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RSU Receives Over $1 Million in Coronavirus Relief Funds for Student Grants

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Markham Hall on April 30, 2020. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hillpost.

Earlier this week, RSU announced the availability of direct student aid from the coronavirus relief bill passed by the U.S. Congress. This includes over $1 million in grant money available to RSU students.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, popularly known as the CARES Act, provides emergency federal funding to replace money lost in the struggling economy. Within its provisions, the act includes direct aid to millions of Americans, allocates funding for small business recovery loans, and reforms parts of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration drug review process. The legislation also established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

In a statement on April 9, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos described the department’s intentions to begin distributing allocations from the fund. Priorities for the fund are to “get support to those most in need as quickly as possible. That starts with college students,” said DeVos.

“I gave my team a charge… get support to those most in need as quickly as possible. That starts with college students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet.”

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On April 27, RSU began accepting applications from students for grant money. The university established the RSU CARES Grant to help students cover financial needs created by the pandemic such as “childcare, housing, food, and coursework needs” said RSU Vice President of Enrollment Management and Registrar Heidi Hoskinson.

Hoskinson explained that the RSU CARES Grant comes from a $2,586,804 allocation from the U.S. Department of Education. Half of the allocation, $1,293,402, must directly go to students who qualify. RSU students may apply for the RSU CARES Grant through their MyRSU account, under the student tab.

To be awarded a grant, students must be eligible to receive federal student aid funds. Hoskinson, however, encourages “all current students to apply for the CARE Grant.” Students who may not be otherwise be eligible may be assisted with other available aid.

Hoskinson explained that students should apply for the RSU CARES Grant, even if they think they may not be eligible. RSU students will be asked to explain how they have been affected from the COVID-19 outbreak on the grant application.

For more information regarding the RSU CARES Grant, RSU students may contact the Office of Financial Aid at (918) 343-7553 or at finaid@rsu.edu.

Jake Brillhart serves as the editor-in-chief for the Hillpost. He is a junior studying public affairs with a focus in media communications. He frequently covers stories related to state and local government and campus policy. After graduation, Brillhart plans to pursue a Master of Public Administration and begin a career in higher education.

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Allied Health Degree Becomes Fastest Growing Program at RSU

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RSU allied health students practice patient assessment and care. Students practice hands-on training as a part of their health sciences degree program. Photo courtesy of Brian Coley, RSU.

It is a story 29 years in the making and involves an Oklahoma Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame inductee. Brian Coley serves as the lead instructor for the Allied Health, B.S., program. Last year, Coley approached the School of Professional Studies with an idea to expand RSU’s offerings of health science degrees.

Coley spoke to School of Professional Studies Dean Susan Willis, and together, they worked to establish an allied health program that will prepare RSU students for a variety of healthcare careers and graduate degrees.

“I’m at a part of my career where I want to work with and teach students before they go onto their master’s,” described Coley. The allied health program offers options in athletic training, physical therapy, and occupational therapy and currently has over 90 declared students.

Licensure in Oklahoma as an athletic trainer requires individuals to possess a bachelor’s degree. However, an increasing number of athletic training positions are requiring master’s degrees. This is where Coley saw an opportunity.

“9% of our high schools [in Oklahoma] have certified athletics trainers,” said Coley. The demand for them is increasing. Over the next eight years, the United States Labor of Bureau Statistics expects the profession to grow by 19%.

Currently, only three Oklahoma universities offer a graduate degree in athletic training. Coley explained the curriculum for RSU’s allied health program aligns with the prerequisite courses for Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa, and University of Central Oklahoma.

Courses RSU students will take include: Biomechanics, Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, and Methods of Strength and Conditioning. Coley explained longterm plans to eventually embed a strength and conditioning certification into the degree. “We want to make sure they’re prepared,” said Coley, “there is a shortage in physical therapy.”

RSU student Nate Callis, front left, practices taping an injury in the Health Sciences Building. Photo courtesy of Brian Coley, RSU.

Mya Hilderbrand, a junior studying allied health, described her experiences in the program. “I took a sports medicine class in high school and really enjoyed it…. when I came to RSU they only had a fitness management degree, but it wasn’t what I wanted.

“Then, my sophomore year I heard RSU adopted the allied health program, and it offered the exact degree I wanted. So far, the program has been amazing. Professor Coley, the main director of the program, has done an amazing job.

