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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WWftiC 17, Issue 24

Headings Helps Students “Navigate for Success” as Retention Specialist
Veronica Headings is Western’s new Retention Specialist She
entered the position in January, after working as administrative
assistant to Chad Wiginton, Vice President for Student Sup­
port Services. She fust joined the Western family as a student
completing an Associate of Arts, then continued her education
with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Colorado State
University, Pueblo, and a Master of Social Work from Newman
University.
The retention specialist position is funded by Westerns recent
gift from AT&T Aspire. In December, Steve Hahn, President,
AT&T Oklahoma, presented the college with a $10,000 grant for
Western’s “Navigating for Success” program, aimed at helping
students who are at risk of dropping out or failing college. Head­
ings is a key component to the “Navigating for Success” program
and works to intervene and help those students stay in school
and be successful in college.
Western’s recent implementation of the retention software
PHAROS, also known as PATH (Pioneers Aiming To Help), aids

Veronica Headings, Western’s Retention Specialist, helps
at-risk students with academic challenges stay in college
and complete their education.

Headings in her daily work to connect with students who have
been reported to the system for academic issues. Faculty or staff
members can enter an alert to PATH when they see a student

Dodson Recognized by
WOSC Foundation, Inc.

struggling with attendance, trouble completing assignments,
getting low grades or ff they are having issues coping with or
adjusting to college. Headings responds to the alerts by calling
students and finding out how she can help them be successful
and stay in class. Those she is unable to reach by phone may
also receive a letter or get a face-to-face visit. Headings says, “I’ve
gotten 46 referrals already. Out of those, there were five students
who actually thanked me for contacting them. I thought that was
positive, because we are showing them that we care.”
Western began the 2015-2016 academic year with “Student
Success” as its focus and has launched two other “Navigating for
Success” initiatives on campus. Those include the implementation of the new peer mentoring program, the Western Naviga­
tors, and the professional mentoring program, P3, staffed by
members of the faculty and campus staff
In regards to the program Headings added, “I think it will be
good because it’s holding students more accountable and because
someone is on the lookout for them. These may be students who
haven’t had any guidance, or are working or single parents It will
help some students from falling through the cracks.”

Congratulations Homecoming Court 2016

Larry Duffy, Executive Secretary of the WOSC Foundation
Inc., presents Keith Dodson with a plaque recognizing his
21 years of service as a foundation trustee.
Keith Dodson, long time Altus business man and civic leader,
was recently recognized for his distinguished service as a former
Trustee of the Western Oklahoma State College Foundation, Inc.
Keith was presented a plaque for his 21 years of selfless service
to the foundation.
During his tenure in leadership, Keith served as a key mem­
ber of the WOSC Foundation Investment Committee. In 1994
when he was appointed to the Board of Trustees, the foundation
had a total of $754,216 in total assets. With continued annual
growth, the foundation audit for 2014-2015 revealed $7,135,380
in total foundation assets. During Keith’s service to the board, in
1999, the Trustees initiated a commitment to finance and build

Western celebrated Homecoming 2016 activities Satur­
day, February 13. This year’s Homecoming King is
Blake Clanton, representing WOSC Baseball, and the
Queen is Jade Hernandez, representing the Pioneer Jazz
Band. Congratulations Blake and Jade!

New Feature in
Pioneer News

Members of the Homecoming Court 2016 are: Adam Guttormsen, Brandi Wisner, Amber Espinosa, Brittany Drewry,
Cayden Crume, Caylee Childs, Cole Churchill, Cole Pat­
terson, Courtney Haynes, Dixie Green, Eryn Coy, Frances
Ventura, Geordie Dosher, John Creter, Karina Martinez,
Krystie Vipond, Lane Madsen, Laura Gonzales, Macken­
zie Potts, Makenna Staggs, Randi Thompson, Rasheed
Wallace, Rylee Wilson, Sam Watson. Sarh Clouse, Skylar
Bautista, Stetson
Cheek,
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