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70th Annual Aggie Day Breaks Attendance Records


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CONNECTION LA Y OUT & D ESIGN Jonathan Dallis C ONT RIBUT ORS Cindy Anderson Dr. Ryan Blanton Wayne Bunch Jonathan Dallis Stacy Pearce Libby Schroeder

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A ggi e D ay • I nt ers c holas t i c C om pet it ion a S uc c es s • T he M as onic Frat er n it y D onat es $50, 000 t o C onnors • S t udent s V i s i t S t at e C apit ol CSC, Health & Wellness Receive Excellence Award • Rep. Mullin Visits Por t Campus • H ealt hc are C areer Fair • M us kogee R egional S c ienc e Fair • S pr ing G at her ing Meet Palmer, McElyea, McCoy & Wiggins

Inter national Day • S enior D ay • Grady and S t am ps Travel t o C os t a R i c a • H onor s ’ & S c holars ’ N ight • P T K I nduc t i ons Cowboys Take Region II Crown • S pr it S quad U t ilizes D ow nt i m e • C ow boy s, C ow gi r ls E nd S eas on • R odeo C ompet es at S WO S U • S hoot ing S por t s Tea m W i ns AC U I C ham pions hi p • Judger s E nd S eas on S t rong Lettuce Club • Muskogee Chili and BBQ Cook-Off



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70th Annual Aggie Day Breaks Attendance Records


he Connors State College Division of Agriculture hosted its 70th Annual Aggie Day Interscholastic Competition on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the Warner Campus with a recordbreaking 2,100 competitors, advisors and guests in attendance. During the day of contests, 1,981 students vied for top team and individual honors, while 253 different 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters from across Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Texas were represented. In 1947, the CSC “Aggie Day” was just a small idea, under the guidance of agriculture instructor Robert Hodges. No one could have predicted the longevity of this event, held annually the first Thursday in April, or the growth of its popularity. In

the beginning, the contests held included Crop Judging, now Agronomy; Dairy Judging, now Milk Quality and Products; and Livestock Judging -- some things just don’t change. Today’s Aggie Day is the largest interscholastic competition in the state of Oklahoma, and covers a plethora of disciplines within the agriculture industry. It continues to draw students from far and wide to put their skills and knowledge to the test in subjects like, Entomology, Floriculture, Electricity, Farm and Agri-Business Management, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Ag Communications, Food Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Land Evaluation, Rangeland Management, Soil

and Water Conservation, Meat Quality and Evaluation, Nursery and Landscape Management, Milk Quality and Products, Agronomy, Poultry Evaluation and, of course, Livestock Judging. For the student competitors, the interscholastics is a hands-on ‘final exam’ for their area of study. According to Debby Golden, CSC Division Chair for Agriculture, Connors agriculture alumni play a significant role in the success of the event. “Our alumni return year after year to assist with contests and grading, to give back the knowledge they have to the future agriculturalists of our country,” said Golden. “Aggie Day’s longevity can also be attributed to our event sponsors, who



see the interscholastic competitions as an important event for our state’s youth and our college.” A 7 a.m. start time required many competitors to travel in the early morning hours from across state lines. The day started with cups of coffee, sleepy eyes and weary travelers, and ended with sighs of relief from advisors, excited squeals from competitors, and selfies with new awards. “Aggie Day brings new faces from across the state and region and introduces high school students to our campus,” said Golden. “The day’s events give a glimpse

into the life of a Connors student, and a taste of the experience at the college farm. These students meet college professors who have the same great qualities as their local ag teacher or FFA advisor, but in higher education. The contest allows students to get a feel for our agriculture family here at Connors State.” Corporate sponsors for the 2017 event included American Farmers and Ranchers, T&D Meats, Natural Resources Conservation Service of Muskogee, Payne, Rogers and Sequoyah Counties, OSU-IT and the University of Arkansas. “An event of this size doesn’t take place

without the help from many departments and individuals on our campus,” said Golden. “The list is long, but our people are great. From ag faculty and staff to students, and from maintenance staff to high school ag teachers and district supervisors, we couldn’t do this without a mountain of help from all over the campus and state.” Byng FFA Chapter won the Grand Sweepstakes Award, while Oklahoma Union FFA Chapter took Reserve Grand honors. Full results from the day of contests are located at www.connorsstate. edu and

Interscholastic Competition An Overwhelming Success


n Tuesday, April 11, more than 250 students and sponsors comprised of 13 individual area high schools met at Connors State College for the 33rd annual Interscholastic Competition. Students were judged on their academic



abilities in 27 events throughout the day. Raven Remer, Executive Assistant to the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, orchestrated the event and believes this year was an overwhelming success.

