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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

International rock star brings message of peace

A rock star is coming to Pittsburg State University, but there's a good chance that most people in the Four-State area haven't heard of him. While Salman Ahmad may not be a household name in middle America, this wildly popular south Asian rocker is well known around the world for his message of peace and understanding. Ahmad has been appointed a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for HIV Awareness and was recently invited to the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.

Ahmad will perform, show some of his music videos and answer audience questions from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Overman Student Center on the PSU campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

Ahmad was born in Lahore, Pakistan, but moved with his family to New York, where he went to Tappan Zee High School in Tappan, N.Y.

After graduating from high school, Ahmad got his medical degree from Pakistan's King Edward Medical College in Lahore. While in med school, Ahmad was also a member of Pakistan's first pop band, Vital Signs, whose debut album sold a million copies. This success inspired Ahmad to give up his stethoscope and pick up his guitar. In 1990 he founded South Asia's biggest rock band, Junoon.

Since its founding, Junoon has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and has the distinction of being the first ever rock band to be invited to perform at the U.N. general assembly.

Ahmad has been a passionate activist in promoting peace in the subcontinent. His efforts to build bridges between India and Pakistan have resulted in a music video he produced called "Ghoom Tana," which appears on his latest solo album, "INFINITI," and is currently being broadcast on MTV Desi in the U.S.

Ahmad has appeared in a number of documentary films including, "It's My Country too," which looks at Muslim-Americans post 9-11. Another award-winning documentary film, "The Rockstar and the Mullahs," brought Ahmad together with fundamentalist religious leaders to discuss the meaning of Islam. Both films, which represent efforts to create understanding between the community of his birth and the culture in which he grew up and now lives, have been broadcast on PBS and the BBC.

"This truly a unique opportunity to hear the international message of peace and good will," said Chuck Olcese, director of International Programs and Services at PSU.

Jeff Hashman, coordinator in the International Programs and Services office, said that although Ahmad's performance is free, seating is limited in the student center's Crimson and Gold Ballroom. Free tickets may be obtained in advance of the performance at the PSU Ticket Office in the Overman Student Center or at the International Programs and Services Office in 118 Whitesitt Hall.

Support from a number of sponsors has made Ahmad's visit to PSU possible. They include: the Student Government Association, the Indian Student Association, International Programs & Services, the International Student Association, the Office of Student Diversity, the Student Activities Council, and Sodexho Food Services.

For more information about Ahmad's visit or International Programs and Services at PSU, please call 620-235-4680, or e-mail colcese@pittstate.edu.

Salman Ahmad on the Web: www.junoon.com

---Pitt State---

Monday, October 30, 2006

Photo expert shares tips & techniques

Rick Sammon wrote the book on photography – literally. Sammon, often called "America's most popular photo expert," will give a free lecture, "Improving Your Digital Photography and Photoshop Techniques" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Pittsburg State University. The lecture, for amateur and professional photographers alike, will be held in Room S102 of the Kansas Technology Center at Ford and Rouse Streets. Sammon's visit to PSU is possible because of the support of MPIX – Miller's Professional Imaging.

Sammon's presentation will begin with photos he has taken from around the world and which have appeared in some of his 27 books. A member of the Explorers Club, Sammon has documented cultures in Brazil, Nepal, India, Cuba, Thailand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica.

Sammon's latest books are: "Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography;" "Flying Flowers – the beauty of the butterfly;" and "Rick Sammon's Travel and Nature Photography and Digital Imaging Workshops." Sammon is the host of the "Digital Photography Workshop" on the Do It Yourself (DIY) network and the guest host of the "Canon Photo Safari" on the Outdoor Life Network.

In his TV workshops, as well as in his live workshops, Sammon covers the basics of digital imaging: shooting, scanning, saving, enhancing, sharing and printing. He has produced a DVD for Photoshop Elements users: "3-Minute Digital Makeover," and a DVD for Photoshop CS user: "Awaken the Artist Within." Sammon has also produced two interactive CDs for Software-cinema, "Photoshop for the Outdoor and Travel Photographer" and "Photoshop Makeovers."

Sammon gives more than a dozen photography workshops and presentations around the world each year. He is also the author of the Canon Digital Rebel lessons on the Canon Digital Learning Center.

For information, call 620-235-4223

On the Web: www.ricksammon.com

---Pitt State---

GorillaFest goes on the road to Arrowhead

GorillaFest, the giant free tailgate party that precedes each Pittsburg State University home football game, goes on the road to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City for the Gorillas' game against perennial rival Northwest Missouri State University on Nov. 4.

The game-day fun begins under the tents in Parking Lot M as soon as gates open at 11 a.m. The live band scheduled for the event is the Muckrakers, a pop-rock band out of Louisville, Ky., with a rapidly growing national reputation. The Muckrakers' most recent CD, "Front of the Parade," was released in June. For more about the Muckrakers and to listen to some of their music, visit www.themuckrakers.com.

Food for GorillaFest will again be provided by Levy's Restaurants. The menu begins with a $10 luncheon buffet that includes an entrée of either Grilled Burgers with all the toppings or all-beef frankfurters and sides of Levy's Celery Slaw or Redskin Potato Salad as well as a choice of lemonade or iced tea. Tailgaters may also order off of the a la carte menu, which includes a hamburger and chips or grilled chicken breast sandwich and chips for $6; or a hot dog and chips or bratwurst and chips or for $5. Gourmet chocolate chip cookies are $2. Soft drinks and bottled water are $2 and draft beer is $3.

The traditional PSU Gathering will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at Tanners Bar and Grill at 143rd and Old Metcalf in Overland Park. There will be a live remote radio broadcast from Tanners in the afternoon and the party continues to grow throughout the evening as more and more Gorilla fans and alumni join the crowd. PSU Gathering organizers say that expanded parking and additional restaurants now open in the area will be better able to handle the crowd.

For more information about the Gorilla Gathering on Friday or GorillaFest on Saturday, please call the PSU Public Relations Office at 620-235-4122, kwomble@pittstate.edu. For football ticket information, contact the PSU Ticket Office from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 620-235-4796 or visit the Ticket Office Web site at www.pittstate.edu/tickets.

---Pitt State---

PSU ready to 'Rumble'

On the Pittsburg State University campus, it's known as Rumble in the Jungle or simply, "Rumble." Saturday, Nov. 11, hundreds of high school seniors and community college transfer students will get a glimpse of college life at Pittsburg State in an event that has become a campus tradition.

The activities, organized by the Office of Admission, include the opportunity to meet faculty members in every department, tours of campus and the residence halls and lunch in Gibson Dining Hall. The day will also include GorillaFest and the PSU football game with Central Missouri State University.

The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 6. Interested high school seniors or community college students may learn more and download a registration form at www.pittstate.edu/admit/ or they may call the Office of Admission at 1-800-854-PITT (7488).

---Pitt State---

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Poets share powerful message at Race and Religion Symposium

Students at Pittsburg State University will hear a powerful message during the Race and Religion Symposium on Monday, Oct. 30. Slam poets Bryonn Bain and Jason Carney will share their poetry and engage the audience in discussion at 7 p.m. in the Overman Student Center on the PSU campus. This free program is sponsored by the PSU Leadership Institute and the Office of Student Diversity and is open to the public.

