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Homecoming kicks off November 5 NEWS RELEASE

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Eastern Oklahoma State College has scheduled its annual Homecoming celebration for Nov. 5-10 in Wilburton. The theme of this year’s event is “Unleash the Mountaineer in Me” and is meant to inspire participants to show their school spirit and exemplify what being a Mountaineer truly means. In addition to the numerous student events planned across campus that week, Eastern will proudly welcome alumni and community members to a variety of events.

Wilburton Mayor Stephen Brinlee signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 5 through Nov. 10 as Eastern Homecoming Week. Brinlee is also a 2005 Eastern graduate, Eastern Alumni Association board member and former Outstanding Young Alumnus honoree. The annual Community Chili Cook-Off will take place Friday, Nov. 9 in the Goddard Building. The general public and Mountaineer community are invited for the sampling, and individuals, businesses and organizations are invited to enter their tastiest chili recipe. The competition will honor the best recipe in three catego-

ries, as well as a “Taster’s Choice” award voted on by those in attendance. Visit for complete competition rules and to download an entry form. Nov. 5 is the deadline for entries. The annual Mountaineer 5K will take place Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8:00 a.m. in downtown Wilburton. As pre-registration has closed, late and on-site registration costs $35 with T-shirts available on a first come, first served basis. All race proceeds will benefit the Eastern SEE HOMECOMING PAGE 3

Criminal Justice Program gets five AR-15s

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NEWS Weapons will be used to for training and CLEET certification Remembering Patricia Thomas, Pg. 8

lilli Martin Editor Recently the Criminal Justice Program was able to purchase five AR-15s through a nine-year-old foundation account that’s funded by Bryan Denny and Kathy Tackett. This foundation fund helps to buy new equipment for the Criminal Justice Program. This new equipment is stored in a locked safe to ensure safety for students. Students will use these AR-15s for their Counsel on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) Program, which is located at Eastern, and utilizes lots of materials for training aides. “Over the last several years we have attempted to acquire firearms for student use during that training,” Bryan Denny, head of the Criminal Justice Program, says. He also speaks about how these guns are used on land Eastern owns and that is maintained by the city of Wilburton. Previously, the program had eight shotguns and four glock pistols due to those being the only things required by the program. These guns were provided for those who could not afford to furnish their own guns. This year was the first year CLEET has required rifles for its certification program, which is why the college bought these weapons. If a student were to furnish all three guns (shotgun, pistol, and rifle), then it would cost around $1,500. Many students still furnish their own weapons

“Everyone should smile. Life really isn’t that serious. We make it hard. The sun rises. The sun sets. We just tend to complicate the process.” - Arian Foster Dale Shackleford plays guitar with Eastern Expressions during Mountaineer Mania held on Wilburton’s campus Oct. 25. Hundreds of high school students visited campus to learn more about Eastern.


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The Mix

The Best Mix of Top 40, pop, adult, contemporary, light classic rock and today’s cross-over country music. The Morning Show with The Crazy Train Weekdays 7 - 11 a.m. The Afternoon Show with Dougo Weekdays 2 - 6 p.m.

Join the Statesman staff Are you a great writer? Photographer? Are you good with web design?

If so, you may want to work for the Statesman newspaper. Please contact Kristen Turner at (918) 465-1720 or You do not have to be a Mass Communication major.

Lilli Martin, freshman from McAlester, talks with high school students abou the Mass Communication program during Eastern’s annual Mountaineer Mania recruiting event. For information on Mass Communication, call Kristen Turner at (918) 465-1720 or email

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Eastern’s annual Veterans Day event is Nov. 12 Press Release Eastern Oklahoma State College will host its annual Veterans Day Observance Monday, Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the E.E. Tourtellotte Student Center Ballroom. The event is open to the public and all area veterans and active service members are invited to attend. Former and current military members are invited to enjoy a free lunch, compliments of Great Western Dining, between noon and 1:30 p.m. from The Coal Mine, or from the Cyber Café until 2 p.m. Both eateries are located in the Student Center. The President of the Eastern Student Government Association, sophomore Josh Bolin, of Sallisaw, will open the ceremony by welcoming and leading those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Alumni Scholarship Fund. This year’s run is registered with the Choctaw Nation’s Promoting Active Communities Everywhere (PACE) program. Participants will meet at the intersection of Main St. and Central Ave. This location will serve as the start and finish point of the race. Medallions will be awarded to the top three finishers in multiple age categories and the first overall male and female participant will receive a plaque. Visit eosc. edu/homecoming for more details and to download a registration form. Following the 5K, the Homecoming Parade will begin at 11 a.m. also in downtown Wilburton. The parade will feature floats from Eastern’s student clubs and organizations, Mountaineer athletic teams and the 2018 Homecom-



since they will need to do so when in their first year as a police officer. The majority of first year police officers have to supply their own equipment. Another thing Eastern offers for free in the Police and Cops program is trainings throughout the year to other law enforcement agencies. These trainings are required for every law enforcement officer every year due to needing so many hours to keep their credentials.

ing Court. After the parade, Eastern will host the Mountaineer Tailgate at noon in the amphitheater located behind the Tourtellotte Student Center. The community is invited to enjoy free hamburgers, performances by the Eastern Expressions, tailgate-style games and a Mountaineer Yearbook browse. The week’s festivities will culminate that afternoon in the C.C. Dunlap Fieldhouse with the women’s and men’s basketball games and Homecoming coronation. The Lady Mountaineers will face-off against Oklahoma Wesleyan University at 2 p.m. and the Mountaineers will take on Central Baptist College at 5 p.m. Coronation will take place between the games at approximately 4 p.m. Visit for entry forms and additional information concerning all of Eastern’s 2018 Homecoming festivities.

