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A Publication of Connors State College




Saint Francis Donates $500,000 to Connors State


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Saint Francis Donates $500,000 to Connors State


aint Francis Health System has entered into a partnership with Connors State College to provide funding to the college’s nursing program. Saint Francis’ $500,000 contribution will support expansion of the school’s nursing program and the addition of two new faculty members. The health system has also provided scholarships to offset students’ educational expenses while enrolled in the Connors State College program. The goal of the relationship is to increase the number of registered nurses in Oklahoma, particularly in the Muskogee area, in order to positively impact the state’s acute nursing shortage and low national ranking for numbers of registered nurses for population size. Dr. Ronald Ramming, president of Connors State College said, “We are very grateful that this grant will allow us to grow

our program and provide highly trained nurses in eastern Oklahoma. This is especially crucial with recent state initiated budget cuts to higher education.” Saint Francis Health System has a long history of providing support to local and regional educational institutions. “Education is the bedrock of our social and economic development and is, in my view, the most important endeavor that we as a community, as businesses and as individuals can be engaged in,” said Jake Henry Jr., president and chief executive officer of Saint Francis Health System. “We are pleased to partner with Connors State College to support the growth and expansion of their nursing program. This gift, like our other contributions to regional nursing programs, will certainly not solve our state’s nursing shortage, but we see it as another step toward increasing

the number of nursing graduates in our region.” The students receiving the Saint Francis scholarships will have a work requirement with Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee post-graduation. Henry added, “Connors State College Nursing program plays a valuable role in training nurses to work in the Muskogee area. The work commitment to Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee is designed to keep nurses trained locally in the community.” “This contribution will be a tremendous help to the Nursing Program, which will allow the college to hire two additional nursing faculty and be able to accept more students into the program,” said Joyce Johnson, Nursing Division Chair. “Accepting more nursing students will mean that we can graduate more nurses to help fill the nursing shortage.” CONNORS CONNECTION


Title III NASNTI Grant Fully Staffed; Setting Goals


n the fall of 2016 Connors State College was selected to receive funding under the Title III Native American Serving Non-tribal Institutions Program. Connors State was one of nine higher education institutions selected for this grant. Now, a year later the program is overseen by Kimberly Phillips, Title III NASNTI Project Director, who is eager and excited to see this program live up to its wondrous potential. “The program, now known as the Title III Nursing grant, is making waves around campus. Despite delays resulting from late hires, the Title III grant at Connors State College, Technology and Tradition: Expanding and Enhancing Native American Nursing Education through Technology and Cultural Inclusion, is making significant progress,” said Phillips. “With an award date of October 1, 2016, we have laid the foundation to meet our first-year objectives, hiring key personnel and building relationships to make this grant successful with a huge impact on our institution and the disadvantaged students we serve.” Their project focuses on increasing the enrollment capacity and quality of the nursing program and improving the support mechanisms available for Native American and low-income students.



Dr. Ryan Blanton and Lisa Berry were instrumental in writing this grant and having Connors selected as a recipient. Currently, the grant staffs four employees to help oversee the program. Kim Phillips, Project Director; Rebecca Clovis, Health Careers Coordinator; Fabiela Kemble, Simulation Lab Coordinator; and Mona Wells, Clinical Nursing Instructor. ”The grant allows us to increase the number of nursing students we currently serve, while implementing P.R.I.D.E. throughout the curriculum,” said Phillips. “The simulation lab is taking nursing skills to the next level and giving our students cutting edge technology.” Phillips said the ones who will be benefiting most from this grant will be Native American students with a focused effort to improve the quality and capacity in the nursing program. “This five year grant allows for more tutoring, mentoring, career development, and completion of the simulation lab,” said Phillips. “The college already had the space for the simulation lab in the Nursing and Allied Health building and with the grant, we are able to outfit it with the following over the next five years: year one - SimMan Essential, year two - Nursing Anne, year three - Sim Baby unit, year

