opportunity for our student organizations to get some exposure to all of the students on campus,” Smejdir said. “This event only happens once in the fall, which makes it a unique activity, and we want our students to not only succeed academically but be involved in causes and meet fellow students and faculty.”
    For organizations to be eligible for a booth, they must be registered with the Campus Activities Center. Registration forms for the activities fair must be turned in by Friday, Aug. 29.
    Priscilla Adamah, senior in justice studies, says she found student organizations at the fair that she didn’t know existed.
    “My favorite booth from last year was the TOMS club because it combined both charity and fashion,” she said. “Also, there were some clubs that I didn’t think would exist, such as a gun club.”
    Smejdir says organizations try to be as sparse as possible so that the campus can reach as many students as possible and provide various opportunities on and off campus.
    “Last year, I went and received a lot of free swag such as candy and shirts,” Stiles said. “Students gain a lot of information about the campus and the community such as what is available to them and what events they can attend.”

  • Students interact with local businesses at Community Fair
    Josh Dial, freshman in automotive technology, and Joshua Schooley, freshman in psychology, stop by the chatters booth at the activities center held at the oval on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

    Josh Dial, freshman in automotive technology, and Joshua Schooley, freshman in psychology, stop by the chatters booth at the activities center held at the oval on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

    | Caitlin Martin reporter |

    Walking through the Oval midday on Wednesday, Aug. 20, students saw tents and tables, heard music playing and smelled free food as local businesses, churches and volunteer groups had the opportunity to meet students at the annual Community Fair.
    “I think it’s helpful,” said Marce Woods, sophomore in physical education. “[I like] receiving free stuff.”
    The event is put on by the Campus Activities Center with the organization’s assistant director, Eva Sager, spearheading the coordination of businesses and booths.
    “We really feel that it is important for our students to be aware of what is available in the community, whether it is businesses, church groups or service organizations,” Sager said. “We want them to be able to utilize the resources in our community as best as they can.”

    Stephanie McCabe, freshman in nursing, writes down her contact info on a card for the Saia Smile Center tent at the activities fair held at the oval on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

    Stephanie McCabe, freshman in nursing, writes down her contact info on a card for the Saia Smile Center tent at the activities fair held at the oval on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

    Businesses were giving away pens, water bottles, stress balls, drawstring bags, T-shirts and other items sporting their business name to spread awareness of their company throughout the community.
    Many students took advantage of the free snacks and drinks on their way to classes. Booths offered chances to enter drawings for prizes larger than the freebies, such as iPads, beauty baskets and other items. Though it is fun to be handed free gifts, theses prizes serve the purpose of growing the customer base for the businesses, says Cristina Hamilton of Salon 9.
    “We like to give away free stuff. It’s fun,” Hamilton said. “Every single year, we pass out some kind of coupon or freebie or something, and we always have a huge turnout of people coming back … and redeeming coupons.”
    Although the purpose of the Community Fair is to expose students to the resources in the community, the event is also a good time for businesses to get together and network with each other, said classic rock radio station URock 99.1’s account executive, Ryan O’Toole. It is rare for all of the community leaders and business owners to be in one place at the same time.
    But the event was mainly for students, says Sager.
    “My favorite part I think is just getting to see our students interact with our community,” she said. “A lot of them, especially the new students, don’t realize how much some of these people are going to impact their lives over the next couple of years, and some of those relationships will start today, which is really neat.”
    For students, the Community Fair is an opportunity to get more familiar with the businesses and organizations in the area.
    Ashley Henley, junior in biology, can attest to that.
    “[I like] getting to learn about all the local shops and things because I’m not from around here,” Henley said. “This is my third year [in Pittsburg], and I still haven’t explored very much, so it’s nice to get to know what’s there.”

