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Submitted by Jordan Hays - OSU Museum of Art


(STILLWATER, Okla., September 21, 2015) — Representing an expansive range of materials, methods, and rituals, this exhibition highlights a selection of objects exploring the passage of time in African art.



Wákàtí, a West African concept among the Yoruba, refers to time as it unfolds and marks its passage with signs of change. Showcasing works from the both the OSU Museum of Art collection and a private collection, Wákàtí presents traditional and contemporary African art side by side, highlighting the seamless transition of time as a natural flow uniting images from ancient to current practices. The works illuminate the continuities, transformations, variations, and innovative experiments defining artistic masterpieces of Africa as Pabambarì. An exclamatory expression, Pabambarì conveys in one word the sensation of amazement, awe, and speechlessness packed within a profound aesthetic experience. This exhibition shows that time alone tests the intensity of this aesthetic reality.



Wákàtí represents a cultural crossroads of reinterpretation as the exhibition narrates a story beginning in Africa – with a second life in the Americas. Throughout the gallery, the works of living artists interact with ancestral images from Dogon, Ashanti, Yaka, and other indigenous tribes.

With works including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photographs, performance, and installation arts, the exhibition presents the relationship between the shaping of styles from different eras and various regions of Africa.



Wákàtí: Time Shapes African Art is on view from Sept. 21, 2015 – Jan. 16, 2016. It is organized by the OSU Museum of Art and curated by Moyo Okediji, Ph.D., Professor of Art History at the University of Texas. The exhibition and events below are free and open to the public.



Guest lecture: Visiting Artist AKIRASH


Monday, Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m.

As part of the Mary Ann and Ken Fergeson Visiting Artist Program, Olaniyi R. Akindiya (AKIRASH) has been invited to the OSU Museum of Art in conjunction with Wákàtí. An artist in the exhibition, he will speak about his installation and performance art on Sept. 21. Learn more about him at


Performance: Batetele/Libation by Visiting Artist AKIRASH

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.

AKIRASH will perform two traditional African rituals with the help of student and community volunteers. The performance will take place at 6 pm outside of the museum.


Opening Reception

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 5 – 8 p.m.


The reception will feature a Gallery Talk with Curator Moyo Okediji at 5:30. A special performance by Visiting Artist Denenge Akpem will follow.  

As part of the Mary Ann and Ken Fergeson Visiting Artist Program, Denenge Akpem has also been invited to the OSU Museum of Art to create an installation piece for Wákàtí. She will install her work in the exhibition from Oct. 3 through Oct. 6. Learn more about her at


About the OSU Museum of Art

For more information about the OSU Museum of Art, visit or call 405-744-2780.  The Postal Plaza Gallery is located at 720 S. Husband Street in downtown Stillwater. All exhibitions and programs are free. Hours are Monday – Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm; open until 8 on Thursdays; closed Sundays and OSU holidays.


Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years. 


Monday, 26 October 2015 11:48

Fright Night 5K

Here is the entry form for the 5K at Wister Schools October 30, 2015. Just click the link, print it and fill it out. Return the completed form with your entry fee to the high school office.



If you would like to purchase a shirt, they are only $15 each.



For additional information or to help sponsor the t-shirt or race, contact Mrs. Harber, Mrs. Pugh, or Mrs. Ford at 918-655-3132.

Fright Night 5K - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote


AES Shady Point president and plant manager Jason Jin has become one of our newest US citizens.

Jin who grew up in China has been working in the United States since the early 1990's in Texas and Oklahoma and said, "I was very impressed with the swearing in ceremony and it made me proud to take part."

Jin was sworn in at the Federal Building in Muskogee and received documentation from President Obama on his accomplishment.

Jin returned to the AES Shady Point plant on Monday and was welcomed by AES people celebrating the accomplishment with cake and American flags and steamers when he returned.


Congratulations Jason Jin!!

Monday, 21 September 2015 12:10


Poteau Upper Elementary School announces Students of the week for September 14-17.


Students are:  Phoebe Waldrop, Kendy Traywick, Jessenia Jacinto, Hailey Treat, Garrett Finchum, and Hailey Hunt.


September Character Trait is:


RESPONSIBILITY - Taking care of one's self and others; to carry out a duty or task carefully and thoroughly.


Congratulations Students!

