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Bicknell features outdoor jazz

The Bicknell front lawn became stage for the Summer Kicks Jazz Band, under the direction of Robert Kehle, Wednesday, June 20, as part of the 2018 Chamber Music Festival.  “I’m just up here waving my hands,” Kehle said. “They play real good and they make me feel so good.”  The Summer Kicks Jazz band is a recurring feature in the Pittsburg Chamber Music …

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Eight Seasons blow away the audience on Bicknell Stage

The Linda and Lee Scott Performance Hall received a taste of music both classical and contemporary during the Eight Seasons concert, hosted by the PSU department of music.  Directed by Raul Munguía, professor of violin and director of orchestra, the concert featured the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi back-to-back with the Four Seasons of Buenos …

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Blues showcased at Colonial Fox Theatre 

Pittsburg State University and the Colonial Fox Foundation teamed together for the finale of the 2018 Pittsburg Chamber Music Festival Saturday, June 23, featuring the Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues Ensemble. The concert was held at the Colonial Fox Theatre in downtown Pittsburg.  The Chamber Music Festival has become a summer tradition, brought together through a collaboration between Pitt State, the PSU Music Department, the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, the Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation, the …

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Art Fest reveals bench masterpieces

Since 2013, the Pittsburg community has received yearly displays of everything from coal buckets to fiberglass pigs painted to represent the spirit of southeast Kansas. This is in part thanks to the Southeast Kansas Art Festival (SEK Art Fest).  The most recent pieces added were in 2016, but the Bicknell …

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Hite named UPD director

After former director of the university police department Mike McCracken announced his retirement in March, it was up in the air about his replacement. Monday, June 18, the new director, Stu Hite, started in McCracken’s position, though this is not his first time with the Pitt State police department.  Hite …

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Raleigh Ringers ring into PSU music festival

The internationally recognized handbell choir The Raleigh Ringers start off this year’s Chamber Music Festival with a wide variety of music Monday, June 18. Featured music ranged from Beethoven to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to Kerry Livgren’s “Dust in the Wind.”  Phillis Scorse, president of Pittsburg’s Treble Clef Club, and Janis …

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Wind ensembles make music day and dusk

The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts lawn was home to two wind ensembles Tuesday evening, June 19: the Summer Youth Wind Ensemble and the Pittsburg Summer Wind Band.  Beginning at noon, the Summer Youth Wind Ensemble met on the Bicknell stage to prepare a program for the night’s concert. …

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Pitt State welcomes new victim advocate

Ali Smith, Pittsburg State’s campus victim advocate housed at PSU since 2005, has vacated her position for another at the Safehouse Crisis Center.  “It was never something that was in my plan to begin with, I guess,” Smith said. “In undergrad I joined Students for Violence Prevention (SVP) and I …

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Summer camp cracks code for reading success

New to Pittsburg State University’s Center for READing this summer, the Secret Codes Camp is helping children who struggle with reading become confident, competent readers.   David Hurford, chair of the Department of Psychology and director of the Center for READing, started the Center in 1997 in order to provide assessments …

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PSU alumna sets new records with botany research 

Sam Pryer graduated Pitt State with her master’s in biology this May after completing a monumental project that will have a lasting impact on the study and understanding of plant life in Kansas.   As part of a floristic survey, Pryer spent more than two years collecting and identifying 1,439 plant …

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