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pioneernews Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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WOSC Rodeo Team Competes at KSU in by Emily Smith Season Opener The WOSC college rodeo season kicked-off February 21-23 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. The three-day event, which is a favorite among athletes, began Friday morning and ended with the top ten in each event competing for the team and event championships during the Sunday afternoon short-round. Women’s goat tying is an event that is known for being very fast paced, and the KSU rodeo was no different. In fact, two great WOSC athletes, Cheyenne Budvarson and Sarah Schneider were both 6.7 seconds in the first round of the goat

tying, yet this time placed eleventh in the first round, one place shy of qualifying for the short round. However, Iowa freshman, Taylor King did qualify for the short round with her first round time of 6.5 seconds, which won 7th in the first round. Her second time of 6.8 seconds won 2nd in the short-round and her two times combined won fifth overall. WOSC has become known for talented tie down and team ropers, and the men of WOSC shined this weekend in the first round of team roping. A total of six men qualified for the short-round with

their first round times. The teams of Clayton Nettleship/Luke Madsen, Braden Harmon/WOSC Alumni Micah Samples, and Douglas Rich/Dylann Gordon had a great first round, but failed to stop the clock in the short-round. However the team consisting of WOSC sophomore Ben Whiddon and past WOSC standout Dalton Richards put two nice runs together to finish the weekend with a total time of 12.6 seconds on two steers. This time earned Whiddon and Richards second place overall. Two men also qualified for the short round in the tie down roping. Zach

Thrift and Luke Madsen tied their first calves in 11.0 and 10.8 seconds respectively. Though Thrift missed his calf in the short round, Madsen improved his time and tied his calf in 10.0 seconds. This time earned points for third place in the round and his total time on two calves placed fourth overall. The KSU rodeo marks the first of seven rodeos the WOSC rodeo team will compete in this spring. The next rodeo begins February 28 - March 2 hosted by Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas.

Navy Sea Chanters to Perform at Western

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Faculty Evals Mark End of 1st 8 weeks The 1st 8-Week course session will end March 13th. Student evaluations of fauculty will be March 6 - March 12. Students are asked to take a moment to complete the evaluation for their instructors located in the Moodle shell of their courses. The evaluations help instructors create the best course experience possible for students and are completely anonymous. As added incentive, all students completing surveys will be eligible for a prize drawing. Two lucky winners will receive a $50 gift card.

Former Pioneer Simmons Signs for 7 Years with Braves Congratulations are in order for shortstop Andrelton Simmons who signed a $58 million and seven-year contract with the Atlanta Braves February 21, 2014. Simmons was chosen by the Braves after the second round of the 2010 MLB amateur draft and made his first major league appearance in 2012. In 206 career games, Simmons batted a .256 average, with 20 home runs and 78 RBIs. Last season he earned a Golden Glove leading the Majors with 499 assists. Simmons is not the only Pioneer to make his mark in the draft. In 2013 five Pioneers were picked in MLB rounds. Sicnarf Loopstok, Clevland Indians, 13th round; Sherman Lacrus,Texas Rangers, 27th round;Willie Allen, Washington Nationals, 16th round; Alex Polanco, Yankees, 23rd round and Edward Cruz , Miami Marlins 34th round.

Andrelton Simmons at bat for Western during the 2010 NJCAA World Series.

