This afternoon, airmen from the 138th Fighter Wing stationed in Tulsa conducted a flyover of several area hospitals.
At approximately 3:28 PM, four fighter jets roared over the blue skies of Claremore. First flying over Claremore Regional Hospital, the squadron then passed Claremore Indian Hospital. Moments later, the four F-18’s came soaring over the RSU Claremore campus.
Coming from the south, the four pilots flew over Baird Hall, Solider Field, and University Village A before returning to their flight plan. After flying over College Hill, they continued towards the Claremore Veteran’s Center.
“I can tell you nothing makes me feel more protected and more at ease than knowing that our stateside military members want to remind us of their presence and that they’re here to help during both natural disasters and to aid during times like these,” said Kiera Parker, a nursing student at RSU.
The flight was part of greater exercise by the Oklahoma Air National Guard recognizing healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is our way of showing our gratitude and thanks to all of the doctors, nurses, medical staff and first responders who are selflessly and tirelessly working to keep Oklahoma safe and healthy during this pandemic,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson. Thompson serves as the adjutant general for the State of Oklahoma and coordinates the operations of the Oklahoma National Guard.
In a statement, Thompson recognized the continuing contributions of healthcare workers in Oklahoma. “Thank you for your service to the people of our great state, and for showing how strong Oklahoma can be when we are all working together,” said Thompson.
After their flight over Claremore, the four airmen of the 138th Fighter Wing completed one more flyover of James O. Goodwin Health Center in Tulsa. The James O. Goodwin Health Center houses the Tulsa Health Department.
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Fall RSU Panhellenic Recruitment: What You Need To Know
COVID-19 has made everyone rethink how we go about our daily lives. RSU students received an email on July 20 explaining university plans to keep everyone safe and healthy for the upcoming semester. However, how will this effect things like fall recruitment?
Just like university administrators, our campus’s greek life has had this heavy on their minds with fall recruitment being right around the corner. Here is what students need to know.
Formal recruitment will go on like normal from September 14 to September 18, 2020. Students will be able to spend time with both Panhellenic Council sororities to get know everyone. Additionally, masks will be part of recruitment dress code, and social distancing will be implemented in activities.
“Safety is our number one priority with Alpha Tau, especially because I’m a diabetic so I’m higher risk,” said Alpha Sigma Tau President Camdyn Ellis, “formal [recruitment] is going on as normal; however my girls will be in cute Alpha Tau masks, and we will also have sanitizer and Clorox wipes on hand to keep everything clean.”
The sentiment of staying safe and keeping things as normal as possible is shared by both sororities on campus.
“Alpha Sigma Alpha members are looking forward to being able to still put on formal recruitment despite these unprecedented times,” said Alpha Sigma Alpha President Lynsey Naugle.
“Together our Panhellenic Council, which is made up of our chapter and the Alpha Sigma Tau chapter, is working on making fall recruitment the safest it can be. This will include wearing masks and having spaces that are big enough to allow proper social distancing. “
“Despite these changes, fall recruitment will still be about making connections and helping the women of RSU find their home in one of our two sororities. We cannot wait to meet all of the women who are interested in greek life once the fall semester begins,” said Naugle.
Students can sign up for recruitment online at www.rsu.edu/campus-life/fraternity-sorority-life/how-to-go-greek. The deadline to sign up is September 15, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.