Monday, 21 September 2015 12:01

Shannon Lynette (Clark) Kennedy Obituary

Shannon Lynette (Clark) Kennedy of Spiro, Oklahoma was born on July 14, 1961 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Billy and Mary (Stout) Clark.


She passed away on September 19, 2015 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 54.


Shannon is survived by the father of her children, Charles "Rick" Tanksley, Sr; daughter, Chasiti Dominic and Jesse of Roland, Oklahoma; son, Charles "Rick" Tanksley, Jr. and Crystal of Hackett, Arkansas; parents, Billy and Mary Clark of Spiro, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Seth, Gabriel, and Ethan Dominic; Caleb and Jacob Tanksley; Kevin and Mathew Johnson; brothers, Billy Douglas Clark of Spiro, Oklahoma and Steve Brown and Stacy of Fort Smith, Arkansas; special sister, Jackie Knoblesdorff of Spiro, Oklahoma, and special friend, Jerri Sue Diver of Tahlequah, Oklahoma; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends. She is preceded in death by her brother Jamie Clark.


Shannon attended Cavanaugh and Rock Island Free Will Baptist Churches and worked for the City of Spiro as Deputy City Clerk.


She loved her family and friends dearly but had a special love for her Grandkids, as Shannon would put it she "lived for her children and her grandchildren". Her one prayer was that her family circle would not be broken.


Funeral services will be 10am Tuesday at the Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas with Reverend Jimmy Waldrop and Reverend Brad Kuhl officiating. Burial will follow in the New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Mallory~Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be; Ronnie Parent, Paul Ferguson, Jimmy Smith, Stormy Baxter, David Kerns, and Bryan Howard.


Condolences can be made online to the family on Shannon's guestbook at


Shannon Lynette (Clark) Kennedy Obituary - 3.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote


More than 3,700 Oklahoma CareerTech employees met at the 48th annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference to discuss ideas and advancements in CareerTech education and to learn what they can do to make the system even better.

The conference was held in partnership with the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. The conference provided opportunities to share best practices and learn about cutting-edge technology and processes, State Director Marcie Mack said.

Rick Rigsby, president and CEO of Rick Rigsby Communications, spoke in the opening general session and encouraged CareerTech educators and staff members to keep improving. "Good enough is not good enough when you can be better," he said. "Better is not better when you can be the best."

During the awards ceremonies two local CareerTech professionals were honored.


Nina Morgan received the Carl Perkins Community Service Award. Nina has worked in education for 26 years with 18 of those years teaching Business Administration & Information Technology at the Kiamichi Technology Center – Poteau Campus.

Every year Nina's class participates in the Oklahoma Special Olympics "Chain of Love" fundraiser, the angel tree at The Oaks nursing home, Grace Cottage's "Baby Bottle Love Drive", and conducts a local food/blanket/coat drive. Her class has also volunteered at the Special Olympics bowling tournament and track and field competition, prepared and mailed "goodie bags" to servicemen overseas, collected toiletries for a local teen shelter, designed and printed programs for the Grace Cottage Annual Night Before Christmas Banquet, and participated in local "Breast Cancer Awareness" walks.
In addition to the above classroom activities, Nina models community involvement to her students through serving on the Leflore County Child Advocacy Network Board, and volunteering at Samaritan's Kitchen and other ministries. She helped organize two "Break the Silence" sexual abuse awareness seminars, as well as the "Stand up, Speak Out" event for local 8th graders. She has helped organize and conduct mission trips to Mexico, Virginia, and New Mexico, and helps coordinate REACH local mission projects where local youth groups assist adults with home repairs for those less fortunate.




Laura Harrison


Laura Harrison received the National Technical Honor Society Stars of Excellence Award. Laura has been the Student Services Coordinator for the Kiamichi Technology Centers – Poteau & Spiro Campuses since 2001. She also serves as the National Technical Honor Society Co-Advisor. Laura has served on the OkNTHS Coordinating Council since 2010 and was OkNTHS State Chair for two terms. She coordinates regular meeting and educational activities for KTC's local NTHS chapters and also assists in coordinating state wide events such as the NTHS Fall Leadership Conference and the NTHS Day at the Capital. As Student Services Coordinator, Laura is responsible for recruitment and admissions for the Poteau and Spiro Campuses. She also serves as the District Communications & Marketing Team Member for the Poteau and Spiro Campuses.


