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Senior Class Memorial Gifts (1906-2006)


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 'Winged Victory', the Senior Class gift of 1906.

1906 - Statue: Winged Victory -
Full-sized reproduction from the original in the Louvre, cast in chalk with marble finish by Caproni & Bros. , Boston. This firm also supplied the castings for the gifts of 1907, 1908, 1915, and 1927. Destroyed in 1914 Russ Hall fire. "Senior Class Gifts in History of the College Add Much to Beauty and Usefulness--Some Are Lost in Fire," Collegio, June 27, 1930, p. 1, col. 4.

1907 - Statue: Apollo -
Ibid.

1908 - Statue: Minerva -
Ibid.

1909 - Oil portrait: E. F. Porter by George T. Stone. -
Ibid. Now in Alumni Center on indefinite loan from Special Collections.


1910 - $500 to launch the Manual Normal Light [later the Manualite (1919-1923) and the Collegio (1923- )]. -
Ibid. Full set in PSU Archives. Microfilmed through 1958.

1911 - Oil painting: R. S. Russ -
Ibid. Location unknown.

'Grandfather Clock', the Senior Gift of 1919.

1912 - Oil painting: Evolution of a Book. -
Ibid. Destroyed in 1914 Russ Hall fire.

1913 - Fountain east of Russ Hall. -
Ibid., cols. 3-4.

1914 - Oil painting: W A. Brandenburg. -
Ibid., col. 3. Location unknown.

1915 - Statue: Mercury. -
Ibid. Location unknown.

1916 - Unknown
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1917 - Unknown
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1918-A - Walnut trophy case for Russ Hall -
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1918-B - American linden tree near the southwest corer of Russ Hall, at the base of which was placed a marble block engraved: "Dedicated to the Soldier Boys of S.M.T.N., by the Class of 1918." -
Ibid. The tree was hit by lightning in the 1960's and removed. Until 1991 the stone was on the southwest side of the Oval. Present location unknown.

1919 - Grandfather clock (1919). -
Ibid. Now in Alumni Center.


1920 - Grandfather clock (1920). -
Ibid. Now in Alumni Center. See also "Class Gift of 1920," Pittsburg State University Magazine 6.2 (Fall 1995): back cover.

1921 - Urn in front of Carney Hall. -
Ibid. Destroyed (carted off after the demolition of Carney Hall). Photograph may be seen in Collegio, July 26, 1967, p. 4, col. 1.

1922 - Oil painting: Spring by Jones H. Bolton. -
"Seniors Purchase Oil Painting," Collegio, May 22, 1923, p. 1, col. 3. Location unknown.

1923 - Bible and mahogany pulpit with matching flower stands and brass bowls for Carney Hall Auditorium. The senior class of College High School presented bronze-finished busts of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson to be placed in the niches in the second floor of Russ Hall. -
"Presents Bronze Busts," Collegio, June 29, 1923, p. 1, col. 5. The class paid $30 each for the busts. Locations unknown.

Horace Mann oversees studies in Porter Library.  Gift of the Class of 1927.

1924 - Marble architectural decorations for Brandenburg Field entrance. -
"Senior Class Gifts," Collegio, June 27, 1930, p. 1, col. 2. Still above the main entrance to Brandenburg Stadium: bas reliefs of a football player and discus thrower, the words "Brandenburg Stadium,'. and the year "1924."

1925 - Mahogany grandmother clock. -
"Seniors, Attention," Collegio, May 8, 1925, p. 1, col. 6; "Senior Orators Speak," Collegio, May 29, 1925, p. 1, col. 3. In Axe Library.

1926 - Cornerstone for Porter Library. -
"Cornerstone of Library Placed," Collegio, March 19, 1926, p. 1, col. 2; "Senior Class Gifts," Collegio, June 27, 1930, p. 1, col. 2. On southeast comer of Porter Hall.

1927 - Statue: Horace Mann. -
Ibid. Removed from Porter Library and stored under the stadium, this larger-than-Iife-sized statue became the victim of rain and vandals.

1928 - Equinoxal sundial of Vermont marble. In front of Porter Library [now Porter Hall]. -
"Senior Class Gift Here," Collegio, May 18, 1928, p. 1, col. 5. Location unknown.

1929 - Oil painting: The Beeches by E. R. Sitzman. In 1930 in Library. -
"Senior Class Gifts, " Collegio, June 27, 1930, p. 1, col. 2. Location unknown.


1930 - Walnut trophy case, lined with velvet, electrified. -
Ibid. Location unknown.

