Candid Campus TV Series to Showcase RSU

State University will be featured during two upcoming episodes of a television program focusing on Oklahoma’s state colleges and universities.

The Nov. 29 broadcast of “Candid Campus” will focus on RSU student and residential life, while the Dec. 20 episode will highlight the Bit by Bit Therapeutic Horse Riding Program.

Both episodes are scheduled to air at 10 p.m. on OETA Channel 11 in Claremore and Tulsa.

“Candid Campus” is a 20-show series produced by the Higher Education Alumni Council of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University Educational Television Services.

The Nov. 29 episode, titled “New and Improved Institutional Programs,” will feature an interview with Dr. Michael Turner, RSU dean of student affairs, and Kyla Leverett, president of the RSU Student Government Association and resident assistant at the RSU Student Apartments. The six-minute segment discusses student life at RSU including student-focused programming, campus organizations and other activities. Turner also discussed the university’s residential life programs, which includes on-campus student and family apartments.

The Dec. 20 episode, titled “Healthier, Happier and Invested: Partnerships in Oklahoma,” will profile Bit by Bit, a program that uses horseback riding to promote physical and mental health for children with special needs. The riding sessions help participants improve balance, walking, language and cognitive skills. Bit by Bit is a cooperative program between RSU and Oologah-Talala Public Schools. The university is currently conducting a $2.2 million fundraising campaign to construct an off-campus facility that would house Bit by Bit and the university’s rodeo team.

A future episode of the “Candid Campus” series will feature a story about RSU’s Center for Economic and Community Development. The broadcast date for that episode has not yet been announced.

RSU’s Stratton Taylor Library previously had been featured by the program.

Lance Ward serves as host and Gwin Faulconer-Lippert is the reporter for the series.

Ward is a former secretary of the Oklahoma State Election Board and the Oklahoma State Senate. Faulconer-Lippert is a professor of mass media communications at Oklahoma City Community College.

“Candid Campus” also is being rebroadcast on RSU-TV at 9 p.m. on Thursdays. The station is broadcasting the episodes approximately two weeks following the show’s initial airing on OETA. RSU-TV broadcasts on UHF channel 35, Claremore and Tulsa cable channel 19, and more than 70 cable systems in northeastern Oklahoma and southern Kansas.