Story by Ariel Bryant
Photos courtesy of Tres Jay
The Oklahoma City area was iced over Feb. 20. This caused the cancellation of school activities as well as scheduled events such the Black Male Summit. The summit was rescheduled for Friday, March 30.
The annual Black Male Summit will feature leaders Trey Jay and Anthony Crawford. They both recognized the high number of college dropouts among people of color, the majority being male. The summit not only highlights this issue but it also creates awareness on the potential success if students continue their education. Furthermore, the summit offers students exposure to supportive resources and network.
“I’m extremely privileged to be allowed to put on the Second Annual 2018 Male Summit, which will be held March 30, 2018,” Jay said. “A few of my goals for this summit this year, and the next following year, is to ensure these young men with guidance (and) mentors. I’m sure there will be a few in the room who are fatherless, and who [don’t] have the support of other men that they need. If I can be that, why not? Instead of waiting for the change, let’s start being the change.”
In addition, Erica Alvarez, director of Degree Completion and Student Retention and a female activist, expressed why she thinks it's so important for students to attend this event.
“This conference is put together to encourage young black men to pursue a post-secondary education,” Alvarez said. “We want them to recognize that within them lies the potential to lead. Our goal is to show young men of color that Rose State College wants to see them be successful and that there are people in place who will help guide them as they pursue the goals that they have set for themselves.”
The Black Male Summit will be held at 8 a.m. Friday, March 30 at the Community Learning Center, located at 6191 Hudiburg Dr, Midwest City, OK 73110.
For more information, visit rose.edu.
Updated April 17, 2018
Story by Haley Humphrey
Photo courtesy of Rose State College
The budget cuts in Oklahoma education have created a crisis, which has continued to escalate each year. Higher Education Day 2018 was thought to involve the groundbreaking monetary changes for which higher education officials have been searching. Gov. Mary Fallin and Chancellor Glen Johnson shared their optimism of the future of higher education to media outlets and educators statewide.
Fingers were crossed for the plan #RestoreHigherEd to be successful when Rose State leadership students walked the steps of the state capitol Feb. 13. Ready to hear the proposal legislative officials had to offer. Ready to voice their concerns. Ready to be heard.
Business and community leaders organized the Step Up Oklahoma plan and were ready to fight to end the state’s budget deadlock. However, the proposition was declined after put to a vote Feb. 12.
If it had been enacted, the Step Up strategy claimed it would “stabilize state revenue, reform government to increase efficiency and cut abuse, and raise teacher pay by $5,000 a year,” according to the Step Up Oklahoma website.
Their long list of endorsing organizations and supporters gave some people hope for the bright outcome Fallin and Johnson said they envisioned. As with any new plan, there were people wary of the aspects that fell under the compromise. Most specifically, the taxes Step Up pushed to the front of the table, which would have affected the following categories:
The capitol was bustling with administrators, students, representatives and senators, all scattered throughout the building, talking one-on-one and in small groups, with scattered thoughts about what would come next.
Rose State’s Leadership group crammed into a room on the fourth floor to listen to Oklahoma Rep. Roger Ford. He welcomed the students in and was open to questions. Immediate inquiries flew about what will replace the Step Up plan. Ford acknowledged the new group of people who are backing the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, but did not have much information about any aspects of it or when it will be addressed.
However, Ford freely shared his opinion on why higher education is still trapped in, as he called it, “a snake pit,” because both parties remain at a stalemate. Just like in the federal government, the state is unable to cross an agreement threshold through bipartisanship.
The students were moved to another location of the capitol, to a session holding room where Ford accompanied them, standing at the front, putting into perspective how divided the area is when Republicans and Democrats make their way to sit at the desks on the floor.
“There is separation before you even walk in the room,” Ford said.
The biggest question is how this year’s Higher Education Day outcome will affect Rose State, the community home-front. The college will be stuck waiting for changes to be made, but that is not stopping President Jeanie Webb. Rose State’s biggest fan and political advocate was excited to see her Leadership students taking part in the future of education at the college and university level. She reminded the students and advisers to ensure that the legislators answered their questions, to the full extent. The wait for the appropriate decision continues; however, Rose State representatives, like Webb, are not quitters. They will still be present for whatever comes next.
A brighter future for political compromises and education is what most Rose State students would like to see.
