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The annual Apple Day Convocation ceremony will be 3-4 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall in McCray Hall.
This year’s keynote speaker is Paula Baker, PSU alumna and president and CEO of Freeman Health Systems.
Convocation will also recognize the Golden Gorilla Student Leadership Award recipients and the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients. The drawing for Centennial Scholarships will take place at the end of the ceremony. All students enrolled for Fall 2014 are eligible, but must be present to win.
‘Throwback Thursday’ karaoke
Students are encouraged to join Gorillas in Your Midst 8-10 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the U-Club.
Prizes for best performances of a ‘90s throwback song will be awarded to the best individual and duo performers. Refreshments will be provided. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Student Legal Services
The Student Legal Services Office, located in the Overman Student Center room 205, will offer legal counseling 8-10 a.m. Mondays and 8 a.m.-noon Fridays. Student employees are in the office throughout the remainder of the week to assist with other needs.
Pharmacy information sessions scheduled
Students interested in learning about careers in pharmacy and the doctor of pharmacy degree education program at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy are encouraged to attend an information session at 3 p.m. Friday, March 7, in Grubbs Hall 107.
Women’s Studies Clothes Line Project
The PSU Women’s Studies Club is organizing a project to promote awareness about domestic violence. Volunteers will decorate T-shirts with messages about their experiences from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 10 in Grubbs 309. At 11 a.m. on March 12, the shirts will be displayed in the campus Oval.
Professor receives education award
Donald Baack, professor of management, has been selected as the 2014 Distinguished Educator by the Southwest Academy of Management. He will receive his award during the organization’s convention in Dallas.
Baack has taught at PSU since 1988. Criteria used to select him as the winner include distinction in service to the profession, teaching and scholarship. Baack also served as president of the group in 1996.
Art Fest seeks artists
The SEK Art Fest committee is now accepting applications for the 2014 “SEK Loves Football” event. Those selected to participate will be announced on April 25 during the Art Walk in downtown Pittsburg. The SEK Art Fest will feature 36 giant footballs, and selected artists will have a stipend of $500 and a $100 material allowance.
The Art Fest committee is also accepting requests to become underwriters. The cost to underwrite one football is $1,995. Anyone interested should call 308-6392.
More information on the SEK Art Fest can be found at www.visitcrawfordcounty.com/sekartfest.
Breakfast burritos for sale
Sigma Alpha Iota will sell breakfast burritos in the Oval from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 13 and 27. Burritos are $2. Proceeds will benefit a music camp held for elementary students of Pittsburg and surrounding areas.
Students to compete in concrete bowl
A group of Pittsburg State construction management majors is preparing for a national bowling competition in Reno, Nev. Lauren Bohannon, Storm Schnake and Blake Swaggerty will compete on March 23 in the American Concrete Institute’s Concrete Bowling Ball competition. The students advanced to nationals after finishing first overall in regional competition in Kansas City last month.
Pitt State’s second team, Daniel De Oliveira and Jeremy Messer, tied for second at regionals and have also been invited to compete in the national competition.
The competition challenges teams to demonstrate the effect of fibers in reinforcing concrete. Prizes will be awarded in both the Performance and Presentation categories, with first place in each category getting $750; second place, $500; and third, $250.
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Korea study abroad
Several open spots are available for students wishing to join the PSU Korea delegation. The trip is estimated at $2,800 including airfare, lodging and meals. The trip is scheduled for May 11-24. For more information, email email@example.com.
Student-built lab unveiled Wednesday
The new Design and Engineering Lab at the Kansas Technology Center was unveiled Wednesday, Feb. 26, in room E120.
The lab is part of PSU’s Wood Technology Department and was designed by the spring 2012 graduate students Chris Bell and Scott Vasey, who are both employed at Advanced Fixtures Inc.
The project was awarded $30,000 and construction began last November.
Audubon focuses on purple martins
The Sperry-Galligar Audubon meeting will feature Andrew Burnett, alumnus and member of the Purple Martin Conservation Association, as he speaks about his work to restore the purple martin habitat in Parsons.
The meeting is at 7 p.m. in Yates Hall 102.
Comedian tours jungle
Comedian Mal Hall will perform at 8 pm. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the U-Club located in the basement of Overman Student Center. In 2009 Hall was a finalist on NBC’s “Standup for Diversity Showcase.”
The event is free and open to the public.
Cultural immersion program scheduled
BaFa BaFa, a cross-cultural simulation program, will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center.
