Cameron University Foundation establishes endowed scholarship in memory of alumnus, staff member Patrick Copeland


The Cameron University Foundation has established an endowed scholarship thanks to the family and friends of the late Patrick Copeland, a CU alumnus and staff member. The Patrick Copeland Memorial Endowed Scholarship in English and Foreign Languages will benefit full-time students who are pursuing a degree in the English & Foreign Languages discipline with preference given to students who have declared a major in International Languages.

“As a family, we could not think of a better way to honor Patrick,” says his sister, Candi Bridges. ”Cameron University’s former slogan, ‘My University,’ defined Patrick as a whole. His heart was left on that campus when he left this earth. He loved his students and co-workers, and his passion for foreign languages was unmeasurable. This endowment ensures that his love for learning and teaching will never die, and he will continue to help students even after his death.”

Copeland, who passed away in January 2018, was a native of Waurika. He earned an Associate in Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2008, a Bachelor of Arts in International Languages with a minor in Spanish in 2009, graduating Cum Laude, and a Master of Science in Behavioral Science with a concentration in Psychology in 2012 from CU. Copeland was inducted into Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, serving one term as the chapter president. In 2016, he was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education. A Senior Library Associate, he also served as an adjunct instructor of Spanish, Latin and various workshops. He was pursuing a Ph.D. at the time of his death.

Endowed scholarships managed by the Cameron University Foundation provide financial assistance to deserving students in perpetuity. To learn more about establishing an endowment, contact the Office of University Advancement at 580-581-2999.

Cameron to Enjoy Spring Break


Cameron University students will have the opportunity to take a hard-earned break from their academic pursuits as the University marks the midpoint of the semester with Spring Break from March 19-23. No classes will be held during this time, and administrative offices will be closed. Classes will resume and administrative offices will re-open for normal business hours on Monday, March 26.

Students who have need of library resources in order to prepare for class assignments that are due the week of March 26 are encouraged to plan ahead, as the Cameron Library will be closed from Monday, March 19 through Sunday, March 25.  Regular hours will resume on Monday, March 26.

Fitness buffs can still use the Aggie Rec Center during Spring Break. The facility will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Normal operating hours will resume on Monday, March 26.

Cole Statement on the Passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The bill was passed in the House by a vote of 393-13 with Cole’s support.

The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through 2023.

“The Federal Aviation Administration plays a critical role in the safety and transparency of our air travel, and I am pleased that it was passed today with broad support,” said Cole. “The FAA also has a significant impact on Oklahoma’s economy and workforce as one of the largest employers in the state.”

“Furthermore, I am pleased that the proposal to privatize Air Traffic Control (ATC) was not included in the final bill. A privatized ATC would be unfair and would endanger the transparency and standards of the aviation industry. Privatization would also pose harm to the federal workforce, especially to facilities like the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma, which employs 6,200 federal workers.”

“Congress has always provided key oversight of the FAA and ATC to keep our skies safe and efficient. Because of its balanced approach to regulation and operational standards, the FAA has made our skies the safest and most reliable airspace in the world.”

Round Ryan May 17 2018

Ryan Main Street

It’s been a great week, but, this is the first week that we’ve not been blessed with a bit of rain.  Maybe this week, we will have a better opportunity for some, if the Lord is willing.  The days are now nearly constant for highs in the 90s.  I try to get any outdoor work that needs to be taken care of done early in the mornings.  It doesn’t take long for our seasons to pass, anymore.

This past week has been a busy week for most folks around Ryan.  Brionna and I went up to Waurika to Doc’s Place to eat dinner Thursday evening.  Brionna had fried shrimp and I had a grilled pork chop with peach chutney.  It was a very good meal. 

Saturday evening, we attended the Ryan graduation ceremony/  I was surprised that they didn’t have a guest speaker, but, they don’t always have 2 Valedictorians and 2 Salutatorians either.  Take Kimbro and McKenzie Lewis shared the spots for the Valedictorian of the class, and Dawson Tomberlin and Cara Williams, shared the spots for the Salutatorian. Each one of them gave a speech.  Cara Williams, along with her speech, played her guitar and sang a song.  She is very talented young lady.  Congratulations to all of the Ryan graduates.  Good luck to all of you and God be with you all.

