Busy campus welcomes spring to Rose State

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor in Chief 


Student Activities is hosting its Spring Fest event April 9 to 11.

The event will kick off with speaker Stan Pearson at 2 p.m. April 9 in the H.B. Atkinson Theatre. Pearson is a di-versity and motivational speaker whose method S.A.L.S.A., or support, act, learn, strive and accept, engages audiences in interactive activities on topics such as stereotypes, self-esteem and leadership. The event will have free pizza.

 Last year’s Spring Fest ended up indoors due to rain. Event planners hope to see outdoor activities this year.

Last year’s Spring Fest ended up indoors due to rain. Event planners hope to see outdoor activities this year.


On April 10, the Community Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center and Wellness Center, in conjunction with Spring Fest. Free screenings for blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes and a posture analysis will be offered, as well as cholesterol testing from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The cholesterol screening requires participants to fast after midnight. Free Jersey Mike’s will be available, as well as music from Nicnos, a Moore based band.

April 11 will feature the band North Meets South, another Oklahoma based band, and free pizza in the campus mall. A self-defense class is also being held in the Wellness Center at 2 p.m. free of charge.

Clubs who would like to set up a table during Spring Fest need to contact Student Activities at 733-7376.

On April 10 and 11, Senate Executive officer elections will be held online on D2L.

Enrollment begins

Student Success and the Welcome Center are hosting their “Spring into Campus” event again this year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10 and 11. This event will allow students to meet with an advisor and get enrolled in summer and fall classes. Free snacks will be provided. To RSVP a spot, call the Welcome Center at 733-7372.




A smile a day brings a job your way

Amber Stafford

Assignment Editor

Dr. Mary Ann Bauman signed her book “Fight Fatigue” for attendees of the conference after her presentation. Photo by Amber Stafford.

Dr. Mary Ann Bauman signed her book “Fight Fatigue” for attendees of the conference after her presentation. Photo by Amber Stafford.

Rose State held the Seventh Annual Women’s Leadership Conference on March 29 in the Professional Training and Education Center.

The conference theme this year was “Women Shaping A Healthy Future.” In the fight against heart disease, everyone showed his or her support by wearing red.

Monique Bruner, professor of political sciences, welcomed women to the conference by telling how the conference was started to provide hands-on experiences to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Dr. John Carl, associate dean of Social Sciences, opened with a slide show of differences between men and women that showed that college women are the future. Regent Betty Wright shared a poem that to become a more confident woman is to have great smile on your face.

Dr. Sara K. Spurlock D.D.S, and Dr. Mary Ann Bauman were among the morning speakers of the conference.

Dr. Spurlock discussed the value of a smile. Taking that measure on your outer appearance makes you a more confident person. She also talked about how having a smile makes you healthy, both mentally and physically.

“You only have three to eight seconds to make a first impression to shine so having a good smile is effective to you.” Dr. Spurlock said.

Dr. Mary Ann Bauman, the keynote speaker talked about the number one reason women go to the doctor: fatigue. She is the author of the best selling book “Fight Fatigue.” The book helps women tackle the common problems of feeling run down and tired all the time.

“I believe we are on a journey and part of the journey is to decide those behaviors in our life that make us happy, that are healthy and we need to nurture,” Dr. Bauman said. “Those behaviors in our life that make us uncomfortable and sad, we can change those behaviors and that’s the key to fight fatigue.”

Throughout the day there were four breakout workshops to attend. The workshops include “How to Advocate for Women’s Legislative Issues” presented by Tamya Cox; “Working In, Working Out” presented by J. Rachel Fixico and Pauline Walker; “Sex…Now That I Have Your Attention” presented by Sally Boyster, Kim Robberson, and Elizabeth Koldorff, professors in the health sciences division; “Getting The Most Nutritional Bang for your Buck” presented by Deborah Lyne.

The closing keynote speaker was Lisa Gibson; she is a registered dietitian and adjunct faculty member at RSC, her presentation was “Regaining Balance through Mindful Eating”.

