Three School for the Deaf graduates to earn ECU masters’ degrees December 10

Three women in graduate cap and gowns

SULPHUR, OKLA. – Three Oklahoma School for the Deaf graduates will walk across the East Central University stage to receive their master’s degrees on Saturday, December 10.

The trio is currently employed by OSD, which is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Sisters Trudy Lynn Fox Mitchell and Donna Fox Saaty, who reside in Ada, will earn their master’s degrees in human resources administration and human resources service respectively.

Amanda Bowerman Chebultz from Sulphur will receive a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Visual problem can’t stop Chelsea gun repair businessman

Man in overalls

CHELSEA, OKLA. – Albert Averyt, known as Bud, couldn’t afford a hunting rifle, so at age 17, he bought and converted a military rifle.

“The first thing I did was cut off the stock, cut off the barrel and crowned it,” Averyt said, smiling a little as he remembered the process. “I had to bend the bolt handle because I added a scope, contoured the receiver, and drilled and tapped holes for the scope mount.”

And so a gunsmith was born thanks to “a little common sense and a lot of reading.”

White cane travelers to test skills Dec 1 at School for the Blind’s Cane Quest in Muskogee

Young girl walks on sidewalk with white and red cane as adult woman watches

Oklahoma School for the Blind will host the fourth Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest on Thursday, December 1.

The unique Cane Quest competition encourages students to safely complete secret routes in their communities using proper travel techniques and cane skills.

Students from across Oklahoma will compete to earn points and win prizes.

Older students will navigate a route in downtown Muskogee by following verbal directions and paying attention to environmental clues to reach destinations.

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