OKC Backyard

Editorial

This is the best editorial for Oklahomans by Oklahomans.

Books in Brief

justin brotton - Sunday, February 01, 2009

Linda Sargent

 

“Heat Lightning” by John Sandford, G.P. Putnam’s Sons ($26.95)

Virgil Flowers, the newest member of Lucas Davenport’s investigative squad, is back with a new puzzle on his plate. When Davenport calls Virgil to tell him there has been a second homicide in less than two weeks with similar circumstances, Virgil hits the streets. Both of the victims were shot at close range with a .22, both were discovered by a war memorial, and both had a lemon stuffed in his mouth. Virgil needs to find the connection before another murder takes place. When he finds the connection, he almost wishes he had not.

During the investigation, Flowers finds out that a lemon in a person’s mouth is a Vietnamese symbol of keeping family secrets. Finding out that the victims served in the same unit in Viet Nam leads Virgil to a Veterans’ support group. Virgil begins to believe that the group’s leader may be a person of interest in these murders, but he can’t quite connect the dots.

The list of victims grows, and Virgil is running to keep up with the new information that comes to light. This is a brilliant suspense story that will keep you up late.

 

“twilight” by Stephenie Meyer, Little, Brown and Co. ($19.99)

This is the first in a four-book series that is sweeping the country in popularity with teenagers and adults alike. Not your typical “blood-sucking” tale of vampires roaming the night, this book is a love story with complications.

Bella moves to Washington State to live with her father so her mother can be free to travel with her ball-playing second husband. She finds it difficult to transition from the sunshine of Florida to the cloudy skies of the northwestern state. While sitting in the cafeteria on her first day of school, she notices a group of five kids across the room; her eyes are drawn to them because of their beauty and the paleness of their skin. But when one of the boys meets her eyes, she almost recoils from the hate in the look that he gives her. She thinks it’s her imagination, but when she enters her biology class and discovers the only available seat is next to him, his intense dislike of her is noticeable to other members of her class.

Her father, the local sheriff, tells her that the father of the family is a noted surgeon at the hospital and that all the kids are very intelligent and well behaved.

As the days pass, she notices that the family always sit together in the cafeteria, but they never eat. Edward, the oldest boy who seems to hate her, surprises her one day in biology class by speaking to her and being friendly. She eventually gets to know Edward and learns to love him. Along with this familiarity, she not only learns their secret, but that they are not biologically related. They have been rescued from dire circumstances by Carlisle, the head of the family, who has taught them to renounce human prey and live off the blood of animals, which they hunt far from their home turf.

For Edward’s sake, the family welcomes Bella into their home, but when a group of tracking vampires becomes fixated on her, they risk their home life to protect her. The results of their decision have devastating effects on the family and on Bella, personally.

If you are not a fan of vampire stories, this one is so different that you will still want to pick it up and read it. Once you finish this book, you will be anxious to read the three that follow.

 

“The Gate House” by Nelson DeMille, Grand Central Publishing ($27.99)

When John Sutter’s wife shot and killed Frank Bellarosa, mafia don, neighbor and lover, John got on his sailboat and sailed around the world, ending up in London, where he has worked for the last seven years. Ten years later, he has returned to the Gold Coast to help settle the estate of an old family servant. Taking up residence in the gatehouse of the estate, he discovers that his ex-wife has also returned and is living only a quarter of a mile away.

Much to his chagrin, he soon crosses paths with Frank Bellarosa’s son, who is not only trying to earn the respect of his father’s mafia family, but is also driven by a need to avenge his father’s death, his target being Susan Sutter.

As John and Susan’s feelings for each other are rekindled, they find themselves in a fight with Susan’s parents to reunite, a tug of war with law enforcement officials who want Frank’s son behind bars, and in a struggle to make sure that Susan is protected.

This book is the sequel to DeMille’s earlier story, The Gold Coast, and his writing style draws the reader in.

 

“Scarpetta” by Patricia Cornwell, G.P. Putnam’s Sons ($27.95)

Kay Scarpetta is in New York with her husband, Benton, and her niece, Lucy, to examine a patient in the Bellevue Hospital psychiatric prison ward. The prisoner has asked specifically for her and has refused to talk to anyone else. He is free to leave the hospital at any time because the police have no evidence that he has committed any crime, even though he is discovered holding the body of his murdered girlfriend.

