Connors State College http://connorsstate.edu Building Futures One At A Time Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:34:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Don’t miss out on fun CSC campus activities this August! http://connorsstate.edu/dont-miss-out-on-fun-csc-campus-activities-this-august/ http://connorsstate.edu/dont-miss-out-on-fun-csc-campus-activities-this-august/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:18:21 +0000 http://connorsstate.edu/?p=6344 Don’t miss out on fun CSC campus activities this August!

Don’t miss out on fun CSC campus activities this August!

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MLT Begins Construction http://connorsstate.edu/mlt-begins-construction/ http://connorsstate.edu/mlt-begins-construction/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:42:28 +0000 http://connorsstate.edu/?p=6338 David Eckerson, Muskogee Little Theatre Board of Directors president, talks about MLT’s history and dreams Tuesday during groundbreaking for a new MLT facility at Third and Columbus streets.

David Eckerson, Muskogee Little Theatre Board of Directors president, talks about MLT’s history and dreams Tuesday during groundbreaking for a new MLT facility at Third and Columbus streets.

MLT begins construction

New facility to take up to 15 months to finish

By Cathy Spaulding Phoenix Staff Writer

— As officials prepared to break ground Tuesday for a new Muskogee Little Theatre, supporters already shared plans for the new building.

“I hope to start an after-school program,” said MLT board member Chrissy Lewis. “We haven’t had space to do that at all in the old theater. We hope to have after-school classes with theater productions each semester.”

Dozens of MLT supporters gathered Tuesday evening at the southwest corner of Third and Columbus streets to break ground for the 15,500-square-foot facility.

David Eckerson, president of the MLT board of directors, said the groundbreaking celebrates the theater’s 45-year history and a 10-year-dream.

“Some 45 years ago, a handful of volunteers staged productions on borrowed stages with borrowed resources, often funded by the volunteers themselves,” Eckerson said.

MLT later operated out of a former elementary school at 325 E. Cincinnati Ave. About 10 years ago, MLT’s board of directors decided the existing theater was too small and too old to allow continued growth, Eckerson said.

Tuesday’s groundbreaking also celebrated MLT’s successful fundraising campaign. The City of Muskogee Foundation gave MLT a $5.5 million challenge grant if it could raise the first $1 million of its goal of $6.5 million within two years. The goal was exceeded earlier this year by what Eckerson called “one of the most successful capital campaigns in the history of Muskogee.”

MLT Executive Director Coni Wetz said the new facility could take 15 months to build and be completed by September 2015. She said the main stage area will have 260 seats — 100 more than the current building. It also will include a black box theater featuring movable seating and stage area, a lobby and an area to build sets, she said.

“That will help,” said performer and backstage crew member Braden Thompson. “We won’t have to go out in the heat and paint flats.”

Longtime MLT patron Ben Robinson said he must have appeared in at least 25 plays over the past 40 years.

“For a while, I was doing four a year,” Robinson said.

“For a while, MLT had trouble finding people to be in productions,” said patron Glenda Broome.

“I always wanted to be in the productions,” Robinson said. “I have vivid memories of getting a ship painted on my belly. It was so cold in the basement, it was like torture. It was a dirt floor.”

The new theater will anchor a new cultural district, a major goal for the Action In Muskogee (AIM) initiative.

“AIM is an effort of real people who want real change to happen,” said AIM Committee Co-Chairman Tim Faltyn. “When we were putting all this together, we were talking how important it was to have things on the board early, this (the MLT project) immediately came to the front. It was going to be done.”

Faltyn said he had learned that “life is a lot more about momentum than about motivation.”

“What today means is that we are moving in the right direction,” he said. “We have all the momentum we need.”

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Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb Visits Connors http://connorsstate.edu/lt-gov-todd-lamb-visits-connors/ http://connorsstate.edu/lt-gov-todd-lamb-visits-connors/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:37:44 +0000 http://connorsstate.edu/?p=6330 Lt. Gov

Oklahoma’s Lieutenant Governor, Todd Lamb, recently visited Connors State College. Lamb spoke with youth at State Representative Jerry McPeak’s “Be a Champ Camp.”

 

 

Camp teaches animal show skills

CSC event attracts participants through word of mouth

By Cathy Spaulding Phoenix Staff Writer

— Texas high school senior Carly Cox credits Jacob Rickman for introducing her to Be A Champ Camp.

