Story by Payton Hayes | Photos by Emily Siddiqui
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education, exhibitions, and performance and endeavors to instill in the public a lifetime appreciation of the arts and enthusiasm for creative practice. The Art Center formed in 1989 and is running strong today, with art shows and events that help connect aspiring artists and established artists alike with their community.
The opening of the 2018 Rose State College picture show was on exhibit May 3-13 at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center by the State Fairgrounds. Oklahoma Contemporary worked with students in Rose State College’s art history program to curate an exhibition of photos sourced from their communities to be viewed in the galleries in May.
Through this exhibit, Oklahoma Contemporary introduced the students to the process of curating an exhibition and encouraged them to consider a career in the arts and connect with communities outside of Oklahoma City, which may be underserved by the arts.
Art Professor Suzanne Thomas gave students a look into why curating and submitting for art shows can be so important.
“For me this was an opportunity for students at this academic level a chance to be in charge," Thomas said.
Aspiring artists and established artists alike, face rejection when submitting artwork for shows as there are only so many pieces that can be chosen for the exhibit and it can be subjective.
"Some of the art history students will want to pursue a career as an artist, which means that they will submit artwork for shows. It also means that they will experience a lot of rejection. This can be very discouraging,” Thomas said. “So when that happens - I hope they remember how hard it is to pick work for a show. It is not an easy process. By putting themselves as the ones who has to make those decisions, they hopefully will begin to understand that rejection is not personal.”
Roughly 80 pieces were on display for the artists and their community for the exhibit. Most were created by students but about 15 were professional submissions. A couple of students, Caitlin Rodriguez, an artist, and Emily Stover, a curator for the show, took pictures with their work and answered as few questions to give insight into the experience they had at the opening of the event.
“The art show was about community and the ways we see our community coming together at an event, etc.," Rodriguez said. "When I went to the Picture Show there were many pictures of people coming together and accomplishing something that they probably couldn't by themselves. It really symbolized what a true community stands for.”
Art shows can help to bring the community closer, not only to experience and appreciate local artwork, but to support the artists and learn more about what kind of art is being created in Oklahoma.
“I saw how much work was put into one show and it was a lot. I'm really proud of all who participated in the making of this show,” Rodriguez said.
Stover also served as project lead for the art show. She said there is a lot that goes into organizing an art show.
“Starting from identifying the theme of the show, then selecting artists to submit work, then comes the choosing of the work (usually juried). Then there is framing and mating to consider, then the layout of the gallery space," Stover said. "Once the layout is decided, labels must be made to identify the pieces, then you hang the work, and show it. After the show has run its designated length of time, comes the de-installation and return of the art work.”
There were several well-known local professional artists participated in the art show, including Nathan Poppe, Kate Luber and Brett Deering, along with out of state artist, Ivan McClellan. Rose State College: Images of The Community allowed Rose State students who are aspiring artists to build connections with established and professional artists.
Story by Haley Humphrey & Katie Duer
Photo courtesy of Bill Richards
The Business building is quiet upon entry in the evening hours, except in one area. The low hum of a projector mixes with voices discussing technology far past the typical brain knowledge of most humans. The Cyber Security Club convened in Room 101. The small group of members was brainstorming their next move--meticulously deliberating over how to make this year’s high-altitude balloon better than the one launched last year.
A high-altitude balloon is similar to a radiosonde used by meteorologists, which measures weather elements, such as: Pressure, temperature and relative humidity. The high-altitude balloon, which the Cyber Security program has funded since December 2017 measures air pressure, humidity, altitude (latitude and longitude) and location. Some may be thinking: Why is the STEM Center, which is home to meteorology majors, not orchestrating this project? While the Cyber Security Club has reached out to professors like Steve Carano, they are interested in going outside of their normal surroundings. Most would not picture this technological club coordinating a project that has a significant relationship with weather. But they did it last year, and they are back for more results.
Russell Winburn, first-year Cyber Security major, was ecstatic to share the success of the first launch, despite not being involved last year. He is one of the club’s newest members. The club welcomes anyone, whether they are part of the cyber program or not. This year they have grown from seven to roughly 12 team members. February and March are the beginning stages of getting back in the groove of meetings; therefore, only a handful were present. However, that does not mean the members who show up late or cannot make the meetings are unable to participate. The club has a D2L page where the students can sign up and post discussions of new ideas.
During the March 1 meeting, five team members and the club’s adviser, Bill Richards, discussed materials needed and what they could recycle from last year. The idea that “better” does not always have to be “newer” is what many of the members identify with.
The deconstruction of the high-altitude balloon launched last year assembled like this:
Ethan Fowler, first-year Cyber Security major and Payload Coordinator, fidgeted with a Raspberry Pi 3 as he listened to Roy Baggett, Drone Leader, contemplate updating the sensors for ozone and radiation. There are no wrong moves in the spitball stages of this process; Fowler nodded in compliance of Baggett’s suggestion.