When Kay enters the room of Oscar Bane, she is treated to a bizarre story from a paranoid individual who believes he is being tracked and spied on by the government through electronic means.

Unknown to Kay and Lucy, Pete Marino is now with the New York Police Department, and the reunion between the three may be strained due to the circumstances under which Pete bowed out of their lives.

Bodies that seem to have no connection to each other begin to be discovered. In addition, someone is attacking Kay Scarpetta, not physically but through a Web site that is damaging to her reputation.

The team of Scarpetta, Benton, Lucy and Marino come together once again to put the case to rest. A new character is also introduced who will probably find a place in future Kay Scarpetta books.

This book is Cornwell at her best, with many unexpected twists and turns.

 

“Books – a memoir” by Larry McMurtry, Simon and Schuster, ($24.00)

Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winner Larry McMurtry is probably best known for such works at The Last Picture Show, Lonesome Dove, and his co-authorship of Brokeback Mountain. In this memoir, McMurtry takes you down the road for a glimpse of his childhood, his young adult life, and where his experiences with books have led him.

Born in Archer City, Texas, he grew up on a cattle ranch where there was not much opportunity to read. When a relative left him a box of 19 books, his world opened up to the concept of imagination. His life took a series of turns that led him to become an author, a scriptwriter, a college professor, and a bookstore owner. His writing led him to live in Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., and finally full circle back to Archer City.

Finding that he has a love of books, he has become a bookman, buying and selling books ranging from comic books to travel books to historical novels.

This book takes you on an extraordinary journey through the life of a writer, a voracious reader, eccentric collectors and sellers, and the search for those rare finds that bookmen long for. It is full of stories, amazing characters, anecdotes of authors, including McMurtry himself, and engaging gossip. This is a look behind the scenes of the buying and selling market of books. 

Priceless Vacations

justin brotton - Thursday, January 01, 2009

Vincent F. Orza Jr.

Dean, Meinders School of Business

Oklahoma City University

 

You’re trying to plan your spring or summer vacation. Europe would be nice, but given the prices, you’ll have to sell your kids to afford a hotel. The Euro is declining, but relative to the costs of a trip to Asia or South America, Europe is still expensive.

There are solutions. Cruises to Europe are paid for in dollars, which controls some of the pricing. However, once you disembark, you could be paying $5 for a Coke and $10-15 for McDonald’s. Why someone would go to Europe and eat at McDonald’s is a mystery to me! The best reason to visit a European McDonald’s is they allow you to use their restrooms free, as opposed to having to tip to use the facilities in many local establishments.

The Mediterranean is the best sightseeing in the world for first-time overseas junkets. England and France are also great and easy to get around. The Brits speak English and always treat their cousins from across the pond very graciously, so if this is your first international trip, England is easy. Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Square, London’s wonderful theater district, and close-by visits to Oxford, Cambridge and Leeds Castle – or just to drive the countryside is worth the trip.

Paris and all of France are also a great trip, but the language is a small barrier. France has spectacular sightseeing – castles, the Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame, the Louvre, bookstalls on the Seine, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower – many within walking distance of each other. By the way, check out renting apartments rather than staying in a hotel. Years ago, we took our girls and had a lovely three-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen, courtyard and all the amenities of home for a fraction of the cost of a hotel.

You could stay in the States and go to Disney World, which is more convenient, but it can make Europe look cheap. Hotels in the theme park can be expensive, meals can be outrageously expensive, parking is extra, and buying four or five park passes may give you a heart attack! There is a side benefit – you’ll be able to sing ‘It’s a Small World After All’ for the rest of your life… whether you want to or not. It’s hypnotic! As I write this, Disney is running a promotion that will give you a $200 gift card and three or four nights free at their hotels if you buy three or four nights and park passes.

Mexico offers some of the best vacation values. Cancun is like the 51st state of our union. English is spoken everywhere, it’s easy to get around, and you can get there in two hours or less from Dallas or Houston. Most of the major Mexican resort communities have every form of vacation entertainment and sports you could want for less than you’ll pay in Hawaii, but the recession also has Hawaiian resorts offering some great deals. The downside to Hawaii is that due to the distance, you waste a day traveling each way.

A large number of Oklahomans own timeshares in Cancun and often rent them through travel agencies. One- or two-bedroom villas with full kitchens provide a great family venue and often cost considerably less than a basic hotel room.