At first blush, Bain and Carney wouldn't seem like a pair likely to share the stage. Bain, a Harvard graduate, is a black man who was once featured on "60 Minutes" because of his arrest by the New York City Police Department for a crime he didn't commit. He has dedicated his life to empowering communities of color through the arts, activism and education.

Carney's story couldn't be more different than Bain's. As an adolescent, he spent time in a juvenile detention center after a number of violent incidents involving gay bashing and racial intolerance. Carney's experience in the detention center changed his life. At the center, Carney got to know his HIV-positive roommate, who eventually died. Carney's views changed, and since his release, he has worked to help eliminate the kind of thinking that results in hate crimes.

Today, Bain and Carney are frequent speakers together, visiting many college campuses across the U.S.

For more information about the Race and Religion Symposium, contact Ed Wirthwein by phone at 620-235-4795 or by e-mail at cwirthwe@pittstate.edu.

---Pitt State---

PSU students host Safe Trick or Treat

Some Pittsburg State University student groups are coming together to help provide some safe Halloween activities for area children. The Student Activities Council will sponsor Safe Trick or Treat from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, in the Overman Student Center on the PSU campus.

At Safe Trick or Treat, several student groups will conduct games and activities for children and they will have treats for the youngsters. With parents' permission, the participating children may go on tours to the residence halls and Greek houses, where treats will also be available.

For more information, call the Student Activities Council at 620-235-4801 or e-mail the SAC at sac@pittstate.edu.

---Pitt State---

Event showcases careers in health care

A wide range of health care providers from the four-state region and as far away as Kansas City, Springfield, Tulsa and Wichita will encourage students to consider careers in health care at the Pittsburg State University health career fair on Thursday, Nov. 2. The event, hosted by the Office of Career Services, will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Overman Student Center.

Career opportunities in health care will remain strong for the foreseeable future, according to the Office of Career Services. That is especially true as the Baby Boomer generation retires and its demand for health care services increases.

Organizers of the Health Career Fair expect as many as 50 companies to attend this year's event. For more information, please call the Office of Career Services at 620-235-4140, send an e-mail message to car@pittstate.edu or visit their Web site at www.pittstate.edu/car/.

---Pitt State---

National group singles out PSU program with gift

The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) announced this week that it has provided a $10,000 grant for Pittsburg State University's wood technology program. The gift, designed to increase the number of young people pursuing careers in wood technology, is the latest in a series of gifts to the PSU wood technology program. Out of the $100,000 the association has given to scholarships across the country since 1988, $46,000 has gone to PSU.

In a news release from the association headquarters in Phoenix, Md., the organization said it has given so generously to the PSU wood technology program "largely because of the quality of the program."

"Pittsburg State University's wood technology program is turning out top quality young professionals," said Bill Miller, CAE, WMIA's executive vice president. "Our grant will allow them to do more with their students who, in turn, will do more for both WMIA members and the North American woodworking industry in the future."

Miller said investing in students and a high quality wood technology program can create benefits for the industry in the future.

"It is our hope that student enrollment in Pittsburg State's wood technology program will increase," Miller said. "We want to see more of their students in the workplace."

The WMIA is a Maryland-based association of companies whose primary business is providing the North American market with the latest woodworking technology, equipment, computer software and distribution service channels available globally. The association maintains a Website at www.wmia.org. For more information, contact WMIA HQ, 3313 Paper Mill Rd., Suite 202, Phoenix, Md. 21131. Phone: 410-628-1970, Fax: 410-628-1972, e-mail: info@wmia.org.

---Pitt State---

Campus group sponsors Alcohol Awareness Week

The Substance Abuse Focus Group at Pittsburg State University has planned a variety of activities in observance of Alcohol Awareness Week at PSU, which is Oct. 30-Nov. 3. The theme for this year's national collegiate alcohol awareness campaign is "Know the Code," which encourages students to make safe choices.

The week's events include:

Monday, Oct. 30
4:30-7 p.m. - Mini-Golf at Four Oaks Golf Course. (Free with PSU ID)

Tuesday, Oct 31
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. - Army National Guard Climbing Wall between McCray & Whitesitt.
Noon-1 p.m. - SafeRide Koozie / Pepsi Giveaway, on the Oval
3-5 p.m. - "Know The Code" poster contest with cash prizes, on the Oval

Wednesday, Nov. 1
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. - Army National Guard Climbing Wall between McCray & Whitesitt.
Noon-1 p.m. - SafeRide Koozie / Pepsi Giveaway, on the Oval
5 p.m. - Free barbeque at Gorilla Village, sponsored by GAMMA (Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol)

Thursday, Nov. 2
7 p.m. – Speaker Joel Goldman, "Sex Under the Influence," McCray Recital Hall.

Alcohol Awareness Week is sponsored by: Gorillas in Your Midst, GAMMA, Student Health Services, University Counseling, Student Prevention & Wellness, University Athletics, Pitt State Army ROTC & the Substance Abuse Focus Group.

For more information, contact J.T. Knoll at 620-235-4062, jknoll@pittstate.edu.

---Pitt State---

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

PSU Indian students plan Diwali celebration

The Pittsburg State University Indian Student Association will host its annual Diwali celebration at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center. The celebration at PSU will include a fashion show, cultural dances, games, a traditional Indian dinner, Indian handicrafts for sale and firecrackers.

Tickets are $8 for PSU students and $12 for others. To purchase tickets, call Piyush Kumar Goyal, president of the PSU Indian Student Association at 620-719-0032 or Manan at 620-875-0972 or send an e-mail to Goyal at pkgoyal@pittstate.edu.

Diwali, also known as the "Festival of Lights," is perhaps the most well-known of the Indian festivals. It is a five-day celebration that occurs on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartika. During Diwali, homes are thoroughly cleaned, windows are opened and small oil lamps called diyas are lit as a greeting to Laksmi, goddess of wealth. During Diwali, the people exchange gifts and sweets and set off fireworks.

Across the diverse nation of India, Diwali celebrations vary according to the regional culture. Everywhere it is celebrated, however, Diwali signifies renewal of life. It also heralds the approach of winter and the beginning of the planting season.

---Pitt State---

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

PSU Visiting Writers Series begins Thursday

Pittsburg State University's 2006-2007 Distinguished Visiting Writers Series opens on Thursday, Oct. 26, with Himilce Novas, a novelist, poet, playwright, historian, and radio commentator. Novas will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Balkans Room, with a reception to follow at 9 p.m. in the Heritage Room. Both rooms are in the Overman Student Center.

Novas' novels include "Mangos, Bananas and Coconuts: A Cuban Love Story," and "Princess Papaya," which Isabel Allende calls "beautifully rendered, chilling, touching and haunting." Among Novas' works of non-fiction is the popular "Everything You Need to Know About Latino History."

Novas lectures widely on Latino history and culture. During her visit to PSU, Novas will also visit fiction writing classes. Her talk, "From Writer to Author: The Five W's," which she will give at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, in 301 Grubbs Hall, is open to the public.

