October 2017

Q&A - October 27, 2017

With the fall 2017 semester in full swing at OSUIT in Okmulgee, activity is happening everywhere. College students are coming and going throughout campus. They’re in classrooms and labs; gathering in dining halls and study areas. They’re traversing hallways and between buildings. Parking lots and residential halls are full. Program advisors and employers are meeting on campus and conducting business. Busloads of high school students are visiting campus to attend special events. Tour carts are loaded with prospective students and their family members. Ongoing building and grounds maintenance can be seen all over campus. Everywhere you look are the signs of endeavor and activity. This week, I think it’s very appropriate to address a couple of questions about current activity on campus.

Q&A - October 20, 2017

Everything you thought you knew about downtown Okmulgee is about to change. Mark your calendars now! OSUIT is planning an Open House for the Grand Old Post Office on Tuesday, November 28. Don’t miss what may be the public’s only opportunity to tour this beautifully renovated structure on the northeast corner of 5th and Grand. Okmulgee is rising before our very eyes, and you can be part of history in the making. Watch this column for more information. There is, however, a way you can show your support today. Let me explain how.

Q&A - October 13, 2017

Every day, we are getting closer to opening the OSUIT Grand Old Post Office student housing complex. Very soon, 75 lucky students will call this fully renovated facility “home.” I say “lucky” because these students will enjoy all the amenities of living in a partially furnished apartment. This beautiful facility is a far cry from being a “dorm” and really should not be referred to as such. Rather, the GOPO is better described as a university-owned and operated apartment complex. Unlike a dorm, every apartment unit has its own living room, kitchen, bathroom, and private bedrooms. Every single apartment in the complex is unique. There are no two floor plans that are just alike. No, this is not your father’s college dorm experience.

Q&A - October 6, 2017

The power of community-wide cooperation was on full display last Saturday at the Okmulgee Airport. Okmulgee AirFest soared above and beyond all expectations. It represented a coalition of numerous local groups and organizations that volunteered their time and resources to make it happen. While it’s difficult to single out the efforts of one person, I’d like to acknowledge Bruce Force who was at the center of it all.