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Celebrating Books by OSU Authors - 2007

Meet the 2007 authors

John Acken bullet Cokie Anderson bullet Lee Bird bullet Bob Darcy bullet Renee Daugherty bullet Sidney Ewing bullet William Focht bullet Jami Fullerton bullet Toni Graham bullet Todd Hubbard bullet Jason Lavery bullet David Moll bullet Jennifer Paustenbaugh bullet Donna Rhea bullet Peter Rollins bullet Larry Sanders bullet Allen Scott bullet Joey Senat bullet Ravi Sheorey bullet Peter Shull bullet Martin Wallen space Sue Williams bullet John Womack bullet John Wooley

Author John Acken

John Acken co-author of "Learning to Read by Topic: Chess."

The co-author’s daughter, once a chess champion, now prefers reading over chess. John Acken has played in chess tournaments for more than 37 years. He played chess while getting a B.S. and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering at OSU. John did not play chess while earning his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is a life member of the United States Chess Federation (USCF). John has taught in many environments. While working as an engineer, he taught company technical and management classes. John has taught electrical engineering classes at Santa Clara University and at OSU-Tulsa. He has taught chess classes, been a chess team coach, played simultaneous chess exhibitions and tutored many chess students. John has especially enjoyed giving guest lectures on chess at elementary schools. These lectures provide an excellent forum to explain that reading is fun, especially when applied to specific topics of interest! He knows that teaching helps him learn. Both John and his sister Mary believe that learning is a lifetime activity and that learning is fun.

"Learning to Read by Topic: Chess" improves children's reading ability while learning about a topic of interest. In this book, the topic is chess. Each explanation of the components of chess builds reading fluency. Examples of chess notation strengthen children's metacognition. The words found in the glossary are in bold to increase word knowledge and improve vocabulary. The text features, table of contents, glossary and the index support the development of non-fiction or expository reading strategies. Chess is not only a fun game of strategy and thinking, but also can be one of the best intellectual preparations for life.

Cokie Anderson author of "Ethical Decision Making for Digital Libraries."

Cokie Anderson is an Associate Professor and Electronic Publishing Librarian at Oklahoma State University, and is the director of the OSU Library’s Electronic Publishing Center. She joined the OSU faculty in March 2000, and has worked since that time developing the library’s electronic collections. Notable projects include the digitization of decisions of the Indian Claims Commission, the National Endowment of the Humanities We the People project "From Warrior to Saint: The Journey of David Pendleton Oakerhater" funded by an Oklahoma Humanities Council grant, and the forthcoming online versions of Oklahoma Today, the State magazine, and the NEH-funded Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. All of EPC’s publications may be accessed at http://digital.library.okstate.edu/. Anderson has acted as a consultant on digital projects for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma School of Law, and CareerTech, and serves on the editorial board of "The Electronic Library" and the advisory council of Amigos Library Services. She is also the co-author with David Maxwell of "Starting a Digitization Center" (Chandos 2004).

"Ethical Decision Making for Digital Libraries" examines the ethical issues and dilemmas that arise in digital libraries, and the codes of conduct, professional guidelines and ethics resources used in resolving them. It begins with an overview of classical and applied ethics, then reviews the codes of conduct of professional information societies (libraries, archivists, information technology). It examines issues and situations that arise in digitization and digital library management, and explores the ways established information ethics can be applied and adapted to these cases. Areas covered include ethical questions in selection of materials, intellectual property, funding, standards, site design, open access initiatives, journal licensing, collaborative projects, digital preservation, outsourcing, and one's responsibilities to one's employer/institution, one's patrons/users, funding agencies, professional associations and the worldwide information community.

Lee Bird, editor of The First Amendment on Campus: A Handbook for College and University Administrators.

Lee Bird serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Oklahoma State University. She received her doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1991. She has worked in Student Affairs for 28 years. She previously served as the President of the National Board of Directors for the Association of Student Judicial Affairs and continues to present nationally on topics related to student development, First Amendment rights of students, judicial affairs, sexual harassment and staff training. She has been a lifelong volunteer with groups such as FEMA, American Red Cross-Disaster Relief Services, Habitat for Humanity and the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency/Trauma Center, where she served as a liaison between patients and their families and medical staff. Lee has co-authored several articles on disaster response and a book titled: The First Amendment on Campus: A Handbook for College and University Administrators, 2006.