  • 89.9 FM relies on public support

    | Marcus Clem reporter |

    For decades, KRPS 89.9 FM has served as the home of “Your World in Concert,” but these days, that world is a bit smaller, and more self-sufficient.
    The home of NPR for the Four-States Area, as well as the extended jazz, classical and blues slates of music that the station offers, is based in Pittsburg State’s Shirk Hall.
    It’s a professionally oriented and staffed radio station, and students can’t be counted as a reliable target audience, says Missi Kelly, KRPS general manager.
    “Typically, students discover NPR over their college career,” Kelly said.
    Sydney Ward, graduate student intern, says that student awareness can be a challenge.
    “They think of (the station) as the dorm that also has the police,” she said. “If students come here with a tie to public radio, this is the outlet for it here. It’s important for students to recognize what it is. People need to know that there is that service here.”
    A big problem for the station in recent years, leading to a situation where it has only five full-time staffers, one intern and one volunteer for all responsibilities, is budget cuts from the state government.
    “The funding has decreased significantly over the past five years,” Kelly said. “With PSU being state funded, when the university receives cuts, all the department cuts trickle down, and it affects everything.”
    The following the station does have has been enough to help make up the difference, and the university has provided continued support.
    “We’re very fortunate to have it based here at the university,” Ward said. “It’s the go-to source for any kind of public radio and any kind of NPR content.”
    Trent Johnson, a program host for the station, says that a goal has been to improve awareness by doing news and feature stories that are part of a program called the Crimson and Gold Connection.
    Programs like it offer students a chance to get involved and get some professional radio station experience.
    “Students can contribute to KRPS and potentially get a job here,” he said. “You can contribute to KRPS not just as a broadcaster, but we have administrative assistants and people to keep track of our logs and information.”
    Membership drives are also held regularly to solicit support from the public. To find out more about how to contribute to the radio station, call 235-4288.

  • Studying how to study

    Jay Benedict
    Collegio reporter

    One of the biggest challenges facing freshmen, and all students, is how to properly study and prepare for tests and papers. The Academic Success Workshop Series offers tips and tricks to help students tackle their academics.
    Sponsored by the Student Success Center in 113 Axe Library, the workshops start in late August and cover anything the academically concerned student could need. Each session builds off the last as the semester progresses, but each is specific enough to stand on its own merits. Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up this fall according to Student Success Counselor Ashley Wadell

    Build Your Personal Strategy for a Great Semester
    Wednesday, Aug. 27, and Thursday, Aug. 28

    This workshop will cover a little bit of everything. It’s going to be an overview of what will be covered in the following sessions, but much less in depth.
    “It’s a good way to hit the ground running and pick up a few strategies from the start. We’ll build on that in the following workshops,” said Wadell.

    Use Your Textbooks as a Success Tool: Reading Effectively for Academic Success
    Wednesday, Sept. 3, and Thursday, Sept. 18

    Have you ever read a textbook and felt that you didn’t really absorb any of it? This session will help you get the most out of your time spent reading and make sure you show up to class prepared.

    Great Grades Begin with Great Notes: Effective Note-Taking Skills
    Thursday, Sept. 4, and Wednesday, Sept. 17

    Students take notes in all kinds of ways because everyone learns differently. This workshop offers different kinds of notetaking strategies and helps students get the most out of the notes they take.

    Don’t Put this Workshop Off Until Tomorrow: Time Management Strategies
    Wednesday, Sept. 10, and Thursday, Sept. 18

    Time management is one thing, but this workshop will help students look at it differently. When students manage specific tasks instead of an abstract concept like time, it’s easier to get things done and study effectively.
    “If you have a break between classes, use that time to get in an hour of studying,” Wadell said. “That makes it a lot easier to get ahead or go do fun things in the evening.”

    Research Rescue: Research Skills for Upcoming Papers & Projects
    Wednesday, Sept. 24, and Thursday, Sept. 25

    Students have papers to write starting from their first semester and the papers just get more difficult the further into their majors students get. This is an overview of how to use, cite and write about all the resources that the Axe library offers and other external sources.