Sunday was Mother’s Day and Brionna and I made it to church.  Edna had commented in Sunday School, that she hoped someone from her family would be there at church with her.  She did indeed have both Natalie and Leslie with her husband, David. After church, I decided not to go home to cook for use, but, instead, headed to eat out at Bill’s.  It seemed like we had to park about a half mile away from the restaurant, but, they were packed.  We stood outside for a while, then went inside the entryway and stood for another while.  I saw Ramona Bryant and got to talk to her for a little while.  She is living in Duncan at an independent living facility that is only about a year old.  She really does like it where she is.   We also ran into Joyce and Lynn Plant while we were standing outside.  They had their kids and some of their families there, too.  We finally got to sit on the benches and visit for a little bit.  I told Joyce that you have to be really hungry for Bill’s fish to have to wait for as long as we did.  Our final wait was about an hour and a half.  It was all worth it, though.  The fish and hush puppies and the cole slaw, were all delicious.  Then, to top off our meal, they brought all the mothers out a chocolate covered strawberry for dessert. I imagine most restaurants were pretty crowded with families, trying to get Moms out of the kitchens.

We didn’t get over to see Mom as I had originally planned.  I had a cold and didn’t want to get around Mom or the other residents in the home.  I called her and wished her a Happy Mother’s Day, though.  My brother, Mel, took her out to eat there in Nocona at Del Rios.  He said she really enjoyed her outing.

Our kids will be having their last day of school this Friday.  Ya’ll have a great summer!

Kim’s news for this week:

This week I was not alone, my friend, Brionna, was home.  She went with Foxy and me to see Ruffy Tuffy. That wasn’t all–me, Foxy, and her played ball.

Ruffy Tuffy got hurt in his stall, but, he’ll be okay after all.

Everyone have a blessed week.  Pray for rain and for each other.


Valedictorian Tate Kimbro Seeks to Soar in the Aeronautical Industry


 He loves anything mechanical and working with his hands.

When he is not fishing or hunting, he loves working on the ranch and staying busy.

Tate will be going to SWOSU in Weatherford in  the fall and majoring in Engineering Technology. Perhaps he will be working for Boeing or some aeronautical company. 

Some of his fondest memories comes from time he spent with his friends and playing sports.

One of his favorite memories is the time Joseph Martin passed a basketball across court to J.D. who made the winning basket against Waurika. 

When it comes to hunting, he really enjoys hunting deer. He even has a recipe he got from Tyler Garrett to make a really great deer jerkey. 

His favorite music is heavy metal. 

He loves the movie The Green Mile. He also likes scary movies. 

The only book he really enjoys reading is the Bible. 

His favorite color is powder blue. 

He looks forward to getting started at Weatherford. He wants to show up two weeks in advance so he can go ahead and get to work. He plans on working his way through school. 

Just a few of his accomplishments include Valedictorian, 8-man All-Star, Beta, FFA, Offensive Lineman of the year, NTHS.

His favorite subjects in school include all maths and physics. 

He really loves math. 

Tate is a strapping  young  man who conducts himself as a gentleman. 

His future is bright. It will be neat to see what he does down the road. 

His love of life and ability to converse with others will take him far.  

We wish him all the best!

Waurika Library News for February 15 2018


On Thursday, February 22nd, the Library will have a computer class at 4:30pm.  This class will be geared towards beginners and cover basic mouse operations, creating files and folder, and copying, moving and pasting text or files.  We will have computers available, but you can also bring your own device including phones or tablets if you have any questions about how to do something.

Next Monday, February 19, the Library will be closed in observance of President’s day.  We will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

On March 1st and 2nd, the Waurika Public Library will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday welcoming Terral grade school on the first, and Waurika and Temple Head Starts on the second.

