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    Company Day

    The Kansas Technology Center will host its annual Company Day on Wednesday, Sept. 24. More than 200 companies are registered to attend this year’s event. Freshman and sophomore students are encouraged to attend and begin networking while junior and senior students are encouraged to bring resumes, portfolios and ask questions for potential internships and job offers upon graduation.
    The event is free and open to the public; business casual attire is encouraged but not required.

    Rocky Horror Picture Show

    The Colonial Fox Theatre in downtown Pittsburg will host “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 7:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. $5 prop bags are for sale and donations are appreciated.
    The “Rocky Horror Picture Show” tells the tale of two newlyweds whose night drastically changes when their car breaks down in a rainstorm.
    The film is rated R and not intended for children.
    Guests are encouraged to dress up for the event as well.

    Artist to lecture

    Ceramicist and new media artist Colby Parsons will present a public lecture over his work at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in room 103 Porter Hall. A reception will follow.
    Colby’s work is a combination of ceramics and projected video that elevates his sculptures beyond their physical forms. His works can be viewed in the University Gallery in Porter Hall from now until Sept. 26.
    University Gallery hours for the exhibit are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Business-center director named

    Tom Byler has been named the new director of the Kansas Small Business Development Center.
    Byler, of Fort Scott, has served as a business consultant within the KSBDC since 2008. He succeeds Kathryn Richard, who retired this year after more than 25 years in the position.
      The KSBDC, a component of Pitt State’s Center for Innovation and Business Development, is one of eight regional centers and 12 associate centers throughout Kansas. The KSBDC and its outreach centers provide assistance for small businesses located or intending to locate within its 12-county service area.

    Fuzzy’s fundraiser for SEK Humane Society

    Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will host an ice cream and brownie fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, on the sky deck of Fuzzy’s, located at 1620 S. Broadway.
    Dogs are welcome to join their owners for the event and are allowed on the sky deck.
    Ice cream and brownies will be available for $5 with all proceeds benefiting the animals at the SEK Humane Society.
    For more information call 920-0308 or contact Erica at Erica.sekhs@yahoo.com.

     Alaska presentation

    Delia Lister, director of Pittsburg State University’s Nature Reach, will present a PowerPoint presentation on her recent trip to Alaska at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Yates Hall, room 102.
    Lister’s presentation will be a part of the Sperry-Galligar Audubon meeting and will cover topics based on plants, wildlife and glacial forces in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

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    The Office of Information Services is sponsoring a cyber security poster-design contest. Students are challenged to create a poster explaining security problems and actions students may take to safeguard their computers, mobile devices and other personal information on the web. The deadline for entries is Thursday, Sept. 25, and winners will be announced on Tuesday, Sept. 30.
    E-mail as a PDF attachment to security@pittstate.edu.
    For more information and examples go to www.pittstate.edu/office/information-services/it-security/.

    Jungle Nights – Casino

    The first Student Activities Council Jungle Night of the 2014 fall semester will be from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Sept. 12. The event is free and open to all PSU students. Snacks, mocktails and games will be provided.

    Dog Days

    The Career Services office will host Dog Days in the Cleveland Plaza outside Horace Mann from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12.
    Free hot dogs, prizes and information on services provided by the office will be available for passing students.
    Tickets for the Career Resource Center drawing held at the end of the semester will also be available.
    For more information, call Career Services at 235-4140.

    Flag Football league,
    kickball tournament

    Intramural Sports is now taking registration for a flag football league with divisions for men, women and co-rec teams. Registration will end Sunday, Sept. 14, and can be found online at IMLeagues on the pittstate.edu website.
    Games will begin on Monday, Sept. 22, on the President’s Field.
    A kickball tournament will also begin on the same date, with registration due on Sunday, Sept. 14, via online registration.
    Kickball games will take place at the Bicknell Sports Complex.
    For more information on either event, call the Intramural Office at 235-4955.

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    Intramural handball

    The intramural sports program is hosting a team handball tournament for men’s and women’s leagues. The deadline for registration is Sept. 7, all entries will be made via IMLeagues.
    Information on how to register can be found at www.pittstate.edu/campus-life/groups/intramurals/intramural-sports/registration-instructions.dot.
    Games will be scheduled Monday through Thursdays with the tournament beginning Monday, Sept. 15.

