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THR E E R IV E R S PORT CAMPUS 2501 N 41st St E Muskogee, OK 74403

A D M I N I S T R AT I O N PRESID ENT Dr. Tim Faltyn S E N IOR V IC E PRESID ENT FOR ACADEMIC & STUDENT AFFAIRS Dr. Ron Ramming V IC E PRESID ENT FOR FISCAL SERVICES Mike Lewis

CONNECTION LA YOUT & D ESIGN Stacy Pearce CONT RIBUT ORS Cindy Anderson Dr. Ryan Blanton Wayne Bunch Jonathan Dallis Ami Maddocks Zadie McElhaney Colleen Noble Stacy Pearce DeAnn Warne

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Warner’s Cow Chip Day Festival a Success

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n October 3, the Warner Chamber of Commerce hosted the 28th Annual Warner Cow Chip Day Festival. Several Connors State College student organizations, along with other valuable members of the community, helped make the event a success. Connors State College was this year’s featured sponsor, hosting the 5K Bull Run. The day began early with the Fourth Annual Bull Run 5K on the Warner Campus. More than 125 runners competed, taking advantage of the crisp morning weather. “The turnout this year was great,” said Dr. Ryan Blanton, Associate VP for External

Affairs. “The weather worked out to be cool and crisp, but dry, and I think our runners enjoyed themselves as they raced around our campus.” The festival continued at Rogers Memorial Park where several Connors’ student groups and area organizations set up fundraising booths. Festival goers enjoyed live music by Cody Medlin and Triple Threat, great food, and an inflatable castle and slides for children. The parade featured several entries from community businesses and organizations. Connors State’s cheerleaders and President’s Leadership Class members

handed out candy and waved to the crowds alongside the float. This year’s theme was “Making a Splash” and the CSC float did just that. Decorated as a swimming pool, with students in the water splashing around and mascot Connor the Cowboy sitting on top of a 10 foot diving board, the CSC float stood out in the annual parade. “I am so proud of our students, faculty and staff who came out and supported our community,” said CSC President, Dr. Tim Faltyn. “It’s that kind of commitment that makes Warner such a great place to live.”

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Connors State College Remembers 9/11

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tudents, faculty and staff at Connors State College gathered together on September 11, to remember those lost in the tragic terrorist attacks on that day fourteen years ago. Guest speaker, OK State Representative Jerry McPeak, encouraged the group to do their best every day and not just when tragedy strikes.

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“As we move away from the 9/11 event in years, we sometimes forget the tragedy and loss of that day 14 years ago. I remember the fear that all Americans felt those first 24 hours as we waited to see what was going to happen next. I remember, as do many, exactly where I was and what transpired for the first few days and weeks after that,” said McPeak.

“Many of our students don’t know, or forget, the part that so many men and women in service play every day. Those roles allow them to go to class or wherever they please without fear. They may not have had to pay the debt but others have for them. The price of freedom has never been free.”


Community

CSC Student Helps Plan Educational Program with White House Staff

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arly in September, Connors State College student Robby Latta of the Mu Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, participated in a call to the White House concerning a new proposal from President Obama called America’s College Promise. America’s College Promise is a proposal to have the first two years of college free to all who qualify, making them as universal as high schools. Students would qualify by enrolling in at least six hours, maintaining a 2.5 GPA, and continually work to attain their associate degree. Also, the colleges would be required to offer academic programs that fully transfer to local, public, four-year colleges and universities. This would give students a chance to earn half

of the credit needed for a four-year degree or occupational training programs. It would also increase graduation rates and lead to degrees and certificates in demand among employers. Latta, and many other PTK members from around the country, participated in a call with the White House Education Liaison. “The phone call lasted about an hour and covered a lot of ground about creating a local movement campaign for its support across the country,” said Latta. “I think PTK at Connors should get involved.” If all states participate, a total of 9 million American students could benefit by saving approximately $3,800 a year per student. Funding for the program would come from

a partnership between individual states and the federal government. Since it is predicted that in 2020, 35 percent of jobs will require at least a bachelor’s degree and 30 percent will require some college or an associate degree, the program will help more students acquire an associate degree.