Sophomore and current Ms. McAlester Marra Juarez, of Wilburton, will present the National Anthem. Eastern sophomore Eduardo Walker, of Hartshorne, will be the keynote speaker. Walker enlisted in the Air Force in 2007 and remained in active duty until 2012. Walker was stationed at McChord Air Force Base, in Washington, and served in the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. His deployments with this unit included to the island-nation of Bahrain and to Kuwait. From 2012 to 2016, Walker served in the Air Force Reserve. Eastern’s Music Department will perform a number of patriotic songs including “Brothers in Arms” and “My Country Tis of Thee.” Free refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will also be provided at the conclusion of the program.

Eastern Statesman Staff Lilli Martin, Editor Josh Cole, Staff Writer Logan Ervin, Staff Writer Dale Shackleford, Staff Writer Jaleah Taylor, Staff Writer Journey Dees-West, Staff Writer Lindsay Williams, Staff Writer

Kristen Turner, Adviser

Wilburton Mayor Stephen Brinlee signs a proclamation declaring Nov. 5-10 as Eastern Homecoming Week. He is joined by Eastern president Dr. Stephen E. Smith and cheerleaders Raygan Stanford of Wilburton and Lainey Jestis of Bokchito.

The Criminal Justice Program helps more than just students and continues to help officers learn more every year.

Eastern’s Criminal Justice program was recently able to purchase five AR-15s to be used in training and CLEET Certification. The weapons werer able to be purchased becasue of a Criminal Justice faculty-funded foundation account.

Published monthly from August through May by students of Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton, OK. Opinions expressed in the “Statesman” are not necessarily those of the Eastern student body, faculty or administration. Opinions expressed in articles, columns or letters are those of the individual writers. Members of the Oklahoma Collegiate Press Association, Community College Journalism Association, Student Press Law Center and Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association. Letters to the editor are not only welcomed, but encouraged. All letters must be able to be verified with the author’s phone number, address, and e-mail address. The editor reserves the right to edit to fit space limitations and to comply with libel laws and good taste. The publication is issued by EOSC and is printed at a cost of about $50 per page. Telephone is (918) 465-1714. E-mail: statesman@eosc. edu.

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Views and Reviews

The numerous benefits of reading outweigh television Jaleah Taylor Staff Writer When I was a child, my mother used to read books with me at night before I went to bed. Rather than sit or lay down in front of a television before going to sleep, we read books, and the truth about it was, it was pretty fun. I remember wanting to read this specific book, “Frog and Toad” every time it was time for bed – I probably read that twenty times. Nowadays, a lot has changed. Whenever people travel to nearby stores or on long road trips, they have to be connected with a gadget in front of their faces in order to be entertained. I may sit in front of someone at a table in a coffee shop, but they may not even notice because their eyes are glued to their phones. It’s interesting to see how much the world has changed, from one of books to TV’s. According to, a survey

was taken reviewing and predicting the amount of time being lost over the years and those to come, in reading, compared to television. It is said that the amount of pleasurable reading will reduce every so often each day as the intriguing idea of watching television overwhelms our interests. Imagine for one second, how wellspoken, and character-filled so many more people could be if only they read more books than they watched television. We beings were made to be creative and come up with ideas to better each other, but the consumption of television sucks all that creative energy out of our brains, because we let it go to waste by not feeding it. Reading is the key to success, because it leads to understanding and better communication skills. There are numerous benefits in reading, but most likely it won’t be tapped into due to the loss of interests.

Socks are the key to surviving the Oklahoma's constantly changing weather patterns Journey Dees-west Staff Writer Oklahoma weather can be unpredictable, to say the least, and to some students who aren’t from this area of the world dressing for our half cold – half hot days might be a bit confusing. But not to worry, here are a few simple ideas that can help you understand how to dress for the unpredictable Midwest weather at EOSC. The versatility in these fashion tips lies in the ability to remove the first layer of footwear should the day warm up more than expected and the fact that there is no need to buy all new winter shoes because summer season shoes can be worn all year round with this method. Socks and Crocs Crocs brand clog style shoes are coming back in style rather quickly and are all the rage in fashionable footwear these days. Pair a set of funky socks with your favorite Crocs and you’ve got a

haute lewk for this winter’s portfolio. Socks and Birkenstocks As with the aforementioned clogs, Birkenstock brand shoes are a hot style right now. It isn’t uncommon to see all different styles of Birks being worn across campus, so why not keep the heat in and add a pair of nice, warm socks to the party? It’s fashion forward and functional all in one. Socks and Flops Last, but certainly not least, the classic flip flop sandal insulates with fun cotton foot coverings. The first thought that comes to mind may be that, since the thong style of a flip flop goes betwixt your foot phalanges, this trend-setting idea wouldn’t be possible. But that thought is false due to living in the 21st century, one of the best inventions known to man is readily available to us all: toe socks.

