This blog was written by Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication.
I’m facing a bit of a dilemma. Our Alumni and Constituent Relations office is preparing to hold a Gorilla Gathering in Rogers, Arkansas next week and they’ve asked me to give a university update. I’m excited about the opportunity, especially because it involves taking in an Arkansas Naturals ballgame, but I’m worried about giving the update.
I’ll be speaking to a room filled with more than 60 passionate Gorilla alumni along with students who are thinking about becoming future alumni. (Quick fact – More than 500 Gorilla alumni live in Benton and Washington counties in northwest Arkansas) It’s not the public speaking that worries me, it’s the fact that I only have 15 minutes or so to talk about what’s going on at Pittsburg State.
How can I distill all of the great things that are happening on campus down to 15 minutes? In the past year alone our university has experienced outstanding academic success, amazing private support, incredible construction projects and … oh yeah … a National Championship!
As I write this work is being done on no fewer than seven campus structures, including the installation of new turf at Carnie Smith Stadium and new flooring and seating in John Lance Arena.
Hmmmm … Maybe I can sum it all up in one sentence, “It’s a GREAT day to be a Gorilla!” Yeah, I think that works, and it gives us more time to catch the ballgame.
Gus will again be front and center at this year's Gorilla Gathering in Springdale, Arkansas.