CSC Hosts Area Wide College Fair

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ore than 1,000 high school and college students packed the Melvin Self Field House on the Connors State College Warner campus to explore their college options as part of CSC’s annual College Fair. “Our College Fairs are a little different than most,” said CSC’s Recruitment Director, Logan Knapper. “As a two year college, we wanted to not only attract high school students to us, but we wanted to provide an opportunity for our students to meet with recruiters from four year universities.” A majority of Connors’ students transfer to four-year universities after earning their associate degree. As one of the most economical institutions, Connors offers a wide range of classes and activities, at a reasonable rate, attracting nearly 3,000 students per semester. With representation from more than

30 colleges, students received a wide variety of college options. Participating high schools included Porum, Checotah, Hilldale, Park View School for the Blind, Oktaha, Eufaula, Vian, Gore, Stigler, Porter, Kinta, Haskell, Okay, Quinton, Webbers Falls, Midway and Wagoner. Photo: (L-R) Tayler Sexton, Coalgate,

Okla., sophomore; Ashton Hartsell, Dixon, Okla., sophomore; Rylee Parsons, Idabel, Okla., freshman; Mazie Miller, Quinton, Okla., senior; and Hanna Peters, Quinton, Okla., senior discuss degree options and the benefits of coming to Connors State College.

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Photo: Warner, Oklahoma, Mayor Jack Tatum was named Mayor of the Year for town’s with a population under 5,000 by the Mayor’s Council of Oklahoma.

Warner’s Mayor Tatum Named Mayor of the Year

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ollowing in his father’s footsteps, Warner Mayor Jack Tatum joined the town council in April 2009. His devotion to the position won him the elected position of Mayor the following February. Now, the Mayor’s Council of Oklahoma has acknowledged his work by naming him Mayor of the Year for town’s with a population under 5,000. “I ran for the town council because my dad was on the council when I was a teenager,” said Tatum. “He was on the council until I was 33 years old. He died the very next year. I feel proud and elated that out of all the small towns in Oklahoma, I was chosen as the best one. I just wish my dad could have been here to witness such an accomplishment, since it was because of him that I even ran for the office to begin with.” Tatum moved to Warner with his family in 1978. Like many teens, he set off on a path that took him away from home. He landed in Annapolis, Maryland, where he worked on a crab boat on the Chesapeake Bay. There he met the woman of his

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dreams, Christina, and the couple moved to Warner. They were married in 1991 and have played an integral part in the town ever since. “Jack has always been a pleasure to work with,” said Aaron Ellis, VP Branch Manager for Warner’s Armstrong Bank. “I believe Jack does deserve this award. He works hard to represent the town and you can tell he loves the community he serves. His kindness towards others is only surpassed by his devotion for his family. These are the things I admire about Jack and wish him the warmest of congratulations.” Warner, located in Muskogee County, has a population just over 1,600 and was formed in 1903 when the communities of Bennett and Hereford combined. “It’s important for small-town governments to remain active,” said Tatum. “I work mostly on passing resolutions that will keep Warner healthy and happy for years to come.” Warner is home to its largest employer, Connors State College, led by the

college’s president, Dr. Tim Faltyn. “I am very excited for Mayor Tatum,” said Faltyn. “He works tirelessly to make Warner a great place to work and live. I have worked with him closely on many projects and I can vouch for his love of this town.” Tatum balances his hectic schedule as Mayor with time for his wife of 24 years, his seven children and two grandchildren. Sons Tony, 23, Nathan, 19, Craig, 18, and Daniel, 12; daughters Emily Smith, 22, Laura Wright, 21, and Megan, 17, as well as his grandchildren, Airabella, 2, and Titus, four months, all grew up in Warner and benefited from Tatum’s commitment to making the town successful. “I would like to thank my family and friends for their support and for putting up with my crazy schedule that comes along with this position,” said Tatum. “It is an honor to be named Mayor of the Year, and an even greater honor to serve as Mayor of this great town.”


CSC Gives Scholarships to Local High Schools through Counselors

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onnors State College recently awarded 33 scholarships at their annual Counselor Roundup Event. The scholarships were given to participating counselors to award to a deserving student at their local school. “Counselor Roundup is an event we host each year that allows us to meet face-to-face with counselors from local high schools,” said CSC Recruitment

Director Logan Knapper. “It gives us a chance to communicate, build relationships and network with the counselors about Connors and what we have to offer to their students.” This year’s event hosted 33 counselors who participated in round-table discussions where they met with different departments at Connors State College. These discussions focused on a wide

range of topics designed to educate the counselors so they can, in turn, better help their students. “It’s important for the counselors to know what we have to offer their students,” said CSC President, Dr. Tim Faltyn. “Counselor Roundup is a great way to educate them on our programs, services and community engagement.”

