September 30, 2009 12:00AM
Knowing the roadways are one of the best ways to capture widespread attention, it was just over 10 years ago that Pittsburg State University began its "Best Plate in the State" license plate campaign - aiming to spread the word about PSU while simultaneously building scholarships.
As the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations celebrates a decade of selling Pitt State-emblazoned tags, they're learning just how popular the plates have become. With more than 1,400 on the road as of this week, PSU has surpassed Wichita State University to become the third most popular university in the state to be represented through license plates - just under K-State and KU.
The plates can be purchased by anyone, not just PSU alums, and drivers don't have to live in Crawford County, said Johnnna Schremmer, director of alumni relations, who talks about the plates at Gorilla Gatherings throughout the state.
"The program is wonderful, because it not only supports PSU and its scholarships and programs, but it's a wonderful example of PSU pride," she said. "You're taking the Gorilla with you everywhere."
From now through Oct. 6, the office is celebrating the program's 10th anniversary by selling the plates for $10 rather than the regular $30 cost. The gift goes toward any program or scholarship the donor chooses, or can be directed toward the Alumni Legacy License Plate Scholarship, which benefits incoming, first-time students who are children of Pitt State alums.
Anyone purchasing a PSU license plate in 2009 will also be entered into a drawing to be held by the office on Jan. 7, 2010. The ten prizes include a 32" flat-screen TV, two tickets to the Rua Skybox for the 2010 football season, a $50 Gorilla Bookstore gift certificate, and more.
For more information about the campaign or to purchase a plate, go to www.pittstate.edu/alumni, or call 620-235-4758.