COLLEGE CLOSE-UP awarded), more science majors received funds this past year than ever before. “We probably have the most competitive students of any university in Kansas. Their maturity, their drive, their grades, their ethics - they can compete with students at any university in the state,” Rider said. “Research is expensive, and we couldn’t sponsor undergraduate research projects without this.” The students who received scholarships are Alissa Becknell, a senior from Cherryvale, Kan.; Caleb Burrows, a senior from Quapaw, Okla.; Afrita Davis, a senior from Coffeyville, Kan.; Sierra Foster, a junior from Edna, Kan.; Dustin Graham, a senior from Carl Junction, Mo.; Emma Hayes, a senior from Andover, Kan.; Joshua Kristalyn, a sophomore from Iola, Kan.; Joshua Mayfield, a sophomore from El Dorado, Kan.; Meagan Miller, a sophomore from Wichita, Kan.; Haley Ruther, a senior from Robins, Iowa; and Sarah Wolfe, a sophomore from Shawnee, Kan.
Conference features experts on terrorism, Afghanistan & Pakistan A day-long discussion of terrorism, Afghanistan and Pakistan drew an interesting mix of students, faculty and community members to the campus in January. “Terrorism, War, and the Challenge Facing the U.S. in Afghanistan and Pakistan” was sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences, the International Academic Affairs Committee and the International Studies Program. The conference featured a distinguished panel of experts, including military officers, authors and an Afghani military officer. Paul Zagorski, a member of the faculty in the Department of Social Sciences, said the speakers’ on-theground experience in Afghanistan gave special weight to their comments.
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Student broadcasters win state awards Student broadcasters from PSU took home 10 awards, including five firstplace awards, last spring at the Kansas Association of Broadcasters’ annual banquet in Wichita. Students from Pittsburg State competed in a variety of broadcasting categories against students from other colleges and universities in Kansas. They received five first-place awards, four second-place awards and one honorable mention award. Troy Comeau, associate professor in communication, said the state competition is becoming more competitive each year. “Kansas colleges and universities have some excellent broadcasting programs,” Comeau said. “This year, nine different schools received a first place award. Kansas has one of the most competitive state competitions, in not only the number of entries, but in the quality of student productions.” For more information, contact Dr. Troy O. Comeau, at 620-235-4721.
High School students compete at Science Day More than 450 high school students participated in PSU’s Science Day 2010 on April 22. Students competed individually and in teams in four areas: Chemistry Capers, Physics Frolics, Earth and Space Science, and the Biology Bowl. Some of the competitions included the popular mouse trap car, in which students design and build cars powered only by a mousetrap; the water balloon drop, in which students attempt to design and build a container to protect a water-filled balloon in a 3-story fall; and seismic shakers, in which students construct a tower of craft sticks and glue that can withstand an earthquake.
More than 850 attend Math Relays More than 850 high school students from schools across the four-state area tested their math skills at the 42nd annual PSU Math Relays in April. The students competed individually and in teams in areas such as algebraic equations and inequalities, geometry, trigonometry, logic and set theory and algebraic word problems. Terry Martin, a member of the Math Department faculty and the director of the annual event, called the attendance at this year’s Math Relays “tremendous,” in light of widespread school district cuts.
A Science Day competitor watches as the device he has designed to protect a water balloon in a fall plummets toward the ground.
Fall 2010 PITT STATE
Pitt State Magazine - Fall 2010