four - Mechanic Ventilator Adult/Pediatric/ Neonatal, with year five - a SimMan 3G.” Along with the simulators, the room has been outfitted with audio and video recording devices to record the simulations scenarios the students perform. There is also space for the nursing instructor to hold debriefing after the simulations are complete to maximize student learning. Phillips lined out a few of the grant’s short-term, and long-term goals to implement at Connors State. Their short-term goals include increasing faculty knowledge of sim technology use and implementing the effective P.R.I.D.E. strategies. Their mid-term goals include improving math and science skills of pre-nursing and nursing students, increasing persistence in these students, and decreasing the time to degree completion. They also plan to expand outreach services to tribes in the area, while promoting health care education and careers. Their long-term goals include enhancing the current program, by increasing enrollment in the nursing degree program by supplying a full-time clinical instructor, an advisor focused solely on pre-nursing and nursing students, and a Native American heath careers coordinator, who will connect students to campus resources.


Muskogee Rotary Club Partners with Connors State College to Provide Scholarships


aving a successful college career is not always as simple as “going to class to pass”. Obstacles often get in the way of a student continuing higher education and completing their degree. For students Megan Yochum and Charity Royse, their obstacles included being a full-time mom, having a full-time job to support their families, and juggling homework and home life while excelling in their classes at Connors State. For many students in Oklahoma, the financial burden of attending college is too much, and is often a deciding factor for working parents when it comes to higher education. To help alleviate this, the Muskogee Rotary Club partnered with Connors State College to establish a one-of-a-kind scholarship for non-traditional students to absorb the financial cost for these students. “This scholarship is the first of its kind

for the Muskogee Rotary Club, which considers itself first and foremost a Civic service organization,” said Mike Lewis, Vice President for Fiscal Services and Muskogee Rotary Club member. “These scholarships are life changers for our non-traditional students in Muskogee; many of whom are working parents and who carry heavy burdens to achieve independence and provide a better life for their families.” To qualify for this scholarship, Yochum and Royse had to meet a set criteria for acceptance. Criteria included being a non-traditional sophomore, having obtained 31 credit hours or more, with a minimum GPA of a 2.5. Applicants must also submit a 500 word essay on a topic chosen each year by the Muskogee Rotary Club. This year’s topic was “Service Above Self” and both Yochum and Royse knocked this essay out of the park with their

responses. This year, they each received $1,250 to use for tuition, books, fees, and other costs associated with educational growth and development. On Thursday, August 17, 2017, during a Muskogee Rotary Club luncheon meeting, Yochum and Royse, joined by Dr. Ron Ramming, President of Connors State College, and Lewis, were presented their scholarships for the fall 2017 semester. Dr. Ramming spoke to the club members on how their generosity is going to change the lives of these students, and students yet to come. Yochum and Royse then each took to the stage to express their gratitude and thank the club members for helping them achieve their goals. “I am confident that these two students who were chosen for this scholarship are becoming leaders in their community and will fully utilize it to achieve their goals,” said Lewis. “We are very proud of them.” CONNORS CONNECTION


Connors State College and City of Warner Provide Relief for Hurricane Harvey Survivors


t is amazing to see how a community can come together in a time of need. As the devastation of Hurricane Harvey continued, which made landfall as a category 4, in southern Texas on August 25, 2017, Connors State College, Warner High School, and the entire city of Warner came together to give selflessly and help their Texas brethren during this crucial time. Harvey, which reached wind speeds of 132 mph and flood levels of 51 inches, (11 trillion gallons), caused unimaginable damage to homes, businesses and property along the Texas coast. Millions were left without food, clean clothes, shelter, and safe drinking water, along with countless other amenities we so effortlessly take for granted each day. On Tuesday, August 29, Connors State College and Warner High School sent out emails, made phone calls, and posted social media status updates, asking for community members to look into their