    Surviving Mid-Terms: Strategies for Test Prep & Test Taking
    Wednesday, Oct. 1, and Thursday, Oct. 2

    Midterms can make or break a semester, and cramming isn’t the best option. Students can learn effective ways to study and how to approach tests that seem daunting.

    Faculty Connection 101: Best Practices for Building Relationships with your Instructors
    Wednesday, Oct. 8, and Thursday, Oct. 9

    Having a relationship with instructors can make it much easier to approach them for help. This workshop instructs students how to appropriately and effectively connect with the people they’re learning from.

    Academic 911: Creating an Academic Recovery Plan for Mid-Term Grades
    Wednesday, Oct. 22, and Thursday, Oct. 23

    Sometimes, midterms don’t go as planned. This session can help students plot a recovery plan to get the grade they want by the time finals roll around. Maybe the grade is too far gone and the class might be better off dropped. Check out this workshop first.

    Learning in an Online Environment: Success Strategies for the Online Classroom
    Wednesday, Oct. 29, and Thursday, Oct. 30

    This workshop takes place right around the time for spring enrollment. Students considering taking online classes for the first time, have had bad experiences in the past or just want some helpful advice to tackle their next ones can check this out for helpful tips on how to approach this unique learning environment.

    Countdown to Finals: Develop a Plan to Finish the Semester Strong
    Wednesday, Nov. 5, Thursday, Nov. 6, Wednesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 4

    Two sessions in November and two sessions during dead week ensure that proactive students and those who procrastinate can get the help they need to ensure that they earn the grade they’re hoping for.

    Many of these workshops build off each other, but students can pick and choose which ones to attend based on their own needs. The Student Success Center staff is always available during the semester for students who can’t make it to some workshops or just need extra help.
    “The way that we approach learning in college is very different than high school,” Wadell said. “Most of the learning takes place outside of classroom and we’re here to help students adjust to that change.”

  • Seniors offer words of wisdom

    By: Trent Becker
    For incoming freshmen, starting college can be daunting, leading many to fall victim to the age-old college “problems.” So to avoid the mistakes of a college amateur, why not look to seniors for guidance?
    Seniors, because they’ve been there, can offer tips on everything from academic success to help with campus life. One thing is certain, however: This might be the best college advice you get thus far.
    According to Hayley Flippo, senior in communication, being involved in campus organizations has provided his best college memories.
    “Each organization has provided so many fun, exciting and embarrassing memories that I will always treasure,” Flippo said. “Get involved in some of the 150-plus organizations on campus and you can have the chance to create some of your own memories.”
    Although getting involved on campus rounds out the college experience, senior elementary education major Maggie Meiwes offers a practical approach for those daunting first few days of classes.
    “Take some time before classes to familiarize yourself with the campus and where your classrooms are located,” Meiwes said. “By doing this, you will know exactly where you are going the first day of class.
    “Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help with any classes you struggle finding. The professors are there to assist the students, so take full advantage of their help.”
    Communication senior Tayler Vena offers advice on the “dreaded roommate” issue that many college students face.
    “Living with someone else is something many have never experienced before,” Vena said. “Advice for that is to just be flexible. Adjusting to having a roommate can be awkward and it isn’t easy, but going with the flow and being open and honest about your needs will make dorm living much easier for both of you.”
    William Holloway, senior in technical education, has similar advice, emphasizing the importance of a good roommate.
    “Choose your roommates wisely,” Holloway said. “One thing that will ruin your college experience is a terrible roommate.”
    In any situation, going to PSU is likely the biggest decision students have made so far. Regardless, senior communication major Curtis Ebert says these big decisions are only the beginning, so be ready for more to come.
    “Do what you want to do,” Ebert said, “not what mom, dad or your friends want you to do.”
    “If you really like business, do it. Don’t waste a couple of semesters pursuing something that you don’t want to do.”

