The Fine Arts Institute of Edmond recently announced changes to its board of directors for 2012-13.
Members of the board are selected for their passion for the arts, leadership in the community and ability to share time and skills with the organization, the FAI stated in a press release.
“Even though the Fine Arts Institute is a nonprofit organization, it is managed like a business with a mission, goals, strategic plan, marketing plan, budget and curriculum committee,” said Mitzi Hancuff, executive director. “Our board members direct and oversee the FAI as good stewards of funds, programs and our beautiful, debt-free building.”
President of the board for 2012-13 is Tom Davies, mortgage banker with Spirit Bank, with Lydia Miller, director of the Oklahoma Dental Association, as president elect. Louise Cleary, CPA at Hale & Co. is treasurer and Kim Wallace, community volunteer, is secretary.
The Fine Arts Institute is a nonprofit arts organization offering educational enrichment for children and adults in the visual and performing arts. Now celebrating its 27th year, the FAI offers art classes at 27 E. Edwards in Edmond, located in the Edmond Cultural and Urban districts.
New to the Fine Arts Institute board are: Dawn Byram, director of marketing for First Med Urgent Care; Darin Kent, president of OKC/Edmond Regent Bank; Terry Kerr, President of Kerr III Design Group, John Steen, operations officer of Kirkpatrick Bank, Michelle Trimberger, program coordinator for Edmond Electric (representing the City of Edmond) and C.H. Wyatt, president of Citizens Bank of Edmond. Gary Lennon, FAI teacher and artist, is the new faculty liaison who sits on the board.
Continuing their service are: Tim Deimund, president of the Edmond area market for MidFirst Bank; Sherry Earnst, community volunteer; Larry Harmon, area manager for Oklahoma Natural Gas; and Ashley Perkins, sales director for Cox Business.
Other board members are: Katie Collins, community relations specialist at Chesapeake Energy; Wesley Knight, vice president/trust officer at Bank of Oklahoma; Susan Kropp, owner of Chirps & Cheers shop in Edmond; state Sen. Clark Jolley; Abe Cornish, senior financial advisor at Merrill Lynch; Jamie Underwood, president of the Edmond Board of Education; and Greg White, director of Musical Theatre and Broadway Tonight at UCO.
Carrie Funderburk, a senior at Edmond North High School, continues as the teen board board liaison.
“I am grateful that FAI has such strong and dedicated leadership,” Hancuff said. “Passionate board members are essential for the success of any nonprofit and we are proud of ours.”
Hancuff is serving her 25th year as executive director of the FAI. Other staff members are Genevieve McClain, program director; Janet Hoppe, enrollment coordinator; and Shannon Price, assistant director.
Teen Board serves FAI
The Fine Arts Institute of Edmond is a place of learning and encouragement where children and adults of all ages can come and escape into a world of creativity. It is also a place of self-expression where art becomes an outlet for emotion. Budding young actors can get their start at the Fine Arts Institute. And it is where children go from singing in the shower to singing on a stage.
Twelve years ago, Hancuff selected 12 teenagers who had participated and appreciated the arts to be on the first Fine Arts Institute Teen Board. The officers of the 2012-13 Teen Board are: Carrie Funderburk, president; and Summer Stolz, president elect. Other board members are: Andrew Price, Sarah Vaughan, Allyson Cain, Molly Feigel, Christina Hagemeier, Rachel Hagemeier, Raney Aboud, J.D. Baker, Reagan Folks, Maggie Free and Alana Hughes.
The Teen Board represents seven schools and multiple art forms from painting to sculpture to photography, theater, music and creative writing. Its mission is to reach out to help create and assist programming geared for teens and to instill in them the value of art.
At 7 p.m. on Oct. 27, the FAI Teen Board will present “Edmond’s Got Talent,” an evening showcasing the talented in the community. Auditions are Oct. 6 and 20 at the Fine Arts Institute, 27 E. Edwards.
The Teen Board members encourage young people from all walks of life and all levels of experience to come and express themselves at the Fine Arts Institute.
For more information about the Fine Arts Institute or the Teen Board, call 340-4481 or visit www.edmondfinearts.com.
The Fine Arts Institute of Edmond recently announced changes to its board of directors for 2012-13.
U.S. News ranks city high schools in state’s Top 10
All three Edmond high schools are ranked among the Top 10 in the state in a prestigious national list.