“I’m very proud of the work Raven did to make sure everything ran smoothly, and I am impressed by the high marks earned by the students who come out for the competition,” said Dr. Julie Dinger, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Donates $50,000 to Connors Development Foundation


n Monday, March 6, the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma made a $50,000 donation to the Connors State College Development Foundation for the creation of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Endowment for Community Service Grant. The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma made this donation to the college to provide a permanent source of academic enrichment at CSC with the understanding that endowed funds are critical to the college

as they create and sustain educational programs. “This endowment will generate an annual competitive grant for student groups and programs to fund community service projects,” said Dr. Ryan Blanton, Associate Vice President for External Affairs. “This is an exceptional gift to the college that will support our student’s abilities and opportunities to positively impact their community.” A few stipulations for the recipients of

this grant include being a CSC student group or activity program which will provide a meaningful and beneficial service to the communities within the service area of the college. “We are very thankful to the Masonic Fraternity for their generous donation,” said Dr. Ron Ramming, Interim President of Connors State College. “This grant will allow our students, faculty and staff a greater opportunity to reach out into the community and give back for years to come.”

Students Visit State Capitol For OACC Award Ceremony


onnors State College was represented by four students at the state Capitol on March 28, as part of the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges and PTK’s All-Oklahoma Scholarship Award ceremonies. Students Garrett Horton, Kierra Warrior, Paige Raby, and Jasmon Simpson met with their respective state representative and senator. Tyler Boston also received an award, but was unable to attend the ceremony. CONNORS CONNECTION



Connors State, Health & Wellness Center Receive Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award


he Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants. In spring 2014, Connors State College and the Health & Wellness center began a partnership to bring much-needed health care services to the Warner community. The center offers medical, dental, behavioral health,

pharmacy and optometry services, with fees based on household size and income. Connors State College provided the center free use of facilities on the Warner campus to hold clinical hours once a week for students, staff and the community. This allowed the center to begin serving patients in Muskogee County without large capital expenditures. As demand for services increased, the center opened its seventh eastern Oklahoma clinical facility. The center increased the economic potential in the Warner community by providing accessible and affordable health

Representative Mullin Visits CSC During Town Hall Meetings Tour


klahoma Representative Markwayne Mullin visited Connors State College on the Muskogee Three Rivers Port Campus on Friday, March 31, as the third of 26 town hall meetings for his constituents of the Second District of Oklahoma. “As your voice in Congress, it’s important 6


that you have the opportunity to express your thoughts and concerns about issues impacting you and your family,” said Mullin. “I look forward to holding town halls and meeting with people in Oklahoma so that I can take their concerns back to Washington and work on behalf of my constituents.”

care, creating several well-paying jobs, and investing in the local and regional economy. “Our colleges and universities partner with business and industry to link academic programs, including business, information technology, health care, aerospace, energy and bioscience, directly to employment needs in the state’s wealth-generating ecosystems,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships create opportunities for students to expand their academic credentials with work experience, better preparing them for the workforce.”

Healthcare Career Fair Brings Hundreds To Port Campus


undreds of nursing and pre-nursing students made their way to the Nursing and Allied Health building on the Muskogee Three Rivers Port Campus for a Health Career Fair on Wednesday, March 29. Fifteen vendors comprised of potential employers and universities, which have RN-BSN and MSN programs for nursing students, from across Oklahoma and surrounding states set up booths and tables displaying the many amenities they can offer these current students. Joyce Johnson, Division Chair for Nursing and Allied Health, said Health

Career Fairs are important events not only for the nursing students, but the health care facilities as well. “Health Career Fairs provide information about the numerous career opportunities that are available for a new graduate, as well as gives the student a chance to make connections with potential employers, mentors, and peers,” said Joyce Johnson. “Recruiters get the chance to have a faceto-face interaction with potential applicants that are interested in their organization.” Joyce Johnson said many of the Connors State nursing students took resumes with them to the Career Fair and

were able to schedule an interview with potential employers. “This was the first of hopefully many career and recruiting fairs for the Connors State Nursing Program,” said Charlie Johnson, Nursing Instructor. “We found it to be a success with great student engagement.” Charlie Johnson said events such as these assist the students and allow them to see first-hand their employment opportunities post-graduation and gives them encouragement to pass the NCLEX exam and become a licensed Registered Nurse.



