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 2023 Community Fair will take place early in the Fall semester. 

Registration will open after July 4.

Registration closes in mid-August.


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 23, 2023*
*Dates associated with football games are not official until published by PSU Athletics, typically late in the Spring semester.

Click here to access the 2022 schedule

Purchase Football Tickets here:
Ticket purchase available in early August.

Information on Pitt State Honorary Family:

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 28, 2023*
*Dates associated with football games are not official until published by PSU Athletics, typically late in the Spring semester.

Past Homecoming Winners

Apple Day

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Held each year since 1907, Apple Day celebrates important events in the early days of the university that paved the way to its existence today.

This year's Apple Day is on March 27, 2023!

Check out the Apple Day events and traditions

Spring Semester 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
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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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