Gomez Becomes U.S. Citizen

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elvin Duke G. Gomez, a 23 year old Connors student, is celebrating his achievement of becoming a recently naturalized citizen of the United States. Gomez and his three siblings are originally from the Philippines. He came here on September 10, 2010, as a permanent resident. He has currently been here for five years and one month and just recently he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen. When asked why he chose to move to the United States, Gomez responded with, “I had family living here and also I wanted to be part of this country in order for me to give back for the opportunities

this generous nation gave me in making me a better person. I want to contribute my knowledge and energy in giving back to our community. I want to offer my talents in making our country even better than before.” Gomez is following through with his dreams and giving back to his community. He recently completed an Associate Degree in Nursing in 2014 and passed the NCLEX-RN board exam the following year. “I had heard great things about the CSC nursing program as being one of the superior programs in our state for nursing education. I wanted to be a part of that.

When I first started preparing to get into the program, the Muskogee Difference Healthcare Scholarship was launched and I was fortunate to be one of the first recipients of the grant. I could not turn down such an opportunity to have my schooling almost paid in full. “ Gomez also has a younger brother who attends CSC and is pursuing a transfer to NSU soon after he completes his prerequisites to get admission to their computer science department. Gomez is currently working in a local hospital as an ICU nurse and he is now a permanent resident of Muskogee, Okla. CONNORS CONNECTION

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Kevin Isom, Staff

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evin Isom graduated from Connors State College with an Associate of Science Business Administration degree. Since then, Connors State has been a big part of his life, not only giving Kevin a wonderful education but also a challenging job as Assistant Director of IT and Network Administrator. Kevin enjoys his challenging profession where he makes a difference in the lives of others; but, more than that, he admits Connors has made a difference in his life. “CSC has always provided learning opportunities in my life, both as a student and as an employee. Going through Leadership Connors (a leadership development program for employees) provided me with valuable experiences. I got to meet with leaders in higher education, state and local government,” he said. “I also continually learn new

technologies while working at CSC that have strengthened my knowledge in the IT field.” Kevin is able to use the talents God gave him to excel the college’s technology footprint and provide students with the tools needed to succeed. “CSC is a great place for students to succeed in their educational path due to the dedication of the CSC administration, faculty and staff,” he said. In addition to his responsibilities at Connors State, Kevin serves as an advisory board member of the ICTC Muskogee and Tahlequah Cisco Networking Academy program. With his success at Connors, and in other aspects of his life, Kevin has had an amazing support system. “My family is very supportive of my role at CSC. I frequently need to run to campus

as needed for emergency network or server issues at any time day or night,” said Kevin. Kevin’s wife of 9 years, Amanda, is an Independent Living Skills instructor at Oklahoma School for the Blind. Their son, Hunter, 7, attends Sadler Arts Academy.

Freeman Culver, Instructor

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s the first in his family to graduate from college, Freeman Dantell Culver III, a professor at Connors State College, feels a kinship to many of his students. “The majority of students attending Connors are the first in their family to attend college,” said Culver. “CSC fosters an environment that supports first-generation

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students. The faculty and staff at Connors State College are concerned about students being successful in the classroom and in life.” This concern resonates deeply with Culver. Growing up in Alabama, the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, he and his two siblings were raised by their mother. His high school counselor counted him out, telling him university life was beyond his reach. “Her words were more destructive than an atomic bomb, but I moved on,” he said. “I can recall my household being full of love, but there were some aspects of comfort missing. Our house was cold in the winter and extremely hot in the summer, yet my mother pushed forth with all of her might to provide for us.” Culver learned responsibility at an early age and soon realized he wanted to be an educator. With the help of faculty mentors

at Tuskegee University and the University of Alabama, he was able to overcome the roadblocks in his way. “I learned that you have to believe in yourself and work hard,” said Culver. “You have to be willing to listen to good mentors that are placed in your life.” Culver obtained his degrees in history and American studies from Tuskegee University and the University of Alabama. “I chose to teach at Connors State College, because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of students,” he said. Culver currently teaches U.S. History, Oklahoma History, American Federal Government and College Orientation, at CSC. He is also the faculty advisor for the Social Sciences Club and a strong supporter of all CSC athletics teams.


