Third Oldest RSC Student Celebrates her Birthday with her Quilting Class

Virginia Cline, current Rose State College quilting class member, celebrated her 90th birthday with her Quilts and More class Wednesday. They surprised her with a birthday cake, cards and gifts.

 Mrs. Virginia Cline is the center of attention as her quilting class fetes her at her 90th birthday celebration.

Mrs. Virginia Cline is the center of attention as her quilting class fetes her at her 90th birthday celebration.

Quilts and More is offered through the Community Learning Center program. She is the third oldest student in the program.
Virginia has been taking the class since 1991. “Every semester,” says Terry Dean, class instructor. Dean has to be very creative to come up with new ideas for the class with repeaters in it.

“I started quilting when I was really young but I didn’t quilt them, just sewed the quilt tops,” said Virginia.
“I heard about the class and came. They brought out a rotary cutter and I said ‘what’s that?’ and I was hooked.
“I like the piecing, it is easy,” Virginia said. She has a torn rotator cuff which makes it awkward to handle the bigger projects.

She is taking the summer off but will return in the fall for more fun quilting projects. You’re never too old to join the Community of Learners at Rose State College.

Retro Summer Fashions

Skylar Wright,

Features Editor

Summer outfits should be fun, flirty and feminine. Most importantly they should be comfortable. No one wants to be out gallivanting in the sweltering heat wearing uncomfortable shoes or too many layers, for the sake of fashion.

I’m ringing in the Retro era (’40s to the ’80s) with this video of black and whites featuring some of the hottest retro summer fashion.


The swinger sunglasses with the hipster blue or green would be ideal for any kind of summer fun and keeping it clean in terms of accessories that is… we don’t want to see over the top jewelry with timeless clothing pieces. Theses are definitely fuss free summer looks that I would want to play around with this season. Prints, prints and more prints, I love them all but if you want to go for a more natural look may I suggest color blocking with your one piece bathing suit. You wont be disappointed with this look. I would definitely suggest factoring in the occasion and the place you decide to sport these different looks at.

But for now, channel the inner ‘Disco Deewane’ this summer with a hint of timeless classics in your summer clothing. Be free. Be fun. Be retro.

Respiratory Therapy Open House


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor 

The Respiratory Therapy program held their first open house April 30 in the Health Sciences Annex. The program’s current students initiated the idea of an open house so that applicants, pre-program students and family members could see what a respiratory therapist does everyday.

(Left to right) Kayla Jarman, Katie Johnston, Lisa Mace, Edward Benton, Learn to preform a procedure on a manikin.

(Left to right) Kayla Jarman, Katie Johnston, Lisa Mace, Edward Benton, Learn to preform a procedure on a manikin.


Attendees had the opportunity to watch various procedures and talk to the program director, professors, and students.

Katie Johnston, one of many applicants in attendance, watched current students perform an intubation on a manikin and then jumped in and tried the task herself. She was successful on her first attempt and delighted in her accomplishment.

When asked why she chose the respiratory therapy program, she answered, “I had asthma as a kid and went to school for physical education to help people like me, but I don’t want to be a P.E. teacher and I still want to help people.”

Although Katie outgrew her asthma when she was 19 years old, her six-year-old son has respiratory problems that require a nebulizer. She said helping people breathe and enjoy their life are issues very close to her heart.

Lisa Mace, a current student in the program, entered the program for an entirely different reason.

“I was an English major and I wanted something to challenge myself,” she said. Her mom suggested a health sciences career. After eliminating nursing, Lisa decided on respiratory therapy. “I love working with patients and getting the feeling that I’m really helping somebody.”

Respiratory Therapy is one of the fastest growing health related occupations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a growth rate of 28% from 2010-2020, which is twice the 14% average growth rate expected for all occupations.

This year, 24 applicants will be accepted into the two-year degree program that starts in August. Currently more than thirty people have applied for those positions. For program advisement, call 405-733-7361.


Raiders turn carpenters

Amber Stafford

Assignment Editor



Paige Baker paints the exterior of a house that Student Senate helped get ready for its new residents. Photo by Amber Stafford.

Rose State College Student Senate gathered at the Hope Crossing Community for the Oklahoma City Habitat for Humanity on April 19.

“It was cool getting to do things for other people that are less privileged than me. Knowing I was a part of the difference in their life, that was awesome,” Paige Garrity said.

The 24 student volunteers were split into two groups working on different houses with much needed work to do to complete the houses.

Paige Baker helped paint the exterior of the house.

“My experience with working for Habitat for Humanity was amazing. Knowing that I’m working for families’ that are struggling made me feel great,” Baker said.

Karissa Combs was a part of another group that worked on the house, and helped nail up the exterior insulation around the house.

“My experience was fun and fulfilling, knowing that I could do something to help in the community,” Combs said.

The Student Senate and Student Activities have assisted Habitat for Humanity for more than five years.

For more information on volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, visit Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization, which focuses time and donations on building homes for those in need.



Dr. Britton to speak at Commencement ceremony


Amber Stafford

Assignment Editor


Cynthia Chavez, a Liberal Arts student, looks forward to graduating and moving on to the next level of her education. Photo by Jennifer Byrd.

Cynthia Chavez, a Liberal Arts student, looks forward to graduating and moving on to the next level of her education. Photo by Jennifer Byrd.

The 2013 Commencement ceremony will be 7 p.m. Friday, May 10 at First Southern Baptist Church located at 6400 S. Sooner Road in Oklahoma City. The seating is open to the public on a first come basis. Degree candidates are asked to arrive no later than 6 p.m. and report to the rooms assigned to their division to begin lining up at 6:45 p.m. The procession will begin at 7 p.m. and humanities professor Emily Robinson will play pomp and circumstance as faculty and graduates file in.

This year’s ceremony will feature two performances from the RSC choir, led by professor Tracey Gregg-Boothby. An award in Excellence in Teaching will also be presented at the ceremony to a faculty member chosen by committee.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Dr. Terry Britton, who will retire on June 30 as president of the college.

Graduates will be receiving packets in the mail with more details on graduation. These will include room assignments, a map to the church as well as a map of the inside of the church to help find designated rooms. Name cards, tassels and medallions will be handed out upon arrival in the assigned room.

Phi Theta Kappa members will wear a PTK stole and tassel. Assistance in purchasing these items can be found with PTK advisors Caryl Gibbs and Suzanne Thomas.

A student reception will take place at the church immediately following the ceremony.

Grad fairs were held in the bookstore and students who missed those opportunities to order caps and gowns can visit the bookstore to make arrangements for graduation apparel.