“Leaving the capitol, I realized being there confirmed what I already knew,” said Andrew Mullins, Senate Floor Leader at Rose State. “There are legislators that do not care for the greater good of Oklahoma citizens, but I learned there is hope because some of them care; it is just going to take time.”
Story by Bailey Walker
Photo Illustration by JaNae Williams
Social Sciences Professor James Davenport’s fourth installment of the Great Debates: Power, Politics, and People featured intellectuals of Oklahoma discussing income inequality in the United States. Panelists included Gene Perry, communications and strategy director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, a center-left, Tulsa-based think tank; Craig Dawkins, Rose State professor of economics and personal finance; and Dr. John Wood, political science professor at the University of Central Oklahoma.
One spirited audience member was welcomed into the discussion by Davenport, bringing an impromptu working class perspective to the discussion. His concerns included improving schools as a means of mitigating wealth and income inequality, as well as issues of expensive childcare. Though generally in agreement, for the first time in this debate series the panelists clashed in ideas.
Perry asserted “distortions of democracy” occur when income inequality becomes as high as it is in the U.S.. According to economist and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, the country has between the second and fourth highest rate of income inequality in the world, measuring up near notoriously corrupt nations, Russia and Ukraine. Perry argued that such a rift in resources between the rich and poor, coupled with current campaign finance laws, means the wealthy are the agenda setters for politics. For example, low-wage workers often have schedules only a week in advance, so long-term or short-term planning is nearly impossible. Issues like schedule control are not considered political matters, as corporate tax cuts have dominated recent congressional news.
Wood shared Perry’s views on the influence of money in politics, citing power of interest groups and campaigns funded by super Political Action Committees. Wood called for reform, noting that the biggest booms of innovation and economic equality came during the ‘50s and ‘60s, a time in which the wealthiest were taxed at above 90 percent. The top and bottom of the income spectrum are largely fixed, with 42 percent of people in the bottom one-fifth of income staying in that bottom fifth, Wood explained. CNN reports a more grim picture, claiming 70 percent of those born to low income families stay in the low income bracket. He also emphasized that the Fortune 400, the wealthiest people in the U.S., are most often born into money. According to Wood, 65 percent of the people on this list were born into wealth or inherited their money, while 35 percent did not.
Dawkins moved to counter Wood about the rigidity of the extremes of the income spectrum by citing two examples of wealthy people losing their fortunes: Mike Tyson and an NFL player. This somewhat bolstered Wood’s statistical analysis when only two specific counterexamples were offered instead of contrasting data, though it is true the rich can lose their fortunes due to mismanagement. Conversation about the lives of the wealthy stayed limited; instead the panel moved to address issues ordinary people face, such as education.
A student approached to ask the panelists a question about their opinions on a universal basic income, or a UBI. A UBI is essentially an amount of money given to each U.S. citizen with no strings attached. All panelists supported the idea of a UBI, but they differed in how the UBI would be implemented. Wood and Perry leaned closer to the UBI being set at the poverty line, sacrificing all welfare programs in the process but ensuring all people a standard of living above poverty. Dawkins suggested a UBI that does not meet the poverty line, but still assists people. UBI pilot programs are currently being tested in Finland, Kenya and several other nations.
Income inequality is an issue with catastrophic impacts. While there are many different methods of addressing the problem, it appears all of the paths require radical change, whether that be in redistributing wealth from the top .01%, implementing a UBI or overhauling campaign finance laws to even start discussing solutions. Davenport brings great minds on campus with this Great Debates series, the next of which will be over the great Wealth Explosion, 1800s-present, at 2 p.m. March 6 in the LRC.
Story by Kat Tabak
Photo by JaNae Williams
Students are likely to hear numerous professor names mentioned during advisement, in classes or when asking about who teaches what classes. However, many students may not know anything else about the professor aside from their name and the subject they teach.
This monthly spotlight will feature Q&A-style interviews with professors from different divisions so students can learn more about educators.
Professor Terry Byers teaches Computer Information Technology classes.
How long have you been a professor at Rose State College?
“I came to be a professor at Rose State in 2001. I had friends I knew who worked at Rose already and they encouraged me to come teach here.”
What made you choose to be a professor?
“I decided to become a professor back during my time in the Air Force. Part of what I did was work as an instructor, giving lectures and instructing, which I found I really enjoyed doing.”
