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Smith Family Carries on Tradition


Sep 30, 2022 -- maegan.martin
Smith Family Carries on Tradition

ALTUS, Okla. – The Western Oklahoma State College Alumni Association is excited to have Brayden Smith as our newest Lifetime Alumni Member! 

Brayden Smith attended Navajo High School and was a concurrent student for two years here at Western.  Brayden was an above average student and a member of Phi Theta Kappa.  Brayden says he immediately felt a connection to campus because both of his parents joined the Alumni Association while employed at the college.  Brayden’s father, Guy Smith, was Western’s Rodeo Coach and his mother, Emily Smith, taught in the mathematics department. He says he enjoyed his time at Western and credits Ms. George, Mrs. Purdue and Mrs. Morley as the faculty that stood out the most and helped him through his classes here.  

As a concurrent student, Brayden did not earn enough credits to receive a degree before leaving Western, so he took advantage of the “reverse transfer” option.  This allows students who have 15 or more credits with Western to transfer back usable hours from another school and receive their associate’s degree.  The advantage to this is that universities in the state of Oklahoma must accept the associate degree as satisfaction of the general education requirements.  Brayden is now proud to say that he has his AA in Liberal Arts from Western Oklahoma State College.  

Brayden is currently a sophomore at Oklahoma State University seeking his degree in Ag Business and Economics.  Brayden tells me that attending Western as a concurrent student gave him college experience while he was still in high school and he feels that it has better equipped him for the larger college classes he takes at OSU.  Brayden has continued to excel academically and, on top of taking a full course load at OSU, Brayden is a member of the Spirit Rider Team, the Collegiate Farm Bureau and the College Republicans.  Most recently, Brayden traveled to Washington D.C. for an internship with Senator Inhofe.

The Alumni Association is pleased to welcome Brayden Smith and add his leaf to our tree.

Are you interested in transferring back credits to earn a degree at Western?  Call our office today and we can provide information on the process.  Would you like to be our next leaf on the tree?  You do not have to be a graduate of Western to be on our Alumni Tree.  We welcome all of Western’s friends to share their story with us!  If you are interested in joining the Alumni Association, contact our office at (580) 477-7706, visit the website at wosc.edu or email us at alumni@wosc.edu.

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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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