Today Pittsburg State celebrated its annual Apple Day.
Today’s event marks a time to celebrate Pitt State’s past as well as award those who continue to go the extra mile. And this year marks the event’s 112th anniversary.
Apple Day began back in 1907 when students from Pittsburg State went to lobby at the Kansas capital for money to pay for the construction of a new building. When the students came back to campus, their colleagues welcomed them with a basket full of apples.
“We celebrate it kind of like our Founders Day because individuals went to lobby for money to build Russ Hall,” says Taylor Panczer, Apple Day coordinator.
And since then the school has kept the tradition alive, distributing apples to students and even holding an apple pie contest.
“So, after the dessert contest we have the faculty senate passing out apples on the Oval. This year we had a few faculty members that were very enthusiastic about it and dressed up for the occasion,” says Taylor Panczer.
And to bring the yearly tradition to a close, the school held an award ceremony to acknowledge notable students, faculty and alumni. This year the Golden Gorilla Award, an award to recognize outstanding students, saw the highest amount of nominees in the event’s history.
“This year we had the most Golden Gorilla nominations, and so it’ll be pretty fun to see who’s walking away with that,” says Panczer.
This year’s most prestigious award, the Distinguished Service Award, was given to PSU alumnus Joe Hart. Hart was selected for the award from his activism and involvement in the Pittsburg community.