This blog was written by Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication. You can follow him on Twitter at @Grillaguy1.
One of the great things about living in Kansas is that you actually get to experience each of the four seasons. There’s the invigorating beauty of spring, the hazy warmth of summer, the crisp color of fall and the elegant solitude of winter.
(Sometimes we actually experience all four seasons within a 48-hour period, but, as my parents would say, that’s just the wonder of living in Kansas.)
At Pittsburg State University, we’ve actually added a season to the year.
You won’t find it written on any calendar, but mention it to any student, faculty or staff member and you’ll likely receive a sly smile and a nod of acknowledgement.
We call it banquet season, and it’s one of the best times of the year.
I say this because throughout April and May every college, and many departments, will invite students and their parents to a special reception to celebrate the students’ accomplishments.
Banquet season allows you to see the campus’ outstanding student leaders and faculty members, academic scholars, and leading campus organizations.
It also allows you to understand the difference private support makes in the lives of our students.
Students who achieve academic success are often awarded with scholarships and grants. Nearly all of these scholarships are made possible through the generosity and foresight of our donors.
Our private donors understand the difference Pittsburg State University can make in a student’s life, and in many cases, the difference this university made in their life.
How much of a difference does private support make? In 2012, more than $2.5 million in scholarships were awarded to Pittsburg State students.
In many instances, these scholarships are providing our students with the support they need to continue their education.
Pittsburg State understands the importance of scholarships, which is why it is now in the second year of its “Pathways to PSU” scholarship campaign.
This three-year campaign has a goal of raising $12 million in scholarship endowments to help increase private scholarship funding.
Thus far the response has been encouraging.
I am one of those students who benefited from a scholarship. Today, my wife and I give back to our university to help provide the next generation of Gorillas with the support they need to earn their degree.
It’s a great feeling to know that you are helping, even in a small way, reward a student’s hard work in the classroom.