Characteristics and philosophy expected of the next Rose State president

Dennis Gosnell

Assignment Editor

Characteristics and philosophy expected of the next Rose State president

During the summer Dr. Terry Britton, president Rose State College, announced his retirement, and with this announcement came the need for the Board of Regents to find his replacement.

On Aug. 14, a town hall meeting was held between the Board of Regents and those of the RSC community. Faculty and staff stood up and gave the Board of Regents their perspectives and wishes on the type of personality, type of character, and type of philosophy they would like to see in the next president.

Much was said in the way of support for the needs of the students by the faculty and staff who presented ideas concerning the needs of the students to the Board of Regents.

Following are concerns set forth during the meeting.

  • Need a president with a short-term plan to renovate appearance of the campus. Students judge a school not only by its academic standing but also by its appearance and level of maintenance.
  • Need a president who will be supportive of those who need a remedial education, and who will see the importance of catering to their unique needs.
  • Need a president that recognizes the uniqueness of Rose State students and community college students.  It would be good to see a president who teaches a class and who is in touch with the students.
  • Need a president that instills a sense of pride in the RSC community, gives the students better facilities, and who focuses on best practices in which the level of academics at RSC becomes rich.
  • Need a president who promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The development of national and international science and technology requires students to have skills in STEM; RSC needs to meet these needs and have the technology and facilities needed to give students the skills required in the current and future world of science and technology.

Other faculty and staff talked about the need for a president who understands the need for external relations with not only the community but also those in the State legislature.  The next president needs to be up to date on current education legislation and be able to work with state legislatures to create a marked difference in student’s education.

It was the wish of some of the faculty and staff to have a president with an academic background as well as an administrative background. The president represents not only the administration of the college, but all areas, including the faculty, adjunct professors, and staff.

Adjunct professors are crucial to the everyday workings of the college. Without them, the number of courses offered would be limited to the number professors on payroll. The next president should recognize and promote their role in the continuing growth of the college’s various academic programs.

At the end of the town hall meeting Joe Cole, chairman of the Board of Regents told the faculty and staff that they would try to find the college a president that had the personality and character they described.

Rotary sponsors former Governor visit

By: Logan Pierce, editor-in-chief
Former Oklahoma Governor George Nigh was on hand to speak during Law Day, April 30. The event was presented in partnership with Midwest City Rotary.
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America’s educational drought

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

Global economics serve to push education to be a more prominent concern.

With many stressing the current economic situation in America, many try and understand why and how we have arrived at our current destination.

Where is your parent?

It is possible that, due to both parents being out of the house to work in order to sustain the household, children are left to their own devices. Instead of focusing on education, they become fixated on searching the Internet, talking to friends, watching YouTube, or playing video games.

Education becomes an afterthought in the twilight of surviving. This would not be such a bad thing if it didn’t affect the next generation. As a country, America is not as focused on producing and supplying the demands of the country as a whole.

American jobs being given to other countries

With science and technology becoming a more demanding industry, jobs need to be filled. Yet America is recruiting the majority of employees for these positions from other countries.

Public education needs to design its curriculum around a more demanding and trying education system.

According to an AFP report, “The three-yearly OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, which compares the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in 70 countries around the world, ranked the United States 14th out of 34 OECD countries for reading skills, 17th for science and a below-average 25th for mathematics.”

It is imperative that America, in order to remain among one of the top countries in the world, raise its requirements for public education.

Raise the standard of public education

By raising the standard of education and perhaps even adding more trade skills to the curriculum of high schools, the U.S. could train a better and more efficient work force rather than debating non-consequential policies that only further harm the standing of the U.S. in the global economy.

In the 1990s there was a popular saying, “Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders.” This concept is even more important today.

By 15th Street News Posted in Editorial Tagged AFP, , , Global Economy, PISA, Public Education, Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders

Dawn of a Digital Learning Day

Education has come a long way since the little red schoolhouse. Shortly after the inception of the Internet, educators looked for ways to incorporate new technology into course curriculums. For more than 15 years, digital technology has played an ever-increasing role in education.

In schools throughout the country, typing classes replaced cursive writing. This is an effort to make today’s youth develop relevant skills for the advancing technological world.

Transcending national barriers

Thanks to the Internet, like-minded individuals can find each other, even when separated by thousands of miles. As a society, we’re no longer limited to national barriers for identity. Online communities are built and strengthened by members throughout the world. The same mentality can be applied toward learning.

In previous generations, conformity was one of the hallmarks of education. There was a “one size fits all” mentality as far as curriculum was concerned. In those days, students were punished for attempting to write left handed.

The future of education

Thanks to the digital revolution in education, students with unique learning styles can connect in an environment tailored to specific needs. Educators are embracing individualistic approaches to education, which is made possible via the use of digital learning services.

In celebration of the technological advancements we enjoy today, the Alliance for Excellent Education and its partners are calling on educators and students to participate in the first-ever national Digital Learning Day, Feb. 1, 2012. Digital Learning Day will celebrate innovative teaching practices that make learning more personalized and encourage exploration of how digital learning can assist students in completing college.

By 15th Street News Posted in Editorial Tagged Alliance for Excellent Education, conformity, Digital Learning Day, digital revolution, , , online communities,

Obama addresses trade enforcement, energy and education

The State of the Union is an annual address given by the President to Congress. It is an opportunity for the President to outline his agenda for the year, as well as give the condition of the country. The address is required of the President based upon Article II, Section 3 in the United States Constitution which states that “He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The tradition of formally addressing the Congress was discontinued by Thomas Jefferson, who sent formal missives, but was reestablished by Woodrow Wilson.

President Obama delivered his third State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, January 24. He made many points throughout the speech, some with applause and some with loud boos from the audience. Obama touched on many of the issues facing our country in the past years, and those we will be facing in the future.