Connors Hosts 51st Annual Muskogee Regional Science Fair


he 51st Annual Muskogee Regional Science Fair was held in the Muskogee Civic Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7-8, 2017. This year’s fair drew 246 students from 26 schools. There were 190 projects in the junior division and 35 in the senior division, each bringing with them their displays and a wealth of knowledge at a young age. Members of the Connors State College community were involved in nearly every aspect of the event, from pre-planning and organization assistance, to judging of exhibits. Connors students, faculty and staff made up nearly half of this year’s judges and provided a wide variety of valued expertise.



“Our faculty, staff, and students are very knowledgeable and professional judges,” said Dr. Stuart Woods, Biological Science Instructor. “I am proud to be associated with them all.” Student exhibitors Sydney Rosson and Sally Keys were each recipients of a $500 tuition scholarship to Connors State College. Keys was also awarded scholarships to ICTC and Northeastern State University. I was very impressed by the quality and caliber of scientific work presented by area students at the science fair,” said Dr. Julie Dinger, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The future of our region is bright.” Sixth-grader Carter Stewart did more

than reach his goal of attending the Greater Muskogee Area Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Stewart, Checotah’s only contestant, won the fair’s junior division. As a sixth-grader, Stewart cannot compete in the State Science Fair, March 30 and 31, in Ada, but he doesn’t mind waiting until next year. Last year’s junior winner, Brendan Crotty, returned to win Best in Fair and the fair’s senior division with his display on improving forge efficiency. As Best of Fair and senior division winner, Crotty won $100 and an all-expense paid trip to the International Science Fair this May in Los Angeles. One team and 25 individuals qualified for the Oklahoma Science Fair.

Equine & Rodeo Programs Host Spring Gathering


n Saturday, March 25, the Connors State College Equine and Rodeo programs hosted their annual Alumni and Friends Spring Gathering inside the Warner Campus Stone Student Union. The event included a barbecue dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing.

“We would like to thank everyone who donated items to the silent or live auctions, and all of those who came out to support our students and program,” said Jake Walker, Connors State assistant rodeo coach. “The Spring Gathering is a great way to enjoy ourselves and end another great year with our students.”

Amber Markus was the top salesperson for the event, while Megan Phillips and Morgan Riley were reserves, earning $250 gift certificates. Brian Scamardo and Gatlun Thomas were named recipients of the 2017 Fred Williams Ag Equine and Rodeo Endowed Scholarship.



Cowboy Family

Lori Palmer, Faculty


ori Palmer, Humanities Instructor, knew she wanted to work at Connors State ever since she graduated from the college in 1998, simply because of the wonderful experiences she had here as a student. “At Connors I received one-on-one attention and guidance from my instructors, all of whom had my best interest at heart,” said Palmer. “I didn’t feel like just a number and found out quickly if the instructors knew I was dedicated to my education, they would be there for me to help me succeed.” After Connors State, Palmer then transitioned to Northeastern State University

where she earned her Bachelor’s in Art Education, then to the University of Oklahoma, obtaining her Master’s in Liberal Studies. Currently she is working on her PhD in Professional Educational Studies focusing on Arts and Humanities at Oklahoma State University. Now, at CSC Palmer teaches Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation and General Humanities and says the college has impacted her life in too many ways to count. “When I attended Connors many years ago, I experienced such caring and supportive teachers,” said Palmer. “Now, as a faculty member, I experience tremendous support and encouragement from my fellow colleagues, superiors and administration.” Palmer says she truly believes Connors State is a great place for students to succeed and get involved in various activities as the instructors care about their students and want to give them the best possible tools to be successful. “I know this sounds like a John Cougar Mellencamp song, but I am a small town girl and feel at home in a small town. I went to a small town school, married someone from a small town, raised my kids in a small town,

