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Day 8 of 'Dan Bikes Kansas'

Pitt State president makes personal connections as pledges near $2 million


PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg State University President Dan Shipp cycled from Hutchinson to Pratt yesterday, before moving on to Dodge City. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., he attended a gathering at the Central Station Bar & Grill, 207 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd. in Dodge City.

Today, he’ll head to Garden City, where he will attend a gathering from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Flat Mountain Brewhouse, 207 N. Main, Garden City.

On Wednesday, he’ll head to Oakley and then on to Colby, where he’ll be at a gathering from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Twisters, 735 E. College Dr.

Thursday, he’ll head to Goodland, where he’ll be at a gathering at Shiraz, 824 W. U.S. Highway 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. He’ll wrap up the ride at the Colorado line with his wife and sons on Friday. 

These events are free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged so organizers know who will be attending. 

Shipp’s goals are to get to know Kansas, meet with alumni and constituents, and raise $8 million for student scholarships. Since leaving Pittsburg last Monday, he’s raised nearly $2 million. 

Along the way, “guest riders” have been joining in, he’s done volunteer service work, and he’s stopped to see a few sites in each community. 

“I’m willing to do whatever it takes to keep the cost of coming to Pitt State affordable for our students and their families,” he said. “Just as importantly, I hope to hear from Kansans about the need for what we do at Pitt State — their expectations of higher education. What families and students are thinking, what hardships they face, and what things they’re hopeful for.”