This reader-friendly handbook addresses the responsibilities of administrators to balance protecting the rights of many different parties while maintaining a campus atmosphere conducive to learning. It offers practical advice and strategies for dealing with myriad First Amendment issues based on previous court cases and the experiences of administrators and campus hearing officers who have lived to tell about it.

Bob Darcy

Bob Darcy & Jennifer Paustenbaugh co-authors of The Oklahoma Women’s Almanac.

Bob Darcy has taught at Oklahoma State University since 1977 and, since 1991, has been a Regents Professor. He has been visiting professor at Keele University, England; Trinity College, Dublin; Queen’s University, Belfast; University College, Galway; University of New South Wales, Australia; Academy of Korean Studies, Seoul; Nagpur University, India; and the universities of Connecticut and New Orleans. He lectured throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America. He has also published fiction.

Darcy has been appointed to Oklahoma commissions dealing with judicial selection and women's issues and has served as an expert on elections and racial disparities for attorneys general in the Federal courts of six states. He was elected Chair of the A&S Faculty Council, Chair of the OSU General Faculty and of OSU's AAUP chapter. His honors include OSU's Sigma Xi Lectureship; the Oklahoma Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award, a Commendation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives; Keele University's (England) Bruce Fellow; The Oklahoma Political Science Association's Oklahoma's Outstanding Political Scientist. Darcy's biographies are in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.

He is married to Lynne Murnane. They have two daughters, Mary and Catherine, and two grandchildren, Éamonn and Ruairí.

Jennifer Paustenbaugh

As Associate Library Dean for Planning and Assessment, Jennifer Paustenbaugh is responsible for the Library’s planning, assessment and outcomes assessment; research, grants and contracts; facilities and security; reappointment, promotion and tenure process; and Library statistics.

Jennifer holds a B.A. in political science with a certificate in Russian area studies, an M.L.S. and an M.A. in East European area studies, as well as a Ph.D. in information science, all from Indiana University. Her first professional position was as an assistant librarian at Indiana University. She joined OSU in 1990 as the Patent and Economic Development Librarian. She spent five years as the Library’s Development Officer before moving on to act as Head of Special Collections and University Archives. Jennifer’s first book, Oklahoma Women’s Almanac, co-authored with R. Darcy, will be released this fall.

The Oklahoma Women’s Almanac provides fascinating information on the status of women in Oklahoma; in-depth statistics covering all aspects of women's situation; biographies and pictures of hundreds of Oklahoma women all make for a celebration of the contribution women have made to this state.

Sidney A. Ewing

Sidney A. Ewing, author of Organized Veterinary Medicine in the 46th State: The Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, 1907-2006

Sidney A. Ewing is a life member of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. A native of Georgia, he is Wendall H. and Nellie G. Krull Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Parasitology at Oklahoma State University where he worked over a span of several decades. He taught and conducted research in veterinary parasitology at four different Land Grant Institutions. He is a past president of the American Veterinary Medical History Society.

Will Focht, contributor to Swimming Upstream: Collaborative Approaches to Watershed Management.

Will Focht is director of the Environmental Science Graduate Program, the Environmental Institute, and the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute at OSU. He also holds an appointment as associate professor of political science. His research interests include stakeholder participation in environmental policymaking, conflict negotiation, watershed planning and sustainability policy. He has earned degrees in zoology and microbiology, civil and environmental engineering, political science, and environmental science. He teaches graduate courses in environmental regulation, risk analysis policy, public policy analysis, community relations, environmental management and emergency risk assessment. Before joining the faculty at OSU, Dr. Focht worked nine years as an environmental engineer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, nine years for environmental consulting firms in the Southeast and Midwest and three years as an independent environmental regulatory expert.

In recent years, water resource management in the United States has begun a shift away from top-down, government agency-directed decision processes toward a collaborative approach of negotiation and problem solving. Rather than focus in on specific pollution sources or areas within a watershed, this new process considers the watershed as a whole, seeking solutions to an interrelated set of social, economic, and environmental problems. Decision making involves face-to-face negotiations among a variety of stakeholders, including federal, state, and local agencies; landowners, environmentalists; industries; and researchers. Swimming Upstream analyzes the collaborative approach by providing a historical overview of watershed management in the U.S. and a normative and empirical conceptual framework for understanding and evaluating the process. The bulk of the book looks at a variety of collaborative watershed planning projects across the country. It first examines the applications of relatively short-term collaborative strategies in Oklahoma and Texas, exploring issues of trust and legitimacy. It then analyzes factors affecting the success of relatively long-term collaborative partnerships in the National Estuary Program and in 76 watersheds in Washington, and California. Bringing analytical rigor to a field that has been dominated by practitioners' descriptive accounts, Swimming Upstream makes a vital contribution to public policy, public administration, and environmental management.

