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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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    Summer school housing

    A limited number of residence hall spaces in the Crimson Commons will be available for students enrolling in summer classes. Restrictions apply for interim and summer periods based on enrollment status. Food service is offered and required for all campus housing students contracted for Summer Session I and/or II.
    To apply, see a list of housing costs or find more information at www.pittstate.edu/housing.

    Disney trivia night

    The deadline to register for the Student Activities Council Disney Trivia Night is 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 28.
    Registration forms are on the SAC webpage and in the Campus Activities Council office.
    The event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8. First place is $400.
    For more information visit www.pittstate.edu/SAC.

    Talent show

    The annual PSU’s Got Talent will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom. This year’s first-place prize is $150. Proceeds will benefit the SafeHouse Crisis Center.
    Interested students may pick up a registration form in the Registrar’s office in 103 Russ Hall. The deadline is 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.

    Commencement regalia

    Orders for rental regalia for the May commencement ceremony are due by Wednesday, April 2. A $25 late fee will be charged for all orders after that date.
    When placing an order, specify items needed, degree to be received, field of study/major, institution name, institution city and state, approximate height and weight.
    Orders may be placed through Fawn Chesnutt at fchesnutt@pittstate.edu or by calling the Gorilla Bookstore at extension 4875.

    Clarinetist to perform

    Alcides Rodriquez, clarinetist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall in McCray Hall.
    The performance is part of the Solo Chamber and Music Series.
    Tickets are free to PSU students, $12 for the general public and $8 for senior citizens and 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased through the University Ticket office located in the Weede and available at the door before the performance.
    For more information, call the PSU Department of Music at 235-4466.

    Nursing Career Day

    The Irene Bradley School of Nursing will hold a Career Day for area high-school students and interested PSU students from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27. Demonstrations will be held in McPherson Hall starting at 9 a.m.
    About 200 students are expected to attend this year’s event, which is free and open to the public.
    For more information, call Judy Coltharp at 235-4437.

    New art exhibit

    “Cut and Tie,” a collection of works by Katherine Strause, artist and associate professor of painting at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark., will be on display in the Harry Krug Gallery in Porter Hall from now until May 2.
    The exhibit is in observance of Women’s History Month.
    The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays.

    Yearbook portraits

    The last day to have senior portraits taken for the 2014 Kanza is Thursday, March 27. Thornton Studios photographers based in New York City will be available until 7 p.m. in the main lobby of the Overman Student Center.
    This is the last chance for senior students to take graduation portraits. Juniors, sophomores and freshmen are highly encouraged to take part to be included in the 2014 edition of the Kanza.
    Photos are free to all students.

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    Business program ranks high

    The Pitt State Kelce College of Business has made the U.S. News and Report’s 2015 list of “Best Graduate Schools.”
    The publication bases its rankings by a combination of statistical data and assessment data.

    Shakespeare T-shirts

    Sigma Tau Delta, Pitt State’s English honor society, is printing T-shirts in honor of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.
    The shirts are $20 for all sizes, with an additional $5 charge for mail orders. Checks and cash will be accepted. Checks should be made to Lori Dyer or Jamie McDaniel and be taken to McDaniel’s office in 402 Grubbs Hall.
    Payments should be enclosed in a sealed envelope with name, e-mail address and shirt size included on a separate piece of paper. All payments are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 3.
    The design is a black and white graphic of “the Bard” with the quote, “I think I’ll write a love story—Everybody dies.” It will be printed on a gray T-shirt, and the design may be viewed at www.facebook.com/events/661947170537181.

    Enrollment and drop deadline

    The summer and fall 2014 schedules of classes are now available online at the Pitt State website. Enrollment will begin at noon Sunday, April 6.
    Students are encouraged to make appointments with their advisers and begin preparing to enroll.
    Also, the registrar’s office has announced that the final day to drop a class and receive a grade of “W” is Monday, March 31.
    All students who wish to drop a class after that day must withdraw from the university. At that point, professors may assess a grade of “W” or “F” for each class.

    Broadcast upgraded to HD

    The Pitt State sports broadcasting program has recently acquired new technology. The new high-definition equipment will allow the university to display HD footage and replays on the video board inside Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium.
    The equipment will also serve as learning instruments for students and allow potential broadcasts of HD programming on the university’s TV station, CAPS 13.

    Social media draft

    A discussion draft by the Kansas Board of Regents Social Media Workgroup is available online at the Pitt State website.
    Students are invited to view and submit comments. Comments must be submitted by Friday, March 28.

    G3 Expostion

    The Graphics, Gadgets and Games Expo (G3 Expo) will be held at 9 a.m. Satuday, March 29, at the Kansas Technology Center. Exhibitors, speakers and companies involved in these industries will present products and presentations for the southeast Kansas community.
    The event is free and open to the public.

    Bridal extravaganza

    Brides to be are invited to join “Engaged! A Grape Escape” at 4 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Memorial Auditorium.
    The event is presented in conjunction with the opening of “Grapes of Wrath” by the Pittsburg Community Theatre and will bring local wedding vendors and brides together for an evening of wine tasting, giveaways, quality one-on-one time with vendors and a performance of the play.
    Proceeds will benefit Pittsburg Meals on Wheels.
    Tickets are $5 for the bridal event only or $15 for both events and may be purchased by calling Memorial Auditorium at 620-231-7827.

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    Convocation

    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 jknoll@pittstate.edu 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 cylee@pittstate.edu.

    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 krhumphrey@pittstate.edu or Harriet Bachner at 235-4633 or hbachner@pittstate.edu.

    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 dadams@pittstate.edu.

    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, ddferguson@pittstate.edu.

    Flower sale

    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.

    Singing valentines

    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 phimualphabd@gmail.com.

    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 allisonc@labette.edu.

    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.

    Choir dinner

    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 smarchant@pittstate.edu.

    ‘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, mroelfs@pittstate.edu 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.

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    Jazz Festival

    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 ycm6161@126.com.

    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.

    ‘Miss Representation’

    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 mhaynes@gus.pittstate.edu.

    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 jgilchrist@gus.pittstate.edu.

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