Brandy McElyea, Staff


randy McElyea, Executive Assistant and External Affairs Coordinator, has worked at Connors State for nearly five years and says the reason she stays is simply the people who she works with. McElyea received her associates from Connors State and says the college has taught her to strive for excellence in everything she does. “I am so glad that I came to Connors,



because it provides students with the leadership skills and resources needed to achieve success,” said McElyea. McElyea says she and her husband have been married for 17 years and have two beautiful children, Madison and Hayden. They currently live in Warner where they are the pastors of Warner Assembly. “We have passion to serve Warner and the surrounding communities,” said McElyea.

taught art and music in a small town school and now teach at Connors which has a small town feeling even though we cater to many students,” said Palmer. Even though she comes from a small town she has been able to achieve big goals. “Neither of my parents graduated from college,” said Palmer. “My grandma, however, did and taught school in Texas until she retired. She has really been an inspiration to me to pursue my education. She is now 97 years old and still inspires me today. “ Palmer said she didn’t start college until after she started her family. “I was married had three children and two step children, worked and went to college,” said Palmer. “Going to college later was challenging, not only to myself but to my children and husband as well. My family have always supported me going to school and continued to do so when I was working on my Master’s and now working on my PhD. My husband is my rock and my number one cheerleader.” In addition to teaching, Palmer is also on the Global Education Committee and will be teaching a Study Abroad Humanities class in Italy this May.

Athena McCoy, Alumna


thena McCoy made waves in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, playing basketball from 1994 to 1997. In 1994, McCoy was named to the Daily Oklahoman and Tulsa World 3A State Tournament Team. In 1995 she was named to the Daily

Oklahoman and Tulsa World 4A State Tournament Team, along with the Muskogee Phoenix and the Southwest Times Record All Area Team. In 1996 McCoy was named the 4A State Tournament MVP by the Daily Oklahoman and the Tulsa World, the Daily Oklahoman All-State Player, the Muskogee Phoenix and the Southwest Times Record MVP, named to the Coweta All-Tournament Team, and given the Cherokee Nation Special Recognition Award. She also tied the Single Game State Tournament record, by scoring 36 points. In 1997, she was named to OGBCA All State, the Hall of Fame All-Star Team, named to the Daily Oklahoman and Tulsa World 4A State Tournament Team, the OCA Regional Female Athlete of the year, the Daily Oklahoman Player to Watch, named to the Port City Classic All-Tournament Team, the Muskogee Phoenix All Area MVP, and set the All-Time State Tournament Career Scoring

Record with 177 points, 43 above second place, at the time. After graduation, McCoy came to Connors State where she played and was named to the Region II Women’s Basketball All-Region Team and was awarded the Kodak Women’s All-American Honorable Mention. McCoy graduated from Connors in 1999, moving on to play ball for the University of Tulsa. After graduation from TU, she took a position at Claremore Elementary, and later Okay Elementary as a 4th grade teacher. She also held the position of assistant basketball coach and assistant volleyball coach at Sequoyah High School and the head basketball coach at Sallisaw High School. Currently, McCoy is teaching and coaching at Marble City School, but says her most rewarding job is being a mother to her two sons, Michael and Zane, who are both very active in sports.

Kelton Wiggins, Student


elton Wiggins grew up in the small town of Warner as the second youngest of five boys. As a child, Wiggins often admired firefighters and knew that one day he wanted to work with the fire department to

help save lives. Now, Wiggins is a volunteer firefighter for the Warner Fire Department and during his first semester at Connors State he realized exactly what he wanted to do in life, help people as a full-time firefighter. Initially, he chose Connors State because it was close to home and he was awarded the President’s Leadership Class scholarship, but after a year he is staying with Connors because it’s part of who he is. Wiggins served with PLC his freshman year, was active in Student Government Association and is employed by the college working in the IT department where he is gaining hands on experience. After graduation from Connors State, Wiggins will enroll at the Indian Capital Technology Center where he will further his education in pursuit of an Emergency Medical

Technician license. During the basketball season Wiggins was seen most notably as the Connors State mascot Connor T. Cowboy. Wiggins reflects on his time as mascot, saying it was definitely something he will never forget. “Connors has opened new doors in my life,” said Wiggins. “The college has tremendously helped my leadership skills, and communication skills. I’ve made life-long friends during this past year, and I’ve loved every day at Connors.” During his time away from the college Wiggins is an avid runner and participates in numerous events throughout the year. “I ran cross country in high school and I still love running today,” said Wiggins. “I have won multiple medals running 5K’s with my dad. We’ve also ran a few half-marathons and a full marathon together.