    Legal services available

    The Student Legal Services Office is located in Room 205 of the Overman Student Center and has legal counsel and student employees ready to assist students with their needs. Hours are posted on the office door.

    Gorilla Crossing ooperating hours

    The Gorilla Crossing in Overman Student Center has extended hours of operation, which went into effect Monday, Aug. 25.
    The hours are as follows: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. The Gorilla Crossing is closed Saturday and Sunday.

    New ACIS chair

    Peter Rosen has taken over as the chair for the Department of Accounting and Computer Information Systems. Along with overseeing the ACIS department, Rosen also teaches computer information and management information systems courses in the Kelce College of Business.

    Automotive Service Program

    The Automotive Service Program is available for students who need automotive service and repair needs. For an appointment, call 235-4642, 235-4827 or 235-6189.

    Fraternity receives high honors

    Phi Sigma Kappa received the Fred Schwengel Most Improved Chapter Award, an honor coveted by the fraternity for many years.
    For his leadership in guiding Phi Sigma Kappa to nationally recognized status, James Saltat, chapter president, received a prestigious honor of his own: the Order of the Diamond Circle, the highest honor an undergraduate can receive from the fraternity.
    Starting Aug. 25, Phi Sigma Kappa will begin its annual Trampoline-a-Thon philanthropy event on the Oval. Proceeds will help send a local Special Olympics athlete to the World Games in Los Angeles in 2015.

    Winzer named regional VP for Phi Kappa Phi

    PSU engineering technology professor Randy Winzer has been named a regional vice president for Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest honor society in the U.S.
    Winzer will serve as the society’s vice president of the south central region, which includes Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
    He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 213 at Pittsburg State and past president from 2004-2013.

    Little Balkans Days

    The 30th annual Little Balkans Days celebration in downtown Pittsburg will be held Friday, Aug. 29, to Sunday, Aug. 31. A full schedule of events can be found at www.littlebalkansfestival.com/events-and-event-links.

    Updated PSU website

    The PSU website has been updated for easier use.
    The university calendar has a section where events may be submitted and then added. Access to stories, videos, social media and searches have been made more available.

    Former PSU football player scores first NFL touchdown

    Former PSU wide receiver John Brown scored his first touchdown for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Aug. 24, against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals won the game 19-13. Brown finished the night with a team-high four catches for 56 yards.

    Ice cream social

    An ice cream social sponsored by the Graphics Arts Club and Gamma Epsilon Tau Graphics honors society will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in the courtyard of the Kansas Technology Center.
    The social is open to all students.

    SGA openings

    Seats are available on both the regular Senate and Justice Board of the Student Government Association.
    Interested students may find applications online at www.pittstate.edu/campus-life/groups/sga/. Applications must be typed and turned in to the SGA office located in Hartman Hall room 207. Be prepared to schedule an appointment with the Vacancy Board for an interview when turning in applications.

    Potluck lunch

    The PSU Department of Art and Student Art Advisory Council’s annual potluck lunch will be from noon to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29.
    Hotdogs, hamburgers and buns will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring a dish of their choosing, but may still attend if they are unable to.
    Lockers within Porter Hall will also be available for check-out.

    Paint the Town Red

    Paint the Town Red will take place Wednesday, Sept. 3, through Saturday, Sept. 6.
    all morning—elementary school Lego Brick building event
    all morning—Campus Judging
    6 p.m. Community Pep Rally at Gorilla Village
    All day—business judging
    1:30 p.m. PSU Athlete Autograph Session at Carnie Smith Stadium
    2 p.m. Official Balloon Launch at Brandenburg Field
    5:30-8 p.m. Downtown Event in Downtown Pittsburg State University
    6:30 p.m. 5K Race and Kids Fun Run at 5th and Pine
    8 p.m. Showing of The Lego Movie at the Colonial Fox Theater
    7 p.m. PSU vs. Northeastern State at Carnie Smith Stadium

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    SRC announces holiday hours

    The Student Recreation Center hours for the Fourth of July holiday are:

    Friday, July 4 – CLOSED
    Saturday, July 5 – CLOSED
    Sunday, July 6 – 3 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Photo available for building history story: Cutline: The old shuffleboard courts inside Kelce Hall were uncovered recently during a remodel of the Office of Information Services offices.

    Remodeling uncovers building history

    A remodeling project in the Kelce College of Business has uncovered a portion of the building’s history.