Head further south and the deals get even better. Cruises on the east and west coasts of South America are good values. You pay for them in dollars, and when you go ashore, the exchange rates are very favorable. The dollar can go a long way in Argentina, Chile, Peru and other countries in South America. Brazil can be pricey, but there are deals, and it is beautiful with a lot to see. Keep in mind our winter is their summer, so January through March are good times to visit.

Many of the cruise ships stop or start their voyages in Buenos Aires. Argentine hotels and restaurants offer some of the best travel values anywhere. Famous for its beef and great fish, dinner in a Buenos Aires restaurant will cost a fraction of what you’d spend in Oklahoma. Make sure you see the flamenco dancers. Some perform in the streets, but the real professionals work the nightclubs, and it’s a show worth watching. Buenos Aires is called the ‘Paris of the South,’ and is a beautiful city to explore. Not too far away is Montevideo, Uruguay. Like Argentina, Montevideo was another Spanish colony with great Spanish architecture. Brazil is further north with Portuguese roots, so the food, language and customs are somewhat different than neighboring nations.

Chile borders most of the west coast of the continent. It offers lovely beaches in the north and breathtaking fjords in the south. Cruise ships sail from Santiago down the coast of Chile, inland to see the ice-covered fjords, occasional whales, and some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. At the southernmost tip of the continent, where Chile connects with Argentina, you arrive in Ushuaia, a pretty but rustic town at the edge of the last place on earth to get supplies before you descend around Cape Horn. The end of the continent is a cold, rough, lonely, rocky and occasionally rough ride, but worth seeing if for no other reason than to say you saw it. Bring an apple to calm your stomach.

Just above Chile is Peru, a wonderful country that is home to Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular historical finds on earth. It’s not easy to get there – you fly from Lima to Cuzco, then take a two-three hour train ride up the mountains to heights of 8000-11,000 feet above sea level. The ruins were discovered beneath a jungle growth of trees, vines and grasses. The tribe that lived there lasted only one generation before disappearing. They left no language, alphabet or clues as to why they built this spectacular fortress on top of a mountain, or where they went when they left.

We live in a cool world. Patti and I have had the good fortune to visit over 70 nations. Our trips, cruises and tours have included Europe, the Middle East (Egypt is our all-time favorite), North and South America, Australia, Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma aka Myanmar), China, Russia, Japan, a few dozen other countries, and most of the US. We’ve never had a bad experience anywhere.

Whether it’s seeing the Statue of Liberty, Golden Gate Bridge, the Grand Canyon or some of the great sites across the globe, travel is a great education. If you try to fit in with the locals and learn to say ‘hello,’ ‘goodbye,’ ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in the local language, you’ll do fine. So as you plan your next vacation, be a little adventurous and head someplace exotic. Disney World is fun, but Machu Picchu, the Pyramids of Giza, the fjords of Norway and Chile, the Eiffel Tower or the Vatican are breathtaking! 

THIS CITY IS GETTING HEALTHY!

justin brotton - Thursday, January 01, 2009

Lauren Major

Standing between two enormous airplanes, Major Mick Cornett announced that Oklahomans have lost 250,000 pounds – the combined weight of the planes – since the introduction of his weight-loss program at the beginning of 2008.

Hoping to combat the rising health risks related to obesity, Cornett challenged Oklahoma City residents to lose one million pounds. To aid them in meeting their goals, he launched the Web site www.thiscityisgoingonadiet.com on New Years Eve 2007, ten months before he commemorated the 250,000-pound milestone at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base.

“My motivation in starting the program was to begin a dialogue in the community about obesity,” Cornett said. “It’s a serious problem in our country, and particularly in Oklahoma, for whatever reason.”

More than 28 percent of Oklahomans are obese, according to a 2008 study by the Trust for America’s Health. Obesity results in a higher risk for over 30 serious diseases, including diabetes and hypertension, and more than a quarter of our nation’s health care costs are currently linked to obesity. Oklahoma has the eighth highest rate of obesity in the country, and this is the third year in a row that this rate has increased.

The heart of his efforts to bring down those statistics, Cornett’s “This City is Going on a Diet” Web site provides a place for participants to confidentially track their weight loss progress and the opportunity to connect with others who share their goals.

