PSU ALUMNI NEWS PSU honors three alumni for achievement Three alumni who have shown outstanding leadership and achievement in their fields were awarded the 2010 Meritorious Achievement Award during commencement activities May 14-15. The PSU Alumni Association established the award in 1958 as the highest award given to graduates based on career achievement. Candidates for the award have demonstrated substantial professional growth and advancement over an extended period of time. The candidate’s activities, including participation and leadership in civic and professional organizations at the local, state and national levels, are also considered by the awards committee in selecting the recipients. This year’s recipients were Inez Y. Kaiser of Overland Park, Kan., a speaker, consultant, and founder and CEO of the public relations firm Inez Kaiser and Associates; Paula F. Baker of Joplin, Mo., the CEO of Ozark Center and CCO for Freeman Health System; and James L. Harlin of Edmond, Okla., the founder and president of FiSource, Inc., an actuarial and financial consulting firm. For complete biographies of the three winners, visit the alumni website at www.pittstate.edu/press-media/detail. dot?id=211473.
Technology reunion planned for Homecoming weekend, Oct. 15-16 Pittsburg State will host its largest alumni reunion ever this fall as graduates from the College of Technology are welcomed back to campus. The reunion, planned for the weekend of Homecoming on Oct. 15 and 16, will have the largest invitation list yet. With nearly 11,000 graduates since the college was first established, organizers are
2010 Meritorious Award recipients: James L. Harlin, Inez Y. Kaiser and Paula F. Baker.
hoping to see a bigger crowd of attendees than ever before. “It’s the first time we’ve ever had an entire college invited back for a reunion,” said Johnna Schremmer, director of alumni and constituent relations. “This is a good college to start with because they’re a very special and unique group. And they have a lot of loyal alumni, so we wanted to bring them back at once.” With the Kansas Technology Center completed in 1997, approximately 7,000 of the college’s alumni have never seen the building. The activities for the weekend include a tour of the center, as well as time for alumni to reconnect with faculty members and their fellow classmates. The weekend also centers around the Crimson and Gold Dinner, a large-scale tailgate party, and the Homecoming game. “The most exciting thing about this reunion is that we’ll be able to visit with our alumni, some of which we haven’t been able to talk to in awhile, and hear about their successes,” said Dr. Bruce Dallman, dean of the College of Technology. “That’s one of the most
important gifts we get back from them. It makes you appreciate their success, and that in turn is a measure of our success.” The early bird deadline to register for the reunion is Sept. 1. To sign up, contact alumni relations at 620-2354758. For more information on the reunion schedule, go to www.pittstate. edu/audiences/alumni-friends/. “We are so excited about hosting a reunion of this magnitude,” Schremmer said. “We’re hoping all of our technology alumni will mark it on their calendars and make it a point to return to PSU for this event.”
The best plate in the state With Pittsburg State license plates becoming the one of the most popular collegiate plate in the state, it seems you never have to look too far to find a Gorilla. This spring, numbers from the state transportation office showed that PSU surpassed Wichita State University in having the third highest number of license plates on the road. Currently, Fall 2010 PITT STATE