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Aug. 15, 2005

RSU Announces New Faculty Hires

Rogers State University has announced the hiring of 11 new faculty members for the fall 2005 semester.

New faculty are: Sharon Blythe, instructor, Department of Health Sciences; Larry Brewer, instructor, Department of Health Sciences; Larry Elzo, developmental math specialist for the Bartlesville campus; Dr. Juliet Evusa, assistant professor, Department of Communications and Fine Arts; Dr. Larry Green, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Sciences; Michael McKeon, instructor, Department of Communications and Fine Arts; Frances Morris, instructor, Department of Communications and Fine Arts; Daniel Patrone, assistant professor, Department of Communications and Fine Arts; Sharalee Brown Savage, instructor, Department of Health Sciences; J. Renee Turk, instructor, Department of Communications and Fine Arts; and Beverly Wise, instructor, Department of Health Sciences.

Blythe earned a master's science from the University of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioner Program and a bachelor's degree in nursing from OU. She has worked as a registered nurse at health facilities in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas for more than 10 years. Her areas of certification include CPR, advanced cardiac life support and Denver II-Child Development Assessment.

Brewer has more than 20 years experience providing and directing emergency medical services for health care agencies in Oklahoma and Colorado. He is a nationally registered EMT-Paramedic and licensed or certified as a paramedic in four states. He is certified as a provider or instructor in the following areas: basic life support, pediatric basic and advanced life support, advanced cardiac life support, pre-hospital trauma life support and advanced burn life support. He also is a licensed private pilot. Brewer earned bachelor's degrees in psychology/economics and business administration from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., an EMT-Paramedic certificate from Tulsa Vo-Tech, and an EMT-Basic certificate from South Oklahoma City Junior College.

Elzo has more than 15 years experience teaching mathematics on the college and high school level. He previously served as an adjunct instructor and math lab supervisor for Tulsa Community College, as well as taught a variety of math courses with the Tulsa Public School system and the Spartan School of Aeronautics. Elzo earned master's and bachelor's degrees in mathematics education, both from Northeastern (Okla.) State University.

Evusa earned doctoral and master's degrees in telecommunication, a master's in international affairs, and a graduate certificate in women's studies, all from Ohio University. She also earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Baroda in India. Evusa's area of academic focus is the evaluation, analysis, and diagnosis of modern information communication technologies as tools for socio-economic development in low-income societies. She has presented extensively on issues related to Africa, including mass media, the Internet, cultural issues, and socio-economic empowerment. She previously served as adjunct faculty at Ohio University's School of Telecommunications.

Green has researched and been published in the field of botany, including the areas of movement of viroids in plants and the genomics study of gene expression in wheat roots during infection. He previously has taught at Oklahoma State University and Tulsa Community College. He received a doctoral degree in plant science and a bachelor's degree in botany, both from OSU. He received associate's degrees in biology and forestry from Tulsa Community College and Eastern Oklahoma State College, respectively.

Michael McKeon earned a doctoral degree in interdisciplinary arts from Ohio University, a master's degree in humanities from Brigham Young University, and bachelor's degrees in philosophy and history, from California State University-Northridge and BYU respectively. His areas of specialty include history of art and ideas, contemporary analytic philosophy, 19th century European intellectual history, contemporary art theory, late 19th century and early 20th century European theater.

Frances Morris earned a master's degree in college teaching/language arts from Northeastern (Okla.) State University and a bachelor's degree in medical technology from Missouri Southern State College. She previously served as an adjunct instructor at RSU and Tulsa Community College, where she taught composition, writing, and English courses. Prior to entering the teaching profession, she operated a cattle ranch near Ramona, raised show-quality English bulldogs, and worked as a medical technologist.

Daniel Patrone earned a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University at Albany, a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the State University of New York College at Fredonia and an associate's degree from Jamestown Community College in New York. His areas of specialization include ethics and political philosophy, and his other areas of academic interest include history of philosophy (ancient and 17th-19th century), applied ethics, philosophy of law, philosophy of education, feminism, critical thinking and logic. He previously taught at Winona (Minn.) State University, the State University of New York College at Oneonta, the University at Albany, Colgate University and Mount Saint Mary College.

Sharalee Savage has more than 20 years nursing experience including service as a staff nurse at health care providers and public schools in Oklahoma. She earned a master's degree in education: professional health occupations from the University of Central Oklahoma and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She is certified as a Registered Nurse in Oklahoma and Missouri and is a Nationally Certified School Nurse. She serves on the School Nurse Organization of Oklahoma board as past president and on the board of the National Association of School Nurses. She is certified as a Basic Life Support Instructor, HIV/AIDS Instructor, and Blood Borne Pathogens Instructor. Savage also represents schools at the State Department of Education in the HIV/AIDS Division.

J. Renee Turk earned a master's degree in English and a bachelor's degree in secondary education, both from Northern Arizona University, and an associate's degree in liberal arts from Mohave Community College in Kingman, Ariz. She previously taught courses in English composition and U.S. History at Maricopa Community College in Phoenix, Ariz., and Mohave Community College.

Beverly Wise has more than 30 years experiencing managing and providing health care at facilities in northeastern Oklahoma, including nearly 11 years as clinical director of Women's Health at Integris Grove General Hospital. She is a Registered Nurse and her credentials have included NRP (neonatal resuscitation) instructor, certified childbirth educator, basic life support (BLS), and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Tulsa.