“I think the Web site was a great idea. It provides accountability for people who log their weight, and a sense of community in the daily struggle to manage weight and lead a healthier lifestyle,” said Nutritional Consultant Karen Meyers. “It helps to see real, local people who have had success utilizing the plan and Web site. I particularly like the ability to choose an accountability partner who is alerted to your progress and can provide encouragement.”

So far, more than 24,000 people have registered on the Web site, with each losing an average of over ten pounds.

“Awareness is the first step in solving a problem. The publicity around Mayor Cornett's plan and the Web site, itself, have done much to increase the awareness of the obesity problem in Oklahoma,” Myers said. “Many people want to lose weight, but they don't know where to begin or where to turn for help.”

Cornett’s program has increased awareness not only in Oklahoma but also across the country. It has received national media coverage, and to date more than 105 million people have visited the Web site, with a single-day high of 24,000 visitors.

“It has caught the attention of the rest of the country, and people are trying to duplicate it,” Cornett said. “There are programs like this all over, but they aren’t working and ours is. One way our program differs from others is we emphasize that you’re not going to exercise your way out of obesity. Exercise is a part of it and something everyone should do on a regular basis regardless of their weight, but losing weight is about what you eat and how much you eat.”

Cornett, who has lost 42 pounds since April 2007, was named a Public Service Health Champion and received the “Rodney L. Huey, M.D., Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health” award.

His site provides a wealth of information to educate participants in his program about the best way to lose weight, with pages devoted to diet and nutrition, exercise and behavior modification. It recommends eating primarily foods with low caloric density, but not completely depriving yourself of less healthy foods that you enjoy. Reduction, not elimination, is a change that can be maintained long term.

Meyers agreed that the key to lasting weight loss isn’t extreme dieting, but leading a healthy lifestyle for a lifetime. She says it’s important to identify when we tend to indulge and make a plan to change that aspect of our lifestyle.

“Many of us have a time of the day when we are tired or stressed and are more likely to make bad choices. But by understanding that, and finding a healthier way to cope with those times – like having healthy snacks available or designating that time to take a walk – we can do something that is really good for our bodies. The payoff is not only burning calories, but feeling better,” Myers said.

Similarly, making conscious choices and planning meals in advance is essential to fitting healthy foods into a busy schedule, according to the Web site, which also recommends keeping a food journal and provides a collection of low-calorie recipes.

“We are a busy society. As a result, we eat out often and look for ways to make our lives easier,” Myers said. “Fortunately, there are more and more healthy and convenient choices in our grocery stores and ways to prepare meals at home that don’t take much time. And even when we eat out, there are healthy choices. Many restaurants have Web sites, so you can make your selection before you ever leave home.”

Likewise, it is important to find exercise opportunities that can become lifelong habits, which doesn’t necessarily mean a trip to the gym.

“We can look for ways to be more active in our everyday lives. It’s all about moving your body more often: Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from work or stores, and using breaks to take a short walk,” Myers said.

Training for an event can also be an effective motivator, and a schedule of upcoming races and walks can be found on the program Web site.

As more people are joining the effort to lose weight, many local restaurants are making it easier by introducing healthy new menu items. All of the Bricktown restaurants now offer a healthy “Mayor’s Special,” and as an added incentive, those who order the special can park free in Bricktown.

Rococo, in Oklahoma City, is the first restaurant to create a complete menu in response to the mayor’s challenge. They created a “This City is Going on a Diet” summer menu shortly after the program launched, and it was so well received that they created one for the winter as well. They unveiled these latest selections in October, and plan to introduce two new menus each year.

“The menu has no processed foods, it’s all portion appropriate, and we use all fresh ingredients,” said Rococo owner and chef Bruce Rinehart.

The new starters include butternut squash soup and mushroom Duxelles “cookies” served with chèvre cheese. Baked salmon stuffed with lump crab, lemon and olive oil, served with grilled asparagus, is one of the new entrees offered, as is pan roasted pork loin with Craisins, grilled pears, a coriander red wine drizzle and a side of sweet potatoes.

“Having healthy options is especially important at lunch, when people tend to not eat well. They’re in a hurry, and they’ll sometimes hit the dollar menu,” Rinehart said. “But we’re providing a great alternative here. We can be fast, our food is flavorful and affordable.”

