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State Tipoffs Involving Oklahoma Newsletter for Sunday May 31, 2020 ( 22 items )  

Inmates Write Powerful Thank You Letters to Okla. Department of Corrections Volunteers
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 28 -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections issued the following news: In the echo of solitude, words can resonate. Well timed, they have the power to move hearts. "You never know who's in need of a kind word," inmate Javier Welch said. "And your words, spoken from the heart of God could be what it takes to start turning things around." Recently, several churches and Prison Fellowship delivered care packages of kindness to Lexington Assessment and Reception Center. The ba  more

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Oklahoma Enacts New Measures to Better Hold Full-Time Virtual Charter Schools Accountable
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools issued the following statement by President and CEO Nina Rees: "Recently, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed House Bill (HB) 2905, authored by Representative Sheila Dills, into law. The bill addresses some of the problems with full-time virtual charter school education in the state. Oklahoma's current charter school law is vague in several areas and results in taxpayers sending significant sums of money to schools to prov  more

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Will Resume Face-to-Face Classroom Setting for Fall 2020
ALVA, Oklahoma, May 29 -- Northwestern Oklahoma State University issued the following news release: Northwestern Oklahoma State University officials have announced the university's intent to resume face-to-face instruction for the fall 2020 semester. "While we have reason to be proud of how we have all adapted to these challenging circumstances, we also realize that the physical campus with its full classrooms is the vital heart of our institution," said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university presid  more

Northwestern Oklahoma State University's Online RN-to-BSN Program Ranked #1 in Oklahoma
ALVA, Oklahoma, May 29 -- Northwestern Oklahoma State University issued the following news release: Northwestern Oklahoma State University's online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has been named the best online RN-to-BSN program in Oklahoma evaluated by RegisteredNursing.org. "Our nursing division continues to give our students the best educational opportunities," said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. "We have great leadership within the nursing division a  more

Okla. A.G. Hunter Advises Long-Term Care Facilities That Stimulus Funds Cannot Be Taken From Medicaid Recipients
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 28 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following news release: Attorney General Mike Hunter sent a letter to nursing homes and assisted living facilities statewide to inform administrators that taking Medicaid recipients' COVID-19 stimulus funds is illegal. According to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the economic impact payments are considered a tax credit, therefore exempt from federal benefits programs such as Medi  more

Okla. A.G. Hunter: Unmarked Stimulus Debit Cards Not Always a Scam
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 30 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following news release: In response to reports that some Americans are mistakenly discarding stimulus debit cards, Attorney General Mike Hunter urged Oklahomans to not assume the unmarked envelopes containing cards are junk mail. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced last week the agencies had begun the process of sending nearly 4 million Visa debit cards loaded wi  more

Okla. Department of Corrections: Visitation Set to Resume Next Weekend
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 30 -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections issued the following news: The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is set to resume inmate visitation next weekend. Visitation will be highly structured to accommodate social distancing. Visiting sessions will be two hours long and offered multiple days a week. More information will soon be available on visitation schedules. All visitors must abide by the following rules and any other rules posted inside the visitation room: * Re  more

Okla. State Regents for Higher Education: College Degrees Produced By Oklahoma Public Higher Education Continue to Increase
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 30 -- Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education issued the following news release: Degree and certificate completion at Oklahoma state system institutions rose in the last academic year, according to the latest Degrees Conferred in Oklahoma Higher Education report from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. During the 2018-19 academic year, students from Oklahoma public colleges and universities earned 36,702 degrees and certificates. This represents a   more

Okla. State Regents Receive Funding for Oklahoma Colleges, Universities
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 30 -- Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education issued the following news release: The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved $770.4 million in state appropriations for the state system of higher education for FY 2021. This represents a 3.95% decrease from the FY20 budget. "This is an unprecedented time for Oklahoma and for higher education," said State Regents' chair Joseph L. Parker Jr. "Our public institutions have been flexible and innovative in  more

Okla. State Regents' Council for Online Learning Excellence Honors Outstanding Work of Faculty, Staff, Administrators
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 30 -- Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education issued the following news release on May 29: The Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE), an initiative of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's Online Education Task Force, recognized a faculty member, an administrator and a university team for their outstanding work during today's State Regents meeting. Kristi Karber, professor of mathematics at the University of Central Oklahoma, was honored wit  more

Oklahoma City Community College to Offer In-Person, Online And Hybrid Classes This Fall
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 27 -- Oklahoma City Community College issued the following news: Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) announced today that the college will offer a mix of online, hybrid, and in-person classes beginning with their first eight-week fall term on August 17. "We are all still coming to terms with what the world is going to look like for the foreseeable future," said OCCC President Jerry Steward. "It is important that we meet students on their terms, wherever they fee  more

