Sports serve as a study stress reliever

Hunter Hancock

Volunteer Writer

Sports serve as a study stress reliever

Students played volleyball at their first meeting on Aug 30.
Photo by: Chelsea Ratterman

With the new school year now in full swing, everyone needs a break from studying, and playing sports is a great outlet from the books. The Recreational Sports Association, RSA, is a great opportunity to get involved on campus and get active and is a lively club that offers a stress-free environment.

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Phi Theta Kappa

Advisors:  Caryl Gibbs  (733-7508) Suzanne Thomas (733-7515)

Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society based on GPA. The Rose State Chapter’s name is Alpha Eta Alpha. To qualify, students must have completed 12 hours of coursework and achieved a 3.5 GPA.  The qualifying student will receive an invitation to join. Benefits of joining include access to potential scholarships and graduation regalia.

 Student Senate Participation

One of the best ways to get involved on campus and with the inner workings of campus activities, Student Senate elections are open to students each semester. To apply for fall semester candidacy, contact the Student Activities office. The deadline to apply is August 31 and elections will be on D2L September 5 and 6. Student Senators receive a 12- hour tuition waiver and a one-hour college credit for participation. This year’s executive officers are Elizabeth Larios (Pres.), Zach Lewallen (V.P.), Carson Stramski (Treasurer) and Austin Davis (Secretary). A spring election will fill the four executive positions for the 2013-2014 school year.

Wellness Center

Hours:  Monday – Friday (6 am – 8 pm)     Saturday (8 am – 4 pm)

Closed Sundays and Campus Holidays

The Wellness Center provides students and staff with free facility access. When on campus, students can utilize a variety of areas, from free weights to treadmills, from recreational activities such as basketball to volleyball, from an aquatic center with its indoor heated pool (open swim hours posted at aquatics desk) to its whirlpool and sauna. Additionally, a wellness assessment lab offers screenings for body fat and overall physical health. The Center also offers personal training classes that address the common goals of weight loss and body toning. For info, call 733-7350.

Student Clubs

A comprehensive list of clubs is available through student activities. Clubs are a great way to make connections with people of similar interests on campus. If you do not see a club for you, start your own! All it takes is three prospective members and an advisor. If you can’t find an advisor, Student Activities can help with that too. Once all that is done, the club needs to submit the documents for chartering to Student Activities. The documents must include a list of prospective members, advisor and membership requirements. For more information, contact Student Activities in Student Center Room 114 or 733-7376.

