Apple Day, Pittsburg State University’s oldest continuous tradition, will be celebrated on Monday with activities throughout the day.
Held each year since 1907, Apple Day will include an apple dessert contest, a ceremony and recognition of award recipients, scholarship giveaways, the distribution of apples by faculty, and the ringing of the Centennial Tower Bell.
10 a.m. — Faculty Senate members will begin handing out apples on the Oval. They’re donated by Marrone’s Food Service in Pittsburg, a longtime supporter of PSU whose vice president, Ron Marrone, is an alumnus.
11 a.m. — The Apple Day Apple Dessert and Apple Pie Contest, to be judged by local “celebrities” will be held in the Gorilla Crossroads in the Overman Student Center. Students, staff, and faculty will compete for bragging rights.
2 p.m. — A public reception will be held at 2 p.m. at the Wilkinson Alumni Center to honor Tony Perez and Larry Weis, the recipients of this year’s Dr. Ralf J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award.
3 p.m. — The Apple Day ceremony will be held in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center and will include recognition of:
• Good Apple Award winner Trevor Maiseroulle
• Distinguished Service Award winners Perez and Weis
• Outstanding Faculty Award winners
• Voya Outstanding Employee Recognition
• The Golden Gorilla Award winners
• Recipients of Professors Beyond the Classroom Grant
Additionally, winners of the scholarship giveaway and the apple dessert contest will be announced, followed by the ringing of the Centennial Bell Tower by award winners.
The ceremony and reception at the Alumni Center are open to the public.