Western Tie Down Ropers Dominate Long Round at Kansas State Rodeo


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Team roping partners Hunter Munsell of Western Oklahoma State College (on horseback) and his partner Dustin Searcy of SEOSU (standing center) won the long round with a 5.4 second time and finished fifth in the average at the February 20-22 Kansas State University Rodeo in Manhattan.

Western Tie Down Ropers Dominate Long Round at KSU

By Emily Smith

The Western Rodeo Team traveled to Kansas State University last weekend for the first college rodeo of the spring season.  Quite obviously, the men’s team came back strong from the winter break as Western had five of the top ten tie down ropers; two of the top ten steer wrestlers; and three of the top ten team roping teams in the short round on Saturday.

As mentioned, Western had a great showing in the tie down roping.  Clayton Smith won the first round with a 9.7 second time.  Cole Patterson won 3rd with a 10.7 second time. Tanner Stec won 5th with an 11.3 second time. Jacob Edler placed 6th with an 11.5 second time.  Lastly, Sloan Smith also qualified in 7th place with an 11.9 second time.  As the dust settled in the short-round the Western men picked-up a few more points and placings.  Cole Patterson snagged 6th place in the short-round and Clayton Smith gathered point for 6th place in the average.  Finishing highest for Western was Jacob Edler who tied his short round calf in 9.8 seconds which placed 3rd in the round and boosted him to a 2nd place finish overall.

Edler is more commonly known for his abilities as a steer wrestler, and in fact, is currently ranked 20th in the PRCA standings.  Edler travelled from RFD TV’s million dollar “American” rodeo qualifier in Ft. Worth to be at the KSU rodeo.  Edler qualified for the top-ten short round in the steer wrestling with his time of 3.3 seconds.  Combined with a third place finish in the short round, his total time of 9.6 seconds on two steers won fourth overall.  Tanner Stec also qualified for the short round in the steer wrestling after he threw his first steer in 5.0 seconds and placed 6th in the long round.

Western also had  several teams do well in the team roping.  Sloan Smith and Clayton Smith, who had also done well in the tie down roping, won the short-round in the team roping with a 5.8 second time which boosted them to a second place finish overall.  Western’s, Hunter Munsell and his partner Dustin Searcy of SEOSU won the long round with a 5.4 second time and finished fifth in the average.  Peyton Holliday and Douglas Rich won second in the long-round with a 6.0 second time and finished sixth in the average.

The women had a little tough luck this weekend and only had one member qualify for the short-round.  Jenny Massing won fifth in the long-round of the goat tying with a quick 6.1 second time.  A little tough luck in the short round took away her chances of placing in the average.

Coach Smith is always proud of his past athletes as well, and many Western alumni shined at the KSU rodeo.  Laine Herl, now at NWOSU, won the steer wrestling. Kolton Schmidt, now at SEOSU, won the team roping.  Kelsey Driggers, now at NWOSU, won the long round of the barrel racing.

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Masterclass and Recital Tomorrow at Western



Hyunsoon Whang, Cameron piano faculty and McMahon Endowed Chair in Music will instruct a  2:30 p.m. masterclass and give a 7 p.m. recital at Western Oklahoma State College, Thursday, February 26 in the Herschal H. Crow Fine Arts Auditorium.  Both events are free and open to the public.


Area Musicians Chosen for Western Master Class with Hyunsoon Whang

Three lucky pianists from the Altus area will play for the Thursday, February 26, 2:30 p.m. master class with Cameron University piano faculty and McMahon Endowed Chair in Music, Hyunsoon Wang at Western Oklahoma State College in the Herschal H. Crow Fine Arts Auditorium.  Altus High School students Ashlynn Van Winkle and Yohan Yeom and Rivers Elementary Music Teacher and First United Methodist Choir Director, Donna Tucker will share their talents and receive instruction from Ms. Whang.

Ashlynn Van Winkle says of her piano study, “I started playing piano when I was about six, and I’ve loved it ever since. I moved to England when I was eight and found a new teacher. They do things very differently over there. I studied piano and musical theory with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. With them, I had to pass exams after studying three pieces of music for about nine months. There were 8 grades and I passed the Grade 5 Piano Musical Theory exams last year.”