hearts and pockets and give where they can. Needed items included: bottled water, canned foods, toilet paper, diapers, and other invaluable toiletries. In less than 18 hours the entire community game together, donating more than 1,000 cases of bottled water (30,000 individual bottles), hundreds of diapers, countless rolls of toilet paper, stacks of canned foods, bags of clothes, socks, shoes, large bags of pet food, and other needed supplies. “When people know that you’re trying to do something good in this community, they’ll bend over backwards to help you,” said Mike Jackson, Dean of Students. Members of the Connors State beef show team, President’s Leadership Class, Student Government Association, Student Life, Warner Fire Department, Warner High School Football, the city of Warner and countless other members of the community came together early Wednesday morning to load four trucks

full of the supplies for volunteers to take to Dallas; providing relief for those effected. Donations continued to roll in from 6 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at the drop off location at Warner High School. After the trucks were loaded, the tires inflated, and gas tanks re-filled, the team traveled four hours south to Dallas to drop off the supplies at a designated relief center. Upon arrival the volunteers then stacked the thousands of supplies onto wooden pallets for easy transportation to the impacted areas. “We were very impressed by the community’s level of outreach with this venture,” said Dr. Ron Ramming, President of Connors State College. “Texas has seen an overwhelming amount of support during this disaster, and we are glad to do our part and help out in any way we can. Though Warner is a small community, the level of compassion and generosity is unmatched.”

Cowboy Family

Dr. Anita Thompson, Staff


r. Anita Thompson, Executive Director of the Connors State College Development Foundation, recently began her career at Connors State College, and already feels as if she’s part of the Cowboy family. Thompson earned her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and master’s in College Teaching and Student Personnel Services, from Northeastern State University, and obtained her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Arkansas. For the past 17 years, Thompson has worked for NSU in a variety of roles and the bulk of her experience has been in alumni and development work. She served six years as the Director of the NSU Alumni Association and spent the last seven years fund raising for academic and arts programs at the university. At Connors State, Thompson will be working to make updates and put some

infrastructure in place that will allow the college to continue to build alumni involvement and support. “During my doctoral work I focused on higher education and rural community development,” said Thompson. “I believe there are great opportunities for me to be a part of making positive change in both of those areas through my work at Connors.” Thompson is married to Kin Thompson, assistant professor of Hospitality and Tourism at NSU, and they have two daughters, Meg and McKinley, who keep them busy with their activities in band, choir, volleyball, tennis, cheerleading and church. “I couldn’t balance work and home without the support and flexible schedule of my husband,” said Thompson. “We also have a house full of animals including a dog, bird, rabbit, hermit crab and fish.”

LeeAnn Garland, Faculty


eeAnn Garland, English Instructor, chose Connors State so that she could work close to home and serve her own community. Garland has been part of the college for 10 years, and currently teaches composition I and II. Being part of the Cowboy family, she has seen the change and growth of this institution and has seen many students develop into young adults. Being a member of this team has encouraged her to step out of her comfort zone and be more active in the larger goals of the institution. One of Garland’s favorite things is to do it be part of the commencement ceremony, because it reminds her of why she is here and how many lives she is changing. Garland loves knowing that every semester is a fresh new start, an improvement, and a new chance to influence the students. Garland says Connors State faculty and

staff are more helpful and supportive than anywhere else she has known. She feels that Connors State is a great place for every walk of life, because the institution is willing to meet the students where they are in their educational journeys and help them get where they need to go. “I have had the privilege of seeing many students graduate and become working professionals right here in Muskogee,” said Garland. Garland grew up in Muskogee, where she met her husband. Together they have twins, Emma and Ethan. “I will never forget the semester that I had to cut short due to their early arrival,” said Garland. “The Connors family was very supportive during the difficult month that they spent in the NICU, and I am still grateful for that.” Garland also makes it a point for her family

to be active at Connors State and attend events throughout the year. “My kids love the Fall Festival and Easter Egg Hunt,” said Garland.