Alumna Dr. Alicia Burke

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r. Alicia Burke, a 1986 graduate of Connors State College, was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American team in 1986, and was a member of the Cowgirls NJCAA National Championship team in 1985. She then attended Oklahoma State University, where she was the NCAA Division I Statistical Champion for 3-point

shooting, connecting on 51.4 percent of her shots in 1989. Following her graduation from OSU in 1989, Burke relocated to Los Angeles, Calif., and began a teaching career at a private school for girls. During her five years as an educator, Burke established the school’s first athletic program supported by a grant from the Olympic Amateur Athletic Foundation. By 1994 Burke began seeking chiropractic care due to sports-related injuries. This care prompted a career change, allowing her to help others in the same way. She graduated Cum Laude with a doctorate from Life Chiropractic College West in San Francisco, Calif. She was awarded Excellence in Clinic for Outstanding Patient Care throughout her clinic internship and

was named Chiropractic Student of the Year in 1997. Since graduation Burke has been in private practice for 14 years, specializing in sports injuries, family wellness care, pregnancy care, and auto and work injuries. In addition to her private practice she has been an Associate Clinical Professor at Southern California University of Health Sciences since 2011. When not taking care of patients, Burke continues to be active in sports, running in marathons and half marathons. She has trained with AIDS Project of Los Angeles while also running in Honolulu and Hilo, Hawaii; Florence, Italy; Paris, France; and Los Angeles, Calif. She enjoys snowboarding, hiking and, of course, basketball.

Kylie Phillips, Student

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ince childhood, Kylie Phillips has had the importance of education instilled in her. As a child she spent her days with her Nana while her mother went to college and then in the evenings, her Nana would attend college for her master’s degree. Because of their hard work and dedication, both of these women became some of Phillips’ biggest role models. “I chose Connors State because my mom has worked here since I was very young and I have these fond memories of playing with all the toys in her office (perks of a mom in child development!), making things for her classes, listening to her teach class and always thinking I want to come here so mom will be my teacher,” remembered Phillips. “Now that I’m here I really enjoy the campus size and how helpful and welcoming the faculty and staff are.” Phillips is currently a sophomore and

is very active on campus. She is part of the President’s Leadership Class, Native American Student Association, Student Government Association, and Phi Theta Kappa. “Connors has really given me a jumpstart on life. I have made great connections here with the faculty, staff, students, and other members of the community and state that I never would have if I had gone anywhere else,” she said. After graduation, Phillips plans to transfer to Northeastern State University to follow her dream of becoming a speech pathologist, hoping to one day work with small children displaying speech impediments or delays. Phillips is the daughter of Kim and Ben Phillips, and has a younger sister, Shelby. Kim is the curriculum specialist and activity director for Connors State’s Title III Program. Ben works at the Cherokee

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athletics

CSC Announces Inductees to Athletic Hall of Fame

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onnors State College inducted its fourth Hall of Fame Athletic Class on Oct. 24, at the A.D. Stone Student Athletic Center in Warner, announced CSC Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Bill Muse. A reception was held at the Westbrook House with dinner and inductions following at the A.D. Stone Student Union. Inductees include the 1990 Men’s Basketball Championship Team, Jeff Blair (Baseball), Gail Cooks (Basketball), Beauford Jones (Football), Pam Pennon Kokel (Basketball), Eddie Louie (Basketball), Jim Miller (Basketball), Tonya Ary Mitchell (Softball), Jeff Salazar (Baseball), Dr. Carl Westbrook (Leadership), and Tommy Williams (Football). “We are very excited about the fourth

Athletic Hall of Fame Class, who has excelled both on and off the athletic courts and playing fields of Connors State College,” said Muse. “This is an exciting time for Connors State. The Connors State Athletic Hall of Fame is the highest honor

that can be bestowed on a Cowboy and Cowgirl that participated in athletics.” For more information, contact the Connors State College Athletics Department at (918) 463-6231 or visit www.connorsstate.edu.

the 2015-16 women’s basketball team. After introductions and an inspirational message from the coaches and teams, a 3-point shooting, and slam dunk contest was held.

Photo: Demari Edwards and Bailey Pendley won the 3-point shooting contest and Adarius Avery took home the golden basketball for the slam dunk contest.