Donna Tucker shares, “ I began teaching myself the rudiments of piano as a young elementary age student using my older sister’s piano lesson books.  My formal study began at the age of 9.  I studied under various teachers and played for church classes and accompanied myself as a singer.  I also accompanied my junior college choir on occasion.  At the University of Central Oklahoma I studied piano under Dr. Bobbie Ralph. I began teaching beginning students before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in voice and piano.  It was also my great privileged to study with the late Juanita Hubbard.  I have taught voice and piano over the last 40 years in addition to my career as a public school music teacher.”

Hyunsoon Whang will also perform a piano recital February 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Herschal H. Crow Fine Arts Auditorium. Whang will entertain the audience with a program entitled “The Three B’s” which includes the piano compositions of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Both the masterclass and the recital are free and open to the campus and community. The Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council will provide a cookie and punch reception following the recital.


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WEATHER ALERT: February Delays/Closings

February 27, 2015

Due to winter weather conditions, Western will be closing at 10:00AM, February 27, 2015.

February 23, 2015

Due to inclement weather conditions, Western will begin work and classes at 10 a.m. on Monday February 23, 2015. Please stay tuned for more information…

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Pioneer News Highlights, February 11, 2015


Simmons Returns for February 13
Game and Autograph Signing

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Andrelton Simmons played shortstop for  Western baseball during the 2009-2010 season and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2010. He now plays defensive short shortstop for the Braves.  Fans can meet Simmons Friday, February 13 after the 2 p.m. Western v. Luna game at the WOSC ball field.  Admission is free for the game.


Atlanta Braves defensive shortstop, Golden Glove,
Fielding Bible and Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards winner,
Andrelton Simmons, will be at the Pioneer baseball
field Friday, February 13th for a post-game photo and autograph
session. Western plays Luna Community College
at 2 p.m that day. Admission to the game will be free.

Simmons played shortstop for Western during the
2009-10 season and was a member of the 2010 NJCAA
World Series runner-up team. He was drafted by the Atlanta
Braves in the second round of the 2010 MLB draft.

In 2014, the Braves signed Simmons to a $58 million,
seven-year contract. He continues his involvement with
Western by mentoring young Pioneers and through offseason
training with Pioneer baseball coach, Kurt Russell.

Kerr Selected as 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame Posthumous Inductee
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The Western Oklahoma State College Alumni Association
is pleased to announce the late Robert M. Kerr as the
2015 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee. Kerr will be honored
posthumously at the Annual Foundation and Alumni Recognition
Banquet on Friday, March 6th, 2014 at 6:30 pm.
This special event will honor Kerr’s many remarkable accomplishments
and the generosity of many WOSC Foundation,
Inc. donors. The evening will also feature dinner
and outstanding entertainment provided by Dr. David and
Marti Bessinger of Weatherford. The Bessingers will be
performing a Vibraphone and Piano Duo. Dr. Bessinger is
currently on staff at Southwestern Oklahoma State College
Kerr Selected as 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame Posthumous Inductee
and Marti Bessinger currently works with the Weatherford
Public School District.

The WOSC Alumni Hall of Fame, established in 1996,
recognizes and honors Altus Junior College and Western
Oklahoma State College alumni who, through leadership,
character and hard work, have made exceptional contributions
in their field, in their community, and at WOSC.
Inductees are honored each year at the Annual Foundation
and Alumni Recognition Banquet.

For ticket information please contact the Office of Development
and Alumni Relations at 580-477-7706 or foundation@
wosc.edu before Febraury 26th.