The two teens spent Friday afternoon inside the Connors State College show arena, grooming a Black Angus. Motivational posters reading “Chance favors the prepared” and “Winners are ex-losers who kept on trying” hung overhead.

“This is my first year working a steer ever,” said Carly, 17. “I didn’t know anything about steers when I got here. This got me ready for shows.”

More than 100 participants from 13 states attended this week’s session of Be A Champ Camp, which is geared to helping students learn how to groom and show cattle and sheep. Former CSC agriculture instructor Jerry McPeak, who has conducted the camp since 1982, said more than 400 kids came to one of this summer’s three sessions.

“It’s bigger than last year,” said McPeak, who also is a state representative. “The reason it gets larger is all word of mouth. We don’t advertise.”

Jacob Rickman, 17, of Cedar Park, Texas, had a reason to bring Carly to Be A Champ Camp.

“She’s my girlfriend,” Jacob said, adding that he is in his second year at the camp. “I just like the way they teach everyone to learn new things, and they are always enthusiastic,” he said.

McPeak said he wants the camp “to help these kids to become competitive with their sheep and cattle in the show ring.” Newt Hutchison, 9, of Canton said he has learned to clip his lowline cow and prepare it for show. “And I learned showmanship,”

Newt said. “You got to be a good showman in the ring.”

Jacob said last year’s Be A Champ Camp helped him show cattle over the past year.

“Coming here taught me everything I needed to know about showmanship and working hard,” he said. “I got reserve champion at a local show.”

Participants get a strong dose of motivation as they learn showmanship and livestock grooming.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb visited the camp Friday afternoon to encourage the participants.

“This is my third year to come to the camp,” said Lamb, who grew up raising cattle near Enid.

Lamb has credited his experience with livestock with helping create a work ethic.

Many former Be A Champ Campers return as camp assistants or instructors.

McPeak said he seeks to instill a positive attitude with the camps.

“The real point of the camp is, if you can be good at this, you can be good at anything,” he said.

 

 

 

 

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Mefford Hired as Connors State College Head Livestock Judging Coach http://connorsstate.edu/mefford-hired-as-connors-state-college-head-livestock-judging-coach/ http://connorsstate.edu/mefford-hired-as-connors-state-college-head-livestock-judging-coach/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:02:27 +0000 http://connorsstate.edu/?p=6298 Clint Mefford recently joined Connors State College as head coach of the Livestock Judging team.  Mefford’s vast experience in livestock judging make him a valuable addition to the CSC agriculture program.

Clint Mefford recently joined Connors State College as head coach of the Livestock Judging team. Mefford’s vast experience in livestock judging make him a valuable addition to the CSC agriculture program.

Having grown up in the cattle industry, Clint Mefford is thrilled to join the Connors State College family as the Head Coach of the Livestock Judging Team and as an agriculture instructor.  His vast experience in livestock judging make him a valuable addition to the CSC agriculture program.

Growing up in Central Point, Oregon, Mefford learned the agriculture trade at a young age.

“My family has farmed and ranched in southern Oregon now for six generations, so the foundation for my experience and what I look for in livestock starts with lessons taught to me by both my parents and grandparents,” said Mefford.

Mefford transferred to Oklahoma State where he was a member of the 2010 National Champion Livestock Judging Team and also tied for high individual overall. In May 2011 he received his bachelor’s degree in animal science.

“I credit Dr. John Edwards, the director of Magness Land and Cattle in Plateville, Colorado, with giving me the push I needed to leave home and come out to Oklahoma in the first place.  I am very thankful for his guidance,” he said.  “My coach, Dr. Mark Johnson asked me to stay on as his assistant livestock judging team coach while I pursued my masters in agricultural communications. I helped coach the 2012 National Champion Livestock Judging Team which is easily one of my proudest moments so far in my coaching career.”

Mefford has proven his skills both as a livestock judger and as an educator.  He conducted published research on the skills gained by competing on judging teams, with the title of his thesis being “Interpersonal and Career Skills Gained from Competing on an Oklahoma State University Judging Team.”  He also judged at Redlands Community College where he was named an All American.

“Many of my friends and livestock judging teammates at OSU hailed from Connors.  Their unrivaled love and loyalty to the school always piqued my interests,” said Mefford.  “Connors’ reputation as a premier agricultural school is well known throughout the country, so I felt an opportunity such as this was too good not to take. I love livestock judging and working with college students and I feel Connors takes both of those variables very seriously.

