Acting dean Information Technology takes permanent position

Tom Ashby has been named permanent dean of the Division of Information Technology after serving 20 months as acting dean in the same position.

Ashby said he welcomes the challenge of his job.

“The IT field is constantly changing and that’s one of the reasons I got into it,” he said.

“Almost everything has changed since I got into this field.”

The college has made a commitment to stay current with technology, Ashby said.

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Regents give green light to John Massey Center plans

In a unanimous vote Aug. 16, the OCCC Board of Regents approved the design plans for the construction of the new John Massey Center.

This included an estimated budget of between $2.1 and $2.3 million to construct a building of about 18,000 square feet.

President Paul Sechrist said the budget for building the new center was directly correlated to the final sale price of the original building, located near the intersection of SW 119 Street and Portland Avenue.

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Opening Day offers campus tours, door prizes

More than 2,000 students have been invited to attend Opening Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday on campus, said Katie Treadwell, Service Learning and Student Life programs coordinator.

Opening Day is an event held twice a year on the Saturday before the beginning of fall and spring semesters, Treadwell said.

During Opening Day, she said, students will be able to participate in activities such as scavenger hunts and prize drawings, and receive campus tours from faculty and staff members, including OCCC President Paul Sechrist.

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Library visitor detained for allegedly viewing child porn

A Chickasha man with an outstanding arrest warrant was recently detained in the Keith Leftwich Memorial Library for allegedly viewing child pornography on the computers, according to a report filed by Safety and Security Officer Tim Densmore.

Densmore reported that he and Officer Tanya Vroenen made contact with the individual and directed him to the south side of the lobby, where he identified himself as David Ray Stingley, 34.

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OCCC Board of Regents approves $16 million bonds for new Performing Arts Theater

According to an e-mail sent out to faculty and staff by President Paul Sechrist, the OCCC Board of Regents approved two bonds Monday, both totaling a sum of $16 million.

Sechrist said both bonds are essential to the construction of OCCC’s new Performing Arts Theater.

“With the $8 million Student Revenue Bond and $4 million Real Property Master Lease Bond combined with the $4 million we already have from private donations and other college resources, such as the Auxiliary Budget and Section 13 Offset Funds,” he said, “we now have the required $16 million package fully in place to begin construction of the new theater.”

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Communications Lab says aloha to director

About a dozen OCCC faculty and staff members, as well as some students, gathered in the Communications Lab today to bid ‘aloha’ to Tonya Kymes, lab supervisor.

Kymes is leaving the lab to take an English teaching position at the college.

The Hawaiian luau-style promotion party, which began at 3:30 p.m., included a buffet and pot luck, to which co-workers brought homemade barbecue, fresh fruit trays, cookies and other tropical foods.

Kymes took over the Communications Lab in 2008.

“I know she will be missed in the Communications Lab,” said Lyndsie Stremlow, Arts and Humanities division assistant.

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Newpaper lab, office moving

When people are directed to the Pioneer newspaper office, they are often told to go to the second floor of the Main Building and locate the yellow shag carpeted walls.

Those walls will be dismantled in a couple of weeks when the Pioneer office, lab and a classroom relocates to the former ceramics lab in the Arts and Humanities Building. Construction on the new space began July 1 and should be finished before fall classes begin, said Susan VanSchuyver, Arts and Humanities dean.

“The new space will provide much more room and will house the Pioneer, the Broadcast News Lab, two audio labs and a storage closet,” she said.

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Benches placed around Arts Festival site

Sixteen benches were recently installed around the Arts Festival site on the northwest side of campus, said Larry Barnes, Facilities Management project manager.

Barnes said the 16 benches surrounding the site each have an L-shaped flower bed in front of the bench.

They are made of black metal and can fit up to four people.

“The benches are there for students and members of the community,” he said.

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