Alcala Pledges Lifetime
Alumni Membership

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The Western Oklahoma State College Alumni Association welcomes its newest Lifetime Member Margaret Alcala. Margaret earned an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts in December 2014 at WOSC. Margaret recently retired from the United States Air Force and is continuing her education at Embry Riddle where she plans to receive her Bachelors Degree in Business. If you would like more information about joining the WOSC Alumni Association please contact us at 580-477-7789


Rotaract Club Donates Funds to
Rotary International Polio Plus


The Pioneer Rotaract Club recently donated funds to the Altus Rotary Club and the designated Rotary International Polio Plus Program. Last Fall, the Rotaract Club earned funds during the WOSC Alumni Association Annual Pioneer Perks Card Blitz. The club voted to donate half of the proceeds to the Polio Plus Program that has aided in the eradication of polio in all but three countries. Jimmy Poe, Western Safety and Security Coordinator and Rotary Liaison to Rotaract and Kassidy Snelling, Rotaract member present a check to Allen Sasse, Altus Rotary Club President.

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The Pioneer Rotaract Club of WOSC ‘s Bake Sale is Thursday, February 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main hallway. Stop by for some Valentine Treats and Breakfast Items. All sales support Rotaract service projects and activities.

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Hyunsoon Wang, Cameron Piano Faculty, Performs at Western February 26

Hyunsoon Wang (1)Hyunsoon Whang, Cameron piano faculty member and  McMahon Endowed Chair in Music will perform a free piano recital at Western Oklahoma State College on February 26 at 7 p.m. in the Herschal H. Crow Fine Arts Center.  The program includes the compositions of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.  The community and campus are welcome to attend the performance.

Western Hosts Cameron Piano Faculty Whang for February 26 Concert
The Western Oklahoma State College Music Department presents concert
pianist and Cameron piano faculty member, Hyunsoon
Whang in concert on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at
7:00 p.m. in the Herschal H. Crow Fine Arts Auditorium.
The program is free and open to the campus and community.
Whang will also instruct three students that day in a masterclass
at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Whang began her piano
studies at age four and started playing public concerts
at age twelve. Since then she has delighted audiences in
more than 500 concerts across the United States, Canada,
Europe and Asia. Critics have praised her as “the kind of
player who appears to immerse her entire being in the music,”
and as one who has “always delivered with grace and
As a recitalist and a collaborator, she has performed
at Se-Jong Cultural Center in Seoul, Suntory Hall in Tokyo,
Paul Hall in Lincoln Center and the Ordway Theater in St.
Paul. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival,
Ravinia Festival Master Classes, Canada’s Victoria Music
Festival and the Taos School of Music. She has appeared as
a soloist with Leonard Slatkin, Joel Revzen, Miriam Burns
and Nicholas Harsanyi. With her pianist husband Thomas
Labé she performed as a two-piano duo in Germany and
France to critical acclaim and recorded Alexis Weissenberg’s
surrealistic musical Nostalgie on the Arkadia label.
Recent recitals and master classes have taken her to California,
Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New
York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah and Iceland. Her live videos
from Drury University have been airing on PBS television
stations throughout the Midwest. Hyunsoon serves on the
Touring Artists Roster of the Oklahoma Arts Council and
the Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Artist Roster. In 2010
Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry presented her with the
Governor’s Arts and Education Award.
As an educator, she has nurtured and influenced
generations of students of all ages. Her piano students have
garnered top prizes at competitions and received scholarships
to prestigious institutions. She presents recitals for
public school children each year where she relates classical
music to other subjects such as history, literature, science
and environment. She has served as the faculty advisor
for Cameron University’s Asian Club and the President
of Cameron University’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter. She has
been inducted into the Faculty Hall of Fame by the Cameron
University Alumni Association.
Whang studied at the North Carolina School of
the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard
School, and earned a doctorate from Indiana University.
She studied piano with Gyorgy Sebok, Michele Block,
Joseph Kalichstein, Clifton Matthews, Jung-joo Oh and
Soo-jung Shin, and she has studied the harpsichord with
Maryse Carlin and chamber music with Michael Tree and
Felix Galimir. She has been on the faculty at Cameron University
since 1992 and was named the McMahon Endowed
Chair in Music in 2006.

Click here for a video link of Whang playing Mozart’s Piano Sonata in C major: Movement 1, Allegro Moderato

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