For a meal on the go, Taco Bell offers a “fresco menu,” which replaces the cheese and sour cream with tomato-based toppings.

In addition to restaurants, many businesses and organizations are showing their support by encouraging people to register on the Web site or organizing runs or walks, and some charities have aligned themselves with the program. The Tree Bank agreed to plant one tree for every 1,000 pounds lost, and the Community Foundation has pledged to donate to a specified non-profit organization for every mile walked.

As involvement continues to increase, it will be easier than ever for Oklahomans to lose weight, which will benefit our state in a variety of ways, according to Cornett.

“As an entrepreneur and job creator, I would be wary of starting a business in Oklahoma because of potential health insurance costs,” Cornett said. “My main concerns are jobs and education, and we need a healthy workforce for that.” 

Dr. David Goin – A Leader Who Can Translate Vision Into Reality

justin brotton - Thursday, January 01, 2009

Cheryl Devoe

On any given day, it may be hard to find David Goin in his office. Having always preferred the halls of a school to the desk in an office, he continues that tradition in his role as a superintendent. Within the first few days of each school year, he visits all 25 schools in the Edmond district, and returns throughout the year. His visits include greeting students in the halls, dropping in on teachers’ classrooms, stopping by the teachers’ lounge, and complimenting the custodians on excellence in maintaining the physical plant. Goin even visits the bus barn to say hello to the district’s bus drivers. Every retiring teacher will see Dr. Goin at his or her retirement reception, offering words of appreciation for their years of service to children, colleagues and education. Goin finds this active, personal participation in his role as superintendent invigorating and essential for perspective. A caring and sensitive man, he also advocates as part of his leadership, “validating goodness; validating the things adults in this community do for young people.”

Goin’s original career goal was the ministry. As part of his degree work in religious education from Abilene Christian University, Goin was assigned to work in a church setting with children. He says, “The richness of that work as well as my own background of school being a positive experience” helped him reassess his career choice. He realized the importance of a teacher’s role in making a difference in the life of a child. After attending the University of Oklahoma for teacher certification, he began his educational career.

Goin received early encouragement from the Dean of OU’s College of Education to consider becoming a school leader at some point in his teaching career; he stressed the need for not only good teachers, but also strong school leaders. The dean obviously saw leadership potential in Goin. As a result, Goin pursued a masters and doctoral degree in education from OU. Seeing administration as an important element of the educational process, Goin remembered his own childhood principals and teachers whom he respected and who encouraged him in intellectual pursuit and growth of character.

Since 1999, Dr. Goin, whose graduating class from Waurika numbered 30, has led a system graduating classes numbering 1,400. Amazingly, that number is larger than the entire population of Waurika. Goin has spent over 32 years as an educator, beginning his career teaching elementary school in Moore, then spending six years as an elementary and middle school principal in Norman. After serving several years as Edmond’s Director of Elementary Education and Associate Superintendent, Goin became the superintendent. Recently, Goin was honored by his peers when the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators named him the Oklahoma Administrator of the Year.

When asked what makes a good teacher, Goin responds quickly, “A good teacher is a person who can develop relationships with students. Only then can student development take place.” He sees good teachers as those people who can teach a child “a different way to see and perceive the world and who both model and teach a child to become a person of character.” He sees good teaching not as a science but a skill, some of which is learned, but some intuitive. Educational pedagogy and command of the subject area are essential, but Goin says, “A lesson plan can look beautiful on paper, but if a teacher cannot relate to the student, learning will not happen.” He encourages teachers to have fun with children; tap into the child’s good nature.

Goin says Edmond is a community with a strong culture of support for the education of children. The diversity of Edmond’s culture has changed significantly during his years of tenure. Edmond reflects the same diversity and challenges faced by society, evidenced by increases in free and reduced lunches as well as other indicators of a changing population. As diversity increases, Goin emphasizes the increasing need for students and teachers to create trusting relationships.

Commenting on trends he sees in the way schools do business, Goin offers several examples. A positive trend from a practitioner’s standpoint is the move toward collaborative, job-embedded practices. He advocates the district’s encouraging teachers and administrators to attend institutes for sharing best practices. This model promotes the educational community being “us sharing” rather than “someone else doing” philosophy. Goin calls former educational isolation at all levels, from the university to the individual classroom, a detrimental trend to the improvement of schools.

