Category: Multimedia 2016

One college student’s affordable and efficient makeup tips for back to school

Nadja Theodore demonstrates an affordable makeup look including the items below and her high end preferences with drug store alternatives.

For some college students, putting on a face of makeup before class seems unnecessary. It may even seem impossible to fit into their college morning routine while still having time to make it to class. With a little guidance, the perfect fresh face in the morning can be affordable and efficient. University of Oklahoma student and Norman makeup artist, Nadja Theodore, shows us how she PSW_9541achieves a complete look without (really) breaking the bank.

Theodore is a junior with a double major in Public Relations and Pre-Law and a minor in Sports Management. Coming from Washington D.C., where she never wore makeup, Theodore now uses makeup artistry as a supplemental income to her part time job, while studying full time.

“I started doing my own makeup during winter break of freshman year. My mom never let me wear makeup,” Theodore said. “If I was short on rent, I would do makeup to make up where I was short on money from my regular job.”

In about two years, Theodore progressed rapidly in her technique and skill and is now the glamour go to on OU’s campus. Here is a list of 13 items under $12 she uses and tips on how to use them (with three exceptions that you’ll love anyway):

  1. Maybelline Baby Skin® Instant Pore Eraser® $6

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  5. Morphs 350 – 35 Color Nature G Pallette – Pick Me Up Collection $15

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    Keep up with Nadja Theodore on Instagram: @makeup__bymoi


$75,000 Awarded to Oklahoma Journalism Educators

Teachers are spending a week of their summer vacations to learn new skills in scholastic journalism.  On July 19, 18 Oklahoma educators gathered at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College for a five-day Oklahoma Scholastic Media Initiative workshop.  The program is funded by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation in partnership with Oklahoma Scholastic Media.  Workshop participants are trained in cutting-edge, multimedia concepts in scholastic journalism by Gaylord College staff and industry professionals.  In addition to the free professional development, 14 of the teachers received a total of $75,000 to start or improve their online media publications at their school.

For more information on the 2017 OSMI grant application, email Melanie Wilderman, Director of Oklahoma Scholastic Media at

Oklahoma Scholastic Media Top Awarded News Sites 2016

Harding Charter
Ada High School

Duncan High School

Broken Arrow High School

Bartlesville High School

Bixby High School

Museum Attracts Visitors of All Ages

By Adrian Ramos and Stephanie Terry

Ford and Charlotte Lindsay from Fort Worth, Texas play on the display in the museum. Photo by Stephanie Terry
Ford and Charlotte Lindsay from Fort Worth, Texas play on the display in the museum. Photo by Stephanie Terry

“If any kid wants to come and learn, they have the opportunity.  We want to get them excited about learning.” – Allison Draheim, OU student worker at Sam Noble Museum

Something new is always happening at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman.  The museum’s current rotating exhibits are Titanoboa, featuring a replica of the world’s largest snake weighing approximately one-and-a-half tons and measuring over 48 feet long, Through the Eyes of the Lynx: Galileo and the Microscope, part of a university-wide exhibition “Galileo’s World: A Exhibition without Walls”and Be the Dinosaur, where for an additional $2 surcharge visitors take a virtual adventure through the prehistoric age.

According to customer service coordinator Barry Magnin approximately 350 people visit the museum each day.


“Everyone wants to see the big snake,” Magnin said.

Midwest City resident Teresa Stotler brought her sister Cleta Stotler, a retired science teacher from Overland Park, Kansas to see the exhibit.

“After seeing it, I may have to bring my kindergarten students on a early field trip for a visit,” Teresa Stotler said.

Some visitors have waited a while to see the monster snake.  Seventh grader Gabriela Shuetze came after watching the documentary on Netflix three times.

“I was really excited when I found out it would be here and I said, ‘Mom, we have a set date to see it here,’” Shuetze said.

While Titanoboa has attracted some visitors, other people visit the museum frequently.  Two mothers from Oklahoma City along with their four boys tour the museum several times a summer.  One mother that her son often wakes up wanting to go see the dinosaurs and he especially loves taking the elevator that goes over the nose of the dinosaur.

Mary Tillman from Oklahoma City brings her grandkids in the summer when they visit her from San Antonio.

“Going to museums makes me feel smart.  When my friends are talking about stuff, I can be like  ‘Yeah, I learned at the museum blah, blah, blah...”  grandson Rasheed Wells said.

