Students get a taste of real art world

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Thirteen students presented their final projects for the Senior Art Seminar class in the first ever Senior Art Fair on Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the second floor gallery of Porter Hall. The fair was designed to give students the experience of showcasing their work and allowed them to sell their pieces. “This has been set up like a mock art fair so we can get experience for what it’s like to go to a conference or actual art fair,” said Catherine Jepson, senior in 3-D art. “I’m OK with this. I’ve done art shows with my dad. It’s nice to have art that I’ve completed recently for sale. It makes…

Faculty exhibit moving to bigger home

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The University Gallery of Porter Hall walls are being graced for the last time with the artwork of the faculty in the Biannual Department of Art Faculty Exhibit. The next time the exhibit will be held, the artwork will be featured in the new Bicknell Family Center for the Fine Arts. “It will be very exciting to have shows in the new center,” said Marjorie Schick, professor of art. “The gallery here is beautiful, but I look forward to seeing everything in the new gallery.” The exhibition’s purpose is to celebrate the Department of Art faculty at Pittsburg State University as professional, working artists. The exhibit recognizes many of the…

Beer Killer

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Letting beer drain out of a punctured beer can isn’t what most college students would think of fun. But for the students involved in the Sustainability Club, it’s a way for them to help the environment and recycle at the same time. Jim Triplett had been approached by Dallas Gossett of Eagle Beverage and asked if the club would like to find a way to drain and recycle the outdated beer cans the company had. “He approached me at SEK Recycling while I was volunteering one day and told me that my environmental life science class several years ago was the reason that he was recycling today,” said Triplett, adviser…

Overman Student Center Q&A

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Questions answered by Jeff Steinmiller, director of Overman Student Center Q: What will be included in the new student center? A: We are adding 31,000 square feet to the student center. There will be a brand new ballroom with a capacity of 650 that will also be divisible into three separate rooms for more meeting areas, more meeting rooms and spaces, three to be exact, and a brand new student activities complex. This complex will feature Student Government Association (SGA), Student Activities Council (SAC) and Campus Activities Council (CAC) all together. A new entrance on the south side of the building is being constructed and the Greek Office as well…

Distinguished writer brings in crowd

About 75 students, faculty, staff and residents gathered in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center on Thursday, Nov. 13, to hear excerpts from the works of Joy Harjo, the final guest writer of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series for the fall semester. Harjo is a well-known Native American writer, nationally recognized as an outstanding poet, memoirist, teacher, singer, musician and is a member of the Muskoke/Creek Nation. Some of her numerous awards include the Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the University of New Mexico Academy of American Poets Award. Her most recent publication is “Crazy Brave,” published in 2012….

More than boardrooms and legislation

| Gretchen Burns reporter | Instead of participating in normal Halloween festivities over the past weekend, I traveled with ten other students to the University of Kansas in Lawrence for the Kansas Regional Residential Housing Conference known as MACURH (the Midwest Association of College and University Residence Halls). The drive took only two hours and when I stepped out of the van I began my sixth housing conference experience. I immediately started meeting residents from other schools across the Midwest including Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, North and South Dakota and Minnesota. There were even students from Canada present. While some people probably think a housing conference would be really boring and not worth attending, in actuality,…

Majors Fair, major deal

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The Crimson & Gold Ballroom had the university on display on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Freshmen and some upperclassmen, majors declared or not, had the opportunity to look at all of Pitt State’s available majors during the Majors Fair, held from noon to 2:30 p.m. For Toni Zibert, the fair was a great way to look at other opportunities. “I’m going to change my major to English, because that’s what I want to do more,” said Zibert, freshman in graphic communication. “It’s nice to be here and talk to the English department and see what is offered.” The fair was a combined effort of the Office of Career Services and the…

Fall Career Fair

| Gretchen Burns reporter | More than 50 companies and organizations will be on the lookout for soon-to-be graduates at the annual Fall Career Fair on Thursday, Oct. 23. The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center. Representatives from companies and organizations will be available to talk to any student who attends about job openings, the future of the industry and students’ own careers. Possible interns are also on the radar. Due to limited space, this year’s career fair has been split into two segments. A first round of companies will be available to students on Thursday and a second round will come…

Cleaning drive to help Safehouse

| Gretchen Burns reporter | The Students for Violence Prevention organization is working with the Safehouse Center in Pittsburg to “clean up” with a cleaning supply drive throughout October. Safehouse Center is a secured and safe location where women and children who have suffered or are suffering from domestic violence may go to escape. Many of the individuals who arrive at the center in need of help often arrive with the barest of necessities. Items such as cleaning supplies are often forgotten. As October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Students for Violence Prevention (SVP) is hoping to stock some of the shelves of the Safehouse Center with cleaning supplies. SVP is asking all campus organizations…

Tricks or treats?

Bailee Deviney, a freshman in nursing, and Lisa Zhuang from Chia, a junior in Finance, carve a pumpkin on the pumpkin carving contest during the Pitt Pal pumpkin carving event on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Halloween holds many options for students | Gretchen Burns reporter | While many students at PSU have already planned what they will do for Halloween, freshmen often experience the holiday away from home and choose to attend parties. Not Ashley McAllister, though. She decided she doesn’t want to party. She wants to go trick-or-treating. “I’m dressing up as either Mario or Luigi and my best friend is going as the other while we trick-or-treat around Pittsburg,” said McAllister, freshman in nursing. “I’m not planning on going to any parties that might occur.” Sarah Lueck has also decided she will skip the parties this year. “I’m going to hang out with my sister,” said Lueck, freshman…