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BCM welcomes students, staff and faculty JOSH COLE Staff Writer

BCM is the place to be, and for students and professors alike. What is the BCM you might ask? BCM stands for Baptist Collegiate Ministries and if you couldn’t tell by the name it’s a ministry, but not just any ministry. It’s a ministry that specializes in working on a college campus. If you aren’t familiar with the term BCM, then maybe you’ve heard of BSU? BCM is a Baptist ministry that’s not only for Baptist! The BCM tries to reach out to all college students, not just the Baptist students. They want to help students with other beliefs or no beliefs at all. So what are some of the outreach programs that Eastern’s BCM provides?

The BCM as an activity center, alongside the worship center, and in the activity center students are allowed to come and hang out from 9AM-12PM! They pretty much do whatever they like. One of the favorite activities students like to participate in is taking naps. That being said, the activity side of the BCM buildings provides couches to nap and sit on, a pool table to play pool, a projector to watch Netflix, a table to do homework, and best of all; free Wi-Fi! The worship side of the BCM provides many opportunities such as the worship band if you are like to play music or sing. There’s also a chance to be a leader in the BCM if you would like to do that. Most importantly, it gives you something to be part of. The best part of the BCM for stu-

dents is this; if you need volunteer hours for scholarships, then you can come to the BCM anytime to have those hours fulfilled. Coming up on November 12th through the 19th, we have an opportunity for all students to have their hours signed off on with Operation Christmas Child. This is something new the BCM has taken on and is always looking for helpers. If you have any more questions about that you can simply come over, see us, and just ask for Lance. So in short the BCM is more than just a place to go to church, but it’s a place that cares and wants you to know that you are cared about. You are always welcome and we hope students feel that way every time they leave the BCM. We hope to see you soon!

COUCH THEATER -- VIDEO/DVD PREVIEWS By Amy Anderson EDITOR'S NOTE: DVDs reviewed in this column are available in stores the week of Oct. 29, 2018 "The Spy Who Dumped Me" (R) -Audrey and Morgan (Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon) are just a couple of workingstiff best friends. But when Audrey's ex dumps her by text, Morgan persuades her to burn his left-behind possessions in retaliation. He shows up to collect them -- and it's revealed that he's actually a spy -- and the ladies are folded into a convoluted traipse through Europe and a multitude of treacherous scenarios as they are chased by assassins and bad guys. It's a little predictable and it's not brimming with cleverness, but Kunis and McKinnon are adorable and hilarious nonetheless. Also stars Justin Theroux and Sam Heughan in hunky spy roles. "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies" (PG) -- Miffed at being perennially in the shadow of Batman, Robin (voiced by Scott Menville) decides that the only way he can get the respect he deserves is to go chasing his own feature film, alongside his junior superhero buds Raven, Starfire, Cyborg and Beast Boy. But what really makes a superhero is a supervillain, so when the maniacal Slade ( Will Arnett) -- who bears a resemblance to Deadpool that warrants repeated mentioning -- shows up, Robin decides he fits the bill. Based on the Cartoon Network series, it's a goofy and fun immersion into the fart jokes, one-ups and burns that can be enjoyed by kids and most adults (if you

don't take it too seriously). "The Darkest Minds" (PG-13) -- Amandla Stenberg headlines this teen-driven, dystopian-future drama. A mysterious illness takes an incredible death toll on the country's children, but those who are left alive begin to develop an array of hypernatural abilities: enhanced intelligence, kinetic powers, etc., and Ruby (Stenberg) has them all. Kids are rounded up into camps and color coded, and after Ruby is targeted for elimination, she escapes to join a group of wild children searching for an elusive safe compound. I was really looking forward to this film, and walked away disappointed. It's based on a book, and they spent much of the second half setting up future sequels, and not nearly enough on the actual storyline. "Slender Man" (R) -- For the record, Slender Man was a meme character created for an online contest. It has devel-

oped into an internet cultural phenomenon, praised for its creepiness and blamed for some terrible deeds. It is at its heart, simply, a slender man with long stringy limbs, hazy and ambiguous facial details and a propensity to lure people, particularly children, to their doom. This film is set in a Massachusetts town where some dumb kids go searching to prove he doesn't exist and then suddenly he does. What can I say? This one missed the mark. Someone else will take a crack at the legend. Save your money for that attempt. NEW TV Releases "Chillers: The Complete 12-Part Anthology Series" "Murdoch Mysteries: The Christmas Cases Collection" "No Passport Required" "Charmed" The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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November 9, 2018

Need help understanding your students? Here are 10 words and phrases explained

Journey Dees-west Staff Writer

Have you ever heard students or children say things you just don’t understand? As time goes by, new trends start and end, and here are some of the ‘trendy’ sayings kids have come up with in recent years. Hopefully now the confusion can be cleared up when it comes to hearing these things. “Send It” – This is meant to be said when one has no cares left. A more modern day ‘YOLO’. “Who cares? Just send it.” “Yeet” – A phrase said when one is about to launch something through the air. Originates from Vine. “I’m tired of this, YEET!” “Finsta” – A secondary Instagram account which the owner can use to either post a multitude of photos, spamming their followers, or display inappropriate content that they don’t wish all of their normal followers to be able to view. These accounts are private so that the owner can filter their viewers. “Did you see what he posted on his finsta yesterday? That was totally wild.” “Mood” – Said by someone who heavily relates to a current situation or something being said. Can also be modified (Big Mood, Forever Mood, etc.). “Hit me with your car.” “Mood.”