Jami Fullerton, co-author of Advertising's War on Terrorism: The story of the U.S. State Department's Shared Values Initiative

Jami Fullerton is an associate professor at Oklahoma State University, where she teaches advertising and mass communication research and theory. Dr. Fullerton, who is the recipient of one State Department grant and a participant in two others, often spends her summers abroad teaching and conducting research on cross-cultural communication and media globalization. The OSU College of Arts and Sciences named her an outstanding researcher in 2001. She currently serves as chair of the American Advertising Federation's Academic Committee and is on the AAF Board of Directors.

The Bush Administration missed an opportunity to improve America's image in the Arab and Muslim world when it shut down the controversial 2002 "Brand America" public diplomacy television advertising campaign, a new book written by two U.S. advertising professors suggests. Contrary to news media and government reports at the time, the Shared Values Initiative (SVI)-the official name for the advertising campaign at the State Department-improved America's image in Indonesia and possibly throughout the Middle East. This book explores what went wrong with the Shared Values Initiative and how to change the U.S. approach to public diplomacy in the future.

Toni Graham

Toni Graham, author of Waiting for Elvis

Toni Graham is the author of two collections of short stories: The Daiquiri Girls, winner of the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Award for Short Fiction, and “Waiting for Elvis,” winner of the John Gardner Book Award.

Waiting for Elvis is a collection of linked short stories.

Todd Hubbard author of Aviation Mental Health: Psychological Implications for Air Transportation.

Professor Hubbard is the Clarence E. Page Endowed Chair and principal investigator for research in aviation psychology at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Hubbard served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a military pilot and has flown the U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft at many locations around the world. In 1984, Captain Hubbard ejected from a U-2 aircraft that had blown apart on takeoff. During his recovery, he withstood the difficulties of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a diagnosis that still influences how Dr. Hubbard processes the flight environment. His major areas of interest are aviation human factors and crew resource management of flight crewmembers.

This book provides an authoritative and practical guide to the assessment, management, treatment and care of pilots and other professional groups within aviation while covering a range of relevant topics for health and human resources practitioners working in the airline industry.

Jason Lavery author of The History of Finland.

Jason Lavery is an associate professor of history at Oklahoma State University. His areas of scholarly specialization are early modern Scandinavia and Germany, as well as modern Finland. Professor Lavery has published two books: Germany’s Northern Challenge: The Holy Roman Empire and the Scandinavian Struggle for the Baltic 1563-1576 (Boston and Leiden: Brill Academic Press, 2002), and The History of Finland (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006). During the 2007-08 academic year, he will be a research fellow at the Collegium for Advanced Research at Helsinki University.

Finland has occupied the political, religious, cultural and economic border between eastern and western Europe since prehistoric times. Despite its peripheral location, the country has found itself in the mainstream of developments that created modern Europe, such as nationalism, world wars, industrialization, and the current political and economic integration. The first evidence of human life in Finland began sometime in the millennium 7,000-8,000 B.C. when small, tribal groups populated the area. In 1155 A.D., Finland became a part of the Swedish kingdom, when most of the Finnish peninsula came under the rule of the Swedish king. Finland was annexed to Russia as a result of wars between the Swedish king and Russian rulers in 1809, bringing about the Age of Autonomy or Imperial Era. The Age of Independence came when Finland's leaders declared the country's political independence in 1917 as a result of turmoil in Russia after World War I. Finland, along with several newly independent countries, had to find its place in the new Europe. The country not only did that, but created a secure and prosperous country during times of turmoil. It has emerged into a place of privilege, with high levels of prosperity, cultural achievements, and social peace. Ideal for students and general readers, the History of Finland is part of Greenwood's Histories of Modern Nations series. With over thirty nation's histories in print, these books provide readers with a concise, up-to-date history of countries throughout the world. Reference features include a biographical section highlighting notable figures in Finland's history, a timeline of important historical events and a bibliographical essay.

