Local students graduate from Rice
Several Edmond students graduated from Rice University in Houston, May 11. They include: Xiao Zheng, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Jeremy Fant, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering; Allen Lin, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology; Gabriela Sposito, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
This year Rice awarded 1,801 degrees, including 964 undergraduate and undergraduate professional degrees and 837 graduate degrees (master’s and Ph.D.s). The Class of 2013 is the 100th graduating class in Rice’s history.
Baylor University names honor students
More than 3,200 Baylor University students were named to the Dean’s Academic Honor List for the 2013 sprint semester. Students from Edmond who were named to the Dean’s list this fall include: Ryan Scot Andrews, School of Engineering and Science; Kendall Lynne Buskirk, Hankamer School of Business; Paige Victoria Koester, School of Education; Claire Elizabeth Major, College of Arts and Sciences; and Hannah Abigail McNeill, College of Arts and Sciences.
To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.
ECU lists honor roll students
Outstanding academic work during the 2013 spring semester has earned listings on the President’s Honor Roll and Dean’s Honor Roll for students at East Central University in Ada.
The President’s Honor Roll is reserved for students who earned A’s in all their courses for a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Edmond’s Gina Ann Mengwasser, physical education (teacher certification) was listed on the President’s Honor Roll.
The Deans’ Honor Roll lists students who have at least a 3.33 grade point average with no grade lower than a C. At least 12 credit hours must be completed successfully during the semester to be included on either honor roll. The following Edmond students are on the Dean’s Honor Roll: Sabina Koirala, nursing; Brandon Ray Nicholson, business administration; David Gregory Traxler, cartography (geotechnique); and Rachel Marie Watson, biology.
Baylor University names honor students
Local students graduate from Rice
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.
Theatre receives OKC Community Foundation Grant
The Oklahoma Children’s Theatre is proud to announce that it has been awarded a grant in the sum of $10,000 from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation for its Page to Stage program, a traveling, workshop series for underserved schools.
New 2014 GED program website and registration launches
GED Testing Service announced that registration and new cutting-edge resources to help prepare for the 2014 GED test are now available with the launch of the organization’s new MyGED website. MyGED — which can be found online at GED.com — is a free site that will help adults register for, take and be better prepared for the GED test. Beyond the basics of testing, it will help students identify career pathways, and more easily navigate to jobs and into college training programs required for most of today’s job openings.
Edmond school board OKs replacement, renovation at three local school sites
Edmond Board of Education members passed a number of items concerning funds for replacement or renovation at local schools Monday.
UCO names fall 2013 class marshals
The University of Central Oklahoma has named five students as class marshals of their respective colleges, recognizing them for their academic excellence during Central’s fall 2013 commencement ceremonies Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 at the university’s Hamilton Field House. UCO will have a live streaming video of the ceremonies at its website, www.uco.edu.
2 candidates file for Edmond School Board seat
Filing for local school districts’ school board positions ended at 5 p.m. Wednesday with seven candidates filing for five positions. The election will be held Feb. 11.
Candidates for Deer Creek Office 4 Seat and Guthrie Seat No. 3 are running unopposed, while Guthrie Seat No. 4 has two candidates filing as does the Oakdale Seat No. 1.
Cynthia Benson filed for Edmond Seat No. 4 Seat against Stephanie Bills. Bills was appointed by the sitting school board members to fill a position left open when board member George Cohlmia resigned so his daughter could apply for a job in the district.
Santa Fe High School showcases play Thursday, Friday
Senior Lane Jinkins portraying Mr. Marmalade in the Santa Fe High School play by the same name, tries an imaginary pair of shoes on 4-year-old Lucy, played by senior Jessica Tang. Santa Fe High School drama students are presenting "Mr. Marmalade," this weekend. A dark comedy, the play is a story telling how Lucy deals with abusive behavior through cast members portraying imaginary friends and relatives. Students will be performing the play at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
Edmond district checking employees for criminal misdeeds
Edmond Board of Education members voted to accept the single reading of changes for two board policies, both dealing with school employees.
Executive Director of Human Resources Randy Decker presented board members with Policy #2240, Criminal Record Questionnaire, Employee Annual and Policy #2120 dealing with Benefits, Administrator and Professional Non-Bargaining Employees at Monday’s regular monthly meeting.
Decker told board members Policy #2240 deals with a criminal record check initiated in order to be sure nothing shows up as an offense on the record of administrators, teachers and support personnel.
Additional candidate files for Oakdale School Board position
Filing for area school board seats will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Candidates may file at the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N. Lincoln in Oklahoma City. There is no filing fee.
Seats up for grabs in the Feb. 11 election include the Edmond School Board District No. 4 seat, Deer Creek School Board Office 4 seat, Guthrie Seat No. 3 and Seat No. 4 and Oakdale Public School District No. 1 seat. If needed, a run-off election will be April 1.
Oakdale incumbent Kelli Walsh filed for Seat No. 1 Tuesday joining J. David Walsh who filed Monday.
Monday Stephanie Bills filed for the Edmond No. 4 seat while Deer Creek incumbent Danny Barnes filed for the Deer Creek Office 4 Seat and incumbent S. Janna Pierson filed for Guthrie Seat No. 3. Guthrie School Board Seat No. 4 is currently filled by Orville Cornelius but is also up for election.
To be eligible for Edmond’s District 4 seat, a candidate must live in the district, be a registered voter in the district, have a high school diploma or equivalency and not be employed by the district or have immediate family members employed by the district. The same criteria apply for the Deer Creek seat.
UCO Department of Design exhibit features work of freshmen
The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Design will open “Habitat: Designs of Dwelling Spaces for Animals,” an exhibit featuring the interior design work of current UCO freshmen, with a free, open-to-the-public reception from 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Melton Gallery in the Art and Design building on Central’s campus. The reception will include light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
“In the beginning of the fall semester, each student was randomly assigned a client, which so happened to be an animal of various size and type,” explained assistant professor of design Kevin Steiner.
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