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State Tipoffs Involving Oklahoma Newsletter for Sunday June 14, 2020 ( 18 items )  

City to Undergo Reorganization at Tulsa Animal Shelter
TULSA, Oklahoma, June 11 -- The city of Tulsa issued the following news: In February this year, the City issued a Request for Competitive Sealed Proposals (CSP) for management of the City's Animal Shelter (separate from animal control field operations and law enforcement, which must remain City functions). A panel was established to examine the proposals. The CSP process garnered substantive responses from three organizations, including the City's Tulsa Animal Welfare (TAW) team - Brandywine   more

Fulbright Scholar Yoncha Joins ECU Fine Arts Faculty
ADA, Oklahoma, June 9 -- East Central University issued the following news: East Central University welcomes Anne Yoncha, a Fulbright scholar, as an assistant professor to its Fine Arts faculty beginning in the Fall 2020 semester. She will teach 2D Design, Color Theory, Senior Seminar & Professional Practices and Art History Survey 1. Yoncha's path to ECU has been a fascinating one. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware in 2010 and followed that up with an MFA fr  more

Historic Greenwood District, East Tulsa Main Street Selected As 2020 Oklahoma Main Street Urban Communities
TULSA, Oklahoma, June 9 -- The city of Tulsa issued the following news: The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has selected Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District and East Tulsa Main Street as 2020 Oklahoma Main Street Communities. These newly designated Main Streets will join Kendall-Whittier Main Street and Route 66 Main Street as Destination Districts. Managed by the Tulsa Planning Office, the Destination Districts Program is a commercial revitalization program that aims to promote entrepreneursh  more

Kansas A.G. Schmidt: Oklahoma Woman Permanently Banned From Doing Business in Kansas
TOPEKA, Kansas, June 13 -- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued the following news release: An Oklahoma woman who operated a door-to-door paving company has been permanently banned from doing business in Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Linda Curry, of Enid, Oklahoma, d/b/a Midwest Asphalt, was permanently banned from doing business, including operating as a door-to-door salesman, in the State of Kansas. District Judge Teresa Watson yesterday approved the default judgment i  more

Northwestern BSN-to-DNP Program Receives Accreditation Through 2025
ALVA, Oklahoma, June 11 -- Northwestern Oklahoma State University issued the following news release: Northwestern Oklahoma State University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program was recently notified it has been fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The accreditation, which has a five-year term, was awarded following a rigorous process that included a site visit as well as a review of Northwestern's nursing curri  more

Northwestern Oklahoma State University: Northwestern Teacher Education Program Receives Full Accreditation
ALVA, Oklahoma, June 9 -- Northwestern Oklahoma State University issued the following news release: Northwestern Oklahoma State University's teacher education program was recently notified it has been fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Division of Education's bachelor's and graduate-level programs were accredited without areas for improvement. "The success of the accreditation process for teacher education at Northwestern is due to many p  more

Oklahoma City Community College Commencement to Be Held Virtually
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 10 -- Oklahoma City Community College issued the following news: Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) will stream its first ever virtual commencement ceremony on June 12 at 7:30 p.m. The virtual commencement was pre-recorded and edited to avoid mishaps and interruptions that faced other colleges who moved ceremonies online amid COVID-19. Students, families and all other interested parties can view the ceremony on or anytime after the release date and time, at www  more