“He is extremely informative and prefers to do a lot of hands-on activities, which important for this field of work. He also cares a great deal about his students and offers any help they may need,” said Hilderbrand.

Allied health students can expect a hands-on experience with opportunities for field experience. Whether a student is “in a clinic, on the sideline” or helping at the Hillcat Fun Run, they will have the opportunity to practice their skills. The end goal is students to “walk into their first [graduate] class, and they’re ready to go,” said Coley.

Students interested in the Allied Health, B.S., program should visit the Department of Health Sciences website or consult their academic advisor.

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RSU Releases President’s, Dean’s Honor Roll List for 2020 Spring Semester

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Flags wave outside of Preparatory Hall at RSU on March 17, 2020. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.

This Friday, RSU released the list of honor roll students for the 2020 spring semester. All in all, over 500 students from dozens of towns across Oklahoma and the country were recognized.

In order for a student to qualify for honor roll recognition, they must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours. Classes where a student opted for a pass grade or did complete the course do not factor into the final grade point average calculation.

RSU recognizes students with a 4.0 grade point average for a semester as a part of the President’s Honor Roll. Students who finish with at least a 3.5 grade point average are recognized as a part of the Dean’s Honor Roll.

The following list comes from RSU’s website and is organized alphabetically by each recipient’s hometown.

President’s Honor Roll: 