“As a former livestock judging participant and now coach, I am austere in my belief that all animal science judging teams can contribute positively to a fulfilling collegiate experience. Animal science judging teams provide students with essential interpersonal skill development and allow them to network with an array of industry professionals. So my philosophy consists of believing that as an effective judging team we must serve as a vessel to help take these students to the next level.”

For more information on the Connors State College Livestock Judging Team, visit www.connorsstate.edu.

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CSC Hosts Successful Open House http://connorsstate.edu/csc-hosts-successful-open-house/ http://connorsstate.edu/csc-hosts-successful-open-house/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:05:38 +0000 http://connorsstate.edu/?p=6275 Connors State College Recruiter Spencer Nero offers a free T-shirt to Ravene Bolden who was seeking degree information at a recent Open House.  Connors will host a second Open House on the Warner campus in the Fine Arts building on Sat., July 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Connors State College Recruiter Spencer Nero offers a free T-shirt to Ravene Bolden who was seeking degree information at a recent Open House. Connors will host a second Open House on the Warner campus in the Fine Arts building on Sat., July 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Connors State College Recruitment Department held an open house at their Muskogee West campus on Thursday June 26, 2014.  Current and future students, as well as many community members were there to learn more about what Connors has to offer.

“I think the event went very well,” said CSC’s Director of Recruitment, Logan Knapper.  “We had a good turn out and were able to meet a lot of potential students.”

Many different departments from Connors participated in the event, offering advice and information.  Lisa Wade, director of the Muskogee Difference Healthcare Scholarship talked to participants about the free scholarship offered through Connors State College and the City of Muskogee Foundation.

​“We have partnered with the City of Muskogee Foundation to offer free tuition for students living in Muskogee County working to obtain a degree in nursing or allied health,” said Wade.  “It’s a great program that is helping Muskogee County students achieve their dreams, while also adding to our local health care workforce.”

In addition to valuable information, attendees were offered free pizza and drinks as well as CSC shirts and other merchandise. Muskogee radio station Okie Country 101.7 FM was on site to offer free T-shirts.

Connors will host a second open house on the Warner campus in the Fine Arts building on Sat., July 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more information call (918) 463-6270 or visit www.connorsstate.edu.

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Pilgrimage done with mules http://connorsstate.edu/pilgrimage-done-with-mules/ http://connorsstate.edu/pilgrimage-done-with-mules/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:01:14 +0000 http://connorsstate.edu/?p=6278 Charlie Peters of Owosso Township, Mich., guides his mules around a parking lot in Warner. Peters and his wife, Herminia Peters, paused in the town to do laundry and rest. They are headed for Okemah, where Charlie Peters’ father, a World War II veteran, is buried. Peters, a Vietnam veteran, is thanking other veterans.

Charlie Peters of Owosso Township, Mich., guides his mules around a parking lot in Warner. Peters and his wife, Herminia Peters, paused in the town to do laundry and rest. They are headed for Okemah, where Charlie Peters’ father, a World War II veteran, is buried. Peters, a Vietnam veteran, is thanking other veterans.

Charlie Peters adjusts a bandage on one of his mules. He tried to complete the trip in 2013, but the mules he had then were killed in a crash.

Charlie Peters adjusts a bandage on one of his mules. He tried to complete the trip in 2013, but the mules he had then were killed in a crash.

With two mules pulling a green wagon, Charlie Peters continues his journey to thank his father.

“I’m going to Okemah to visit my father’s grave,” the Michigan resident said Monday afternoon during a rest stop in Warner. “He was a World War II veteran and I’ve never been to his grave. So, I am going to go to his grave and say ‘thank you for your service.’”

Peters, a Vietnam veteran, said he also seeks to share that thanks with other veterans. That’s why he’s taking the mules, Tom and Jerry, along country roads and back roads, averaging about 20 miles per day, he said.

“I’m trying to meet everybody,” said Peters, a retired GM machinist. “I want to thank all the veterans I meet along the way.”

Peters, 69, is traveling with his wife, Herminia Peters, 67, in a wagon built for the trip. Charlie Peters said the wagon features solar panels, water, iPads, and “a nice bed in the back.”

They paused in Warner to wash clothes and eat. Herminia Peters said they were to spend that night at Connors State College before taking the remaining 60 or so miles to Okemah.