Novas, who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., has taught at University of California at Santa Barbara, Wellesley College, and Tulane University. While living in Santa Barbara, she produced and hosted "THE NOVAS REPORT," a talk radio program dealing with books and other cultural and contemporary issues from a unique international perspective, with a solution-oriented approach to government, education, lifestyles and the arts. Novas has been published in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Connoisseur and Cuisine. She currently has a piece in The Multicultural Review and recently agreed to be their fiction editor.

---Pitt State---

PSU presents classic thriller

It is probably not a coincidence that the Pittsburg State University Theatre chose the Halloween season to present one of the most famous suspense thrillers in American theater history. "Wait Until Dark" will run nightly at 8 p.m. Oct. 26-28 in Memorial Auditorium at 5th and Pine in downtown Pittsburg.

"Wait Until Dark," by Frederick Knott, premiered on Broadway in 1966 starring Lee Remick as the blind Susy Hendrix and Robert Duvall as the sinister and deadly Mr. Roat. A year later the play was turned into a film starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin. The play itself was nominated for a Tony and both leading actresses received nominations for Best Actress at the Tony’s and Oscar’s respectively.

Knott wrote three thrillers: "Dial M for Murder," "Wait Until Dark," and "Write Me a Murder," as well as "The Honey Pot." Knott did several screenplay adaptations of these plays and his works all received high praise from the critics. "Dial M for Murder" and "Wait Until Dark" have become popular standards for American regional theater. Knott, who was born in 1916, died in 2002.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for current and retired faculty and staff and $5 for children. PSU students are admitted free with a PSU ID.

The Cast
Kim Anderson, (senior from DeSoto, Kan.) - Susy Hendix
Jacob Schreiner (senior from Sharon, Kan.) - Mike Talman
Ty Davis (senior from Pineville, Mo.) - Harry Roat
Austin Laverty (junior from Fredonia, Kan.) - Sergeant Carlino
Lacey Daniels (PHS sophomore) - Gloria
Jacob Metz (senior from Joplin, Mo.) - Sam Hendrix
Erik Hyde (senior from Osawatomie, Kan.) - Police Officer #1
Bo Newell (freshman from Chanute, Kan.) - Police Officer #2

Gil Cooper - Director
Dan Williams - Scene/Light Designer
Lucy Miller-Downing - Stage Manager
Roy Hatcher - Sound Designer
Lisa Quinteros - Costume Designer
Deidre Galloway - Properties Mistress

For more information, please call the PSU Department of Communication at 620-235-4716.

---Pitt State---

Monday, October 23, 2006

Choir, orchestra present joint concert

The Pittsburg State University Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir will present a joint concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, in McCray Hall on the PSU campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The evening's program includes "Paratum Cor Meum," by Johann Michael Haydn; "Dicite in Gentibus," by Anton Cajetan Adlgasser; Suite for Strings: "In Olden Style from Holberg's Time," Op 40 by Edward Grieg; and "St. Paul's Suite:" for String Orchestra, by Gustav Holst.

The PSU Chamber Orchestra is directed by Dr. Selim Giray. The PSU Chamber Choir is under the direction of Dr. Susan Marchant.

For more information, please call the PSU Department of Music at 620-235-4466.

---Pitt State---

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Students, public invited to learn about physical therapy

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for physical therapists is expected to outpace most other occupations through 2014. Pittsburg State University students and others in the community who are thinking about careers in physical therapy are invited to the annual Pre-Physical Therapy Program orientation and open house from 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

The event begins at 3 p.m. with a student orientation in 102 Yates Hall. From 4:30-6:30 p.m., the Department of Biology will host an open house on the second floor of Heckert-Wells Hall. Representatives from physical therapy programs at Wichita State University and Rockhurst University are scheduled to attend the open house.

Pittsburg State University's pre-professional program in physical therapy includes those courses needed to qualify for a bachelor of science degree in biology and those needed for admission into master's degree programs in physical therapy at other universities, including the University of Kansas and Wichita State University.

For information about the Pre-Physical Therapy open house at Pittsburg State University, contact Dr. Peter Chung, 620-235-4736, pchung@pittstate.edu

For information about Pittsburg State University's Pre-Physical Therapy and other undergraduate programs in health and laboratory science: http://www.pittstate.edu/biol/ungr_hls.html.

For more information about careers in physical therapy: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos080.htm

---Pitt State---

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

PSU names Homecoming king & queen

Pittsburg State University students today selected Jodi Smardo and Nick Dellasega as Homecoming Queen and King. Smardo is a senior elementary education major from Frontenac and Dellasega is a senior accounting and finance major from Pittsburg. Smardo is the daughter of Steve Smardo and Kathy Oppliger. She was sponsored by the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. Dellasega is the son of Joe and Janice Dellasega. He was sponsored by the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

First runners up were Elizabeth Perrey, a junior accounting major from Joplin, Mo., and Brett Shamblin, a junior accounting and Spanish major from Blue Springs, Mo. Perrey is the daughter of Roger and Christine Perrey. She was sponsored by the Honors College Association. Shamblin is the son of Rick and Pam Shamblin. He was sponsored by the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.

Second runners up were Nina Walker, a senior psychology major from Fort Scott, Kan., and Doug Wright, a senior wood technology major from Chicago, Ill. Walker is the daughter of Victoria Walker and Jessie Ward. She was sponsored by MVP/Sart/Save. Wright is the son of Rick Wright. He was sponsored by the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.

PSU students selected the 2006 Homecoming royalty at an all-university convocation at noon today. Homecoming activities continue through the week, concluding with the Homecoming football game against Southwest Baptist University at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

---Pitt State---

Oklahoma rock band performs at GorillaFest

Winter Circle, an Oklahoma City band with a growing national reputation, will be the featured entertainment for this weekend's GorillaFest at Pittsburg State University. GorillaFest is a free communitywide tailgate party that runs for three hours before each home football game. This Saturday, Oct. 21, GorillaFest begins at 11 a.m. in Gorilla Village just east of Carnie Smith Stadium.

Winter Circle began as a local Oklahoma City pop rock band just two years ago. Today, the group is in demand at rock concerts across the U.S. They have earned considerable commercial radio support and their music has been featured on MTV's "The Gauntlet II," "The Real World-Key West," and "Cheyenne."

Winter Circle’s latest CD is "The Huge and the Hopeful."

In addition to Winter Circle's performance, GorillaFest includes free games for kids by students in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation; various student organization booths, a Gorilla memorabilia store by Barnes & Noble and a wide variety of tailgate foods prepared by local vendors.

The highlight of each GorillaFest is a pep rally at approximately 1:10 p.m. led by the Pride of the Plains Marching Band and the PSU Spirit Squad.

For more information on GorillaFest, contact Ron Womble at 620-235-4124, kwomble@pittstate.edu.

For information on Winter Circle and to listen to a sample of their music, visit their Web site at www.wintercircle.com.

---Pitt State---

Monday, October 16, 2006

Faculty and staff respond to call to support PSU

The public events are over, but Pittsburg State University director of annual giving Holly Kent wants PSU employees to know that there’s still plenty of time to give to the university. Kent said that although the annual faculty-staff campaign ended last week, employee contributions to the university will be counted as part of the campaign through the end of the fiscal year next June.