  • CAC kicks off school year with numerous events

    Michael Bauer, Editor-in-chief

    Every year, Pittsburg State starts off the school year with numerous events. These activities, provided by the Campus Activities Center, allow new students to get to know each other and the university culture. Below is the list of events for the first two weeks of the fall semester.

    Saturday, Aug. 16
    • Warrior Weekend Registration – 9 a.m. at Student Recreation Center – Add a little adventure to your first weekend in Pittsburg. Enjoy paintball, rappelling and lunch – sponsored by the Kansas Army National Guard
    • TRON Glow Stick Dance – 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lindburg Plaza – There will be music and lots of fun to keep you busy on your first official night in Pitt – sponsored by Residence Hall Assembly

    • Fraternity recruitment begins
    Sunday, Aug. 17
    • Pool Party – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pittsburg Aquatic Center – Grab your suit and your friends for swimming and Little Ceasar’s pizza. A shuttle will be running from the Point at the Overman Student Center or there is parking available at the Aquatic Center – sponsored by Student Success Programs, Career Services and the Campus Activities Center
    Monday, Aug. 18
    • Classes begin
    • Just Ask – 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the bronze gorilla near the Oval and Cleveland Plaza – Need to find a building? Need to figure out what class you’re supposed to be going to? Have other questions? Stop by the table to chat with PSU staff – sponsored by Student Success Programs
    • Snack Break – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oval – Get a snack between classes – sponsored by Campus Christians
    • Beat the Heat with a Frozen Treat – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cleveland Plaza – Meet new people and pick up a frozen snack – sponsored by the Office of Student Diversity
    • Opening Night – 8 p.m. in Lindburg Plaza – Relax after first day of classes with some activities and music – sponsored by Student Activities Council
    Tuesday, Aug. 19
    • Just Ask – 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the bronze gorilla near the Oval and Cleveland Plaza – Need to find a building? Need to figure out what class you’re supposed to be going to? Have other questions? Stop by the table to chat with PSU staff – sponsored by Student Success Programs
    • Snack Break – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Oval – Enjoy a quick snack in between classes – sponsored by Campus Christians
    • Beat the Heat with a Frozen Treat – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cleveland Plaza – Meet new people and pick up a frozen snack – sponsored by the Office of Student Diversity
    • Grocery Carnival – 7 p.m. at Lindburg Plaza – Kick off the start of the year with some free groceries – sponsored by Residence Hall Assembly

    Wednesday, Aug. 20
    • Community Fair – 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Oval – Meet lots of businesses and organizations from the Pittsburg community. This is a way to discover what the town of Pittsburg has to offer, and there are usually some great freebies!
    • Hispanics of Today Kickoff Meeting – 5 p.m. in the Prairie Room of the Student Center – Get to know these HOT students
    • Native American Student Association Kickoff Meeting – 6 p.m. in the Prairie Room of the Student Center – Find out everything you need to know about NASA
    Thursday, Aug. 21
    • Black Student Association Kickoff Meeting – 6 p.m. in Hughes 316 – Find out what BSA has going on this semester
    • Campus Christians Kickoff Meeting and Ice Cream Floats – 8 p.m. in Grubbs 109 – Find out more about Campus Christians and get a treat
    Friday, Aug. 22
    • Fraternity Bid Day – Noon at the Campus Activities Center
    • Ice Cream Craze – 7 p.m. at the Crimson Commons Courtyard – Enjoy a scoop or two of ice cream – sponsored by Residence Hall Assembly
    • Game Night – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Campus Christians House – Games plus music, ice cream sundaes and s’mores – sponsored by Campus Christians
    Monday, Aug. 25
    • Snack Break – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Oval – Get a quick snack between classes – sponsored by Campus Christians
    • Enactus Kickoff Meeting – 5 p.m. in Kelce 121 – Learn more about this community of student, academic and business leaders
    • BSA, HOT & NASA Social – 7 p.m. in the Balkans Room of the Student Center – Meet more people on campus at this mixer – sponsored by Black Student Association, Hispanics of Today and Native American Student Association
    Wednesday, Aug. 27

