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March 7, 2014

PSU, city praised for partnership during kick-off to annual community campaign

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Rich Luker, perhaps best known for his creation of the ESPN Sports Poll in 1994 and a nationally known expert on the idea of “community,” praised Pittsburg State University today as a national model for its partnership with the city of Pittsburg.

‘What you are doing on this campus is so far ahead of the curve that it is ridiculous,” he said. “It’s not one or both sides of the equation, but both and that’s great.”

Luker’s remarks were part of a live-streamed keynote address during the kickoff breakfast of the 29th annual Partners in Progress Community Campaign, held at the Wilkinson Alumni Center.

At the breakfast, which was attended by more than 100 PSU representatives, city officials, business leaders and heads of local agencies and service organizations, Gorman also noted the relationship is  beneficial to both entities.

“They go hand in hand,” he said. “What’s good for one is good for the other.”

Kathleen Flannery, executive director of University Development, said the annual campaign, which does not have an official financial goal, will run through June and is part of a larger effort by the university each year to raise $10 million in both monetary and in-kind donations.

Pittsburg Mayor Michael Gray also presented a proclamation to PSU President Steve Scott that March is “Partnership in Progress Month in Pittsburg.”


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