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Board Names Zumwalt as Interim Director
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 28 -- The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission issued the following news: The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission announced Shelley Zumwalt as the agency's Interim Director. The board held an emergency meeting and adjourned into executive session to interview candidates for the position. After returning to its regular session, the board voted 5-0 to name Zumwalt to the position. "I'm honored the OESC Board has selected me to lead this agency, but frankly, I  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt: Oklahoma to Begin Phase 3 of Open Up, Recover Safely Plan on June 1
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 30 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Oklahoma will proceed to Phase 3 of the Open Up and Recover Safely plan Monday, June 1, Governor Kevin Stitt announced Friday. Oklahoma currently has just 708 active COVID-19 cases out of nearly 4 million residents and 5,236 people have already recovered. Active cases in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties, the state's two largest, make up less than 0.03% of the population in their respective counties  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt: Three Oklahoma Schools Gifted $100K Don't Quit! Fitness Center
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 30 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt and Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils (NFGFC), announced the selection of three Oklahoma schools that will each receive a state-of-the-art $100,000 DON'T QUIT! Fitness Center. The multi-million dollar DON'T QUIT! campaign has named Hinton Middle School in Hinton, Stilwell Middle School in Stilwell and Idabel Middle School in  more

Oklahoma Panhandle State University Fall Semester Plan
GOODWELL, Oklahoma, May 28 -- Oklahoma Panhandle State University issued the following news release: The first summer session is underway with classes in session online, and the phased reopening of the university has begun. Since March, faculty worked tirelessly to make sure the student experience was a good one as we moved all instruction online for the spring. President Faltyn said, "their care and attention to our students' needs made all the difference. Our faculty have led the way in makin  more

Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader Floyd Democrats Call for Further Action by Governor Stitt on COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 30 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: On Friday, Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, sent a letter on behalf of the Oklahoma Senate Democratic Caucus to Gov. Kevin Stitt urging him to take further action on COVID-19 in nursing home and long term care facilities. To: Office of the Governor The Honorable J. Kevin Stitt Governor, State of Oklahoma Oklahoma State Capitol 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105 D  more

Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader Floyd Issues Statement on Update Regarding State Sen. Ikley-Freeman
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 27 -- The Oklahoma Senate issued the following statement by Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City: State Sen. Allison Ikley-Freeman, D-Tulsa, remains in the hospital but is in stable condition. Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, issued a statement Tuesday updating Ikley-Freeman's condition--she was seriously injured Friday morning in a collision on the Turner Turnpike while traveling to the state Capitol for the legislative session.   more

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education: Holdenville Resident Jack Sherry Appointed as New State Regent
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 28 -- Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education issued the following news release: Holdenville resident Jack Sherry has been appointed by Gov. Kevin Stitt as a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. His appointment was recently confirmed by the Senate, and he will be sworn in at the State Regents' June 25 meeting. Sherry will serve a nine-year term that expires in May 2029, replacing Regent Toney Stricklin. "We look forward to working with Reg  more

Oklahoma State Senate Advanced Mobility Pilot Program Signed Into Law
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 28 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: Legislation creating the Advanced Mobility Pilot Program, which could further the state's investment in emerging advanced transportation technologies, was signed into law by the governor on May 19. Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, was the author of Senate Bill 1688. The program allows for coordination between state government, community leaders and economic developers across the state to create jobs  more

University of Oklahoma-College of Medicine: CAR-T Now Offered at Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 27 -- The University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine issued the following news: CAR-T, an innovative treatment that harnesses the body's own immune cells to fight cancer, is now being offered at the Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children for young people diagnosed with a type of leukemia. The Jimmy Everest Center, a clinic within OU Children's Physicians, treats many young people with leukemia. In the pediatric population, CAR-T is specif  more

University of Oklahoma-College of Medicine: Stephenson Cancer Center Joins Additional Clinical Trials Networks
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 29 -- The University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine issued the following news: Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine has been selected to join additional networks within the National Cancer Institute that will expand clinical trials in two areas - early-phase drugs to treat cancer and therapies to prevent cancer. Stephenson Cancer Center took part in a highly competitive process to earn membership in the networks - the Experimental Therapeutics Clinical Trials  more

University of Oklahoma-College of Medicine: Stephenson Cancer Center No. 1 in Clinical Trials Enrollment
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 29 -- The University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine issued the following news on May 28: For the fourth year in a row, Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine is No. 1 in enrolling patients in clinical trials for the National Cancer Institute's National Clinical Trials Network. The distinction is among the network's Lead Academic Participating Sites, which represent the top cancer centers in the nation. Over the past year, Stephenson Cancer Center enrolled 330 p  more