    While pulling up the floors, workers uncovered the old shuffleboard and basketball courts that were used when the building was College High School.

    College High closed in 1971, and the building was dedicated as Kelce Hall in 1975. Randy Roberts, university archivist and dean of library services, said the courts were most likely covered up in 1974 during the transition remodel.

    The current remodeling project will lead to a conference room for the Office of Information Services.

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    Mantooth named national
    assistant coach of the year

    PSU’s Brian Mantooth has been named the NCAA Division II men’s assistant coach of the year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
    The award was announced on Wednesday, May 28.
    Mantooth, who is in his fifth year as a full-time coach at PSU, has helped the Gorilla throwers to a pair of All-America performances while guiding the track and field team to a fifth-place finish overall as a team at the 2014 national championship meet.
    Bo Farrow, freshman biology major from Broken Arrow, Okla., placed third in the discus at nationals while Garrett Appier, sophomore physical education major from Paola, took fourth in the shot put. The two led a throws contingent that scored 63 of PSU’s team points at the 2014 MIAA Outdoor Championships, helping the Gorillas to a third straight conference title.
    Mantooth has served as a part-time coach for eight season before joining the PSU staff in 2009. He’s coached 26 All-America performances from the men’s team and 25 All-America performances from the women’s team.
    Mantooth, a native of Caney, was a three-time All-MIAA thrower during his college career at PSU and took conference titles in the hammer and weight throw in 2000.

    Foss earns academic honors

    Infielder Brandon Foss, senior in graphic communications from Lenexa, was named to the first-team Capital One Academic All-America team for the NCAA Division II baseball team on Thursday, May 29.
    The senior recently graduated from PSU with a 3.97 grade-point-average.
    It was the second consecutive year that Foss has earned first-team Capital One Academic All-America honors.
    Foss started all 50 games, batting .331 with 15 doubles, two home runs and 29 RBI’s. Foss also scored 29 runs and carried a .973 fielding percentage while splitting time between first and third base for PSU.

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    Students to attend P.E. event

    Starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, the Pittsburg State Department of Health, Human Performance and Fitness will hold the annual Kansas Kids Fitness Day.
    More than 1,000 third-grade students are expected to attend the event, which will be held in Carnie Smith Stadium. The statewide event is held every year to remind students to be active every day. In case of rain, it will be take place Friday, May 2.

    Gorillas place in design contest

    In its first year in the competition, Pitt State finished second in the World Vision/John Brown University Disaster Shelter Design Competition. The event was held on April 24 and 25 at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.
    The Pitt State team was composed of students from the School of Construction. For more information visit www.jbu.edu/sheltercontest.

    Music students’ season fin

    The Pittsburg State University choirs are preparing for the final concerts of the 2013-3014 season. The program entitled “A Bouquet of British Masses,” will feature four composers and will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at First United Methodist Church, located at 5th and Pine.
    The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 620-235-4466.

    Retireees to receive honors

    The Retirement Recognition ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center.
    A reception for this year’s recipients of the Service Award and Retirement Recognition will follow the ceremony.
    All university employees with 10 or more years of service to the university and employees who are retiring this year will be recognized.

    End-of-year display of talent

    Gorillas isn Your Midst will present the final Karaoke Night of the year on Thursday, May 1, in the U-Club of Overman Student Center. GIYM has selected a “beach” theme for the event.
    Cash prizes, refreshments and giveaways will be offered to contestants and attendants.
    Call 620-235-4062 for more information.

    Book return deadline near

    All textbook rentals from the Gorilla Bookstore must be returned by the end of finals week, Friday, May 9.
    Return textbook rentals to avoid being charged for a replacement copy. Replacement fees will be charged to the credit card on file on Wednesday, May 14, the bookstore says.

    Overman bikes removed

    On Tuesday, April 29, bikes that were not removed as requested by the university from the racks nearby Overman Student Center were taken by university police.
    The racks needed to be cleared in order for construction on the expansion to Overman Student Center to begin, says Sara Peak, administrative specialist for campus life and auxiliary services.
    University police may be contacted to retrieve any confiscated bikes.

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    Toy sale

    Toys created by the Beta Toy Design class will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Oval.
    Toys, books and games created by seven students – Amber Baumgartner, DJ Bush, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Jake Geither, Cat Jepson, Blane Siebert and Chris Vanderbeck – will be displayed. The class was developed by S. Portico Bowman, associate professor of art, with Norm Philipp, assistant professor in the School of Construction. Proceeds from the sale will benefit SafeHouse Crisis Center.
    For more information, contact S. Portico Bowman sbowman@pittstate.edu.

