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    Thanksgiving dining hours

    All campus dining facilities will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Nov. 28. Gibson Dining Hall will also be closed on Saturday, Nov. 29, and Sunday, Nov. 30.
    The Axe Grind will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
    All dining locations will reopen with regular hours of operation on Monday, Dec. 1.

    PSU dining committee

    Sodexo now has positions open for interested students, faculty and staff to join the PSU Dining Committee. Applicants must be interested in food, promotions, sustainability, healthy options and other topics related to campus dining operations.
    Applications may be found on the Gorilla Dining website and the deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 21.
    For more information, contact Alessandra Lima at arochalima@pittstate.edu.

    Jazz ensemble concert

    The Pitt State Jazz Ensembles will finish the year with a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Memorial Auditorium. Both PSU jazz ensembles will perform along with the Southeast Kansas Music Educators Honor Jazz Band and high school students selected by audition.
    The concert will feature a variety of pieces, including “April in Paris” and “Texas Tenor.”

    Opera tickets on sale

    The PSU Opera Theatre, along with the Southeast Kansas Symphony, will present “An Enchanted Evening” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Memorial Auditorium.
    The concert will combine opera and musical themes and will include selections from “West Side Story,” Act II of “La Boheme,” and “Der Rosenkavelier.”
    Tickets are on sale at the PSU Ticket Office and are $10 for adults, $5 for students under 17 and persons over 65. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets for $5 each and PSU students, faculty and staff are admitted free with ID.

    Performance hall named

    The university announced Tuesday, Nov. 18, that the name for the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts performance hall will be named in honor of Linda and Lee Scott, in recognition of a $5 million gift made in 2012 on their behalf by the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation.
    The 1,100-seat Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall is housed within the university’s new $33 million Center for the Arts, set to open on Sunday, Dec. 7.

    Playoff tickets

    The No. 5 nationally ranked Gorillas will take on the Bisons of Harding University on Saturday, Nov. 22, in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. Tickets for the student section of the stadium are $5 in advance and $10 in advance for other sections of the stadium.
    Advance tickets are available for purchase at the PSU Ticket Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day until Friday, Nov. 21.

    Kanza portraits

    Kanza studio photographers are available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today in the main lobby of Overman Student Center for Kanza yearbook photos.
    This is the chance for seniors to have their graduation portraits taken, but freshman, sophomore, junior and graduate students are encouraged to take part to be included in the 2015 Kanza Yearbook.
    Photos are free.
    For more information call 235-4809.

    Faculty artwork exhibit

    The University Gallery in Porter Hall is exhibiting recent works of nine members of the Department of Art faculty.
    Entitled “Assembly Required,” the exhibit will run from Tuesday, Nov. 18, to Friday, Jan. 23, and features works of painting, ceramics, mixed media and metals.
    For more information, visit the website at www.pittstate.edu/art.

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    Senior sendoff

    The Out of the Jungle Senior Sendoff for graduating seniors will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Oval.
    Graduating seniors are encouraged to stop by for a free drink, snack, official PSU Kansas or Missouri license plates and more.
    Booths will be set up with chances to win prizes such as an iPad mini and football tickets.

    Student wins broadcasting award

    Adrian Herrera, graduate student in broadcasting, took first place at the National Student Electronic Media Convention in Seattle, Wash.
    Herrera’s project was a video public service announcement promoting Pittsburg State’s switch to GusNet, the secure campus wireless system.

    House Hunters in the Jungle

    Pitt State alums Ugo and Am Nwagwu will welcome millions into their new home Thursday, Nov. 14, when an episode of “House Hunters,” on cable channel HGTV, will air for the first time at 9 p.m.
    Ugo says they always thought Pittsburg would be considered too small to interest a show like House Hunters, but he and Amy are excited to be on the show.

    Native American poet to read

    The PSU Distinguished Visiting Writers Series will host Joy Harjo, poet and musician, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center as part of the university’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month.
    Harjo is a member of the Mvskoke Nation and has seven books of poetry, earning her the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and many others.
    In addition to her published works, Harjo has five award-winning CDs of original music.
    Harjo’s performance is free and open to the public.

