A piece of legislation that forever changed women’s athletics will be the topic of this year’s Apple Day celebration, set for Thursday at Pittsburg State University.
The 103rd Apple Day Convocation will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in McCray Recital Hall. All classes will be canceled for the event.
This year’s keynote speaker is Sunny Pierce, a former PSU athlete who now teaches at Girard High School in Girard, Kan. She will discuss the impact of Title IX legislation 35 years after the university fielded its first women's intercollegiate athletic teams. Her presentation will be “Playing for Real.”
Apple Day is a PSU tradition which started in 1907 when students skipped class to commemorate when Mayor Clarence Price, along with other Pittsburg representatives, broke legislative rules and lobbied for money to build the first building at what is now PSU.
Price was fined a barrel of apples. Apples are handed out at every Apple Day in Price’s honor.
Other speakers at Apple Day Convocation will include historian Randy Roberts, who will tell the story of Apple Day, and Eddie Penner, president of the Student Government Association.
The winners of the 2009 Dr. Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Awards will be announced, as well as the Dr. Robert K. Ratzlaff Outstanding Faculty Awards and the Golden Gorilla Awards.
All full-time undergraduate students who attend the convocation will enter to win a $1,000 and a $500 Centennial Scholarship.
Music at the convocation will be provided by the PSU Chorale under the direction of Dr. Susan Marchant. Seth Harley, graduate student in music, will conduct.
Apple Day activities start on Monday with an Apple Hunt sponsored by the Student Activities Council. Each day from March 2-5, the SAC will hide five plastic apples around campus, each containing a $25 gift card to various Pittsburg restaurants and stores.
Then the Apple Dessert Contest, sponsored by the Campus Activities Council and open to all students, faculty and staff, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3. The winners in two categories, apple pie and apple dessert, will be announced at Apple Day Convocation.
For more info, call Edie McCracken, program coordinator for Campus Activities, at (620) 235-4795.
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