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Alumni Association

Board Members

From left to right: Steven Braun, Kyle Beggs (Vice President), Samantha Paine, Paula Blalock (President), Julie Husong-Pranger, Brandon Irby. Not Pictured: Misty Choate, Donna Diebels, Shkendra Lethers, Cayla Spears.
From left to right: Steven Braun, Kyle Beggs (Vice President), Samantha Paine, Paula Blalock (President), Julie Husong-Pranger, Brandon Irby. Not Pictured: Misty Choate, Donna Diebels, Shkendra Lethers, Cayla Spears.

Paula Blalock, President, 2011
B.S., Business Administration: Marketing

  • Why did you choose RSU (or one of its former schools) to attend college?
    I attended RSU because it was local, inexpensive (after graduation I had relatively no debt!), and it was small enough for me to really feel like I could get involved in the growing student life.
  • Why are you involved with the alumni association?
    I am involved with the RSU Alumni association because I did not want to leave RSU after graduation. My affiliation with and love for RSU did not last only four years, it will last for life.
  • List any professors/instructors who made an impact on your life. Describe.
    I could name lots of people that have had a real impact on my life who work/teach at RSU -- to list only one really isn't fair! I really would like to thank and recognize Mr. Bob Willis (Business - Accounting) and Dr. Dana Gray (Business - Marketing). They are both incredible professors - they both taught with such enthusiasm and vibrancy, and I definitely think that my educational experience was much better having had them both, multiple times, as professors. I would also greatly and deeply like to thank and recognize Dr. Carolyn Taylor and Stratton Taylor for the impact that they had and continue to have on me and my life. They ran the PLC (Presidents Leadership Class) scholarship program that I was a member of, and they both helped me work through obstacles, learn, helped me grow, taught me to think outside of the box, encouraged my collegiate and community involvement, tested my ability to research and learn about current events and challenged me to make ethical decisions for myself, my future, my employer, and my life. Without the continued support, enthusiasm, and care from these two wonderful people, I can definitely say that I would not be the person that I am today.
  • What are you doing now?
    Currently, I am living in Tulsa, OK and working as the volunteer coordinator for Tulsa Habitat for Humanity. I serve in office for my local Alpha Sigma Alpha Alumnae Chapter here in Tulsa. I also serve as a delegate for the Tulsa Area Alumnae Panhellenic and try to be as involved in RSU and the Tulsa Community as possible.

Kyle Beggs, Vice President, 2009
B.S., Business Administration

  • Why did you choose RSU (or one of its former schools) to attend college?
    It was close to home and loved the people here.
  • Why are you involved with the alumni association?
    I want to give back to a great university that has helped me be successful after college.
  • List any professors/instructors who made an impact on your life. Describe.
    Dr. Sutton (even came to my wedding).
    Dr. Hart - Helped me understand the HR element of business.
    Dr. Tollison - I loved how you thought of business.
    Dr. Kennemer - Great teacher and better person.
  • What are you doing now?
    I am a partner at RCI Insurance Group in Claremore, OK.

Steven Braun, 2010
B.S., Sport Management

  • Why did you choose RSU (or one of its former schools) to attend college?
    For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a sports talk radio host. After speaking with a few media members in that field they all stressed to get a degree outside of communications but get as much hands-on experience in radio as I could. So after a year at Tulsa Community College I came across Rogers State. The Radio/Television program drew my eye to RSU but the Sport Management program brought me on a tour of campus. After my tour I was blown away. The Centennial Center was under construction and the athletic programs (basketball and soccer) were set to begin that fall. On my campus visit I got the chance to meet former Athletic Director Wren Baker who took a few minutes to answer questions about the Sport Management program. The personal touch that not only Wren but Julie Rampey and others that I came across in my tour sold me on just how special RSU is.
  • Why are you involved with the alumni association?
    I have a special association with Rogers State in that I went to school here and now work here in the athletic department. With that in mind I truly believe that Rogers State is a hidden jewel sitting in Northeastern Oklahoma. I appreciated my time here as a student and as an alumnus I'm proud of where I started. I believe the alumni association is an excellent way to give back to the school that gave me so much. I also believe the alumni association is a way to allow others who feel the same way to stay connected with RSU, a place that is special for many.
  • List any professors/instructors who made an impact on your life.
    I have a few instructors that have made an impact and a few that worked at the University that made an impact. Wren Baker is a non-professor or instructor that I learned so much from in his time as Athletic Director for the Hillcats. Ryan Bradley, who most recently served as A.D. at RSU, is a mentor of mine and played a huge impact in getting me started in my career path. I'd be lying if I didn't include Cathy Coomer who gave me numerous opportunities to grow and succeed along with Steve Doyle at RSU Radio. Dan Schiedel allowed me on the airwaves of RSU Basketball games on RSU Public TV as a pipsqueak junior in college along with Dale McKinney. Lastly the faculty in the Sport Management program, Dr. Susan Willis and Dr. Joel White, both pushed me and challenged me to think bigger than where I was and what I perceived I could do.
  • What are you doing now?
    I currently serve as Sports Information Director at Rogers State University in the Hillcat Athletic Department.