1931 - Two trophy cases for Library. -
"New Trophy Exhibit Attracts Attention," Collegio, July 17, 1931, p. 1, col. 6. Now at Crawford County Historical Society Museum on north Highway 69 Bypass.

1932 - Five white limestone benches for Oval. -
"Seniors Give Memorial, " Collegio, May 20, 1932, p. 1, col. 6. Four of the five are still on the Oval; someone has added a couple of concrete urns on each side of one.

1933 - Purple velvet draperies for Carney Hall Auditorium windows. -
"1933 Senior Class Leaves Memorial," Collegio, June 22, 1933, p. 4, col. 5; "Complete Senior Plaque," Collegio, August 4, 1933, p. 1, col. 3. Lost with the demolition of Carney Hall.

1934 - Set of gray curtains for Carney Hall stage. -
"Seniors Leave Useful Gift, " Collegio, June 8, 1934, p. 2, col. 5. Lost with the demolition of Carney Hall.

1935-A - Oil portrait: W A. Brandenburg by Charles A. Chase. -
"Portrait Is Finished," Collegio, August 1, 1935, p. 1, col. 7. Location unknown.

1935-B - Oil portrait: Garfield Weede. 25th anniversary gift, 1960. -
Alumnian, 20.5 (Fall 1960): [22]. Now in Weede Gymnasium.

The Russ Hall Arch.  Gift of the classes of 1936-1940.

1936-A - Bronze seal. -
Now in Student Center.

1936-B - In cooperation with the classes of 1937, 1938, and 1940: an entrance Memorial Arch west of Russ Hall (designed by O. A. Hankammer, chair, Industrial Arts Department), with landscaping. In 1937, a portion of the monies collected for this project was deposited in a student union building account. -
"Memorial Arch Nears Completion," Collegio, July 25, 1941, p. 1, col. 4; "New Memorial Entrance Is Gift of Four Classes," Collegio, September 19, 1941, p. 1, col. 3 (remodeled in 1967). "Class of 37 Donates to Fund," Collegio, March 25, 1938, p. 1, cols. 6-7.

1937 - $500.00. -
See 1936.

1938 - $500.00. -
See 1936.

1939 - Electric scoreboard for gymnasium. -
"Seniors to Give New Scoreboard," Collegio, May 26, 1939, p. 1, col. 6. Lost in demolition of Gymnasium.


1940 - $500.00. -
See 1936.

1941 - Oil portrait: W A. Brandenburg by William Bowen. -
"Oil Portrait of Late Prexy Gift of '41 Class," Collegio, June 20, 1941, p. 2, col. 4. Now in Alumni Center.

1942 - Not known. -
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1943 - Contribution to student union building account. -
"Union Building Fund Established by Senior Class," Collegio, June 23, 1943, p. 1, col. 4.

1944 - Not known. -
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Portrait of W. A. Brandenburg by William Bowen (class of 1941).

1945 - Outdoor fireplace for College Lake picnic grounds. -
"Seniors Complete Year-End Plans," Collegio, May 16, 1945, p. 1, col. 6. Still standing, but plaque has been removed.

1946 - Not known -
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1947 - Not known -
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1948 - Not known -
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1949 - Oil portrait: 0. F. Grubbs by William Bowen. -
"Grubbs, Bowen Combine Talents to Produce Superb Portrait," Collegio, July 20; 1949, p. 1, cols. 6-7. Now in Grubbs Hall.


1950 - Not known. -
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1951 - Not known. -
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1952 - Not known. -
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1953 - Not known. -
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1954 - Mural by David Overmeyer for Student Union. -
"Begins Work on Mural," Collegio, June 17, 1954, p. 2, cols. 3-6. Lost.

Portrait of Rees H. Hughes by Lewis Freund (class of '56).

1955 - Funding for student loans. -
Connie Pelton Kays, "Senior Gifts at Pittsburg State University," November 30, 1992, p. 1. Ms. Kays notes, "Funding for student loans is still being used by the University to fund short term loans to students, " p. 2.

1956 - Oil portrait: Rees H. Hughes by Lewis Freund. -
" '56ers to Donate Oil of Hughes," Collegio, October 18, 1956, p. 2, cols. 3-6; "President's Portrait," Alumnian 18.1 (Fall-Winter 1956-57): 3. Now in Overman Student Center.

1957 - Not known. -
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1958 - Not known. -
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1959 - Not known. -
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1960 - Signs identifying Kansas State College. -
Alumnian 21.3 (Spring 1961): 15. Repainted in 1976 to identify Pittsburg State University. At the north and south ends of campus on Broadway.