    • Hypnotist – 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (2 showtimes) in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom – Don’t miss the show everyone will be talking about in class – sponsored by Student Activities Council
    Thursday, Aug. 28

    • Transfer Student Cookout – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gorilla Village – This event is exclusively for new transfer students. RSVP to Penny at pcook@pittstate.edu by Aug. 21 – sponsored by Tau Sigma National Honor Society for Transfer Students
    • Cookout – 7 p.m. at the Campus Christians House – Enjoy a barbecue and some friendly faces – sponsored by Campus Christians
    • Game Night – 7 p.m. in the Balkans Room of the Student Center – Take a chance and meet more people during this evening of board games – sponsored by Black Student Association
    Friday, Aug. 29 – Sunday, Aug. 31
    • Little Balkans Days – Downtown Pittsburg

  • Giving the gift of art

    Jay Benedict
    Collegio reporter

    PSU recently received a unique donation from a longtime friend of the university.
    Norma Monahan Reals bequeathed 31 pieces of art to Pitt State as part of her and her late husband William’s final estate plans. The artwork had previously hung throughout the couple’s home in Wichita. The value of the collection has been appraised at $150,000.
    “The collection of art was a lifetime passion of my parents. My mother wanted to have this collection donated and displayed it its entirety, in public, in exactly the same way that she arranged it in her living room for all to enjoy and appreciate,” said William Reals Jr.
    The pieces were on display in Porter Hall’s University Gallery for public viewing, and now most of the pieces will be held temporarily by the Art Department until permanent homes can be found for them.
    The collection contains works from two Lindsborg artists. Several of the pieces were created by Swedish-American artist Birger Sandzen. Sandzen is most famous for his oil landscape paintings.
    During the Reals’ visits to Lindsborg to view Sandzen’s work, they became acquainted with artist Lester Raymer. Raymer is known for everything from his paintings to sculptures and metalworks. The donated Raymer works are mostly paintings, but also include a metal cross.
    So far, only one piece has a guaranteed permanent residence: Sandzen’s “Peonies” painting will be placed in the Crossland House, PSU President Steve Scott’s on-campus residence. The Art Department will temporarily hold on to the remaining pieces until suitable galleries are available.
    According Ellen Carter, PSU director of major gifts, several spaces are being considered. One of the main spots is the soon-to-be-completed Bicknell Family Performing Arts Center. The space that the center will have may be beneficial because Norma requested that works on the south wall of the gallery be kept together.
    “The Raymer wall mimics how the Reals displayed the work in the family’s residence and the work also tells us a story about how the family treasures and leaves a record of their existence and their contributions to the community,” said Rhona Shand, chair of the Art Department.
    “She chose PSU because of her family ties and deep roots in Southeast Kansas,” Bill Reals Jr. said. “We hope you enjoy this collection as much as our family has enjoyed it over the years.”
    “We’re very pleased the family, Norma specifically, made this gift, “ Carter said. “Students, and the public, will be able to enjoy this and learn from it for years to come.”
    The Realses have been friends of PSU for years, despite neither of them being graduates. William graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., where he met Norma. The two married in 1944. Norma was a Pittsburg native and came from a family of miners and farmers, of which many of the descendants are here.
    This connection with the area has been the catalyst for several donations over the years. In 1987, the Realses donated 10 acres in Cherokee County to the university. This plot became the location of PSU’s KRPS public radio station tower and helped the dream of having a local public radio station become a reality.
    The Realses also made another donation in 1988. The 153 acres of reclaimed mined land spanning the Crawford-Cherokee County lines near Cherokee eventually became the Francis A. Monahan Outdoor Education Center, which is maintained by the Biology Department. This site is used as a wildlife refuge and to study the long-term environmental effects of strip mining and subsequent reclamation of the area.
    William Reals died in 2002. Norma Reals died in July 2013.

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