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Commemoration
Commemoration "Apple" Day Convocation
When:  Thu, March 6 2014 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Location:  McCray Hall
Address:  McCray Hall, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
Contact:  Campus Activities Center
Contact Phone:  620-235-4795

Apple Day - PSU's oldest tradition

At the Apple Day convocation, the University honors:

  • Outstanding Faculty
  • Golden Gorilla Award
  • and Distinguished Service Award recipients

There is also a keynote address.

Apple Day Scholarship Drawing

Faculty will distribute apples to students as part of the tradition, and a scholarship will be awarded to one student in attendance (students must have PSU ID with them to be entered in the drawing).

Apple Dessert Contest

Download entry form - Application due February 26 by 4pm

Do you have an apple dessert recipe that really takes the cake? Show off your baking skills at the 2014 Apple Dessert Contest on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014.

Winners will be awarded in two categories:  Pies and Other Desserts. The top three bakers in each category will receive gift baskets full of PSU items from Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

The Story of Apple Day

See video - Apple Day at Pittsburg State University

On February 21, 1903, Governor William J. Bailey signed the bill creating the Kansas State Manual Training Normal School Auxiliary, the first name of what is today Pittsburg State University. Classes began the following September in the city-owned Central School building at the northwest corner of Fifth and Walnut. Very soon the growing enrollment created a need for a larger facility. Senator Ebenezer F. Porter of Pittsburg led a successful fight for a building appropriation with the assistance of Principal Russell Station Russ, the faculty, and community leaders. After the funding bill was passed, Clarence Price, then mayor of Pittsburg, was fined a barrel of apples for lobbying on the floor of the legislature. Senator Porter, it should be noted, graciously donated two boxes of cigars to the House for passing the bill. Upon their triumphal return to Pittsburg, the story of the fine was told. In those days, students were disciplined for their absences. In the spirit of the celebration, Principal Russ and members of his faculty were fined a barrel of apples by the students because they had been gone to Topeka to help lobby. Thus, with the funding of the building we now call Russ Hall by the Kansas Legislature, the tradition of Apple Day was established in 1907.

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