Jim Hamric, Alumnus


im Hamric, a football recruit of coach Harold Cagle, attended Connors State College in 1965-1967. He was selected to the All-Conference Team after the 1966 season. Hamric, a native of Spencer, West Virginia, graduated from Northeastern State University in 1969 with a degree in education. In college, Hamric was a student of Oklahoma high school and college athletics, beginning with observations of the interaction and camaraderie of his Connors’ coaches. Hamric studied local high school programs under the guidance of NSU’s coach Jack Dobbins. He became a certified Oklahoma high school basketball official, which gave him a window into the Oklahoma Coaches Association and the OSSA. Upon graduation, Hamric returned to West Virginia and immediately entered the high school coaching arena. During a 29-yearcareer, Hamric coached football, wrestling,

track, cross country, basketball, baseball and served as Athletic Director. In 1992, he was selected as West Virginia High School Coach of the Year. Early in Hamric’s career, he led a movement to improve the West Virginia High School Coaches’ Association as well as the West Virginia High School Director’s Association, to mirror the programs he observed while in Oklahoma. Inspired by the Oklahoma programs, Hamric’s leadership changed the West Virginia programs into noted national programs. Since his retirement, Hamric has remained active in the state’s high school athletic program, serving as the secretary-treasurer of the Mountain State Athletic Conference (15 AAA schools). Hamric and his wife, Marjorie (Rowe) - a 1968 CSC graduate, are looking forward to their 50th wedding anniversary this fall. They are proud parents of three children

and seven grandchildren. They reside at their retirement home on a golf course near Parksburg, West Virginia.

Matthew Staples, Student


rowing up Matthew Staples wanted to be an agricultural education instructor, and every step since then has led him to Connors State. Once he became



involved in the National FFA Organization, Staples made it his goal to join an elite group of individuals on the Florida State Officer team. His passion for FFA and showing cattle helped him achieve his goal. In 2015 Staples was elected to serve as the Florida FFA Area II State Vice President. While taking a year off from college, he traveled throughout Florida, where he made new friends, and realized being an ag-ed instructor was not for him. Instead, he decided the business side of the agricultural industry is where he is destined to be. Staples said he chose Connors State for a few reasons, one in particular being that he loved the small town feel. Staples was born and raised in the small town of Groveland, Florida, and is a first generation college student; he graduated from his high school summa cum laude.

“It is awesome to be able to earn a degree and be surrounded by professors, staff, and students who have an agricultural background and appreciate agriculture more than the average person,” said Staples. “Being more than 1,100 miles from home has had its ups and downs, but Connors State has developed me into a better person. I have learned life doesn’t go as planned, but being strong in my faith, finding an amazing church family, and having Christian friends has helped me to grow past hard situations and to make them into something great.” Currently, Staples is a Beef Show Team member, an Ag Ambassador, a member of the Presidents Leadership Class, SGA Representative, Aggie Club Vice President, a member of the Film and Photography Club, and works in the Division of Agriculture office.

Connors State Registrar Named To Three Year Commitment With OACRAO


wanna King, Registrar and Director of Admissions, was recently nominated by her peers of the Oklahoma Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers to serve as President-Elect for 2017-2018, President for 2018-2019 and Past-President for 2019-2020. King accepted the worthy roles for OACRAO and will officially be presented as President-Elect 2017-2018 at the OACRAO Fall Conference in October. Being a member of OACRAO allows college registrars and admissions officers to congregate and discuss important topics concerning admissions processes, international student registry, updates from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and other closely related functions at collegiate institutions. “I am innately fond of discovering ways to help individuals identify their abilities,” said King. “In my current roles as college registrar, director of two campuses and adjunct instructor, I have direct contact with the students, so I am able to stress the importance of reaching their educational, vocational and life goals. It is both a rewarding and humbling experience to be recognized by my peers across the great state of Oklahoma as a leader in my field.” King graduated from University of Oklahoma with a Master of Arts in Human Relations, is a member of Gamma Beta Phi and graduated with honors. At Bacone