  • American Indian Association Advisor, Mechelle Aitson-Roessler @ 733-7308.
  • Baptist Collegiate Ministry Contact John Wilkerson @ 473-4478.
  • Black Students Association Advisor, Monique Bruner @ 733-7316.
  • Cheerleading Club Contact Student Activities @ 733-7376
  • Chess Club Advisor, Steven Fowler @ 733-7595.
  • CLT Club (Clinical Laboratory Technology) Advisor, Evelyn Paxton @ 733-7577.
  • Club Trio Advisor, Amber Mitchell @ 733-7379
  • Cyber Security Club Advisor, Ken Dewey 733-7977.
  • Drama Club Advisor, Rick Nelson @ 736- 0364
  • Future Criminal Justice Professionals Club Advisor, Arnold Waggoner @ 736-0238.
  • Go Green Club Advisor, Dr. John Wood @ 733-7922.
  • Hispanic Students Association Advisor, Erica Alvarez @ 736-0271
  • Imagination in Motion. Advisor, Terrance Byers @ 733-7573.
  • Latter Day Saint Student Association Advisor, Brent Fisher @ 736-0265
  • Library Club Advisor, Brad Robison @ 733-7402.
  • Mass Communications Club Advisor, Skip Leckness @ 736-0272.
  • Mu Rho Alpha Club Advisor, Linda Whaley @ 733-7548.
  • Music Club Advisor, Emily Robinson @ 733-7427
  • NSBE (Nat’l Society of Black Engineers) Advisor, Dr. Wayne Jones @ 733-7316.
  • NTSO (Non-Traditional Students Organization) Advisor, Pam Reynolds @ 733-7418.
  • Nurses Christian Fellowship Advisor, Genia Wilson @ 736-0335.
  • Paralegal Association Advisor, Judy Shaw @ 733-7460.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Suzanne Thomas @ 733-7515 or Caryl Gibbs @ 733-7508.
  • Recreational Sports Assoc. Chris Leland @ 736-0304.
  • Republicans Club Advisor, Dean Fisher @ 736-0223
  • Sew Savvy Club Advisor, Pam Reynolds @ 733-7418
  • Sigma Alpha Mu (Science & Math) Advisor, Dr. Adjoa Richardson Ahedor @ 733-7551.
  • Spectrum Alliance Advisor, Elizabeth Boger @ 733-7521.
  • Student Nurses Association Advisor, Velmarie Swing @ 733-7352.
  • Student Senate Advisors Kirby Harzman or Emily Fisher @ 733-7376.
  • Study Abroad Club Advisor, Reginald Snoddy @ 733-7927.
  • TEACH Club (Tomorrow’s Educators Advancing Careers Here) Advisor, Linda Tucker @ 736-0219
  • VOICE/OIL Club Advisor, Dr. John Wood @ 733-7413.
  • Veterans Club Advisor, Dr. John Wood @ 733-7922.
  • Wellness Club Advisor, Liz Brown @733-7353
  • Wesley Student Fellowship Advisor Dianne Goodloe @ 733-7332.
  • Student Activities Kirby Harzman, 733-7376
  • Wellness Center Chris Leland 733-7350
  • Student Center Melissa Aguigui 733-7334
  • LRC Chris Meyer, 733-7913

Rose State Student Theatre Productions

The Rose State Theatre Department has released the 2012-2013 season. Auditions for all plays are open to all RSC students.

Agnes of God  (September 13 – 16) @ H.B. Atkinson Theatre

The Wizard of Oz  (November 2 – 4) @ Performing Arts Theatre

Barefoot in the Park (February 14 – 17) @ H.B. Atkinson Theatre

Short and Sweet: A Ten Minute Play Festival (April 18 – 21)

@ Performing Arts Theatre

All plays are open to the general public for a $5 admission. Admission is free for senior citizens, RSC students and staff.

Triathlon winners team together to finish victoriously

By: Logan Pierce, editor-in-chief

Friday, Jan. 27, the five fastest finishers of the first-ever indoor campus triathlon met for the awards ceremony in the Wellness Center. Blake Shawn, David Swingle, Seth Johnston, John Interwicz, and Grace Wood each completed the triathlonwithin the first week of the semester.

David Swingle Photo by: Logan Pierce

Beginning Jan. 23, all triathlon contestants were required to swim 2.4 miles, which is the equivalent of 77 1/2 laps in the Wellness Center pool. They also had to bike a distance of 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. Distances were monitored and recorded on the Wellness Center equipment.

The five finishers’ names were placed in a hat for the drawing, with the first drawn name winning a 32’’ LCD Samsung television and the second drawn name winning an iPad 2.

David Swingle, IT programmer and PASA (Professional/Administrative Staff Association) president, won the TV.

Blake Shawn, CPO (Certified Pool Operator) and Wellness Center lifeguard, won the iPad 2.

“We all pushed each other to finish,” Shawn said, “The top five were all close, so we did it together.”

“I was surprised it was as doable at my age,” Swingle said, ”People shouldn’t let their age be a factor.”

Chris Leland, Wellness Center director, was surprised at how fast the first five finished. “I thought the triathlon would take at least two or three weeks to finish,” Leland said.

While the contest is over, the triathlon will be available throughout the semester to anyone with a Wellness Center membership. “The triathlon is a pilot program,” Leland said, “Whether it returns next year will depend on how much interest there is for it and how successful it is.”