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“Sis” – Said to a person that one is trying to hype or is proud of. The two people don’t even have to be friends for this to be relevant. “Wow, sis, you’re doing amazing.” “Let’s get this bread” – Equivalent to someone saying that they’re ready to conquer the day and be successful. Bread assumingly means dough, a slang synonym for money. “Good morning, let’s get this bread.” “Thicc” – A word to describe someone with voluptuous curves in desirable places. “Ooh girl you are getting so thicc since you started doing those new workouts!” “Slumped” – When someone is passed out or sleeping without any sign of waking up soon, sometimes when under the influence of alcohol. “I had studied all night without rest, so the next day I was so slumped.” “Good and Fresh” – Means exactly what it sounds like, but it is meant to be said with an over enthusiastic tone of voice. Or it’s said with complete sarcasm when something is not good and fresh. “I made a 98 on my midterm, that is so good and fresh!” “Look like a Snack” – When someone looks hotter than hot, especially well dressed, or even thicc. “Dang, girl! You looked like a snack at that Halloween party last week.”

Phone apps can make life easier for college students lilli martin Editor Life can be hard as a college student, but there are some phone apps to make life just a bit easier. There are multiple categories for organization, language translators, shopping and scholarship, and educational. A bonus to these apps is they’re all free to buy, but some may have premium memberships available for purchase. Organization Google Docs Google Drive The Homework App My Study Life Class Timetable Pocket Schedule Dropbox

Language Translators Duolingo SpanishDict Google Translate Shopping and Scholarship Amazon Unidays Niche Education Blackboard Easy Bib Tiny Scan Quizlet Flashcards Microsoft Word Gmail Calculator 2 Mathway Dictionary SelfControl

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Students vs. Procrastination lilli martin Editor Procrastination is in everyone’s genes, or almost everyone. Failing to calculate how much time they actually have for an assignment instead of just doing it when it was assigned. Or maybe putting off daily chores, claiming they’ll will do it after this next episode or chapter. Everyone procrastinates at some point or another, but some are constantly doing so. High school and college students are very well known to do this since they have the problem of not knowing how to use time management correctly. Ways to stop procrastination are simple, but extremely hard; setting time aside for assignments, taking everything in chunks, and staying focused and on task. The first thing to do to try and stop procrastination is setting time aside every single day to do homework or chores. It helps if it’s the same time every day, but isn’t necessary to the equation. There are many who set alarms, but ignore them; saying they will do it later. When is later though? Is it the day it’s due? Four hours before the deadline? Having a set time helps the process of completing homework in your studying location.

Also it gets you in the routine of staying focused and you it’s already engraved in your brain when to do it. As you set your time aside, also find somewhere to do your work. Typically working in bed only creates the sense of sleepiness and laziness to the equation. Go to the library, clear the dinner table, or even just find a place in the floor of the room to work. Having an environment that forces people to stay awake and doesn’t make people feel the need to fix the blankets, fluff pillows, or adjust every three seconds. Some people work better outside and others inside. Some loud and others quiet. Whatever the preference, just learn how to use it to an advantage. Some even map out their weeks, places, and ideas whenever it comes to mind. Most teenagers and young adults view planners as something their mother does, and do not want to associate with it. Although this feeling is valid and shows disconnect between generation interests, planners have increasingly become more and more useful to those who use them correctly. Starting a planner can be helpful whenever you have a busy month or week for college or just in general life. Many will say putting it in your phone calendar is good enough, but not particularly for everyone. Rep-

etition is having it done in multiple places. Doing things in chunks is something very important. Teachers do not teach an entire chapter in one day, but go section by section. Learning is easier when taking it step by step than doing it all at once. Forcing oneself to learn three chapters in one night and retain it is impossible to do. Cramming before a test does not help retain the information, but create more studying later on in the semester. Math problems have to be taken step by step like essays are taken point by point. Building on knowledge is the key in learning and finishing things. Finally, staying focused is hard for people to accomplish. There’s always a new Netflix series to watch or anything that isn’t homework or studying. The key to staying focused is rewards for each thing accomplished. Finding a certain kind of candy to eat after every assignment completed, or maybe one YouTube video after each assignment. Remember to set alarms, and follow them. There’s a number of things to do to keep someone focused. Maybe after finishing homework, there’s an ability to go somewhere they’ve been wanting to go for a while. It all depends on the person.