Oklahoma City Community College: Black Lives Matter
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 8 -- Oklahoma City Community College issued the following letter by President Jerry Steward: Family is very important to me, as I know it is to all of you. This week, a relative decided to participate in some of the protest activities that took place around the country, and I was afraid for her. Proud, but afraid. I worried about her getting lost in the crowd, being arrested, being harassed or being harmed. I would do anything to shield her from violence or injusti  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Announces Guidance for Safe Nursing Home, Long-Term Care Facility Visitation
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 13 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt issued Amended Executive Order 2020-20, which allows for visitation to long-term care facilities to resume in a phased approach effective June 15. The Oklahoma State Department of Health has released guidance to ensure the safety of Oklahomans who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19 exposure while also considering the quality of life and dignity of the residents of long-term  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt, Superintendent Hofmeister Announce $16 Million in Incentive Grants to Oklahoma Schools
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 13 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced they have partnered to give eligible Oklahoma school districts an opportunity to apply for $16 million in emergency relief funds through the federal CARES Act. Incentive grant funds were made available through $8 million from the Oklahoma State Department of Education set-aside amount from the Elementar  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt: State, Tribes New Gaming Compacts Approved by Department of Interior
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 9 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt announced that the State's two new gaming compacts with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation have been deemed approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). "I am extremely pleased to learn that these new compacts have been deemed approved by the federal government," said Gov. Kevin Stitt. "I appreciate and respect the thoughtful leadership of Chairman S  more

Oklahoma State Senate Democrats Call for Racial Justice
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 10 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following joint statement with State Sens. Kevin Matthews and George Young: "In the aftermath of the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Oklahomans have responded with both grief and anger. Oklahoma Senate Democrats understand why so many people are responding the way they are. We affirm that Americans have a constitutional right to protest. We believe that black lives matter here in Oklahoma and all across our co  more

Oklahoma State Senate Hosts Blood Drive at the Capitol
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 12 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: The Oklahoma State Senate joined the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) on Thursday to host a blood drive for Senate members and staffers aiming to alleviate the shortage of blood caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. State Sen. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City, was one of 30 Senate and staff members who donated blood at the drive, which received enough donations to impact 90 lives. "There's a critical nee  more

Reggie Coleman Hired as Director of Oklahoma City Community College Bookstore
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 13 -- Oklahoma City Community College issued the following news: Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) has hired Reggie Coleman as the Director of the OCCC Bookstore. Coleman brings new insights and extensive industry experience to the campus bookstore. Originally from Lubbock, Coleman holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Texas Tech University and an MBA from Southern Nazarene University. "Reggie is an excellent choice to lead our bookstore team,  more

Southwestern Oklahoma State University Tri-Beta Chapter Named Tops in the Nation
WEATHERFORD, Oklahoma, June 10 -- Southwestern Oklahoma State University issued the following news release: Southwestern Oklahoma State University's Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society in Weatherford has been chosen as the outstanding chapter in the nation and presented the Lloyd M. Bertholf Award. The SWOSU Delta Sigma chapter was recently notified of the award for activities that took place during the 2018-19 academic year. Notification of the award was by Dr. Steve Ropski, who serves as n  more

University of Central Oklahoma Becomes Newest Member of International Houses Worldwide Organization
EDMOND, Oklahoma, June 9 -- The University of Central Oklahoma issued the following news release: The University of Central Oklahoma was recently accepted as the newest member of the International Houses Worldwide (IHWW) organization, an association of 17 International Houses that are separate, independent, nonprofit institutions, spanning four continents. The UCO International house, commonly referred to as the I-House, is a bridge that facilitates global engagement and intercultural proficie  more

University of Central Oklahoma Names Caddell Interim Dean of Mathematics and Science
EDMOND, Oklahoma, June 11 -- The University of Central Oklahoma issued the following news release: The University of Central Oklahoma has named Gloria Caddell, Ph.D., associate dean and professor of biology, as the College of Mathematics and Science's interim dean, effective June 30. Co-Interim Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs Charlotte Simmons, Ph.D., and Gary Steward, Ph.D., jointly stated, "Dr. Caddell has earned the respect of colleagues all across campus for her unparalleled work ethi  more

University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma: A Message From President Feaver on Racism and Violence
CHICKASHA, Oklahoma, June 8 -- The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma issued the following statement by President John Feaver: After watching repeated, unavoidable video images of George Floyd's last agonizing, dying moments on that pavement, I still find myself increasingly at a loss for words. It is simply unbelievable that in 2020--after all the struggles I have seen throughout my lifetime - that this inexcusable brutality remains a part of what should be a responsible, if not routin  more