There were fireworks over PSU at this year's President Society dinner, where more than 200 university supporters gathered on Sept. 11 to celebrate the successful completion of the university's 10-year, $120-million fundraising effort, "The Campaign for Pittsburg State University"
"This is a major accomplishment in the life of the university," said Dr. Brad Hodson, vice president for university advancement, "and this group of people played a major role in this achievement."
PSU President Steve Scott said the campaign, which raised $122,727,266, has made Pittsburg State much stronger than it would have been had the fundraising effort not taken place.
"Just imagine what Pittsburg State University would be today if we had not embarked on this ambitious plan a decade ago," Scott said.
He pointed to a doubling of student scholarships, one of the first goals of the campaign, support for the Faculty of Distinction program, student development and campus internationalization.
The most visible results of the campaign are bricks and mortar. Those include the Student Recreation Center and Kansas National Guard Armory, the Bryant Student Health Center, the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater, the Tyler Research Center, the Jungletron, the Bicknell Sports Complex and the expansion of Carnie Smith Stadium.
"The Campaign for Pittsburg State University has been successful because of the hard work and generosity of loyal friends and alumni of the university," Scott said. "We want to thank them and take time to reflect on how their support has transformed this great university."
Hodson said when the campaign was first launched, it demonstrated a bold vision for the university.
"Ten years ago, a $120 million campaign was very rare for a public university our size," Hodson said. "It was admittedly ambitious, but our success is proof that to succeed, you need to dream big."