College, King earned her bachelor’s in business administration, graduating with honors and as a member Alpha Chi and Phi Theta Kappa. She has been featured twice, as a student, in Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities and awarded the Leadership Tulsa-New Voices Board Internship. King is also invited annually, to speak to the incoming class of the University of Oklahoma Human Relations graduate students at the OU-Tulsa campus. The purpose of the OACRAO is to promote cooperation among the institutions of higher education in Oklahoma and to seek continual improvement in the operation of admissions, registration, record keeping, enrollment management, and other closely related functions at these institutions. It also renders professional services that fall within its scope

to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and to other duly recognized agencies within the state engaged in the conduct of higher education. At Connors State, King is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Registrar and Office of Admissions for Muskogee and Warner. She also confers degrees at the end of each semester, all tasks that prepare her for her role as an executive committee member with OACRAO. “I certainly look forward to collaborating with my committee members and discover ways to provide the necessary support to all of my associates located in the state,” said King. “I also look forward to representing the state of Oklahoma at the regional and national conferences held for admissions officers and registrars.”



Education Physical Therapist Assistant Program To Seat First Class


he Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Connors State got its start several years ago as the college identified the need for more physical therapists in Oklahoma. The process has been a journey of discovering the needs of the region and creating a plan of how to best serve the healthcare industry in Green Country, consumers of physical therapy, and the students. Connors State has collaborated with Indian Capital Technology Center to combine resources so that we can serve the students in a unique way. Sarah Foster, Coordinator of PTA Curriculum Development and Accreditation, says they offer a “1+1 Program,” meaning students complete all of their general education requirements the first year, then begin the technical PTA coursework the second year. “This curriculum pattern offers many students who have general education courses under their belt the opportunity to complete the technical coursework within three semesters,” said Foster. “For many, this offers a streamlined approach to completing their degree and getting into the workforce more quickly. Students who may be coming back to college for a second career are able to complete the program in less time than they could at an integrated two-year program.” The PTA-related coursework spans three semesters. Students will begin with didactic academic work in the spring semester. During the summer, they continue with those courses, but also complete a three-week clinical education course under the supervision of a licensed therapist. The fall semester is the final semester, and students will complete two classroom-based courses, along with a



full-time five-week clinical placement, and a full-time six-week clinical placement. “The clinical education portion of the program is an exciting time for students, as they have the opportunity to put learned skills and knowledge into practice, and to develop a professional network with therapists in the region,” said Foster. Foster said they have accepted their first cohort of students into the program, and will begin classes in January 2018, with graduation in December of that same year. “We have a class of 16, and we are very excited to get to know each one of them,” said Foster. “In November we will have an orientation for incoming students, to give them the opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of the program, the faculty, academic expectations, and the clinical education portion of the program.” The PTA program is housed in the Adult Health Careers building on the ICTC campus, adjacent to the Connors Three Rivers Port Campus. Their classrooms and therapy lab are in this building, along with the Connors State library. “We have a fully equipped therapy lab, with contemporary physical therapy equipment and supplies,” said Foster. “For the clinical education portion of the PTA program, we have commitments from many therapy facilities across Oklahoma and into Arkansas. We have had a great deal of support from the therapy community, and offer students clinical placements in a variety of settings, including acute hospital care, long term care facilities, inpatient rehabilitation units, outpatient clinics, and more.” Foster said these clinical sites serve patients of all ages with a variety of diseases and conditions. “Our strong support in clinical education