Midnight Madness Opens 2015-2016 Basketball Season

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t the stroke of midnight on Thursday, October 1, the Connors State College men’s and women’s basketball teams took to the court inside the Melvin Self Fieldhouse for the first time of the season. The event was open to the public and named Midnight Madness. Connors State intramural sports hosted the event, preparing food and drinks for the teams and spectators. Men’s basketball head coach Bill Muse introduced the 2015-16 team and new assistant men’s basketball coach Sam Grooms to the crowd. Following Muse, Women’s head coach Rusty Laverentz and assistant coach Jamie Fisher introduced

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Grooms Named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

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am Grooms has been named as assistant basketball coach for the Connors State Cowboys’ basketball team, replacing Johnny Brown who resigned to accept a position at Incarnate Word, a Division I school in San Antonio, Texas. “We are very excited to have Sam join the Connors State family,” said Muse. “He brings plenty of experience and knows the junior college landscape.” Grooms said, “This is a great opportunity for me. Coach Muse has a great coaching background and has been very productive. My coaches at OU recommended that I come here and learn. I really want to get into coaching to help

kids better themselves. I want them to be successful at what they want to achieve.” Grooms, who was the first recruit that Lon Kruger signed when he was named the head coach at the University of Oklahoma, comes to Connors after tryout stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. He has also been an instructor at several basketball camps for collegiate basketball players and operated his own skills academy in Norman. Before signing with the Sooners he played at Chipola Community College in Marianna, Fla., where he was a first team All-Panhandle Conference selection.

CSC Shooting Team Places at Fort Hays Tournament

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he Connors State College Shooting Team had a successful weekend at the Fort Hays State University Invitational on September 19-20. Battling the wind and cold temperatures, the Cowboys fought to earn third place in skeet shooting for the weekend. Competing Cowboys include: Tyler Fletcher, Stilwell, Okla.; Miranda Harshbarger, Pawnee, Okla.; Reece Harvey, Hydro, Okla.; Braxton Taylor, Okmulgee, Okla.; Briley Cozad, Haileyville, Okla.; Ethan White, Eufaula, Okla.; Mason Dobbs, Eufaula, Okla.; Kiefer Anderson, Checotah, Okla.; Danny Phillips, Hulbert, Okla.; and Zach Chapman, Warner, Okla. The team is directed by Coach Brandon Miller from Hitchita, Oklahoma.

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Education

Students Help One Another Through Mentorship

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n the fall of 2014, Connors State College started the Peer Mentorship Program as a way to offer support to students who may be at risk for not completing their degree. While there are many reasons why a student may be at risk, be it financial, lack of preparation before enrollment, home and family matters, or even a returning student who has not sat in a classroom in ages, the challenges are the same and often a friend and mentor is what is needed. Loosely based on other programs of a similar nature throughout the country, the Peer Mentorship Program at Connors State sets its goal to invite any and all students who have completed more than 17 hours, have maintained a 3.0 GPA and have a working knowledge of the college, to become a peer mentor. Along with these collegiate career accomplishments, mentors also should show strong leadership abilities and appear to have the college life figured out. The mentors do receive a small stipend in exchange for meeting certain goals with their mentees. These funds were made available by a grant the Financial Aid Department received from USA Funds. Dr. Tabitha Hibbs, CSC instructor, and Elizabeth Wanger, the college’s default

prevention specialist, have taken on leadership roles in training the mentors. The mentors attend a training course before each semester to prepare them for what lies ahead. Cherokee Ridge, Wagoner sophomore and peer mentor, said she learned valuable recourses before the semester began and found out new and exciting programs Connors State offers. “In the training I learned more about Connors State than I already knew and I’m taking this knowledge and helping my teammates, friends, and my mentee achieve in college,” said Ridge. “The great thing about the peer mentorship program is it’s a tool the student can use to help them succeed.” The program is open and available to all students at Connors State College. “This program is for everyone,” said Ridge. “Incoming freshman, returning sophomores who think they have it figured out, and even nursing students who are already on their way to a career, can benefit from a friend who sees what you’re going through and is willing to listen, help in any way, and offer advice.” Ridge said the mentor/mentee relationship is more than just advice and factual information about the college; it’s about building relationships with people who you

may not have normally met and becoming a lifelong friend with them. “Sometimes the students are struggling with something beyond information and tutoring. We’re setting out to build a community and sometimes the best way for that to happen is for our students to get out of their comfort zone and meet new people,” said Wanger. “The mentors are not here to tutor. Connor State has amazing tutors who can help the student with the educational side. Our mentors are here to help build life and college skills and start the student down a path for success.” With the end of the semester rapidly approaching, many students are realizing they are needing a helpful hand and a person to confide in. “Many times students feel they initially don’t need a mentor,” said Hibbs. “Out of pride they think they can do life without assistance, but now, as the end of the semester is approaching, they’re struggling and failing to show up to class. They’re overwhelmed by the amount of assignments and homework piling up and they don’t see an end in sight. I hope our students will see that this isn’t a program for students who are not good enough, but it’s an awesome tool that is available to help our students succeed.”