The event will help participants experience what it’s like to step into a culture different from their own.
For more information, call Kristen Humphrey at 235-4329 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Harriet Bachner at 235-4633 or email@example.com.
Food & Culture Fair
International students will offer tastes of their native cuisines as well as performances of music and dance at the annual Food & Culture Fair 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Memorial Auditorium.
The event is co-sponsored by the International Students Association and International Programs and Services Office.
Entrance fee is $1, but children under age 12 may enter for free. Tickets are required to purchase food and will be available at the door for $1-$1.50.
Shuttle rides from Overman Student Center to Memorial are available from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
For more information, call Cathy Lee Arcuino at 235-4680.
PSU hosts Science Day
Organizers say they expect more than 700 high school students from Kansas and Missouri to participate in Pittsburg State University’s annual Science Day on Thursday, Feb. 27.
The event begins at 8:45 a.m. in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center with opening remarks by PSU President Steve Scott. Students will compete in chemistry, physics, e arth and space science, and biology.
In addition to written exams, students work in teams on hands-on tests of their scientific knowledge and creativity. In the paper-tower competition, students will be challenged to build the tallest tower possible using only a sheet of paper and some paper clips. For the mousetrap-car competition, they must build a car powered by a mousetrap and race it against other competitors’ cars.
Science Day concludes about 2 p.m. with the Biology Bowl team competition.
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‘Inequality for All’
The American Democracy Project will present a showing of the documentary “Inequality for All” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. Immediately following the film a live webcast with other college campuses and Robert Reich, chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California and former secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton’s administration, will take place.
During the webcast issues highlighted in the film will be discussed, as well as the growing inequality faced in the United States.
For more information, contact David Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free HIV tests
Bryant Student Health Center is providing free, anonymous HIV tests on Thursday, Feb. 20, as well as every third Thursday of the month during the spring semester. Call 235-4452 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted on the basis of available space.
Preschool open house
Little Gorillas Preschool at Pitt State invites residents to learn about its program for 3- to 5-year- old children from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Enrollment is open for the 2014-2015 preschool year and a waiting list for applicants will be available during the event.
For more information, call Amber Tankersely, 235-4460, or Kari Cronister, 235-4461.
Apple Day Convocation
The annual Apple Day Convocation will be 3-4 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall. Classes will be dismissed at this time so students, faculty and staff may participate.
This year’s speaker will be Ms. Paula Baker, CEO of Freeman Health Systems, who completed her bachelor’s in education in 1980 and her master’s in psychology in 1999, both from PSU.
Organist coming to Pitt
Organist Janette Fishell will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall as part of PSU’s Solo and Chamber Music Series.
Fishell, professor of organ and chair of the organ department at Indiana University, has traveled and performed all over the world.
Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for senior citizens/children under 18 and are available at the PSU Ticket Office located in the Weede.
Grad Finale March 26
The Grad Finale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the Balkans Room of Overman Student Center. Students completing their degree requirements in May or July of 2014 and who will attend commencement on May 9 or 10, are invited to attend the Finale as it is an opportunity to handle many graduation needs and provide answers to questions and concerns.
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Tournament deadline nears
The Intramural Sports Program entry deadline for the badminton and pickleball tournaments is Sunday, Feb. 16. Tournament play is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 24, to Thursday, Feb. 27.
Interested students may register for singles, doubles and coed doubles. For more information, call 235-4955.
Study abroad info sessions
Spots are open for the study abroad trip to La Antiqua, Guatemala.
Information sessions are scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in room 102 at the Student Rec Center, and at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in room 115 of Axe Library.
The trip is scheduled for May 11-28. Estimated cost is $1,742 plus airfare and tuition for summer credits in courses REC 276, International Field Studies or CMCET 401, International Construction and Learning.
For more information, contact Dan Ferguson, email@example.com.
The annual Gorillas in Your Midst Valentine’s Day Flower sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in the Yates Hall lobby.
Roses are $3.50 each, Carnations $1.50 each, bud vases and larger arrangements are available for additional fees. Valentine-themed cookies will also be for sale this year.
For more information, call 235-4062.
Members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Men’s Music Fraternity are offering singing valentines to be delivered on Valentine’s Day. A booth will be set up in the Yates Hall lobby next to the Gorillas in Your Midst flower sale.