    Cushon earns player of the week

    Junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon was named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 10.
    Cushon caught nine passes for a career-high 221 yards and two touchdowns in the Gorillas’ 38-31 win over the Central Missouri Mules on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Carnie Smith Stadium. Cushon, who leads the MIAA in receiving yards, hauled in a 75-yard touchdown pass on the game’s first offensive play. He added a 47-yard touchdown catch, helping the Gorillas to a 28-21 lead with 3:18 left to play in the third quarter.
    Cushon, who hails from Kansas City, Mo., has compiled 54 catches for 1,073 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

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    Prof. elected to national office

    Ananda Jayawardhana, professor of mathematics, was elected vice president of Mu Sigma Rho, the national statistics honorary society, and began his three-year term on July 1. Mu Sigma Rho works to promote and encourage activity in statistics and recognizes outstanding achievements among students in eligible academic institutions.
    Jayawardhana helped establish the Kansas-Western Missouri chapter of the American Statistical Association in 2012, which includes Pitt State, Kansas State, Emporia State, the University of Kansas and several other institutions.

    Homecoming position vacant

    The Campus Activities Center (CAC) is now accepting applications for students interested in holding a Homecoming committee student chair position. Applications and information on the position can be obtained in the CAC office located in Hartman Hall room 203.
    Applications are due by noon Friday, Oct. 31, and must be printed and turned in at the CAC office.
    For more information, call Mary Mercer at 235-4795.

    Group taking applications

    Gorillas in Your Midst is now accepting applications for the spring 2015 training class. The class will meet 2-3:50 p.m. on Wednesdays.
    Students interested in promoting and supporting healthy life choices on campus are encouraged to apply for the award winning peer education group.
    Applications are available at the Prevention & Wellness office located in Harman Hall room 209 or at the Campus Activities Center office located in room 203.
    For more information, call 235-4062 or contact Taylor Zingg, student coordinator, at atgorillasinyourmidst1@gmail.com.

    Intramural indoor volleyball

    The Intramural Sports Program will host an indoor volleyball tournament scheduled to start Monday, Nov. 3. Registration for men’s, women’s and coed teams is due Sunday, Oct. 26. All team entries must be done online at www.pittstate.edu/campus-life/groups/intramurals/intramural-sports/.
    A mandatory captains meeting will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 31, in the rec center.
    For more information, call the intramural office at 235-4955.

    ‘It’s on US’ campaign starts

    Student Government Association (SGA) will host a day-long event in promotion of the national “It’s on US” Campaign launched by the White House on Thursday, Oct. 30.
    SGA members will provide information on the campaign as well as tips on how to change the culture associated with sexual assault on college campuses.
    A pumpkin carving contest will be held later in the evening and Kansas House Rep. Julie Menghini as well as congressional candidate Margie Wakefield are scheduled to speak in the Lindburg Plaza about the legislative side of the issue.
    SGA encourages students and student organizations to participate in the event.
    For more information, contact Jaclyn Gilchrist at sgavicepresident@pittstate.edu.

    Fall Career Expo scheduled

    The annual Fall Career Expo is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center. More than 50 companies and organizations have registered to attend this year’s event. A complete list is available on the Pitt State website.
    Students in search of a job or internship are encouraged to attend.
    Business attire is not required but strongly suggested. Students without business appropriate attire may obtain an outfit at the Career Clothes Closet located in Horace Mann room 203.

    Admissions director gets award

    Melinda Roelfs, PSU director of admission, became the third Pitt State employee to earn the Laura Cross Distinguished Service Award. This is the highest award an individual may receive at the annual Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers conference.
    Roelfs has served as director of admission since 2006 and has worked at PSU since 1997.

    Enactus earns innovation award

    Krimson Kultuur, the student-run store created last year by Pitt State’s Enactus program, received second place in the Innovation in Business Education Award Program. The award was announced by the Mid-American Business Deans Association.
    Krimson Kulture is located in downtown Pittsburg and works with the organization “10,000 Villages” to sell items made by local artists and international artisans in developing countries. The store also serves as a fundraiser for PSU Enactus and allows students to earn valuable work experience.
    For more information on the award, visit http://mabda.aacsb.edu/home.

    Food pantry holds open house

    The Gorilla Assistance Pantry invites the public to its open house from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Executive members of the pantry will be available to answer questions and provide information about the food pantry and how the organization plans to serve the PSU community.
    For more information, contact Danielle Walker at pittstategap@gmail.com.

    Thomas scholarship fund

    The Pittsburg Knights of Columbus will host a pancake and sausage breakfast to raise money for the Taylor Thomas Scholarship Fund.
    Thomas was a junior in mechanical engineering and passed away on Thursday, Oct. 9.
    The event is scheduled 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 26, at the St. Mary’s Activity Center.

