Stu Hite Director of Police At Pittsburg State

Stu Hite Radio Edited Interview
Stu Hite Complete Edited Interview
PSU Director of Safety and Security Stu Hite

Today is the first day of the 2019-2020 school at Pittsburg State University. The normally sleepy city in Southeast Kansas will swell as almost 6,000 students from throughout the Four States either move to Pittsburg or reside it’s in neighboring cities. Safety is a key concern at a university where 100’s of students also call campus their home.

The safety and security of Pittsburg State is a personal matter to the Director of the universities Police department, Stu Hite. As a 1991 graduate of Pittsburg State and a lifelong resident of Southeast Kansas he first had the idea that he wanted to work in law enforcement while attending PSU. Hite joined Pittsburg State in August of 2018 after a 30-year career working for the Crawford County Sheriff’s office. He says the university police department is consistently assessing what works well and what could be better when working with the university community.

Director Hite on consistently improving the PSU police department

Those of us who reside permanently in the Four States know that the weather can turn on a dime. Director Hite points out that students who are new to the area maybe aren’t familiar with how quickly the area can turn from sunny skies to a tornado warning. He suggests that both new students and staff members pay attention to their surroundings in case they need to react to an extreme weather situation.

Concealed carry laws in Kansas are another topic of discussion when a new school year starts. According to Director Hite Pittsburg State students with the proper permits can carry a concealed weapon on to the campus of Pittsburg State with one exception. The universities police station.

Hite goes on to say that if students are going to wear it on themselves it needs be in a store in a one or two strap holster. In addition, the student cannot be intoxicated or under the influence or prescription or illegal drugs. Furthermore, if the student resides on campus they must have a proper gun lock box to store the weapon in.

With the increase in the number of residents who call Pittsburg and it’s surrounding communities home during the fall and spring semesters Director Hite warns that properly crime also increases and not to leave valuable items in your car. (Even if they are hidden under your passenger seat) As a lifelong resident he knows that Pittsburg is a quiet town and that is what often draws people to Southeast Kansas but that it can also be misleading and not to let your guard even if you think the area that you live in is safe.

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August 16 8 AM KRPS Newscast

  1. A new report from social policy researchers at the Urban Institute says about 11 percent of Kansas women of childbearing age don’t have health insurance.
  2. The state attorney general’s office says Kansas Senate leaders did not violate the law during the 2019 session when they closed the chamber during a protest over Medicaid expansion.
  3. At the Missouri State Fair Thursday, Democratic state Auditor Nicole Galloway spoke about the message she wants voters to receive in her bid to become governor.

August 16 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

  1. Advocates for open government argue Kansas Senate leaders went too far when they closed the chamber to quell a protest in May. The state attorney general’s office now says that did not violate the open meetings act. Stephen Koranda of the Kansas News Service has more.
  2. About one in 10 Kansas women between the ages of 15 and 44 don’t have health insurance … on par with the national rate.
  3. The two likely candidates for Missouri governor are supporting stricter background checks and so-called “red-flag” laws to address mass shootings.  St. Louis Public Radio’s statehouse reporter Jaclyn Driscoll spoke to Governor Mike Parson and Auditor Nicole Galloway at the Missouri State Fair Thursday about several key issues… one being gun control.

August 15 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

1) Advocates hope to convince lawmakers that the age for buying tobacco in Kansas should rise to 21. Celia Llopis-Jepsen of the Kansas News Service has more on the push by the American Lung Association, local health officials and others.

2) Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has offered state assistance to officials at the western Kansas meatpacking plant damaged by a weekend fire.

3) The A-C-L-U and the MacArthur Justice Center of Missouri are asking a judge to grant emergency relief to prison inmates infected with hepatitis C.

The Safety of Joplin Schools with Director Jim Hounschell

Today is the first day of the 2019-2020 school at Joplin School District. The roughly two and a half month long break for students, teachers and administrators is over and the start of a new season and cooler temperatures are on the horizon. While students are figuring out their new class schedule and teachers are finding their new routine there is one man overlooking the safety of the districts 17 schools, the Director of Safety and Security for Joplin Schools Jim Hounschell.

Jim Hounschell speaking about creating a safety plan for Joplin schools
Director of Safety and Security for Joplin Schools, Jim Hounschell

Hounschell is no stranger to Joplin, having worked at Joplin Police Department for 25-years prior to being hired by the school district in 2006. He admits initially that there was a learning curve between working the streets of Joplin and working in an educational environment. Hounschell says that Joplin school district relies on both best practices to create an district-wide safety plan and on federal guidelines that are provided to school districts.

In January of 2019, a student at Joplin High School brought a loaded hand-gun to campus in their backpack.The student was arrested as another student informed school officials of the gun and the situation was neutralized prior to a possible tragedy taking place. To further protect students from students bringing guns on to campus some school districts have installed metal detectors as a way to deter firearms being brought to schools by students. Hounschell says that metal detectors would be difficult to implement at a large high school such as Joplin and it’s over 2,200 students.