This year's campaign, "The Power of One," went well, Kent said, and the university is on track to have an excellent year in terms of faculty and staff giving.

"Most people who work here want to help students and make the university an even better place to work," Kent said.

Craig Fuchs, campaign co-chairman, said the high response "sends a strong message that those who are directly involved with the day-to day-operations of the university feel good about our programs and direction."

Kent said strong support from faculty and staff is important when the university turns to alumni and friends of the university for support.

"Others who are thinking about supporting the university look to see whether we are supporting our own," Kent said.

Kent said faculty and staff who are still interested in making a contribution to this year's campaign may earmark their gift for their own department, to scholarships or specific programs, or they may make the gift unrestricted, which allows the university to use the gift in the area of greatest need.

For more information, call the Office of Development at 620-235-4768 or e-mail Kent at .

---Pitt State---

Homecoming candidates in the final stretch

Twenty-four men and 23 women are in the running for the honor of serving as the 2006 Homecoming King and Queen at Pittsburg State University. The final event in the competition will be the King and Queen presentations at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Overman Student Center.

Presentation night is the most intense part of the competition for the nominees. Each candidate is introduced to the audience and then they must answer a question that they draw from a fishbowl full of questions.

Finalists will be selected on Oct. 17 and students will select this year's king and queen and runners up during a convocation at noon on Oct. 17 in Carnie Smith Stadium. Homecoming is Saturday, Oct. 21.

This year's candidates are:

For King

• Rye Addis, a junior communication major from Oswego, Kan. Ryan is the son of Lonie and Crystal Addis. He was sponsored by the Honors College.

• Steven Barker, a sophomore political science major from Clinton, Mo. Steven is the son of Jody and Karen Barker. He was sponsored by the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

• Jeffrey Beckwith, a senior computer science major from Fort Scott, Kan. Jeffrey is the son of John and Roberta O’Dell and Bob and Carol Beckwith. He was sponsored by the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society.

• Genaro Camarillo, a senior physical education major from DeQueen, Ark. Genaro is the son of Tomasa and Jose Camarillo. He was sponsored by Hispanics of Today

• Nick Dellasega, a senior accounting and finance major from Pittsburg, Kan. Nick is the son of Joe and Janice Dellasega. He was sponsored by the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

• Steven Foraker, a senior socal work major from Independence, Kan. Steven is the son of Ben and Freda Foraker. He was sponsored by the Social Work Club.

• Jay Hackett, a senior automotive technology major from Wichita, Kan. Jay is the son of Kim and Charlotte Hackett. He was sponsored by the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

• Erik Hyde, a senior communication major from La Cygne, Kan. Erik is the son of Jama Hyde. He was sponsored by the Alpha Psi Omega honor society.

• Ankit Jain, a senior automotive technology major from India. Ankit is the son of Deepak Kumar Jain and Kavita Jain. He was sponsored by the International Student Association.

• Jon F. Kaleugher II, a junior history education major from San Diego, Calif. Jon is the son of Joseph and Stephanie Ramirez of Baldwin, Kan. He was sponsored by the Campus Democrats.

• Daniel MacKay, a graduate student accounting from Mulvane, Kan. Daniel is the son of Ron and Malinda MacKay. He was sponsored by the Newman Club.

• Adam Merando, a senior biology/chemistry major from Frontenac, Kan. Adam is the son of Steve and Marsha Merando. He was sponsored by the University Student Ambassadors.

• Jacob Metz, a senior communication education major from Joplin, Mo. He is the son of Ronald and Helen Metz. Jacob was sponsored by the Lambda Pi Eta honor society.

• Anthony Moreno, a senior communication major from Lee's Summit, Mo. Anthony is the son of David and Joanna Moreno. He was sponsored by the Student Government Association.

• Jeremy Moss, a senior recreation major from Lewisville, Texas. Jeremy is the son of De Vetra Mohair. He was sponsored by MVP/Sart/Save.

• Ryan Quinlan, a senior marketing & management major from Topeka, Kan. Ryan is the son of Dee Quinlan. He was sponsored by the Sigma Chi fraternity.

• Jim Rajchel, a junior political science, major from Pittsburgh, Pa. Jim is the son of William and Theresa Rajchel. He was sponsored by the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.

• Griffin Reome, a senior automotive technology major from Auburn, Calif. Griffin is the son of Phil Reome. He was sponsored by the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.

• Brett Shamblin, a junior accounting and Spanish major from Blue Springs, Mo. Brett is the son of Rick and Pam Shamblin. Hew was sponsored by the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.

• Zac Tyler, a senior plastics engineering technology major from Eudora, Kan. Zac is the son of Norm and Karen Tyler. He was sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers.

• Brian Varner, a senior automotive technology major from Denison, Kan. Brian is the son of Richard and Bev Varner. He was sponsored by the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

• Scott Walker, a junior nursing major from El Dorado Springs, Mo. Scott is the son of Stu and Nancy Walker. He was sponsored by the PSU chapter of the Kansas Association of Nursing Students.

• Doug Wright, a senior wood technology major from Chicago, Ill. Doug is the son of Rick Wright. He was sponsored by the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.

• Jason Wright, a junior elementary education major from Columbus, Kan. Jason is the son of Kathy Wright. He was sponsored by the Residence Hall Assembly.

For Queen

• Kim Anderson, a senior communication education major, from De Soto, Kan. Kim is the daughter of Dave and Sue Anderson. She was sponsored by Lambda Pi Eta honor society.

• Danielle Bortmes, a senior biology (pre-med) major from Girard, Kan. Danielle is the daughter of Dr. Phillip and Kayley Bormes. She was sponsored by the Student Government Association.

• Ashley Boyle, a senior nursing major from Arkansas City, Kan. Ashley is the daughter of Marty and Whitney Baker. She was sponsored by the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.

• Lyndsey Crosswhite, a senior plastics engineering technology major from Wyandotte, Okla. She is the daughter of Scott and Karen Fink and Glenn and Jennifer Crosswhite. Lyndsey was sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineering.

• Cassie Embry, a junior recreation major from Fort Scott, Kan. Cassie is the daughter of Whendi Embry and John Embry. She was sponsored by the University Student Ambassadors.

• Jessica Hardison, a senior elementary education major from Wichita, Kan. Jessica is the daughter of Trent and Jennelle Hardison. She was sponsored by the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

• Jackie Harwig, a senior family & consumer sciences major from Lenexa, Kan. Jackie is the daughter of Robert and Judy Harwig. She was sponsored by the Sigma Chi fraternity.

• Jacque Kline, a senior marketing and management major from Overland Park, Kan. Jacque is the daughter of Steven and Vicki Klein. She was sponsored by the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.

• Casey Kuhn, a senior in mathematics education from Olathe, Kan. Casey is the daughter of Bob and Carla Kuhn. She was sponsored by the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.

• Amanda Larson, a senior management and marketing major from Lenexa, Kan. Amanda is the daughter of Joe and Janet Larson. She was sponsored by the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

• Daley Leintz, a senior communication education major from Leavenworth, Kan. Daley is the daughter of Glenn and Margaret Leintz. She was sponsored by the Alpha Psi Omega honor society.

