Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AAF Awards (ADDY)

 National Award Winner: Matt Heflin (read more)

What is AAF?
Student Competition overview
Contest details
Past PSU Student Success

2015 Joplin AAF event details

Read this PDF to determine which category your entry will be entered into.

Student Rules & Categories


How to Enter:

If you are eligible for the GIT Department to sponsor your entry, you must submit it via Christel Benson (clbenson@pittstate.edu).

If you are eligible for one of the clubs to sponsor your entry, you must contact them to submit, but deliver all paperwork and physical entries to Christel Benson (clbenson@pittstate.edu).

If you plan to submit:

  1. Students must meet me during office hours by December 12
  2. Students must have their physical entry and an envelope/box to transport it
  3. Students must have a jpg photo or file to submit with the entry form
  4. This is an online entry form so they need to allow 10 minutes with me to submit
  5. Students will sign a contract agreeing to allow us to display their award
  6. I will accept all entries paid for by GIT, GET or individuals, but they must meet the requirements above. If students are submitting on their own, they must print the appropriate paperwork. Contest details


    Gorillas In Your Midst will be promoting tobacco cessation with their annual Great Gorilla Smokeout November 19th and 20th. A variety of activities will be held 11a.m. - 2p.m. in the Yates Hall Lobby (Nov. 19th) and next to the Overman Student Center Info. Desk (Nov. 20th). This year's theme  "Breathe Easy" is taken from the tobacco free campus initiative beginning January 1, 2015.

    FREE PITT 'BREATHE EASY' T-SHIRTS (courtesy of Via Christi Health) to those who support the campus "Breathe Easy" campaign by agreeing to post a picture pledging their support on social media. Other activities include:
    • A display depicting the history and implementation of the tobacco free campus initiative.
    • Free quit kits with cessation tips, campus, state and national resources for support in quitting, and instructions on securing nicotine replacement therapy.
    • Tobacco Jeopardy and a variety of other interactive games to educate participants on the benefits of not using tobacco products.
    • The "Breathe Easy Patrol" — students visiting staff and administrative offices around campus distributing quit kits and information as well as using interactive games to educate employees about the new tobacco free policy.

    For more information, contact J.T. Knoll jknoll@pittstate.edu 235-4062

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

    2014 AAF Award Success

    Joplin AAF Winners - 2014
    52    Student Entries
    10    Gold Awards
    22    Silver Awards
      2    Special Judges Awards
      1    Student Best of Show
      1   National Award

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    Free Lunch

    FREE HOT DOGS WITH ALL THE FIXINS will be provided for everyone, courtesy of the College of Technology.

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Join us between 11 and 1 in room E101 (last door on the right next to the northeast exit of the tech building)

    Everyone's invited

    Racism Workshop

    Racism and other prejudices make our criminal justice system unfair and can make our communities volatile.

    Restorative justice practices focus on the unique situation and specific individuals involved, including community members whose harm may be hidden.

    Healing those who have been harmed and strengthening the community fabric are primary purposes of restorative justice, along with accountability. These practices encourage self-disclosure for better understanding and collective resolution that increases competencies and confidence for the next conflict.

    No matter where we live or exactly what differences divide us, restorative justice practices can be useful tools for community repair.

    The presentations and workshop will present differences between conventional and restorative justice; involve participants in practice circles, and offer application models from Kansas and around the world.  Faculty members are encouraged to bring their class to 107 Grubbs Hall on Thursday September 11th at 2:00 p.m.

    KTC Library

     Library tips:
    • Keep in mind any PSU Libraries material may be returned or picked up here (yes, in the KTC, room S221 at a time convenient for you) this is a service available for all.
    • Our hours are Sunday 6-10pm, Monday-Thursday 8am-10pm, and Friday 8am-5pm.
    • The 26 workstations (24 PCs & 2 Macs) are supported by Library Systems Staff. Software includes Professional Microsoft Office, SPSS statistical analysis software, Microsoft Visual Studio, and Adobe Creative Suite 5.5. Two Scanners and a Copy Machine are available for student or personal use. Black and White or Color Laser Printing on Letter or Legal size paper is also available. Drawing packages or departmental specific software are not installed in our area.
    • Coming soon, PSU Library Services will be moving to a new Integrated Library System, Sierra & Encore will go live mid/late Fall. Summon, LibGuides, and specific Databases will continue to operate as usual. 
    Please use http://axe.pittstate.edu/ktc/ for your research needs and as always if you have any questions feel free to contact me.