Other families visited the museum for the first time.  Neil Molinay explored the museum with his daughter and his visiting sister and nephew from San Antonio.

“I found the museum by accident.  I was on Highway 9 heading back to Oklahoma City on a job and I saw the ad for Titanoboa.  I am glad we came because this is a really nice museum,” Molinay said.

“This museum is awesome – so many displays and it’s hands-on so you can touch and look at it,” Molinay’s eleven-year-old nephew Jordan Chapman said.

Whether patrons are new to the museum or having been coming for several years, workers like Magnin or student worker Allison Draheim promise there is always something new to be learned.  Draheim, who has worked at the museum for six years first as a volunteer and now as a student worker says she still loves the museum and is always learning something new.

“The museum’s purpose is for people to come, learn, and be excited,” Draheim said.

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Opportunity awaits!

Opportunity awaits!

As educators, we strive to offer our students the most opportunities for growth and real world experience while staying within the confines of our budgets and technological limits.
For us to offer that to them, we too must be educated. One of the methods is to attend Oklahoma Scholastic Media trainings. The Initiative through the Oklahoma Scholastic Media offers a grant program, which will allow us to create or update online publications, have newer technology and give our students that experience that they need to succeed in their future endeavors.  The options are endless as long as you follow the guidelines.

Educators attend classes to learn more about online publications, WordPress, photography, podcasting, integrating multimedia into websites, among other things. The classes are held at the Gaylord Hall on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.  The beautiful grounds are adopted by the Beta Theta Pi and are a relaxing change of scenery while you are attending The Next Level in Scholastic Online Media training.


For more information on Oklahoma Scholastic Media Initiative visit their website at or follow them at @OSM_OIPA on twitter. #OSMI16


Bored? Check out the Pioneer Library Summer Programs

By: Amber Harp

new-piktochartPioneer Library Systems (PLS) offers an array of free programs to their local communities’ for all ages. This next week you can sign your kids up for Story Time, Web Design for Tweens, Come & Go Games, Baby Story Time, Tween Scene: Music, Quadocpters for Tweens, Music Connection, and Minecraft Creative for Tweens. These are just for kids, adults may sign up for Getting started with Computers for Seniors 1 thru 5 stages, Smartphones & Tablets, Beginning Yoga, Golden Agers’ Computer Club, Web Design, Throwback 70s Craft Groovy Jewelry, and Getting Started with Online Selling.

Tween Mixin’ & Makin’ Tunes #shawnee
Lego Battle Bots #Norman

PLS schedule of events.

“We believe that an open and free library is fundamental to democracy and that it is our responsibility to ensure equitable library access to quality resources and information services to our communities.” (2016, Word; Magazine of the Pioneer Library System)

The goals for the summer programs are the same for all that the library does, “to engage the community in lifelong learning and meet them where their needs and interests are”, Niky Styers, former PLS board of trustees said.

Adult Coloring Class
Tween Stop Motion Animation #Moore

PLS facilities are located in the towns of Blanchard, McLoud, Moore, Newcastle, Noble, Norman, Purcell, Shawnee, Southwest Oklahoma City, and Tecumseh. In a few other surrounding areas they have set up Pioneer Library System Information “Station” where an individual can check out books as long as they have a Pioneer Library card.

Niky stated, “of course the children activities are more attended, but during the summer, teens are also active, especially in the new STEM and maker space type programs”. Each year the PLS board of trustees analyze the success of each course and what to offer for the next year. ” The community needs and interests will depend on what classes that are offered at each branch. Librarians are attuned to the local needs and help when the time comes to coordinate and plan for the next session.

Tween Sharpie Art #norman

Who are the individuals that teach or coordinate these activities? They work with the community and the organizations around them to find individuals who are passionate and knowledgeable in the areas needed. It could be your local librarian, a teacher from your local school, or a parent that would like to share their knowledge on to those interested.

Niky who takes an active roll in her community and as a parent had this to say about our local Pioneer system, “Pioneer is amazing at being a leader among libraries and staying on top of trends and new practices. They collaborate and learn from other libraries nationwide. They are also amazing at listening to constituents and customers. It truly is a hometown library”.

