Connors State College Building Futures One At A Time Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:31:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fall Festival Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:30:51 +0000 Port-FallFestival-DIG-2014

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Join the Basketball Pep Band! Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:38:55 +0000 BasketballPepBand_Interest_Digital

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Connors to Participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Day Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:50:51 +0000 DomesticViolenceAwarenessDay_Digital



The Domestic Violence Walk will be next Wednesday, October 22, 2014.  A bus and vans will leave Miller’s Crossing no later than 11:10 to take the participants to the County Courthouse.  At 11:45 AM from the Courthouse they will walk to the Mall where the Speak-out will be.  The Speak-out starts at 12 noon and will last no longer than 30 to 45 minutes.  The Silent Witnesses will be set up in the Mall for people to observe.  If you haven’t seen the Silent Witnesses I encourage you to do so.  Men are also encouraged to wear women’s shoes if they elect to, so as to meet the adage of “Walk a Mile in My Shoes.”  Awards will be given to the groups with the most participants.  For students, Jonathan Rowe and Heather Bumgarner will be there in their Connors shirts with clipboards so that students who attend can be excused for their participation.

If you are a club, group or organization, we encourage you to bring your banner.  If your students have a uniform, jersey or special clothing for their chose vocation please encourage them to wear it.   We will have a banner for all Connors participants to walk with as well.

We have always had great participation from the athletes and nurses and are excited about the other groups who are coming this year.  I am betting on the athletes and nurses again this year.

In this day and time taking an active stand against something isn’t always politically correct.  I know for most of you the thought and practice of violence against women and children is abhorrent.  If taking a couple of hours to express a personal feeling can make a difference for others, I am glad we can be afforded an opportunity to show where we stand.  The women and children in my life are not punching bags and they aren’t in your family’s lives either.  Life is too short for such drama and crisis.

Please contact me if you have any questions.


Mike Jackson

West Campus Administrator

Connors State College

2404 West Shawnee Avenue

Muskogee, Oklahoma

918-687-6747 Ext. 5426

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Feel Strong. Give Blood. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:01:11 +0000 10-27

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Warner’s Cowchip Day Festival a Success Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:19:45 +0000 On October 4, the Warner Chamber of Commerce hosted the 27th Annual Warner Cowchip Day Festival.

Connors State College was this year’s featured sponsor, hosting the 5K Bull Run, while Stacy Pearce, CSC creative services specialist, designed the festival logo, t-shirt and posters.

The day began early with the Third Annual 5K Bull Run on the Warner Campus. More than 200 runners competed, taking advantage of the crisp morning weather.

“This is the first year it hasn’t been raining during the run,” said Dr. Ryan Blanton, executive director of the Connors Development Foundation. “Rain or shine we are grateful for the support of all of our runners.”

The festival continued at Rogers Memorial Park where several Connors student groups and area organizations set up fundraising booths.

Festival goers enjoyed live music by Lifeline and Fly County Coalition, great food, and an inflatable castle and slides for children.

The parade featured several entries from community businesses and organizations. The CSC cheerleaders handed out candy and balloons, taking first place in the parade float division.

“I am so proud of our students, faculty and staff who came out today and supported our community,” said CSC President, Dr. Tim Faltyn. “It’s that kind of commitment that makes Warner such a great place to live.”

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CSC Haunted House Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:06:04 +0000 HauntedHouse_2014

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CSC Rodeo Team Places in Stillwater Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:25:25 +0000 The CSC Rodeo Team competed at the college rodeo held in Stillwater, OK and hosted by Oklahoma State University. Meghan Pohlman finished 1st overall and was the women’s breakaway champion for the weekend.  She finished 2nd in the long go, 2nd in the short go, and 1st overall.  Meghan also placed in the breakaway roping the previous weekend at the college rodeo held in Pratt, Kansas.  After this weekend’s win, Meghan is sitting atop the breakaway standings for the Central Plains Region.

Preston Ogden and CSC Alumnus Clint Jackson (OSU), placed second overall in the team roping, finishing second in the short round and second in the average.

Bull riders Kole Bowman, Jarod Shane Taylor, and Dakota Macom were all point earners.  Kole Bowman finished second in the short round and second in the average covering a total of 3 bulls for the weekend.  Shane Taylor finished 3rd in the long round, and Dakota Macom finished 5th in the long round.

CSC alumni CJae Lenhart (Pittsburg State) and Dylan Humphrey ( NSU) were also point earners. William Whayne (NWOSU) and Michael Edgmon (NWOSU) have also placed at the college rodeos this fall.

The last college rodeo for this semester will be October 30-November 1 at Alva, Okla.

Connors State College is a two-year Agricultural and Mechanical college located in Warner, Okla. The college boasts an impressive eleven agriculture degree options and is one of the leading A&M colleges in the region.

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CSC’s Former President Westbrook Inducted in the OACC Hall of Fame Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:09:20 +0000 IMG_7714Connors State College’s thirteenth president, Dr. Carl O. Westbrook, was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Hall of Fame. Westbrook served as President at CSC from 1978 to 1994 and was the first Connors president to come to the position with presidential experience at the community college level.

Westbrook always dreamed of being a rancher, but as a student at Sam Houston State University he found this dream put on hold. World War II called him into service in the Navy before finishing his bachelor’s degree in 1948.

From there it was at the University of Houston where he would gain his master’s degree. On the way to achieving his Ph.D., he took the opportunity to travel. It was in South America that he was part of a United Nations’ effort to study education. He, with 19 other team members from Italy, India and Great Britain, studied the school system of Columbia, saying it was one of the most broadening educational experiences of his life.