How did you get into computer science?
“I failed five times to get my associate degree, before I decided to stick with journalism. I joined the military shortly after. It was during this time that I became interested in computers while on duty and [that was] the leading reason for my decision to pursue my master’s degree in computer science.”
Why did you feel you succeeded in getting your degree?
“The professors that I had at Kent State University were one of my biggest reasons for my success. They were a great support and helped to encourage me while I worked towards getting my degree.”
What are some success tips you would give to students?
“I highly recommend that students use the Cornell note-taking method; it helps to give structure to notes taken in class so that they are less confusing when it comes to looking back over them later. I also recommend reaching out to your professor. It never hurts to ask them for help if there is a concept you do not understand or just need to be sure of something. It can only be beneficial to student success.”
What kind of teaching policy do you have?
“If one or more students do not understand something, I will try my best to teach them another way to explain and help them understand what it is I am trying to teach them. I also encourage all of my students to stop by my office to see me if they need extra help.”
Story by Madi Zick
Video courtesy of Rose State College
During the first week of the spring semester, Raiders may have spotted President Jeanie Webb riding around in a golf cart, taking students to their classes. At most large universities, students don’t often see the school’s president walking around the campus, let alone driving a golf cart. That is part of what separates Rose State from other universities and community colleges. But why was she driving around? What was the point of it?
“If you look at Rose State College in comparison to other community colleges in the area, some of the larger universities in the region, the feel of Rose State is very much that of a family … that comes from President Webb,” explained Daniel Beck, Rose State director of marketing.
Beck and other members of the External Affairs and Marketing team wanted students at Rose State to meet Webb and see that she genuinely cares for them.
The team’s goal was to “showcase from the marketing perspective on social media that this is the environment [and] attitude for Rose, that it is a little bit more casual … but all about students,” Beck said.
When asked about the Rowdy Rover, Webb explained it was meant “to show that we’re human, we care, we’re family-oriented and we want to get to know all of our students and that all of our students are important.”
Webb also described every college freshman’s emotions when first arriving on campus. She said it can be intimidating to ask someone where a building or class is, especially when the student thinks they know the answer. However, with the renovations occurring across campus, it can lead to confusion from students. The Rowdy Rover provided some reassurance to new students and allowed them a chance to get to know the school’s president.
“Stuff like this makes Rose State unique; we aren’t your typical college,” Webb said. “We’re your college that really cares and will reach out. We really want you to be successful and graduate.”
Webb said she had a lot of fun because she was able to talk to and learn about some students whom she might not have otherwise had the chance to meet. But once she introduced herself, students relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
Beck and Webb are open to suggestions for future rides, and encourage students to speak out. There is nothing planned for the immediate future, but be on the lookout for the next time the Rover makes its rounds. Webb has aimed to drive to the farther parts of the parking lots to pick up students, so for those interested in getting picked up, park as far out as possible. Suggestions have even been made for a golf cart karaoke. If they are lucky enough, a student might get to sing a song or two with the one and only President Webb.
Story & Photo by Kat Tabak
Rose State’s Tutoring Center is continuing its search to find English tutors to help students. In the meantime, several English professors have stepped forward to devote their time by stationing themselves in the Writing Lab, located in Humanities, Room 137.
“Given the current education environment in Oklahoma, all these professors are working excessive hours already; for them to commit this time is a real act of dedication to our students,” English Professor Toni Castillo said.
There are a total of six professors who volunteer their time in the Writing Lab. From now until the end of the semester the following professors will be in the lab at the mentioned times:
3:45-5:45 p.m. Professor Toni Castillo
11 a.m. - noon Professor Sandy Keneda
2-3 p.m. Professor Trixie Walther
3-4 p.m. Professor R.J. Woods
9-10 a.m. Professor Lacey Veazey-Daniel
2-3 p.m. Professor Lacey Veazey-Daniel
8-9 a.m. Professor Trixie Walther
11 a.m. -noon Professor Sherri Mussatto
3-4 p.m. Professor R.J. Woods
The Writing Lab is open to all students Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Appointments are not required, and students are free to spend as much time as they need in the Writing Lab to receive help and work on their assignment. For more information, call 733-7384 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Yesenia Gonzalez
Image courtesy of Beck Design
Rose State’s Student Center will undergo major construction soon. Since 2011, a $22 million bond issue has covered the costs of renovating bathrooms, 11 buildings on campus and the Learning Resources Center. However, the upcoming renovation is not part of the same bond issue that Mid-Del voters approved in 2011; rather, it is part of a master lease program from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. According to Senior Director for Renovations Richard Andrews, the multimillion-dollar project is tentatively scheduled to begin in August, once the old building is removed.