Tips on Basic Mindful Eating

-Quit the diets and make peace with your food

-Honor your Hunger

-Respect your fullness and be satisfied

-Respect your body and honor your health

-Start Small

-Honor your feelings

In closing, Professors Monique Bruner and Michelle Brockmeier thanked everyone and handed out door prizes. The Eighth Annual Women’s Leadership Conference is set for March 28, 2014.

 Hard Copy version states Dr. Bret Wood opened with the slide show. The slide show is actually created and presented by Dr. John Carl, associate dean of Social Sciences. 

By 15th Street News Posted in Raider Life Tagged College Women, Dr. John Carl, Dr. Mary Ann Bouman, , Michelle Brockmeier, Mindful Eating, Monique Bruner, morning speakers, Political Science, Red, social sciences, Women's Leadership Conference

Community Learning Center educates all age


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor


The Community Learning Center integrates the college with the local community by offering an array of opportunities. Submitted Photo.

The Community Learning Center integrates the college with the local community by offering an array of opportunities. Submitted Photo.

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of painting, dancing or writing? Do you want to start a fitness program or learn how to use new technology? Are you looking for a convenient place to meet new people and take fun classes? If so, the Community Learning Center can help you do all that and more.


Located in the Tom Steed Building on the south end of campus, the Community Learning Center provides a wide variety of classes for kids, students, adults and seniors.


Kids College enrollment opened April 1. Kindergarteners through high school freshman can enroll in summer day camps and learn everything from archery to zoology. Camps start June 3 and run through mid-July. Most camps are Monday through Thursday and participants can choose morning, afternoon or all day classes.


Children need to be enrolled according to the grade they will be in the fall of 2013, not their current grade. All activities will take place at Rose State College, Traub Elementary and Mid-Del Technology Center.



Some courses offered this summer and fall include Photography, Basic Oil Painting, Watercolor, Piano, German, and Quilt making. There are also several fitness classes available. Yoga, Zumba and Pilates are always popular options, but people looking for a less strenuous workout may prefer Chair Aerobics or Low Intensity Water Aerobics.


An Open Swim or Wellness Center Membership is also available and allows more scheduling flexibility. Members can use the free-weights, cardio equipment and gym floor which is open six days a week. Open Swim members can choose from several swim times throughout the week.


Community Learning Center summer and fall classes start enrollment May 6, including Emeritus classes, which are geared towards adults over 50 years of age. Emeritus students may take any classes, but if they choose to take a non-Emeritus class, they will receive a $10 discount.


For a complete list of Kids College camps, pick up a schedule around campus or go online to rose.edu/kids.  To enroll in other CLC classes, go to the office on the first floor of the Tom Steed Building or call 405-733-7392.

By 15th Street News Posted in Raider Life Tagged Community Learning Center, Community Outreach, Emeritus, Fitness Classes, , high school freshman, kids college, Non-credit classes, Open Swim Membership, strenuous workout, Summer camps, Wellness Center Membership

Sports festival educates OKC metro in health and wellness *

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor


The third Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival will be held Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Attendance is free.


A variety of events will take place including several health and fitness related booths offering information on exercise, sports, health care and nutrition. Various health screening booths will offer smoking cessation information, dental screenings and general physical fitness assessments.

Indoor rowing and kayaking are two activities featured at the Bart and Nadia Sports and Health Festival

Indoor rowing and kayaking are two activities featured at the Bart and Nadia Sports and Health Festival


Many of the weekend’s activities are geared towards children. The Perfect 10 Fitness Challenge will award kids a gold medal upon completion of ten fun fitness activities, such as kayaking, archery, basketball, and volleyball.


Kids can also participate in the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy activities, play hockey games with the OKC Barons, shoot baskets with the OKC Thunder Girls and run the bicycle safety obstacle course. All children that complete the obstacle course will receive a free helmet.


Attendees who stop by the OU Athletics Trailer can sign up to win an iPad or play Xbox Kinect games on the 60” TV. Kids will have the chance to get their picture taken with Boomer and Sooner from the University of Oklahoma while learning about fitness fun, academics and sportsmanship.