Upon his return, in 1965, Dr. Westbrook, his wife Emily and their son Vincent, accepted a graduate assistantship with the department of Agricultural Education at Oklahoma State University and he began his doctoral studies in agricultural education. With his residence requirements satisfied at OSU, he accepted the position of Director of New Mexico Vocational Technical School in El Rito. In 1968 he was hired by New Mexico State University to establish a branch campus in Grants, New Mexico. He served as head of this campus for four years before accepting a position as the Dean of Students and Professor of Higher Education at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. One year later, in 1973, he was elected President of Lamar Community College in Colorado where he remained for five years before moving to Oklahoma as the President of Connors State College.

“It provided a great opportunity for our family to move to rural America,” remembers Westbrook. “We really enjoyed our time in Warner as a family.”

Westbrook was the thirteenth president of Connors State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. He came on board at a time when school funding was low and yet, during his 17 years as President, the college experienced tremendous growth in people, buildings and finances. Under his leadership the college’s recruitment efforts were intensified, campus beautification was continued and renovation projects were strengthened.

Westbrook’s passion for people can be seen in the programs he began – programs that focused on enhancing the lives of others. The nursing program began and soon became one of the best in our region. An Agriculture Equine Program was developed to teach students the skills necessary to train horses. Programs in Service to the Aging and Child Development were added to teach students to care for the young and old alike.

Westbrook made a significant impact on his community. The love, passion and programs he offered to help others were a direct reflection of an individual who cared about people.

He made it his mission to reach out to the community. He developed a High School and Community Relations department to help others achieve their academic goals; and, an entertainment group was developed which allowed Connors students to travel throughout the state spreading the Connors mission and recruiting new students.

During his tenure, Connors’ branch campus in Muskogee became a reality. Associate Degree program offerings were increased. Campus buildings were built or extensively remodeled. Intercollegiate sports programs were expanded to include women’s softball and men’s and women’s tennis. National basketball and livestock judging championships were achieved; and, he developed an efficient faculty, staff and administration structure that gave each individual a sense of partnership in all endeavors.

“One of the best things I remember about my time at Connors was being able to sustain a great staff and expanding the college into the city of Muskogee,” said Westbrook. “Building a new campus there was one of my highlights.”

Under his command, Connors acquired 1,316 acres of land south of Warner that includes farmland, wetlands and wildlife habitat and is used to this day to teach students the importance of rural life. He built a new library and administrative wing, which was later named after him and is now known as the Westbrook Library and Learning Center. Four mounts after Westbrook’s retirement from Connors, the Oklahoma State University A&M Board of Regents asked him to serve as the interim president of Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell. Westbrook retired from OPSU in 1996.

“We are honored to continue the great work Dr. Westbrook started at Connors,” said CSC President, Dr. Tim Faltyn. “He has dedicated his life to teaching others and we are very grateful to have this opportunity to recognize a truly great leader.”

The Hall of Fame induction was designed to recognize the tireless commitment to improving higher education opportunities for all citizens in Oklahoma, regardless of their wealth, heritage, or previous academic experience. Throughout his career, Westbrook has been a well-respected leader, admired by faculty, staff, students, and peers.

“It is a very special honor for me personally,” said Westbrook. “This is truly one of the highlights of my career.”

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Student Cake Walk Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:29:54 +0000 cake-walk-2014

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Local Schools Participate in Jr. Aggie Day Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:04:53 +0000 On October 7th, the CSC Ag division hosted Junior Aggie Day Interscholastics.  There were 268 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students from all over Oklahoma.  They competed in Opening Ceremonies Contest; FFA Knowledge Quiz Bowl; Animal Science Quiz Bowl; Green Hand Written Quiz; Parliamentary Procedure and Equine Evaluation.   Here are the results:

JAD Results 1


JAD Results 2






Individual Results                               8


1st Kinley Highite                    126/200           Colcord

2nd Shania Bennett                  108/200           Colcord

3rd Abigal Potter                      106/200           Colcord

4th Tanner Nall                        106/200           Colcord

5th Kinder Kelley                    97/200             Colcord

6th Dason Martin                     85/200             Colcord

7th Emily Sisson                      76/200             Colcord

8th Mahayla Martin                  61/200             Colcord


Greenhand Written Quiz                    68


1st        Rebecca Brown                       Bethel

2nd        Emily Snow                            Porter

3rd        Austin Sack                             Tecumseh

4th        Russell McCreary II                Bethel

5th        Samantha Turner                     Porter

6th        Reagan Bookout                     Porter

7th        Ethan Shirley                          Tecumseh

8th        Kaleb Big Pond                      Oilton

9th        Jennifer Parnell                       Oilton

10th      Madison Todd                        Porter


Parliamentary Procedure                     38


1st        Baylee Heflin                          Eufaula

2nd        Allison Carson                        Checotah

3rd        Jordan Curtis                           Checotah

4th        R.T. Williams                          Checotah

5th        Will Shelby                             Madill

6th        Brayden Laws                         Madill

7th        Jesse Saxon                             Madill

8th        Kaylee VanMeter                    Checotah

9th        Laura Van Cleave                   Eufaula

10th      Haven Smith                           Colcord


Opening Ceremonies               20 teams

1st        Porter

2nd        Checotah

3rd        Madill

4th        Tecumseh

5th        Owasso

6th        Kellyville















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