Logan Grieder, GIT Major
Logan is an undergraduate student at Pittsburg State University. He's earning his Bachelor of Applied Science degree with an emphasis in Digital and Printed Media through the Kansas Technology Center. Grieder graduates this semester and already has a job in Kansas City!
Brad Foss, GIT Major Eric Hanson, SOC Major
Pittsburg State University junior third baseman Brad Foss and senior pitcher Eric Hansen both were named to the Capital One Academic Academic All-District VII baseball team for NCAA Division II. Both players now are eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America Team, which will be announced May 30. Foss has a 4.00 GPA as a graphics communication major. The Lenexa, Kan., native has started all 50 games for the Gorillas, compiling a team-leading .383 batting average with 17 doubles, 38 runs scored and 34 RBI. Hansen has a 3.90 GPA as a construction management major. The Wichita, Kan., native has posted a 4-3 record with a 6.31 ERA in 12 appearances on the mound, including nine starts. He has recorded 26 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings of work for the Gorillas.
Michael Davis, GIT Minor
It was one of those moments that changed everything.
“It was one day during the summer of 2008,” said Michael Davis, a Tulsa, Okla., native and graduate student in communication at Pittsburg State University. “I was working 12-hour shifts digging ditches for a casino. I came home, and my friends were waiting for me at home. But they were in school, just living and enjoying the summer.”
Davis, who wasn’t attending a college or university at the time, had a moment of deep self-reflection.
“I had on dirty jeans and work boots,” he said, “and I was like, ‘I should be doing more than this. I know I’m destined to do more than what I’m doing.’ I kept selling myself short.”
From that moment, Davis decided to follow his dreams and fulfill the destiny that he knew awaited him. And that journey led him to PSU, where he received a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2011.
“I had a few friends who played football at Pittsburg State, and they encouraged me to check out their games and the university,” Davis said. “They took me around campus, introduced me to a few teachers, and I really enjoyed myself. Next thing I know, I applied and got in, and it was all a wrap from there.”
While he admits to being “sheltered” from the university environment before attending PSU, Davis said being on campus opened his eyes to the possibilities that higher education can offer.
“It really opened his eyes to a different world,” he said. “You really just have to learn how to work hard and deal with all different kinds of people. When I got to campus, I noticed that everyone is real nice and friendly, and teachers actually want to see you succeed and care about you.”
Davis, whose emphasis is broadcasting, secured an internship at a local radio station in 2009. When the internship ended, he was offered a fulltime job on the station’s staff.
He’s now pursuing a master’s degree, and he credits PSU with changing his life for the better.
“There are ups and downs you have to fight through,” he said, “but there is a tremendous support system here. You just have to be willing to step out of your box a little bit. I did that, and I’m a better man for it.”
After graduation, he hopes to return to the Tulsa area and work in broadcasting. One of his main career goals is to highlight the positive news in his hometown community.
“With the education and knowledge I received at Pittsburg State, I know I can take that back to my community and shine a more positive light on Tulsa,” he said.
Davis also said he would encourage anyone who’s pondering going to college to give it a shot -- especially at Pittsburg State.
“Come out here and try it,” he said. “Come out and be a Pittsburg State Gorilla. There’s nothing like it in the country. I promise you.”
Blake Broaddus and Devin Greenwood, GIT Majors
What began as a class project has become a dream come true for two Pittsburg State University students.
Seniors Blake Broaddus and Devin Greenwood, both of Diamond, Mo. and co-owners of Antler Shed Media, have been hired as executive field producers for a new reality show. Quest TV, to air in the Midwest and nationally in Canada, highlights the ups and down of life and business in the outdoors.
Broaddus and Greenwood while at PSU launched Antler Shed Media, which provides photography, videography and design services for a variety of occasions.
“It started as a class project,” Broaddus said. “I had a graphics background, and Devin had photography. We had class together and decided to team up. We wanted to make some outdoor videos to show what it’s like and what it takes on a day of hunting or fishing. It kind of took off from there.”
A few of their videos were posted online at the video site VIMEO. Before long, the duo received a call from Dusty Altman, one of the Quest TV crew members.
“I knew Dusty a little, and he contacted us about being a part of this show,” Broaddus said.
Quest TV will feature a variety of episodes highlighting the life of an outdoorsman.
“It’s about hunting, but it’s about more than hunting,” Broaddus said. “It’s going to show how outfits run. It’ll highlight how hunts are scheduled, what guides do on those hunts and pretty much everything that goes into a hunting expedition.”
Both Broaddus and Greenwood enjoy being outdoors, so this opportunity is a near perfect combination of business and pleasure.
“We’re definitely getting to chase our dream,” Greenwood said. “It’s kind of cool to think about making a living out of filming hunts and being outdoors.”
For more information about Quest TV, visit http://questoutdoors.tv.
Julie White, GIT major
Julie White is a senior from Eudora, Kansas. In high school, Julie had an interest in art and had worked with Photoshop in her Digital Imaging class. She became interested in the technology program being taught by Jim Lynch (BS Printing Technology, '76; MS Vocational Education, '89) and took some of the graphic arts classes. A series of experiences followed that included an English class where advertising was discussed along with involvement in SKILLS USA competition. It didn't take long for Julie to see the direction her career would take.
Julie's high school counselor (Paul Walrod, BME, '93; MS '03) was a Pitt State alum who encouraged her to visit the university. She took a campus tour, which included a tour of the Graphics and Imaging Technologies. That was all it took for Julie to get the "bug". "Pitt State is big enough but not too big", Julie said. "And the relationship between the faculty and student is very caring."
Julie's ACT score was high enough to qualify her for scholarships and she received a $2000 scholarship two times from the Print and Label Gravure Association. That scholarship included an all expense paid trip to their conference in Florida - not bad for college student.
Julie became interested in other scholarships and has been successful in receiving enough scholarships to cover her entire college education! Working as an RA (resident assistant) she also received free housing for three of her college years.
As a Commercial Graphics major with a Marketing minor, Julie took an entry level advertising class and decided it was another career path she wanted to explore, so she declared a second major - Communication. Furthermore, by declaring a Graphic Communications Management major (required a few more courses), she automatically acquired a minor in Business Administration.
It's now four and a half years later and Julie is preparing to graduate with three majors and two minors . . . Commercial Graphics, Communication and Graphic Communication Management and minors in Marketing and Business Administration. Julie will be working at Uhlig, Inc. in Overland Park, Kansas and is looking forward to beginning her career in Graphics.