Social media's impact depends on how we choose to use it Jaleah Taylor Staff Writer

In this time, technology has embedded itself into the lives of everyone; social media now consumes our daily events, work spaces, homes and so forth, and it continues to develop and introduce new and more convenient ways of living. Yet, does the consumption of social media act as a huge benefit or is it a detriment-causing stimulus? Social media has grown over the previous years and has definitely increased in the number of users. According to, the amount of social media users is approximately 3.1 billion, which is 42 percent of the world population. In the same sense, this shows how far social media can

reach individuals, and subsequently, bestow an impact. There are many pros to which social media can be displayed as an advantage. In relation to its beneficial aspects, social media allows people to connect with various distant friends and probable associates; it makes gaining information more quick and convenient; social media simply exhibits an entertaining characteristic. Although, there are numerous benefits with social media usage, there are also cons. As many people have heard the saying, “Too much of anything, isn’t good”, this relays with the usage of social media. Firstly, granting the fact that it brings different forms of entertainment, in some occasions, individuals may abuse the opportunity by introducing traits of cyberbullying – posting rude

comments about other people. Also, there are things that are unguarded that shouldn’t be seen – unmoral ads/sites that show up spontaneously. In addition, as it makes connections with different people all over the world much easier, social media causes difficulty for individuals to communicate in person; and in the same sense, it may also invite the possibility of forming a connection with terrible-characterized people. In any event, social media is continuing to change us through its impacts, both good and bad, as we depend on it even more each day we live. Nevertheless, as it growing at a quick pace, it’s important that there be control to avoid adverse effects. We can either let that change be good or not, but it’s inevitable.

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November 9, 2018

Dr. Billye Givens, professor emeritus of English, was inducted in the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Givens was recognized for her 44 years of teaching at Eastern, as well as her commitment to providing all students with the highest quality education.

Givens receives Hall Duncan inducted of Fame induction Marilynn Duncan was inducted into the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame Sept. 28. Pictured from left are Brenton, Elizabeth, Brevyn, Marilynn, Braylen and Bryce Duncan at the ceremony in Oklahoma City.

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Press Release Longtime Eastern Oklahoma State College professor Marilynn Duncan was inducted into the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 28. The ceremony took place at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. Duncan retired from Eastern in 2017 after teaching psychology and sociology full time for 42 years. Following her retirement, she returned to her hometown of Muskogee and continues to teach online courses on a part-time basis. Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith said Duncan has dedicated her entire career to educating students in southeast Oklahoma and is deserving of this significant honor. “Throughout her career, Ms. Duncan has been a positive influence on thousands of students through quality instruction, strong leadership and a caring attitude. Her impact on their lives is immeasurable,” Smith said. “We are happy and grateful that Ms. Duncan’s incredible contributions to education will be recognized in the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame.” In April, the Eastern Oklahoma State College Board of Regents recognized Duncan’s longtime service to the college by naming a classroom in

her honor. A bronze plaque featuring Duncan’s photo and biography is now permanently displayed outside her former classroom in Mitchell Hall. Duncan earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in psychology and sociology and a master’s of education degree from Northeastern State University. She began her teaching career at Eastern in 1975. During her tenure, Duncan was selected by her peers to receive the 2015 President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and was named Teacher of the Year by Eastern students on six occasions. She also served as the dean of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division from 1984 to 2017, while also serving on numerous academic and faculty committees. A believer in the value of student organizations, Duncan created Eastern’s Psychology Club which she sponsored for 25 years. She also sponsored the Eastern chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for 35 years. In addition to her academic service, Duncan is also a former board member of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), an organization that supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children. She was inducted into the Muskogee Service League’s Hall of Fame and is an active member of two national service sororities, Delta Sigma Theta and Phi Delta Kappa.

Press Release Eastern Oklahoma State College professor emeritus Dr. Billye Givens was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame on Monday, Nov. 5 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Givens retired from Eastern in 2017 after 44 years of teaching English, giving her the distinct recognition as the longest-serving, full-time, tenured faculty member in the college’s 110-year history. She continues to teach courses on a part-time basis. “Dr. Givens is one of Eastern’s most recognized and respected faculty members. Her energy and passion for teaching have inspired generations of Eastern students,” said Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith. “We appreciate the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society for recognizing the significant role community college instructors play in educating a diverse group of students. This is a deserving acknowledgment of Dr. Given’s successful career and her commitment to providing all students with the highest quality education.” In April, the Eastern Oklahoma State College Board of Regents recognized Givens’s longtime service to the college by naming a classroom in her honor. A bronze plaque featuring her photo and biography is now permanently displayed outside the classroom where she taught for decades in Pratt Hall. An Eastern graduate, Givens spent her entire professional career at her alma mater. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English and a doctoral degree in Education from Oklahoma State University. She returned to Eastern in the fall of 1973 to teach Eng-

