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PSU Steak Fry tradition carries on

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Steak Fry tradition carries on

Pittsburg State University faculty and staff will carry on a 72-year-old tradition this evening (Tuesday, Sept. 17) when they gather at 5:30 p.m. on the East side of Carnie Smith Stadium for the annual Unclassified Staff and Faculty Association Steak Fry.

Prepared and served by faculty and staff volunteers, the event brings together people from across campus. It serves as a way to both welcome newcomers and also to reconnect with retirees.

Randy Roberts, interim dean of library services and PSU archivist, said what is now known as the Faculty Steak Fry began in 1921 as the Trout Bake. Contrary to its name, the event had nothing to do with fish, but was an informal cookout organized by George Trout, a professor of history and social science.

Trout organized the annual dinners until his death in 1947, when a committee then took over the responsibilities.

Much has changed over the years, Roberts said. Initially, the event was an all male affair; an informal prohibition that fell decades ago. Chicken joined steak as an entrée option in more recent times and volunteers now do much of the food prep in the kitchens of the Overman Student Center. But at its core, Roberts said, the Steak Fry remains a pleasant, relaxing gathering of friends and colleagues who all share a devotion to Pittsburg State University and its students. George Trout, Roberts believes, would be pleased.

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