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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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Toys created by the Beta Toy Design class will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Oval.
Toys, books and games created by seven students – Amber Baumgartner, DJ Bush, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Jake Geither, Cat Jepson, Blane Siebert and Chris Vanderbeck – will be displayed. The class was developed by S. Portico Bowman, associate professor of art, with Norm Philipp, assistant professor in the School of Construction. Proceeds from the sale will benefit SafeHouse Crisis Center.
For more information, contact S. Portico Bowman email@example.com.
Symphony to host music icon
Fiddle player Mark O’Connor will be the featured performer with the Southeast Kansas Symphony at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium. The concert, which concludes the symphony’s 2013-2014 season, is a tribute to “American Inspiration.”
O’Connor has an international reputation as a classical, bluegrass, jazz and country violinist, fiddler and composer. His many awards include two Grammys, eight Grammy nominations, seven Country Music Association (CMA) awards, seven national and grand master fiddling championships, two national guitar championships and one world mandolin championship. His compositions have been performed by major symphonies around the world and are part of the soundtrack for productions such as Ken Burns’ “The War,” and the animated film, “Johnny Appleseed.”
One of his most popular compositions, “Appalachia Waltz,” has been adopted by Yo-Yo Ma as part of his live performance repertoire and is used frequently as music for weddings.
O’Connor will also present a free public lecture and master class at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall in McCray Hall.
Tickets to Sunday’s concert are $7 for adults, $5 for children and senior citizens and free for PSU students, faculty and staff with PSU ID.
Krimson Kultuur to move
Krimson Kultuur, the ENACTUS student-run store, will relocate to 508 N. Broadway on May 1. The store’s current location is 111A W. 4th Street.
Students from Girard Middle School, Pittsburg High, PSU as well as PSU faculty and staff will present stories in 20 slides with 20 seconds per slide in room S102 on Friday, April 25, at the Kansas Technology Center as part of the Pecha-Kucha Volume 12 event.
Volunteers needed for Kids Day
The Recreation Program Design and Leadership class is working with the Pittsburg Parks and Recreation to host the annual Outdoor Kansas Kids Day event from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Lakeside Park.
Volunteers are needed to help manage and run activities. Contact Sally Stamback for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-0106.
$30K donated to GIT
Photography students in the Graphics & Imaging Technologies (GIT) have received more than $30,000 worth of photography equipment in the past month from a donor.
The new equipment includes state-of-the-art cameras, lenses, lighting and backdrops.
Travel to Taiwan
Pitt State’s partner university in Taiwan is looking for two native English-speaking PSU students to work at an English camp this summer from June 30 to July 4.
The Taiwanese university will cover $1,200 of airfare and all lodging and food expenses are covered. An estimated $600-800 out-of-pocket expense will cover the non-credit bearing travel opportunity.
Application deadline is Friday, April 25, at www.pittstate.edu/dotAsset/a9744dd7-2352-48b0-9775-d01a784571dc.pdf.
The graduating seniors of Pittsburg State University’s Department of Art will host a public reception for their senior exhibit, “Six Scoops,” currently on display in the Student Gallery on the second floor in Porter Hall. The reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday April 25.
Amanda Fitzpatrick, Amanda Scott, Blane Siebert, Jacob Miller and Rose Thornhill are presenting artwork and portfolios from their commercial art emphasis. Ceramics on exhibit are from Kimberly Smart’s Three-Dimensional emphasis area.
The exhibit runs until May 2. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-9:30.p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday.
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Construction students, faculty receive honors
Students in PSU’s School of Construction received the Construction Industry Community Benefit Award. The award recognizes the top community-service project performed by members of the National Association of Women in Construction. Pitt State’s chapter earned the award at the Region 6 Spring Forum in Kansas City.
Director joins Fulbright
Cathy Lee Arcuino, director of PSU’s Office of International Programs, has been selected to participate in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Arcuino will travel to Japan in June with a group of administrators from U.S. universities for an intensive two-week program in international education.
Blood drive slated
Residence Hall Assembly, the Pitt State Nursing Department and the American Red Cross will hold the spring 2014 blood drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center.
Appointments can be made by calling University Housing at extension 4245. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Design students qualify for national competition
Matthew Heflin and Kenzi Jordan, seniors in graphic communications, qualified for the national competition in the American Advertising Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation (AAF).
National winners are to be announced in late April with gold and silver award winners announced at the AAF national conference in late May.
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Photo seminar this week
First-time camera users, aspiring photographers and experienced professionals have a chance to learn more at the Perspectives of Photography Seminar, Shoot-Out & Photography Competition.
The two-day event, beginning at 1 p.m., Friday and ending at 9 p.m. Saturday, will take place at PSU’s Kansas Technology Center and cost $49 for students and $99 for the general public.
The seminar will consist of 13 presenters, who are established photographers in their fields, five workshops, a photo competition, door prizes, and will wrap up with an awards banquet Saturday night.
Ensembles spring concert
The Pitt State Symphonic Band and PSU Wind Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Memorial Auditorium.
The program includes “Joy in All Things, “Before the Sun,” “In the Forest of the King,” and others.
Finals survival kits
The PSU chapter of the Kansas Association of Nursing Students will sell “Final Survival Kits,” which include items for students to have a less stressful and more productive finals week.
Kits are available online at https://squareup.com/market/items?query=KANS and will also be sold during dead week for $10 if purchased before April 25.
For questions contact Loganaqualls@gus.pittstate.edu.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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 email@example.com 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.