Oklahoma education news in brief

Oklahoma education news briefs for Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.
From Staff Reports Published: December 1, 2013


OU lights celebration set

Everyone is invited to ring in the holiday season with the University of Oklahoma's annual holiday lights celebration at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in David A. Burr Park, 1501 Asp Ave. The park is south of the Huston Huffman Fitness Center and east of the student residence halls. Participants can join in the lighting of the holiday tree and menorah, sing along to holiday music, see Santa Claus and his elves, and have some complimentary hot chocolate, hot apple cider and cookies. The Singing Sooners and the OU Wind Symphony Brass will perform seasonal music. Among those offering remarks about the season will be OU President David Boren; OU Student Association President Ernest Ezeugo; Charles Kimball, director of religious studies; and Alan Levenson, professor of Jewish history. In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will be in Couch Restaurants, 333 Fourth St.


UCO names vice president

University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz announced the selection of a new vice president of administration. Donald Chrusciel comes to UCO from Iowa State University, where he has served as business services director of facilities planning and management since 1999. Betz cited Chrusciel's demonstrated business savvy in higher education, collaborative nature and fresh perspective as being key factors in his selection. “His wealth of experience, as well as his regionally and nationally recognized expertise in campus administration, financial planning, budget management, and information technology, will provide us with the solid fiscal leadership as we implement our strategic plan, Vision 2020,” Betz said in a news release. Chrusciel has a doctorate in industrial education and technology from Iowa State, a master of science in information systems and operations management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a master of business administration from California State University and a bachelor of science in biochemistry from Michigan State University.

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