Students Learn Culture at International Day


onnors State College celebrated International Day on Wednesday, April 17, on both the Warner and Muskogee Three Rivers Port campuses. This all-day event, put on by CSC’s Global Education committee, featured selections of music, art, food, and culture from more than a dozen countries from all over the world. The Muskogee Port Campus featured



booths with information about different countries, including Thailand, China, Mexico, Japan, Ireland, Ghana, Germany and Italy, while Warner featured the Bahamas. Shiranjini Threadgill, CSC’s Global Education chairwoman and instructor, said groups of her students chose which country they wanted to display. Groups then learned about their countries and

gathered materials. “Every student who comes out of Connors is a global citizen,” said Threadgill. Threadgill uses International Day as a way to encourage students to study abroad and to open their minds about countries and cultures around the world. “We want to expose students to international studies,” said Threadgill.

Area Students Experience College Life on Senior Day


hoosing the right college after high school can be an overwhelming experience and to help students understand more about life on a college campus, Connors State held Senior Day on Tuesday, February 28. More than 550 students, faculty and staff members from high schools across Oklahoma and surrounding states attended the event, which was held in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Warner campus. Students met with administrative staff as they gave a brief overview of what to expect during their college experience, and gained valuable

information about who to speak with when applying for scholarships. “We want to provide students with the opportunity to experience college life by visiting with our current students, instructors and staff,” said Logan Knapper, Director of Recruitment. “Connors has a lot to offer students and Senior Day gives us the ability to talk to prospective students and welcome them to the Connors family.” During Senior Day, students were offered tours of the Warner main campus led by student volunteer guides. Students

toured the Stone Student Union, Russell Hall, the dormitories, the library, classrooms, and a number of offices on campus. Megan Duvall, Assistant Director of Recruitment, said the event was an overwhelming success. “It was a great event with a lot of positive vibes from current students, faculty, staff, and all the participants,” said Duvall. “We host Senior Day to showcase our campus and give students and parents a chance to get a feel of what it’s like to be a Connors State Cowboy.”

Dr. Gary Grady and Amber Stamps Travel To Costa Rica


r. Gary Grady, Psychology Instructor, and student Amber Stamps spent part of their December break in Costa Rica working at the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy. They joined faculty members and students from Murray State College and flew from Dallas to San Juan, Costa Rica, where they were met by the Conservancy’s director, Renee Molina. From San Juan, they had a three-hour bus

ride to La Suerte Biological Field Station in the rainforest where they spent the week working, a news release states. The rainforest covers 1,000 acres owned by the Conservancy at the Field Station. It was established to promote the conservation, protection, and management of Mesoamerican forests and animal and plant biodiversity through education, reforestation, and preservation. The station is used to house students from around the world who travel there to study rainforest ecology, biodiversity, primatology, and other related subjects. Grady and Stamps first traveled to the Field Station in March of last year as part of Connors State College’s class on Rainforest Ecology. They returned because the

Conservancy relies on volunteers to help maintain access to the rainforest. It has an extensive system of trails that allow students to enter the deepest parts and study the thousands of plant and insect species there, as well as over 260 species of birds and three species of monkeys. The rainy season and other harsh weather cause the trails to deteriorate at a rapid rate and must be regularly cleared, and the trail markers have to be replaced. The markers allow students to know where they are in the rainforest. It is so dense that without them one becomes disoriented easily. The team in January replaced over 450 trail markers. A recent hurricane had also uprooted numerous trees that had to be removed because they blocked trails. CONNORS CONNECTION


Honors’ & Scholars’ Night Recognizes Achievement


n Monday, April 11, more than 100 students and their families gathered in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Warner Campus to receive notable honors during the 2017 Honors’ and Scholars’ Night at Connors State College. The evening began with Dr. Ron Ramming, Interim President of Connors State College, giving the opening remarks. Ramming welcomed the proud men and



women in attendance to the evening’s event and assured those receiving awards to feel good about their accomplishments and to not take the evening lightly. Dr. Julie Dinger, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, then took to the podium to acknowledge the students who have worked hard in their college careers and are deserving of these awards. Ending the evening, as in tradition

the naming of Mr. & Ms. Connors was announced: Amber Wright was named the 2017 Ms. Connors and Bobby Ramming was named Mr. Connors. With hard work and dedication from Robin O’Quinn and countless other faculty and staff members and the assistance of the President’s Leadership Class, the evening ran smoothly and was a wonderful way to round out the semester.

