It is clear from the smile on her face that Emily Wingert Brown, a project manager for McCownGordon Construction, loves what she does for a living. With heavy equipment roaring in the background, scores of tradesmen and laborers focused on their individual tasks and a complex building project unfolding, Brown said she is enjoying a career that she hadn't even considered when she first arrived at Pittsburg State University.
Brown, a Mission, Kan., native, said she was drawn to PSU by scholarships and the opportunity to participate in the Honors College. She decided to explore options in the College of Technology partly because her older brother was already a technology major. It didn't take long until she was hooked.
A 2001 graduate, Brown has a long history of support for PSU and especially the Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technology Department . In addition to gifts for scholarships, Brown serves as an advisory board member for the college. As a student, she was a phonathon volunteer calling alumni to solicit donations. Now she is happy to be on the other end of the phone line.
"I just think it is important to give back," Brown said. "As a scholarship recipient, I benefited from someone else's generosity. Now I want to help the next generation of students."