The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 5, 2013

PSU seeks community support in annual campaign

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Paul Christman says it’s no secret the economic impact Pittsburg State University has in the community and the surrounding area: With 1,867 staff members, it is the city’s largest employer. And with 7,000 students, it is projected to directly inject $8 million into local businesses in the next 10 years.

But Christman, a local banker who is co-chairing this year’s PSU Community Campaign, wanted to point it out again to those in attendance at the 28th annual campaign kickoff breakfast today.

“I think it’s safe to say that without the university, some of our local businesses here would struggle,” he said. “We truly depend on each other.”

He and co-chair Kim Clark, a local flower shop owner, challenged those in attendance to help with the campaign.

“Remember that when we donate and raise money for this campaign, we’re not only helping Pittsburg State University, we’re helping our own community, our own businesses and our economy.”

According to Josh Shay, the university’s director of annual giving, during last year’s campaign 175 businesses gave slightly more than $650,000. Community campaign funds are used for enhancements to facilities, for student scholarships and for assistance to various departments across campus.

The campaign will last all year, but the heaviest concentration of efforts will be for the next two weeks, Shay said.


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