    Dropping classes

    Monday, Nov. 3, will be the last day for students to drop a class. Students wishing to do so must go to the Registrar’s Office located in Russ Hall room 103 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Online safety tips

    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Pitt State University offers these tips to stay safe while online.
    Change passwords regularly, make them long with a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.
    Use two-factor authentication (2FA) if possible.
    Monitor bank accounts, credit cards and credit reports regularly.
    Be aware and careful of what you post about yourself and others, don’t overshare personal information or activities.
    Protect devices by keeping anti-virus, operating system and web browsers up-to-date.

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    Table tennis tourney

    The Office of Intramural Sports will host a double elimination table tennis tournament for men’s and women’s singles, doubles and co-rec doubles.
    All teams must be registered online through the IMLeagues registration on the Pitt State Website by Sunday, Oct. 5.
    Games will be played Monday through Thursday at the Student Recreation Center starting Monday, Oct. 13.
    For questions or more information, call 235-4955,

    Voter registration available in Oval

    Members of the Student Government Association will be available in the Oval from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 3, to assist students, staff and faculty with first-time voter registration for both Crawford County and home counties.
    A copy or photo of a birth certificate or passport must be provided.
    For more information, contact Lindsay Ong at lindsayong@gus.pittstate.edu.
    Free jazz concert

    A free Jazz concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Overman Student Center.
    Local jazz bands and Pitt State’s Jazz Band will all perform.

    Campus safety report available online

    The Pittsburg State University annual security and fire safety report is now available on the Pitt State website.
    The report is required by federal law and contains policy statements, crime statistics, university procedures, university safety programs and fire prevention and safety tips.
    Statistics for the past three years are included for certain types of crimes reported on campus and/or in campus residential facilities.
    Paper copies may be requested from the University Police and Parking Services, located in the lower level of Shirk Hall.

    Review of drug, alcohol prevention programs available

    Pittsburg State University’s most recent review of the university’s drug and alcohol prevention programs is now available online at the Pitt State website.
    Paper copies may be requested by contacting the office of Campus Life and Auxiliary Services at 235-4321.

    Author to speak

    Chinelo Okparanta will read her works at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center. Her visit is part of the English Department’s Distinguished Visiting Writers Series.
    Okparanta’s story, “America,” was short-listed for the Caine Prize in African Writing and her short-story collection, “Happiness, Like Water,” was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story award in 2013.
    The reading is free and open to the public.

    Midwest trumpet festival

    The sixth annual Midwest Trumpet Festival will be Sunday, Oct. 12, and Monday, Oct. 13, on the PSU campus. This year’s featured artist is David Hickman, regents professor at Arizona State University and international soloist.
    The Crowder Jazz Orchestra will also attend.
    The festival is under the direction of Todd Hastings, professor of music. Performers, students, teachers and the Pittsburg community will have the chance to attend education sessions, individual and group classes, recitals and concerts throughout the two-day event.
    For more information, call the Music Department at 235-4466.

    Homecoming activities

    Pitt State Homecoming week activities will begin Sunday, Oct. 5, to Saturday, Oct. 11.
    The Spirit Art Fashion Show will start the week’s activities at 7 p.m. Sunday, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. On Monday, homecoming Presentation Night will begin at 8 p.m. in McCray Hall where the top 12 king and queen candidates will be announced.
    King and queen voting polls will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, through the GUS System and the annual Gorilla Games will begin at 7 p.m. at the PSU baseball fields.
    Yell Like Hell starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at Carnie Smith Stadium.
    The Taste of Pittsburg will be at 7 p.m. at the Kansas Technology Center; contact the Alumni Center for more information at 235-4758.
    On Saturday, Oct. 11, the Homecoming Parade will begin at 9 a.m. in downtown Pittsburg, GorillaFest will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gorilla Village and the football game will kick off at 2 p.m. at Carnie Smith Stadium.
    More information on homecoming activities can be found by calling the Campus Activities Center at 235-4795.

    Ebola takes countries off study-abroad list

    At this time and moving forward there will be no approved study-abroad experiences in the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone because of the Ebola outbreak in those countries. The International Programs and Services office is continuing to review the Ebola crisis and is following procedures for the possible impact of the virus on the Pitt State student population and future study-abroad opportunities outlined by the Centers for Disease Control.
    Updated information on the Ebola crisis can be found at www.cdc.gov.
    Faculty or students with questions regarding potential travel in relation to this outbreak should call Tillie Fathbruckner at 303-235-4221.

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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.
    Wednesday
    all morning—elementary school Lego Brick building event
    Thursday
    all morning—Campus Judging
    6 p.m. Community Pep Rally at Gorilla Village
    Friday
    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
    Saturday
    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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