PSU is tobacco free

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Pittsburg State is tobacco free, and although there are signs that its use has fallen, no means yet exist to actively restrict violations. The university has been promoting the “Breathe Easy” campaign since last January, and the “hard” implementation of the university’s tobacco policy officially took hold on July 1. July 1 also marked the date for an enforcement policy to be decided, but as of Wednesday, July 22, the university is sticking with a policy to discourage tobacco use rather than punish it. In late April, a campus-wide survey was conducted through the GUS system to evaluate the policy. “Our survey showed close to 70 percent of…

Student government plans for a year of action

Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief As with many students, the Student Government Association (SGA) is ready for the fresh start the beginning of the academic year tends to bring. Student body president Kyle Hostetler and vice president Rachel Herring will lead SGA into a variety of projects, topics and legislation. “Overall, our main goal is to create more student involvement and participation,” Hostetler, senior in graphic communications and marketing, said. “With more participation we will be able to ensure SGA is aligned with the student body; we’ll be pushing for issues that are relevant, not just what the Senate wants.” Hostetler says SGA strives to make campus policies sound, give student organizations support and fulfill its duties…

KTC summer programs keep growing

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | While much of PSU is under the spell of lazy summer days, there’s no time for that out at the Kansas Technology Center, where not one, but two kids camps are underway. Randy Winzer, professor of engineering technology, and his team of volunteers are busy teaching 25 students ages 9 through 15 how to build, design and program robots for “Adventures in Robotics.” “This is the fourteenth year for the program,” Winzer said. “It started as a way to get kids engaged during the summer with PSU and the department in a way that is both fun and educational.” The students are currently programing and building robotic cars…

$330,000 granted to research park

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | The Kansas Polymer Research Center may not be well known to most Pitt State students, but that’s about to change thanks to a $330,000 grant the center just received to lay the groundwork for development and expansion. Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC) is located next to the Gene Bicknell Sports Complex. Scientists at the center conduct research on plastics and other materials to create new polymers and inventions. “A polymer is a synthetic that can be anything from paint, to plastic, to foam,” said Andrew Myers, executive director of KPRC. “The chairs here in the lobby are actually built from synthetic fibers and a polymer foam we created…

Axe library may update again

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | While the construction work in front of the Axe library isn’t for the building, Axe may soon have some yellow tape of its own. “During the past year we have conducted an extensive evaluation of services and spaces in Axe,” said Randy Roberts, dean of library services. “The university also engaged the services of an architectural firm to shape the outcomes of the evaluation and input from various meetings to create a concept for future remodeling.” Though no significant remodeling work has or will be done during summer 2015, the library is already preparing for summer 2016, when remodeling work is scheduled to begin. “It will be a…

Students reflect on U.S. travels

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, New York City, Florida, Texas. These are just some of the vacation spots many students, faculty and staff, along with millions of other Americans, will have visited this summer. For many, these are household vacation destination names. But for some Gorillas, these national sights are an international experience. Havila Madugula is one such student whose visit to Niagara Falls this summer was a trip within a trip. Madugula is an international student from India, studying for her master’s in electrical engineering. On top of deciding to travel outside of her country for school, she hasn’t limited her American experience to The Jungle….

It’s done! Overman Student Center open

Overman

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Returning faculty, students and staff may feel they have entered an entirely new building this fall when they take their first steps into Overman Student Center. After a year of construction, detours, dust, noise and mud, Overman is open and back in business. The 68,000 square foot building is sure to awe all of Pitt State this year. From the new additions to the U-Club, to the spacious lounges, to fully-functioning and furnished meeting rooms and, of course, the 600-person-capacity ballroom. “Make yourself at home, it’s your building,” said Jeff Steinmiller, director of Overman Student Center. The building’s new furniture was delivered on Monday, July 20. Construction crews…

Boeing for it: Student’s internship touches the skies

Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief Ryan Lechien, junior in environmental and safety management, traded in The Jungle for a much more concrete and rainy one, Seattle, Wash., to spend his summer interning for Boeing. “Basically, if it flies, they make it,” Lechien said. “Boeing produces a huge majority of commercial airlines, they also do work for the space community and for the military.” Lechien is working on the enterprise risk analysis team at Boeing. He and his co-workers work on safety inspections of products and facilities, which means traveling around the globe to conduct the inspections. “Part of my team is in Russia right now,” Lechien said. “We just toured the Everett Plant, the largest Boeing facility…

‘She gets it’ Health center receives new medical director

| Audrey Dighans editor-in-chief | Kathleen Sandness joined the staff of Bryant Student Health Center as Pitt State’s new medical director. “Kathleen has always been active with PSU,” said Rita Girth, director of operations for the health center. “She has been honored with the Outstanding Alumni award and has received the Distinguished Service award as well.” Sandness graduated from Pitt State in 1983 with a bachelor’s in science and went on to KU Medical School, finishing her residency at the University of Kansas Hospital. Sandness was a contracted physician at the health center for the past three years and began her new job in early June. She also was in private practice for 25 years….

PSU spends summer updating campus

| Audrey Dighans editor in chief | Construction signs and hard hats have been a familiar scene at Pitt State this past year and the university is still working to give the campus an updated look. “Summer is that time of year when we work hard to complete projects because that is when it is least disruptive to students and faculty,” said Lindell Haverstic, project architect in the Office of Facilities Planning, in a university press release earlier this summer. The renovation of Nation Hall and Overman Student Center have been the two summer projects most publicized, but they are not alone. All together, Facilities Planning has eight projects totaling more than $19 million. These…