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

Message from the Dean

Karl Kunkel and Student Advisory Council

Dean Karl Kunkel with the 2011-12 Arts and Science Student Advisory Council.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Spring 2012 edition of the College of Arts and Sciences newsletter, Universitas.   I am delighted to serve as the fourth Dean of the College, beginning my term this past summer.   Arts and Sciences at Pittsburg State is the largest college at Pittsburg State University and includes a wide variety of exciting academic programs and initiatives.  I first want to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the warm welcome I received from students, faculty, alumni, staff, administrators, community members, and friends of the College.  The graciousness of these groups created a very smooth transition to Pittsburg State and the Pittsburg community for both my family and me.

You will see this newsletter contains many of exciting events from the past year.  In addition to these items there are a few initiatives I specifically want to mention- our strategic planning process, an increase in the number of Arts and Sciences online courses, the Polymer Chemistry initiative, the Fine and Performing Arts Center, and our new Facebook page. 

We are working on a comprehensive strategic plan for the coming years.  When completed, this plan guides and coordinates future activities and initiatives for all units and departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.  If you want to see ideas being considered, click here for the current draft of our developing unit plan.  Any comments are welcome using the available response box. 

In addition, we are making an effort to increase student accessibility by delivering additional courses online.  This summer, we plan to offer thirteen general education online courses along with various courses from particular undergraduate and graduate programs.  A complete list of our summer online offers can be found on the College of Arts and Sciences homepage.

The College of Arts and Sciences is involved in an exciting proposed collaboration between the Department of Chemistry, the Plastics Engineering Technology Program, and the Kansas Polymers Research Center to propose a new academic program in Polymer Chemistry.  If approved and funded, this program creates a unique opportunity in this region for students along with a vehicle for economic development in the state of Kansas.

Fine and Performing Arts CenterPlanning and fundraising for the new Fine and Performing Arts Center at Pittsburg State are progressing very well.  This center provides a state-of-the-art venue for our music, theater, and art programs; a unique academic space for students to learn about production and performance as well as a significant cultural center for southeast Kansas.  Please click if you would like to learn more about the plans for the Fine and Performing Arts Center or contribute to the construction of this outstanding facility.

The College established a new Facebook page where you can learn about coming events as well as student and faculty accomplishments.  If you are a Facebook user, or even just a Facebook “lurker,” visit and “like” our page so you can receive notification of new postings.  We use this page to post announcements as well as pictures and videos of our student and faculty activities.  We also post news stories concerning topics relevant to Arts and Sciences fields.

If you are an alum of one of the Arts and Sciences department, please keep your us updated on your activities and accomplishments by sending an email to the Dean’s Office at artsc@pittstate.edu.  We want to brag about what you have done and appreciate you keeping us updated.

As you can see from the items briefly mentioned above and the articles in this edition of Universitas, it is an exciting time to be a Gorilla and part of the College of Arts and Sciences at Pittsburg State University!

Karl R. Kunkel, Dean

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