For more information on KTC call the Poteau Campus at 918-647-4525 or visit their website at Like their Facebook pages and KTC is a member of the state CareerTech system.


Monday, 09 January 2017 14:10

Crock Pot Meatloaf

Now is the perfect time to get out the crock pot and cook up some meatloaf.

Use your favorite meatloaf recipe.

Mix the ingredients well and form a "loaf" in the middle of the bottom of your crock pot, leaving room around the sides for the potatoes.

Then, wash 5-6 potatoes, prick them several times with a knife or fork, and wrap them in foil. Place them around the meatloaf. Cook for 8-10 hours on low.

In the evening serve with some vegetables and some fruit and enjoy!

Sunday, 27 September 2015 19:01

Monster Dash 5K coming to downtown Poteau

It's almost time for Monsters take over downtown Poteau.


Yes, Monsters will be invading downtown Poteau on Saturday evening October 10th for the 1st annual Monster Dash 5k.

The race will begin at town square on Dewey at 6:00 pm and registration/packet pickup will start at 5:00.


The fun event is hosted by Historic Downtown Poteau and is mutation of thee Zombie Run that has happened in 2013 and 2014.


Here are the rules of the game – Living people (people who are not dressed up as monsters) start the race off at 6:00 pm sharp and runners dress as Monsters taking will be invading the street one minute later.

Monsters can infect living runners by taking a flag off their flag belt.


There will be prizes for the most infectious, Best Costume, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall Male and Female Runners


There will also be a Creature Crawl for kids.


The Creature Crawl will be roughly 1/2 mile mini-run and will start a few minutes after the 5k.


Cost is $20 if you register now!


Sign up at the Historic Downtown Poteau Office at 310 Dewey Ave or by clicking the link below



Sunday, 20 September 2015 18:44

Author introduces Poteau Novel

Going back home again is never easy; is the tagline of Joe Harwell's latest novel, Izzy Cavanal, which is set in his hometown of Poteau, OK. The longer tagline could be; It's not easy to go back home again when you're an international drug smuggler, turned D.E.A informant with a five million dollar cartel bounty on your head.


Izzy Cavanal is Harwell's eighth novel published since 2009. He has also published two memoirs, plus a tutorial on the writing and publishing process.

Here is a little synopsis of his latest book


In 1969, artistically talented Poteau high school senior Rory Jacobs has a low draft number. His longtime friend Elizabeth, nicknamed Izzy, vehemently opposes the Vietnam war and wants both of them to leave for Canada after graduation so he can avoid the draft. Rory is poor, while Izzy's family is well off, and he knows taking her to Canada will destroy any chance she'll have to reconcile with her parents in the future.


Leaving town before graduation without saying goodbye, Rory joins the Army and excels in killing the enemy, advancing to a Special Forces Unit. Recruited by the C.I.A., he becomes a player in the covert transportation and distribution of drugs in Southeast Asia. When Saigon falls in 1975, he flees to Colombia and rises to a position of power within the Cali drug cartel.


Fast forward to the 1990's, Rory becomes a D.E.A. informat when cartel rivalries threaten his life, retaining millions in drug money profits in overseas accounts. Assigned a new identity by the Justice Department, he lives quietly in Santa Fe, NM until the cartel finds him.


Badly injured in the hit and needing reconstructive surgery, Rory accepts another cover identity, but persuades the Justice Department to let him go home to Poteau with his new face to hide in plain sight. After purchasing a house and a sign shop, he is approached by Izzy, who doesn't recognize him, to allow her artistically gifted sixteen year old daughter Sasha work for him as an apprentice. Sasha is a carbon copy of Izzy, with the same rebellious attitude as her mother when she a teenager.


Rory soon discovers southeastern Oklahoma is a center of drug activity with cartel connections and knows it's only a matter of time until they coerce, bribe, torture and kill enough people to find him again, placing Izzy and Sasha in danger.


"Izzy was the most challenging and rewarding story I've created," Harwell said. "The storyline didn't lend itself to being written liner, so it begins near the end at a point of high tension and readers are introduced to the history of the characters as the action unfolds without boring and confusing flashbacks."


