Pitt State Briefs
Nature photographer at PSU
Noppadol Paothong, nature photographer and author, will share stories and images of his 11-year documentation of seven species of endangered North American grassland grouse during a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 102 Yates Hall.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and a book signing will follow the presentation. For more information visit sperry-galligar.com.
The Bryant Student Health Center will provide free, anonymous HIV tests on Thursday, Dec. 5, as well as the third Thursday of each month in the upcoming spring 2014 semester: Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 20, April 24 and May 15.
Students may call 620-235-4452 to set up an appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted if there is space available.
Wind Ensemble concert
The PSU Wind Ensemble will host a festive sing-along at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Memorial Auditorium.
The concert is free and open to the public.
It will begin with a selection of music from Latin America. The second half of the program will cover music for the holiday season.
Following the concert, cookies and cider will be served in the lobby.
The PSU Gorilla Bookstore’s annual Campus Appreciation Event will be on Thursday, Dec. 5. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and all PSU clothing and gift items will be discounted 25 percent.
Students are encouraged to wear an “ugly Christmas sweater” for a chance to win the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest. The winner will receive a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card.
Entries will be posted on Facebook and vote will be taken there before the winner is announced on Friday, Dec. 6.
PSU Choir fundraiser
From noon to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, the PSU choir will be raising funds for an upcoming trip to Scotland at Cherry Berry on 2609 N. Broadway.
Students and community members are encouraged to place receipts from Cherry Berry in the fundraising box; 10 percent of the associated sales will be donated to the choir.
Final jazz concert
The final jazz concert of the semester will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Memorial Auditorium.
The concert will feature three groups: At 1 p.m., PSU Jazz will start, followed at 2 p.m. by PSU Jazz and a high school ensemble of selected Southeast Kansas public high school students.
The event is free and open to the public.
Students wishing to remain in the residence halls over the semester break may apply for interim contracts on the Pitt State website.
The interim period will start Saturday, Dec. 14 and last until Saturday, Jan. 11. The cost of interim housing will be $430 per person.
Food service will not be available. Payments are due by noon Friday, Dec. 13.
Student research day
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the Capitol Student Research Day will be held at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka.
Pitt State has been invited to include five graduate student research posters and 10 undergraduate research posters.
Interested students should respond to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Dec. 13.
PSU Graduate and Continuing Studies will pay for printing posters, travel and lodging. Participation certificates will be awarded to selected students.
The fall semester’s last day for student and senior portraits, taken for publication in the 2013-2014 Kanza, is today, Thursday, Nov. 21.
Photographers are set up in the main lobby of Overman Student Center. Portraits are free to all students. 2014 Kanza yearbooks may also be purchased.
For more information, call 235-4809.
Gibson Dining Hall will offer a Thanksgiving Dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m today, Thursday, Nov. 21.
Carved turkey, ham, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole and a variety of pies will be served.
Dinner is open to all students, faculty and staff. The meal will cost $1 and one swipe with a Crimson Card, one meal plan swipe, or $8 cash.
Art Day competition
About 375 high school students from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma are expected to attend the 2013 Art Day celebration today, Thursday, Nov. 21.
The event shall take place in the Balkans Room of Overman Student Center.
This year’s theme is “A fish out of Water.” Teams will have 90 minutes to complete their work with judging beginning at 11 a.m.
There will also be two categories for individual competition in Porter Hall.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to tour the event between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Sigma Tau Delta and PSU English Club will host a Book/Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, and Friday, Nov. 22, in first floor lobby of Grubbs Hall.
Paperback books will be 50 cents and hardbacks will be $1.
In addition to the sale, Sigma Tau encourages students to bring unwanted textbooks to donate to The National Center for Family Literacy. Bins will be set up during the sale and again during Finals Week.
Native American drumming, wilderness survival skills
Native American Heritage month continues at 5 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 21, in the U-Club of Overman Student Center with presentations on drumming and wilderness survival skills.
For more information, contact the Office of Student Diversity.