U.S. News & World Report, which publishes annual rankings, ranked Edmond North No. 3 in Oklahoma and No. 437 nationwide. Memorial ranked No. 6 in Oklahoma and No. 847 nationwide. Santa Fe ranked No. 8 in Oklahoma and No. 1,075 nationwide.
“This recognition serves as validation for our students, parents and staff members at all levels who work together relentlessly in pursuit of academic excellence, Edmond Public Schools Superintendent David Goin said.
OC expands to 5 academic colleges
Oklahoma Christian University will expand from three to five colleges beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.
OC’s five academic colleges will be the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Business Administration, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Natural and Health Sciences.
“Our academic and leadership teams have been planning, praying and discussing how to build on OC’s legacy of exceptional success in science, engineering and business,” said Scott LaMascus, vice president for academic affairs. “Our new colleges will focus on growth in these areas and implement strategic planning to help us serve more students.”
Deer Creek students see bionic suit in action
In 2010, a car accident left Guthrie resident Mary Beth Davis paralyzed from the waist down.
In a few weeks, thanks to INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, determination and an Ekso Bionics suit, she will be walking across a stage to receive a college diploma from Oklahoma State University.
Wednesday afternoon, Davis was at Deer Creek Middle School where students of teacher Jamie Brehm got to see Davis and the suit in action and learn about how it helps people live a fuller life.
Brehm said the opportunity to have the demonstration fit perfectly with the testing schedule. Brehm said a bonus was having Davis with her inspirational story come to the school. In addition to graduating soon, Davis lives an independent life and she was recently crowned Ms. Wheelchair Oklahoma.
Be on the lookout for termites
Warming temperatures and spring rainfall means swarming conditions for the homeowners’ nemesis in Oklahoma — the termite.
Termites are Mother Nature’s way of recycling dead wood, as well as aerating the soil and increasing its fertility and water percolation. They are an important food source for other insects, spiders, reptiles, amphibians and birds within the food web, and they are essential for the wellbeing of the environment.
Central community learns about water conservation
Edmond residents know about rain that falls from their roofs after a storm. Some may not know what kind of important role it plays in the nation’s water supply.
Tim Tillman, the University of Central Oklahoma’s sustainability coordinator, said UCO has a tradition of innovation in sustainable practices. Tillman said Earth Day, first brought to the campus more than 20 years ago, began that tradition.
During Tuesday’s Earth Day Fair, Jason Summers, a Coca-Cola account manager for on-premise sales, was giving away rain barrels and educating members of the Central Oklahoma community about the benefits of rain barrels.
Accountability push for public schools now in question
One by one, K-12 education reforms passed in previous years by Oklahoma lawmakers are being targeted for weakening or repeal.
Among them: Common Core State Standards, the Reading Sufficiency Act, A-F school grades for districts, and middle-school end-of-instruction exams for history and social studies. These could all be scaled back or revoked by various legislative bills that have passed in both the House and Senate.
State suspends student testing over glitches
Computer glitches forced state education officials to suspend online testing Monday, affecting student testing in Edmond and Deer Creek.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi said as a result of online testing disruptions for students in grades 6-8 and high school end-of-instruction (EOIs) exams she directed testing vendor CTB/McGraw Hill to suspend online testing for the day.
“We certainly share in the frustration that students and school districts feel,” Barresi said. “It is of paramount importance that CTB finds the nature of the problem and resolves it as quickly as possible.”
Guthrie board calls for Common Core repeal
A resolution recently passed by the Guthrie school board calling for the repeal of Common Core standards has attracted the attention and support of several state legislators.
State Reps. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, Dale DeWitt, R-Braman, Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, and state Sen. AJ Griffin, R-Guthrie, praised the school board for weighing in on the Oklahoma Legislature’s pending action to repeal state-issued Common Core standards.
Touch-A-Truck event draws families to UCO
Edmond Electric and Edmond Vehicle Maintenance are co-hosting the Edmond Touch-A-Truck from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 in the UCO parking lot off Second Street. Touch-A-Truck is a fundraising event that provides children of all ages with the opportunity to experience life-size vehicles and interact with community support leaders like police officers, firemen, construction workers and many more. Families will have the opportunity for a hands-on exploration of many vehicles such as Edmond’s own fire trucks and police cars, an Edmond Electric bucket truck and even a solid waste truck.
Admission for the Touch-A-Truck event is a suggested $2 donation with the proceeds going to the Edmond HOPE Center. For more information, contact Edmond Electric at 216-7671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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