FROM THE OVAL
25 years and still going strong!
The university celebrated its 25th year of partnering with area businesses during the 2010 Community Campaign, which kicked off with a breakfast on March 9. More than 30 area businesses were recognized for continually supporting the university since the campaign first began back in 1985. The breakfast, which marked the beginning of the two-week campaign, featured campaign co-chairs Elaine Castagno, co-owner of Jim’s Steakhouse and a financial planner with University Bank, and Mark Werner, president of Citizen’s Bank. “You don’t have to look far to see how important the university is to the community,” Werner told the crowd of 150 business members and university supporters gathered for the breakfast. “There are a lot of
For future generations–
It’s the right thing to do
people around the state that would kill to have this kind of economic driver in their community.” At the breakfast, the Rex Crowley Award was presented to Wendell and Lynda Wilkinson, longtime supporters of Pitt State who have provided years of service and leadership to PSU and to the community. Both knew Crowley, a Pittsburg banker and one of the first members of the business community to volunteer his time for PSU fundraising, through their individual work in the banking industry. For more information on giving to the Community Campaign, contact University Development, 620-235-4768.
President Steve Scott (right) presents the 2010 Rex Crowley Award to Wendell and Lynda Wilkinson.
PITT STATE Fall 2010
PSU President Steve Scott frequently says that conserving finite resources and encouraging a culture that strives for sustainability is the right thing to do for future generations. Now the campus has embraced that goal. The University Strategic Planning Council gave its approval to the addition of sustainability as a sixth goal in the university’s strategic plan in April. President Scott made his case for adding the goal in a series of campus forums and a draft of the proposed goal got campus scrutiny before its adoption. “I am extremely pleased with the enthusiasm with which the campus has embraced this concept,” Scott said. “Clearly the time is right to include sustainability in our planning process.” The new sustainability goal calls for the university to “institutionalize environmental sustainability into all university activities including operations, teaching and learning, discovery and engagement." It joins five established goals: 1. Enhance learner success 2. Enhance discovery and research 3. Enhance engagement and interaction with external stakeholders to stimulate cooperative and progressive growth and development 4. Embrace emerging technologies 5. Obtain the resources necessary to support the university’s strategic goals while maintaining sound fiscal management strategies that are clearly articulated to all constituents The university uses these strategic goals to drive planning across campus and each department and unit measures progress against the goals. To learn more about PSU’s strategic planning, go to www2.pittstate.edu/inres/. To view PSU President Scott’s forum on the new sustainability goal, visit www.pittstate.edu/office/president/speeches/.
Pitt State Magazine - Fall 2010