1961 - Fountain [now a planter] in front of Hughes Hall. -
"Senior Class Gives Fountain," Collegio, May 13, 1966, p. 1, col. 5; "Fountain To Be Completed Soon," Collegio, May 17, 1963, p. 1, col. 4. Algae and freezing determined the renovation into a planter in front of Hughes Hall.

1962 - Funding for student loans. -
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1963 - Not known. -
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1964 - School seal placed in sidewalk. -
"Class Gift Simian Secret," Collegio, April 30, 1965, p. 1, col. 2.

Statue: Gus Gorilla by Lawrence Wooster.

1965 - Statue: Gus Gorilla by Lawrence Wooster. Cast in bronze by Alumni Association, 1994. -
Ibid., cols. 1-2; Sam Roper, "Gus Gorilla Safe; Waiting Completion of Permanent Base," Collegio, June 15, 1965, p. 1, col. 1 (with photo in col. 2/3); Alumnian 25.3 (Summer 1965): 7. In front of Student Center; Terry Beck, "Class Gift Simian Secret," Collegio, April 30, 1965, p. 1, cols. 1-2. The plaque bas been removed.

1966 - Fountain in front of Carney Hall. -
"Senior Class Gift," Collegio, July 15, 1966, p. 1, col. 1/3. "Library Seeks List of Gifts," Collegio, July 28, 1967, p. 4, col. 1. Destroyed with demolition of Carney Hall.

1967-A - Fund for relandscaping area in front of Russ Hall. -
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1967-B - Plaque listing Outstanding Seniors. -
"Proctor Speaks, Outstanding Senior Named, Gift Presented at Sr. Banquet," Collegio, June 16, 1967, p. 1, col. 1.

1968 - Not known. -
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1969 - $1,015 for National Defense Student Loan Matching Fund. -
"Outstanding Seniors Honored at Banquet," Collegio, May 16, 1969, p. 1, col. 1.


1970 - $1.00 per senior for National Defense Student Loan Matching Fund. -
"Memorial Fund Questioned, " Collegio, April 13, 1973, p. 3, cols. 1-3.

1971 - $1.00 per senior for National Defense Student Loan Matching Fund. -
Ibid.

1972 - $1,210 for National Defense Student Loan Matching Fund. -
Ibid.

1973 - $1,078.75 for National Defense Student Loan Matching Fund. -
Ibid.

1974 - Funding for student loans. -
Kays, p. 1.

1975 - Not known. -
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1976 - Funding for student loans. -
Ibid.

1977 - Not known. -
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1978 - Not known. -
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1979 - Not known. -
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1980 through 1989 - No Senior Class gifts were given

1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989


1990 - Not known. -
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1991 - Not known. -
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1992 - Not known. -
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PSU Centennial Bell Tower.

1993 - $26,000 towards a $100,000 Centennial Bell Tower. -
Pattelyn Ng, "Seniors Choose Gift," Collegio, April 6, 1993, p. 1, cols. 5-6; p. 6, cols. 2-3; "Seniors Collect Gift Pledges," Collegio, May 4, 1993, p. 1, cols. 1-2. "Seniors Choose Bell Tower for Gift," Collegio, April 4, 1995, p. 3, cols. 1-2, states that the cost is now estimated at $194,000.

1994 - $13,947 towards the Centennial Bell Tower. -
"Bell Tower Wins Seniors' Nod for 1994 Project," Collegio, March 29, 1994, p. 3, cols. 1-3.

1995 - $23,930 towards the Centennial Bell Tower. -
"Seniors Choose Bell Tower for Gift," Collegio, April 4, 1995, p. 3, cols. 1-3; "1995 Senior Class Gift," Pittsburg State University Magazine 6.2 (Fall 1995): 18.

1996 - $31,594 toward the Centennial Bell Tower. -
MeLynn Massey, "Seniors and A1umni Dedicate Bell Tower," Collegio, April 23, 1996, p. 3, cols. 4-6; "Senior Class Raises $31,594 for Bell Tower," Foundation News 10.3 (Summer 1996): [1].

1997 - Gorilla logo on the Oval. -
"A Tradition of Giving," Kanza, vol. 89 (1998):66-67.

1998 - Gorilla logo on the Oval. -
Ibid.

1999 - Gorilla logo on the Oval. -
Ibid.


Artist's conception of possible Eternal Flame design.

2000 - Centennial Fountain (Century Fountain) -
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2001 - Eternal flame surrounded by water -
"Seniors Choose Fountain and Flame" Collegio, April 5, 2001, p. 1, col. 1.

2002 - Centennial Mural -
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2003 - Centennial Arch -
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2004 - Centennial Arch -
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2005 - -
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2006 - -
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