lish and physical education. She also served as the men’s and women’s tennis coach and led both teams to a conference title during her early years at Eastern. In addition to teaching, she served as the dean of the Division of Language, Humanities and Education for 11 years. Throughout her career, Givens has been recognized for teaching by both students and her peers. She has received numerous Faculty of the Year honors, including the peer-selected President’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013. In addition, she also served as a member of Eastern’s Faculty Council and Academic Assessment Committee, as well as a member of the SW Regional Conference on English for two-year colleges and the Higher Education Alumni Council. Givens delivered the keynote address at Eastern’s Commencement Ceremony in 2015. Displaying a strong sense of service to the community, Givens is the president of the local Partners for Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), a member of the American Cancer Society, and a member of the Latimer County Historical and Genealogy Society. She also volunteers her time to pastor the First Presbyterian Church of Wilburton. Givens was recognized at the 25th Annual Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner with nine other individuals. The Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame was established in 1994 to recognize and honor individuals, living and deceased, whose achievement and leadership in scholarship, teaching, research, administration, staff support, outreach and public service have brought honor and distinction to higher education in our state.


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Feeling sick? Get State Regents approve budget treatment through request, legislative agenda EOSC Student Health Services NEWS RELEASE

NEWS RELEASE As cold and flu season arrives, please remember that Eastern offers Student Health Services for the treatment of colds, flu and other minor illnesses. Covered services are provided free of charge for students without health insurance. Costs will be charged to private insurance for students who have coverage. Transportation will be provided for students without access to a vehicle. Eligibility All full-time EOSC students who are enrolled in the current semester are eligible for services. Proof of current enrollment is required. All students must present a valid EOSC ID before receiving services. What is covered by Student Health Services? ­— ­­Treatment for minor illness and injuries ­— ­­Referrals to health care providers, specialists, or community agencies ­— ­­Basic office visits and physical exam visits (family practice physician and nurse practitioner) ­— ­­Lab tests and X-Rays/EKGs needed to assist in a diagnosis ­— ­­Prenatal care and specialist visits (such as a surgeon, orthopedist, or ear/ nose/throat) are NOT covered. In many cases, prenatal care will be covered by SoonerCare. Prescriptions If medication is necessary, a prescription will be written which can be filled at any local pharmacy. The Health and Wellness Center has a contractual agreement with Main Street Drug for the low-cost 340b prescription program. Students are responsible for payment of prescriptions.

Who is financially responsible? Students are financially responsible for all services received at The Health and Wellness Center that are not covered by Student Health Services. Students should familiarize themselves with which services are and are not covered. If the Health and Wellness Center is not within their insurance’s provider network it may benefit the student to seek care from another clinic within their network rather than incurring charges not covered by Student Health Services. EOSC does NOT provide any type of compensation for injuries that occur on campus. Each student and visitor is expected to have their own health insurance to cover personal medical costs. Where are clinical services provided? Specific clinical services are provided for eligible EOSC students through a contractual agreement with Wilburton’s Health and Wellness Center. Health and Wellness Center 802 Hwy. 2 North Wilburton, OK 74578 Appointments All appointments are to be scheduled in advance by contacting: Office of Student Services Student Center 208 918.465.1818 What to bring? Valid EOSC Student ID (required) Completed Healthcare Eligibility Form (available in Student Services) Insurance Card (if student is covered)

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education voted Thursday to request $878.2 million for FY 2020, which reflects an increase of $101.5 million or 13.1 percent over the FY 2019 appropriation of $776.7 million. “Our state system of higher education remains committed to strengthening Oklahoma’s economy and workforce despite historic budget cuts exceeding $274 million since the recession,” said State Regents’ chair Jay Helm. “The additional funds requested for FY 2020 would begin restoring cuts of more than 26 percent to state appropriations for public higher education over the last decade, which would provide essential support for our colleges and universities in their ongoing efforts to meet Oklahoma’s degree completion benchmarks.” The State Regents are requesting $38.7 million to provide a 7.5 percent increase in faculty salaries. The most recent national rankings from the Southern Regional Education Board list Oklahoma as 44th for four-year institutions and 46th for two-year institutions in average faculty salary. The average faculty salary at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities is more than 10 percent below their peers in other states. Additional funding for faculty salary increases is critical to state system efforts to retain and recruit

quality faculty. Strengthening Oklahoma’s workforce pipeline through the Complete College America degree and certificate completion plan continues to be a top state system priority. The State Regents are requesting $20.4 million to increase the number of faculty and instructor positions and restore course sections. This investment will provide state colleges and universities funding to meet instruction and academic enterprise requirements. Increased funding for financial aid and scholarship programs will also be a priority for the State Regents in the upcoming legislative session. The State Regents are seeking $12.3 million to restore significantly diminished scholarship programs and fully fund the concurrent enrollment program, which provides tuition waivers to high school seniors who enroll in college coursework during their senior year. “As we continue our work to build Oklahoma’s economy and workforce by increasing college degree completion, we must focus on increasing faculty salaries, restoring base operational funding, and fully funding the concurrent enrollment program for high school seniors,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Low salary levels are straining public college and university faculty retention and recruitment in nursing, business, education,

sciences, engineering and other high demand programs that are essential to meet Oklahoma’s workforce needs. Concurrent enrollment, which strengthens student preparation, reduces family costs for college, and decreases the time required to complete a degree, is currently funded at approximately 87 percent of the cost to our state system colleges and universities.” Another area of focus in the upcoming legislative session will be to maintain the current law regarding weapons on higher education campuses. Oklahoma higher education supports the second amendment and gun ownership. Under current law, campus presidents have the discretion to permit the carrying of weapons when an exception is warranted. The State Regents and the presidents of all 25 state system institutions strongly believe that the current law with regard to weapons on campus is working. The State Regents will also continue efforts to protect the dedicated funding source for the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship. Recognized by many as America’s best college access program, Oklahoma’s Promise is considered a national model that combines emphases on academic preparation and financial support for college. More than 80,000 students have earned college tuition scholarships through Oklahoma’s Promise since the program’s inception in 1992.