“I think there [are] a lot of changes that students and faculty will see,” Andrews said. “One of the emphases on the new building will be a one-stop shop. And we’re bringing enrollment, student engagement, student advisement all under one roof. So a student can come in and talk to the adviser, get enrolled, go into Student Services Building and get their financial aid. They can go across the hall in the building and get their books, and then they can buy a hot dog and a Coke while they’re here. So it’s really, truly a one-stop shop.”
Vice President for Administrative Services Dr. Kent Lashley said the State Regents master lease program is different from the bond issue passed in 2011, because the master lease program pools the projects of multiple college campuses together to maximize the bond funds, rather than Rose State requesting a bond issue by itself. Over time, the school’s capital fund and student facility fees will pay back the cost of the bonds allocated to Rose State for the new Student Union. According to Andrews, the master lease program allotted $18 million for the renovation but the actual cost for the building cannot be determined until the project is bid.
The Student Union is currently being emptied and renovations are to follow in the near future. Members of the surrounding community often used the building’s conference rooms and banquet hall, which will be included in the renovation of the Student Center. The new Student Union building will have two stories, with the upper floor including a 400-seat ballroom and many conference rooms for community use.
“So the community, we hope, will be coming back to us,” said Tamara Pratt, Vice President for External Affairs and Marketing, expressing her thoughts on the upcoming project. “They’ll be a little inconvenienced right now while we don’t have much space for the community, but it’s gonna be really great and beautiful when they’re finally done ... and we’ll have these two beautiful bookends for the campus. The east and the west side, the LRC on the east side and the new Student Union on the west side.”
Rose State first opened for class in 1970. In recent years, the school has undergone various construction projects aimed at modernizing the campus, such as renovating the restrooms to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. LED-efficient lighting, new floors, new paint and upgrades to the interiors of classrooms are other evident changes to the campus.
“If you’ve seen the progression that we’ve taken from Rose State College over the last couple of years, everything that we have been trying to do is to be about fostering this community,” Daniel Beck, Rose State director of marketing, said. “I mean, going back to when we built the housing, building an on-campus community for students to be able to engage with Rose State in a way that had never been done before [makes Rose State the] only urban community college in Oklahoma that has on-campus housing. Then, with the new LRC, bringing in the addition of a cafe [fostered a sense of community]. Trying to build this community [is the goal], and so the Student Union is just the next step of that and just trying to [showcase] what makes it ‘Greater to be a Raider.’”
The renovations across campus bear testament to a new era at Rose State. The Student Union will continue to be a gathering place for students and the Mid-Del community; the only difference is an upgrade to its design.
Story by Bailey Bussell
There are more than 60 degree programs at Rose State, and with so many options at one’s disposal, it can be overwhelming. The Criminal Justice - Police Science program has been around for at least 20 years, and for the last 15 years it has been managed by Professor of Criminal Justice Arnold R. Waggoner. The program is geared toward students who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement. Though the Police Science program falls under the same category as Criminal Justice, there is a difference between the two majors. The Police Science program follows a different course track than traditional Criminal Justice.
Completion of the Criminal Justice - Police Science program is not just earning an Associate of Arts degree, but it is also certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, a program that provides one way for obtaining the education and training that is needed to become a police officer in the state of Oklahoma. By receiving accreditation from this program, Rose State is able to offer a degree that can help students start their careers shortly after graduation.
“There are over 200 students enrolled in both Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice - Police Science,” Waggoner said.
These numbers, combined with the fact Rose State also has a partnership with OSU-OKC, shows the success of the program. This partnership allows police science students the opportunity to receive the skills training portion of the program, which is not offered at Rose State. Rose State requires students to take a minimum of 12 hours for these skills courses, including: Traffic, firearms, patrol procedures, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operation and survey police sciences.