Tween Stop Motion Class #norman

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Experience & Expression: A Sacred Place

Experience & Expression: A Sacred Place

by Lauren Peck-Weisenfels and Heather Slater

Oklahoma Arts Council assisted Firehouse Art Center and Veterans Center make the connection between U.S. veterans and the need for artistic expression

An eagle in flight with his voluminous wings stretched toward the sky perches in the middle of the room.  The walls are lined with untitled paintings of various subjects, a handful of photography examples including The Perch and Wrestling I, and sprinkled with creative writing on any subject from the war to dancing.  The Firehouse Art Center has housed the works of art created by local disabled veterans since June 10 in the exhibit Veterans: Experience and Expression.  The works reflect a series of nine-week courses on creative writing, photography, sculpture, and other visual arts done through the Healing Studio, an extension of the Firehouse Art Center which “provides an outlet for the creative expressions of individuals with varying degrees of cognitive, physical, and learning disabilities.”  

Untitled Work by Mike Varnell
Untitled Work by Mike Varnell, U.S. Navy

When Douglas Shaw Elder, executive director of the Firehouse Art Center, was approached by the Oklahoma Arts Council to offer art classes for local disabled veterans, he knew that this was a project he could handle.  “I joined the military [after high school],” said Elder.  Working with Elder were other instructors Jane Lawson, Sarah Engle-Barnett, and Jason Poudrier (another veteran).  The Council approached the studio about designing a pilot program for veterans to have an outlet for creative expression as part of their Arts and the Military Initiative. The Council had previously recognized the Healing Studio program as a Program of Excellence.  The Healing Studio, while not technically a therapeutic art studio, aids individuals with varying degrees of cognitive, physical, and learning disabilities. Many veterans deal with those exact issues due to strokes, alzheimer’s disease, and more. Residents of the Norman Veterans Center need connection to others in the community so that they can share their experience and current lives. This program was the exact opportunity to make that connection.

That aforementioned eagle is a styrofoam sculpture done by artist and veteran Mike Varnell, U.S. Navy.  Mike, Elder says, is a character.  He and his twin brother, Rick Varnell, both participated in the program and have work on display.  Mike’s sculpture is an impressive piece with delicate care put into each intricate detail of the wings.  Elder explains to us that this accomplishment is even more of a feat: Mike, who had suffered a severe stroke in the past, only had the use of one hand.  “We helped him cut some of the bigger shapes, but the majority of that is done with a hot knife and one hand,” Elder clarified.

Untitled Painting by T. Jefferson Daniel, U.S. Navy
Untitled Painting by T. Jefferson Daniel, U.S. Navy

Another noteworthy character from the Veterans Center is T. (Thomas) Jefferson Daniel, U.S. Navy, a 92-yr-old budding artist. His enthusiasm for the program was evident with his comment that he was glad this was not just another “hobby class.” He was excited to be part of a valid art course. He contributed an untitled painting with beautiful and vibrant blues, yellows, and white brushstrokes that brightens the room and draws the eye to explore his work in detail.

 Daniel was one of six veterans who already felt confident in their basic artistic ability and enrolled in the advanced visual arts course taught by Douglas Shaw Elder. Approximately 36 veterans  contributed works to the overall exhibition, consisting of at least 38 pieces on display until July 23, 2016. Although not all participating veterans were able to complete the program in its entirety, four out of five were able to produce a final work for display.  

A Creative Writing Exhibit
A Creative Writing Exhibit

If patrons are hoping to find works entirely devoted to an expression the the veterans’ experience in war, they will find something very different.  The courses offered the participants an outlet for creativity, not so much for reflection.  Jason Poudrier, who led the creative writing sessions did encourage the veterans to write about their experiences, to look deep in those experiences for meaning, but much of the work on display has little to no connection to the wartime efforts.  “Most of these guys don’t talk about their experience,” Elder said.  The writing samples do, for the most part, reflect military exploits, but Elder points out that they do not enjoy talking about the war, nor do they want to do so.  Instead he offers that “they wanted to talk about the rest of their lives.”  Elder, like his cohorts, discovered that these individuals were really just looking for human companionship.  Living in a veteran housing facility, Elder said, “can lead to devastating loneliness.”