  • Ada: Brianna Rose DeAngelis
  • Adair: Corey Dillon Murphy, Mary Elizabeth Schilt-Masterson, Christopher Merritt White
  • Antlers: Hayden I. McNutt
  • Arcadia: Alex Nicole Wynn
  • Bartlesville: Sohaib Ali, Lyssa Leann Barnett, Nathan William Chlumsky, Brittany Suzanne Cole, Ashton E. Cowart, Jill LeAnn Garrison, Hannah Elaine Hancock, Kayla Hart, Brooke Michelle Henley, Alma Delia Henning, Misty Sonshine Lee, Joanna Moger, Zachery Ryan Pingry, Jerrod Ross Quindt, Francisco J. Serrano, Bethany Ann Nicole Spalding, Joel M. Swindell, Derrick Hayes Trotter, Tristen Thomas Tucker, Caleb Sawyer Williams, John Dillon Woods
  • Big Cabin: Dustin A. Cagle, Logan W. Douglas, Apriella Jane Farrar, McKenzie Faith Malone, Nathan G. Midgley, Riley Lorene Oaks, Trevor Davis Williams
  • Bristow: Adelle Martin
  • Broken Arrow: Samuel J. Chapman, James Everett Copeland, Aaron M. Field, Hannah K. Gray, Jennifer Renee Hall, Bethany Kaye Hill, Dylan Cade Huffman, Alexander Keith Jochmans, Michael J. Keegan, Vanessa Candice McKinney, Nguyen Chung Binh Nguyen, Tracey Leigh Noftz, Hallie Anne Seltzer, Ashlee Alexandra Sherwood, Sierra Rayne Skaggs, Emily Renee Thomas, Jennifer Hong Tran, McClaine Abigail Wright
  • Buffalo: Perla Campos
  • Catoosa: Elizabeth Ann Corbly, Hannah Marie Ennis, Damon William Phelps, Megan Porter, Neil Sood
  • Chelsea: David Beck, Lindsey Jordan Hughes, Megan Marie Jones, Sierra Dawn Ross, Tristan Blake Wooten
  • Choctaw: Amber M. Anderson
  • Chouteau: Alli Grace Winters
  • Claremore: Osama Abolail, Katelyn Michelle Alexander, Taylor Nicole Alley, Leah Fyrn Anderson, Hannah M. Baird, Abby Renee Beller, Katelin Bowen, Sarah Elizabeth Carter, Taylor D. Charles, Mia Victoria Chavez, Matthew A. Choate, Kyle Jacob Countess, Benjamin Bradley Cron, Alexandrea D. Culp, Mark Daniel Davis Mariah Davison, Wesley Scott DeSpain, Celestia Samantha Elder, Ronnie Paul Epperly, Kaleb Levi Estes, Wyatt Awesome Evans, Elizabeth Jayne Garner, Alexa Giselle Garrett, Ingrid Daniela Gomez, Jessica Carrie Green, Carrie Elizabeth Hammack, Megan Sue Hammonds, Tyler A. Hastings, Gracy Kathryn Head, Tori Colleen Hensley, Christopher J. Holland, Tucker D. Hopkins, Nathanael J. Hull, Candace Dawn Husong, Morgan Kay Hutchison, Elijah Taylor Jarboe, Traci Johnson, Collin Wells Karst, Zachary Edward Kays, Colton T. Keys, Kyle James Lahmeyer, Shelby Lambert, Nicole L. LeGates, Daniel Lucas, Tarah Ellen McCorkle, Katlyn Marie McDonald, Lindsey Lea McMillan, Jamie Nicole Mertins, Cheyenne N. Miles, Lynsey Grace Moniz, Karisa Dawn Morgan, Jackson A. Mullins, Cassandra D. Oats, Alaina R. Orban, Thomas J. Palmer, Tomi Jene Partezana, Morgan L. Phillips, Ragina A. Prehn, Faith Ann Rector, Mikala C. Richardson, Tayler N. Robertson, Ashley Brooke Rogers, Chalene Natchee Rogers, Matthew Ryan, Valeria Patricia Salinas, Cheyenne Kaylee Sanders, Raechel M. Schiedel, Kaleigh Shaye Schumacher, Jason Skinner, Lauren A. Smith, Juliana Lynn Spencer, Alaina M. Sprague, Julie Yvonne Springer, Elizabeth Rae Staton, Kole Wesley Stutler, Josie Mae Switala, Kiefer Graham Thomas, Sierra Elizabeth Thompson, Dathan J. Wade, Carliesha Walker, Jordan Deahn Walker, Melissa LeeAnn Watson, Dayton Michael Wickham, Elizabeth A. Wickham, Lynn Michael Williams, Mandy K. Williams, Bethany Ann Wilmoth, Rachael Evelyn Winfrey, Penny Wright, Rachelle L. Yewell, Lyndsey Beth Young
  • Cleveland: Samantha Lee Pickerill, Tailor S. Sanders, Clarrisa Elaine Tilley
  • Colcord: Jamie D. Wallace
  • Collinsville: Jake M. Brillhart, Gloria R. Butts, Sarah Anne Cirilo, Lesa Cunningham, Scott Lloyd Davis, Rylee Ann DeLozier, Megan Edgecombe, Jakob Scott Griffith, Bryce Sanchez, Madelyn Grace Suitor, Casey Vang, Tori Eileen Washburn
  • Coweta: Katelyn Jacoby, Ashley Ryan
  • Cushing: Skyler Jayne Fairbanks
  • Dewey: Tanner George, Allen Dean Godfrey, Tyler J. Kelley, Joseph Phelan
  • Edmond: Mackenzie Hannah Belyeu
  • Enid: Jaime Abrahan Ponce
  • Eufaula: Nellie Mae Groom
  • FPO, AP: Marcus May
  • Gauersheim, Germany: Patrizia Schaefer
  • Glendora, California: Bria L. Salazar
  • Glenpool: Taylor Grace Earp, Sierra Michelle Knipe
  • Greenville, Texas: Kaylee Bobbitt