Adults will have plenty to keep them busy as well. OKC Riversport is sponsoring the RUNderground, a 5k run in OKC’s underground. Other activities include the USTA tennis challenge, UCO’s powerlifting competition, and four gymnastics meets.


“We are not only excited to be hosting a weekend full of gymnastics, but we are thrilled to be providing Oklahomans with a day of free health information and fun fitness activities to promote and encourage healthier lifestyles,” Olympic Gold Medalist and legend Nadia Comaneci said.


Since 2011, The Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival, in association with The Oklahoman, has encouraged families to take ownership of their health through activities that embrace Olympic and Paralympic ideals with an emphasis on sports, nutrition and wellness.



By 15th Street News Posted in Health, Raider Life Tagged Activities, bart conner gymnastics, bart conner gymnastics academy, Bart Conner Nadia Comaneci, Basketball, Bike Safely, Exercis, festival, Fitness, Gymnastics, , , Helmets, Kayaking, Kids, OU Athletics, Rowing,

Jennifer’s Fab Ab February Blog

Day 14 (February 14)

I ate the chocolates without completing my exercises. I think this is my wrap for Fab Ab February.

Day 13 (February 13)

Why isn’t school cancelled today?! I realize the streets are fine, but I was really looking forward to staying in bed all day. Plus, I had a flat tire this morning! Ugh, this day is not working out the way I had hoped.

Well, despite all that I still managed to get my workout done. I didn’t go to Pilates this morning (reference flat tire comment), so I did a few extra sit-ups, which brought my total to fifty-five sit-ups, ten push-ups and ten 35-second planks.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and I have promised myself I will complete my challenge requirements for the day. That way I can eat my box of chocolates without any guilt!

Day 12 (February 12)

If tomorrow is a snow day, then I’m taking the day off from Fab Ab as well! Please let the streets freeze overnight!

Despite the horrible weather today, I managed to complete my forty sit-ups, ten push-ups that nearly destroyed my will to live and seven 35-second planks. The planks are so easy compared to the push-ups. I wish I could add planks in lieu of push-ups.

Day 11 (February 11)

Ugh, how is it Monday again? Seriously nobody likes you, Monday. Just leave and never come back. Ever.

I did manage to complete my exercises for today though. I did thirty-five sit-ups, nine push-ups and five 35-second planks. I had to scale back on the planks today. My back muscles are very tight and sore, so I wasn’t able to do the last two planks.

Day 10 (February 10)

Rest days are the best days! I’m so happy I don’t have to do anything today.

I feel awesome doing this challenge, but I realize the importance of rest more than ever. Rest days are essential for staying on track.

If we reach burnout and don’t allow for proper downtime, then we are setting ourselves up for failure. Now please excuse me while I go take a nap for an hour or three.

Day 9 (February 9)

So glad tomorrow is a rest day! Today I completed thirty-five sit-ups, nine push-ups and seven 30-second planks. This challenge is definitely getting harder.

The planks are my favorite. They challenge me, but I don’t dread doing them like the other exercise whose name we will not mention due to the fact they are as evil as J.K. Rowling’s infamous antagonist.

Day 8 (February 8)

I wish I could tell you that the push-ups are getting easier, but they’re not. Today only added one push-up for a total of eight, but I barely got them done. I never realized that push-ups require you to use just about every muscle in your body, unless you do the girly push-ups, which I’m not.

Totals for today are thirty sit-ups, eight push-ups and seven 25-second planks.

Day 7 (February 7)

One week down, three weeks to go! I am so glad that I accepted this challenge. Unlike most Wellness Center activities, this one does not have a prize. However, I think I will be rewarded at the end of the month when my abs and arms are toned.

Today I increased my planks from five to seven, so my workout totals for the day are thirty sit-ups, seven evil push-ups and ten 25-second planks.