Veneer donated to KTC
Houston-based woodworking company Brochsteins recently delivered 1 million square feet of veneer.
The material will be used for student projects and KTC remodeling.
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Basketball refs needed
The Pittsburg State Office of Intramural Sports will hold the Pre-Holiday Basketball tournament from Monday, Dec. 2, to Thursday, Dec. 5.
Students interested in working as referees may apply on Gorillas4Hire.
By Friday, Nov. 15, applications, resumes and cover letters must be turned in to the Welcome Center Desk in the Student Recreation Center on 2001 S. Rouse. There will be training sessions the following week.
Specific times for games are not yet available, but they will generally be scheduled in the evening. For more information, call the Intramural Office at 235-4955.
2014 Homecoming Committee
The deadline to join the 2014 homecoming committee has been extended to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.
Students selected as chairs will serve from January to November 2014. Committee members are responsible for running homecoming events, selecting themes, hosting the Gorilla Games and more.
Applications can be picked up at the Campus Activities Center in the lower level of Overman Student Center.
For more information, contact Eva Sager at email@example.com, or call 235-4795.
Flu vaccines available
Seasonal influenza shots are now available to students, faculty and staff at the Bryant Student Health Center. Walk-ins are welcome.
Flu shots cost $15. Cash, check, debit or credit cards are accepted.
Insurance plans that pay for vaccinations will not be allowed to pay up-front for the shots, but individuals on such plans will be able to get a receipt that they can use to file a reimbursement claim with their insurer.
The health center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Peace Corps coming to PSU
The Peace Corps will visit Pitt State at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, and Friday, Nov. 15, in the Varsity Room of Overman Student Center.
Peace Corps recruiters will provide information about volunteer experiences and answer questions while guiding interested students through the process.
For more information, contact Megan Corrigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PSU Writing Center will hold a “Designing Writing Assignments That Work” workshop at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, and at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.
The workshop will show students how to design and plan a model of an assignment and how to use it to create assignments that work for several PSU courses.
To register, call the Writing Center at 235-4694.
Enactus store to open
The PSU chapter of Enactus’ new store, Krimson Kultuur, will open at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. There will be an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Krimson Kultuur will sell products from the 10,000 Villages organization, which sells handmade gifts, jewels and other art pieces produced by artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
Product sales pay for food, education, health care and housing for artisans. The store is located at 111A W. Fourth St.
CFO alumnus to visit
Chris Williford, a financial officer in the oil and gas exploration industry, will visit PSU as part of the Executive on Campus program on Thursday, Nov. 14, and Friday, Nov. 15, in the Kelce College of Business. At 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Nov. 15, Williford will speak in classes taught by Mary Polfer, instructor of accounting and computer information systems.
A limited number of extra seats are available. Polfer may be reached at 235-4076.
Project gets national attention
Seth O’Brien, assistant professor in construction, and Chad Crain, research technologist in construction, have attracted national attention for Pitt State and the College of Technology.
O’Brien and Crain are installing solar-powered LED pavement lights to two interchanges in Chanute for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).
The LED lights are replacing lighting as the two intersections do not currently meet KDOT standards for tower lighting.
Transgender speaker slated
Stephanie Mott, a transsexual Christian from Topeka, will speak to students and faculty at 1 p.m. in the Governors Room of Overman Student Center.
Mott is the director for the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (KSTEP).
For more information, contact Billie Head at email@example.com.
Senate president to speak
Susan Wagle, who as Kansas Senate president is the first woman to serve as a top legislative leader in Kansas, is scheduled to speak at noon Thursday in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center. The speech is part of the university’s Profiles of Women in Government lecture series. Her talk is titled “Soaring with Clipped Wings.”
String quartet to perform
The Enso String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the recital hall of McCray Hall. The quartet has won numerous awards and has recently been nominated for a Grammy.
The performance is sponsored by the PSU Department of Music Solo and Chamber Music Series. Tickets are free to PSU students with ID and are available at the ticket office located in the Weede. For more information, call the ticket office at 620-235-4796.