The Peterses are finishing a journey they began in May 2013 in their central Michigan hometown of Owosso Township. That trip was cut short after nearly 900 miles when their mules were hit and killed in a crash July 24 near Ozark, Ark. Charlie Peters suffered rib injuries, according to an Arkansas News report.

“So I’m finishing the trip this year,” he said. “I went back to where I had the wreck and started again.”

Peters said his father’s family lived on a farm near Okemah. He said his father, R.H. Peters, served in the Army and fought in Germany. He also served in occupied Japan, Charlie Peters said, adding that his father died seven or eight years ago in a veterans home in Talihina.

Peters recalled growing up in Arkansas, where his father took him fishing and hunting.

“He was a great dad,” he said, recalling that his father’s most important life lesson was “never quit.”

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CSC Holds Softball Camp http://connorsstate.edu/csc-holds-softball-camp/ http://connorsstate.edu/csc-holds-softball-camp/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:13:15 +0000 http://connorsstate.edu/?p=6272 Connors State College Assistant Softball Coach, Michael Deese, teaches a student the basics of the game at the CSC Softball Camp held Sat., June 28.  To learn about other youth summer camps available at Connors State College visit www.connorsstate.edu.

Connors State College Assistant Softball Coach, Michael Deese, teaches a student the basics of the game at the CSC Softball Camp held Sat., June 28. To learn about other youth summer camps available at Connors State College visit www.connorsstate.edu.

The Connors State Cowgirls softball field was busy this Saturday, June 28, as girls ages eight to 18 crowded around to learn the basics of the game.  Participants worked on basic softball skills such as hitting, throwing and pitching.

“It was a great camp,” said CSC Head Softball Coach Rick Carbone.  “Our Assistant Softball Coach, Michael Deese, is great with the girls and they learn a lot.”

Connors State College hosts a wide variety of youth summer camps.  For more information visit www.connorsstate.edu.

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Dell Special for CSC Students http://connorsstate.edu/dell-special-for-csc-students/ http://connorsstate.edu/dell-special-for-csc-students/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:29:30 +0000 http://connorsstate.edu/?p=6231 17563_BTS_Student_Banner_466x366Special student deal:
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Youth Participate in Connors’ Wilderness Camp http://connorsstate.edu/youth-participate-in-connors-wilderness-camp/ http://connorsstate.edu/youth-participate-in-connors-wilderness-camp/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:35:13 +0000 http://connorsstate.edu/?p=6224 Students at the Connors State College GEAR UP Wilderness Adventure camp were given the opportunity to learn about college life, experience nature and make new friends.

Students at the Connors State College GEAR UP Wilderness Adventure camp were given the opportunity to learn about college life, experience nature and make new friends.

Students at the Connors State College GEAR UP Wilderness Adventure camp were given the opportunity to learn about college life, experience nature and make new friends.

Students at the Connors State College GEAR UP Wilderness Adventure camp were given the opportunity to learn about college life, experience nature and make new friends.

More than 60 students spent a week on the Connors State College campus as part of the Wilderness Adventure program offered by the college and the Oklahoma GEAR UP U program.  This free science and leadership development camp was designed to give students entering 9th, 10th and 11th grades the opportunity to experience college life.

“We want the kids to get a taste of college life,” said Program Administrator and Connors’ Biology Instructor, Dr. Stewart Woods.  “Camp gives them an opportunity to stay in the dorms, get to their sessions on time and experience the activities we have available here at Connors.”

Camp participants spent most of their time at the college’s 1,300 acre ranch learning about wildlife and shooting sports.  They were also exposed to a variety of other classes such as computers and biology.

“My favorite part was shooting skeet,” said freshmen participant Allison Maddocks.  “The camp was a lot of fun and I made a lot of new friends.”

Connors State College offers a wide variety of summer camps for kids.  To learn more visit connorsstate.edu/connors-to-host-several-youth-camps/

Students at the Connors State College GEAR UP Wilderness Adventure camp were given the opportunity to learn about college life, experience nature and make new friends.

Students at the Connors State College GEAR UP Wilderness Adventure camp were given the opportunity to learn about college life, experience nature and make new friends.