Day 6 (February 6)

Twenty-five sit-ups, seven (agonizing!) push-ups and five 20-second planks completed. My muscles are still pretty sore today, but overall I feel great.

I noticed that my posture has improved over the last six days. I have a horrible habit of slouching, but I feel confident these exercises are helping me be more conscious when it comes to sitting up straight.

Day 5 (February 5)

Sore does not begin to describe my abs, back and arms. I’m blaming the push-ups!

I also think all males doing this challenge need to double their push-up requirement. Seriously, your Y chromosome has an unfair advantage when it comes to upper body strength.

Day 4 (Morning of February 4)

I am not motivated to do this challenge today. Yesterday (Sunday) was a great day because it was a “rest day.” However, Monday mornings are not my friend and I’m procrastinating on the challenge.

Day 4 (Evening of February 4)

Okay, feeling better! I completed my twenty sit-ups, six push-ups and five 20-second planks. I’m glad I did it and didn’t blow off the challenge, but I still loathe push-ups!

Day 3 (February 3)

Rest Day!!!

Day 2 (February 2)

It’s Saturday, which is normally a rest day for me. I managed to do my fifteen sit-ups, five push-ups and five 10-second planks, but I’m not feeling as good as I did yesterday.

My abs are a little sore, but my arms hurt the most. I have a feeling the push-ups will be the hardest part of this challenge.

Day 1 (February 1)

It’s the first day of the Fab Ab February Challenge and I completed ten sit-ups, four push-ups and five 10-second planks. Today was fairly easy. I barely broke a sweat and my abs didn’t even start to burn.  This is probably thanks to my Pilates class on Mondays and Wednesdays.

I am looking forward to the rest of the month’s challenge. I know it’s going to get harder, so I’m very thankful for this easy day.

Fab ab February


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor


Would you like to have fabulous abdominal muscles by the end of February? Then stop by the Wellness Center and sign up for “Fab Ab February.”

This challenge will start on Feb 1 and ends Feb 28. Once you register, you will receive a calendar with the daily challenge requirements. The workouts start at a beginner level, only requiring 10 sit ups, 4 push-ups and 10-second planks.  By the end of the month, you will be amazed how toned your abs have become.

There are no prizes or giveaways for this challenge, but an increased metabolism and stronger core muscles will be your reward.

The CrossFit workout seems intimidating but it’s actually not

The staff here at 15th Street News recognizes the importance of being healthy and physically fit. In an effort to boost participation and give moral support to others participating in Fab Ab February, a few us are accepting the challenge.

Skylar Wright, Features Editor, Bryan Mangieri, Reporter, and myself, Jennifer Byrd, News Editor will keep you updated on our progress throughout the month. Look for our blogs on 15thstreetnews.com.




By 15th Street News Posted in Features, Health Tagged abdominal muscles, Abdominals, Bathing Suit Season, Fab AB Challenge, Fitness, , , increased metabolism, muscles, push ups, RSC Wellness Center, six pack Abs

New Year’s resolutions


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

Kari Barczak shows medals from previous marathons and other runs in Redford Township, Michigan, in December 2011, as she works to keep her goal of remaining fit in the coming year. (Regina H. Boone/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

Kari Barczak shows medals from previous marathons and other runs in Redford Township, Michigan, in December 2011, as she works to keep her goal of remaining fit in the coming year. (Regina H. Boone/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

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February is here and those New Year’s resolutions may have already faded from our minds. Many people start out with tons of motivation and truly intend on making permanent lifestyle changes. But now that the semester is underway and homework is quickly piling up, it may seem hard to stick with those lofty goals.


Statistics show that 45% of Americans make resolutions, but only 8% are successful in achieving them. The most common resolutions are to loose weight, quit smoking, get organized, and stop procrastinating. Here are a few ways to stay motivated, keep on track, and follow through with your commitments.

1.set attainable goals. If loosing 20 pounds or writing a 25-page paper sounds overwhelming, then break those goals down into smaller chunks. Start out with a goal to loose 5 pounds or write the first 5 pages of your paper, and then steadily work towards the larger goal.