The Story Of The Boot was a display of family stories in Jefferson County created to

compliment the Smithsonian Institute exhibition at the Rock Island Depot this summer.

These stories have been compiled into a hardback book.  Copies of ‘The Story of the Boot’ are $25 and take 2-3 weeks for delivery to the library.  If you would like the copy mailed to a location other than the library, please add an additional $5 for shipping and allow for an additional week for mailing.

‘Your Hometown’ is a DVD compilation of videos from the local community.  The DVD includes the opening of Veteran’s Park, Brickstreet Classic Car Show, Interviews with residents of Jefferson Co. and more!  Copies of the DVD are available at the library for $10 with proceeds going to the Friends of the Waurika Public Library.

Story Time has a new day!  Story Time is now on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  Each week, we read stories to pre-k children.  After Story Time, we have games, puzzles, and children’s computer games available.  If you would like to see Story Time on a different day and time, just let us know.

Many events and programs at the library are supported and funded by the Friends of the Waurika Public Library.  The Friends have started their sponsorship drive for 2018.  Sponsorship of the Friends starts at just $10.  For more information, to become a sponsor, or volunteer, please visit the Waurika Public Library.

For information about events, activities and more, visit our Facebook group at

Waurika Library News


 On Saturday, June 2nd, the FRIENDS of the Waurika Public Library are having a used book sale.  For $3 we’ll have bags that you can fill with books!  DVDs will also be for sale for $1 each.  Proceeds will go to help programs and activities at the library.

Summer is right around the corner!  The Waurika Public Library invites elementary-aged children, those who will be entering 1st grade through 5th grade in September, to attend this year’s Summer Reading Program. A variety of weekday programming will be offered and lunch will be provided daily for any school-aged child.

The theme this year is Libraries Rock!  Programming will run each weekday, June 4-July 27 with the exception of the July 4 holiday.  Reading and activities will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 11:30 a.m.  Children attending the Summer Reading Program must be picked up by their parent/guardian at noon each day.

Children must be registered to attend. For more information or registration forms, visit the Waurika Public Library or call 580.228.3274.

The Summer Reading Program is free to attend.  The public library, community organizations and individuals care about your children. Together we raised funds to offer daily educational programs and week-day lunches to keep your children’s minds and bodies fed this summer. Whether keeping track of the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they’ve read this summer, children who attend the Summer Reading Program keep their minds active and enter the new school year ready to succeed.

For information about events, activities and more, visit our Facebook group at

What is Disc Golf? It is coming to Waurika


It will be a part of Harmon Park and the land behind the Waurika football field stadium (see photo at left).

Disc golf!

The game is growing in popularity and is coming to Waurika very soon, possibly by May.

Monica Bartling presented the idea at Monday evening’s Waurika City Council Meeting. The council approved the addition of the Disc Golf Course so work should begin soon.

Monica explained a bit about Disc Golf.

The game is much like the traditional golf. However, instead of using a ball and clubs, the participants use a flying disc that closely resembles a Frisbee.

Disc Golf Goal (source:

Historically, the game was formalized in the 1970s.

The object of the game is much the same as it is in traditional golf. Attempting to complete each hole (goal) with the fewest attempts as possible.

Both sports began at a location called a “Tee”.

The target is a basket (see picture above).

After beginning at the “tee” the player will continue to toss the flying disc down a fairway until he successfully lands one of them in the basket.

Disc Golf Tee (Source:

Here are some of the advantages to disc golf.

No golf cart rentals or fees to play.

Fun and challenging for all ages.

Great exercise.

According to the notes Monica Bartling presented at Monday evening’s meeting, the Waurika Disc Golf Course was designed by Anderson Dark, Esq.

He is an in-house counsel for Allstate Insurance in Oklahoma City, and – most importantly- an avid disc golfer since high school. His thoroughness is in designing this course is admirable and exactly what we need to ensure the best golf experience.

