Lab supervisor moving into teaching position

Students who regularly receive writing help from OCCC Communications Lab Supervisor Tonya Kymes will soon have to find a new person to help them overcome writing challenges.

Kymes will leave the lab July 30 to take an English teaching position at the college.

She said she took over the lab, which is located in the Main Building near the OCCC Coffee Shop, two years ago and transformed it into a friendlier environment.

Kymes said she will miss working with the staff and students.

“If you can leave with things being better because you were there, that is really all you can hope for,” she said.

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Christmas in July helps families of sick, injured

The Child Development Center and Lab School will host its annual Christmas in July event July 17 at the Ronald McDonald house in Oklahoma City.

Christmas in July is an event where children bring donations in the form of household items their families have collected to the Ronald McDonald House, said CDCLS Director Lee Ann Townsend.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families with sick or injured children, she said.

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Facilities Management employee recognized

Chris Snow, Facilities Management assistant director, was awarded the Certified Educational Facilities Professional certification from the Association of Physical Plant Administrators on June 2.

APPA International is an organization dedicated to maintaining, protecting and promoting the quality of educational facilities around the world.

Snow, who began the certification program in January 2005, said he joins an elite group with this award.

Only two other members of APPA have achieved this certification, said Snow’s boss, Facilities Management Director J.B. Messer.

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Students enjoy World Cup screenings in the College Union

More than 100 students cheered their favorite FIFA World Cup soccer clubs last week in the College Union as part of a new Student Life offering.

“We are screening (the games) so that students either passing by or with a lunch break or whatever can sit down and watch the games,” Stephanie Baird, first year and Student Life Programs Coordinator said.

The games will be shown every class day through the first weeks in July. Admission is free.

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Open mic nights offer inexpensive creative outlet

Oklahoma City’s open mic community is composed a loose knit group of musicians, songwriters and poets.

There is roughly one show for every day of the week, at different locations around the metro.

At open mic performances, audience members listen for free and the amateurs performing onstage play for free, taking their art from their bedrooms to the public. The only cost of watching is travel and purchasing a cup of coffee.

Chris Parker, a 22-year-old psychology major at OCCC who said he wants to be a singer like Lou Reed, played on a recent Friday night at Coffy’s Café, on NW 16th Street in the plaza district.

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