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Tilford Contact Info

Dory Quinn, Secretary
Tilford Group
218A Russ Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

Phone: 620-235-6584

2017 - 2018 Tilford Group | Bottom row: Ananda Jayawardhana, Mark Johnson and Heather Eckstein. Second row: Howard Smith, Cebrail Karayigit, Cindy Johnson. Third row: Christopher Anderson, Jorge Leon, Melinda Rolfs, Donna Sue Pintar. Fourth row: Leo Hudson, Susan Schreiner, Lindsey Taggart. Fifth row: Harold Wallace III, Sandra Cox, Deatrea Rose, Dory Quinn. Sixth row: Barbara Bonnekesson, Kristen Humphrey. Top row: Jason Kegler, Mary Mercer, Harriet Bachner. Photo Credit: Paige Bowman

Fall 2013-Spring 2014

September 18, 2013

Speaker: Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff: 'Am I Too SEXY?' Stan Pearson II
Come kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month with us on Wednesday, September 18th at 7pm in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom. Stan Pearson II, aka Mr. Am I too SEXY?, is a great speaker you will enjoy!
At the end of this presentation, you will know how to:
•To recognize goal-setting as absolutely essential to future success
•To recognize your best qualities
•To learn how to set realistic goals
•To develop self-esteem by identifying personal skills and individual strengths
•To offer practical tips on setting realistic expectations for the real world
•To trust one’s self to think big but act with diligence and care
Co-sponsored by the Tilford Group and the Office of Student Diversity

September 20, 2013
Event: Pecha-kucha nights originated in Amsterdam when young architect Klien Dytham created the concept of a free flow exchange of ideas in a public setting. Since that first PKN event more than 360 cities around the globe have been hosting these fun filled evenings around the world. Tel Aviv just hosted one in which 6,000 people attended. Toykyo Japan has more than 80 night clubs that host these events.

Simply put, it is all about telling a story. You put together a set of 20 slides (pictures, photos, models, etc without bullet points or hyperlinks). Then you tell your story as these slides progress every 20 seconds. Thus you have 6 minutes and 40 seconds to tell your story. There is no stalling on a slide, or waiting for something to load, the slides continue to move forward every 20 seconds.

Pittsburg State became a licensed site for PKNs January 2011. The event on Sept. 20 at 7:20 pm in the Kansas Technology Center will be our 5th event held in Pittsburg. We will have approximately 10-15 presenters, including faculty, students, staff, and community members telling a wide range of stories, from their trips abroad, to research projects, to hobbies and interests. We will present half of these stories, enjoy some refreshments, then hear the rest of the stories. We welcome all of you to come and take part in this historic event and perhaps consider sharing your story at another event this year.

Come check out what thousands around the world are seeing and enjoying first hand. See PowerPoint presentations done in a way you may never have experienced, and perhaps pick up some ideas for the future.

Pecha-kucha is pronounced pa-cho-ku-cha or Peh-cha ku-cha
Event is open to the public

September 23, 2013
Speaker: Frankie Soto, better known as Hidden Legacy is a spoken word artist who will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with our campus in sharing his art and his passion at 7pm in the Governor's Room on September 23rd.
Co-sponsored by the Tilford Group and the Office of Student Diversity

October 24, 2013
Speaker: On October 24th, we'll have an extra special visiting writer on campus, Simon J. Ortiz. Mark your calendars now.

October 21-22, 2013
Tilford Conference 2013
2013 Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism will be held on October 21-22 at Emporia State University. Please mark your calendars. This year's theme is "Embracing Diversity Through Shared Experience."
(Featured Speakers | Poster (PDF))

November 7, 2013
Event: BaFa BaFa cross cultural simulation on Nov. 7 from 3:30 to 5:30 in the Governor's rooms in the OSC facilitated by Grant Moss and Harriet Bachner. We can accommodate 10 to 15 more people in this simulation. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to conduct this fun cross cultural learning experience and to help your students extend their understanding about the complexity of integrating into a different culture.

February 1-28th 
Black History Month (Poster)

February 11, 2014
Workshop: Challenges Advising Underrepresented STEM Students - A Faculty Perspective Case Study. In this presentation focusing on relationships demographic sketches as well as advising strategies for a group of minority STEM students from their recruitment in 2008 through to their graduation in 2013 will be presented. This workshop will take place in the Overman Student Center Governor's Room, and will be presented by Seth E. O'Brien, Assistant Professor; and  Randy Winzer, Professor. 

February 28, 2014
Activity: Event: BaFa BaFa Cross Cultural Simulation on Feb. 28 from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Governor's rooms in the OSC facilitated by Kristen Humphrey and Harriet Bachner. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to conduct this fun cross cultural learning experience and to help your students extend their understanding about the complexity of integrating into a different culture. Feel free to bring a friend!

April 10, 2014 
Event: GoRILL-Out April 10th in the Oval. All Tilford committee members are encouraged to attend, eat a burger and stay to have a conversation with our students from HOT, BSA, and NASA.
Co-sponsored by the Tilford Group and the Office of Student Diversity

April 12, 2014
Event: The Multi-cultural Cinderella will be held Saturday, April 12th at 10:00 the Pittsburg Public Library and will include "Jazz Age Cinderella" performed by Dr. Susan Knell and "Russian Cinderella" performed by Yulia Senkiv--this year's Fulbright Scholar.

March 24, 2014
Presentation: The Women’s Studies Program at Pittsburg State University along with the Department of Communication, Office of Student Diversity, Tilford Group, Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology invite you to attend a diversity and leadership presentation by Dr. Brenda Allen on March 24.

Dr. Allen is the current Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and also a Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado at Denver. Her research and teaching areas include organizational communication, diversity, group communication, and critical pedagogy. Dr. Allen will speak about the traditional concepts of ethics and communication to contemporary concerns about diversity. She will focus on why diversity is an especially important issue in this era of moral complexity within society in general and also in higher education.

Dr. Allen will be presenting two sessions for faculty: One at 9:30 am and repeated again at 11:00 am. Both sessions will be held in the Governor’s Room of the OSC. Refreshments will be provided, so please register for the presentation of your choice at:

In addition, Dr. Brenda Allen will speak at PSU on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 8 p.m. The event will be held in the Governor’s Room at the Overman Student Center on PSU’s campus. 

May 2, 2014 
Event: Cinco de Mayo Festival. This event hosted in The Oval was in celebration of the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. There will be food, drinks, lots of prizes, and DJ Darrell Chrism! 
Co-sponsored by the Tilford Group and the Office of Student Diversity 

May 3, 2014 
Event: Kristin Humphey helped organize the Strut Your Stuff walk, this is a walk around campus that raises awareness and discourages victim blaming for sexual violent crimes. It is meant to send a message that men and women can dress however they like, speak any way they like, and act any way they like without the fear of being attacked or assaulted. I am also asking for donations which will all go to Safehouse here in Pittsburg, which is a center that helps battered women. I would really appreciate any support! (Video)