Ukrainian student makes dream come true at OCCC

A 26-year-old nursing major has found herself grateful to OCCC after a challenging start and originally not wanting to come to Oklahoma.

Lyubov Popovych, whose first name means “love” in Ukrainian language, said she at first resisted moving to the U.S. for school, but has found the experience exciting and rewarding.

Popovych said her English professor and friends at her university in Ukraine inspired her to come to the States to pursue her studies in nursing.

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College student wins automotive contest

OCCC automotive student Daniel Murphy recently won first place in the SkillsUSA State Secondary Contest of Oklahoma at the OSU Institute for Technology in Okmulgee.

The event was an automobile skills contest highlighting different areas of auto care. Murphy won after demonstrating 12 different types of auto care and maintenance.

Murphy, a high school student when he won, will attend the national competition in Kansas City later this month.

“The feeling of winning this competition was very rewarding and I couldn’t be happier,” Murphy said.

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OCCC graduate ‘happy’ to receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

Faustino “Tino” Ceballos Jr., a 34-year old business, political science, and pre-law OCCC graduate, recently won the President’s Volunteer Service Award for assisting with Oklahoma City humanities programs.

The award is signed by the president of the United States and is meant to encourage others to participate in a volunteer service.

Ceballos said he is happy about the award.

“I feel highly motivated and excited,” Ceballos said.

Ceballos he said he has been volunteering at local churches and parks before he began college at OCCC.

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SMART Tech Inc. displays revolutionary SMART board during math conference

Members of the OCCC Science and Math Division researched the latest in classroom technology when they participated in a demonstration of SMART Board technology recently.

OCCC hosted the summer conference for the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics June 11.

There, Susan Sawyer, certified SMART Board trainer, gave a demonstration.

The SMART Board Sawyer used was a third-generation model, produced by SMART Technologies.

Sawyer said they cost more than $2,000 each but could be shared by multiple teachers.

Math Professor Gail Malmstrom said SMART Boards also allow teachers to save step-by-step class presentations, so if a student misses a class, it would be possible to could go online and get the information they’ve missed.

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Column: 8 fun, frugal ways to celebrate Father’s Day

Honoring dad this Father’s Day, June 20, doesn’t mean breaking the bank. Here are eight fun, frugal ways to celebrate pop this year:

Put together a gift basket. Fill a simple wooden basket with goodies for dad to enjoy, like his favorite junk food, a miniature tool kit, gift cards to his favorite stores and perhaps some homemade treats. You can easily tailor your basket to fit his personal tastes:

If he’s addicted to automobiles, fill his basket with items such as an air freshener, a tire guage, an ice scraper or even a subscription a car-related magazine such as Motor Trend or Car and Driver.

For a brilliant barbecuer, consider stuffing his basket with his favorite sauces and marinades, a recipe book, an apron and perhaps some grill cleaner.

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Students should take time to vote

It’s important for students to be aware of voting deadlines and to participate in elections, said OCCC President Paul Sechrist.

Sechrist said it’s important for students to be involved politically — both nationally and on a state level.

“I encourage everyone to get involved at some level in the upcoming elections,” he said.

“Students should know who the candidates are, what they stand for, what their priorities are, and most importantly, let your voice be heard by voting.”

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Candidates speak out for higher education

As the race for the next Oklahoma governor ramps up, candidates are coming out strong on many issues, especially higher education.

Oklahoma’s gubernatorial candidates agreed over the past week that continuing to improve higher education in Oklahoma is important but disagreed on how this should be accomplished.

The way to make colleges more accessible is by controlling costs, said Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso.

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OCCC student slides into the blues

Clinton Short is an OCCC computer programming major in his second semester. But on evenings and weekends, he picks up a Fender guitar and goes by the name Blue — one half of the blues/country band named Blue Country.

On Friday, June 4, they performed a free show at the Stone Pony, a bar located off the corner of SE 10th Street and Macarthur Boulevard, which is a dark, smoke filled venue whose clientele is people over 25 who tolerate the taste of cheap liquor.

“I like the guys in Blue Country, so we’re making them our official house band on Fridays and Sundays,” said Kelly Bradshaw, the bar’s owner.

Upon taking the stage, Blue gives off the aura of a mythic six string samurai.

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Film institute celebrates 10th year

The Oklahoma Film Institute is in full swing during its 10th year on the OCCC campus and is working better for students than it has is previous years, said Greg Mellot, film and video production professor.

The program, which kicked off June 3, offers three-day seminars in production, direction, script writing, and editing. The clinics are held Thursday through Saturday and run all day.

“This is the second year which we’ve split the program up into four sections,” Mellot said. “It simply works better for students.”

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