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FROM OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY:FROM Oklahoma State University President Kayse Shrum and First Cowboy Darren Shrum have been named grand marshals of OSU’s 2022 Homecoming festivities by the OSU Alumni Association.FROM OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY:

FROM THE STILLWATER PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

Stillwater-based non-profit Mya's Promise, which serves young children living with special needs and their families, has selected Skyline Elementary School Speech Pathologist Emily Theilen to receive this year’s Ed Long Grant

“We are so excited to support yet another educator and therapist working in early special education at the public school level,” says Dr. Malinda Webb, the organization’s Treasurer. “This $500 grant will help Theilen complete training in helping children with autism acquire language in new ways.”

A portion of the grant will be used to purchase an online course on Natural Language Acquisition and Gestalt Language Processing. After completion of the course, Theilen will join a national registry of NLA clinicians. The remainder of the funds will be used to purchase toys and activities that encourage language production during child-led therapy.

“A huge thank you to Mya’s Promise,” said SPS Director of Special Services Melisa Kifer. “Emily is such a deserving recipient. We appreciate the opportunity for our therapists to apply for the grant. Early intervention is vital to the success of so many children, and it’s wonderful to have such support from our community.”

The Ed Long Grant was created in 2017 in memory of the late State Senator, OSU Regent, and original Mya’s Promise Board Member Ed Long. Long was an early childhood education advocate who recognized the help early intervention could provide to help children with special needs. Previous grant recipients include educators at Stillwater, Glencoe, and Yale Public Schools.

More information about Mya’s Promise can be found at www.myaspromise.org, while details about SPS Special Services is available at www.stillwaterschools.com

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FROM OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY:

U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas has championed the rural Oklahoman throughout his entire career.

So, it’s only fitting he is the first commencement speaker after Oklahoma State University announced its strategy to become the preeminent land-grant institution.

Lucas, a 1982 OSU agricultural economics graduate, will speak at the fall 2022 commencement exercises on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.

In 1988, Lucas, who hails from Cheyenne, Oklahoma, began his career in politics when he was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, serving three terms from 1989 to 1994. During his service to Blaine, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Roger Mills and Woodward counties in the Oklahoma State House, Lucas also served as the House Republican Caucus secretary and later as the caucus chairman.

Congressman Frank Lucas has represented Oklahoma's Third Congressional District since 1994. He ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election in 1994. Lucas has been in that role for nearly 30 years, recently winning reelection through 2024.

Lucas represents Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District, which includes all or portions of 32 counties in northern and western Oklahoma, stretching from the Oklahoma Panhandle to parts of Tulsa, and from Yukon to Altus in the southwest. It takes up almost half the state’s land mass and is one of the largest agricultural regions in the nation.

In his role, Lucas has been an advocate for increasing learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly known as STEM. He has also been present at several of OSU’s major announcements in the past year, including the launch of the new Counter-UAS Center of Excellence.

He currently serves as the ranking member on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, where he advocates for Oklahoma’s energy, technology and aerospace industries. He is also a senior member on the House Committee on Financial Services. In 2011, he made history as the first Oklahoman to be elected as chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture.

OSU President Kayse Shrum said it is an honor to have Lucas come back to his alma mater for the ceremonies. Lucas was also present for Dr. Shrum’s inauguration ceremony in August.

Commencement will begin at 7 p.m., Dec. 16, with members of the Graduate College being conferred their degrees.

Undergraduate ceremonies will be Dec. 17, starting with the 10:30 a.m. slot, which includes the Ferguson College of Agriculture, the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The ceremonies will wrap up following the Spears School of Business and the College of Education and Human Sciences ceremonies, which begin at 1:30 p.m.

Graduates should arrive 30 minutes prior to ceremony start time and enter through Boone Pickens Stadium’s Gate 1 South. Doors on the east side of Gallagher-Iba Arena will open for guests one hour prior to the ceremony start time.

Commencement can also be livestreamed on your TV through Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV via the Inside OSU app, and at insideosu.com/.

For more information on OSU’s 145th graduation ceremonies, visit registrar.okstate.edu/commencement/.

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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

NOVEMBER 2022 TAX APPORTIONMENT REPORT
Note: The one-cent sales tax for transportation projects is included in the total tax amounts collected and those funds must be used for specific multi-modal projects. Inflation rates in 2022 are the highest in the past four decades and significantly affect available revenue and expenses.

The collection is based off of September transactions that were reported to the Oklahoma Tax Commission in October and apportioned to the City in November.
TOTAL SALES AND USE TAX COLLECTION: $3,991,883
·         PREVIOUS YEAR’S NOVEMBER TOTAL SALES AND USE TAX COLLECTION: $2,972,774
·         INCREASE FROM PREVIOUS YEAR: $1,019,109 (34.28%)

SALES TAX COLLECTION: $3,634,125
·         PREVIOUS YEAR’S NOVEMBER SALES TAX COLLECTION: $2,799,527
·         INCREASE FROM PREVIOUS YEAR: $834,598 (29.81%)
·         Note: One cent ($0.01) of collected sales tax is dedicated to the Stillwater Utilities Authority and one cent ($0.01) is dedicated to Transportation projects, as determined by a vote of Stillwater residents.

USE TAX COLLECTION: $357,758
·         PREVIOUS YEAR’S NOVEMBER USE TAX COLLECTION: $173,247
·         INCREASE FROM PREVIOUS YEAR: $184,511 (106.50%)

HOTEL/MOTEL TAX COLLECTION: $187,512
·         PREVIOUS YEAR’S NOVEMBER HOTEL/MOTEL TAX COLLECTION: $82,117
·         INCREASE FROM PREVIOUS YEAR: $105,395 (128.35%)

For more information about the budget and taxes, visit the City’s Financial Center at stillwater.org/budget.

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