Once students have finished their hours at OSU-OKC, they can bring their transcript back to Waggoner and he will then incorporate the hours with the student’s current transcript at Rose State. Once all the hours are completed, Waggoner creates what he calls a “package” to send off to CLEET to show the student has taken the required courses. CLEET will then determine whether the student is eligible to take a certification test to become a police officer in the state.
Not only can students who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement earn a degree in this program, but officers who have already started in workforce can also complete the program. After current police officers complete 15 hours at Rose State, they can receive up to 37 hours of college credit for free.
Earning an associate degree in Police Science will also qualify he individual for “pro-pay,” which will raise the pay about $50 per check just from earning a degree. Rose State also gives college credit to already existing police officers who have taken courses through CLEET but who did not receive college credit. Because Rose State is certified by CLEET, the classes taken through CLEET can be transferred as college credits, giving the officer credits for their real-life experience.
Just as with any other degree program, Police Science students are held to high standards. Each student must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and follow a specific dress code when taking courses at OSU-OKC. Once students have completed the hours necessary to earn their degree and their package has been approved by CLEET to take their certification test, the student is able to take their next step into the future.
For more information about the Criminal Justice - Police Science program, contact Waggoner at email@example.com or 736-0238, or Academic Adviser Cathy Ogle at 733-7409 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandra Anne Stephens passed away on Aug. 19, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer, at the age of 70. All who knew her can honestly say she was an exceptional woman who was passionate about education and self-improvement.
There are many at Rose State College who knew her well; faculty and students still seated for classes today and many others who have since moved on to other institutions and vocations. She took pride in her role as tutor on everything from college algebra to literature to anatomy and physiology and, by our estimates, she had more than 5,000 students in her 30 years at RSC. With her passing, we've heard from many of them who remember her and how she made such a difference in their academic careers.
Sandra was born on Oct. 17, 1946, in Wayne, Neb., the daughter of Air Force Master Sgt. Edwin and Anne Tammen. She was the eldest of three siblings.
"When I was young, I was scared of imaginary monsters," said Pam, her younger sister. "Sandy made this terrifying mask I could hang on my wall above my bed to scare the monsters away.”
Coming of age in the 1950s, she fed her intellect to develop a smarter response to the glass ceilings of the day. An honor student at Baudette High School at Baudette, Minn., she was a confirmed polymath with an expansive memory that allowed her to acquire and retain large amounts of information with crystal clarity. Pam and her brother, Paul, described how she always had books with her - not one or two, but dozens. And it never seemed to be the same book twice!
She graduated from high school with a full ride scholarship for Cedar Falls Iowa Teachers College and it was no surprise that Sandra wanted to be an English teacher. Still, for a woman to obtain a scholarship of any measure in 1963 was rare; a full ride was unheard of. At the time of her graduation, she knew Spanish, French and Finnish. In coming years, she would add more languages when time allowed.
After Cedar Falls, Sandra joined the Air Force where she met and married the love of her life, Stanley Stephens, who was also an Airman.
"It was my birthday and I saw [Sandra] walk out of the library with her arms full of books," said Stanley. "She looked so cute, this small blonde with her arms loaded down. I was determined to meet her.”
Stan worked up the courage to ask Sandra out on date -- they went to see Lawrence of Arabia. Less than eight months later,they were married.
They left Kessler AFB, Miss., together for many tours of overseas duty in England where she was the first uniformed U.S. active-duty enlisted spouse at Royal Air Force (Base) Wethersfield, working for the 20th Combat Support Group Personnel Office while Stanley worked radio relay communications for RAF bases. In an age where computers weren't on every desk and punch cards held sway, Sandra proved an invaluable resource for her command - as people who knew her later described her, "she was the Internet before the Internet.”
While in England, Sandra and her husband lived first in a historic sixteenth-century cottage that was once occupied by Oliver Cromwell (the first -- and only -- Lord Protector of the British Commonwealth) in the village of Little Bardfield, Essex. The novelty of two Airmen living in such a historic property struck the fancy of their higher headquarters and, on Aug. 6, 1966, the European edition of Stars and Stripes ran a front page article on them and the adventure of "going native" on overseas assignment. As her family grew with the arrival of their two children, they later moved into the shadow of Pinewood Studios. Sandra was active with an acting society -- from stage drama to pantomime, the troupe demonstrated diverse talents and whom many established directors, producers and actors arose. Her children recall Sandra taking them to see the 1978 Superman movie sets, witnessing explosions from James Bond blockbusters, and seeing the costumes and sets of the television show, Doctor Who (Sandra was a Whovian since before that title became commonplace, complete with hat and 20-foot-long scarf).