International education week
International Education Week will be Nov. 11-15. Multiple events daily will celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. For a complete list of events, visit www.pittstate.edu/office/international/iew.
Student group gets $5,000
The PSU Women in Construction (WIC) student group has received a $5,000 donation from the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of Kansas City. The money will be used to pay for registrations in conferences.
WIC will hold its first planning meeting on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Kansas Technology Center.
SVP seeks new members
Students for Violence Prevention (SVP) is looking for new members to join their organization. Members are dedicated to educating others about domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and must complete a semester-long training course offered in the spring semester.
The course will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and counts as a one-hour credit.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students to attend conference
Eight PSU students out of 100 will attend this year’s Future Safety Leaders Conference on Thursday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 8, in Schaumburg, Ill.
The conference features a variety of speakers within the safety profession as well as training and recruitment modules.
The Pittsburg students who will attend are Monica Austin, Zach Axton, Tim Ray Cashion, Mason McCurdy, Blake England, Kyla Lang, Ryan Lechien and Aaron Weaver.
Symphonic Band recruiting
The PSU Symphonic Band, which operates during the spring semester, is looking for students with previous band experience who might want to participate in the ensemble this spring.
The ensemble is an open enrollment group with no audition necessary. The group meets Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 3:30-4:50 and will give two concerts during the semester.
James Clanton, instructor of percussion, and Craig Fuchs, professor of music, will lead the ensemble. Students who are interested in playing should enroll in Music 156-02 during the pre-enrollment period.
If students have questions, they can email Fuchs at email@example.com.
Veterans Day tree
On Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, people on campus who wish to pay tribute to members of the armed forces and veterans will be able to attach ribbons and other memorial objects onto a tree located outside Russ Hall that will be designated by the Registrar’s Office.
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Info session on new minor
Doug Hall, founder and CEO of Eureka! Ranch and best-selling author, will give a presentation about Pittsburg State’s new Innovation Engineering minor from 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Balkans Room of Overman Student Center.
Students of all majors will be able to declare and enroll in the Innovation Engineering minor starting spring 2014. Hall will give an overview of the new program.
Parenting seminar on love, logic
Jeff Hughes, senior in social work, and Bryan Rea, junior in social work, will host a seminar discussing “Parenting the love and logic way” from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Wilkinson Alumni Center.
The seminar is free to all individuals wishing to attend and registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The seminar is designed to help teach skills for giving relationships chances, incorporating empathy in parenting and realizing the road to wisdom is littered with mistakes and questions.
Contact Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rea at email@example.com for more information.
Blind survivor of 9/11 to give presentation
Michael Hingson, blind since birth, and his guide dog Roselle, will give a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Memorial Auditorium.
Hingson, thanks to Roselle, escaped the 78th floor of Tower One moments before it collapsed after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The Pittsburg State University’s Performing Arts and Lecture Series (PALS) is sponsoring the event, in which Hingson will share his message with audience members. Tickets are required but free to PSU students, faculty and staff with ID and may be obtained at the Weede Ticket office. All seating is general admission.
Kazakhstan international gathering
Learn more about Kazakhstan and sample traditional food from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in the lower level of Grubbs.
The gathering is open to all students, faculty, staff and residents.
For more information contact Cathy Lee Arcuino at firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing Center workshop
The PSU Writing Center will hold a Grammar and Punctuation workshop at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in Hartman Hall 332A.
Students are encouraged to bring questions and a list of pet peeves dealing with common grammar and punctuation mistakes to learn which ones matter and which ones don’t. Students are also asked to bring their own laptops and a limited number will be provided.
To register for the workshop, visit http://bit.ly/18q1mqz
Study abroad in China
The PSU faculty-led group study abroad to China is scheduled to be from May 11 to May 24, 2014.
Experiences from the program are designed to expand students’ knowledge base of China’s historical and cultural influences on eastern countries.
Contact Sang Lee at email@example.com for more details.