JMAS students win, meet governor at OAB conference

By Jacob Factor, News Editor

For journalism students, college years are spent perfecting portfolios and learning on the job. For many, part of that learning and portfolio building comes from the on-campus broadcast network, The Okay Show.

Students who work for the show won several awards April 4 at the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters 2019 conference.

The winners are:

• Olivianna Calmes, Winner of the Mark Rawlings Scholarship

• Charles Downum, first in Radio Narrative

• Jacob Jolly, Loren Rhoades, Olivianna Calmes, second in TV Narrative

• Zach Bush, second in TV Music Video

• Wyatt Winters and Sheridan Wiles, third in Screenwriting

• Tamlyn Price, third in Radio Narrative

Professor Stephen Draper organized the event for the OBU students and said he was proud of the individuals who won.

“We’re competing against literally the best and brightest in the entire state, OU and OSU and others, and so you might think we’re just a small school, but we have consecutively won every year,” Draper said. “It just continues to show how strong a school program it is.”

The Okay Show used to be called OBU TV-News, and it was solely a news broadcast.

With the new branding of the Okay Show, Draper said there is more opportunity for students to participate in ways that fit their goals.

“Not everybody wants to learn broadcast journalism or print journalism; not everyone wants narrative or marketing or any of these things,” he said.“ Students are getting to do what interests them. That’s where learning really takes place when you can take what is your field and then you can actually make it interesting and joyful.”

Olivianna Calmes, lead anchor for the Okay Show said she shared the same sentiment.

“It allows you to really be yourself and create what you want, with people helping you along the way,” she said. “The Okay Show is a variety show with different segments. The different segments are done by different students and are showcased separately on the Okay show’s playlists. There is probably a segment you will like from it, whether it’s our movie reviews (ER), paranormal norm, the funny banter between the anchors, the witty sports anchor or the great weather guy.”

Calmes said the show is integral to the learning experience of journalism students, and is where the most valuable part of their education comes from.

“It is important for our campus because it gives media students, and really anyone, the opportunity to gain experience working with professional equipment and channel their creativity,” she said.

Draper said he is excited to see the future of the show.

“My greatest joy right now is kind of getting to see that it really presents a solid future for programming for the years to come.”

The Okay Show director, Braden Wade, said he has hopes for the show as well.

“I hope people can find something in the show they enjoy doing,” Wade said. “And people in my class will get the same joy and passions.”

He said he also hopes the show will eventually learn how to function like the real world because he wants his peers to be prepared to thrive. The Okay Show posts on Youtube Fridays at 5 p.m.

Long-lost first edition Tolkien books returned to OBU

By Jacob Factor, News Editor

After 47 years, three first-edition “Lord of The Rings” trilogy books have returned to OBU’s library.

Originally published in 1962 and 1963, the books were apparently stolen and replaced in 1972 by an anonymous thief.

The stolen books were first American unrevised editions, thirteenth printings of “The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King” and were replaced with first revised editions of the books.

Last month though, the thief mailed the books back to OBU.

In a letter included with the books, the thief expressed remorse for stealing them and said, “I have no excuse for my action, other than a desire to have one of the unrevised editions in my collection.”

The stolen books were probably worth around ten dollars each in 1972, but now are worth over 300 dollars, he said.

The director of library services, Julie Rankin, said it is unknown how the Library first got “The Lord of the Rings” books, but she is excited to have the books back at OBU after so long.

They are now being added to the Library’s special collections.

The special collections, housed in the basement of the Mabee Center, includes old books unable to be checked out because of their condition, gifts from various donors and more.

One of the goals of the Mabee Center, Rankin said, is to get all of the special collections archived online, but for now, not all of them are cataloged.

As it stands now though, anyone can browse and read the books in the special collections with a librarian’s supervision.

In the collection, several aisles are dedicated to the collection of Alan Day, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Edmond and vice-chair of OBU’s board of trustees.

In 2011, Day was killed when his motorcycle hit a patch of sand on an off-ramp, the Oklahoman reported.

Day’s collection is mostly comprised of theology and Christian books.

Former president Mark Brister also donated some books to OBU’s Special Collections.

In the J.W. Storer collection, works such as 1909 editions of Shakespeare’s plays and Adolf Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kampf” are included.

Every “Life Magazine” from 1937 to when the magazine ended in 2000 is also available to be viewed.