Since the opening of the exhibit, Firehouse Art Center has hosted two receptions.  Veterans, friends, and community members have gathered to view and discuss the work.  When one of the veterans, a general, was asked how he felt about the exhibit, he called it a “sacred place.”  This was a phrase that threw Elder at first.  He had never thought of an exhibit being that before–a haven for expression, sure, but a sacred place? ”I believe what he was saying was,” Elder stated.  “He was establishing the value of that program and what it means to have something here and even if this one thing in his life this year made an impact… […]”  Elder trails off here, obviously pleased and moved by what the experience has accomplished.  “They [the veterans] have already shown that some of them are less aggressive.  Many are more talkative, and some have just completely changed.”  Another notch in The Healing Studio’s record of success.

The Oklahoma Arts Council and Firehouse Art Center will document and publish this experience with the plan to model this pilot program in other areas of the state.  An Oklahoma Healthcare Authority Endowed Professor of Health and Public Health Professor of Social Work from OU, David P. Moxley will be brought in to write a report on the collaboration.  Other groups are getting in on the discussion, but Douglas Shaw Elder wants to stress that the people who teach the classes should be educators or those who understand how to manage a classroom and get the most out of individuals.  By using teachers and healing guides, they feel that they can pull out the expressive natures of these veterans.  “We need to provide the highest level of education.”

Before Douglas Shaw Elder finishes discussing the exhibit and the power this kind of project has had on the veterans, he implores anyone to get involved in the lives of veterans.  He says that people should volunteer with local Disabled Veterans associations or at long-term care facilities for veterans.  “If you ever find yourself being bored, go volunteer,” Elder says.  “Because you can really make a difference.”

The Veterans: Experience and Expression exhibit will be on display until Friday July 23.  The Firehouse Art Center, located at 444 South Flood Avenue in Norman, is open Monday thru Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4 pm.  

For more information on the Norman Veterans Center, visit their Facebook page.

For more information on the Oklahoma Arts Council, visit their website.

For more information on Firehouse Art Center, visit their website.

A special thank you to Kristyn Brigance, Executive Assistant at Firehouse Art Center, for the invitation to view this exhibition.


Why Camp Crimson?

New students invade campus

The University of Oklahoma’s freshman orientation event Camp Crimson is in the midst of the fourth session of five offered to students who are new to campus.  The camp is in its twentieth year, and camp attendance is the highest in its

Sophomore Kaleigh Reeder, a past Camp Crimson attendee, is now serving as a crew member.

“I came to camp last year as a really scared freshman,” Reeder said. “I cried the night before. It can be really intimidating to come to college alone. You have to be really brave. Camp was awesome for me. I made new friends and it made me feel really comfortable and safe coming to OU a month later.”

Campers participate in a variety of activities during the week including an opening session, construction of cardboard boats and a boat race in the pool, relay races, a retro dance night, small group time, as well as study tip sessions.  

“Some of the activities we participate in involve more interaction than you’d like at first, but it’s good because it breaks down barriers,” incoming freshman Reese McDonald said. “You meet a ton of new people in a short amount of time and make connections. As a fourth generation Sooner, I know the campus, but I’ve enjoyed meeting people.”

Campers enjoy time with their new "family" during Camp Crimson.
Campers enjoy time with their new “family” during Camp Crimson.

Whether they are completely new to campus or entering as a transfer student, campers benefit from the early access, training and friendships provided at camp.

“I was actually really afraid to come to college because you’re alone, without any family,” incoming freshman Brady Williams said. “Being at Camp Crimson has been great. I’m sure I’m going to be friends with these people for the rest of my life, and I’m actually really excited to go to OU now.”  

Whether building boats or relationships, these campers and crew members plan to take the relationships they make during this event into the future.

“It starts at camp and never stops,” Reeder said. “The connections we make with the campers are going to carry them throughout all of their college careers. It’s about making them feel like they belong.”

Camp Crimson offers 5 separate sessions, and registration for the final session, which will take place from July 27-29 is available here.
Full photography galleries from Francis Phan Photography are available here.

For more information visit Camp Crimson’s Facebook or Twitter.

Written by Ashley Spencer and Kacee Price

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Pokemon Go brings OU, Norman to life

By Derrick Miller and Jamie Weston

Pokemon Go leads to increase in foot traffic
Daniel Moreno plays Pokemon Go outside the Bizzell Memorial Library.

Norman businesses might be seeing an increase in foot traffic, thanks to the app Pokemon Go.