Western Oklahoma State College presents the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters in a free concert, Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Herschal H. Crow Fine Arts Center. Tickets are available at the WOSC Business Office and the Altus Chamber of Commerce at 300 West Commerce. The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required with no more than 6 tickets per patron distributed. The venue doors will open at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the concert. Ticket holders are asked to be seated no later than 6:45 p.m. Non-ticket holders will be admitted at 6:50 p.m. for seating. The Navy Band Sea Chanters is the United States Navy’s official chorus. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary music. Under the leadership of Chief Musician Adam Tyler, the Sea Chanters perform for the public throughout the United States. At home in Washington, they perform for the president, vice president and numerous congressional, military and foreign dignitaries. In 1956, Lt. Harold Fultz, then the band’s assistant leader, organized a group from the Navy School of Music to sing chanteys and patriotic songs for the State of the Nation dinner. An immediate success, Adm. Arleigh Burke, then chief of naval operations, transferred them to the Navy Band, named them the Sea Chanters and tasked this all-male chorus with perpetuating the songs of the sea. In 1980, the group added women to their ranks and expanded their repertoire to include everything from Brahms to Broadway. The Sea Chanters are frequently found at the center of our most important national events, including inauguration day in 2009. They have played a vital role in comforting the nation in times of mourning, including appearances at memorials for the astronauts of the space shuttle Columbia and the presidential wreath laying ceremony at the United Airlines flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pa. Their performance of “Amazing Grace” for the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance at the National Cathedral in Washington after the events of 9/11 inspired all in attendance as well as a national television audience. In 2004, the chorus participated in former President Reagan’s funeral at the National Cathedral, and in 2007 performed in the U.S. Capitol’s rotunda as former President Ford was lying in state. The chorus was instrumental in the dedication ceremonies of the World War II memorials in Bedford, Va., and in Washington. In 1994, they provided music at the funeral of former President Nixon in Yorba Linda, Calif., and the interment of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at Arlington National Cemetery. They have appeared at the Kennedy Center Honors and with the National Symphony Orchestra for the na-

tionally telecast “National Memorial Day Concerts” at the U.S. Capitol. In addition the group has appeared on “Larry King Live” and “CBS This Morning” as well as at the premier of the movie “Pearl Harbor.” In 2008, the Sea Chanters performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir under the direction of Mack Wilburg. Noted choral directors Dale Warland, and Donald Neuen have guest conducted the ensemble, and renowned composers Michael McCarthy, Roger Bourland, William MacDuff and Lloyd Pfautsch have written works especially for them. Other notable orchestral appearances include the Kansas City Symphony, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony and the Cincinnati The Navy Band Sea Chanters is the United States Navy’s official chorus. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary music. Under the leadership of Chief Musician Adam Tyler, the Sea Chanters perform for the public throughout the United States. At home in Washington, they perform for the president, vice president and numerous congressional, military and foreign dignitaries. In 1956, Lt. Harold Fultz, then the band’s assistant leader, organized a group from the Navy School of Music to sing chanteys and patriotic songs for the State of the Nation dinner. An immediate success, Adm. Arleigh Burke, then chief of naval operations, transferred them to the Navy Band, named them the Sea Chanters and tasked this all-male chorus with perpetuating the songs of the sea. In 1980, the group added women to their ranks and expanded their repertoire to include everything from Brahms to Broadway. The Sea Chanters are frequently found at the center of our most important national events, including inauguration day in 2009. They have played a vital role in comforting the nation in times of mourning, including appearances at memorials for the astronauts of the space shuttle Columbia and the presidential wreath laying ceremony at the United Airlines flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pa. Their performance of “Amazing Grace” for the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance at the National Cathedral in Washington after the events of 9/11 inspired all in attendance as well as a national television audience. In 2004, the chorus participated in former President Reagan’s funeral at the National Cathedral, and in 2007 performed in the U.S. Capitol’s rotunda as former President Ford was lying in state. The chorus was instrumental in the dedication ceremonies of the World War II memorials in Bedford, Va., and in Washington. In 1994, they provided music at the funeral of former President Nixon in Yorba Linda, Calif., and the interment of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at Arlington National Cemetery.

Western Regents Service Recognized by Student Senate

Regent John Hester and former Regent Renee Walker Gunkel were presented with acrylic plaques recognizing their dedicated service at the February 18 Regent’s meeting. Shelby Thornton, Student Senate Representative, gave the awards on behalf of Western students. Gunkel’s seven- year term ended in 2013. Hester will complete 21 years of service as a Regent this April.

Western and GPRMC Celebrate New Site

Members of Western’s key leadership, nursing faculty and students along with Great Plains Regional Medical Center staff commemorated the new Western nursing program site at the Pat Wall Professional Building adjacent the hospital in Elk City with a reception February 20, 2014. GPRMC is also Western’s 2014 Oklahoma State Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award recipient. The hospital will be recognized by the OSRHE at a partnership luncheon at the Oklahoma History Center March 11.


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