Lankford wary of Iran negotiations
An historic agreement that Secretary of State John Kerry has made with Iran concerning its nuclear enrichment program drew concern from Congressman James Lankford. Lankford spoke Tuesday at a town hall meeting at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Kerry said Tuesday that the United States will work toward reaching a final comprehensive agreement that ensures Iran will not acquire a nuclear weapon. An initial agreement stipulates that Iran’s current nuclear program must be peaceful, Kerry said.
“And that has to be absolutely verifiable,” Kerry said.
Diplomacy always should be used to avoid a war by resolving an issue, Lankford said.
“But my real concern on this issue with Iran is we’re going to release some of the sanctions, and release about $7 billion back into Iran for the promise of future action in Iran,” Lankford said. “Iran has not been good in keeping promises of future action.”
UCO departments earn accreditation
The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Art and Department of Design recently became the only university departments in the state to earn accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
A multiple-year project, this accreditation seeks high standards on all levels, including an evaluation of the university, the college, the institution’s library and resources and the individual departments pursuing accreditation.
“Earning this national accreditation has been a tremendous effort of teamwork,” said Charleen Weidell, chairwoman of the department of art.
The process of accreditation also includes a microscopic look at all things inclusive to the individual departments, including studio space, equipment, technology and an emphasis on the teaching, curriculum, syllabi and assignments as reflected in the students’ work.
Teach for America chooses 2 OC students
Two Oklahoma Christian University seniors have earned selection to the competitive Teach For America program.
Katelyn Jackson is a psychology major from Jonesboro, Ark., and Hannah Ketring is an English/writing major from Nashville, Tenn. They are part of OC’s Honors Program and will both graduate this spring
Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits professionals and recent college graduates to teach for at least two years in low-income public schools.
“Students at any age level need people in their lives to support them and tell them that they’re competent and capable so they don’t get trapped in these patterns of failure,” Ketring said. “I’m looking forward to being that voice in their lives and saying that you can be more than what other people have told you that you are. You can rise above that.”
UCO hires Chrusciel as new vice president for administration
University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz has announced that Donald Chrusciel will join the university as Vice President of Administration.
Chrusciel comes to Central from Iowa State University where he currently serves as Business Services Director of Facilities Planning and Management, a position he held since 1999.
Students bring new life to Midwest City DHS playroom
Students from the University of Central Oklahoma Early Childhood Association and Family Life Education program recently revived the playroom at the Department of Human Services Adult and Family Services Center in Midwest City. The project offered students an opportunity to brighten the day for children who use the facility and put action behind what they learned in the classroom.
Brownie troop donates peanut butter to HOPE Center
Edmond’s Girl Scout Brownie Troop 343 recently conducted a peanut butter drive for the HOPE Center of Edmond. The troop of second and third grade girls from West Field Elementary and Frontier Elementary earned their Philanthropist badges by learning about helping those in need and the nonprofit organizations who provide food and clothing to people in Edmond.
The troop visited the HOPE Center to make their peanut butter donation and received a tour of the warehouse where clothing and food are collected. The girls met with Executive Director Chris Sperry who told them about the HOPE Center’s mission. The Brownies were allowed to stock the food pantry shelves with their peanut butter donations.
Pictured back, from left, are Madison Sutherland, Brittney Situ, Misty Situ, Mia James and Jada James. Bottom row, from left, are Kaitlyn Twenter, Brianna Lewis and Roneece Williams.
Northern Hills students take limo ride
Northern Hills Elementary students ride in a limo Friday afternoon to an Edmond Cherry Berry, a reward for their hard work on a school fundraiser.
UCO’S ‘Pack-A-Purse’ event serves incarcerated women
The University of Central Oklahoma’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center hosted “Pack-A-Purse” on Thursday in the Nigh University Center. The event benefited ReMerge, a prison-diversion and redirection program for Oklahoma women.
“Pack-A-Purse” assists incarcerated women’s transition back into society by fulfilling some of their most basic needs. Donated purses are filled with new toiletries, cosmetics and undergarments as well as gift cards to stores like Target and Walmart.
The VSLC collected new and gently used purses throughout the month of November and packed the bags at Thursday’s event.
“We really appreciate UCO choosing us as the beneficiary for Pack-A-Purse,” said Terri Woodland, program director for ReMerge.
Nepalese student crowned ‘Miss Asian UCO’
University of Central Oklahoma student Anuja Shrestha was crowned Miss Asian UCO 2013 at Central’s annual scholarship pageant celebrating Asian culture on campus. Shrestha, a nursing student from Nepal, received a $1,600 scholarship as a part of her winnings from the pageant.
Moore Schools hopeful as ad valorem statements approach
Moore Public School officials remain hopeful that the school system won’t suffer from a loss of property tax after the devastating May 2013 tornado. In fact, current figures suggest that Moore schools may benefit from a growth from last year to this year that will offset any property loss due to the tornadoes.
Property tax systems are based on the market value of real, personal and public service properties. All property in Oklahoma is taxable unless a federal or state law provides an exemption. Property taxes are the backbone of funding the local government and schools.
And, as with other schools in Cleveland County, Moore Public Schools counts on these property taxes to operate and secure bonds.
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