Phi Theta Kappa Inducts New Members


n Thursday, April 6, the Connors State College Mu Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducted their newest members in their spring ceremony held in the Nursing and Allied Health Auditorium on the Muskogee Three Rivers Port Campus. Rebecca Hill, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor, said Joining Phi Theta Kappa really is an investment in the student’s future. “The society offers members the opportunity to apply for nearly $90 million dollars in scholarships at the two-year, four-year, and graduate levels,” said Hill. “From our chapter alone, we’ve had a New Century Scholar and a Coca-Cola Leader of Promise, and this year we had three Mu Chi members elected to the All-Oklahoma Academic Team. The society helps members develop valuable softskills, making them more competitive in the job market, and offers a strong support

system to help them get further in their journey to academic success.” The spring induction ceremony began with the invocation from BCM Pastor Rowdy Morris, followed by a welcome message from Dr. Julie Dinger, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. As a special guest speaker, Robin O’Quinn, Interim Assistant VicePresident for Academic Affairs; Division Chair Communication & Fine Arts and Developmental Education, spoke on her time as a student and emphasized the power of knowledge and the importance of higher education. In tradition of the ceremony, the new inductees lit a candle, signed the membership book and recited the member’s pledge, solidifying their place in the Mu Chi chapter of PTK, led by Rebecca Hill and Jedediah Leavell, chapter Vice President.

The membership of the organization is exclusive, and only two percent of all college students are invited to join. Spring 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Inductees include: Hannah Allison, Derek Altman, Dylan Altman, Salena Appel, Natalie Bobbitt, Samantha Brewer, Artie Brewster, Toni Bryant, Kirstin Colbert, Logan Corbett, McKinna Cowan, Madison David, Kate Durossette, Rilee Eubanks, Ashley Fletcher, Haley Frix, Patricia George, Ashley Gifford, Jackson Graham, Courtney Griffin, Brandon Hawkins, Mindy Howell, Megan Jernigen, Therresa Jones, Kendra Leigh, Blaine Mackenzie, Cherie Marrs, Regina Martin, Olivia McIntosh, Theresa Metzger, Rannek Murray, Brannon Oaks, Heather Owens, Shelby Phillips, Marsha Ruhl, Courtney Scroggins, Sherry Smith, Matthew Staples, Alyssa Stephens, Jaclyn Thompson, Brady Womack, Kendall Yetter, Megan Yochum.




Cowboys Take Region II Crown


onnors State returned to the NJCAA National Tournament with both the automatic bid for winning the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference title and the Region II crown after holding off Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa 69-64 at St. Gregory University on March 11. “I think it’s great to go back with both titles,” said Connors head coach Bill Muse. “Our guys worked hard for it. I thought we played a very well the first half. We let them out of the gate the second half It was Connors (26-6) eighth Region II Championship under Cowboys’ head coach Bill Muse, who made his ninth trip to Hutchinson, Kansas in his 25 seasons in leading the program and the school’s twelfth appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament.

Spirit Squad Utilizes Down Time


he Connors State spirit squad utilized time between National Tournament games by reading with the children at the Hutchinson Community College Childcare Center. The children enjoyed listening to several books and watched a few cheers by the team. 16


Connors held a 35-24 lead at the half behind the double-digit scoring of Adarius Avery, the tournament’s MVP with 22 points and Chris Crawford, who was also named to the all-tournament team and Rashawn Langston with 11 points each. “I don’t have words to describe this,” said Avery. “We had a point to prove today. We wanted to win it all.” However, the second half wasn’t what Muse wanted. The Mavericks held the Cowboys scoreless on their first six offensive possessions to tie the game at 35-35 with 15:34 remaining. “I was concerned when we didn’t score,” said Muse. “I knew they would make a run at some point. But we were able to hang on and hang on. And then finally our sophomores were able to make plays at

the end, “said Muse. Bill Muse Jr. knocked down a 3-point shot to stop the Connors bloodletting to put them up three before Braydon Powell gave the Cowboys a five-point bulge 40-35 with 13:39 remaining. But the Mavericks came back to take the lead 62-61 on a shot by Kolton Stacy with 2:20 remaining. Connors then committed a turnover with 15 seconds left and the Cowboys’ Rashawn Langston trailing the play blocked the Mavericks 3-point attempt by Devontee Dean. “They were down three and he was wide open and I knew he was going to shoot it. I just took my shot at blocking it and it gave us the win. Now we are regional champions, “said Langston.