Special guests who were invited to sit in the First Lady’s box at the address included Steve Jobs widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Warren Buffett’s secretary, Debbie Bosanek. She was in attendance as a result of the tax debate and billionaire Buffet’s complaint that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. The guest list for the State of the Union has become a sort of ritual, with the list often reflecting the themes of the address.

One highlight of the speech came when Obama revealed that an EPA regulation from over 40 years ago, which regulated dairy farms at the same level as petroleum and forced dairy farmers to spend money to prove they were capable of containing a milk spill, that had been eliminated. “With a rule like that, I guess it was worth crying over spilled milk,” Obama said.

Obama called for the implementation of the “Buffett rule,” where if a person makes over $1 million annually, they should be taxed at a rate no less than 30 percent. Sen. Tom Coburn was referenced in this part of the speech on the opinion that Washington needs to stop subsidizing millionaires and offering them tax deductions.

Jobs were a big topic for this address. The President called for the country to help train Americans in skills that will lead directly to jobs. Obama wants to give community colleges the resources they need to be community career centers to teach skills that are in high demand.

One major announcement that Obama made was the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit. The unit was formed to investigate unfair trade practices in countries around the world, with inspections of goods crossing the border in order for counterfeit and unsafe goods from entering the country.

Another unit was announced, this time being for the financial sector. The Financial Crimes Unit would serve to crack down on fraud, and implement penalties for a fraud count. This is to help protect people’s investments and the institutions following the laws.

A third unit in the works is for the protection of homeowners against abusive lending and packaging of mortgages. It would also help get assistance to homeowners, as well as a plan to help them save up to $3,000 a year on their mortgage.

In relation to schools around the country, Obama requested that the mandatory school age be upped to 18 or until graduation. He called for Congress to prevent the hike in student loan interest in July, when they are expected to double, as well as an extension of the tuition tax credit and an increase in the number of work-study jobs.

In the wake of the rejection of Keystone XL pipeline, Obama introduced the clean energy initiative announcing that the department of the Navy will make a large renewable energy purchase of one gigawatt and requesting the Department of the Interior to permit for 10 gigawatts of renewable projects by the end of the year, enough to power nearly three million homes.

The 2012 State of the Union was followed by The Republican Response, which was delivered by Indiana Governor, Mitch Daniels.

Online answers to campus questions

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

Rose State’s website has many tools to give their students the chance to succeed and fulfill their educational dreams.

RSC combines the digital with the physical to give students an edge in learning

The LRC (Learning Resources Center) database utilizes a multitude of different search engines to help individualize a student’s search. If the LRC does not have a particular book, it can be borrowed through the college loan book program.

The faculty and staff directory gives students accessibility to the RSC faculty and staff community. In most cases all a student needs to do is type a faculty or staff members name into the search engine to find them.

Find a club that fits you

The Club page shows the RSC club list. This database  gives students the basic information about the clubs, and who to contact for further information. The Calendar of Events page shows the events that each of the clubs may be participating in.

When students look at the degree programs directory, they can find additional resources from places outside of the college to help them make a decision about their present or future educational needs.

Confused where to find student email or d2l login information? Click the Student login link.

There is also a student login link that takes you to a page that lists the available places a student can go to view their school email, current course schedule, or class assignments. The student email, D2L, and Oasis pages are available to give students full accessibility to their professors, advisors, and school email accounts.

Counselors help students find the right groove to accomplish their educational dreams

For those that need help with life difficulties or who have trouble with accomplishing their educational dreams, there is the campus counselors’ site. These professionals are here to listen, offer additional resources, and help students with their academic troubles.

Lyric Theatre’s Broadway Ball engages donors

Mark your calendars! The 16th Annual Lyric Theatre Broadway Ball is being held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30. The Broadway Ball is a fundraiser held to support the Lyric Theatre, and profits from the ball will go toward supporting its’ musical theatre academy. The money is utilized by providing scholarships for less opportune students, keeping all Lyric Theatre productions inexpensive, and insuring the best musical theatre education necessary, by hiring the top music theatre teachers for their students.

Entertainment of the evening consists of a performance by Billy Porter, who also directs the play, and the cast of the upcoming musical comedy “Altar Boyz.”

The Lyric Theatre lists the plot of the Altar Boyz as “a foot-stomping, rafter-raising musical comedy about a fictitious boy-band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour. The Altar Boyz are five small-town guys, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham, who come together as an all-singing, all-dancing heartthrob group from Ohio.”

Last year’s local performer Parish Mechling joins the Lyric Theatre’s 15th Annual Broadway Ball fundraiser. Photo courtesy of lyrictheatreokc.com/broadwayball

“Attending our Broadway Ball is one of the many ways patrons, supporters and fans can support the Lyric Theatre keeping the quality of artistic productions and academy strong.” Paula Stover, Executive Director of the Lyric Theatre said.

Guests at the affair will include the balls many sponsors and individual Lyric patrons, and to insure that everyone can have the chance to donate, the Lyric Theatre is currently selling $10 raffle tickets, which they will continue to sell throughout the ball itself. Everyone who purchases a ticket will not only be contributing to the fundraiser, but will also be entered in a raffle to win one of two prize packages.

The first prize package contains an Apple iPad2 with a $200 Apple Gift Card; the second prize package includes a $1,000 gas gift card with 12 months of car washes.

Tickets are $55 to attend the event and can be purchased on the Lyric Theatre site.

For more information on the raffle or the annual fundraiser please contact Catherine Warren at (405) 524 – 9310, or stop by Lyric’s office on 1727 NW 16th Street in Oklahoma City.

By 15th Street News Posted in News, Raider Life Tagged Downtown, , Fundraising, Lyric Theatre, Musical, Skirvin Hilton Hotel