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Rose Selected to Represent Western as Nigh Scholar

May 9, 2022 -- maegan.martin
Chancellor Allison Garrett, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Claire Rose, WOSC Student Body President.
Chancellor Allison Garrett, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Claire Rose, WOSC Student Body President.

ALTUS, Okla. – Western Oklahoma State College student Claire Rose, recently attended the 2022 Nigh Leadership Academy as a Nigh Scholar at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Rose is a sophomore at Western from Sentinel, Oklahoma. Not only is Claire the student body president, but she is also involved in the Science Club, MRBC College Ministries, Phi Theta Kappa President, and is a Western Navigator. She plans to transfer to Oklahoma State University to pursue a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree and then complete the pre-requisites for medical school.

“I am honored to have represented Western at the Nigh Leadership Academy. Former Governor George and Donna Nigh were gracious and inspiring with their time and resources as our hosts. I appreciate the opportunity to learn and share ideas with other leaders about what is happening on campuses around the state,” said Rose.

Former Gov. Frank Keating established the George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarship in 1999. The purpose is to allow each of the two and four year higher educational institutions to select and honor one student each year as a Nigh Scholar. Each student selected receive a one-time $1,000 Leadership Scholarship.

The academy provides students with opportunities to increase both leadership and personal skills. The students heard from many powerful speakers and visited both the Oklahoma Memorial and the First Americans Museum. The Nigh Leadership Academy is supported by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, which contracts with the Nigh Academy for implementation. During the history of the academy, more than 600 students have been awarded the title of Nigh Scholar.


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Western Oklahoma State College is proud to announce that Rachel Randall, a distinguished biology instructor, has been named the 2024 Teacher of the Year. This prestigious award, determined through nominations by the entire student body and a subsequent selection by the Student Senate, recognizes exceptional dedication and excellence in teaching. 

Rachel Randall has consistently demonstrated a profound commitment to her students, both academically and personally. The nominations submitted by students highlight her extraordinary impact on their educational experiences and personal growth. Here are some of the heartfelt comments from students who nominated her: 

"To me, this teacher has been one of the most caring teachers I know on campus, and I think is the most deserving of this award. Not only because they are an amazing teacher but also because they are the most caring human being. Anytime I need help with something they are always there to help me even if they don't know anything about it, they will learn about it just for me. They are always willing to go above and beyond for every single one of their students and I am completely grateful for that!" 

"I have had the privilege of having this teacher for two different classes. They are knowledgeable and caring. They go above and beyond for their students even when they don't have to. There have been countless times when I have gone to this teacher for help in other classes and if they don't know they takes the time to sit with you and look it up, they make sure you leave their office understanding what you didn't understand when you got into their office with the question. They truly care about their students, and them gaining the knowledge they need to succeed." 

Randall's dedication to her students is evident in every interaction, whether in the classroom or during one-on-one consultations. Her willingness to go the extra mile to ensure her students succeed is what makes her a truly remarkable educator and a deserving recipient of this year's Teacher of the Year award.


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    Western Oklahoma State College, established as Altus Junior College in 1926, is the oldest original municipal two-year college still in existence in Oklahoma...
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