Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Soldier by Jeffery McNutt


Your Freedom he fights for you to keep
Yet the Soldier always stands strong
While you have the right to complain
A Soldier will fight for you, in the pouring rain

While he leaves his family behind
They are never very far from his mind
Remember every negative word you say
for YOU a Soldier keeps terror away for you

Friday, November 22, 2013

ASG Honor Roll includes four EECS faculty and our chair



EECS Faculty Randy Berry, Aleksandar Kuzmanovic, Hooman Mohnseni and Bryan Pardo were among nine McCormick faculty chosen by Northwestern University Associated Student Government (ASG) for its 2012 Faculty and Administrator Honor Roll.  Also selected in the administrator category is EECS Chair Alan Sahakian.  
Alan Sahakian
Alan Sahakian, EECS Chair


Taste of Stillwater

Taste of Stillwater

Save the date for Taste of Stillwater 2014!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Payne County Expo Center
Tickets go on sale late February / early March
Highlighting food showcased & donated by Stillwater area restaurants, Taste of Stillwater gives ticket holders a chance to sample and discover the best of Stillwater cuisine. The family-oriented event features an all-you-can-eat buffet that is sure to please everyone. More than 30 restaurants traditionally participate in the event and over 1,000 people usually attend! Proceeds help fund SPEF’s grant program.

Thank you to those who made Taste of Stillwater 2013 a huge success with 1,100 attending the event last year!

2013 Participating Restaurants:

Bad Brad’s BBQ, Blue Spruce, Brooklyn’s, Cake Crazy LLC, Charlie’s Chicken, Chick-Fil-A, Consumers IGA, El Vaquero, Eskimo Joe’s, Food Pyramid Bakery, Freddie Paul’s Steakhouse, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Hideaway Pizza, Jimmy John’s, Joseppi’s, Kyoto Japanese Restaurant, Louie’s Grill & Bar, Marble Slab, McAlister’s Deli, Mexico Joe’s, Nilima’s Snack Meal Service, Orange Leaf, Panera Bread, Pizza West, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Rib Crib, Schaller Smoked Meats, Sirloin Stockade, Stillwater Medical Center, Texas Roadhouse, The New Thai CafĂ©, The Terrace at Meridian, Whataburger

2013 Event Sponsors (businesses & individuals who purchased 10 or more tickets to the event and/or donated items:
Arvest Bank, Howard & Melinda Aufleger, B&L Heating & Air Conditioning, BancFirst, The Bank N.A., Jeff Bryant-Shelter Insurance, Central Rural Electric Cooperative, The Chimney Doctor, Cockrell EyeCare Center, Community Escrow & Title Co., Credit Bureau Services Assoc., Donald E. Crawley MD, Don Evans Window Tint, Dugger & Co. CPA’s, Edward Jones Investments-Steve Norman, Food Pyramid, Furniture Showcase, Gose & Associates, Grimsley’s, Hampton Inn & Suites, The Houck Agency, International Tours, Kicker, Lambert Construction, MM Team Stillwater Realtors, Oklahoma Natural Gas, OnCue Express, OSU College of Education, OSU Division of Institutional Diversity, OSU Foundation, OSU Institute for Teaching & Learning Excellence, Pepsi, Quality Water, RCB Bank, Stillwater National Bank, SST Software, Sylvan Learning Center, John & Caryl Talley, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Tricia Carpenter Insurance Agency, University & Community Federal Credit Union, Walmart-Perkins Rd, Rick & Carolyn Walstad, Wilcox & McGrath Insurance, Rep. Cory & Dr. Shannon Williams, Wilson Chevrolet

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Poem For Children © Kevin Greenwood

No one heard the old Gal make a word
A sound or noise any Christian ever heard
As she walked through the village once every moon
To buy some few vittles and leave none too soon.

Her purchases gripped in a dark burlap sack
Which she'd owned forever and fit 'cross her back.
Town folk would glance up from their every town's chore
In hope this time they'd see her no more.

Now a young girl called Mattie, a postal clerk's lass
Sat curly and giddy as the yon harridan passed
Unlike her town folk whose fear made them shy
She stood next to the mile marker and caught the hag's eye.

“Go home my plum lassie, you've nothing with me,”
Spoke the old woman coarsely as she turned round a tree
But Mattie had studied about a reply
And was soon to speak it when a trick caught her eye.

For the old tree was rotten and hollow inside
Mattie thought the old woman crawled in it to hide
With her eyes wide as saucers she peeked curiously within
Two wrinkled arms grabbed her and she was not seen again.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Love Knows No Age by Elaine January Iodice

Love knows no age, no time at all,
As long as there's a heart that beats,
A mind to let us think and feel,
Love is now-forever more.
Long before a spoken word,
The sheltered warmth, the peacefulness
of love surrounds our tranquil world,
Oblivious to earth and space.
Months, then years, drift to a calm
of deep, true love when two are one,
a gentle touch, a smile, a word,
that fills the soul with peaceful bliss.
As long as there's an ocean's tide,
the air to breathe, a sun that shines,
Love knows no age, no time at all...
As endless as infinity...
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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Happy September!