Dr. David Moll

David Moll, co-author of A Manual of Equine Diagnostic Procedures

Dr. Moll graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1978. He received his DVM from Kansas State University in 1982. He completed an internship in large animal surgery and medicine at Auburn University. He then spent 3 years in practice at Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Fla. He returned to Auburn where he received a M.S. degree in Surgery and Medicine and stayed as a Research Associate until 1990, when he left to go to Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. He left in 2000 to become Head of the Equine Section at Oklahoma State University. He is presently a Professor in Equine Surgery and holds the Oxley Chair of Equine Sports Medicine. Dr. Moll is the author of two books, Large Animal Urogenital Surgery and A Manual of Equine Diagnostic Procedures.

This book is designed to be a step-by-step manual describing the 55 most commonly performed diagnostic procedures in horses. It will be used by third and fourth year veterinary students taking the Large Animal Medicine and Surgery course, and in the Equine Medical and Surgical rotations. It will also be used by Equine and Mixed Animal Practitioners as a guide in clinical practice. Chapter 24 concentrates on techniques for joint injection and aspiration. The manual is not exhaustive. The procedures covered are those preferred by the authors.

Donna Rhea, contributor to Centennial Stitches: Oklahoma History in Quilts.

Donna would like to recognize Judy Howard for her contributions to the book.

Donna Rhea learned to quilt from her mother and grandmother. She has worked for OSU as a Senior Secretary in the Department of Agricultural Economics for 11 years. She started quilting in 1982. Today, she is sought out by customers and friends to do hand and machine quilting. In addition, Donna teaches quilting and general sewing skills to young people at her church. She is the eldest of eight children and a mother of two.

Centennial Stitches: Oklahoma History in Quilts is a coffee table gift book containing the 80 centennial quilt photos and stories, along with 56 stories of other Oklahoma historic quilts and 32 pages of a sampling of 1800s cherished legacy quilt photos that would have traveled into Oklahoma in covered wagons prior to statehood.

Peter Rollins, author of Hollywood’s West

Peter C. Rollins is Regents Professor of English at Oklahoma State University and editor of Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies. He is the author and editor of ten books and over 100 published articles. In 2001, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for the American Culture Association, and his book Television Histories was selected as "the best book in American culture studies" by the American Culture Association. In 2004, he received the Governors' Award from the Popular Culture Association and a second "best book in American culture studies" for "Hollywood's White House." That same year, the PCA created an annual film award in his name. His Columbia Companion to American History on Film, product of a decade of scholarly effort, was published with great éclat in the spring of 2004. His Hollywood’s West was released in October 2005. (Both received national awards.) See http://www.uwosh.edu/filmandhistory/ for more information and refer questions to RollinsPC@aol.com.

"Hollywood's West" examines popular perceptions of the frontier as a defining feature of American identity and history. 17 essays by prominent film scholars illuminate the allure of life on the edge of civilization and analyze how this region has been represented on big and small screens. Differing characterizations of the frontier in modern popular culture reveal numerous truths about American consciousness and provide insights into many classic Western films and television programs, from RKO's 1931 classic "Cimarron" to Turner Network Television's recent made-for-TV movies.

Covering topics such as the portrayal of race, women, myth and nostalgia, Hollywood's West makes a significant contribution to the understanding of how Westerns have shaped our nation's opinions and beliefs--often using the frontier as metaphor for contemporary issues.

Winner of the 2005 Ray and Pat Browne Annual Book Award of the Popular Culture Association.

Allen Scott, co-author of Sourcebook for Research in Music History

Allen Scott, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Music History and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music at Oklahoma State University. His publications include the revised and expanded second edition of the Sourcebook for Research in Music (Indiana University Press), Thomas Elsbeth's Sontagliche Evangelien (A-R Editions' Recent Researchers in the Music of the Baroque series no. 127), Nikolaus Gengenbach's Musica nova: Newe Singekunst: A Commentary, Critical Edition and Translation (Institute of Mediaeval Music, Music Theorists in Translation Series no. 14), and two articles in the second edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He has written articles for the Karl Lipinski Music Academy in Wroclaw, Poland; Theoria: Historical Aspects of Music Theory; and the Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance. In addition, Dr. Scott has presented papers in Wroclaw, Leuven, Belgium, and at several annual meetings of the American Musicological Society. At OSU, Professor Scott teaches the undergraduate music history courses, Introduction to Research in Music, and the graduate music history seminars. He received a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Florida State University and a M.M. in Musicology from the University of Alabama.