Orders for singing valentines may be filled by calling 875-3841 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scottish Valentine’s performance
The Pitt State Choir will present “A Scottish Valentine” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center.
The event will feature a gourmet dinner and musical performance to evoke the imagery and atmosphere of Scotland, which the choir is scheduled to tour later this year.
Tickets are $29 and are available at 235-4476.
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Scotland, England study abroad
PSU students interested in summer study abroad are invited to join Labette Community College to Scotland and England on May 19-26.
The program will cost $3,300, which includes airfare, lodging, breakfasts, tours and entrance fees. The full itinerary is available online at www.efcollegestudytours.com/enroll.
Students who enroll in the Labette three-hour course will be able to transfer the credits to PSU as a sophomore level English elective and may receive a $250 travel stipend from the international programs office.
Contact Allison Colson for more information at email@example.com.
Spring Career Day
Spring Career Day is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom in Overman Student Center. More than 85 companies and organizations are registered to attend.
Business attire is strongly encouraged and students may research prospective companies on the Pitt State website.
Call 235-4140 for more information.
Tickets are on sale for “A Scottish Valentine” through Feb. 10 for the PSU Choir’s presentation at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center.
Tickets are $29. To make reservations contact Susan Marchant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘The Miracle Worker’
The Montana Repertory Theatre will perform “The Miracle Worker” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are available at the PSU ticket office located in the Weede. Admission for students is free, but a ticket is required for entry. For PSU faculty, staff, senior citizens and children under 17, tickets are $7 and $12 for the general public.
Valentine’s Day opera
The Pitt State Opera Theatre will celebrate Valentine’s Day with two one-act operas, “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi,” by Puccini at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and again at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Both performances will be in Memorial Auditorium.
The Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra will accompany both operas.
Tickets are $5 for students, seniors over 65 and groups of 10 or more. Tickets for adults are $10. All tickets are available at the PSU ticket office in the Weede.
For more information, call Patrick Howle at 235-4470.
Ambassador applications due
The Office of Admission is accepting applications for University Student Ambassadors. Students interested in being a Pitt C.A.R.E.S. leader should also apply. Applications are available from the Office of Admission, 107 Horace Mann Hall or online at http://www.pittstate.edu/admission/visit/ambassadors.dot. Applications are due by Wednesday, March 5. Students must be available to attend one workshop on Monday, March 10, or Tuesday, March 11. For more information, contact Melinda Roelfs, email@example.com or 235-4226.
Acclaimed novelist to speak
Novelist Larry Heinemann will speak and read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Governors Room of Overman Student Center. Heinemann’s presentation is part of PSU’s Distinguished Visiting Writers Series.
“Close Quarters,” Heinemann’s award-winning first novel, has been called the seminal work to come out of the war in Vietnam. “Paco’s Story,” his second novel, received the National Book Award for Fiction and the Carl Sandburg Literary Arts Award.
Heinemann is the visiting writer-in-residence at Texas A&M University.
The PSU Visiting Writers Series is supported by the PSU Department of English and the PSU Student Fee Council.
Krimson Kultuur open house
The Krimson Kultuur, a nonprofit, student-created retail store in downtown Pittsburg, is holding an open house at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. The store, located at 111A W. Fourth St., emphasizes fair-trade practices and features both local handmade products and those of global artisans. Refreshments will be provided.
The 40th annual PSU Jazz Festival will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now at the Pitt State ticket office in the Weede.
This year’s guest artist is Grammy award-winning Bob Mintzer and his LA Big Band.
Sports panel discussion
The Department of Communication will present a sports panel discussion, “Sports Journalism in the Age of New Media,” 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, in 107 Grubbs Hall.
Panelists will discuss the evolution and current state of sports journalism and the challenges presented by the rise of sports talk radio, 24-hour cable sports channels and sports in social media.
A reception will follow.
Novelist to read his works
The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series will present novelist Larry Heinemann at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. A reception with food will follow, and Heinemann’s books will be available for purchase.
In addition, Heinemann will lead an informal discussion at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at 302 Grubbs Hall.
Best known for writing about the American experience in Vietnam, Heinemann won the 1987 National Book Award for Fiction for his novel “Paco’s Story.” He is a writer in residence at Texas A&M University.
The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the PSU English Department and the Student Fee Council.
Business school program
An information session will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Inaugural Room of Overman Student Center for students interested in the La Rochelle Business School Summer Program in International Business.
Representatives will be available, and details on individual programs and dates are available online at the Pitt State website.