    Heather Winzer
    KTC Library Manager
    Pittsburg State University
    1701 South Broadway
    Kansas Technology Center S221
    Pittsburg, KS 66762-5856
    Phone (620)235-4054

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    National Winner

    It started with local awards. Then came regional honors. And now Matt Heflin has received the highest honor awarded in the 2014 American Advertising Awards (AAA). Read the full story >

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Company Day Helps Students Network



    College of Technology Company Day

    18th Annual Company Day in the College of Technology will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.  It is held in the Kansas Technology Center, on the corner of Ford and Rouse, from 8:30am to 2:00pm.

    Why YOU should attend Company Day?

    • Meet industry professionals, and alumni from your program
    • Ask questions you may not feel comfortable asking in an interview (pay, benefits, insurance, time off, do they like their job)
    • Get industry feedback on your resume and current skill set
    • Gain insight regarding different job titles in your field
    • Network with company representatives in your industry
    • Find out about internship opportunities
    • Inquire about soft skills or subjects outside of your major that employers prefer (public speaking, marketing, etc.)
    • Ask about the day-to-day responsibilities that go with different jobs

    Why Businesses Attend Company Day?

    • Showcase your business to talented students studying for careers in your industry
    • Network with PSU students and faculty as well as other company representatives in your industry
    • Booth location will be near classrooms and labs related to your industry in the Kansas Technology Center
    • No cost to attend; however, sponsorship donations are accepted and help defray expenses. Donations above expenses will go to support the program area of your choice.    
    Companies register here: 2014 Company Day
    Look who is already registered

    Here are the GIT related companies that are currently signed up:
    1. Allen Press
    2. Bemis North America
    3. Group360 Worldwide
    4. Kendall King Group
    5. Letter Perfect Hat Co.
    6. Miller's Inc.
    7. Nazdar
    8. Pitsco
    9. Ramsey Media Works
    10. Rand Graphics
    11. Spangler Graphics
    12. Stouse Inc.
    13. Dimensional Innovations


    Dear PSU Student:

    The 1998 Higher Education Act requires all postsecondary institutions to make a good-faith effort to distribute voter registration forms to each degree-or certificate-seeking student who is enrolled in a higher education institution.  Pittsburg State has selected to provide this information to our students through your GUS access for continual availability.

    If you are not already registered to vote, we encourage you to do so.  If you are a Kansas resident the following information will help you find the registration materials you need.  You may gain access to the Kansas Secretary of State website through GUS under Ballots, Survey and Voter Registration or directly at: http://www.sos.ks.gov/elections/elections_registration.html.  A printable voter registration form and appropriate mailing addresses are provided at this website for all Kansas residents.  Your “home” county may be based on your permanent address or based on your local address while attending PSU.

    If you have a valid Kansas drivers license, the link above will also provide an online method to register to vote.

    If you are an out-of-state student who prefers to vote through an absentee ballot through your home state, you will need to contact your state election office.  Kansas and Missouri registration forms are also available in the Student Government office in the PSU Student Center.

    In Kansas voter registrations must be submitted by the 21st day prior to an election day and confirmation will be returned via mail from the county office.  We encourage you to consider your right to vote and register today!

    Debbie Greve

    Turn Off Wireless

    We're seeing well over 100 "rogue" wireless "service offering" devices (lots of wireless printers, for example) flooding the airwaves with "Here I am.  Connect to me." transmissions.  These broadcasts interrupt and compete directly with the legitimate "GusNet" wireless network... degrading GusNet performance - sometimes severely - for everyone in the surrounding area.

    We ask that you check your area for wireless-capable devices, like printers, Internet "hotspot" features on phones or tablets, gaming devices, or other similar "service providing" devices that offer the ability to connect to the device directly via WiFi.  Turn off these features if you know how.  If you need assistance, contact your tech or the Gorilla Geeks Help Desk (geeks@pittstate.edu or Extension 4600).

    Thank you for helping to keep the WiFi airwaves clear so GusNet can do it's job for our faculty, staff, and students.

    Tim Pearson
    Information Services
    Pittsburg State University

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    Senate Seats Available

    SGA wants you! There are currently openings in both regular senate seats as well as our Justice Board. You can find the applications for each here: http://www.pittstate.edu/campus-life/groups/sga/. Please TYPE  your responses either on the application(s) themselves or on a separate sheet of paper. Please bring your completed application to the SGA Office in 207 Hartman Hall. When you turn it in, please be prepared to schedule an appointment with the Vacancy Board for your interview. We look forward to having you in Senate, where Students Make the Difference!