  • Harrisonville, Missouri: Bailey Virginia Kliewer
  • Harrogate, Tennessee: Bridget Lee LeBoeuf
  • Haskell: Erin K. Lewis
  • Havant, United Kingdom: Matthew Paul Sweetman
  • Havelock, Ontario: Anthony Salvatore La Rosa
  • Henryetta: DarciJo M. Johnson
  • Ho Chí Minh City, Vietnam: Tien Kieu Nguyen, Chau Huynh Nhat Phan
  • Inola: George A. Jones, Rachel A. Maras, Joshua Drew Peters, Anna Kate Smith, Nykol Alyss Williamson
  • Langley: Daisy L. Delgado
  • Lawton: Kira Michelle Carter
  • Locust Grove: Elizabeth Lynn Bond, Daniel Ray Littlefield, Lauren Elizabeth Smith, Jennifer A. Stanglin
  • Mesquite, Texas: Hailey Helen Gunn
  • Midwest City: Maycie Renee’ Macfarlane
  • Mooreland: Jackson Tyler Stinnett
  • Mounds: Brock Holden Smith
  • Muskogee: Janay Nunley
  • Mustang: Case Jeffery Woodard
  • Norman: Kylee S. Brewer
  • Nowata: Nico Armando Marquez, Darla Rae McMahon, Suzanne M. Pruett, Kelsey L. Ward
  • Oklahoma City: Chester Eugene Taylor
  • Oologah: Hannah Victoria Allen, McHale Lynn Baker, Bailey Bowman, Kyndall J. Coffman
  • Owasso: Kira Dionne Arbuckle, Brittany Lynn Baker, Naomi Kristine Beckwith, Kelsey Anne Bellmyer, Erika R. Berry, Bailee E.L. Bilyeu, Dimitri C. Bologna, Nathan Daniel Conrad, Ashley Rose Diaz, Madison N. Dunn, Camdyn Nicole Ellis, Hannah Grace Gray, Laura E. Gray, Lauren Harshfield, Mya Octavia Hilderbrand, Rosalind Shea Hobbs, Ashley Hollars, Taylor Lynne Kurtz, Sabrina Kate McBroom, Quinn Eileen McCormick, Maria Eduarda Mota, Madison Lynn Mullinax, Stephanie Michelle Munford, Emily G. Parker, Madeline Rose Parker, Valerie M. Pfeifer, Derek E. Purdum, Elise Marie Quiroz, Kaleigh Lynn Revard ,Clayton Sanders, Joseph Martin Speer, Cambry R. Standridge, Bailey Stringer, Evan Paige Wallace, Rebekah Cheree Wilson
  • Palm Bay, Florida: Kimberly Marie Wood
  • Park Hill: Ricardo Angel Salazar Alanis
  • Pawhuska: Leah Dawn Strahm
  • Pawnee: Cassidy Beck
  • Payson, Illinois: Vanessa Gajdosova
  • Pharr, Texas: Mariana Flores Guajardo, Paulina Flores Guajardo, Raquel Flores Guajardo
  • Prague: Kinsey Grooms, Seth W. McLaughlin
  • Pryor: Sara N. Abbott, Samantha J. Applegate, Heather Danielle Clark, Grant Alan Crupper, Matthew Jordan Dodson, Bayliegh Jean Fields, Demetria L. Huntley, Shiloh D. Johnson, Rebekah Leigh Kallin, Amanda E. Laning, Sidney Littlefield, Michael Lee Newton, Brandon Jeffrey Nixon, Brittany Ellen Nixon, Suzanne Irene Payne, Cade Ryan Russell, Trenton James Siever, Logan McKay Smith, Jacob Scott Lee Troyer, Zane Griffin Turley, Stephanie Webster, Emily Grace Wengerd
  • Ramona: Taylor Nicole Myers, Taryn Thompson
  • Riverside, California: Sabrina Nicole Anguiano
  • Rose: Franklin Huff
  • Salina: Shania Harris, Nathaniel Boyd Morgan, Jacob David Pirkey
  • Sallisaw: Jennifer D. Stemmer
  • San Diego, California: Grant Chamberlin Ruthenberg
  • Sand Spring: Kimberly Jade Watkins, Elizabeth Garzanelli, Harley Ray Martin, Kaleb Whitcraft
  • Sapulpa: Jacquelyn Lonewolf, Hannah L. Lovy, Monica R. Scott, Isabelle Wagner, Nicholas Clay Williams
  • Siloam Springs, Arkansas: Audrey Danae Maxwell
  • Skiatook: Moriah Rachel Rake, Camron Luke Rehling, Amanda Stewart, Jayne Rene Stringfellow
  • Sperry: Steven K. Holcomb, Austin D. Kirkpatrick, Chacy Emmanuel Ong Llido, Samantha J. Torix, Dalton Gray Wolf
  • Tahlequah: Kaitlyn Elizabeth Newton, Emily G. Woodard
  • Talala: Destiny Cherie Dailey, Alexis Caesara Trammell, Colton Drue Wagoner
  • The Woodlands, Texas: Jonas A. Mioen-Dahlstrom
  • Tulsa: Brandy Janice Asberry, Jordan C. Ballard, Stephanie Barbosa, Madaleine Elana Brown, Gabriella Adriana Sophia Decker, Zoey Nicole Duty, Callyn Francisco, Anas M. Khan, Grant B. King, Janny Soledad Leyva, Zoey Isabella Martinez, Stephanie Metz, Duc Minh Nguyen, Cassandra Yemi Olawale, Torie Lynn Pulliam, Jesus Ramirez Gaytan, Eric R. Sheckels, Elizabeth Kay Wellendorf, Austin Troy Wormell
  • Vinita: Margaret Mae Brown, Emily N. DeVore, Ethan A. Wilson
  • Wagoner: Emily Hankins, Karleigh Paige McMahan
  • Wake Forest, North Carolina: Kimberly Ann Nave
  • Washington: Katherine Elizabeth Roswurm
  • Weatherford: Justin L. Jennings
  • Weleetka: Melissa K. Cloud
  • Yukon: Brennan J. Mubarak