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Connors to Host Several Youth Camps http://connorsstate.edu/connors-to-host-several-youth-camps/ http://connorsstate.edu/connors-to-host-several-youth-camps/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:01:07 +0000 http://connorsstate.edu/?p=5958 Connors State College will host several youth camps this summer in an effort to offer kids a fun and educational experience.  Camps are as follows:

 

  • June 11 – June 14                  Jerry McPeak’s Be a Champ Camp (Cattle Camp)

Cost: $350

Ages: 9 – High School Sr.

Place: Connors State College

 

Participants will learn basic and advanced showmanship, clipping, grooming and feeding up-to-the-minute techniques taught by professionals.  The tuition fee includes meals, lodging, entertainment, swimming, T-shirt and special awards.  For more information call (918) 351-3163 or (918) 490-0650 or visit www.connorsstate.edu or www.beachamp.com.

  • June 15 – June 20                  Science Camp

Cost:  Free

Ages: Students entering 9th, 10th or 11th grade

Place:  Connors State College

 

Students of this Wilderness Adventure Program will encounter the great outdoors at Connors’ 1,300 acre ranch.  They will experience numerous nature activities such as research projects on two lakes and handling snakes and spiders.  For more information or to register call (918) 682-0002 or visit connorsstate.edu/gearup.

 

  • June 16 – June 19                  Boys’ Basketball Day Camp

Cost:  $100

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ages:  8 to High School Sr.

Place:  Melvin Self Field House, Warner Campus

 

Students will learn the fundamentals of basketball and receive a free T-shirt.  For more information or to register call (918) 463-6231 or visit www.connorsstate.edu.

 

  • June 22 – June 27                  Science Camp

Cost:  Free

Ages: Students entering 9th, 10th or 11th grade

Place:  Connors State College

 

Students of this Wilderness Adventure Program will encounter the great outdoors at Connors’ 1,300 acre ranch.  They will experience numerous nature activities such as research projects on two lakes and handling snakes and spiders.  For more information or to register call (918) 682-0002 or visit www.connorsstate.edu.

 

  • June 28                                   Softball Camp

Cost:  $60

Ages:  8-18

Place: Cowgirls Softball Complex, Warner Campus

 

Students will work on all softball skills such as hitting, throwing and pitching.  Students should bring a glove and a bat and will receive a free T-shirt.  For more information or to register, call (918) 869-2859 or (918) 463-6291.

 

  • June 29 – July 2                     Jerry McPeak’s Be a Champ Camp (Cattle Camp)

Cost: $350

Ages: 9 – High School Sr.

Place: Connors State College

 

Participants will learn basic and advanced showmanship, clipping, grooming and feeding up-to-the-minute techniques taught by professionals.  The tuition fee includes meals, lodging, entertainment, swimming, T-shirt and special awards.  For more information call (918) 351-3163 or (918) 490-0650 or visit www.connorsstate.edu or www.beachamp.com.

 

  • July 9 – July 12                      Jerry McPeak’s Be a Champ Camp (Cattle Camp)

Cost: $350

Ages: 9 – High School Sr.

Place: Connors State College

 

Participants will learn basic and advanced showmanship, clipping, grooming and feeding up-to-the-minute techniques taught by professionals.  The tuition fee includes meals, lodging, entertainment, swimming, T-shirt and special awards.  For more information call (918) 351-3163 or (918) 490-0650 or visit www.connorsstate.edu or www.beachamp.com.

 

  • July 10 – July 12                    Jerry McPeak’s Be a Champ Camp (Lamb Camp)

Cost: $350

Ages: 9 – High School Sr.

Place: Connors State College

 

Participants will learn basic and advanced showmanship, clipping, grooming and feeding up-to-the-minute techniques taught by professionals.  The tuition fee includes meals, lodging, entertainment, swimming, T-shirt and special awards.  For more information call (918) 351-3163 or (918) 490-0650 or visit www.connorsstate.edu or www.beachamp.com.

 

  • July 12 – July 14                    Livestock Judging Camp

 

Cost: $245

Ages:  8-18

Place:  Connors State College

 

Contact Blake Nelson at (918) 463-6279 for more information.

 

  • July 14 – July 19                    Boys’ Basketball Day Camp

Cost:  $100

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ages:  8 to High School Sr.

Place:  Melvin Self Field House, Warner Campus

 

Students will learn the fundamentals of basketball and receive a free T-shirt.  For more information or to register call (918) 463-6231 or visit www.connorsstate.edu.

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