Community Fair - August

The PSU Community Fair is hosted annually by the Campus Activities Center.  This is an opportunity for Pittsburg area local businesses/organizations to showcase their services and connect with college students. We invite all PSU students to attend the Community Fair to find out what Pittsburg has to offer!

The 2022 Community Fair will take place on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm on the PSU Campus Oval. 

Registration will open after July 4.

Registration closes on August 15.

If rain or other weather concerns are predicted for the Community Fair, we will be in communication with participants if the event is moved to the inclement weather date, Thursday, August 24.


Please note, if you are a PSU registered student organization, you will sign up for the Student Organization Fair.


Student Organization Fair - August

The Student Organization Fair will be on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm in the Crimson & Gold Ballroom, located on the upper level of the Overman Student Center.
Only PSU student organizations who have registered with the Campus Activities Center and completed the registration form will be allowed to participate in the Student Organization Fair.

Registration will open after July 4.

Registration closes on August 20.


Family Day - September



Family Day at PSU features many fun, family-friendly events! The CAC will co-sponsor a variety of events across campus during Family Day. 

September 17, 2022

Click here to access the 2022 schedule

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Ticket purchase available in early August.

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Homecoming - Fall


The Homecoming Committee is open to any PSU student. Committee chairs and members have the unique opportunity of planning new and traditional PSU Homecoming Week activities. Students who become involved in the planning and implementation of Homecoming activities through committee involvement will not be eligible to participate in homecoming competitions and/or be nominated for royalty.

October 22, 2023

Past Homecoming Winners

Quiz Bowl - November

Compete in the Quiz Bowl tournament, where teams of four students compete in a question and answer game of general knowledge and quick recall.

Game questions cover a range of topics from history and science to sports and popular culture. Teams from residence hall floors, fraternity and sorority chapters, student organizations, honor societies, and classes compete against each other for the championship. The top 3 teams win a cash prize, and the winning team has the chance to go on to participate at the regional tournament!

Details to be announced.

Apple Day - March 7, 2022

Apple Day is PSU's oldest tradition. It's a day of celebration and honoring outstanding faculty and staff, students, and alumni.

Write a note of gratitude to a faculty or staff member for a chance to win a $500 scholarship.

Write a note (updated in the spring)

March 6, 2023


  • Schedule of Events
  • Do YOU know what Apple Day is? (video)
  • The Apple Day Story

Schedule of Events

  • Check back in January for the 2022 schedule. Students can search Gorilla Engage events for more information on exclusive student Apple Day offerings.

On February 21, 1903, Governor William J. Bailey signed the bill creating the Kansas State Manual Training Normal School Auxiliary, the first name of what is today Pittsburg State University. Classes began the following September in the city-owned Central School building at the northwest corner of Fifth and Walnut. Very soon the growing enrollment created a need for a larger facility. Senator Ebenezer F. Porter of Pittsburg led a successful fight for a building appropriation with the assistance of Principal Russell Station Russ, the faculty, and community leaders. After the funding bill was passed, Clarence Price, then mayor of Pittsburg, was fined a barrel of apples for lobbying on the floor of the legislature. Senator Porter, it should be noted, graciously donated two boxes of cigars to the House for passing the bill. Upon their triumphal return to Pittsburg, the story of the fine was told. In those days, students were disciplined for their absences. In the spirit of the celebration, Principal Russ and members of his faculty were fined a barrel of apples by the students because they had been gone to Topeka to help lobby. Thus, with the funding of the building we now call Russ Hall by the Kansas Legislature, the tradition of Apple Day was established in 1907.

Apple Day Awards

The next Apple Dessert Contest will be held on Apple Day 2022.

Do you have an apple dessert recipe that really takes the cake? 
Show off your baking skills at the Apple Dessert Contest on Apple Day.  Winners will be awarded in two categories:  Pies and Other Desserts.  The top three bakers in each category will receive a prize.

More Information & Online Entry Forms

Past Winners

Past Recipes


The Pittsburg State University Alumni Association established the Distinguished Service Award in 1991 and presented the first award later that year. In July 2000, it was re-named the Dr. Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award in memory of retired faculty member, Dr Thomas. He volunteered his service to the PSU Alumni Association for 22 years and was the first recipient of the award in 1991. These Distinguished Service Award recipients have given generously of their time and talent for the betterment of the university and are an inspiration to all of us who love this university.

Candidates for this award should have rendered significant volunteer service to Pittsburg State University. The candidate's record of volunteer service to PSU would include but not be limited to: PSU Alumni Association, PSU Foundation, PSU Athletics, academic departments, student service programs, etc. Completed nominations received before December 1st will be considered for the next presentation at Commemoration/Apple Day.

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Pittsburg State is proud to continue in the tradition of recognizing our outstanding alumni.  This award is for those individuals who have made impacts in their career fields or communities while
showcasing their gorilla pride. It is our hope that this young alumni can help inspire our up and coming leaders about being a gorilla beyond the jungle.

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An annual award sponsorship of Voya, one of PSU's approved providers for voluntary tax-sheltered annuities honoring an unclassified staff member and university support staff. 

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What is it?

The Faculty Award was established as part of the Apple Day celebration in the early 1980s and has been through several name changes. In the early 1980's, the Academic Affairs officer of the Student Government Association (SGA) coordinated the nominations and selection.

In March 1986, it was renamed to the Outstanding Faculty Award. Nominations were received from deans, chairmen, and presidents of student organizations. A questionnaire was then sent to chairmen and deans of each nominee asking them to name five significant contributions the nominee made in the areas of instruction, scholarship, service and participation in community and student organizations. The award committee which had instituted and organized the process then evaluated the nominees, selecting three faculty for the award.

During the 2006 Apple Day convocation, Dr. Robert K. Ratzlaff, Vice President for Academic Affairs, was honored for his service to PSU and it was announcement that the award was being named for Dr. Ratzlaff. The Award was first listed as the Robert K. Ratzlaff Outstanding Faculty Award in the 2007 program.

SGA continues to recognize three faculty members at Commemoration (Apple) Day in March.  They are selected from student and student organization nominees for their excellence in instruction and service to students on campus with the Robert K. Ratzlaff Outstanding Faculty Award medallion.

Student Government encourages students and organizations to take advantage of this opportunity to have their professors recognized for the hard work and superior classroom skills.  Our students succeed because our instructors care.

How it Works

Each January students nominate instructors.  Any student may nominate one (1) faculty member or any registered student organization may nominate two (2) faculty members by completing the nomination form.  The nominations are submitted to a committee led by the Campus Engagement Director.  This committee then selects and notifies the three finalists, who receive medallions at Convocation.

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