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Technology boosts recycling at Pitt State



Just about anywhere they look on campus, Pittsburg State University students can find a place to recycle their cans and bottles. But thanks to a new piece of technology, they can really step up their game. view more

Students lead mission trip to India


${URLMapContent.title} For Pittsburg State students and married couple Rachel and Zach Sachs, serving others is more than a passion. It's a calling. "It fills our hearts with joy that we are able to make a difference in the world," said Rachel, who is pursuing a master's degree in mathematics. view more

Biology major helping in national pollinator protection effort


${URLMapContent.title} According to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, bee pollination adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year. That’s why, earlier this year, the Obama administration announced new steps toward promoting the health and well-being of bees and other pollinators. view more

Pitt State launches Gorilla Shuttle


${URLMapContent.title} Getting across campus will become a bit easier for students and faculty this fall thanks to the launch of a new Gorilla Shuttle service. The service is the result of a partnership between Pittsburg State University Student Government Association and Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP). view more

Solar panels provide power, education


${URLMapContent.title} Workers with Good Energy Solutions from Lawrence labored in the Kansas sun Wednesday on a project to capture some of that intense solar energy for Pittsburg State University’s Robert W. Plaster Center. The project was made possible by a grant from Westar Energy to both supply power and provide an educational opportunity on the PSU campus. view more

PSU works to keep construction debris out of the landfill



Tonya Pentola may get a thank you card from Mother Nature. Pentola, who spearheads Pittsburg State University’s recycling services, is working with contractors remodeling PSU’s Mitchell residence hall to keep tens of thousands of pounds of construction refuse from going to the landfill. view more

Graduate to join Nepal rebuilding efforts


Natalie Black mug shot When Natalie Black graduates from Pittsburg State University on Friday, she will begin a journey that will take her half way around the world, to a place that is desperately in need of some kind, willing hands. view more

Construction student prepare for shelter competition


Students in Pittsburg State’s School of Construction are gearing up for their second trip to the John Brown University shelter design competition. The 2015 contest, which challenges teams to design and a build a prototype of a disaster shelter for rapid deployment and set-up, is sponsored by JBU and Samaritan’s Purse. It will take place April 23-25 at JBU in Siloam Spring, Ark. view more

Enactus earns multiple grants for projects


The Pittsburg State Enactus students have a lot on their plate, and they like it that way. From numerous outreach efforts at local businesses to managing their own store, Krimson Kultuur, in downtown Pittsburg, Enactus students strive to make a positive impact on the community. view more

Green chemistry pioneer to speak at PSU


Richard A. Gross, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), an internationally known scientist and pioneer in the field of “green” chemistry will speak on “Green Polymer Chemistry and Biocatalysis” in a public lecture at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, at Pittsburg State University 102 Yates Hall. view more

Bicycle loan program sends a positive message


${URLMapContent.title} The first week of the fall semester at Pittsburg State University can be hectic for just about everyone, but are busier than Don Smith. view more

Grant funds solar energy system for PSU's Plaster Center


Thanks to a major grant from Westar Energy, solar panels will provide both energy and education at the Robert W. Plaster Center, now under construction at Pittsburg State University. view more

Refill stations reduce plastic use at PSU


In an effort to reduce consumption of plastic bottles at Pittsburg State, nearly 20 water refill stations have been installed across campus.  And there’s more where that came from.

 “We have installed 18 water refill stations in 14 building across campus,” said Tonya Pentola, recycling program coordinator. “Our goal is to supply all buildings on campus, including the dorms, to reduce the usage of plastic bottles at Pitt State.” view more

Students design, build shelter for Syrian refugees


${URLMapContent.title} With prospects of a quick end to the Syrian civil war dim, it seems likely that for the foreseeable future, thousands of Syrians will continue to flee their war-torn country for refugee camps on the border. Some Pittsburg State University students are working on a design that could one day provide shelter for these and other refugees around the world. view more

PSU lecture series examines reaction to pollution at Grand Lake and the Lake of the Ozarks


Experts from the worlds of science, the arts, communication and philosophy will spend Monday, March 3, examining pollution at Grand Lake and Lake of the Ozarks and public reaction to those events. The discussion is part of Pittsburg State University’s Interdisciplinary Lecture Series, sponsored by PSU’s Departments of Communication and Art. view more

Student-run Krimson Kultuur open for business



After months of planning and preparation, Krimson Kultuur is open for business.

A project of Pittsburg State's Enactus group, the new student-run store that sells products from the 10,000 Villages organization, opened at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, with an official ribbon cutting celebration.  The store is located at 111 W. 4th Street. view more

PSU, KDOT project garnering national attention


What started as a pilot project in a southeast Kansas community could lead to national attention for Pittsburg State University and its College of Technology.

Two Pitt State construction faculty members, Seth O’Brien and Chad Crain, are helping the Kansas Department of Transportation install solar powered LED pavement lights at two interchanges in Chanute. The project is thought to be the first of its kind in the nation. The project is gradually gaining attention in Kansas, but O’Brien said that audience could quickly grow. view more

Faculty member lends helping hand in Haiti


For Jacob Lehman, a recent trip to Haiti was primarily centered around a visit to his wife’s parents.

“But you can’t go to the third world and just vacation,” said Lehman, Pittsburg State University assistant professor of engineering technology. “It may have started as a trip to see the in-laws, but it wasn’t just about that.” view more

Used beds help social service agencies


${URLMapContent.title} Some children in Kansas and Oklahoma are sleeping better, thanks to a gift from Pittsburg State University. On Thursday, the university donated about 60 surplus beds from its renovation of Dellinger Residence Hall to social service agencies in Kansas and Oklahoma that will distribute them to families they serve. view more

PSU works with contractors to reduce landfill waste


${URLMapContent.title} Last year, Tonya Pentola noticed that recyclable material from a remodeling project was being sent to the landfill. That concerned Pentola, who is the supervisor for the storeroom, recycling and general services departments in Pittsburg State University’s Physical Plant. view more

Youngsters learning about nature at summer camp



At just 10 years of age, Doug Brown hasn’t yet spent a lot of time in a garden. Between youth sports and all of the technology at his fingertips, he’s yet to develop is green thumb. view more

Crews replace lost trees


${URLMapContent.title} Cate Breneman, PSU grounds maintenance supervisor, said it has been it has been a little disturbing to see how many trees the campus has lost to drought, age and storms this past year. Friday was more enjoyable, however, as crews began planting 20 new trees. view more

Student exceeds recycling goal



Can one person make a difference? Justin Gambill did.

For his senior project, Gambill, a social work and Spanish major from Chetopa, Kan., conducted an E-Waste Recycling Day on campus. His goal was to collect 100 e-waste items for recycling and $100 in donations for the SEK Recycling Center. view more

Students learn about poverty's effects


Pittsburg State University students will attend a banquet Monday night, but not everyone is expected to leave satisfied. The type and amount of food the guests receive, where they may sit and even the type of service they get will depend upon whether they are labeled upper, middle or lower class when they enter the room. view more

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