“Anyone can find something interesting to them down here,” Rankin said

Remembering tragedy: OKC bombing memories still strong 24 years later

By Chelsea Weeks and Loren Rhoades, Editor-In-Chief and Assistant Features Editor

“I was actually walking out to come to work that morning and heard it. You could hear it from that far away.”

– Bobby Cox, baseball coach and assistant professor of KAL

April 19, a day of sorrow and remembrance for many Oklahomans. On that date 24 years ago, ex-army soldier Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder rental truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The truck contained a fertilizer bomb that after being detonated led to the death of 168 people and the injury of over 650 others.

Until September 11, 2001, McVeigh’s act of violence and terrorism was the deadliest attack to ever occur in the United States.

For most students on OBU’s campus, the April 19th bombing is an event that occurred before their birth, but for some OBU faculty and staff members, it is a day they will always remember.

“I was actually walking out to come to work that morning and heard it,” baseball coach and assistant professor of KALS, Bobby Cox said. “You could hear it from that far away.”

Cox said the baseball team was supposed to compete against Oklahoma City the next day but canceled the game due to the tragedy. The team rescheduled the game for a few days later and witnessed the wreckage on their way there.

“So, you’re driving across town and you could see it was still smoking at the time,” Cox said. “The interstate was raised at that point so you could see down in there and it was just like total silence.”

Different professors on campus said it was a time filled with questions for Oklahomans as well as for students on Bison Hill.

“If I had to describe it, it was just a lot of confusion,” HHP professor Dr. Norris Russell said. “There was a lot of ‘why?’ and ‘what’s the deal?’ It took a while for the whole situation to finally unravel.”

Although the event caused a large amount of heartache, it also brought people closer together. People from all over the U.S. were heading toward OKC to see how they could help in some way.

Professor of history Dr. Carol Humphrey said there were also OBU students with the desire to aid those who were affected by the bombing.

“There were a lot of students at the time who weren’t from Oklahoma, so they were shocked by it, but they also wanted to see if there was a way to help out,” Humphrey said. “So, I think in some ways it did bring people together in ways that had not been true before.”

The Murrah Building bombing changed the lives of so many forever. In response to the domestic terrorist act, U.S. President Bill Clinton signed the Oklahoma City National Memorial Act of 1997, which established the site as a National Memorial. A task force of over 350 people was assigned by Oklahoma City mayor Ron Norick to memorialize those who were lost in the attack.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial was formally dedicated April 19, 2000, five years after the bombing. The Museum was dedicated a year later February 19, 2001. The mission statement of the Memorial was to “remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever.”

The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial consists of a multitude of elements to honors those who were lost.

Twin bronze gates frame the entrances to the memorial. 9:01 is found in the eastern gate and represents the last moments of peace. 9:03 is found on the western gate and represents the first moments of recovery.

In between these two gates lie the Reflecting Pool, a thin layer of water running over black granite. Those who peer into the Reflecting pool are supposed to see “a face of a person changed by domestic terrorism.”

168 empty chairs made from bronze, glass and stone can be found south of the Reflecting Pool. Etched in each chair is the name of a lost father, mother, brother, sister – a family member, a victim of hatred. The chairs were designed to represent an empty chair at the dinner table of a victim’s family.

In the southwest corner, the only remnants of the Murray Building have been transformed into the Survival Wall. Granite salvaged from the Murray Building has been inscribed with the names of over 800 survivors.

The 112-year-old American Elm that used to offer shade to vehicles, was damaged from the blast. Evidence of the attack was found in the branches and bark of the old tree. Many thought it would be lost, but a year later it began to bud and continue to grow. Its determination to survive mirrors the determination of those impacted by the attack.

On the anniversary of the attack, seeds from the Survivor Tree are sent across the country to be planted. For the 22nd anniversary in 2017, a Survivor Tree seed was planted right here on Bison Hill and can be found south of Raley Chapel.

The 33,000 square foot Memorial Museum strives to tell the story of the horrific domestic attack and the hope that followed after.

The cost is $15 for adults, $12 for students and free for children under fi ve. People from all over the country come to visit the site and get involved.