According to Hounschell installing metal detectors at JHS is not a solution to keeping the school safe

Instead of installing metal detectors across the district Hounschell says that the Joplin Schools is taking more of a hands-on approach with ‘Behavioral Risk Assessment Teams’. Hounschell explains that it works by a having a team at each of the districts 17-schools who work to identity students who exhibit behaviors that could result in violent behaviors. The assessment teams rely on teachers noticing that a student is acting in a usual way or another student informing a teacher or administrator of something out of the ordinary. This allows both school and the district to have a much more organic approach when investigating, more quickly averting an escalation of the situation and possibly getting a student the help they may need.

Hounschell speaking about the use of Behavioral Risk Assessment Teams at Joplin Schools

August 14 2019 8 AM Newscast

  1. Missouri and Kansas officially agreed Tuesday to only incentivize businesses to cross the state line if they’re creating new jobs. Aviva Okeson-Haberman has more on the truce.
  2. The Trump administration is changing the way it interprets the Endangered Species Act. Brian Grimmett of the Kansas News Service reports that conservationists are worried it will impact the future of the lesser prairie chicken in the state.
  3. A $6.5 million federal preschool grant the state got in March could help Missouri identify funding sources for early childhood education.

August 13 2019 8 AM KRPS Newscast

1) Kansas is hiring private prison company CoreCivic to house hundreds of inmates in Arizona. Nomin Ujiyediin of the Kansas News Service reports on problems the company has faced around the country.

2) A fire at a Tyson beef processing plant near Garden City in southwestern Kansas will likely hurt the price of cattle. Before the fire, the plant slaughtered about 5,600 cattle a day.

3) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway is officially running for governor.  Galloway announced her 2020 bid in a web video released on Monday morning.

August 13 2019 7 AM KRPS Newscast

  1. U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas says he supports research into possible links between mental health and gun violence – with some limitations. KMUW’s Nadya Faulx has more.
  2. Kansas has hired one of the country’s largest private prison companies to house hundreds of inmates. Yet CoreCivic has been dumped by Colorado, Texas and other states amid growing opposition to corporate corrections.
  3. Missouri’s State Auditor Nicole Galloway is officially running for governor. As St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum reports, the Democratic official will likely face GOP Gov. Mike Parson next year.

The Inaugural Concert Of Duo Capriccioso

Raúl Munguía

New beginnings after 22-years of marriage are rare. But Raul Munguía and Denissa Rivas are doing just his Friday night at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Joining them in the inaugural concert of Duo Capriccioso is pianist Bob Ensor. The performance will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets will be on sale at the door.

Raul discussing what it’s like performing with his wife Denissa

The couple met and dated 7-years prior to tying the knot and Raul says that performing as a duet provides the audience a view inside of their relationship. The duo has been performing in each other performances for years, but wanted to branch out and create a musical identity of their own. They also wanted to take advantage of the opportunity of composers such as Barbara York to create music that is specifically made for them to perform. The group is also commissioning new scores.

Measuring Time by Barbara York
Denissa Rivas

In today’s world of never ending streaming music it’s easy to forget that creating music is based on a relationships and compromise. You can witness that in a video posted on YouTube from 2017 of Raul and Denissa performing with composer and pianist Barbara York. The piece titled “Making Time” was created by York for the couple and as you watch it notice how Raul and Denissa perform, focusing both on their music as well as on each other. Like they are tied together in rhythm and communicating with each other through music. Timing quick breathing pauses so that there is not one second of silence between the three musicians.

Raul speaking about performing new works and how they set the bar for perhaps centuries to come

The Kansas SBDC Will Host Three Workshops Focused on Social Media Marketing and Financial Statements

Dacia Clark and Mindy Lee of the Kansas SBDC at Pittsburg State

Thinking about starting a business? Or maybe you’ve owned a business for a few years and want some advice about how to market it online. The Kansas Small Business Development Center at Pittsburg State is set to host seminars that cover both Social Media for your Business and Marketing Your Business Online on Wednesday August, 7 starting at 8:30 am. It’s likely that the importance and impact of social media are only going to grow in the years to come. Mindy Lee, the Statewide Marketing Manager for the Kansas SBDC has first-hand experience with both building a positive social media presence and how you can grow your business in search results. Below Mindy tells us briefly about what the Social Media for your Business seminar will include and how they can lead to new opportunities.

Mindy Lee of the Kansas SBDC

Social media presence is one aspect of growing your business online. Another important feature is marketing your business online such as securing a good web domain, having updated information that is easy to find for customers. The Online Marketing class will take place on Wednesday August, 8 at 10:30 am. Mindy Lee does have a piece of advice for business owners looking for an edge in getting their business to the top of search results quickly.

Mindy Lee of the Kansas SBDC

Regardless of what business that you’re in, the bottom-line of how much income it generates is likely high on the priority list for a business owner. But understanding the three main financial statements and even creating them maybe a difficult concept for new business owners or those looking to grow their business. Assistant Director of the Kansas SBDC at Pittsburg State Dacia Clark will lead a seminar on Wednesday August 7 starting at 1:30 pm that will speak to the need of understanding profit and loss statements, your companies balance sheet and cash-flow. Below Dacia tells us in a nut shell what her Understanding Financial Statement class will cover.

You can attend one, two or all three seminars and you do not have to have a business owner to attend. Reservations are not required but they are preferred and you can make them at pittstatesmallbusiness.com and click on the Workshop and Seminars link at the top of the page.