Psych Students Prepare Sacks, Play Santa

Amidst the rush of the holiday season and the strain of preparing for finals, Southeastern Oklahoma State University students in Tammy Crow’s Psych of Adjustment class at the McCurtain County Campus took time out to help spread some Christmas cheer to local nursing home residents.

Students in Tammy Crow's Psych of Adjustment class prepared 77 gift bags for nursing home residents. The gifts were donated by past and present students.

Students in Tammy Crow’s Psych of Adjustment class prepared 77 gift bags for nursing home residents. The gifts were donated by past and present students.

Someone mentioned in a class discussion that there were people in nursing facilities without family to visit them or bring gifts during the holidays. The class decided they could make a small difference in the lives of these residents. The students committed to bring small gifts to class and make bags for the residents of one nursing home.

“We thought it would be a small project that we could do quickly,” Crow said.

But, the spirit of the season took hold. Students began discussing their project on Facebook. Soon others – many who were former students – wanted to participate too.

“It’s just overwhelming,” remarked student Gina Segraves. “I never expected this kind of response.”

By the time all the donations were collected, the class was able to prepare 77 gift bags – enough for the residents of two facilities, Broken Bow Health and Rehab and McCurtain Manor nursing home.

Segraves and fellow student Carley Harp delivered the bags to the nursing homes last week so that they would be ready when Santa was ready to distribute them.

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Administrative Office Technology Graduates Find County Jobs

Eastern’s Administrative Office Technology (AOT) degree plan is a 62 hour Associate of Applied Science. Students in this program have four different choices of options that they can choose from including; Executive Assistant, Medical Assistant, Health Information Technology, and Legal Assistant. This allows the students the opportunity to gain employment in many areas of work.

2015 AOT students pictured left-to-right are: Julia Carter, Chanelle Gulley, Tammy Web, Kerrie Camp, and Wendy Stafford.

2015 AOT students pictured left-to-right are: Julia Carter, Chanelle Gulley, Tammy Web, Kerrie Camp, and Wendy Stafford.

Seven of the graduating class of May 2015 have already found jobs in their area of expertise. “I am proud of each of these students, all of them have worked hard to be where they are today. They are all full-time students and have worked at various jobs throughout their college career. Finding employment in their area of expertise right here at home is a blessing to not only the students, but to their new employers as well” states Kim Tollett, instructor of the AOT program.

Julia Carter – Julia was hired by McCurtain Memorial hospital and is the patient accounts representative.

Chanelle Gulley – Chanelle also now works for McCurtain Memorial hospital as the physician practice management clerk.

Tammy Webb – Tammy has worked for Tyson Foods for 22 years. Tammy recently was promoted to the position of benefits counselor.

Kerrie Camp – Kerrie was also hired at McCurtain Memorial hospital as a billing specialist.

Wendy Stafford – Wendy was hired by Sequel Care of Oklahoma. Wendy is an administrative assistant for Sequel Care and plans on continuing her education with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Shawnte Gamble (not pictured) – Shawnte was hired by Simpson pharmacy and is a pharmacy technician.

Regina Hill (not pictured) – Regina now works for Little Dixie Transit as the transit clerk. Regina states that “This supervisory position is very different than what I am used to; and it definitely comes with great responsibility. I like challenge and am very grateful for my job. So far I have managed to work a full-time job and still attend school”.

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