To apply, students may log onto www.pittstate.studioabroad.com/?go=LaRochelle2014summer.
‘A Very Harry Potter Sequel’
Alpha Psi Omega will present “A Very Potter Sequel” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, and Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Grubbs Hall Studio Theatre.
The event is free and open to the public. Donations are requested to help fund CHOICES, Pittsburg’s local emergency homeless shelter.
Chinese spring fest slated
The Chinese Culture Club will hold the Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, on Friday, Jan. 31.
The event will begin with a cultural presentation at 5 p.m. in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center. It will include traditional Chinese dances, fans, songs and instruments.
Participants can also try Chinese calligraphy and other activities with prizes.
Following the program, a traditional Chinese meal will be served in the United Methodist Campus Ministry, 201 E. Williams St. The menu will include shrimp, chicken, tofu, beef, dumplings and soup.
This event is open to the public. Seating is limited and only 150 tickets are available.
Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance in the Office of International Programs and Services, 118 Whitesitt Hall.
For more information, call Chongmin “Marx” Yuan at 620-719-7733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Aid training classes
The Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing is accepting registration for CPR, First Aid and AED training courses. The school is authorized by the American Heart Association to provide instruction.
Students interested in taking one of the above courses should reserve a space as soon as possible by calling 235-4431 to check class space availability, pay in advance and proceed to pick up their manuals. There is a refundable deposit of $15 for returning student manuals after completion of the class.
Full certification is $45 and re-certification is $25. Those attending re-certification courses must bring a copy of their most recent CPR card upon payment and pickup of student manual.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, in Russ Hall 309, the Women’s Studies club will hold a showing of the documentary ‘Miss Representation,’ directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Popcorn and lemonade will be provided.
Colonial Fox new director
The Colonial Fox Theatre foundation announced late on Jan. 29 that Sarah Jensen had been named managing director of the foundation, that exists to renovate and re-open the theatre, located on 407 N. Broadway. For more information, go to www.colonialfox.org.
Phi Sig rush events
Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity will hold two events to recruit new members at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the fraternity house, 1710 S. Broadway, and at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the Student Recreation Center. The fraternity house event will be a video game and poker tournament. For more information, contact Michael Haynes at email@example.com.
U.S. Marshal to visit
On Friday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m., in Kelce 121, U.S. Deputy Marshal Shervonne Gallow will speak at the invitation of the Justice Studies Student Association. For more information, contact Jaci Gilchrist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutor children in reading
The PSU Center for READing is looking for students to tutor children. The center is looking for people who like working with children and like reading. For more information, visit the website at www.pittstate.edu/READing or stop by the center located in 209 Whitesitt Hall.
Students interested in joining the center’s team of tutors should e-mail email@example.com.
An additional 29 brown permit parking spaces are now available in the 100 block of East Williams Street, north of Hughes Hall. Those wishing to use the lot may enter off of Williams Street or from the alley from Elm to Broadway.
Study-abroad deadline nears
The deadline to apply for individual summer and fall study-abroad programs for 2014 is March 3. Students interested in studying abroad are encouraged to visit the International Office in 118 Whitesitt.
Students who have studied abroad are available to talk to from noon to 2 p.m. daily and from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Leadership Institute applications
The Global Leadership Institute is now accepting applications for spring 2014. Topics such as leadership development, intercultural communication, conflict negotiation and global activism are highlighted. Additional activities are required as part of participation.
Students seeking the IKE certificate may join the program to count as one of two required fields.
Applications are due by noon Friday, Jan. 24. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
International students seeking host families
Host families are needed for exchange students this semester. Host families provide friendship and assist incoming international students adjusting to life in the U.S. Responsibilities do not involve financial or live-in support.
For more information, see the Host Family Program brochure at www.pittstate.edu/dotAsset/64528.pdf.
If you would like to apply to be a host family please fill out the online form at www.pittstate.edu/office/international/host-family-request.dot.
Artist to present lecture, workshop
Frank A. Pishkur will hold a public workshop and lecture on his exhibit “Working the Surface” from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in 106 Porter Hall.
For more information, call the PSU Art Department at 235-4302.
A charity Zumba-thon is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Lakeside Elementary Gym, 709 S. College.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and will be $10. Proceeds will benefit the family of Beatriz Velazques, who has recently had an unexpected surgery.
Six Zumba teachers will attend. Call Sylvia at 620-249-4552 for more information.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”