The 16th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon will take place Sunday, April 28, 2019. There will be a variety of races available for all individuals including a full and half marathon, a 5k, a kids marathon and a relay marathon. For more information about the race or to sign

Mentors Club gets back on its feet with Mission Shawnee’s help

By Cal Brown, Assistant News Editor

The OBU Mentors Club is now working with Mission Shawnee after months of set back.

All of the potential students for the Adopt-a-School Initiative are now going through the Mentors Club. The club will be run by students. A small team of Enactus members, spearheaded by sophomore accounting major Anthony Gorum, spent months working on the merger.

“We (Enactus) thought of the idea of helping Mission Shawnee out by getting more OBU students involved in mentorship in their after-school program, said Gorum. “However we found that it was harder to get OBU students involved as we couldn’t directly advertise because of some legal issues. So we talked to Melissa Stroud and she connected us with the existing but not yet functional OBU’s Mentors Club.”

The Mentors Club was established this year as a way of connecting students to the Afterschool Program of Mission Shawnee.

The club had created a constitution and delegated roles, and their first meeting was set for September.

However, the club had no faculty advisor and every single member quit before the first meeting.

“OBU’s Mentors Club never came to fruition,” Gorum said. “The leadership backed out two months ago. We spent a long time trying to contact leadership for nothing.”’

The first meeting for potential club members was on April 8 at 10 a.m., and more meetings have been scheduled for subsequent Mondays. The club’s focus is on tutoring kids after school in low-income families.

“We will meet elementary and middle school kids,” head of Mission Shawnee Ryan Brooks said. “You can choose which grade you want. Mentors meet once a week for two hours to focus on tutoring and building relationships with a mentee. A mentor will spend 30 minutes tutoring a kid directly. We also have a Bible story we have all the kids participate in. That is the structure of everything at the moment. Boys would get paired with boys and girls would get paired with girls. At the end of the day, we need role models to be a positive influence on their lives.”

As of now, mentors would work Tuesdays and Thursday with elementary schools, and Wednesday with the middle schools.

The club is headed in a positive direction, but it will need new members if it hopes to survive. Those who’ve experienced this new direction find it worthwhile.

“I was the intern at Mission Shawnee last year,” sophomore pastoral ministry major Collyn Dixon said. “I got to hang out with lots of kids. I promise, kids will want to talk to you. Dude, they will talk about anything.”

The club will not be matching any new members with kids this year. Instead, their meetings will be focused on fixing the political side of the club.

“I don’t want to make matches right now because of the school year ending soon,” Brooks said. “We don’t know your schedule next year, so we won’t know if you would be able to work with the same kid next year. We don’t want you to get attached to each other and then not see each other after this. So far, our goal is to learn more about your interests. We try to match kids and mentors based on personality.”

Any potential club members will need to figure out their schedule so the leaders can work with them on good times to meet with kids.

“We are hoping to bring kids over to campus,” Gorum said. “Or if we get enough club members, we could carpool. We are trying to make it easier on you guys because we know not everyone has a car.”

Mission Shawnee’s The Summit has first meeting April 8

By Jacob Factor, News Editor

Mission Shawnee exists to educate, equip and dignify marginalized individuals in the Shawnee community through relationships rooted in the love of Jesus Christ.

The Summit is a ministry of Mission Shawnee. It’s a mentorship program in which Mission Shawnee trains students to create and sustain relationships.

The Summit mentors students at three different schools around Shawnee, Horace Mann Elementary, Shawnee Middle School and Will Rogers Elementary.

There are three principles The Summit uses to teach: “Show Up,” be consistent so you can build trust with a mentee; “Live Out,” modeling good character for your mentee; “Speak In,” “speaking into,” a mentee’s life with grace.

Mentors that are a part of The Summit serve once a week after attending Adopt A School training, passing a background check, and being matched with a mentee.

For more information, there is a table in the lower GC where you can sign up for a mailing list. The Mentor Club’s first meeting is April 8 at 10 a.m in the Upper GC. has more information on Mission Shawnee’s volunteer and internship opportunities, including marketing, graphic design, youth development, education and social work positions.

Mission Shawnee is located at 126 S Center and can be reached at 405-802-8318 or

‘Blitz Week’ starts next week

By Jacob Factor, News Editor

Every year, “Blitz Week” raises money for a cause of the committee’s choosing.

This year, the money raised through the different events will go to campus-run GO-Trips.

Blitz Week starts April 8 and will end April 12.

