PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University faculty and staff came together to laugh, learn and get excited about the start of another school year at the university’s opening meeting Thursday.

PSU President Dr. Steve Scott and other members of the university staff took the opportunity to celebrate the start of a new year, introduce new faculty and staff members, and look at changes for the future.

“We think a lot about our mission statement,” Scott said. “But we don’t look at our vision statement as often.

“Part of our vision is to be the number one choice for faculty who want to work in education.”

Scott spoke about the education saving program and other benefits to faculty, and took announced some future changes to further the university’s vision.

Beginning September 1, the university is opening an acute care clinic at the Bryant Student Health Center, which will be accessible to faculty and staff. The university will also offer free access to faculty to the student recreation center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning September 1, as well as extending waking hours at the Robert W. Plaster Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This fall, the university will convene for the first time a Flexible Work Schedule Task Force to look into the benefits of allowing some faculty to do some work from home. A deeper discount on faculty and staff tickets for Broadway productions at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts will go into effect this fall, and will extend to a companion.

Beginning summer 2018, the university’s summer schedule will become permanent.

Scott also highlighted incoming and current students, and the impact faculty had on their decisions to attend PSU, and to further their education.

“When you talk about what gets students excited about Pitt State, it’s so often a faculty or staff member,” he said.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.