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Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Grant will help long-distance OC programs

Odessa College recently was awarded a $102,200 grant by the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board to aid OC's distance education programs in its service area, the largest service area in the state.

Robert Munoz, OC dean of workforce, continuing and distance education, said the grant will help the college serve its students more effectively by providing easier access to classes via interactive video and the Internet.

"In addition to our main campus, Odessa College has had a long-standing presence throughout West Texas by way of our extension sites, telecourses and Internet classes," said Munoz. "With this funding, we'll be able to extend our reach to students who might not otherwise be able to get college credit or workforce training," he said.

Munoz said the grant would be used to purchase Web cameras, Internet software and other advanced technologies that will be implemented at OC's main campus and its Pecos Technical Training Center in Pecos.

"If Odessa and West Texas are to expand the job base and remain economically strong, we have to continue to develop a well-educated, well-trained workforce," he said. `This grant will help us do that," he said.

As mandated by the Texas Legislature, the OC service area encompasses over 33,000 square miles, an area larger than the state of Maine.

The Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board is a state agency founded in 1995 that funds communications improvements for schools, libraries and nonprofit health care facilities.

For more information about Odessa College's distance education programs, call 335-6580 or visit OC's Web site at

Granado named to Dean's List

St. Edward's University released its Dean's and Honorable Mention Lists for the Spring 2001 semester.

Students on the Dean's List have completed 12 or more hours of credit and have a minimum semester grade point average of 3.50. Students on the Honorable Mention List are either full-time students with a semester grade point average between 3.25 and 3.49, or part-time students with a minimum grade point average of 3.25.

St. Edward's University is an independent Catholic liberal arts university of 4,100 students in Austin. It was founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross.

Named to the Dean's List from Pecos is Kelly Liza Granado, who is majoring in accounting.

WTSS sponsors `watermelon day'

Students and staff at West Texas State School got a break from the heat on Aug. 30 with the help of a trailer full of ice cold Coyanosa watermelons as they celebrated the 2nd Annual "Watermelon Day," courtesy of the WTSS Community Advisory Council.

Students from each dorm participated in watermelon-eating contests, with JCO dorm supervisors serving as judges. Community Advisory Council members Julian Dawson, B.F. Clark, Bill and Dottie Slattery, Dennis Bowers and Julia Smith were on hand to share in the festivities. The ice-cold watermelon provides some much welcome relief from high temperatures, as well as a chance for staff, students and volunteers to have some fun.

The mission of the Texas Youth Commission volunteer services department is to maximize community resources and utilize volunteers to provide opportunities that enable youth to become responsible and productive citizens.

West Texas State School is always in need of volunteers for membership on the Community Advisory Council, to provide one-on-one tutoring, enhance religious activities, to serve as mentors and to sponsor special events such as dorm Christmas parties.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at WTSS, contact Donna Garcia, Coordinator for Volunteer Services at 915-389-5555, ext. 221 or at

Christmas For Kids

The Reeves County Sheriff's Posse is having a barbecue plate sale from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., this Saturday at the Posse Barn.

Each plate costs $4.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to buy Christmas presents for children and their families.

Last year the Posse helped 173 families and 511 children and hope to be able to help more this year.

To order barbecue plates call 445-3400.

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