Story & Photo by Tanner Pipins
It is finally that time of the year again. Time for many to put an end to binging the third season of ‘Stranger Things’ and finally taking that shower you have been putting off for the last week. That’s right, the beginning of the fall semester is upon us. Welcome back, Raiders.
For some, getting enrolled in the next semester is not as easy as it is for others, which is why Rose State has been hosting ‘Summer Nights’ sessions on campus. Throughout the month of July, Summer Nights has assisted approximately 40 students on a guided tour of Rose’s campus. July consisted of nine evenings that would allow prospective students to explore the campus from 6-9 p.m., as well as answer any questions the students may have.
By scheduling an appointment, academic advisers were also there to help students apply or even enroll in classes once they have been admitted. Summer Nights advised 10 new students to enroll in classes this fall.
Summer Nights was created with the hopes of making the enrollment process easier and more accessible. Paige Stramski, a Recruiter at Rose State, said they wanted to create an opportunity for students to be able to visit campus, apply, get information and even enroll.
“Normal office hours don’t always work for every potential student,” Stramski said. “[We] look forward to offering more opportunities like Summer Nights in the fall for students to have the opportunity to come to Rose and meet their scheduling needs.”
For those that are already enrolled, Student Engagement said anyone can join this year’s Raider Take-Off event on Aug. 13. Raider Take-Off, formerly known as College Snapshot, will run from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and will consist of 20 different breakout sessions, an Explore Fair and a free T-shirt. Lunch will also be provided for those that attend.
The day is intended to brief students on what to expect for the upcoming school year. The breakout sessions vary in topic from how to speak to and email a professor to why credit is important, and how to properly build it. The Explore Fair will encompass a tour of campus resources and what they have to offer the students.
If you are unable to attend the Raider Take-Off event on Aug. 13, there is a Raider Take-Off @Nite tailored specifically for you. The Nite session is scheduled for the evening of Aug. 15 and will be a condensed version of the previous session. The evening intends on properly covering the resources needed for academic, social and emotional success. The breakout sessions from Raider Take-Off will also be recorded for those that are unable to make it and posted on Rose State College’s Facebook page.
Story by Selena Williams
Dr. Jeanie Webb has been the president of Rose State since 2013. Webb was the vice president of Student Affairs for 12 years and was also the Dean of Northeastern State University campuses at Tulsa, Muskogee and Claremore before she took on her role as Rose State President.
Female presidents are rare, which makes having Webb as president of Rose State notable.
She is one out of seven female college presidents in Oklahoma. The other six are: Patti Neuhold-University of Central Oklahoma, Janet Cunningham-Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Cheryl Evans-Northern Oklahoma College, Leigh Goodson-Tulsa Community College, Martha Burger-Oklahoma City University, and Lana Reynolds-Seminole State College.
Webb said that her mother was her greatest mentor and inspiration.
“She was a leader in every way,” Webb said. “She never had the opportunity to go to college; she pushed me to succeed. My mother taught me to be strong.”
Webb named her husband as next in line on her mentor list.
“My husband Roger Webb, who was president at the University of Central Oklahoma, is a great inspiration to me,” she said. “He is a mentor every single day. I truly have the best of both worlds, a great mother who was a major influence and a strong husband who has been a leader for a lifetime.”
While every college Webb has worked for has been amazing and provided her with different experiences that helped her grow professionally; she said Rose State is an amazing place to work.
“I would really like Rose State students to know that I truly care about them and their success,” Webb said. “I was just like them, and my experience at a community college started me on the right path and changed my life forever. It is my sincerest hope that Rose State College starts them on the path to achieving their dreams.”
She thinks everyone is equal and each person should be looked at as an individual.
“Everyone has a story and as individuals who make up the larger, greater whole, we each provide differences which are based on our background and experiences in life,” Webb said.
In her experience, a good team is made of people with different strengths.
“Everyone has different strengths, and as a leader, you have to know when to capitalize on those strengths for the betterment of the mission,” Webb said.
Now, a glimpse into Webb’s life. A typical day starts at 5 a.m. with her morning workout—she uses the time during her workout to reflect. Her days are filled with nonstop meetings and her nights are filled with evening events such as receptions and dinners. Her desire every day is to see her family—even though most days that is not until 8 p.m.
She is incredibly competitive and enjoys a game of tennis with her daughter and a round of golf with her husband. Webb has played tennis and golf for most of her life and has no plans of stopping. She is a dog lover. She has two dogs at home: Cubby (who was purchased at the Midwest City Auction) and Tucker.
More fun facts about Webb include her music taste. Some of her favorite songs are “Hello” by Adele, “Home” by Michael Bublé and “Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line. One of her favorite movies is “Marley and Me,” and she enjoys watching television shows like “Criminal Minds” and “Chicago Fire.”
Webb is dedicated to her students, faculty and staff. “The most important thing is that the faculty and staff at Rose State allow students the opportunity to better their lives,” Webb said. “We truly care about them as people and wish to support them in their goals.”
Last year’s Student Senate President Brianna Sanders said Webb is a powerful and graceful woman.
“She knows how to brighten a room with her smile and laughter,” Sanders said. “She has a keen ear for the voice of the student body. She allows us, as students, to be an important aspect to making Rose State College an influential place for everyone.”
Michelle Nutter, who has been Webb’s secretary for 15 years, said that the president loves being around the students, faculty, staff and community members, but she is also a private person. She explained that [we] all have to remember that Webb has a life with family and friends outside of Rose State.
“She gives so much of herself daily, I often wonder how she possibly has anything left for herself,” Nutter said.
She added that Webb brings such a positive energy when she walks into the room. “We all sit up and get ready because we all know that we are in for a ride,” she said.
However, Webb’s position requires her to be serious because it is demanding.
“It is a lot of responsibility to be a president, but I think she does it with grace and confidence,” Nutter said. “Dr. Webb is almost a study of contradictions when it comes to her style. She is confident but humble; she is serious but fun loving. These are just a few of her styles.”
Nutter also said that Webb has an excellent sense of humor. “There are so many times when we have to be serious, but at those moments when we can relax for half of a second, we can all share in laughter.”
If she could describe Dr. Webb in three words they would be, ‘‘real, honest and kind.’’