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2007

A four-member RSU team participated in a workshop titled “Making a Difference in Student Learning: Assessment as a Core Strategy,” conducted by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in Lisle, Ill. Team members included Dr. Larry Minks, vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Linda Andrews, assistant vice president for institutional research, planning and assessment; Dr. Jeff Gentry, head of the Department of Communications; and Dr. Bert Tollison, head of the Department of Business.

Charles Atkins, instructor, presented “Leadership in Life and Business” at the International Management and Research Group in Athens, Greece. 

David Blakely, assistant professor, presented a paper titled “Brechtian Techniques in 'Buffy, the Vampire Slayer'” at the Southwest Pop Culture Conference. He also participated in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region IV as an Irene Ryan Respondent and 10-minute play mentor.

Dr. Diana Clayton, assistant professor, conducted a day of domestic violence training sponsored by the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General for law enforcement officers, prosecutors and victim advocates. The program was titled “Strategies for Domestic Violence: Merging Victim Protection, Officer Safety and Abuser Accountability.”

Cathy Coomer, instructor and general manager of RSU Radio, developed and implemented a sports underwriting campaign for radio coverage of RSU men's and women's basketball and Claremore High School football. She also has worked with the RSU athletics program on additional corporate underwriting for the station, including writing and producing 30-second announcements for air during games. She also negotiated a contract for “Cherokee Voices,” a new 60-minute program on RSU Radio.

A book titled “Sitting on the Hellmouth: Reality in Fiction in Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” edited by RSU faculty members Dr. Emily Dial-Driver, Dr. Sally Emmons-Featherston, Dr. Jim Ford, and Dr. Carolyn Taylor, has been accepted for publication by McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers.

Dr. Juliet Evusa, assistant professor, presented a paper titled “A Thematic Analysis of Female Genital Mutilation Debates across the Media: 1986-2001” at the 2007 Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association Convention.

Dr. Hugh Foley, associate professor, lectured as part of Big Read, a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also gave presentations at Oklahoma State University, Yale University, Washington University, and the Muscogee (Creek) Tribal College. In May, he coordinated the 30th Annual RSU Graduation Honor Powwow.

Dr. Jeff Gentry, associate professor and head of the Department of Communications, presented a paper titled “Using YouTube: Practical Applications for 21st Century Education” at the annual convention of the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communications Association in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Frank Grabowski, assistant professor, reviewed the book “A Companion to the Classical Greek World” by Konrad Kinzl in the journal European Legacy. He also presented a paper titled “Bertrand Russell's Odd Appeal to Instinct and its Promising Implications for Theism” at a meeting of the Dallas Socratic Society.

Dr. Dana Gray, instructor, completed and successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “Uses and Perceptions of Online Learning Components in Hybrid Courses by Full-Time Business Instructors at Comprehensive and Regional Public Universities in Oklahoma” at Oklahoma State University. Along with Dr. Bert Tollison, she wrote “Student Perceptions and Use of Online Learning Components in Hybrid Courses” for the Journal of the Oklahoma Association of Teacher Educators. In addition, she serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of the Oklahoma Association of Teacher Educators.

Dr. Mary Mackie, associate professor, was writer-in-residence at the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Ark., where she continued work on her second novel.

Denny Schmickle, assistant professor, recently designed a logo for the RSU band program. He also designed posters and other promotional materials for the Tulsa musical trio Stevedore, as well as the poster for Dr. Greg Thompson's play “An Evangelist Drowns.” In addition, his work appeared in art exhibitions at RSU and the College of the Ozarks.

Dr. Kirk Voska, associate professor, participated in the National Science Foundation's Concept Inventory Meeting in Washington, DC. The purpose of the meeting was to encourage the development and use of conceptually-based assessment tools in different disciplines such as chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics.

Lee Williams, instructor, worked as a freelance producer for ABC News last summer, covering the flood in Miami, Okla. He also conducted interviews with two women from Guthrie, Okla., who witnessed a woman and her child being removed from a commercial airliner by an overwrought stewardess for the ABC program “Good Morning America.”

Bob Willis, assistant professor, and Dr. John Uzzo, associate professor, represented RSU at the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants Career Night in Tulsa. Willis also attended the Oklahoma Reach Higher Adult Degree Completion Program at Langston University in Oklahoma City, where he received a certificate of appreciation for his contributions to the program.

Dr. Kevin M. P. Woller, acting head of the Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice, served as a judge at the 2007 Oklahoma Psychological Association student research competition, and as a reviewer for the new Allyn and Bacon child psychology manuscript titled "How Children Develop: The Science of Change."