After her husband's various tours of duty, they retired from military life at Midwest City, Okla., but because both firmly believed in the value of education, they became regular fixtures at Rose State College. In 1984, while Sandra focused on her Pre-Journalism and English associates, she worked for the 15th Street News, securing advertisers for the then-weekly school publication and building the newspaper into a reliable information resource for students. In those days, movie theaters provided free tickets in return for the 15th Street News running heir ads -- often because ads weren't finalized until the last minute, creating a challenge for the newspaper staff. And there was the smell of the glue from the days when cut and paste required wax, glue guns and proportion calculations to fit ads in among the field of copy. She never liked the smell of the cut-and-paste process -- and Sandra once lamented that it took days to get rid of the smell -- but she liked the pressure of the deadlines and being able to hold a finished product in her hands at the end of the day.
Over the course of time, Sandra, her husband, and both children also graduated from RSC, and later other academic institutions. After completing a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Oklahoma City University, Sandra then returned to Rose State College, where over the course of 30 years, she became a mainstay within the college's tutoring center. Estimates are that, over those 30 years, she tutored more than 5,000 students on subjects ranging from English Composition to Algebra to History, although her favorite areas of instruction were Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology.
Her first encounter with the cancer that would eventually take her life was met with a style and grace that belied the ferocity she felt toward this invader in her system. Having taught for decades on the human body, she engaged with the doctors on a level that they found both charming and insightful and that rapport did much to lift her spirits. She kept focused on the path in front of her and leaned on her family and friends when necessary, but wasn't afraid to use some of her strength to support them in return. In 2011, her cancer withdrew and she continued her tutoring while encouraging her family to live life fuller and to feed embers of hope into better futures. The resurgence of her cancer in Spring 2016 came as a surprise, but the staff of the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center did their best in conjunction with the Stephenson Cancer Center, to give her additional quality living when the odds were measured in just weeks. To the VA, her family would like to say thank you.
Both Sandra and Stanley were appreciative of the VA medical staff because Sandra had been diagnosed at the onset with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer on Oct. 31, 2010.
While the VA often gets bad press, they are an efficient health care system that separates life and death for thousands of Americans every day -- and Sandra was no different. The VA could procure the medications and chemo unavailable in the United States and treat her promptly -- her first chemo was less than six weeks after her initial diagnosis in 2010, evidence that the OKC VA medical team were the professionals needed to save her. While she fought to beat her cancer diagnosis -- going on to continue living her life loudly and unashamedly -- she was ultimately admitted to the medical center where she passed away days later. She bore great love and respect for the VA staff, and her family is grateful for their outstanding care and support for those seven years. For many of those years, she could get by with a quarterly screening to track her tumor count, but the cancer returned in early 2017 and began inflicting a severe toll in June 2017. Sandra died at the OKC VA Medical Center, where the medical staff tended to her final needs and surrounded by her family
Surviving her are her husband of 51-and-a-half years, Stanley Stephens, of Midwest City, Okla.; her daughter, Christine Stephens of Washington State; her son, Andrew Stephens of Washington, D.C.; her brother, Paul (Diann) Tammen of Middletown, Ohio; her sister, Pamela (Gary) Slack of Freeburg, Ill.; a nephew, Jason (Megan) Slack; nieces, Amanda (Luke) Peterson, Elizabeth (Mike) Johnson, and Laura (Patrick) Robins, as well as numerous cousins, grandnieces, and grandnephews. She is also survived by more than 20,000 books of all genres and classifications, having read an average of one book every day for more than 50 years.
While she lived, she was a teacher, an Airman, a mother, and a teacher again - but she was always a fighter. Now her family, friends and students can call her an inspiration. She wouldn't want people to mourn her departure, but to grow closer to their loved ones. Her husband asks that those veterans who have served with honor register with their local VA to facilitate care later in their lives.
Burial services were held on Aug. 30, 2017, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo., with military honors rendered. Her epitaph reads "I'm going on an adventure." In the lands beyond us, whether it's having tea with Agatha Christie, trading quips with Dorothy Parker or just chatting with Terry Pratchett, her family is confident that she'll find more of the adventures she craved.