January 2017

Q&A - January 27, 2017

A few weeks ago, I gave you an assignment, and many of you did exactly as I requested. I encouraged you to consider the first impression people get when they visit Okmulgee. So, you got in your cars and scrutinized Okmulgee from all the main roads into town and many of you reported seeing “eyesores” all over town. Yet, this article is not intended to single out any specific examples; it’s just a summary of observations conveyed to me.

Q&A - January 20, 2017

Many times, I have said “one of the secrets of our success at OSUIT is that we hire the right faculty members.” They are not just “professional teachers,” they are “professionals who teach.” In response to this week’s question, allow me to tell you about our two most recent “Regents Distinguished Faculty Award” recipients and then about the two most recent “Outstanding Faculty Member” honorees. Each exemplify the finest tradition of teaching excellence at OSUIT.

Q&A - January 13, 2017

I have known so many people who live in a town where there is a popular tourist attraction who say they have never visited the attraction. People who live in beach towns that don’t go to the beach—people that live near a mountain resort who have never been to the resort property. They benefit from the tourist dollars in their community but never find time to visit the attraction themselves. How can they expect to be ambassadors for tourism in their community if they have no firsthand knowledge of those things that attract tourists to their community?

Q&A - January 6, 2017

One of the most gratifying things for those of us involved with the renovation of the Old Post Office Complex in downtown Okmulgee has been the knowledge we are bringing new life to a forgotten and deteriorating building—a grand old structure that needed a lot of attention. OSUIT is rescuing not only the building itself but several elements within the building, e.g., old doors, hardware, fixtures, moldings, plaster walls, brick, and skylights.