• Vicky Pei-Jung Li, a senior marketing major from Taipei, Taiwan. Vicky is the daughter of Moo-Long Li and Lin-Quei Chung. She was sponsored by the International Student Association.

• Ashley Merando, a junior art education major from Frontenac, Kan. Ashley is the daughter of Calvin and Lynne Merando. She was sponsored by the Newman Club.

• Elizabeth Perrey, a junior accounting major from Joplin, Mo. Elizabeth is the daughter of Roger and Christine Perrey. She was sponsored by the Honors College Association.

• Analia Saldivar, a sophomore international business major from Asuncion, Paraguay. Analia is the daughter of Luis and Graciela Salvidar. She was sponsored by Hispanics of Today.

• Stacy Scherschligt, a senior nursing major from Berryton, Kan. Stacy is the daughter of Dan and Peg Scherschligt. She was sponsored by the PSU chapter of the Kansas Association of Nursing Students.

• Jodi Smardo, a senior elementary education major from Frontenac, Kan. Jodi is the daughter of Steve Smardo and Kathy Oppliger. She was sponsored by the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society.

• Audra Tope, a junior psychology major from Arkansas City, Kan. Audra is the daughter of Sandy Tope and the late Daniel “Boone” Tope. She was sponsored by the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

• Mindy Townsend, a senior political science major from Fort Scott, Kan. Mindy is the daughter of Matthew and Julie Townsend. She was sponsored by the PSU Campus Democrats.

• Jamie Tyler, a senior social work major from Arma. Jamie is the daughter of Roger and Norma Reed. She was sponsored by the Social Work Club.

• Michelle Vosters, a senior communication major from Olathe, Kan. Michelle is the daughter of Ralph and Denise Vosters. She was sponsored by the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

• Nina Walker, a senior psychology major from Fort Scott, Kan. Nina is the daughter of Victoria Walker and Jessie Ward. She was sponsored by MVP/Sart/Save

• Christina Weber, a junior music eduation major from Columbus, Kan. Christina is the daughter of Jacob and Michele Weber. She was sponsored by the Residence Hall Assembly.

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Friday, October 13, 2006

PSU honors alumni at Homecoming

Pittsburg State University will honor five alumni during PSU Homecoming activities on Saturday, Oct. 21. The award is presented by the PSU Alumni Association in recognition of professional and civic achievements. Beginning this year, the Outstanding Alumni Award is named in honor of Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman, longtime director of the Alumni Association, who retired in 2004.

The Outstanding Alumni will be honored Friday, Oct. 20, during the annual Crimson and Gold Dinner in the Overman Student Center. A public reception in honor of the award winners will be held at 5 p.m. in the Student Center.

On Saturday, the honorees will ride in the annual Homecoming parade, which begins at 9 a.m. in downtown Pittsburg. They will then be recognized on the football field at half-time of the football game in Carnie Smith Stadium.

Following are the 2006 Outstanding Alumni along with brief biographical sketches:

Donna L. Dutcher
Donna L. Dutcher is a Pro Se Law Clerk, working with the magistrate judges of the United States District Court in the Central District of California. Her work includes reviewing pleadings, participating in in-court proceedings and settlement conferences, performing research, and drafting legal opinions and bench memoranda for both civil and criminal cases.

Dutcher earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Pittsburg State University in 1993, graduating summa cum laude. She earned a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1999.

Her professional career includes service as a litigation associate with the Katten Muchin Rosenman firm of Los Angeles, Calif. She also served as a litigation associate for Browne, Woods and George LLP in Beverly Hills, Calif. While in law school, she was a summer clerk for Arthur Benson & Associates, a plaintiff civil rights firm in Kansas City. Before entering law school, she served as a research assistant for the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas, where she conducted research and applied psychology.

Dutcher is a member of the California Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She is a volunteer attorney for the Adoptions Project, assisting low-income families in adopting children with special needs. She is a member of the Phi Delta Phi and Alpha Kappa Delta national honor societies.

At PSU, Dutcher was a Top 10 Senior within the College of Arts and Sciences. She was a PSU Honors College member and received departmental academic honors. She received the PSU Presidential Award in military science, as well as numerous scholarships including the George N. Spiva scholarship. Today she is a member of the Pittsburg State University Centennial Commission and is a life member of the PSU Alumni Association.

Dutcher lives in Los Angeles.

Robert Dale Gardner
Robert Dale Gardner is a senior engineer at Raytheon Aircraft Corporation, a Wichita, Kan., company that designs and manufactures piston aircraft and business jets. Through the aircraft division, Gardner works to design and develop new technology for various aircraft projects.

Gardner earned a bachelor's degree in technology from Pittsburg State University in 1984.

His professional engineering career spans 21 years, and has included the development and oversight of several long-term missile and aircraft projects. His projects have included the redesign of portions of the Hawker 800 Business Jet, the integration of a new flight data recorder for the 1900D Commuter Turboprop, the conception and airframe design of the Super MQM-Target Drone, the design and development of the first Mach 2.5 Target Drone for the U.S. government (now in production), and support of the systems and airframe design of the JPATS Air Force Trainer.

Gardner is a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. In 2006, he received the Six Sigma Gold Award Status, the Raytheon "Ace" Award for customer support, and Federal Aviation Administration certification. He is Raytheon's campus recruitment manager at PSU, and was nominated last year for the Dean of Technology's advisory council. Since 2004, he has coordinated Raytheon’s support of PSU’s entry into the annual Moon Buggy Contest.

Gardner and his wife, Mitzi, live in Douglass, Kan. They have two children, Amanda, 14, and John Robert,11.

Jeffrey J. Quirin
Jeffrey J. Quirin is an associate professor for the School of Accountancy at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. In addition to research and service, his teaching responsibilities include financial accounting, financial and managerial accounting for executive MBA students, and financial accounting research for accounting graduate students. Employed at WSU since 2000, he was granted tenure and promoted to his current position in 2004. In 2006, he was named the W. Frank Barton Distinguished Chair in Business.

Quirin earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Pittsburg State University in 1994, and a master's degree in accounting from PSU in 1995. He earned a doctorate in accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1998.

Quirin's professional career also includes service as an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting at Kansas State University. He served as an accounting graduate assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as at PSU.

He serves as treasurer for the Parsons Education Foundation, and is secretary and treasurer of the Parsons Country Club Association. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, as well as the American Accounting Association.

Quirin was the holder of the Grant Thornton, LLP Faculty Fellowship from 2003-2006, until he was promoted to his current position this year. Since 2001, he has been nominated annually for the WSU Academy for Effective Teaching Award, and since 2002, he has been nominated annually for the WSU Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching Award.

In 2004, he received the WSU Barton School of Business Researcher/Writer of the Year Award, as well as the Undergraduate Instructor of the Year Award. He has also been nominated for the WSU Young Faculty Scholar Award and the WSU Excellence in Research Award on multiple occasions.

Quirin and his wife, Dianna (MS ’06), live in Parsons, Kan. They have three children, Dalton, 13, Danica, 12, and Jayce, 1.