Cowboys, Cowgirls End Successful Season


onnors State Cowboys and Cowgirls concluded one of their most successful basketball seasons in school history. The Cowboys under head coach Bill Muse won the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 13-3 record and finished with a 27-7 record and an automatic NJCAA National Tournament entry. Muse was named the Region II and OCAC Coach of the Year. The Cowboys, after winning the OCAC, went on to win the Region II championship for the eighth time under Muse. Cowboys then advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament for the ninth time

under Muse winning their opening game against Spartanburg, S.C., before falling to number one ranked San Jacinto, Texas, in the Sweet 16. It was Connors State’s twelfth appearance in school history in the NJCAA National Basketball Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. Individually Bill Muse Jr. finished 34th in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage at 46.0. Adarius Avery with a 24.1 scoring average finished number three in the nation and number thirteen in rebounding, averaging 10.9. Avery was voted to the OCAC All-Conference team and the Region II squad.

Chris Crawford was named to the OCAC squad. On the women’s side the Cowgirls finished with a 19-9 mark, their best record in six seasons under second-year head coach Jamie Fisher. Fisher was voted the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. The Cowgirls qualified for the Region II Tournament for the first time in six years losing in the first round to Redlands Community College. Freshman Eva Lewis from Tulsa was number four in the nation and named to the OCAC and Region II teams by league and region coaches.

Rodeo Team Competes at SWOSU


he Connors State College Rodeo Team competed at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma April 6-8, 2017. Ryder Gann and Koby Estein finished seventh in the long go of the team roping. CONNORS CONNECTION


Shooting Sports Team Wins ACUI Collegiate Championship


he Connors State College Shooting Team traveled to San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, March 30, to compete in the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships at the National Shooting Complex. The national competition was comprised of more than 80 schools and

820 shooters in competition. Connors State was represented well with a group of shooters that earned first in Sporting Clays, second in 5-Stand, and third in Skeet in Division IV. Brandon Miller, Shooting Sports Coach said this is an amazing way to end the

season with a Division IV Sporting Clays championship and placing in three of the four competitions we shot in. “We have a great team whose hard work and dedication payed off,” said Miller. “Now it’s back to studying to prepare for finals and finish the semester with a bang.”

Livestock Judgers End Season Strong


he livestock judging team wrapped up their 2016-17 season in a strong fashion. In February the freshmen and sophomore teams competed in Jackson, Mississippi at the Dixie National, where both teams finished with reserve champion team honors in both of their respective divisions. Austyn Fuss was third overall in the freshmen division and Nico Menjivar was eighth overall in the sophomore division. The sophomore team then competed



at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo and placed third overall, John Nelson was fifth overall as an individual. The sophomores rounded out their careers as Connors State Cowboys at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where they were awarded for being the first high team in placings, third high team in sheep, and fourth high team in cattle. Anna Scott was eighth overall as an individual and Jesse Henson was named an All American.

Campus Life

THE LETTUCE CLUB On April 5, Connors State welcomed their newest club to the college known as the Lettuce Club. Students were given a full head of iceberg lettuce and were allowed to bring their dressing of choice to help accomplish their goal, eat an entire head of lettuce without putting it down the fastest. Lettuce Club President Libby Schroeder began the event by holding her head of lettuce and proudly proclaimed “lettuce eat�, which began the contest. After nearly an hour Nico Menjivar was the first to eat his lettuce, which according to the bylaws now makes him the reining president.

MUSKOGEE EXCHANGE CLUB ANNUAL CHILI & BBQ COOK-OFF On Saturday, April 9, 2017, Connors State College staff and students represented the college during the annual Chili & BBQ Cook-Off in downtown Muskogee. Student recruiter Ashley Gifford handed out CSC ink pens, pencils, recruitment materials and custom sunglasses to visitors.



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The Connors State spirit squad utilized time between National Tournament games by reading with the children at the Hutchinson Community College Childcare Center. 20


Connors Connection: Volume 7, Number 3  
Connors Connection: Volume 7, Number 3