Title III Staff Tours NASCC

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he Connors State College Title III staff recently toured construction of the NASCC Russell Hall renovation. The Native American Success and Cultural Center should open during the Spring 2016 semester and will be available for students, staff, faculty and public use. The Center will showcase Native American art, culture, and history of the Oklahoma

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Nations and other tribes throughout the United States. In addition to the historical and cultural aspects, the center will be used to host academic and professional workshops and events for the Connors student body. Pictured are (L-R): Brandy McElyea, Kimberly Phillips, Barbara Martin, Gwen Rodgers, Colleen Noble, Callie Connolly, Matthew Hackler.


Students Earn American FFA Degrees

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hirteen Connors State College students will soon receive the American FFA Degree, the highest level of membership one can achieve as an FFA member. The American FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA. New members will be recognized during the Eighth General Session of the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in late October. Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year, 3,434 American Degrees will be awarded. The following current and former students of Connors State College have been selected to receive the American FFA Degree at the 2015 National FFA Convention and Expo October 28-31 in Louisville, Ky.: (pictured, L-R) Dillon Claud

Burns, Coalgate, Okla.; Dalton CantrellShelton, Checotah, Okla. (not pictured); Kody Silas, Tecumseh, Okla.; Jordan Underwood, Checotah, Okla. (not pictured); Morgan A. Craig, Fort Gibson, Okla.; Amber Croisant, Yukon, Okla.; Jacob Grossnicklaus, Chickasha, Okla.; Brookelyn Patrick, Fort Gibson, Okla.; Kylie Powell, Porum, Okla.; Clark Reuter, El Reno, Okla.; Dalton Shepherd, Seminole, Okla.; Paige Stevens, Pauls Valley, Okla.; Hailey Stottlemyre, Luther, Okla. “The American FFA degree is the highest and most prestigious degree available from the National FFA organization,” said CSC Agriculture Division Chair Debra Golden. “We are very proud of these students who have gone above and beyond in their SAE programs and their communities to achieve this level of success.” Sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service

programs. To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own, or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement. Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate after being recognized on stage at that national convention. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 14 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. For more information on the impressive number of agriculture degree options offered at Connors State College visit www.connorsstate.edu.

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Campus Life

Bubble Soccer: Connors Student Activities teamed up with Sportsside Entertainment to bring Bubble Soccer to the Warner campus on Thursday, September 24. The fast paced, hardhitting game, played on the lawn in front of the Warner Student Union, drew crowds to watch and was a hit on campus among students. River Rumba Regatta: Connors State’s SGA built a cardboard boat, named Boxy the Bull, and set sail on the Muskogee Three Forks Harbor on Saturday, August 29. Crew members included Paul Bright, Kylie Phillips, Derek Drake, and Lisa Wade-Berry. Skate Day: Connors State College Student Activities bought out the Muskogee Skate Center on Saturday, September 26. More than 70 students and their families came to the event to skate, play games, dance, and have a fun Saturday afternoon.

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Connors State FCA took a van full of excited students and staff to Stillwater, Okla., to watch the OSU Cowboys football game on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Before the game, the students participated in an FCA pre-game sermon, including a powerful message and prayer.

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I Jon Dallis, digital content administrator, and friends took Connors State to the Zombie Run 5K at The Castle of Muskogee.

t’s been said your college years are always with you. While this is true, we want to know where you are taking Connors State College! Send a photo of you wearing your CSC gear – we want to see where CSC travels. Wear it on vacation, out to dinner … anywhere you go! Photos will be featured in the next issue of the CONNECTION and uploaded to Facebook. The image with the most votes will win a prize. Send photos to: dearconnor@connorsstate.edu.

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Connection: Volume 5, Number 6  

A publication of Connors State College in Warner and Muskogee, Oklahoma -- the Connection: Volume 5, Number 6.

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