    Jaclyn Gilchrist
    Vice President
    Student Government Association
    Pittsburg State University

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Reporting Incidents of Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence


    Rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking are serious crimes whether the act of violence is by a stranger or someone known to the victim.

    The university strongly encourages and supports victims to report the crime immediately to:

    University Police - 620 235-4624 or at their office, Lower Level of Shirk Hall, 1501 South Joplin Street, or

    City of Pittsburg Police - 620 231-0400 or at their office, 201 North Pine Street

    As an alternative, the victim may report the crime to the University’s:

    Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities - 235-4945 or at their office, 104 Bryant Student Health Center, 1801 South Broadway Street, or

    Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (Title IX Coordinator) -
    620 235-4185 or at their office, 218 Russ Hall

    University personnel will assist in the report process if requested by the victim. As a victim, the individual has the option to decline to notify law enforcement or campus authorities.  University procedures are designed to protect the student who has been hurt by these behaviors and to stop the offensive behavior. The due process rights of alleged offenders are protected, as well as the rights of the victim.

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    Connect to GusNET

    Connect to GusNET today!  

    This will mean smooth sailing in classes on Aug 26th.  The open PSU Wifi will cease to exist on August 26th.  To avoid wifi meltdown in your classroom :-)  please send students to the Gorilla Geeks for assistance if they have not yet connected to GusNET.  In addition, The Gorilla Geeks will be on the oval both Fri the 22nd and Mon the 25th to assist any students needing help.

    If you teach a night class, feel free to encourage your students to visit the Geeks before class...we are open until 7:00pm M-TH.

    Information that you can share with your students:
    -Student Link to Connect to GusNET: http://www.pittstate.edu/office/it/studentgusnet.dot

    -Gorilla Geeks Contact Information:
    Location: 109 Whitesitt Hall
    Phone: 620-235-4600
    Email: Geeks@pittstate.edu

    -Gorilla Geeks Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Thur   7:45am - 7:00pm
    Fridays         7:45am - 4:30pm

    Cash for Phone Calls

    What is the Phonathon? 

    The Phonathon is a nine week campaign which takes place on-campus, in both the spring and fall semesters. Students call alumni and friends of the university, update important information, and request donations for Pitt State.

    How much will I get paid? 

    We pay $7.25/hr for new callers. PLUS-There are tons of incentives and prizes given out! (gift certificates, t-shirts, PSU gear and accessories, etc)

    When will I work? 

    The Phonathon hours are from 6-9 p.m. SundayThursday. You must choose at least three nights a week to call. You have every Friday and Saturday night off!
    We are looking for students who are personable and friendly, are in good academic standing, speak fluent English, and have a passion for Pitt State.

    Applications and a detailed job description are available at Gorillas4Hire. Applications are also available on the 2nd floor of Shirk Hall. Make sure you apply before September 1st!

    For more information contact Justin Newman in the University Development Office at 235-6117 or by email at jnewman@pittstate.edu.

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    Write, Right!

    Welcome back! The Writing Center’s regular fall hours begin today.

    We do appointment-based consulting from
    9a to 7p Monday through Thursday and 9a to 1p on Friday.

    We also have NEW drop-in hours from 7p-10 Monday through Thursday.

    Location:  112 Axe Library
    URL:  https://pittstate.mywconline.com

    Avoid a $50 Late Fee

    Fall 2014 tuition is due by the end of the day on Monday, August 25th.  A $50.00 late fee will be assessed on August 26th.

    You have the following payment options:

    *  Pay on-line via GUS (you may also grant parents GUS eProxy access to view your tuition statement on-line and pay through CASHNet – see your Student Accounts menu on GUS).

    *  Pay at the Cashier’s Office, 112 Horace Mann.

    *  If you are receiving financial assistance, follow up and make certain everything is in place for payment or deferment by August 25th

    *  Remember we offer a payment plan.  The process is now available on-line through GUS/Student Accounts.  Direct questions to Cashiers at 620-235-4092.

    As always, if you have questions….ASK.  Every office on campus would appreciate the opportunity to address your concerns as they arise.  I’ve added a short listing of phone numbers below to consider contacting should you have questions.

    Cashiers Office        620-235-4092
    Financial Assistance        620-235-4240 or 1-800-854-7488
    Commerce Bank        620-235-4574
    Gorilla Bookstore        620-235-4875
    Registrar’s main number        620-235-4200

    You may also utilize the PSU website at http://www.pittstate.edu for additional contact information.

    Read Your E-mail

    As you no doubt have recognized, students do NOT check their email accounts as frequently as we would like.  To date we have not identified another method to disseminate all of our very important and sometimes lengthy messages to our students.