Fredrick Lewis Strasser
Frederick Lewis Strasser is the director for the Intermountain Medical Center construction project in Salt Lake City, Utah. As the largest contract ever awarded to a single general contractor in Utah's history, the project includes five major hospitals connected by enclosed bridges and corridors. At a cost of $300 million, the center will be 1.3 million square feet in size when it is completed in August of 2007. As project director, Strasser oversees the training and education of 22 construction leaders, as well as the work of 1,200 employees.

Strasser earned a bachelor's degree in building design and construction from Pittsburg State University in 1976. He earned a master's degree in construction technology from PSU in 1981.

Strasser's professional career includes 27 years of service with Okland Construction Company in Salt Lake City, where he has worked on variety of construction projects in Arizona, Utah, California, Nevada and Montana. He has written multiple articles for the corporate company policy manual on construction techniques, building commissionings and project closeouts, and has been honored with employee and safety awards. In the 1970s, he served as a freeway construction field engineer for Peter Kiewit and Sons in Omaha, Neb., and as a hospital construction field engineer for Martin K. Eby, in Wichita, Kan.

Over the years, Strasser has served as the head of construction for several building projects at his hometown church, St. Mary of the Assumption, in Park City, Utah. He has completed multiple renovations of the church and its properties. He serves as treasurer of the Knights of Columbus Council 1129, and is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

Strasser was named Superintendent of the Year in 1999 by the Associated General Contractors, and received the Utah Heritage Foundation Stewardship Award in 2001. In 1998, he was named Knight of the Year by the Knights of Columbus Council 1129.

Strasser and his wife, Pamela (BA ’79), live in Park City. They have two children, Shannon, 25, and Kyle, 21.

Michael Paul Zafuta
Michael Paul Zafuta is an orthopedic surgeon working in private practice at New Century Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Pittsburg, Kan.

Zafuta earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Pittsburg State University in 1990. He earned his medical doctorate with honors at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, in 1994, and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Texas-Southwestern in Dallas, Texas, in 1999. In 2000, he was awarded a Sports Medicine Fellowship from the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo.

Zafuta's professional career includes membership with numerous medical organizations. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Kansas Medical Society, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is the preceptor for the Missouri State Physician Assistant Program, and is the 2006 surgical section chief for Mount Carmel Medical Center.

In medical school, Zafuta became a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, and was named Outstanding Student in Anatomy, as well as Outstanding Student in Orthopedic Surgery. He was named an Outstanding Alumni of Frontenac High School, and is vice president of the Pittsburg YMCA Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Pittsburg Elk's Lodge.

Zafuta is a volunteer physician for Frontenac High School, and a volunteer team physician for PSU and Neosho County Community College. He operates a free injury clinic for high school and junior high athletes each Saturday in the fall, as well as a free injury clinic for PSU athletes during the school year. He is a volunteer lecturer for the PSU Nursing Department and premedical club and is a life member of the PSU Alumni Association.

Zafuta and his wife, Kristen (MBA ’91), live in Pittsburg. They have two children, Hannah, 12, and Adam, 9.

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Comedian Vic Henley to perform at PSU

Comedian Vic Henley will liven up Homecoming Week at Pittsburg State University with a free performance at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Overman Student Center's Crimson and Gold Ballroom.

Henley is a comedy veteran with a long list of credits including HBO, the BBC and Comedy Central. He recently made his first appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman and has been nominated for college comedian of the year five times. Henley is the co-author, with comedian Jeff Foxworthy, of "Games Rednecks Play."

For more information, contact the Campus Activities Office at 620-235-4795.

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New exhibit opens in University Gallery Oct. 23

"Dormant Thoughts," a sculptural installation by artist Jan-Ru Wan, will open in the University Gallery at Pittsburg State University on Oct. 23 and will run through Nov. 27. To open the exhibit, the artist will deliver a public lecture at 10 a.m. on Oct. 23, in Porter Hall. Visitors may meet the artist at a public breakfast reception from 9-10 a.m., also in Porter Hall.

Wan, who makes her home in Chapel Hill, N.C., says her early education was influenced by Taoism and Buddhism. That influence can be seen in the way her art explores the concepts of the ways in which human bodies, born in nature, become constructed by culture.

Stephanie Bowman, PSU's gallery director, said Wan's "intimate, gentle installation spaces become an inviting place to explore how the body is contained by space and then how the body is also projected into every space it moves through."

Wan describes her work as, "harshness vs. softness, tension vs. freedom, free floating vs. measuring and compulsive energy vs. imperturbable silence."

The University Gallery, located in Porter Hall on the PSU campus, is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no admission charge. For more information, contact Stephanie Bowman at 620-235-4305, sbowman@pittstate.edu, or visit the gallery Web site at www.pittstate.edu/art.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Group promotes positive images of women

The Pittsburg State University Women's Studies Club will participate in the National Organization for Women's Love Your Body Day on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The national campaign is an effort to promote positive images and eliminate negative images of women.

As part of the observance, the PSU club will set up a table from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the entrance to Grubbs Hall at which women may make beauty-pageant style sashes with positive personal messages on them. The sashes are free.

The organizers say the sashes are a direct response to unrealistic social images of the perfect woman.

For more information, contact Goldie Prelogar, Women's Studies Club co-coordinator at goldiepre@cox.net.

For information on the Love Your Body Day campaign, visit loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org.

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Expo showcases opportunities to study abroad

Students at Pittsburg State University can learn about the numerous opportunities available for them to study abroad during the Study-Abroad Expo on Monday, Oct. 16. The expo runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center.

PSU has exchange programs with more than 60 universities in 16 countries. Students may choose from programs that last a summer, a semester or even a year in another country.

For more information about opportunities to study abroad, contact Julia Helminiak, study-abroad coordinator, at 620-235-4221, jhelmini@pittstate.edu.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

PSU groups plan forum on energy

The Pittsburg State University Green Gorillas and PSU Campus Democrats will sponsor a public forum on energy issues facing America at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, in McCray Recital Hall on the PSU campus. Guests who have indicated they will participate include Democratic congressional candidate Nancy Boyda, Kansas Sierra Club lobbyist Charles Benjamin and PSU faculty members Reno Cecora and Mark Peterson.

The forum is open to the public and is free. For more information, contact Peterson at 620-235-4330, mpeterso@pittstate.edu.

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PSU prepares for week full of Homecoming activities

Pittsburg State University begins the week-long countdown to Homecoming on Monday, Oct. 16. Throughout the week, student groups will compete for points in a variety of activities. The ultimate winner will take home the 2006 Sweepstakes Trophy.

The fun begins at 4 p.m. Monday with Gorilla Games on the Oval. Gorilla Games is a sometimes-messy spoof on the Olympic Games in which teams representing various groups on campus compete for points. The deadline for groups to complete their Homecoming Yard Art on the Oval is also 4 p.m. on Monday. The Yard Art will reflect this year’s Homecoming theme, "Where in the World is Gus Gorilla?"

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the 2006 candidates for Homecoming king and queen will face the public during the King and Queen Presentations in the Overman Student Center. Each candidate will be asked to select a question from a fish bowl and will be judged on their answer.