The night before Blitz Week starts, a Paintathon will take place in the lower GC. For the rest of the week, an auction will take place to sell the artwork.

Monday Blitz week chapel and the varsity vs. faculty basketball game take place.

Two dollars is the admission price for the game.

The UCS Trivia Night is Tuesday night. Teams can sign up and pay two dollars per member to play.

All week there will be an Escape Room in the Library. Teams of four can pay two dollars per member to try to escape.

Humans vs. Zombies is also going on all week. Students can pay two dollars to participate in the Nerf war.

Wednesday is Qdoba night. Thursday is the famed Mr. Bison Pageant.

Sign-ups for all Blitz Week events are in the lower GC, and t-shirts are for sale for 12 dollars.

Local family goes to war against boredom

By Jacob Factor, News Editor

For years, downtown Shawnee looked like a ghost town. No cars. No patrons. And blocks full of empty buildings.

If anyone wanted to have a fun evening, they had to go all the way to Oklahoma City for entertainment.

Shawnee couple Beau and Misty Dorrough were one of the many victims of Shawnee’s boredom epidemic.

They had to drag their five children all the way to the city and pay an arm and a leg just for one family outing.

“That kinda hurts,” Beau said.

That was the norm for a long time.

“You’ll see a lot of kids over spring break or the summer doing nothing.”

Last year, though, the Dorroughs got an idea on how to end the plight. Beau, a post office worker, repaired retro arcade games on the side.

“We owned hundreds of them,” Beau said.

The Dorroughs thought they could put the games to use and open an old-school arcade. So, they bought the building at 1 East Main Street downtown in late October 2018 and started planning.

“Right when we bought the building though, they opened the [arcade] down the street.”

Bell St. Retro Arcade is a welcome new business, putting some color in downtown Shawnee, but now the Dorroughs had to come up with a new idea.

The top two floors of the Dorroughs’ building are rented out as apartments, and the Dorroughs thought maybe renting out the first floor as well would be best.

They were brainstorming other possible business ideas when they found inspiration right in their own home.

Their children solved Shawnee’s boredom problem without even trying.

“Our kids love playing Nerf in the kitchen,” Beau said. “They’ll play for hours in such a small space.”

A Nerf Gun arena hadn’t even crossed Beau’s mind, as the main room on the first floor is a bit smaller.

But, seeing his family playing showed him kids can have fun with Nerf guns even in a spot like the first floor of their building.

Now, they had their business plan, but then came another problem.

The building hasn’t had a business in it for almost a decade. A lot of repairs needed to be done.

“We don’t have a ton of money, so we can’t pay for [contractors],” Beau said. “Most of the renovations we would have to do ourselves. We’re not professionals. We were scared about how we could get the building to where it needed to be.”

This was in January. In just over two months Beau and Misty, along with Misty’s brother and the one handyman they could afford, completely changed the building from an empty shell to a neon war zone.

“We painted everything,” Beau said. “Of course, when we painted the walls green, everyone thought, ‘marijuana shop’.”

When the Dorroughs bought the building, the lights had no light switches. Now they do.

Misty’s brother wired in a blacklight system so the arena can be glow-in-the-dark.

They put in neon trash-cans and tires for players to hide behind, and floor mats to have a soft floor instead of tile.

Now that almost everything is finished, the Dorroughs plan to open Nerfed Battle Arena April 6, and are hopeful for what Nerfed can be for the community.

“One, a really good place for the kids to have something to do,” Misty said.“There’s not enough of that in this town.”

It’s also a relief to parents who work all day. When their kids want to go do something, instead of trekking all the way to OKC after being at work all day, Nerfed is right down the road on Main Street. The Dorroughs want Nerfed to be more than just a free-for-all arena, too.

“We really want to make it more interactive,” Misty said. “We’ll have refs with whistles who can judge when someone gets out. There will be rules to make it more interesting than just go out and shoot.”

This isn’t a money making venture for the Dorroughs either.

“We don’t assume we’ll make a ton of money,” Beau said. “As long as it’s self-sufficient and everyone has fun, that’s it.”

Nerfed Indoor Battle Arena opens to the public April 6. Nerfed will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visit for more information. 

Remembering a legend: Campus mourns loss of acclaimed swim coach Dr. Sam Freas

By Jared A’Latorre, Sports Editor

A friend. A leader. A man of the Lord. An amazing legacy.

