"...Online Newsletter from the Pittsburg State University College of Arts and Sciences"



Welcome to the Summer 2012 edition of Universitas, the electronic newsletter for the College of Arts and Sciences at Pittsburg State University.   As you will see from the newsletter articles, the College was very busy since the publication of our Fall 2011 newsletter.

Dean Kunkel at Spring Commencement
Dean Kunkel at Spring Commencement

During the Spring 2012 Semester various students and faculty received prestigious awards.  Holly Hrabik and Zack Krumsick were named the Pittsburg State University Outstanding Woman and Outstanding Man.  Both Holly and Zack are Biology majors.  Arts and Sciences especially is honored because the University gives just one Outstanding Woman and one Outstanding Man award each year and this year both recipients were from our College. 

Holly and Zack Holly Hrabik and Zack Krumsick
Paul McCallum, Grant Moss, and Craig Fuchs Paul, Grant, and Craig

In addition, Pittsburg State annually names three faculty to receive the Outstanding Faculty Award.  This award particularly is meaningful because nominations and selections come from students.  We are honored that all three of this year’s recipients are from the College of Arts and Sciences – Dr. Craig Fuchs (Professor of Music and Director of the Honor’s College), Dr. Paul McCallum (Professor of English), and Dr. Grant Moss (Assistant Professor of Spanish).  We obviously are very proud of all the outstanding students and faculty in Arts and Sciences, and are thrilled when exemplary students and faculty are recognized with these prestigious campus awards.

In addition, we requested and received funding from the Kansas Legislature and Governor Sam Brownback for a new program in Polymer Chemistry.  This initiatve connects the Kansas Polymer Research Center on our campus with both the Chemistry Department and the Plastics Engineering Program in the College of Technology, creating a very exciting opportunity for future undergraduate and graduate students as well as cutting edge research opportunities with direct implications for economic development in Kansas.  We currently are in the process of hiring new polymer chemistry faculty and stocking laboratory space.  It is exciting to see the early stages of this dream becoming reality!
We also remain very involved with planning for the new Fine and Performing Arts Center, which will sit on the corner of Homer and Ford streets.  Fundraising continues for this project and I am told we are getting closer to the $30 million goal for this iconic structure that will provide both an academic space for students and student performances in music, theater, and art, as well as a cultural center for the arts, including an impressive venue for well-known speakers and concerts, in this region of the state.  The College of Arts and Sciences is very excited about seeing this dream becoming reality in the near future.

Performance Hall
Performance Hall

On a personal note, I completed my first (and perhaps only) half-marathon in mid-April participating in the “Rock the Parkway” race in Kansas City.  Throughout my life I have been a casual runner, so taking on the training for running 13.1 miles and actually completing the race in 1 hour, 49 minutes, and 21 seconds was quite a surprise!  At this point I’m still running, but don’t know if the April event was a “first” or possibly my “only” half-marathon!
 I encourage you to read the articles in this newsletter to learn about just a few of the tremendous and noteworthy activities of students and faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Please also accept my invitation to regularly check our College website, Facebook page and the new Dean’s Office Blog for news, announcements, updates, events, and discussion of issues in Arts and Sciences as we continue to pursue our mission of developing global citizens through the humanities, social and natural sciences.  

Dean Karl Kunkel at a Half Marathon Dean Kunket at a Half Marathon

As you already know, it is special to be a Gorilla in the College of Arts and Sciences!
Karl R. Kunkel, Dean Key to Global Citizenship

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