Brandon Irby, 2012
B.A., Corporate Communications

  • Why did you choose RSU (or one of its former schools) to attend college?
    RSU chose me. After my first semester, I fell in love with the campus and the quality of education I received. Needless to say, the rest is history.
  • Why are you involved with the alumni association?
    To serve and support Alumni in their journey while extending a friendly "welcome home" through campus and community events.
  • List any professors/instructors who made an impact on your life.
    Dr. Richard Boyd: His insight and expertise was approachable and he took the time to invest in my success from the start. He lived the University's mantra, "It's Personal."
  • What are you doing now?
    New Media Specialist, RSU Innovation Center. Supporting economic growth by nurturing entrepreneurs and assisting them with new media strategy and execution.

Samantha Paine, 2011
B.A., Global Humanities

  • Why did you choose RSU (or one of its former schools) to attend college?
    I liked the campus overall, the people, the campus aesthetically, small class sizes, etc. and the ease of being involved on campus and participating in campus activities.
  • Why are you involved with the alumni association?
    Mostly because I love RSU and I want to see the alumni association grow, as well as see more alumni involvement at annual events! It is a wonderful university filled with diverse students and great professors from various backgrounds. Graduates need to embrace their education and help continue to push our quality university forward.
  • List any professors/instructors who made an impact on your life.
    Every class a person takes has an impact in some way or another. It may not always seem that way, but any information can change your perspective, ideas, or views about a given topic. I appreciate all the professors I have had throughout my college career for feeding my curiosity and keeping my mind open to new ideas and possibilities.
  • What are you doing now?
    I am currently an admissions counselor/ International coordinator at RSU.

Julie Husong-Pranger, 2010
B.A., Corporate Communications

  • Why did you choose RSU (or one of its former schools) to attend college?
    I wanted to make friends on my own and experience a completely different area. It was very affordable and not too far from home.
  • Why are you involved with the alumni association?
    I loved my experience at RSU. I really enjoyed all the professors, campus activities and I consider it my home. RSU is where I met a lot of great friends and my AST sisters. I enjoyed my experience here and I hope that other students are able to do the same. I also enjoy seeing the university grow, I think RSU has a lot of unlocked potential ahead.
  • List any professors/instructors who made an impact on your life.
    I really believe that all my professors made an impact on my life. Knowledge is one of the most important things any person can have. There were a few professors that really went above and beyond their everyday duties and they are: Dr. Evusa, Dr. Gentry, Dr. Woller and Professor Dugan.
  • What are you doing now?
    I am currently the Program Manager for Lowe Family Young Scholars in Bartlesville, OK. I am also involved with several different committees: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Downtown Bartlesville Inc., Ghost Walk, Boys & Girls Club, Price Tower Gala, ARC Group Homes Inc., and Ray of Hope. I also serve as a board member for Martha's Task, Mentor for BBBS and the Recruitment Advisor for RSU's Alpha Sigma Tau.

Cayla Spears, 2010
B.F.A., Graphic Design

  • Why did you choose RSU (or one of its former schools) to attend college?
    It was close to home and scholarships provided by RSU made it affordable for me to attend as well.
  • Why are you involved with the alumni association?
    I enjoyed my experience as a student at RSU and I want to give back to the university in a small way. Hopefully as part of the alumni board I can make the experience even better for current and future students.
  • List any professors/instructors who made an impact on your life.
    Gary Moeller is my all time favorite instructor. He was always a good mentor to me inside and outside of the classroom. He taught me to think differently and push myself. Another advisor, outside of class, who I owe much of my success to is Misty Smith. She was my advisor when I served on the Campus Activities Team. She is a big part of the reason I want to continue to give back to RSU. She gave so much to me, I can only try and pay it forward.
  • What are you doing now?
    I currently live and work in Tulsa, as an Art Director at an advertising agency called AcrobatAnt. In my spare time I do freelance design work and am opening up my own Etsy store.