    Symphony to host music icon

    Fiddle player Mark O’Connor will be the featured performer with the Southeast Kansas Symphony at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium. The concert, which concludes the symphony’s 2013-2014 season, is a tribute to “American Inspiration.”
    O’Connor has an international reputation as a classical, bluegrass, jazz and country violinist, fiddler and composer. His many awards include two Grammys, eight Grammy nominations, seven Country Music Association (CMA) awards, seven national and grand master fiddling championships, two national guitar championships and one world mandolin championship. His compositions have been performed by major symphonies around the world and are part of the soundtrack for productions such as Ken Burns’ “The War,” and the animated film, “Johnny Appleseed.”
    One of his most popular compositions, “Appalachia Waltz,” has been adopted by Yo-Yo Ma as part of his live performance repertoire and is used frequently as music for weddings.
    O’Connor will also present a free public lecture and master class at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall in McCray Hall.
    Tickets to Sunday’s concert are $7 for adults, $5 for children and senior citizens and free for PSU students, faculty and staff with PSU ID.

    Krimson Kultuur to move

    Krimson Kultuur, the ENACTUS student-run store, will relocate to 508 N. Broadway on May 1. The store’s current location is 111A W. 4th Street.


    Students from Girard Middle School, Pittsburg High, PSU as well as PSU faculty and staff will present stories in 20 slides with 20 seconds per slide in room S102 on Friday, April 25, at the Kansas Technology Center as part of the Pecha-Kucha Volume 12 event.

    Volunteers needed for Kids Day

    The Recreation Program Design and Leadership class is working with the Pittsburg Parks and Recreation to host the annual Outdoor Kansas Kids Day event from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Lakeside Park.
    Volunteers are needed to help manage and run activities. Contact Sally Stamback for more information at talk2sally56@hotmail.com or 704-0106.

    $30K donated to GIT

    Photography students in the Graphics & Imaging Technologies (GIT) have received more than $30,000 worth of photography equipment in the past month from a donor.
    The new equipment includes state-of-the-art cameras, lenses, lighting and backdrops.

    Travel to Taiwan

    Pitt State’s partner university in Taiwan is looking for two native English-speaking PSU students to work at an English camp this summer from June 30 to July 4.
    The Taiwanese university will cover $1,200 of airfare and all lodging and food expenses are covered. An estimated $600-800 out-of-pocket expense will cover the non-credit bearing travel opportunity.
    Application deadline is Friday, April 25, at www.pittstate.edu/dotAsset/a9744dd7-2352-48b0-9775-d01a784571dc.pdf.

    Senior Exhibit

    The graduating seniors of Pittsburg State University’s Department of Art will host a public reception for their senior exhibit, “Six Scoops,” currently on display in the Student Gallery on the second floor in Porter Hall.  The reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday April 25.
    Amanda Fitzpatrick, Amanda Scott, Blane Siebert, Jacob Miller and Rose Thornhill are presenting artwork and portfolios from their commercial art emphasis.  Ceramics on exhibit are from Kimberly Smart’s Three-Dimensional emphasis area.
    The exhibit runs until May 2.  Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-9:30.p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday.

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    Construction students, faculty receive honors

    Students in PSU’s School of Construction received the Construction Industry Community Benefit Award. The award recognizes the top community-service project performed by members of the National Association of Women in Construction. Pitt State’s chapter earned the award at the Region 6 Spring Forum in Kansas City.

    Director joins Fulbright

    Cathy Lee Arcuino, director of PSU’s Office of International Programs, has been selected to participate in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Arcuino will travel to Japan in June with a group of administrators from U.S. universities for an intensive two-week program in international education.

    Blood drive slated

    Residence Hall Assembly, the Pitt State Nursing Department and the American Red Cross will hold the spring 2014 blood drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center.
    Appointments can be made by calling University Housing at extension 4245. Walk-ins are also welcome.

    Design students qualify for national competition

    Matthew Heflin and Kenzi Jordan, seniors in graphic communications, qualified for the national competition in the American Advertising Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation (AAF).
    National winners are to be announced in late April with gold and silver award winners announced at the AAF national conference in late May.