The app, which launched July 6 on the Apple App Store and Google Play, encourages participants to explore their areas, while trying to catch Pokemon creatures. The game, based on the 1998 animated series, is noted for increasing its players’ walking habits.

“It feels like you’re in the game, itself,” Daniel Moreno, University of Oklahoma senior, said. “You get to catch things you wish you could catch in real life.”

Moreno started playing Pokemon Go when it was first released, and has noticed himself walking more because of the game. In fact, he said he walks about 10,000 more steps a day when he plays the game than his usual routine, which includes a job as a campus tour guide. He said he already walks a lot for his job.

JT Teal, proprietor of Body Nutrition on Campus Corner, said his business has seen an increase in people stopping by and in sales because of Pokemon Go. Body Nutrition established a Pokemon Fitness Challenge to coincide with the game.

“We want to incorporate nutrition in their daily lives,” Teal said.

Pokemon Infographic
Pokemon Go players can be seen walking on or around the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

He said more people stop by the nutrition shop after seeing the challenge advertised on a sign just outside the business. The challenge includes a step counter and gives people opportunities to win prizes based on how many Pokemon they catch.

While in his business, people will try his products, he said.

“We do more shakes and teas,” Teal said.

He isn’t the only person who noticed an increase in foot traffic on and near the OU campus.

Moreno said he personally has gone to more locations because of the game.

Although Moreno doesn’t frequent Campus Corner, he goes there more often because of the game. He said he and his roommates sometimes make unscheduled stops while driving around Norman when Pokemon appear on their cell phone screens.

“It takes us longer to get places,” Moreno said.

But sometimes trying to “catch them all” isn’t worth the effort.

Incidences reported following release of Pokemon Go

Since Pokemon Go was released earlier this month, multiple news organizations have reported various incidences resulting from people walking in areas as they try to catch Pokemon.

On July 14, two people fell off a cliff near San Diego, Calif., after crossing a fenced area to get to Pokemon around the bluff. CNN reported both men were taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.

Steven Zoeller tweeted after getting stuck in the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium while playing Pokemon Go.

Prior to that, Shayla Wiggins, a Wyoming teen, found a body near a river, while searching for water Pokemon, as reported by CNN.

Even the OU campus is not off limits when it comes to Pokemon-related incidences.

On Wednesday, The Oklahoma Daily reported an OU alum getting stuck inside the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium after hunting Pokemon.

Steven Zoeller, the freelance reporter who found himself stuck in the stadium, when on social media outlet Twitter to discuss the trouble he found himself in while hunting Pokemon.

“My five minutes of fame are here. For getting trapped in a football stadium while playing @PokemonGoApp,” Zoeller said, tweeting under the Twitter handle @zoellerpowered.

Derrick Miller is a journalism teacher at Duncan Middle School and advisor of the Demon Direct. He can be reached on Twitter.

Jamie Weston is an English and journalism teacher at Ada High School, and is the advisor for the Cougar Call.

(Almost) Live at Sam Noble Museum

by Irene Runnels and Donna Deaton

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of History in Norman has something for just abouIMG_1322t anyone who is interested in the life, earth and social sciences–including fossilized records, ancient peoples or world cultures.

SNOMoH is currently hosting Titanoboa: Monster Snake in collaboration with the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Nebraska and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

At 48 feet long and weighing an estimated one-and-a-half tons, a realistic replica of Titanoboa, the largest snake on record, is on display at the Sam Noble Museum July 2-September 25. Scientists believe that the snake lived in a hot tropical climate 60 million years ago.

Titanoboa was discovered in 2009 by scientists working in open-pit coal mines at Cerrejón in La Guajira, Colombia. To read more about the discovery and see how scientists re-created Titanoboa check out the Smithsonian Channel‘s article.

Permanent exhibits at the museum include Hall of Ancient Life, Hall of Natural Wonders, Hall of World Cultures.

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The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of History is a great place to visit whether for only a few hours or an entire day. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 AM-5 PM and Sunday 1-5 PM (closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day). Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, $6 for seniors (age 65 and up). Children 3 and under are free.

Discounted admission is available for those who have a valid OU ID (faculty and staff, students and alumni association members) and active military and veteran family members. SNOMoH is a Blue Star Museum, which offers free admission to military personnel and families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Follow Sam Noble Museum on twitter @SamNobleMuseum and like the museum’s page on Facebook.