All of Harwell's novels and memoirs take place in Oklahoma and Arkansas. One is a futuristic thriller set in 2052. The others are historical fiction set in the 1950's to the 1990's.


"I write the geography and people I know, incorporating landmarks and the names of business and sometimes people, always with their permission," he said. "Business, organizations and individuals in Poteau were very gracious about being part of the story." They include, The Poteau Daily News, Poteau Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, his longtime friend Mattie Odom, owner of the now closed Red Wagon Steak House, and Loretta Adams with Adams Abstract. "The other characters are fictional and many reflect real people I grew up with in Poteau," he said.


Beginning last fall, he spent four months writing extensive character descriptions, plot scenarios and sample chapters totaling 20,000 words. The novel itself is just over 50,000 words.


"The characters are some of the best I've ever written," Harwell said. "The plot combines regional, national and international events of the 1960's through the next three decades with twists and turns to engage readers. As with all my books, I outline an ending, but the way my stories end is always better, and often surprises me. I give credit to the muse taking over and making it happen."


Earlier this year Harwell released a tutorial on the writing and publishing process based on what he's learned in the industry since 2009. He said, "I don't use a formula per se, but there is method to the process. I'm also a student of movies and use similar story arcs."


In addition to writing and publishing his own work, Harwell advises other writers and business on content creation, editing, marketing and sales. He has published a number of articles on his Wordpress blog and Linkedin.


Readers can preview the back cover copy and first six chapters of Izzy Cavanal on his blog

Signed, print copies can be pre-ordered online now and at,



Contact information
Author Joe Harwell, Writer/Editor
9023 E. 46th St. #54213
Tulsa, OK 74155-0213
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Sunday, 20 September 2015 23:12

OSU breaks ground for new Central Plant

Submitted by Carrie Hulsey-Greene - OSU Communications


(STILLWATER) -- Oklahoma State University broke ground Friday for a new Central Plant that will improve efficiency and help the university reduce its environmental footprint.


The new 73,000-square foot facility will be located along Washington Street just north of the current Power Plant located along Hall of Fame Avenue.


“This new Central Plant will align with OSU’s overall energy and sustainability efforts,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “This new facility’s advanced efficiency equipment will mean more than $400,000 in estimated annual energy savings, and the facility will distribute green energy created by the Cowboy Windfarm for heating and cooling instead of producing the power on campus.”

The wind farm near Blackwell has supplied 70 percent of the power to campus since 2013. The switch to wind power has reduced the CO2 emission of the campus by 89.000 metric tons, which is equivalent to removing 19,000 cars from the road or growing 72,900 acres of trees in one year.


The current Power Plant was constructed in 1948 and according to James Rosner, director of Energy Services at OSU, it has exceeded its life expectancy by more than 17 years.

“The Power Plant has served the Stillwater campus well for more than 65 years,” said Rosner. “It is because of the dedication of the utilities production staff that the World War II-era equipment has been able to function as long as it has.”


The new Central Plant will serve 10 million square feet across the OSU-Stillwater campus, which is equivalent to heating and cooling about 9,000 homes.


In addition to its efficiency, another unique aspect of the new facility will be its integration into the educational process. The Central Plant will include an 80-person classroom for interdisciplinary teaching. It also will have an observation deck for students and visitors to view the boiler and chiller floors and display screens showing settings from the control room.


Flintco of Tulsa will build the project and Frankfurt Short Bruza (FSB) of Oklahoma City is the architect. In fact, one of FSB founders, Wally Frankfurt, was the designer of the current Power Plant. Joining OSU for the groundbreaking was his son, Bill Frankfurt.


“We are honored to work with Oklahoma State University to carry out its unique vision to create within an ultra-modern plant an ambitious teaching center and science laboratory capable of delivering the kind of hands-on experience that will give engineering graduates the real world credentials global companies find invaluable,” said Bill Frankfurt, Chairman of the Board of FSB.


“As a firm, we embrace the sustainability direction set forth by President Hargis to design an efficient central plant enabling Oklahoma State to further reduce its environmental impact by using state-of-the-art technologies and high-efficiency processes with renewable energy sources,” said Gary James, President of FSB.


When built, the new facility will be connected to the existing chilled water, steam and electrical piping and distribution systems that support every building on the Stillwater campus. The estimated cost of the new plant is $75 million and is expected to be completed by December of 2017.




Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years.

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