will ensure that students who have completed the program are prepared for contemporary practice and have a strong skill set when they become employed,” said Foster. Foster said she and her team want to reach out to the students in Northeastern Oklahoma, to provide them with a physical therapist assistant program close to home. “Our hope is that the graduates from our program remain in this region, to live and work here, serving their local communities,” said Foster. “There is a need for PTs and PTAs in rural Oklahoma communities, and often the turnover rate is high when those positions are filled, with contract therapists who drive from more urban communities to serve rural areas. We hope to provide a stable source of PTAs who love this region and want to grow here. In addition, we have many students at Connors State College with Native American heritage, and this program comes at a time when we see the expansion of tribal healthcare services and rehabilitation options in this area. Our graduates can help to fill these new positions in local tribal rehabilitation clinics.” Foster and her team are excited to admit their first class; they have been engaged in ongoing careful planning for this program and are ready to put it into action. “We have a wonderful team to support the students, from faculty, administration, student support services, and clinical education instructors.” Said Foster. The PTA program currently has three faculty members: Sarah Foster, Jeff Jurney, and Carolyn Mosley. All three faculty members have a passion to teach and are looking forward to having students in the classroom.


Eleven Student Athletes Named All-Americans


leven Connors State College student athletes were named All-Americans for the 2016-2017 academic school year. (L to R) Bill Muse, Jr., was named first team All-American; Ashley Fletcher,

Dillon Longbrake, Garrett Horton, and Maxwell Hewitt were named second team All-Americans; Brandon Goldston, Peyton Crispin, and Raney Johnson were named third team All-Americans; Jake Northern,

and Jesse Henson were named traditional All-Americans; and Adarius Avery was named NJCAA honorable mention All-American.



Connors State Receives $8,000 NRA Grant


onnors State College recently received an $8,000 National Rifle Association grant, which will fund new trap machines, ammunition, and targets. Brandon Miller, shooting sports coach, said these items will be vital in helping the team meet their goals for the 2017 fall semester. The team also has plans to expand their shooting range in 2018 by adding an additional trap

house east of the current facilities. “This will allow us to handle a larger crowd that wants to enjoy a day of recreational shooting,” said Miller. “We also look forward to being able to host nearly twice as many FFA members each semester at our high school FFA contest.” Presently, Connors State College hosts around 250 shooters from across the state

over a four-day period each semester. Miller said the demand for contests definitely outweighs the number of contests hosted in the state. “Our schedule fills up quickly and I hate turning kids down to shoot,” said Miller. “This NRA grant takes a lot of finical burden off of the team and we are very appreciative of their support.”

Beef Show Team Begins Season


icking off the 2017-2018 season the Connors show team traveled to the Missouri State Fair, and exhibited some of Connors’ best cattle. Sophia Akuna and her calf, PKL Enchantress placed second in class eight of Percentage Simmental heifers. Emily Reed and her calf, MCPK Jade’s Valentine, placed sixth in class ten of Percentage Simmental heifers.

CRN Houston was shown by Bryce Wilson, and they placed third in class fifty-one of Purebred Simmental Bulls. L&N Miss Marion was shown by Sophia Akuna, and placed third in class fifteen of Charolais heifers. L&N Macys Dolly was shown by Lindsay Bisco, and they placed third in class sixteen of Charolais heifers. L&N Miss Karen was shown by Emily

Reed, and they placed third in class seventeen of Charolais heifers. L&N Majesty was shown by Bryce Wilson, placed third in class twenty-six of Charolais bulls. L&N Casino shown by Lindsay Bisco, placed fifth in class thirty-two Charolais bulls. In the Best of Five Head Charolais show Connors placed second.

Judgers Arrive on Campus Anxious to Start Season


he judging team started practice before the semester even began on Monday, August 7, 2017 to hone their skills as they prepare for the 2017-2018 season. Currently, there are 13 returning sophomores and 19 incoming freshmen who

will make up the judging team. Traveling from from Pennsylvania to California, and many in between, these students are anxious to work with Coach Hildebrand and compete as a representative of Connors State. The sophomores’ first contest is the National

Barrow Show in Austin, Minnesota on September 11, 2017, while the freshmen will have their first contest at the end of September at the Flint Hills Classic in Hutchinson, Kansas.