By 15th Street News Posted in News, Raider Life Tagged CPO, indoor campus triathlon, iPad 2, IT Programmer, PASA president, pilot program, Samsung television, , Wellness Center lifeguard

Commitment to cut carcinogens is everyone’s resposibility

When we became a tobacco-free campus in August, it was understood that change would be required. Having observed the policy in action, the perceived enforcement inaction was initially troubled.

While all ashtrays have been removed from the campus, some trashcans still have mini ashtrays in their tops. People can still be seen smoking near the trashcans outside the Communications Center, in plain sight of the “breathe easy” sign. Seeing people smoking in the campus parking lots has also become commonplace.

Change we can all believe in

This was disheartening; because when your campus advertises itself as “tobacco-free,” certain standards are expected. How is this policy being enforced?

Some thought that the only ones required to make changes would be campus security and those who smoked. One group catches offenders, and the other group complies with the tobacco-free policy.

What we need to understand is that the tobacco-free policy requires not just security and smokers to make changes, but all of us.

Smoking cessation stories

Chris Leland, Wellness Center director, shared an experience that he observed on campus since the tobacco ban. He saw a young man smoking on the campus mall. Before he could say anything, Leland stayed back and watched as a group of young women approached the smoker. They asked him if he knew that Rose State was a tobacco-free campus. They then told him to put out his cigarette. “I was so proud,” Leland said.

We’ve been an alcohol-free campus for so long, that no one thinks it’s acceptable to tap a keg in the campus mall. It’ll be the same with the tobacco-free policy. Everyone just needs time to adjust.

It’s everyone’s responsibility

It’s selfish for non-smokers to think they had no responsibilities regarding the tobacco-free policy. Everyone needs to do their part to honor our campus’ commitment to cutting carcinogens.

Don’t be belligerent, but if you do see someone smoking on campus, remind him or her of the tobacco-free policy.

For three consecutive years the Student Senate petitioned for our campus to become tobacco-free. Now that we are, it’s each of our responsibilities to ensure that we, as a school, are honoring our commitment.

Kick the tobacco use habit

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

On Oct. 26, students of the respiratory therapy program held an event to help students, faculty, staff, and community members kick the habit.

“If you can’t breathe, nothing else matters,” Vicki Nation, clinical coordinator of the respiratory therapy program said.

Students of the Respiratory Program help the RSC community

Twenty-four students participated in putting the event together to help spread smoking cessation awareness.  Together the group handed out information to encourage people to quit smoking.  The students performed tests to check attendee’s lung volume, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation.

“The bedside spirometer measures how much air people can get out of their lungs. Smokers have obstructions which reduces their lung capacity,” Pam Robeson, respiratory therapy major said.

Respiratory Disease it’s a killer

In some cases, smokers can get a disease called Restrictive Lung Disease.  According to mesothelioma-asbestosis info, Restrictive Lung/Airway Disease is characterized by reduced lung volume; in which the amount of air a person can inhale and exhale is significantly lower than average.

Pamphlets were passed out to educate individuals on the cost of smoking, what diseases can afflict people that smoke, and what kinds of behavioral changes can be made to help the transition from smoking to not smoking.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

“Six to Eight years ago, hospitals all around Oklahoma changed their facilities to a smoke-free environment.  They did it all at the same time to show a united front in helping people choose a healthier lifestyle for themselves,” Nation said.

According to, maintaining a healthy lifestyle involves “living life in a way that helps the person to be both physically and emotionally healthy. Wellness involves both choice and action. The choices you make each day, and the actions you take on those choices, can lead to a healthier lifestyle.”

Pam Robeson, respiratory therapy major, administers spirometer tests to a variety of attendees during National Respiratory Week.

By 15th Street News Posted in Features Tagged Asbestosis, Cancer, Health Science, Lung Disease, Mesothelioma, Smoke Free,