November is National Diabetes Month


In recognition of November being National Diabetes Month, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is supporting efforts to bring awareness to the impact of diabetes on Oklahoma and its economy. Oklahoma ranks eighth in the nation for percent of adults diagnosed with diabetes. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate more than one million Oklahomans have prediabetes, and two out of three are unaware they are at risk. Without proper intervention, it is estimated that 15-30 percent of them will develop Type 2 diabetes within

five years, leaving them to pay more than double their current health care costs. “Historically, the prevalence of diabetes has been higher in Oklahoma than in the United States as a whole,” said OSDH Diabetes Program Coordinator Rita Reeves. “The most current information from the CDC indicates the prevalence of Type 2 and Type 1 are increasing among young people.” Average medical expenses for people diagnosed with diabetes are about $13,700 per year. Patients have a higher rate of being out of the workplace and receiving disability. Nearly 95 percent of cases are Type 2, which can be pre-

vented or delayed through a lifestyle intervention with the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. There are 21 programs in Oklahoma that offer guidance from a lifestyle coach to help set goals and adjust factors such as eating healthier, reducing stress and getting more physical activity. Screening is the first step in preventing and managing diabetes. An online risk test to determine a person’s chance of having prediabetes is available. Those who have already been diagnosed with diabetes are encouraged to talk with their health care provider, and ask for a referral to an accredited selfmanagement program.

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In Remembrance

November 9, 2018

The enduring legacy of Patricia Thomas On July 8, 2018, Eastern lost one of its most beloved teachers, Patricia Thomas. Thomas taught at Eastern Oklahoma State College for 48 years. During the course of nearly 50 years, Thomas held several roles, but is most recently known as the Cheer and Pom coach and as the division dean of English and Humanities. She was loved by her students, community, staff and fellow faculty members. While she is greatly missed, her presence at Eastern is still felt across campus and the world. Her daughter, Margaret Sorrell, graduated from Eastern and is now a professor of mathematics in Wilburton. Like her mother, Sorrell is the division dean for her division -- math and science. Thomas’ grandson is also currently a freshman at Eastern. The following is the a copy of Mrs. Thomas’ obituary: Patricia Lee “Pat” Thomas departed this life on July 8, 2018, at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa. Pat was born on October 20, 1931, in Panama, Oklahoma, the daughter of Oscar Lee and Violet Tobey. Pat graduated from Panama High School and then received a B.A. in Education from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and an M.A. in Education from the University of Oklahoma. Pat was a life-long educator. She began her career teaching English at Stigler High School and then became a Professor of Composition, American Literature, and Humanities at Eastern State College where she taught for 48 years, making her the longest tenured Professor in Eastern’s history. In 1968, Pat was elected as one of the original board members of the Kiamichi Vo-tech School District (now known as Kiamichi Technical Center), becoming one of the first women ever elected to public office in southeastern Oklahoma. She served on the board until 1996, and was inducted into the Kiamichi Hall of Fame in 2000. Pat was a life-long member of the American Association of University Women and served in leadership positions including National President. In 1979 Pat was appointed to the First Governor’s Commission of the Status of Women by then Governor George Nigh. Pat was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Wilburton from 1962 until

her death. Pat served the church as a Sunday school teacher, a member of the choir, and in her later years in the church nursery. Even though Pat did not get a driver’s license until she was 31 years old she spent much of the next 30 years as a “chauffeur” helping to drive Joe to his collegiate football and basketball officiating assignments throughout the south central United States. However, Pat’s greatest passion was teaching. In her five decades at Eastern, she taught over 15,000 students from throughout Oklahoma, the nation, and indeed the world. It is those students who are her enduring legacy and the impact on their lives is inestimable. Amazingly, Pat found time to coach the Eastern cheerleading squad, who won the National Collegiate Championship in 2005. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, her husband David Joe Thomas, her sister Joyce Meixner, her daughter Christina Melinda Calvin, and her grandson Hunter Lee Thomas. Pat is survived by her son David Lee Thomas and wife Amy

of Oklahoma City, her daughter Margaret Sorrell and husband Charles of Wilburton, her son Charles Thomas and wife Ava of Wilburton, her grandson Charles Eugene Sorrell, IV, granddaughter Alexandria Rose Thomas, grandson Michael Ellis, Jr., granddaughter Patricia Quantie, grandson Paxton Lee Thomas, granddaughter Charleigh Jo Thomas, great granddaughters Riley Maddison Thomas and Kinley Elizabeth Violett, nephew Eugene Gee, III, and a host of friends and colleagues. Pat’s love and compassion for all God’s creatures, both human and animal is best summed up by her reply when she was once asked why she persisted in feeding the stray cats on the Eastern Campus - “because they’re hungry.” In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Pat’s name to either the Eastern Oklahoma State College Foundation (Children’s Theater Fund), 1301 West Main, Wilburton, OK 74578, or to “PAWS”, P.O. Box 76, McAlester, OK 74502. Please place Pat’s name in the memo line.