He has visited the course with multiple people throwing from different places on the course at the same time. His design ability allows for 18 holes of challenging golf and adheres to the standards of the Professional Disc golf Association (PDGA). this allows us to qualify for multiple tournament opportunities. He is donating his valuable time to design this course for Waurika.

The new disc golf course could potentially bring many visitors to Waurika and thus, much revenue.

The total estimated cost for completion of the project is $8,700.00 and will be paid for through fundraising efforts.

Summer meal initiative to combat food insecurity enters second year


OKLAHOMA CITY (June 12, 2018) – A public awareness campaign to help ensure nutrition for summertime learning is celebrating its second year. Launched in 2017 by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) and its Office of Child Nutrition, the #Food4ThoughtOK campaign is designed to increase the number of free meals served to Oklahoma kids age 18 and under during the federally funded Summer Food Service Program.

Last year, #Food4ThoughtOK led to an increase in participation of nearly 9 percent over the previous year, with more than 125,000 additional meals served. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister expects participation to grow again this year.

“During the summer break, it’s vital that our children continue to receive nutrition supports that will strengthen their ability to learn. Lack of nourishment impacts cognitive functioning. Healthy brain development doesn’t allow kids to take time off when school is not in session,” Hofmeister said. “The #Food4ThoughtOK campaign effectively leverages federal dollars and enables parents to encourage learning yearlong.”

The #Food4ThoughtOK campaign is the result of a partnership between OSDE and Hunger Free Oklahoma. It is made possible with assistance from Oklahoma City-based Tyler Media, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, the Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, along with many nonprofit and faith-based organizations. The Oklahoma Childhood Food Security Coalition has helped disseminate information statewide.

The campaign emerged from the collaboration between Hofmeister and her Faith-Based Advisory Council, one of several stakeholder groups with whom the superintendent meets regularly.

Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the nation. Food insecurity exists when a population has limited or uncertain access to safe, nutritional food or an inability to acquire it. An estimated 1 in 4 Oklahoma children – 220,000 in all – are considered food insecure, and research indicates that students who struggle with hunger have poorer academic and health outcomes than those who do not.

In Oklahoma, 61 percent of public school students are eligible for free and reduced-priced lunches. During the summer months when school is not in session, only about 6 percent of those same students participate in summer feeding programs, ranking Oklahoma 51st in the nation, according to a 2017 report from the Food Research & Action Center.

The summer meals program offers convenience to families; the vast majority of Oklahoma’s more than 600 sites are open, and children are not required to pre-register or present paperwork. Families interested in finding a serving site can text FOOD to 877877 or visit

Fred Gipson Visits Waurika


 His desire to run for Congress was fueled by an editorial he read in the Norman Transcript, his hometown newspaper. The editorial was encouraging citizens to get more involved by running for political office. 

Fred Gipson, longtime friend of Phillip and Pat Scott, was in town Monday talking to citizens about his goals to make Oklahoma a better place for future generations. 

Gipson was born and raised in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Because of his love for the sooner state, he wants Oklahoma to continue to be a place where families grow and prosper. 

Gipson is running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, as Oklahoma’s District 4 Representative.

He has strong feelings about the importance of education in the lives of Oklahoma’s youth.

As a man of integrity, he vows not to accept campaign contributions from PACs, lobbyist or those who live outside District 4.

During lunch at the Circle D he talked about his experiences working with former US Senator Fred R. Harris (who was born not far from Hastings, Oklahoma). Gipson served as his legislative assistant in D.C.

Gipson is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and close friend of former OU President David Boren. 

Gipson was a captain in the Unites States Army. 

He served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Ross Rizley.

He once served as the Mayor of Seminole.

Gipson was  Chief legal Counsel to Oklahoma University, and also taught political science and higher education law there. 

Since leaving the University of Oklahoma he has practiced law and been involved in several businesses. 

He has been a partner in the Jerry Scott Drilling Company, Seminole Mud Company and Gipson Properties. 

He recently formed Downhole Tubulars LLC.

Gipson is a lifetime member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.


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