The Edmond Sun


January 4, 2013

School growth tops 2012 education news


EDMOND — Edmond, Deer Creek districts recognized for top scores

The Oklahoma State Board of Education and state legislators recognized 127 Reward Schools from throughout Oklahoma in a special board meeting and in a ceremony at the state Capitol.

Oklahoma’s 127 High-Performing Reward Schools include 21 schools in Deer Creek and Edmond school districts.

Reward Schools are those in the top 10 percent of performance in all assessments from three years’ worth of data ending in 2010-11, or those in the top 10 percent of schools that have made high progress in reading and math.

The designation was granted as a result of Oklahoma’s flexibility request from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act under No Child Left Behind from the U.S. Department of Education.

Supt. Sean McDaniel leaves Deer Creek

Deer Creek Superintendent Sean McDaniel tendered his resignation in order to accept a like position in the Mustang School District. McDaniel came to the district, with now more than 5,600 students, in the fall of 2010. Under his guidance more than $100 million in construction was completed or is in varying stages of completion.

OC welcomes 7th president

Oklahoma Christian University’s President John deSteiguer began his tenure May 1. He was inaugurated on the OC campus in late August. He leads the school which this year has reported its largest enrollment to date. OC’s fall enrollment of 2,271 students is the highest in the school’s 63-year history.

UCO welcomes 20th president

Don Betz was formally inaugurated in April as the University of Central Oklahoma’s 20th president. A familiar face to the Edmond and Central community, Betz served as vice president of Academic Affairs, as well as a professor of political science, from 1999-2005 at UCO.

“We are here to help students learn. We are learner centered and learning focused,” Betz said at the ceremony at Hamilton Field House. “We are here to create the conditions that create the future.”

The university’s population of 17,239 students marks the third consecutive year of record-setting enrollment in the fall.

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    Oklahoma City University alumna Neilee Wood was awarded a fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

    July 21, 2014


    The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, nonprofit organization developed in 1977, with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts. OAI administers a program for talented Oklahoma youth every June and a series of continuing education workshops for adults every fall.
    Following are nine biographies of the 41 Edmond-area students who attended the prestigious Summer Arts Institute. The students worked with award-winning artists in nine areas of the literary, visual and performing arts. Biographies were published in each Tuesday MidWeek and Saturday Weekender edition of The Sun through July.

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  • North senior wins Edward C. Joullian III Scholarship

    Kassidy Gary, a senior from Edmond North High School, recently received the Oklahoma State Fair’s Edward C. Joullian III Scholarship. Gary’s accomplishment was recognized at the State Board of Education’s May meeting.

    July 21, 2014

  • Washington University in St. Louis names Dean’s List

    YuJing Wang of Edmond was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester at Washington University in St. Louis.

    July 21, 2014

  • Missouri State releases spring 2014 graduation list

    Missouri State University conferred 2,381 degrees to students during its three spring commencement ceremonies May 16 at JQH Arena. Matthew D. Iver, received an Administrative Studies/Homeland Security MS degree.

    July 21, 2014

  • NSU names area student to President’s Honor Roll

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    July 21, 2014

  • OSU sorority recognized at national convention

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    July 21, 2014

  • Choir UCO Concert Choral invited to perform at international music festival

    The University of Central Oklahoma Concert Choral will perform at the Fifth Annual Campina Grande International Music Festival in Brazil July 20-27. The UCO Concert Choral is one of only four university choirs invited to perform at this festival.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • UCO campus 3.jpg University of Central Oklahoma recognized as having friendly work environment

    The Chronicle of Higher Education named the University of Central Oklahoma as one of the “2014 Great Colleges to Work For.” Central is the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list and one of only a handful of institutions in the nation given the distinction of being named to the Honor Roll for being cited most often among all the recognition categories.          
    Central joins Duke, Baylor and Notre Dame on the list of the 10 universities named to the large institution honor roll.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jim Klages UCO music professor shares story of hope in battle with MS

    Renowned musician and University of Central Oklahoma professor of music Jim Klages was at the height of his career in the late 1980s. As the cornet soloist for “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Klages was a member of the country’s most elite collection of musicians, and on Jan. 20, 1989, was slated to perform at former President George H.W. Bush’s inauguration.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo