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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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Prospective students get warm welcome at Pitt C.A.R.E.S.

Incoming Gorillas from far and wide filled the Jack H. Overman Student Center Monday, June 4, with unbridled optimism for their collegiate careers and hopes of learning what to expect.  Every year in June and July, prospective freshmen go through Pitt C.A.R.E.S, or the Campus, Advisement, Registration, and Enrollment Sessions. This program acts as an orientation to the college experience for …

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Nelson-Atkins honors Marjorie Schick

Marjorie Schick, art professor at Pittsburg State University for 50 years, died last December from stroke complications, but her legacy continues to shine as boldly and loudly as her art, most recently through a memorial ceremony and art display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.    Guests at the service Sunday, June 3 …

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Campus Activities Center gains new Greek Life coordinator Anna Stark

Fraternities and sororities at Pitt State gain a new support system from newly hired Anna Stark, Greek life program coordinator in conjunction with the Campus Activities Center (CAC), officially beginning the position Monday, June 4.  Before her hiring, the position remained vacant since November 2017 with team of Eva Sager, associate director of campus activities, and …

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PSU casting course attracts global attention

The Investment Casting Institute (ICI) based in New Jersey boasts the only certification program in the industry for investment casting, and people from all over the world travel annually to attend the certification course held at Pittsburg State University.   This summer marks the 18th year the course has been offered at Pitt State. Participants from across the nation …

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Bells ring at Bicknell Center during Bell Choir Festival 

Emotion rang through the air with sounds of bells at the Mass Bell Choir Festival Saturday, June 2 under direction of Janis Saket. Saket said she believes music is the language of the emotion, exemplifying such in the Pittsburg area bell choir performances.  The annual Mass Bell Choir Festival, hosted by the Bicknell Family …

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