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    Photo seminar this week

    First-time camera users, aspiring photographers and experienced professionals have a chance to learn more at the Perspectives of Photography Seminar, Shoot-Out & Photography Competition.
    The two-day event, beginning at 1 p.m., Friday and ending at 9 p.m. Saturday, will take place at PSU’s Kansas Technology Center and cost $49 for students and $99 for the general public.
    The seminar will consist of 13 presenters, who are established photographers in their fields, five workshops, a photo competition, door prizes, and will wrap up with an awards banquet Saturday night.

    Ensembles spring concert

    The Pitt State Symphonic Band and PSU Wind Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Memorial Auditorium.
    The program includes “Joy in All Things, “Before the Sun,” “In the Forest of the King,” and others.

    Finals survival kits

    The PSU chapter of the Kansas Association of Nursing Students will sell “Final Survival Kits,” which include items for students to have a less stressful and more productive finals week.
    Kits are available online at https://squareup.com/market/items?query=KANS and will also be sold during dead week for $10 if purchased before April 25.
    For questions contact Loganaqualls@gus.pittstate.edu.

    Move-out information

    Students living in on-campus housing should fill out change of address forms and send them to all persons, companies and organizations they receive mail from.
    Failure to do so will result in all mail stamped “return to sender” and not forwarded. U.S. Postal Service forwarding cards will not work for residence hall students.

    Fulbright info session

    A Fulbright Program information session will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, in 216 Russ Hall. Background information on the program’s history, success and application process will be provided.
    For more information, visit http://us.fulbrightonline.org/.

    Mental health guest speaker

    Ross Szabo, guest speaker, will present “Mixed Drinks, Mixed Emotions” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, in Overman Student Center.
    Szabo is sponsored by Greek Life, Jungle Nights and Gorillas in Your Midst. For more information, contact gorillasinyourmidst1@gmail.com.

    Ambassador applications

    The Pitt State Division of University Advancement is accepting applications for Advancement Ambassadors from now until Friday, April 11.
    Selected students will promote the university through activities such as T.A.G., work with alumni and campus offices and receive training in subjects such as professionalism, etiquette, public relations, leadership, PSU history and event planning.
    Interested students must have completed 48 academic hours by the end of the spring application process to be eligible.
    Visit http://www.pittstate.edu/office/development/advancement-ambassadors.dot for complete guidelines and more information.

    Ensemble finishes series

    The Pitt State Solo and Chamber Music Series will host its final performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall in McCray Hall.
    The performance will be a history lesson of the shaping of the modern world through music.

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    Poetry reading Thursday

    Wyatt Townley, nominee for the Pushcart Prize, will read some of her works at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Governors Room of Overman Student Center.
    Townley has appeared in hundreds of venues, been read on NPR and appeared in Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column.

    Photo seminar, contest

    The Student Association of Photographers will host the Perspectives of Photography Seminar, Shoot-Out & Photography Competition at the Kansas Technology Center on April 11 and 12.
    This event will provide attendees with the opportunity to participate in five workshops/classes. The photography competition categories include black and white, color, portrait and digital manipulation. Rules and entry forms can be accessed on the SAPS website.
    To register or get more information, visit http://perspectivesofphot.wix.com/2014pop.

    Kelce maintains accreditation

    The PSU Kelce College of Business has secured accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

    Finals survival kits

    Pitt State nursing students will be selling “finals survival kits” online at https://squareup.com/market/items?query=KANS. Kits ordered by 11:59 p.m. April 25 will be $10 and $12 afterward.
    Students are asked to name their Greek organization, dorm or, for students in non-campus housing, list 101 McPherson Hall, Pittsburg State University, in the address box and their name in the comment box.
    Kits may be picked up at McPherson Hall during dead week.

    MADD fundraiser

    The Kansas Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a fundraiser entitled “Keep Calm and Hand Over the Keys” from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, in the Governors Room of Overman Student Center.
    For more information, call Erin Porter 417-793-5448.

    Disney karaoke night

    Gorillas in Your Midst will host a Disney karaoke night 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the U-Club in the basement of the Overman Student Center. Prizes will be given to the individual or duo who best performs a Disney song. Free refreshments will be served.

    Healthy eating tips

    Gorillas in Your Midst will provide fresh fruit and healthy eating tips to students from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 10, at the Student Recreation Center.

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