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.
North baseballers aid kindergartners
North High School sophomore baseball player Tyler Bowen helps Ida Freeman kindergartners Dakota Prince and Jorge Campuzano pick out a book. Each student received a book, a Christmas cookie and juice and then the baseball team members read to the students.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University fall commencement set for Saturday
DURANT — Local businessman and alumnus J. Scott Crain will be the speaker at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s fall commencement. Commencement will be Saturday in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
Edmond has three candidates for graduation including Ping-Chieh Cheng, Lonnie Feemster and Erin Alicia Semtner.
OC will award degrees at winter commencement
Oklahoma Christian University will present 87 undergraduate degrees and 85 graduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday.
The undergraduate degree candidates come from 16 states and seven countries and majored in a combined 36 academic disciplines at Oklahoma Christian. The master’s degree candidates come from six states and 10 countries, and represent 14 graduate areas of study.
Jim Baird, director of OC’s Honors Program, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Friday. Byron Newberry, chair of Oklahoma Christian’s Graduate School of Engineering, will keynote Saturday’s graduate ceremony.
In addition to his director’s role with the Honors Program, Baird is a professor of Bible and philosophy at Oklahoma Christian. He also has served as the preaching minister at Wilshire Church of Christ since 2000. His father, James O. Baird, was Oklahoma Christian’s second president.
Lilyfield reschedules ‘Dunks for Diapers’
Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care has rescheduled its Dunks for Diapers event.
Lilyfield holds a diaper drive with the Oklahoma Christian University Women’s basketball team to benefit foster children. Anyone bringing diapers, wipes or new baby items for ages 0-24 months will gain free admission to the women’s game versus Lubbock Christian University, which will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles’ Nest on the campus of Oklahoma Christian in Edmond.
“This will allow us to give foster families much-needed necessities when they receive placement of a foster child. Often placements happen with little notice and the child may come into a foster home with nothing but the clothes they are wearing,” said Holly Towers, executive director of Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care.
School back in session Wednesday
Parents are heaving a sign of relief while some students aren’t going to be quite as happy.
“All classes and activities will resume Wednesday in Edmond Public Schools,” said Susan Parks-Schlepp, director of public information and community involvement. “Slick spots remain and buses may be running a bit late but secondary roads are in much better shape after significant thawing.”
As reported earlier, students will not be making up the four snow days taken off from school this past week.
Federal energy efficiency tax credits ending in 2013
If you are planning to do some home improvements to make your home more energy efficient, now is the time to take action. Multiple federal energy efficiency tax credits are set to expire permanently at the end of the year.
Oklahomans have until Dec. 31 to take advantage of a cumulative maximum of $500 in credits for energy-related improvements completed in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The credits are a cumulative maximum of $1,500 for improvements done in 2009 and 2010.
The tax credits are for energy improvements done to existing homes owned by you, and used as your principal residence, said Scott Frazier, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension energy management engineer. New construction and rentals are not eligible for these federal tax credits.
UCO to graduate more than 1,000 students Friday, Saturday
The University of Central Oklahoma will celebrate the achievements of about 1,179 graduates during the fall 2013 commencement ceremonies Dec. 13-14 in Central’s Hamilton Field House.
Beginning at 1 p.m. Dec. 13, UCO President Don Betz will confer degrees on students who have applied to receive bachelor’s degrees from the College of Education and Professional Studies. Later at 5 p.m., the ceremony for about 200 master’s degree candidates will begin.
At 10 a.m. Dec. 14, commencement ceremonies for students who have applied to receive bachelor’s degrees from the College of Business and College of Fine Arts and Design will begin. At 2 p.m., the College of Mathematics and Science and the College of Liberal Arts will begin the commencement ceremonies for students who have applied to receive bachelor’s degrees.
UCO’s Central Pantry celebrates a year of service
Looking back over the last year, University of Central Oklahoma Volunteer and Service Learning Center Coordinator Eric Hemphill has one word to describe Central Pantry’s growth: “extraordinary.”
In its first month of operation, the pantry assisted just 24 people. In October the number had grown to 740.
The pantry, opened in November 2012, provides non-perishable food and hygiene items to any student, faculty or staff member who is in need. Central students, faculty and staff volunteers manage the pantry’s daily operations.
Deer Creek looks at remediation percentages of college-bound students
During Monday’s school board meeting, members of the Deer Creek Board of Education will be looking at the district’s rate of students requiring remediation upon entering college. The numbers are based on a 2011 report.
The 2011 Remediation Rates of Oklahoma High School Graduates in Oklahoma Public Higher Education were presented showing the comparison of Deer Creek High School graduates with surrounding school districts as well as districts in like size.
Officials say repeal of Common Core ‘unlikely’
Despite continued opposition to new public-school standards, Oklahoma education officials say they are more confident than they were earlier this year that the standards will be fully implemented.
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