Far away: thunder storms, haunted homes,
Teachers' lounge, fisherman's boats,
Snow-covered mountains
above Cape Red Lake,
August, the fair time,
All the churches of Christian
are pinned in painting,
Standing next to one another
like a priest's extracted
wisdom teeth,
We plot football games strategies,
and cook out at paid lawns,
Tilt our notebook, pages hot
from the sun, and draw stars
with images of bottomless smoke,
Between lines,
Orange slashes of a torched island flash,
Letting it pass upon the realization
of dead end.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

35 area seniors among top in state BY Staff Reports Sunday, February 28, 2010 by TulSa World Newspaper Online

35 area seniors among top in state
BY Staff Reports
Sunday, February 28, 2010
2/28/10 at 9:09 AM

The state's top 100 high school seniors and five public school educators were announced Friday by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

The 2010 Academic All-State award winners were selected from 621 applications from 75 different high schools throughout the state, according to the foundation's news release.

David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoman, and chairman and founder of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, said in the release that the Academic All-State program is the state's "most rigorous academic competition."

The winning seniors were nominated by their principals or superintendents and were selected based on their academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities and an essay written by the nominee. 

This year's All-State class had an average ACT score of 33 with six of the students earning a perfect ACT score of 36. Forty-four of the seniors are National Merit semifinalists and one is a National Hispanic Scholar.

Five high schools have their first Academic All-State winner, including Geronimo, Hardesty, Merritt and Seiling high schools and Southeast High School in Oklahoma City.

The Medals of Excellence are given annually to a public school teacher from each of the following levels: elementary, secondary, community college or regional university and research university. A medal also is awarded to an administrator from a elementary or secondary public school.

"We know that education is the best investment Oklahoma can make in its future," Boren said. "By honoring these exceptional educators, we are sending a message that Oklahomans deeply value excellence in public schools and the professionals who have given so much of themselves to enrich the lives of our children." 

Each All-State winner receives a $1,000 scholarship and a medallion, and the Medal of Excellence winners receive a $5,000 cash prize and a glass sculpture. They all will be recognized at an awards banquet on May 22 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel. The banquet is open to the public and admission is $50.

The keynote speaker at the ceremony is two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough, who wrote "1776" and "John Adams." The awards ceremony also will be televised on OETA Channel 11 at 8 p.m. May 29.

Founded in 1985, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is a nonprofit organization that recognizes academic excellence in the state's public schools. Through its Academic Awards program, the foundation has given more than $3.6 million in scholarships and cash awards to Academic All-State and Medal of Excellence winners.

For more information, call the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence at (405) 236-0006 or go to

2010 Area Academic All-State winners

Adair: Chelsey Stricklen

Beggs: Hunter Aldridge

Bristow: Zachary Eldredge

Broken Arrow: Anna Bennett, Jill Graves, Onkur Sen

Claremore: Reagan Gill, Brooke Gunter, Jillian Lundie

Cleveland: Cortlandt Sellers

Fort Gibson: Alexandria Agee

Inola: Ora Douglas Hampshire

Jenks: Taylor Brumble, Lauren Foley, Jessica Jackson, Kevin Thomas

Miami: James Evan Fenska

Muldrow: Bailey Bedford

Owasso: William Baysinger, Jesse Kovacs

Ponca City: Joshua Pauls

Quapaw: Elizabeth St. John

Roland: Jade Edwards

Sand Springs: Megan Crow

Stillwater: Irving Dai (OSSM), Ty Prather, Sheng Wu


Stroud: Eric Gilbert

Talihina: Nicholas Barrs

Tulsa: Shiliang Zhang (OSSM), Richard Chyan, Booker T. Washington, Evan McElwain, Booker T. Washington, Jonathan Martell, Edison Preparatory High School

Vinita: Matthew Butner

Westville: Charlotte Kirk

Medal of Excellence award winners (Adults With Many Years of Working Experiences )

Elementary level: Diane Reece, Bokoshe Elementary School, Bokoshe

Secondary level: Randy M. Baker, Putnam City North High School, Oklahoma City

Regional or community college level: Audrey Schmitz, Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa

Research university level: David Sabatini, University of Oklahoma, Norman

Elementary or secondary administration: Terry E. Davidson, superintendent of Comanche Public Schools, Comanche

Saturday, July 20, 2013

What Does Poetry Do To Me? The 4 Line Run!

word connection and metaphors too,
they speak and express point of view.
Lyrics, Haiku, verses, tanka, free style...
poetry keeps your brain refreshed for a while...

Friday, July 5, 2013

Dirty Socks by Bruce Lansky

When I went on a camping trip

my father yelled, “PU!
Your socks smell worse than rotten eggs
and worse than doggy poo.”

“You’d better take them off,” he said,
“and wash them in the lake.”
It wasn’t long before I knew
he’d made a big mistake.

The water changed from clear to mud.
Then fumes began to rise.
And soon a cloud of air pollution
covered up the skies.

When bullfrogs started croaking
and ducks began to quack,
some campers started chanting,
“We want our clean lake back!”

I’ve got a couple of dirty socks.
I’m in an awful bind.
I guess I’ll have to bury them.
I hope the worms don’t mind.