Community and business leaders came together Tuesday, March 5th, over breakfast in the Overman Student Center to help launch Pittsburg State University's annual Community Campaign. Co-chairpersons for this year's campaign are Paul Christman, Community National Bank & Trust; and Kim Clark, The Little Shop of Flowers.
PSU President Steve Scott noted that the annual campaign highlights the strong bond between the university and the community and it is followed by less than a week the annual Apple Day celebration, which also honors that relationship.
"Community engagement is an important part of our history and its an important part of our future," Scott said.
As part of the program, the university honored USD 250 with the 2013 Rex Crowley Outstanding Partner in Progress Award. The award recognizes members of the community who display exceptional civic leadership through service to PSU and the community through their professional and volunteer activities.
Pittsburg State University and USD 250 have long enjoyed a successful and effective partnership. Through the sharing of resources, programs and educational opportunities, both Pitt State and USD 250 have helped their students and staffs grow in their education and professional development.
During the past seven years, USD 250 has hosted more than 90% of PSU’s undergraduate practicum students in the areas of reading, ESOL and Special Education and approximately 15% of PSU’s student teachers. Members of the USD 250 faculty and staff have conducted workshops for PSU students in classroom management, taught PSU courses as adjuncts and have served on advisory boards for undergraduate and graduate level programs.
In return, PSU faculty members have conducted workshops and professional development opportunities for USD 250 educators. Pittsburg State also offers an Early Career Teacher Academy that helps mentor first- and second-year teachers, a workshop in which USD 250 has participated every year.
The teacher education program at PSU has a wonderful working relationship with USD 250, as district administrators and faculty remain open and excited to provide opportunities for PSU graduates. The faculty at USD 250 can always be counted on to provide a quality experience in a supportive learning environment for our teacher candidates as they transition from theory to practice in the classroom.
Over the next two weeks, PSU Office of Development staff will contact area businesses and industries to solicit gifts for student scholarships and academic needs at PSU.
For more information on giving to the Community Campaign, contact University Development at 620-235-4768.