    I would appreciate your help in announcing to your students the importance of checking their email account often and explain this is how many of us communicate information they need to know.

    If they wish to forward their gus.pittstate.edu email account to another email account, they are welcome to do so.  The Gorilla Geek support staff is ready to assist them with this process, but I understand it only takes a few seconds and a couple of clicks.

    We will continue to do all we can to reach out to our students on the importance of checking their email, and would greatly appreciate your help.  Have a great semester.

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    PSU: Prepare for the Fall Semester

    Classes begin Monday, August 18th. We hope you are prepared and that you will let us know if you have any questions.

    Some steps you should consider taking now to prepare:

    1)  Check your fall schedule for any possible classroom changes since your enrollment.

    2)  Sign up for eProxy, if needed. Make it easy for parents or other individuals to view your tuition by providing them eProxy access through your student account.  By taking this extra step, you are not sharing your own password to your GUS account and limiting what can be viewed by others.

    3)  If you are receiving financial assistance and/or scholarships, be sure you have logged into GUS and "verified enrollment". Verification began on August 4, 2014 via GUS.

    4)  Consider ordering your textbooks now on-line.  The Pitt State University Bookstore provides a link at http://www.pittstate.BKstore.com to make this task simpler.  Early ordering will provide a better chance for used books and less waiting in line once you're on campus. If receiving financial assistance, you need to know about the book voucher policy. See http://www.pittstate.edu/office/financial_aid/. Renting books are also an option.

    5)  Obtain your parking permit on GUS.  University Police will mail it to you or have it ready for you to pick up in their office in the basement of Shirk Hall.

    6)  Know who to call when you have questions.  The short list below provides the most frequently called offices at the beginning of the semester.

    Cashiers 620.235.4092   (tuition payment questions)
    Financial Assistance  620.235.4240 or 1-800-854-7488
    Housing/Residence Life  620.235.4245  (for those living on campus) or 1-800-854-7488
    Registrars Office  620.235.4200  (to make changes in your schedule, verify enrollment for insurance)

    Don't forget many of these offices will be available to assist you in Horace Mann on Saturday, August 16 from 10:00-4:00.  
    Please ask if you have any questions.

    Debbie Greve

    PSU: Student Center Update & Hours

    The University Club is still closed and will be for the duration of the fall semester.

    However, to meet all of your coffee drink needs, Jazzman's Cafe' has been temporarily located in the Gorilla Crossing until the U-Club re-opens in the spring.

    The Billiard room will reopen soon but the Mini-Theater will remain closed until the U-Club is finished.

    Meeting room availability for the fall will be the Prairie Room, the Balkans Room (with a new fire code capacity of 49), the Ballroom, and Kansas East & West.

    Please call x-4791 with any questions.  We appreciate your patience during construction.

    The hours for Overman Student Center and it's Auxiliaries:

    OSC regular hours begin Monday 8/18 - Friday  6:00 a - 10:00 p
    Saturday and Sunday  12 Noon - 10 p

    Barnes & Noble Bookstore:
    Saturday, 8/16  10:00 a - 6:00 p
    Sunday, 8/17  12:00 p - 4:00 p

    Monday -Thursday  8/18 -  8/21  7:45 a - 7:00 p
    Friday, 8/22  7:45 a – 4:30 p
    Saturday, 8/23  12:00 p - 3:00 p

    Regular hours begin on Monday, 8/25.
    MondayThursday  7:45 a - 6:00 p
    Friday  7:45 a - 4:30 p

    Commerce Bank:
    Saturday, 8/16  10:00 a - 4:00 p
    Monday  8/18 – 8:00 a – 4:30 p
    Regulars hours begin Tuesday 8/19 MondayFriday  8:30 a – 4:30 p

    Sodexo Retail:
    Thursday 8/14 & Friday 8/15:
    Gorilla Crossing – Including Jazzman’s Coffee Bar
    Open from 7:30 a – 2:00 p

    Regulars begin Monday  8/18 Monday - Friday

    The Gorilla Crossing  7:30 a – 4:00 p
    (Extended hours for the Gorilla Crossing will begin on Monday August 25
    More information to come)

    Monday 8/18 – Friday 7:30 a – 1:00 p

    Axe Grind
    Monday 8/18 – Thursday 8:00 a – 8:00 p
    Friday 8:00 a – 1:00 p
    Sunday 3:00 p – 8:00 p

    PSU: Ice Cream Social


    Join us for an Ice Cream Social!

    August 28, 2014 - 4:00 p.m.

    KTC Courtyard