By: Brittany McDaniel, news editor
& Bryan Trude, feature editor
At first glance, the birthday bash for RSC’s 40th Anniversary looked like any other. Like many birthday parties, there were balloons, cake, punch and music. Leadership students involved in the planning were dressed in tie-dye shirts, as was Dr. Jeanie Webb, one very excited vice president for student affairs. As RSC celebrated its middle-age milestone, students, faculty and community members alike joined in to make the event memorable. Leadership students buzzed about the Campus Mall with purpose and intent to create a unique event for all in attendance, and radio station, 1140 AM “The Touch” came out to advertise the big birthday party.
To start the event, Student Senate President Shawn McCreary introduced RSC President, Terry Britton. President Britton thanked the leadership students who made the event possible, as well as the board of regents. President Britton said of the event, “I think [the bash] is great. We’re getting a mix of students old and new. I love the job our current students have done getting this set up, it’s been all a great success.”
He then passed the microphone over to Chairman Aarone Corwin, who explained the tie-dye theme, which was popular in the 1970s. “We wanted to bring a little history to RSC,” Corwin said.
Some of the history Corwin spoke of was scattered throughout the crowd. Jim Toughty, speech major, was at the college as a student the first year it opened. Toughty commented on how the campus changed from the time when he was a student at RSC. “When I first enrolled at RSC, where the baseball field is now, was covered in mobile homes. That is where the administration offices were,” Toughty said. Despite the rough depiction of the college’s early years, Toughty would never dream of having it any other way. “I have no regrets coming to school here. I’m glad I did it, and I would do it again,” Toughty said. He also commented on how he would like to see the campus grow. Toughty explained, “In the next 40 years, I would like to see RSC become a four year college.”
In commemoration of the college anniversary, the choir sang the RSC Alma Mater as balloons were released. The event embodied a deeper meaning than simply releasing balloons or blowing out candles on a cake. The 40th year Anniversary of RSC represents the continued success of the college as well as its alumni. Just as the balloons released into the sky, our junior college prepares each and every one of us to know no limits, and allow our dreams to float on infinitely. This event recognizes RSC’s presence in the community, which allowed countless students to attain degrees, and to continually reach for the stars.
To see all of the pictures from the birthday celebration visit the slideshow.
Health Sciences Information Session
The Health Sciences division is holding an information session at 12:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Tues, October 5 in the Student Center Main Dining Room. The session will include information about the admission and application process, curriculum and pre-requisites, among other things. Students may attend either the afternoon or evening session; each lasts about one hour.
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Great Honors Issues
The 2010-2011 Great Issues Lecture Series will examine the “Democratization of Information.” The discussion will include: “Who has control? Who makes decisions? How does access to information connect to power?” Professor Toni Castillo, honors program coordinator, said. Wednesday, Sept. 29 marks the launch of the lecture series with speaker Suzanne Thomas, professor of art. Lectures for the series are held on Wednesdays from 3 -4 p.m. in the RSC Lecture Hall, and are open to all students and local community. For more information, contact Professor Castillo at email@example.com.
Phi Theta Kappa Meetings
Phi Theta Kappa, an international honors society for community college students, welcomes new and old members to their meetings every first and third Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. in Student Center, Room 123 to help plan events and activities. The next meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 7.
RSC students and employees and Wellness Center community members can receive flu shots 1 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 in the Wellness Center Lobby. Flu shots are offered for $25, flu mist for $30, and pneumonia shots for $35. No appointments are necessary.
“Ghana, Gateway to Sub-Sahara Africa”
Dr. Adjoa Richardson Ahedor, professor of life sciences, will be the presenter at “Ghana, Gateway to Sub-Sahara Africa” 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 in the Student Center Raider Room. Free refreshments will be provided at the event.
The second annual Treadmill-athon begins Oct. 1. Participants must go to the Wellness Center lobby to sign up. Those who complete 26.2 miles during the month of October will receive an “I SURVIVED” T-shirt and those who complete 26.2 miles before Chris Leland, director of health and wellness activities, might win a grand prize.
By: Adriana Valtinson, editor-in-chief
The annual student Leadership Retreat brought together members of various clubs to learn about Student Activities forms and procedures along with networking skills Friday, Sept. 17.
Before students could depart, Kirby Harzman, coordinator of student activities, explained the importance of club officers filling out forms correctly in order to receive money for events, guest speakers, and other necessities of a club. Harzman emphasized the importance of submission and the need to keep current with regulation, for these forms and procedures will be changing following the Fall 2010 semester.
During activities, attendees introduced themselves through games to allow each to learn about the other.
Emily Fisher, assistant coordinator of Student Activities, explained that the leadership retreat is established to help club officers with “team building and getting to know each other in a fun atmosphere.”
Student leaders were treated to lunch at Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant in Oklahoma City followed by a trip to Laser Quest.
Shawn McCreary, Senate president, said, “It was a great experience. Everybody got to meet everybody.”
This year’s retreat differed from the rest. Whereas in previous gatherings leaders used an entire weekend, staying overnight in hotels, this year they made the most of what was available to them.
Saturday, Sept. 18, Senate members visited the UCO ropes course to continue their teamwork training.
“The ropes course was really good,” McCreary said. “We got to divide the go-getters and the supporting cast.”
“It was a great team building experience,” Fisher added. “They were really encouraging. It was a great day.”
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By: Bryan Trude, feature editor
The Midwest City Rotary Club hosted Constitution Day Sept. 20 in the Student Center Main Dining Room.
Featured guest speakers included Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Marian Opala and former Oklahoma State Sen. Jim Howell, a current RSC Regent.