Dean’s Honor Roll:

  • Afton: Brooklynn Jane Cunningham, Tayah Joann Holmes
  • Agra: Baylee Marie Murray
  • Baldham, Germany: Nicolas Noel Julian Horder
  • Barnsdall: Morgan Faith Barham
  • Bartlesville: Jacob Ainesworth, Adam Amaral, Samuel Michael Anderson, Wallace C. Barrows, Jakob K. Blattler, Sarah Ann Boyd, Jaycee Jo’Ann Brake, Zane Caleb Brumley, Kaleigh Dohn Bryant, Mercedes A. Campbell, Jackson Rice Duncan, Mackenzie B. Fesler, Nathan Thomas Fredenburg, Tehya R. Gaines, Andrew C. Garrison, Josiah Gott, Mikka Hackenberger, Derek Howard, Dre Michael Kertson, Kelsie Michelle Lane, Tiffany Nicole Loosen, Shama Tal Lurie, Austin David Manley, Katie Diane Newcomb, Matthew Lee Pingry, Timothy F. Pittenger, Skyler Raycob, Zareth San Juan, Jason L. Shambles, Claire K. Sparks, Piper Nicole Thompson, Kendra L. Whitehead, Chad Wayne Williams, Caleb Thomas Wisinger
  • Beggs: Jordan Rachelle Eggleston
  • Big Cabin: Morgan M. McSpadden, Aaron Potter
  • Bixby: Rachel B. Black, Anna Elena Sanchez, Adam Kenneth Winegarten
  • Blackwell: Landon Wynn
  • Bluejacket: Kathryn Ann Shelton
  • Brantford, Ontario: Jordan Tyler Stamp
  • Broken Arrow: Halie Erin Beard, Nathaniel Shea Callis, Addison Nicole Catlett, Autumn Marie Duncan, Hailey Brianne Eglinton, Clayton Matthew Fanning, Kendall Blake Freeman, Kaylee J. Graham, Marissa Harvick, Marcela Kitchens, Ameera Bianca Mendoza, Bailey Ruth Mullins, James David Nold, Tierra Phelps, Lauren J. Phillips, Kylie Don Ray, Brooke Selby, Christopher R. Sowder, Laura M. Summers-Dawson, Brittany Ann Turnage, Rachel Olivia Woodson, Ashley Grace Wyatt, Yihan Yu
  • Buffalo: Noel Sophia Cleveland
  • Camarillo, California: Mason Harvey
  • Caney, Kansas: Aggie Christian LeeAnn Franklin
  • Carrollton, Texas: Ashley Katheryn Anderson
  • Cashion: Stephen Vaughn Raney
  • Catoosa: Britlan Helm, Skylar K. Peaster, Mallorie Grace Plunk, Gabriel M. Seiler
  • Checotah: Ethan Thomas Parker
  • Chelsea: Caitie R. Gann, Hunter Cole Nixon, Donna K. Reed-Gabriel, Dakota Renee Ross, Kameron Tyler Thompson
  • Chouteau: Sarah Cochran, Maci Fleak, Joshua Glazebrook, Jeffrey C. Jackson, Juan Paulo Ortiz Torres
  • Claremore: Lauren Alexis Alley, Jennifer Andrews, Kaylee Nicole Arndt, Kelsey Lynn Bart, Travis Dillon Brand, Jonathan Andres Bravo, Michelle D. Brogdon, Sydney L. Bukhres, James A. Cagle, Katelyn M. Callender, Mikela Ahnawake Campos, Caitlyn D. Cash, Morgan Lee Choat, Kaitlyn Rae Church, Abigail Brooke Clark, Jamie D. Cotner, Kyndra Denise-Marie Cotner, Timothy Roy Culbertson, Benjamin Adam Curry, Carson Danley, Matthew Tyler Darnell, Abigayle Grace Davenport, Jack Diebels, Kambrie N. Dyer, Ryan Michael Eberley, Hunter Ryan Edwards, Zackary B. Ellard, Brody Mitchell Freeman, William C. Fullhart, Giovannina A. Gargone, Emily V. Garrett, Riley Raeann Graves, Macy Taylor Green, Jalen R. Greer, Kateln Rose Hall, Kathryn Ella Hoch, Callum David Edward Hubble, Noah James, Brittany LaVonne Jones, Christopher Jordan, Talon Blaine Jost, Maggie Revae Joyner, Torey L. Keag, Amber L. Keil, Autumn Mckenzie Keys, Sarah K. Laughlin, Kurt Joseph LeVan, Nicholas Mansfield Lomax, Amanda Sue Mathews, Jereme Franklin McCollum, Brittnie McGaugh, Brendan W. McHugh, Alexis Lynn McMullin, Tayten R. Miller, Andrew Michael Montalbano, Nathaniel Ryan Moore, Lemuel Hunter Overton, Chandler