At noon on Wednesday, Oct. 18, students will gather in Carnie Smith Stadium to select this year's Homecoming King and Queen. At 8 p.m. that day, students will gather at the Overman Student Center for a performance by Comedy Central's Vic Henley.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, student groups will gather once again in Carnie Smith Stadium for Yell-Like-Hell, a competition in which student groups combine dancing and cheering in an imitation of the Crimson and Gold Dancers and the PSU Spirit Squad.

Alumni will be the focus on Friday, Oct. 20, at a reception for this year's winners of the Outstanding Alumni Award. The reception will be held at 5 p.m. in the Overman Student Center. The reception will be followed by the Crimson and Gold Dinner honoring the award recipients. Reservations are required for the dinner. For ticket information, please contact Theresa Keller-Swink at 620-235-4763, tkeller@pittstate.edu.

Homecoming Day starts off early on Saturday, Oct. 21, with the Gorilla Grind 10k-5k race and 2-mile walk. The race begins at 7 a.m. at the Weede Physical Education Building. At 7:30 a.m., PSU Nursing alumni will gather for a continental breakfast at the St. Mary's Colgan Schools reception hall, 916 N. Locust, before lining up to march in the Homecoming Parade. At 9 a.m., the annual Homecoming parade, featuring bands, floats and a wide range of entries, begins in downtown Pittsburg. After the parade, the focus shifts to Gorilla Village where GorillaFest, a free, community tailgate party begins at 11 a.m. GorillaFest includes free games for kids, a live band and a variety of tailgate food vendors. The live band for GorillaFest on Homecoming is Winter Circle. For information on GorillaFest, contact Ron Womble at 620-235-4124, kwomble@pittstate.edu. There will be a number of private tailgate parties. Among them will be the PSU Nursing Alumni Tailgate party just south of McPherson Hall. Nursing Alumni will also be invited to tour McPherson Hall as part of the tailgate party. (For information about Nursing Department Alumni events, call the department at 620-235-4332 or e-mail Beth Wilson at rbwilson@pittstate.edu.

The final event of Homecoming is the football game in which the Gorillas host Southwest Baptist University. For ticket information, call the PSU Ticket Office at 620-235-4796 or visit www.pittstate.edu/tickets/

For information:
Student events: Edie McCracken at 620-235-4795, emccrack@pittstate.edu.
Alumni events: Theresa Keller-Swink at 620-235-4763, tkeller@pittstate.edu.
GorillaFest: Ron Womble at 620235-4124, kwomble@pittstate.edu.
Tickets: 620-235-4796, www.pittstate.edu/tickets/

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PSU to observe fall break

Pittsburg State University will observe fall break on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 12-13. Although no classes will be held, most university offices will be open on those days. The Overman Student Center will be open from 6 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, but the Gorilla Crossing and U-Club, both located in the Student Center, will be closed. The Gorilla Bookstore by Barnes & Noble will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Commerce Bank will observe its normal hours those days, which are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. All of the Student Center facilities will be closed over the weekend.

Classes will resume their normal schedule on Monday, Oct. 16.

---Pitt State--

Thursday, October 05, 2006

New exhibit opens in Krug Gallery

"Walking on Water," a thematic printmaking portfolio exchange developed by SUNY-Brockport art professor Debra Fisher, will be on display in the Harry Krug Gallery at Pittsburg State University Oct. 6-Nov. 10. The show includes works from SUNY-Brockport Art Department faculty as well as national and international artists. The general theme of "Walking on Water" involves interpersonal relationships to water.

Stephanie Bowman, assistant professor of art and printmaking instructor at PSU, will deliver a public lecture about the show, talk about printmaking in general and provide a short tour of the Printmaking Department at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The lecture and tour will take place in the Krug Gallery in Porter Hall on the PSU campus.

The Krug Gallery is open from 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. For more information about this and other exhibits in the PSU galleries and about the PSU Art Department, contact Gallery Director Stephanie Bowman at 620-235-4305, sbowman@pittstate, or visit the department Web site at www.pittstate.edu/art/.

---Pitt State---

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

PSU jazz ensembles plan concert

The Pittsburg State University Department of Music will present a jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, in the Overman Student Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Two O'clock Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Todd Hastings, will open the program with Duke Ellington's "In a Mellow Tone," Jeff Hellmer's "Ivory Coast" with a piano solo by Alicia Santee, and Dave Singley's "SPG."

The PSU student combo, Giant Steps, will play perform "Transitions," by Quentin Gilkey, and "Liberia," by John Coltrane.

The One O'clock Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Bob Kehle, will perform "Hobo Flats," by Oliver Nelson; "Told You So," by Bill Holman; "A Time for Love," by Johnny Mandel and arranged by Sammy Nestico with a trombone solo by Terri Houston; "Country Road," arranged by Kenny Wheeler; "Blues with the Best of Intentions," by Larry Monroe; and "La Almeja Pequena," by Gordon Goodwin.

Members of the ensembles are:
Zach Elkins, Bartlesville, Okla.; Lewis Hundley, Lansing, Kan.; Adam Ward, Pittsburg, Kan.; Cheri Avery, Altamont, Kan.; Sarah Marcuson, Oberlin, Kan.; Trey Wadell, Olathe, Kan.; Matt Carter, Altoona, Kan.; Chris Jesmore, Olathe, Kan.; Aaron Metzger, Pittsburg, Kan.; Will Koehler, Pittsburg, Kan.; Terri Houston, Olathe, Kan.; Chris Goddard, Olathe, Kan.; Christine Lovell, Miami, Okla.; Luke Warford, Newton, Kan.; DeAnthony Nelson , Grandview, Mo.; Matt Esau, Newton, Kan.; Quentin Gilkey, Pawhuska, Okla.; Cameron Schmitz, Parsons, Kan.; Sam Cortright, Shawnee, Kan.; Matt Bennett, Lenexa, Kan.; A. J. Beu, Delaware, Okla.; Neva Gardner, McLough, Kan.; Jared Lytle, Humboldt, Kan.; Timothy McVey, Louisburg, Kan.; Hannah Robinson, Carthage, Mo.; James Ryals, Lockwood, Mo.; Carly Andrasko, Vinita, Okla.; Tamara Ryan, Archie, Mo.; Anna Sielert, Emporia, Kan.; Chris Shockley, Baxter Springs, Kan.; Andy Stewart, Overland Park, Kan.; Ashley Hirt, Overland, Park, Kan.; Cooper Neil, Pittsburg, Kan.; Jarod Willard, Mound City, Kan.; Kent Williams, DeSoto, Kan.; Adam Nichol, Neodesha, Kan.; Daniel Warlop, Pittsburg, Kan.; Attalie Falling, Riverton, Kan.; Kyle Ogle, Baxter Springs, Kan.; Larry Fleury, Pittsburg, Kan.; and Alicia Santee, Overland Park, Kan.

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Famous Czech ensemble to perform at PSU

The Czech Nonet, one of the longest continuously performing chamber ensembles in the world, will perform in Pittsburg State University's McCray Recital Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The concert, at 7:30 p.m., is part of the 2006-2007 PSU Solo and Chamber Music Series.

The founding members of the Czech Nonet came together in 1923 at the Prague Conservatory. Since that time, the group has survived the rigors of World War II, the communist occupation of the former Czechoslovakia, the Cold War, the aftermath of the "Prague Spring" and the transition back to the democratic Czech Republic.