2.    Recruit support. Friends, family and mentors help keep us focused and motivated, so create a network of support. This is especially crucial for quitting smoking or adopting a new health regimen. With a strong support network in place we have someone to talk to and keep us on track when temptation rears its ugly head.

3.    Take a different approach. If you are not able to stay on track, then adjust your method. If quitting smoking cold turkey doesn’t work for you, then try the patch or gum. If you aren’t a morning person, then exercise or study in the afternoon when you are more alert. If you really want to accomplish your goals, there is always a way. And there is probably more than one way.   Trying a different approach is not giving up, it’s finding a routine that works for you, which will lead to long-term success.

4.    Relax. Sleep and meditation are two essential ingredients for success. Nothing zaps motivation faster than being tired, rushed and stressed out. It is during times of heightened anxiety that we are more likely to throw our goals out the window. If getting 8 hours of sleep each night is simply not an option for you, then consider blocking out 15 minutes each day to sit in a quiet place and clear your mind. You will emerge refreshed and ready to face your challenges once again.

5.    Recognize your progress. No matter how small the accomplishment, be proud of yourself. Tracking your progress is good, but don’t forget to pat yourself on the back at the same time. If you quit smoking 2 days ago, tell yourself how awesome you are. If you walked a mile or ordered the grilled chicken instead of the fried version, remember to congratulate yourself on making progress.

6.    Reward yourself. The more you reward yourself for your successes, the more likely you are to stay motivated and obtain your next goal. Rewards need to be decided ahead and must not sabotage your efforts. If you’re dieting, don’t get a double dip hot fudge sundae. Opt for the fat free vanilla yogurt instead.

7.    Never accept defeat! If you falter along the way, don’t give up. Burnout is a formidable foe; it can grip you and hold you back for a while, but that doesn’t mean you are defeated. If you had a bad day or week, then accept it and move on. Don’t give up everything because of temporary weakness. You are stronger than a small setback and you can achieve your goals!


New Year’s resolutions are often major lifestyle changes, which are hard to implement. Humans are creatures of habit and changing those habits can be some of the hardest things we do in life. However, when we are successful in adopting our new ways, it can be a wonderfully rewarding experience that opens up new opportunities we would have missed if we had continued our old behaviors.


Rose State College Blood Drive

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor


Thirty volunteers are needed to give blood and help saves lives. The American Red Cross will be in the Wellness Center on Tuesday, November 27, from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm for the RSC Blood Drive. All donors will receive a scratch code-card with a unique pin to redeem online for a prize.


Walk-ins are welcome on the day of the event, but it is recommended you make an appointment with Nickie Williams at 405-733-7330 or wellness@rose.edu to ensure all qualifications are met ahead of time. You can also sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org .


There are certain eligibility requirements that must be met before blood can be donated. You must be healthy, at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 110 lbs. Additional requirements also apply to people with certain health conditions or people that have lived or traveled outside the U.S. to areas with diseases like malaria and Leishmanaisis.


On donation day be sure to drink plenty of water, wear comfortable clothing and have a healthy level of iron in your diet. Donors will also need to bring a list of current medications and a photo ID with their birthdate on it. Student IDs will not be accepted.


The blood most requested by hospitals is type O negative because it is the universal donor. While type O is needed the most, other types of blood are needed too. Don’t hesitate to donate just because you have types A or B. All blood donations are crucial.

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and a pint of blood can save up to three lives. Approximately 40,000 blood donations are needed everyday, which makes blood drives vital in resupplying the nations blood banks. It only takes about an hour for the entire donation process and you could be saving the life of someone you know.

Cycle Out Cancer participants bike the road to health

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

Cycle Out Caner participants have powered through to this years goal.
Photo by Josi Weaver

It’s not too late to “Cycle Out Cancer” in the Wellness Center.  All month long two stationary bikes have been dedicated to promoting cancer awareness through physical activity. As of Nov. 13, ninety-seven people had accumulated 611 miles.

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