Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Captain Hixson sits at his desk working on grades and ready for the semester to be over. He teaches many of the Air Force ROTC classes required for this program.

AFROTC Scholarships Pay For School

OU students can sign up for the Air Force ROTC and get scholarships to help pay for school and, in some cases, pay for all of it.

"Getting my bachelor's degree paid for and now getting my medical school paid for is probably the best part of this program," Cadet James Gentry said. 

The Air Force ROTC has been on campus since 1952 and has helped a number of students pay for school.

For more information on how to get started or on the eligibility of the scholarships please go to

As many people have experienced, college is difficult to pay for and scholarships are even harder to get. Students and parents are especially in a state of worry due to the economy and all of its repercussions. 

Many scholarships are available but are usually based on need and merit. The Air Force ROTC has several scholarships but most have nothing to do with how much money students' parents make or how much volunteer work they have done.

Some of the minimum requirements to apply for an Air Force ROTC scholarship is applicants must be a U.S. citizen, pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, pass the AFROTC Physical Fitness Test, have at least a 2.5 GPA, not be a contracted scholarship cadet and be under the age of 31 according to the In-College Scholarship Program information page in the AFROTC packet.

All Air Force ROTC scholarships recipients receive a nontaxable monthly allowance ranging from $300 to $500, and an annual textbook allowance of $900, according to the ROTC information packet. Many of these scholarships pay for the full amount of tuition and fees plus can help if not cover the entire costs of textbooks.

The Air Force ROTC has no limitations on who can sign up and, when in the Air Force ROTC, cadets are not required to join the military and can drop out any time they want. All OU students enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program have to take a one hour a week class per semester with a lab and do field training for four to five weeks in between the student's sophomore and junior year. 

The AFROTC accepts all majors in to their program. They do have special programs for students who want to be a pilot or navigator, nurse, attorney, people already enlisted in the Air Force, non-OU students, and juniors, seniors, and graduate students according to OU's Air Force ROTC website.

"I really wish I had known about this program before I got in [to the military]," Senior Airman James Brown said. Senior Airman Brown joined the Air Force three years ago and recently discovered that he could have joined the Air Force ROTC straight out of high school and possibly had all of his school paid for. 

"Now I am just going to have to wait until I get out to go to school," he said.

Cadet Gentry graduated last semester and had his entire school paid for. " I would definitely recommend this to people outside of the military, I mean what is better than getting your school paid for," Cadet Gentry exclaimed. 

Cadet Gentry believes that the increase in applicants this year is due to the economy. "I mean it is a guaranteed job, and with the economy the way it is with layoffs and all, you don't know if you are going to have a job from one day to the next."

Captain Hixson also believes that the increase in applicants is due to the economy. "I really think the increase is due to the economy, I mean we have doubled the amount of people entering in this program in a year," Captain Hixson said.

Many OU students believe the military ties them down but Cadet Gentry had some words to share from experience. "Even though we don't always get to decide what we want to do and where we want to go, there are a lot of good things here besides just having your school paid for. I mean if you want to be a pilot, where else would you want to go to get your training," Cadet Gentry said.

Cadet Gentry would recommend the military to anyone, especially those how are unsure about what they want to do in life. "[The Air Force ROTC] gives people who don't have a path going anywhere... direction. I mean the military is a good thing. You get to meet people, see the world, and you grow up and learn responsibility so I would definitely recommend it to anyone."

"Anyone can sign up. There are tons of packets and information they can come and get in the office on any questions they have." Commander John Berry said. He teaches the upper division AFROTC courses for the seniors in the program. 

Enrollment for the fall semester has already begun but different classes apply for different grade levels. 

OU entering freshman should look for AERO 1011 on to get started in the AFROTC. OU sophomores or above should contact the Unit Admissions Officer Captain Don Ricci at 405-325-3211 to find out how to get jump started into the program. 

OU students can also stop by Craddock Hall off of Felgar and Jenkins near the Union to get more information.

For more on Cadet Gentry's interview, please click play.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ad Agency Up and Running Soon

OU students will have access to the new Gaylord building add on starting in the summer semester.

The second floor will be entirely dedicated to the student run advertising agency. It also includes a focus group room that all JMC students can use to do research. 

"Students will be able to use computers and rent laptops in the new computer labs Gaylord will soon  house," Andrew Jones, Director of Production said.

Starting this summer semester, OU students will be able to use this new wing in full affect. 

For more on Jones' interview and a preview of the Ad Agency, please click play.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Kathy Adams working on scholarship paper work. She has been working on the set up for the luncheon for most of the semester.

The Gaylord Upper Classmen Scholarship

OU sophomore, junior, and senior students should apply for the Gaylord Upper Classmen scholorship because some awards give out up to $4000.

The Gaylord college has several scholarships that students can apply for just by applying to the Upper Classmen scholarship and this increases their chances of getting one.

"These scholarships, that can be up to $4000, come from donors that want to make sure the right person gets them, and the student that does get that scholarship gets to meet the donor at the luncheon we have. This is also where students find out how much they will receive, " Scholarship Director Kathy Adams said.

The luncheon is being held at 11 A.M. Saturday, April 18th 2009 in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Ballroom. The registration deadline for the luncheon is due Monday, April 13th 2009.

For more on Kathy Adams' interview, please click play.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Kathy Adams works at her desk. She has been working on the Gaylord scholarships for about 20 years.

Scholarships for Students

OU Journalism and Mass Communication Students should sign up for scholarships because many of them go without much competition.

The Gaylord college has scholarships that offers around $1000 on average per student that receives a scholarship.

"We get about 150 - 160 applicants just for the Upper Classmen scholarship and only 100 students got scholarships. Some got multiple ones," Scholarship Director Kathy Adams said.

OU students can apply for the Upper Classmen scholarship at the beginning of each spring semester. Applications can be found and downloaded here.

To listen to more of Adams' interview, please click play.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Mistress at the Mug Slide. This was her third year at the Medieval Fair.

The Medieval Fair

This weekend, OU students can participate in keeping the Medieval Fair a tradition in Norman.

It was started by the OU english department in 1976 so students could learn about Shakespeare's time period. This year will be their 33 year and they are still going strong.

"We have been coming here for 10 years now and it has definitely become more of an Oklahoma thing than just a Norman or OU thing," said Moore resident Jim Wells.

The Medieval Fair is between 10 am and 7 pm, Friday April 3 to Sunday April 5 at Reaves Park. Free parking is located at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

OU student Lance Morales in Gaylord Computer Lab working on an assignment. Morales expected newscaster would be wrong about winter storm.

Snow Not Storm

Many OU students were skeptical of the winter weather warning and will continue to be next time one is announced because March 28th's winter storm was more of a few flurries than a storm like newscasters had said.

Oklahoma City received less than a tenth of an inch of snow, and Norman received only .02 inches of snow according to the National Weather Service.

"I knew this was going to happen," said OU student Lance Morales. "I just wish I could have gotten out of school early."

To find out local weather in your area please click here.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Paramedics lift man on to the stretcher. Paramedics showed up around 11:15 a.m. March 27th 2009 to help a man that had fallen.

Man Hurts Leg due to Weather

Many students will have to watch where they are stepping during inclement weather because an OU student fell around 11 a.m. this morning outside of Gaylord Hall due to a slip cause by the weather.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health tracked slips and falls injuries during the January storm statewide and identified that 482 people fell or slipped and 353 of them needed to be transported to a health care facility.

"I just heard a commotion outside and went to look what was happening," said OU student Melanie German who was working in the Gaylord Computer Lab when the student fell.

To find up dates on the weather related injuries, please click here.

For more on German's interview, please click play.