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Naccarato presents on Block22 at L.A. conference

Shawn Naccarato, Pittsburg State University chief strategy officer, was invited speak at the Fifth Annual Next Generation Learning Spaces conference. The conference, which took place Feb. 25-27 in Los Angeles (L.A.), California is designed to explore how higher education institutions are evolving, adapting, and working through modern challenges as physical space meets digital space, …

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PSU celebrates women in construction

This week was used to honor a career field often led by men: construction. In honor of celebrating the development of the construction field’s diversity, this week was deemed National Women in Construction Week.  “I think that unless you are in the field and have worked with women, you might …

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College of Technology gives elementary students hands-on programs

The PSU College of Technology and College of Education collaborated to host hands on STEM programs for third–grade students from Westside Elementary School at the Kansas Technology Center (KTC). The program is part of classes designed to give the students teaching experience with STEM education.  “This is a collaboration between the college of technology and the college of education,” said Byron McKay, assistant professor of technology …

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Peace activist brings ‘Free Hugs’ to PSU

Ken Nwadike has found passion in both running and peace activism, which he combined in order to begin the Free Hugs Project. Inspired to take action against violence after the devastation of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Nwadike now uses the Free Hugs Project to spread peace and travels the country to speak on his experiences.  The Free …

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PSU students put firefighters to the test

PSU exercise science students have been working closely with local firefighters to run tests and assess the firefighter’s physical health. These experiments are being conducted specially to determine how the firefighter’s pulmonary and cardiac system perform under pressure similar to what they experience on the job.  Since the middle of February and until the end of …

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PSU celebrates T.A.G. Week

This year’s Apple Day and Giving Day both fell on the kick off for PSU’s seventh annual Thank-A-Gorilla (T.A.G) Week. T.A.G. Week is a chance to appreciate the alumni and other donors of the university.  “I think that this week is all about being grateful that we have such a sense of community here that …

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PSU Jazz Fest hosts high schools and music professionals

Both the Bicknell stage and Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium were hosts to the sounds of jazz this past weekend.  The PSU Jazz Fest took place Friday, March 1. at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts and Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center. The Jazz Fest was in its 45th iteration and was …

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PSU ISA celebrates culture and diversity

Pitt State students and Pittsburg community members had the opportunity to experience the many cultures and foods of PSU’s international students.   The International Student Association (ISA) presented the ‘International Food and Culture Fair’ from 5 to 7:30 p.m, Saturday, March 2. at the Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center.   “It’s really important to learn about other …

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PSU College of Technology welcomes students with open house

Around 200 high school, community college, and technical college transfer students visited the PSU College of Technology for their Open House event. Students in attendance were able to tour the facilities, talk with faculty and current students, and take part in demonstrations to show what the College of Technology students are doing.  The open …

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Organic professor lives ‘simple life’

Pittsburg State University’s sole organic chemistry professor, Charles (Jody) Neef, lives a life filled with more than just organic chemistry. Neef, who has taught at Pitt State for six-and-a-half years, is also an outdoor enthusiast and says his life is rather “simple.”   Neef said it is “interesting” being PSU’s sole organic chemistry professor, …

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