2018 Homecoming Candidates

November 9, 2018


Leila Aaron

Triston Boling


Marra Juarez

Noah Shane Turner


Lainey Jestis

Tanner Jarrett

Braylen Duncan


Caitlin Matthews


Bianca Medina

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Quinten Laub


Lilli Martin

Dale Shackleford

2018 Homecoming Candidates

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Jessika Calhoon

Garrett Dodd

Hannah Gockel

Richard Ryberg

Tevin Mosley


Brooklyn Bissell

Josh Cole



Ashley Pletcher

November 9, 2018

Raven Johnson


Ridge Stephens

Laurel Robbins

Devin Mosley


November 9, 2018


Caitlyn Nelson

James Phillips

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Tessa Foshee



Mackenzie Green

Jaylen Thomas

Hunter Black

Caryse Bateman

Dani Huerta

Hundreds of high school students visit campus lilli Martin Editor

On October 25, Eastern Oklahoma State College opened its campus up for seniors in high school to come explore and see what programs and clubs the school has to offer. It was free for all high school seniors to attend and was held in the field house due to the rain. Things students learned about at this events were academic programs, scholarships and financial aid, campus life, student organizations and residen-

tial housing. Typically 300 to 400 students come every year, and this year there were roughly around 350. This event is a recruiting event and helps get students familiar to Eastern and meet people who they may share majors with. Any questions anyone may have could also be answered by current students, teacher, or faculty members who attended the event. There was also live music from the Eastern Expression and multiple drawings for the seniors to participate in.


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November 9, 2018

2018-19 Mountaineers Back (L to R): Jude Ebingha, Jager Sokolosky, Julian Woods, Tevin Mosley, Jamaal Smith, Jacob Sockey, Michael Turay, Devin Mosley and Kariim Byrd. Front (L to R): Jace Pratt, G’Quavious Lennox, Stefone Richardson, Braylen Duncan, Elisha Hobbs, Tyreke Johnson, Martrell Brooks, Dante Adams and Bradly McKnight.

Cadine Graham, freshman from Kingston, Jamaica, helped the Mountaineers win and advance to the Region 2 Tournament in their defeat of Murray State College Oct. 27.

Mountaineer soccer pulls upset to advance to Region 2 Tournament News Release Faced with a win or go home scenario, the Eastern men knew it was also "win and in" on Tuesday afternoon versus Murray State College to qualify for the Region 2 Tournament beginning Saturday, Oct. 27 in Miami, OK. The Mountaineers had been playing for their post season lives since their 2-1 double overtime victory over NEO Oct. 22. When they took the field versus Murray, the team understood they would have to climb over Murray into third place to reach the conference tournament, and that's exactly what they did. Nearly 15 minutes into the first half, Chris Thorpe, one of the attacking heroes of the come from behind 2-2 double overtime tie with NOC just 24 hours earlier, fired a rocket into the roof of the visitors net after cutting across the six-yard box on a solo run. The score put Eastern on top and they never looked back. With 10 minutes before the break, Cadine

Graham hooked up with his attacking partner for the second time in as many days and Thorpe slotted the ball past the Murray keeper to put Eastern on top 2-0 heading into halftime. In the second half, the Mountaineers were able to get some more breathing room as Brandon Molina got on the end of a bouncing ball in the box that several Eastern players were hustling to finish. The 3-0 advantage would stand as the Mountaineers continued to pressure the Murray goal and the backline of Schulz, Huerta, Williams, and Diallo along with the efforts of goalkeeper Marc-Antoine Huzen earned their first shutout of the year. Eastern qualified for the Region 2 Tournament with the victory and the team was able celebrate briefly before heading into the weekend tournament. The Mountaineers' season ended Oct. 27 when they were defeated by Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa by a score of 3-1. The men finished 3-10-1 on the season.

2018-19 Lady Mountaineers Front Front (L to R): Shaian James, Joselyn Guzman, Julianna Delcid Rosado, Tiamya Butler, Eneily Rodriguez and Alonna McGahee. Back (L to R): McKenzie Patton, Raven Johnson, Kneshia Bush, Britnee Gabriel, Deborrah Crutchfield and Kristi Stephens.

NJCAA Region II Soccer Athlete of the Week Eastern Oklahoma State College freshman Marc-Antoine Huzen has been named the NJCAA Soccer Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 15-21. Huzen is a business administration major from Paris, France. He has played in all 13 games so far this season with a total of 96 saves.

Eastern Statesman - Issue 3  

Student-produced newspaper of Eastern Oklahoma State College

Eastern Statesman - Issue 3  

Student-produced newspaper of Eastern Oklahoma State College