N. Payne, Tien Vu Thuy Pham, Tra Thuy Huong Pham, Aubree M. Pixley, Matthew Pizana, Kimberly Rabang, Hunter Derrin Lee Ransom, Sarah Michelle Rice, Patricia A. Rickman, Robert Lloyd Riggs, Delaney Faith Rumsey, Logan Taylor Schovanec, Hannah Lauren Smoot, Emma Gabrielle Grace Spear, Lauren Michele Stauffer, Spencer R. Sullivan, Kylah NoraMarie Swisher, Kevin Terneus, Julia M. Teter, Madilynn Paige Tiller, Maria Doris Turley, Christopher John Watson, Olivia Grace Weaver, Nicholas A. Webb, April Willhoite, Andy Douglas Willis
  • Cleveland: Breyana Faythe Estep, Claiborne Murray, Kristen Lynn Pederson, Madison Elizabeth Weber
  • Coffeyville, Kansas: Paige Price
  • Collinsville: Kendra R. Clark, Michayla Renae Hamm, Casey Jane Kellogg, Laci Mae Lord, Molly Rhames, Dylan Chase Russell, Raymond Leon Smith
  • Coweta: Courtney Lynn Brown, Emily Paige Leatherman, Logan Douglas Meehan, Taylor Noel Schwier, Elizabeth Zimin
  • Crothersville, Indiana: Katrina Ann Christian
  • Cushing: Nateah Wright
  • Dallas, Texas: Sydney Marie Connelly
  • Davenport: Anthony Scott Daugherty
  • Dayton, Texas: Kayla Lanee’ Pruitt
  • Depew: Taylor Mahogany Flowers-Biglow
  • Dewey: Genevieve Elyn Arnett, Roniell Paul Millien, Tara Spears
  • El Paso, Texas: Andrea Marie Morales
  • Essex, England: Michael David Turner
  • Fairfax: Dalton Ray Hahn
  • Fort Worth, Texas: Danelle Renee Day
  • Fullerton, California: Allison C. McFetridge
  • Garland, Texas: Payton Sabolski
  • Glendora, California: Maggie Lee Brown
  • Glenpool: Lauren N. Bridgewater, Caden Grant Coleman, Raymond Jacob Kitchens, Aaron G. Ware
  • Gore: Westley Allen Hudspeth
  • Grants Pass, Oregon: Vanna L. Racca
  • Grove: Katie Lynn Hendren, McKayla Ryan Rutherford
  • Harker Heights, Texas: Jacques J. Morgan
  • Henryetta: Colton J. Green
  • Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam: Ha TranThien Nguyen
  • Hulbert: Linda K. Drywater
  • Inola: Chandler Duncan Fuller, Trina Renae Jones
  • Jay: Angela Marie Dahl, Anastasiya Dunaway-Knight
  • Jenks: Braden Lee Giesecke
  • Kansas: Jacqueline Bailey Phillips
  • Kellyville: Lindsey Ruth Russell
  • Kiefer: Kayla Ann Fetters
  • Kingston: Sara Sue Nickell
  • Leavenworth, Kansas: Alicia K. Brown
  • Lenapah: Gatlun Kage Thomas
  • Locust Grove: Lexi R. Johnston
  • London, England: Cairo R. Allen, Jordan Jamahl Watson
  • Los Angeles, California: Janell Leslie-Ann Hernandez
  • Mannford: Shelby Paige Bartlett, Jessica Sue White
  • Midwest City: Blake A. Blanton, Kadyrn Guitron
  • Morrison: Callie Rae Eyster
  • Mounds : Kristian B. Reiss
  • Muskogee: Jack Allen Schultz, Elexis Watson
  • Nashville, Tennessee: Kyle A. Bean
  • Noble: Jaelynn Sue Unger
  • Nova Lima, Brazil: Mateus Hildeo Reis Lara
  • Nowata: Amber Lyn Bird, Kelsey A. Dobson, Mariah Shae Dobson, Christopher Daniel Morgan, Sierra J. Parrett, Katie C. Wright
  • Nylstroom, South Africa: Carmen Schutte
  • Okay: Tara Rachele McNeely
  • Oklahoma City: Te’Erra Briscoe, Hunter Hart, Michael Paul Tarlton, Abigail Brianna Leigh Taylor
  • Okmulgee: James Patrick Price
  • Oologah: Alexander James Bilinski, Megan Nicole Boughman, Mistty Ann Breedlove, James Noah Buchfink, Sarah Hammond, Samantha Joan Harmon, Natalie Jean Pascoe
  • Overbrook: Grace Irene Campbell
