Business graduate chosen for Distinguished Service Award

A public reception will be held at the Wilkinson Alumni Center at 1 p.m. on March 30 to honor the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award, Lindsay Young (BBA ‘05, MBA ‘09), who has played an instrumental role post-graduation in service to Pittsburg State as a volunteer, mentor, and member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. 

Young is a native of Girard, Kansas, and a graduate of the Kelce College of Business, having earned a bachelor’s degree in management followed by a master’s degree in business administration.  

Since graduating, she has worked in a variety of areas as a business and marketing consultant. With strong ties to the construction world — her husband, Aaron, is a graduate of PSU’s School of Construction — she continues to serve Pittsburg State through fundraising efforts in support of the School of Construction.  

Since 2006, she has played an integral role in growing the annual PSU Construction Alumni Golf Tournament in Wichita by finding teams, identifying sponsorships, securing prizes, handling registration and check-in, and managing other details.  

Traditionally, the event sells out with 36 teams and 144 golfers and since 2010, has raised more than $320,000 for the PSU Construction Alumni Association, which provides scholarships for our students in the School of Construction.  

She and Aaron regularly attend Gorilla Gatherings in Northwest Arkansas, and she has begun volunteering as a student mentor for Pittsburg State’s Women@Work, a new organization in the Kelce College of Business.  

Professionally, she is the founder and owner of NU Marketing, LLC. As a strategic marketing consultant, she primarily serves the Four State Area with strategic marketing plans for architectural, engineering, construction, manufacturing, and medical businesses. 

“Receiving the Distinguished Service Award at Pitt State is extremely humbling,” Young said. “I have enjoyed serving my alma mater in many ways over the years and look forward to continuing my service. Giving back is important to me and staying engaged keeps me connected to Pitt State!”

Young is the daughter of Marlin Carson (BBA '78) of Frontenac, Kansas, and the sister of Grant Carson (BST '07) of Girard. Her late mother, Ellen Shipman Carson (BSN '78) was a nursing professor at Pittsburg State for many years.