The 2017 launch took place May 13 at Choctaw Creek Park. The flight’s predictions, which were gathered from HabHub.org, informed the team that the balloon would land in Prague.
As Richards went through a PowerPoint of pictures from last year’s launch, the members smiled when a photo emerged on the screen of the team’s “pilot,” which was a tiny, plastic figurine Batman that stayed firmly in place the entire four-hour flight. Questions were raised as to what/who will be the new pilot, the new lucky charm for the team. A glimpse of the fun, nerdy side of the club members was evident.
The starting point and the chase to follow and retrieve the balloon will be like last year. There will be four vehicles and three people inside each, one being the driver, one in the passenger seat being the navigator and one in the back seat being the communicator. At least one person out of the group must have an amateur radio license to use an Automatic Packet Reporting System, which tells the team immediate and exact digital information in a local area.
Once last year’s balloon had deployed its parachute in an expansive field owned by a Prague farmer, the team asked his permission to reclaim their equipment and excitedly examined their finished product.
They simultaneously agreed they were lucky it did not land somewhere in a body of water or in a tree. Fingers are crossed that this year’s final location will be the same.
This year the Cyber Club has predetermined their launch date to be toward the end of May. Fowler is optimistic this year will show a stronger outcome since they are more prepared with issues that occurred last year, such as: Technical problems with the sensor computers, minor loss of communication with the FFA’s disconnection of their notice to airmen and mechanical hold-ups with a vehicle getting stuck in mud during the balloon chase.
“One big thing I hope to improve on from the last flight is student participation,” Fowler said.
Winburn agreed with Fowler, also hoping for more campus involvement.
“I want Rose State to prosper from [the launch],” said Winburn.
The Cyber Security program will be recognized throughout the community.
The 2018 launch window is set to occur May 26 at 10 a.m. The Cyber Club urged guests to become involved and be present at the launch. For more details, contact Richards at email@example.com.
Story & Photos by Bailey Bussell
With the spring semester coming to an end, there is no doubt most students have been going crazy over finals week. But among all the craziness that comes toward the end of the semester, there should always be a time to relax and take a breather from the everyday stress. So, what better way to take a break than to watch the old Student Center begin its demolition to create space for the new Student Union.
Rose State celebrated the beginning of the construction for the new Student Union Wednesday, May 9. The celebration kicked off with Rose State President Jeanie Webb. The event was open to the public, as students and faculty gathered around the west side of the student center to witness the demolition of the Student Center. The sledgehammer event not only included Webb, but also Chancellor Johnson, Chairman Majors and incoming Student Senate President Brianna Sanders.
The new Student Union will have two stories, with the upper floor to include a 400-seat ballroom and many conference rooms available to the community. The construction of the Student Union is set to begin in August after the old Student Center has been torn down over the summer. The expected finish date for the Student Union is set for the year 2020. So, for those who plan to attend RSC in the near future, be looking for the completion of the new Student Union.
Click here for more information about the new Student Union.
Story by Madi Zick
Photo by Haley Humphrey
As the school year comes to an end, plans for the next semester are already in route. The Student Senate held their elections for the new Exec Board April 18 and 19 that will serve for the 2018-19 school year. This board consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The people who ran for the these positions are Brianna Sanders and Heather Maker for President, Jakob Harmon for Vice President, Christine Keefe for Treasurer and Trevor Akers and Matthew Hayes for Secretary. Many people inquired why these elections are important and what should the students have looked for in a candidate.
Dillon Willis, a second-year member of the student senate, believes the student senate elections are important because the Exec Board can have tremendous impact on Rose State’s campus.. Willis advised to look for a candidate who is active across the campus community and who has a heart that is passionate about looking for new, positive changes.
Heather Maker, candidate for President, also thought it was important to vote for a representative who is kind, leads with his/her heart and listens to opinions on campus. When asked why Maker would like to serve as president, she explained that she wants students to get more involved and wants the little voice to be heard over the masses.
Trevor Akers ran for Secretary, he believes involvement on campus is exponentially important and he aspires to help Rose State as much as he can. He wanted to be the Secretary because he is passionate about maintaining involvement on campus and reaching out to all students to further positive engagement and the overall experience at the college.
Many also pondered why the students who chose to run and the senators who served in the student senate care. Former Treasurer Kaitlyn Burden explained that she “wants to know [she] left Rose State better than when [she] came.”
Voices do not have to be loud, to be heard. Search for new changes next semester and continually get to know your representatives.
The winning ballot was released April 20.
President Brianna Sanders
Vice President Jacob Harmon
Treasurer Heather Maker
Secretary Matthew Hayes