  • Owasso: Emma G. Adams, Karina M. Cappelletti, Jordan Alexis Capron, Brooks A. Cataudella, Morgan Robert Clements, Jarrod Quinton Cooper, Alexander Crowe, Andrew J. Delaney, Ashlyn Nicole Dunn, Dianna Kensington Fly, Bryan T. Garrett, Mary Laurel Gaston, Melanie B. Hagebusch, Jacob Charles Hammond, Alec Connor Harrelson, Bailey Erin Jarvis, Tyler Nelson Jent, Kenzie Ann Lamb, Chloe Marie Meydag, Erin Danielle Novar, Evan John Osborn, Evan Plew, Lauren Elise Rice, Paul Michael Riddle, Valerie Laurynn Russell, Ambry Dawn Stewart, Miranda Elise Thibodeau, Caitlin Elizabeth Thompson, Kirk Don Wahlgren, Westley David Yarbrough, Kyle Christopher Young
  • Ozark, Missouri: Britni Nichole Campbell
  • Pawhuska: Robert Murdock
  • Pearl City, Hawaii: Davin Kapuras
  • Perkins: Danielle M. Maddox, Ashley Nickole Shipman
  • Pocola: Daniel A. Underwood
  • Ponca City: Jarrett Ryan Lay, Maegen N. Swenson, Kori Beth Watters
  • Pryor: Spencer C. Bakke, Breanna Lynn Brock, Madison Lee Brock, Kelsey Lynn Collins, Kendall F. Duniphin, Shaylee R. Freeman, Sydney Marie Grass, Alexander Jacob Hamilton, Payton L. Harris, Sarah Elizabeth Hatfield, Sethlynne Paige Ingram, Mattie Grace Johnston, Emily Tailor Manners, LaTosha Kay McFarland, Victoria Middleton, Chloe Elizabeth Miller, Bradley S. Nixon, Jessie Eugene Peckenpaugh, Taylor L. Rhoads, Justin Rogers, Justin Brett Simpson, Makayla A. Thomas, Brayden Lane Tibbets, Stephen C. Valenzuela
  • Ramona: Ashley Rachel Bailey
  • Rowlett, Texas: Jordyn Amaya Beard
  • Salina: Dennis L. Ackley, Graci Michelle Gann, Gloria Ward
  • San Diego, California: Victor Ceniceros
  • Sand Springs: Karee Dawn Alvarez, Matthew Phillip Gilliland, Lynsey Nicole Naugle
  • Sapulpa: Jaeden L. Coon, Carter E. Haley, Kyler Neal Ramsey
  • Seminole: Gavin Blake Crabtree
  • Siloam Springs, Arkansas: Brooklyn Carroll Buckminster, John Chandler Cook
  • Skiatook: Emily Ryan Akers, Riley Marie Buck, Samantha N. Conn, Jeffrey Samuel Hammontree, Preston W. Moore, Jensen Scott Pittman, Lauren Brooke Ross, Barry Joseph Taylor, Tanner Austin Thoendel
  • Sofia, Bulgaria: Zyong Anh Tran
  • Spavinaw: Lisa Gail Grissom, Carrigan Paige Veach
  • Sperry: Deicy Bencomo, Darrel Gene Hall, Casey Abbott Heaberlin, Jason A. Swanson
  • St. John, Kansas: Cole Landon Kinnamon
  • Tahlequah: Erikah Reed, Lilly Kristina Nicole Sosa
  • Talala: Zane Thomas Hooks, Shauna Marie Ogles, Tyler Edward Riedel
  • Toronto, Canada: Nicholas Andrew Follett
  • Tulsa: Jared D. Bakker, Hallie Marie Battles, Julia A. Blackfox, Shea Lyn Brandt, Maithia Chang, Jacquelin Chavez, Peyton Melissa Chill, Juan Felipe Estrada, Jordan Ramon Flood, Miguel Angel Flores, Kristina Nakia Gonzalez, Lucas Han, Bria Harris, Kendel Genean Haynes, Kaitlyn Herbert, Brandy N. Holmes, Cade Fleet Lauderdale, Meghan Annalise Malcom, Sarah Ann Mattox, Ifunanya MaryJane Nwokolo, Karina Quintanilla, Tyler Sisson, Kevin S. Snider, Courtney M. Tairent, Sarah L. Valois, Breona Haley Williams
  • Verdigris: Logan Woller
  • Vinita: April Diane Buchanan, Matthew Wayne Christian, Stephanie Renee Collier, Olivia G. Goss, Michael A. Haltom, Devan Jade Satterwhite, Taylor S. Steinhoff, Hannah Stephens, Heidi Stephens, Amy Christina Wilkins
  • Wagoner: Kathryn Marie Roberts
  • Wann: Kellie Anne Talbott
  • Wichita, Kansas: Sydney J. Murray, Justin S. Noble
  • Wynona: Alicia Ann Kennedy
  • Yukon: Ivy Jackson, Desiree Morale