2017-2018 RODEO SCHEDULE The Connors State College 2017 Central Plains Region College Rodeo Schedule has been announced. Fall Rodeos: CCC, Colby, Kansas – Sept. 15, 16, 17; SEOSU, Durant, Okla. – Sept. 28, 29, 30; OSU, Stillwater – Oct. 5, 6, 7; NWOSU, Alva, Okla. – Oct. 26, 27, 28. 12


Campus Life

Connors State Move-In Day An Overwhelming Success


n Saturday August 12, 2017, hundreds of students made their way to the Warner campus of Connors State College for move-in day. For many students this is their first time to leave the nest, which can bring feelings of anxiety, hardship, and urgency. These feelings are not only resonating with the students; many parents also have difficulty coping with their student going

off to college. On this day students had an opportunity to meet their roommates, who generally turnout to be their best friends for the next two years. The day was filled with excitement as students lined up on campus, beginning in the Stone Student Union, to ensure their paperwork was properly filled out, their schedule was in order, and their email and blackboard accounts were properly

activated. Connors State staff worked long hours in preparation for this day, and ultimately it was a success. Members of the Presidents Leadership Class, Title III, local churches, and additional available staff helped assist eager students and their families as they moved onto campus to begin the school year.



Solar Eclipse Darkens Skies in America


n Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse darkened the sky across America, streaking from coast to coast. In Warner, Derek Drake, Student Activities Coordinator, purchased UV protection glasses for available faculty, staff, and students to view the eclipse as nearly 87-percent of the sun was covered by the moon. “We wanted to make sure that everyone who wanted a chance to see the eclipse could, and do so safely,” said Drake. “It took place during lunch here in Oklahoma, and that worked out really well, because we had volunteers set up outside of the



Student Union who could pass out the sunglasses as students entered the caf, or walked passed on their way to class.” Dr. Ryan Carlton, Biology Instructor, traveled north to Bourbon, Missouri to see the eclipse in totality, watching from the bank of the Meramec River with his family. “It was amazing, what you can see in Warner was nothing compared to being in totality, the sun is out, but everything looks like it’s viewed through a lens filter,” said Carlton. “Right before the eclipse began, it was dead silent, and then when we were in complete totality, the frogs all began to chirp. It was something else.”

Carlton said during 100-percent totality you can look at the eclipse without use of protective sunglasses for brief amounts of time. Carlton traveled with his daughter, and afterwards she was so excited that she began looking up when and where the next eclipses will be, so that they can witness this sight again. If you missed the eclipse, you won’t have to wait an entire century until the next one. In just seven years another total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States in April 2024. Little Rock, Arkansas and Dallas, Texas will be in the path of totality.

Week of Welcome Events


uring the first two weeks of the fall semester, Connors State College welcomed the students to campus with the Week of Welcome events. Events included an FCA welcome back bash on move-in day, a BCM ice cream social, glow bowling, club rush, slip n slide kickball, a hotdog cookout, a service and organizational fair, family movie night, board game night, an afternoon floating

the river in Tahlequah, and dozens of other events on both the Warner main campus and the Muskogee Three Rivers Port campus. “The first two weeks are some of the most important for the semester,” said Derek Drake, Student Activities coordinator. “We introduce ourselves and let the students know that we offer events like these year-round.”



C O N N O R S S TAT E C O L L E G E 700 College Road | Warner, OK 74469

Connors State College and the city of Warner collected more than 30,000 individual bottles of water, hundreds of infant diapers, and countless other supplies to provide relief for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in late August. 16


Connection: Volume 7, Number 5  

A publication of Connors State College in Warner and Muskogee, Oklahoma -- the Connection: Volume 7, Number 5.

Connection: Volume 7, Number 5  

A publication of Connors State College in Warner and Muskogee, Oklahoma -- the Connection: Volume 7, Number 5.