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Planting Roots: RSU Alumni Association Attends County Farmers Market

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Hunter the Hillcat poses with Rogers County Farmers Market customers. Photo courtesy of Travis Peck, RSU.

Earlier today, the RSU Alumni Association attended the Rogers County Farmers Market. Along with Hunter the Hillcat, the RSU Alumni Association promoted the university to the larger Green Country community.

“We have a wonderful resource right here in our own backyard and it needs to shine,” said RSU Director of Alumni Engagement Travis Peck. He outlined importance of having a university in a community and the impact it can have.

“The Rogers County Farmers Market was excited to have the RSU Alumni pop-up event at the market this week,” said Reighly Hendrix, Rogers County Farmers Market director. “We enjoyed seeing our customers wearing their RSU gear and snapped some great pictures with Hunter the Hillcat!”

Along with 23 other vendors, Peck and RSU Alumni Association President Jody Reiss represented RSU to approximately 675 customers at the farmers market today. Reiss commented on the success of the event and the alumni association’s participation. “I think it went awesome,” said Reiss, “I love seeing local community connecting with RSU!”

For Peck, the excitement was mutual. “We were excited to see so much navy and red. The more events Roger State University can be a part of in and around the city of Claremore the better,” said Peck. He commented on the success of this initial alumni pop-up event.

“We hope to participate in food truck Thursdays this season and expand our impact on the city,” explained Peck.

The RSU Alumni Association is open to all graduates of RSU, Rogers State College, and Claremore Junior College. Alumni can join the association by visiting www.rsu.edu/alumni. According to RSU’s website, the next, major alumni event is Alumni Weekend on the Hill on September 18-19, 2020.

The Rogers County Farmers Market operates every Saturday from 7-11 a.m. from May through October. It includes vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, and locally-produced apparel and gifts.

Jake Brillhart serves as the editor-in-chief for the Hillpost. He is a junior studying public affairs with a focus in media communications. He frequently covers stories related to state and local government and campus policy. After graduation, Brillhart plans to pursue a Master of Public Administration and begin a career in higher education.

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Gallery: Students Return To Campus for First Day

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Fall RSU Panhellenic Recruitment: What You Need To Know

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New COVID-19 signs placed on exterior of university village building. Photo by Jake Brillhart, the Hill News.

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.

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RSU Announces #HealthyHillcats and Required Masks

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A student wears an RSU mask on RSU's Claremore campus. Photo from rsu.edu/coronavirus.

Earlier this past week, RSU finalized plans for the fall semester. As a part of its coronavirus response plans, RSU will require masks, end their fall semester online, and reduced dining capacity. This is a part of their #HealthyHillcat social campaign.

“We are less than a month away from the beginning of the fall semester and each passing day is a mixture of hopeful anticipation and new unexpected challenges. This year will look very different,” said RSU President Larry Rice

RSU joins a growing list of Oklahoma colleges requiring face coverings for the fall semester. Since June 30, RSU employees have been required to wear masks according to a new employee policy.

Students will be expected “to wear a mask inside University buildings and outdoors on campus when a social distance of at least six feet is not possible.”

RSU has moved forward with a recommendation to end their in-person semester early and finish online. Following Thanksgiving, RSU will transition to one week of online instruction and continue online for finals week.

While no decisions to change class schedules have been announced, the university’s webpage for the coronavirus resources suggests modifying upperclassmen courses for hybrid and online delivery is an option.

Dining facilities at RSU will operate a reduced capacity and are encouraging take-out options.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Editor’s note: this story was updated at 8:56 a.m. on July 20, 2020 to include a statement by RSU President Larry Rice.

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