Legendary swimming and diving coach Dr. Samuel Freas passed away Sunday, Mar. 24 at the age of 72.

Freas has made an outstanding legacy on Bison Hill. He was responsible for founding the swim and dive program in 2011.

Since the creation of the team, Freas has led OBU to seven national championships in NAIA competition.

After moving up to NCAA Division II, Freas’ swimmers have won individual national championships in different competitions.

The Bison and Lady Bison finished fifth overall in the national contest.

Before making his way to founding the swim program at OBU, he was known for his remarkable achievements with LSU, Arkansas, Hawaii and Allegheny. Freas was also an author of many influential swimming books.

Freas was involved with his occupation internationally as well.

He coached the South African Olympic swim team as well as serving as CEO and President of the International Swimming Hall of Fame for 15 years.

Robert Davenport, OBU’s athletic director, talked about the fun side of Freas and his demeanor toward people.

“Coach was always fun to be around,” Davenport said. “One of his many nicknames was the Big Kahuna.”

People involved with swim knew his name, including people from across the world.

“There was no question he impacted the culture here at OBU,” Davenport said. “Student-athletes came all over the world just to swim for him.”

While Freas was an advocate for making his players perform better in the pool, he was also just as concerned about their relationship with God.

“I remember that Sam was more concerned about his student-athletes spiritual life than anything else,” Davenport said. “Their relationship with the Lord was the most important thing to him, even more than swimming or graduating. He was a bigger-than-life personality and there was never a dull moment around him.”

Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Susan DeWoody also had a take on Freas and how his spirituality impacted those around him.

“One of the things about Sam is that no matter what he had going on, he was always concerned about other people,” DeWoody said. “He seemed more concerned on how I was doing than what he needed to bring for questions or whatever he needed for me in my role.”

With DeWoody focused on how to organize everything on Monday morning to bring the swimmers and divers together to cope with the pain, she did not begin to react for herself once everybody was brought in together.

“I don’t really think I began to really recognize until [I met] with the swimmers and divers that day,” DeWoody said. “I began to slow down and feel the impact.”

The next step for the swimmers and for Bison Hill is to remember Freas for the person he was.

“We’re going to celebrate his life in a big way,” DeWoody said.

Freas’s players were vocal about their thoughts after his passing.

Junior Felipe Ramirez Zapata from Columbia shared his first experience with Freas on how the toll from transitioning to school in new country was taken right off his back.

Freas was a huge icon for international students who came to OBU.

“I was a person that was worried too much about the details and with him I learned how to just and not think about it and that helped me a lot,” Zapata said.

Zapata talked about how you didn’t have to be skilled or gifted to be with Freas. If you have the spirit, the work will show.

“You just have to do the work and have fun,” Zapata said. “Not just me but the world lost a person full of love. That guy would do anything for his people he was loyal to death and I admire that of him.”

Alike with many others, Zapata expressed his thoughts on Freas and his spiritual life which is what people will remember about him most.

“His advices about life and about following Je-sus Christ, he was one of the persons that had an answer to everything and those advice helped a lot in every situation he was more than a coach, he was a guide for every single person in the team,” Zapata said.

Other students talked about Freas and his attitude toward the game.

Freas wanted to make it all about the players and credit them for their hard work.

Senior swimmer Jonathan Stewart expressed Freas’s view on individual accomplishments from his players.

“Sam never wanted an award for all of his coaching accomplishments and there were a lot that wanted to give him awards because of the fabulous coach he was,” Stewart said. “He always said it’s about the kids, let them get the awards because they’re the ones who deserve them.”

Graduate of OBU Jennette Lucia Morales talked about how Freas was more than just a coach. He was a mentor, coach and a friend to his players, she said.

“As a swimmer, he gave me an opportunity and helped me snap out of my mentality of what swimming was supposed to be,” Morales said. “He always pushed my limits and had more belief in me than myself,” Morales said.

His current players and former players knew what he cared about most and that was the Lord.

“I believe for Sam it was more than just swimming; I think it was about forming whole thriving kind characters who put God first,” Morales said.

Freas is survived by his wife, Rosemary, his four children, and eleven grandchildren. He will be greatly missed across all of Bison Hill.

Professors discuss voting, politics from a Christian perspective

By Jacob Factor, News Editor

Politics has saturated much of today’s mainstream social media and news outlets.