From the group's founding, the Czech Nonet has been a featured guest of leading international festivals and performances. Throughout its history, the Czech Nonet has been a champion of the music of the time.

In their Pittsburg program, the Czech Nonet will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Divertimento No. 11 "Nannerl;" Robert Ward's Raleigh Divertimento; and Johannes Brahms' Serenade in D Major, Op. 11.

Mozart's Divertimento No. 11 in D major was probably composed in 1776 for either the birthday or 'name day' of his sister Nannerl. Full of humor, the work abounds with instrumental pleasantries including tunes suspiciously akin to Salzburg street songs--whose words have happily been forgotten.

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Robert Ward said he reworked the Raleigh Divertimento with the Czech Nonet in mind. The work, he said, puts the virtuosity of the players "to the test."

Johannes Brahms' Serenade in D Major, Op. 11, is considered the primitive version of his well-known Serenade for Orchestra in D Major, Op. 11, which was his first symphonic work. In its original chamber ensemble form it was first performed in the summer of 1858 in the house of the Grimm brothers in Gottingen.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for the general public and $7 for persons over 65 or under 18. Tickets are available at the door prior to the performance or through the University Ticket Office in the Overman Student Center. Full-time PSU students are entitled to a free ticket.

The PSU Solo and Chamber Music Series is supported by major funding from the PSU Student Government Association.

• For more information on the Czech Nonet, visit their Web site at <http://czech.nonet.cz/>.
• For more information about their Pittsburg concert, call the PSU Department of Music at 620-235-4466.
• For information about other events in the Solo & Chamber Music Series, visit the Department of Music Web site at www.pittstate.edu/music/.
• For ticket information, call the PSU Ticket Office at 620-235-4796.

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Dramatic presentation carries important message

Actor, comedian and educator John Morello will present "Dirt: A One Man Show of Substance Abuse and Choices" at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom in the Overman Student Center at Pittsburg State University. The performance is free and open to the public.

Morello has a bachelor's degree in theater arts and has been on the stage for 15 years. As a teacher in a treatment center for teens, Morello witnessed many students repeat the family cycles of self-neglect and self-abuse. That and his own teenage experience helped inspire Morello’s creation of his new show.

"Dirt," which is currently touring the nation, attempts to connect with students and their educators by depicting real characters, making real choices. Morello hopes his characters provide a mirror for the audience to see themselves and the choices they make on a daily basis.

The show uses comical, every-day circumstances to provide a serious message. Some of Morello's segments and characters include: A WWII veteran reflecting on his choices in battle and sacrifices for the present generation, a teenage girl who drinks socially, a poetry festival gone hilariously wrong, and "voices from the dirt" telling their struggles with being and loving an addict.

The one-hour show is designed to be appropriate for middle school through college students and for adults. The presentation of "Dirt" is co-sponsored by the Regional Prevention Center of Southeast Kansas and Gorillas In Your Midst, Pittsburg State University’s peer health education group.

For more information about John Morello and "Dirt," visit www.iamdirt.com.

For more information about the Oct. 10 presentation and peer health education at Pittsburg State University, contact J.T. Knoll at 620-235-4062, or by e-mail at jknoll@pittstate.edu.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Princeton Review singles out Pitt State's college of business

The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company, has included Pittsburg State University’s Kelce College of Business in the just-published 2007 edition of its "Best 282 Business Schools."

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president for publishing, "We chose schools for this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and offerings, institutional data we collect from the schools, and the candid opinions of students attending them who rate and report on their campus experiences at the schools."

PSU students surveyed by the Review praised the MBA program as "reasonably priced, convenient to home and…one of the best in Kansas." They also gave high marks to professors who are "accessible and approachable and dedicated to making you work hard and learn, but doing it in a caring and fun way."

"Best 282 Business Schools" has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups about their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services. It also has advice on applying to schools and funding the degrees.

For more information about the Princeton Review list of Best 282 Business Schools, visit the Web site.

For information about the Kelce College of Business at Pittsburg State University, visit the Web site at www.pittstate.edu/kelce or call 620-235-4598.

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PSU signs new international agreement

Chuck Olcese, director of international programs and services at Pittsburg State University, helps keep the paperwork straight during a signing agreement on Oct. 3. PSU President Tom Bryant, left, and professor Ju Yiwen, president of Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, signed a 2+2 agreement that allows the students in China to study for two years at Zhengzhou and complete their degrees at Pittsburg State.

President Ju said the agreement is cultural as well as academic, strengthening the ties between PSU and Zhengzhou University and Pittsburg State and also between the U.S. and China.

Olcese said Pittsburg State has a longstanding relationship with Zhengzhou University and has more than 60 international agreements of various types with universities around the world.

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GorillaFest includes logo birthday party

A birthday party will be the highlight of this week’s GorillaFest, the free communitywide tailgate party held before each Pittsburg State University home football game.

According to Ron Womble, director of news services and media relations at PSU, visitors to this week's GorillaFest (Sat., Oct. 7) will be invited to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the creation of the university’s popular gorilla logo. A brief birthday party is planned at the conclusion of the pep rally led by the Pride of the Plains Marching Band and the PSU Spirit Squad. The pep rally begins at about 1:10 p.m.

The creator of the logo, Michael Hailey, will be on hand to help Gus Gorilla, PSU President Tom Bryant and several others cut a birthday cake. There will be enough cake for the first 500, Womble said.

GorillaFest is held in Gorilla Village just east of Carnie Smith Stadium. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until kickoff, which is 2 p.m. In addition to a variety of tailgate foods for sale, visitors will see various student booths and activities. Free games for kids, sponsored by students in the Department of Human Performance, Health and Recreation, will begin at noon.

The band for this week's GorillaFest will be Cousin Eddie, a classic rock band from Girard.

For more information, call 620-235-4124 or send an e-mail message to kwomble@pittstate.edu.

---Pitt State---

Monday, October 02, 2006

Cloninger to lead PSU Career Services Office

Pittsburg State University Vice President for University Advancement Brad Hodson has announced the appointment of Mindy Cloninger as the new director of career services. The office of career services provides a wide range of services for students and potential employers.

"Mindy, with her 10 years of service in career services at another university, will join an already talented and experienced staff," Hodson said. "Together, this team will be a strong force in spreading the word about Pittsburg State and its students."

Cloninger said she was looking forward to joining the Career Services team.

"I have been familiar with the outstanding PSU Career Services operation for many years and am excited to become part of this important effort," Cloninger said. "Many alumni have told me over the years what a great job Pittsburg State does preparing our students for the workforce. We will continue to partner with students, faculty, alumni and employers to help ensure Pitt State students’ future success."

Since 2004, Cloninger has served the university as director of alumni relations. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling from PSU.

Prior to joining the staff in PSU’s Alumni Relations Office in 1999, Cloninger worked for 10 years in the Rockhurst University Career Center. She was associate director and a career counselor from 1989 until 1997. From 1997 until 1999, she was director of academic advising for the School of Professional Studies and also director of the career center.

Cloninger lives in Pittsburg with her husband, Craig, and sons Jake and Hank.

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