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OU Board of Regents Approve No Tuition Raise for RSU Among Other Decisions

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All members of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents met on June 18, 2020 for the first time. Screenshot by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.

For the first time in the history of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, the governing board met entirely online today to discuss business affecting the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University, and RSU. Among other decisions made, the 127 year-old governing board made the decision to approve RSU’s request to not raise tuition.

The meeting was chaired by Regent Frank Keating, a former Governor of Oklahoma. RSU President Larry Rice and Vice President for Administration and Finance Mark Razor presented nine items for consideration before the regents. Agenda items ranged from academic changes to university finances.

“We based our budget upon a very conservative enrollment number,” said Rice. During his presentation of RSU’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Rice summarized key areas of it. RSU is anticipated to bring $32,015,849 in revenue and is anticipated to expend $33,417,709.

According to the meeting’s minutes, full-time university faculty and staff who earn $25,000 or more “will be required to take 96 hours of unpaid furlough.” This amounts to one day each month or an approximate 4.6% wage cut. However, the report included by RSU states “if the University meets certain enrollment benchmarks, the furloughs will be cancelled.” The proposed budget passed unanimously.

Four items were considered together and were passed unanimously by the regents. These included:

  • Lowering the admissions requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from 72 hours to 60 hours
  • Approving a new four credit hour chemistry course that would satisfy the physical science requirement for a student’s general education
  • Approving the $160,000,000 Campus Master Plan of Capital Projects that reflect long-term plans for campus improvements
  • Renewing the university’s contract with Sodexo Food Service until June 30, 2021 including a $52,500 signing incentive
  • Approving a contract with Source One Management Services Inc. to provide custodial services to all of RSU’s campuses
  • Appointing Dr. Amy Richards, Department of Health Sciences, to the Bernsen Endowed Professorship in Nursing effective August 1, 2020
  • Naming Dr. Sue Katz-Amburn, Department of Biology, as professor emeritus

Previously, RSU announced it would seek to not raise tuition or fees for the 2020-21 academic year. “We want to ensure that all RSU students have the opportunity to succeed when they enroll,” said Rice in a May press release. The regents approved this measure, and it will go before the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for final approval.

Additionally, the regents approved a freeze on meal plan increases. All meal plans used by residents and those used by commuters or faculty will remain at their current rate.

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