Constitution Day, nationally celebrated Sept. 17, was established as a federal day of observance when a proclamation was attached to the 2004 federal spending bill authored by former Sen. Robert Byrd. Prior to the bill, the date was observed as Citizenship Day.
Opala expressed his delight at the invitation to speak at RSC on the “223rd birthday of the U.S. Constitution”, also expressing his impression with the campus Paralegal Studies Program, calling it “one of the best in the state of Oklahoma.”
He spoke of the strength of the Constitution, the uniqueness of the document and how it is upheld by the judiciary instead of the legislature like in other nations.
Opala said that with the Marbury v. Madison decision of 1803, which made the Constitution enforceable through the process of judicial review, put the discharge of the Constitution in the hands of people who do not “have to stay popular.”
“What is so bloody unique about our Constitution that we should talk about it,” Opala asked.
According to the Library of Congress, the Constitution was written “in response to dissatisfaction with the Articles of Confederation and the need for a strong centralized government.” The U.S. Constitution was signed Sept. 17, 1787.
“We are the most lucky nation of all,” Opala said. “We got our Constitution in a toothless state. We grew teeth on it, and it still has a bite.”
The Rotary Club, established in 1905, consists of over 1 million members in more than 34,000 international clubs. According to the Rotary International Web site, Rotary works to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.”
“The Constitution is enforceable, but not in its’ entirety,” Opala said. “A little more needs to be done to make some provisions enforceable that go unenforced at this time.”
For more pictures from Constitution Day visit Photobucket.
By: Bryan Trude, feature editor
Nine members of the RSC faculty and staff put their Hispanic knowledge, and their reputations, to the test Thursday, Sept. 16 in the Student Center Main Dining Room as served as the panel for “Hollywood Squares” to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Teams from the Aquatic Center Life Guards, the Hispanic Student Association, the Study Abroad club and the Soccer club competed to win the coveted title of “Champion,” along with the grand prize of $50 meal cards for the winning team to use at the RSC Food Court.
“I think events like this are great,” Lorena Martinez, radiology major, said. “It is nice to let people know about our heritage.”
The panelists shared their passion for learning and education throughout the event. Much laughter erupted as questions were answered creatively.
As the teams battled it out for supremacy, the learning rolled off the panel with a healthy amount of laughter.
“An ‘O’ does not a Spanish word make,” Ruben Murcia, professor of life sciences, said.
“El Sorry-O,” Skip Leckness, professor of broadcasting, replied.
In the end, the Hispanic Student Association defeated the Study Abroad club to take home the championship.
“It was fun, we hope to do it again next year,” Jorge Carrizales, chemistry major, said. “I’m excited [the Hispanic Student Association] actually won, you might say ovgulloso (overjoyed).”
The Hispanic Student Association invites all students, even if they are not of Hispanic heritage, to attend club meetings. The next scheduled meeting is Sept. 28, 12:15 p.m. in the Social Sciences building.
“We encourage anyone to come,” Anahi Angeles, social work major, said. “It is a lot of fun, and everyone is welcome.”
Camilo Ulloa, wellness major, hosted the event.
The members of the second place team received USB flash drives. All other participants received RSC book bags. The panelists were gifted LED flashlights for their participation.
Other panelists included: Towry Barnard, director of Prospective Student Service; Julie Lesko-Bishop, coordinator of Student Publications; Kirby Harzman, coordinator of Student Activities; Dianne Krob, professor of English; Dr. Kent Lashley, associate vice president for Student Life; Liliana Renteria, technical assistant for grants and contracts and; Reginald Snoddy, professor of Spanish.
By: Brittany McDaniel, news editor
Ah, Ireland: the Emerald Isle. Land of Guinness, James Joyce, and of course, Bono. Besides being a locale known for its “bangers and mash” and “bodacious rockers,” Ireland captures the essence of natural beauty with its rolling hillsides and endless seascapes.
In order for RSC to sponsor an event worthy of this beautiful country, there must be individuals willing to lend a hand. Volunteers are needed to set up the day prior, and throughout the day of the event. This may include setting up tents, greeting visitors, distributing programs, serving food and more.
Students involved in clubs may also participate to receive club points by going through Kirby Harzman or Emily Fisher at Student Activities. Students interested in volunteering are asked to contact Professor Gibbs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gibbs advises students to make the subject line “Global Oklahoma” for quick response time.
RSC celebrated its 40th anniversary with a variety of activities Tuesday, Sept. 21. Of the many festivities planned was a breakfast delivery of donuts to various campus offices.
For more photos of the events check out the 40th Anniversary Birthday Bash album.
By: Bryan Trude, feature editor
Students and faculty from 40 years of RSC’s history gathered in the Communications Center lobby Tuesday, Sept. 21 for the display banquet for the 40-4-40 Art Exhibit.
The exhibit, part of RSC’s Visual Arts Series, features 40 artists who are former or current RSC staff and students. The exhibit opened in the Communications Center on Wednesday, Sept. 1 and will run until Monday, Oct. 11.
“I was surprised, very surprised to hear I had a work in the show,” James Echols, continuing education major and former RSC maintenance worker, said. “Especially since I am a beginner.”
Displayed works include traditional paintings, etchings, sketches and photography. Displays are available for viewing in the lobby glass cases, as well as the art studio cases in the north hallway of the classroom area.
Deborah Eckroat, multimedia communications and art double major, was “real excited” to find out two of her paintings were in the showing, calling it “a pretty big honor.”
The reception was catered by RSC Food Services. Entertainment was provided by the Ukie Hart Trio, performing soft jazz selections.
Some of the displayed works are available for purchase. To purchase a piece of art from the exhibit, contact Audrey Dobbins by phone, 733-7994, between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.