Likewise, “whether we have been dragged into or we have enthusiastically bounced into” it, technology has become an important learning tool and trend in education. Edmond has developed a multi-year plan for technology utilizing expertise at the district level as well as from the technology industry to identify and pursue the best technology for use in the best way. One example is the Smart Board project – “An excellent teaching tool, and a terrific addition to the classroom. Edmond is in the process of adding them to classrooms at all levels,” Goin says. However, he is quick to point out that no technological advance will ever substitute for a teacher because the teacher is the most significant person in the educational process; the teacher provides the heart and soul of the classroom, not just the facts and figures.

Another controversial contemporary trend is increased testing. Superintendents must be concerned with testing results, but Goin feels testing has gone overboard. The state mandates 27 standardized tests, and although he is a strong advocate of student assessment, he admits these “high stakes” tests stretch time and resources and can be a frustrating drive for instruction. “Schools must be accountable, but testing is just a part of the assessment paradigm.” However, as a superintendent, he has no control over federal and state mandated testing, although he enthusiastically advocates in-house benchmark testing, which he believes can directly affect instruction in the classroom. Goin contends that “No Child Left Behind” has forced educational institutions to take a hard look at all students – not just the 80 percent who achieve, but also the 20 percent who don’t.

Issues such as public school funding continually plague district superintendents. Goin says, “Funding will forever be a challenge for schools.” Edmond has the third highest assessed net property value in the state, and locally generates a lot of money. The way the state funding formula works, however, Edmond’s local general fund revenue is charged dollar-for-dollar against the state aid it receives; therefore, Edmond is penalized in the amount of state money it receives per child, so in general fund dollars received, Edmond is one of Oklahoma’s poorest districts. Goin shared his recent involvement with a multi-state benchmark consortium aimed at collaboration and data sharing among several school districts. He learned that Oklahoma spends $2,500 less per child than the consortium average. Additionally, Goin sees a disturbing trend of fine Oklahoma teaching prospects taking jobs in other states due to Oklahoma’s low teacher salaries.

As impressive as his public side is, equally impressive is Goin’s private side. This polite, compassionate man of integrity relishes his life apart from his beloved career. His family includes his wife Sandy, who works at Oklahoma Christian University, three children and three grandchildren. His youngest daughter, Jana, attended Edmond Public Schools, and now teaches fifth grade in Texas. Goin is looking forward to being the father of the bride when she marries a Texan this winter.

Dr. Goin enjoys good music, whether it’s the Oklahoma City Symphony, musical productions, Edmond Schools’ band and orchestra concerts, or the Enya CD playing in his office. Reading is also a favored pastime. Other than professional reading, Goin enjoys reading history, even admitting to being one of those kids who read history books, encyclopedias and dictionaries. A European trip he and his wife took in 2004 sparked a love of travel, and since then Goin has traveled to Turkey twice through the Institute for Interfaith Dialog, an organization promoting a safe world through open lines of communication. The group visited schools, businesses and governmental agencies, as well as mosques and Christian churches. He has also been involved with the Oklahoma Jewish Federation in a youth exchange that culminated in three Edmond students visiting Israel, and Israeli students visiting Edmond. Goin believes that learning about other cultures is an enriching experience that can only help us appreciate each other.

When asked to name a person he most admires, he identifies his father. Both of his parents are still living, and he treasures having them live nearby. “My dad has always been a person who lives his beliefs, both moral and ethical.” Goin calls him “a man of faith and conviction.”

David Goin modestly credits the community for the success of Edmond Schools. “We have depended on our partners – the city, the University of Central Oklahoma, the Arts Institute – all working together. “ Likewise, he gives considerable credit to his administrative colleagues, saying he is “surrounded by a team who each has an area of expertise to make success happen,” and a school board that is thoughtful and supportive of education.

So many of Goin’s responses begin with “I learn so much…” This attitude and his view of his role as a servant support the view of John F. Kennedy, who said that “leadership and learning are indispensable.” Dr. David Goin reflects both qualities. 





okc shelters

 

PO Box 57150
OKC, OK 73157
Tel (405) 286-2050
 
 

distinctly Oklahoma

For Information about marketing partnerships

Quick Links:

OKLAHOMA PROUD:

Contact Details:
Your source for information about people. events, shopping. and style in Oklahoma.

The best place to find information about Oklahoma.