It’s almost impossible to have no opinion on current issues, policies or lawmakers, but how does a Christian decide on these things?

Five OBU faculty gathered in Upper GC last Tuesday for a “Let’s Talk” discussion about this very question: not what stance to take on political topics, but how Christians should go about deciding these things.

Maliek Blade, assistant dean of students: diversity/multicultural, Scot Loyd, assistant professor of communication arts, Alan Bandy, Rowena R. Strickland Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek, Nicole Johnson, assistant professor of nursing, and Christopher McMillion, assistant professor of political science, answered questions prompted by SGA president Clayton Myers about Christians and politics. After the panelists gave their thoughts, a discussion time afforded students the opportunity to express their opinions in small groups.

The first question, “Should Christians be involved in politics?” spurred conversation on voting.

Loyd said we should exercise our freedom to vote. We shouldn’t take our freedom for granted, he said.

Arielle Chastain, a junior elementary education major, who attended the “Let’s Talk” event, said she agreed with Loyd. She said Chris-tians should look at voting as an obligation.

“White men were the only ones who could vote for a long time,” she said. “People worked their behinds off to make it so women, black people and minorities have the right to vote. We shouldn’t take advantage of that.”

Blade said he had a different opinion. It’s up to a person whether or not they want to be involved in politics that way, he said.

“I would say there is not any Biblical mandate that you should vote in the presidential election,” he said. “There might be some social pressure, but no Biblical command.”

Blade said many people look at elections as picking the lesser of two evils. No sin is lesser or greater than another, and the Bible says pick no evil.

McMillion added to Blade’s comment, saying if someone doesn’t vote because they don’t want to pick the lesser of two evils, they should get involved elsewhere politically.

“There’s a responsibility to ask yourself, ‘how else can I get involved?’ and in doing so, hopefully, create a situation where Christians have better options.”

The panel also brought up political parties.

Bandy said “love your neighbor” and “seek first the Kingdom of God” supersedes political parties.

“For us to align with a party is inherently flawed. It hinders our evangelism if we’re too closely aligned,” he said. “The Gospel transcends any human government.”

Later, Johnson touched on healthcare. She said she’s fortunate enough to afford healthcare, but she understands not everyone has that ability.

“As Christians, we should be concerned about that,” she said.“It was with Christ that we actually saw people receive care regardless of race, background or class.”

She said that’s the example Christians should set. Healthcare shouldn’t be solely a governmental issue, she said.

“With healthcare, it’s not always about business,” she said about when money comes into play. “Unfortunately, money sometimes dictates your access, and we have to figure out how to fix that.”

Another social issue talked about was immigration.

“One of the things I find most disturbing is the dehumanization of people,” Bandy said.

He said he understands it’s a complex issue, but regardless of the stance on a solution, a mere “keep them out” is unbiblical.

“I don’t care what country you come from, what language you speak, you’re a human being. Human beings are a priority.”

Professor to speak at TedX Forum March 26

By Jacob Factor, News Editor

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon of thought-provoking conferences, “Talks,” and community events, “to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.”
TED is global, but even here at OBU, people are helping advance their mission.
Scot Loyd, assistant professor of communication arts, will be speaking at a TEDx event at the University of Arkansas, Monticello March 26.
Independently organized by community leaders, TEDx events include live speakers and pre-recorded TED Talks.
TEDx “brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe,” according to their website.
The event Loyd is speaking at, titled “Planting Roots, Going Higher,” features nine different speakers, who will be covering different topics throughout the evening.
Other speakers are:
• Former WWE U.S. Champion Hassan “MVP” Assad
• Comedian Ky Krebs
• AR State Representative Mark Lowery
• Attorney Deanna Wallace
• UAM Student Alyssa Hooks
• Professor Craig Olsen
• Historian Roy “Trae” Wisecarver
• Professor Clint Young
Topics include former prisoner bias from Assad, comedy and political correctness from Krebs, the importance of inviting others in from Loyd, and how an idea becomes a law from Lowery, according to their Twitter.
The event at UAM is organized by Adam Key, who, according to the event website, “is a Ph.D. student in the Texas A&M Department of Communication and the Speech Instructor and Debate Coach at Lee College – Huntsville Center, the oldest and largest prison college program in Texas.”
The event is free to attend, but you can register for the event at