July 2017

Q&A - July 28, 2017

Like many of you, growing up, I always enjoyed watching the Andy Griffith Show on television. Tuning in each week made me feel like Mayberry was a pretty special place to be. What it lacked in big city amenities, was more than compensated by its neighborliness and hometown charm. As a viewer, I cared about Andy Taylor, Barney Fife, “Aunt” Bee, Opie and their menagerie of quirky friends and neighbors too. In Mayberry, it seemed like friendships were lasting, and good neighbors watched out for each other. For many of us, the fictional TV town of Mayberry still represents the ideal small town— a tight-knit community with low crime, a slower pace of life, and wholesome fun.

Q&A - July 21, 2017

Establishing a scholarship fund is a common charitable goal for many individuals and organizations. It’s a wonderful way for donors to support education, strengthen their community, or to invest in deserving students. Many generous and kindhearted people establish scholarships as a way to give back to society or to show their appreciation for their own education. Like many of you, I received scholarships that helped me pay for my college education, and I am grateful. So this week, I would like to reflect on the merits of creating a scholarship.

Q&A - July 14, 2017

Have you ever awakened in the morning and just knew it was going to be a bad day? Sure enough, you stub your toe on the footboard of your bed, everyone at work seems to be in a bad mood, and negative things just seem to happen all day long. Or have you ever been invited to a party and just knew you were going to feel awkward or out of place? Once you arrived, your worst fears were realized. I believe each of us have these kinds of experiences from time to time, and they help solidify our beliefs about the world around us. But what if we could use this kind of thinking to our advantage?

Q&A - July 7, 2017

One of our objectives with renovating a building in the downtown district is to get students better connected to the town of Okmulgee and more familiar with its rich history. By creating student apartments in the Old Post Office, we hope to provide our students with a unique living and learning experience. So, we have been looking for photographs to display that tell the story of the building.