The Sourcebook for Research in Music, in this revised and greatly expanded second edition, is an invaluable guide to the researcher in navigating the vast proliferation of materials in music research. The editors emphasize English-language and recent sources, and also include essential materials in other languages. An opening chapter of introductory materials, including a list of common bibliographical terms with definitions, German and French bibliographical terms, and the plan of the Library of Congress and the Dewey Decimal music classification systems, is followed by seven bibliographical chapters, covering lists of sources as well as collective annotations that introduce and identify specific items. A reference tool containing varied information relating to research in music, the Sourcebook will serve as a classroom text and as a resource for individual music researchers, librarians, faculty members, students, performing and teaching musicians and musical amateurs.

Dr. Joey Senat

Joey Senat, author of Mass Communication Law in Oklahoma

Associate journalism professor Joey Senat is the author of Mass Communication Law in Oklahoma and has written a number of articles and papers regarding First Amendment and freedom of information issues. Dr. Senat received the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award in 2005 and has been a featured speaker at our state’s annual First Amendment Congress. Dr. Senat has spoken on Oklahoma’s FOI laws at professional conferences, is quoted frequently by the media on FOI and media law issues, and serves as president of FOI Oklahoma Inc., a nonprofit organization advocating openness in government. His model letter for public records requests is widely used in the state. Dr. Senat was named Outstanding Professor in OSU’s College of Arts and Sciences for the 1999-2000 school year and received the Mortar Board Honor Society’s Golden Torch Award for the college in 2005. Prior to becoming a college professor, Dr. Senat was a reporter for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., and The Tulsa World. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, a master’s from Memphis State University and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mass Communication Law in Oklahoma identifies and analyzes all the state and federal statutes, federal and state judicial decisions, and state attorney general opinions affecting mass communication law in Oklahoma. No other publication connects the dots between these primary sources to explain how media law issues have been resolved in Oklahoma. Part of New Forums Press’ State Law Series, this 258-page book is widely used as a reference by journalists and attorneys in the state and has been adopted for media law courses at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Central Oklahoma and East Central University. The book was selected for sale at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 8 Conference and at Oklahoma’s annual First Amendment Congress. Because of the quality and depth of the book, its author, Dr. Joey Senat, is recognized as an expert on Oklahoma’s mass communication laws and, in particular, the state’s open records and open meeting laws.

Ravi Sheorey, author of Learning and Teaching of English in India.

Ravi Sheorey is professor of English at Oklahoma State University, where he teaches courses in applied linguistics and teaching English as a second language. Professor Sheorey’s research has focused on the learning and teaching of English in non-native contexts, and his papers have appeared in a variety of international journals, including Canadian Modern Language Review, ELT Journal, Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Journal of Research in Reading, TESOL Matters, TESOL Quarterly, and System. His books include Learning and Teaching English in India (Sage Publications, 2006); [co-authored] Reading Strategies of First and Second Language Learners (forthcoming from Christopher-Gordon Publishers); and [co-edited] Studies in Applied and Theoretical Linguistics (forthcoming from the University of Debrecen Press). In the spring semester 2004, he was awarded a Fulbright Professorship and taught courses in TEFL and Applied Linguistics and conducted research at the University of Veszprem in Hungary. He is the recipient of OKTESOL’s ‘2005 ESL Professional of the Year’ award.

This book presents empirical studies on the various factors that influence English language learning and teaching in India, including language learning beliefs, learning styles and strategies, anxiety, and attitudes and motivation. The author explores several aspects of English language learning and teaching in the multilingual Indian context and examines whether and to what extent the variables which have been shown to influence second language learning in monolingual countries also apply to the Indian situation.

Among the aspects explored in this book are Indian students’ (and their teachers’) "theories" about learning English; their preferences for language learning styles; the learning and reading strategies they use to enhance their competence in English on their own; the degree of language learning anxiety they experience; and their attitudes toward, and motivation for, learning English. The results are compared to studies with subjects from other countries. The implications for the learning and teaching of English are discussed in each chapter.

Peter Shull, co-author of Exploring the Universe with Voyager III

Peter Shull is an associate professor of physics, and director of OSU's H.S. Mendenhall Observatory, which will soon be home to Oklahoma's largest optical telescope. He holds degrees in astrophysics from Rice (Ph.D) and Princeton (B.A.). On campus, he teaches large introductory courses on the solar system, and on stars and galaxies, as well as advising research students working at the observatory. His research interests include exploding stars and planets orbiting other stars.

This book, written with Dr. Brian Monson, contains 24 learning projects in astronomy designed for the popular Voyager III "desktop planetarium" program. The projects guide readers through animated simulations that explain a wide range of subjects such as lunar phases, eclipses, flights to Mars, binary stars, and the Milky Way Galaxy. This program is available for both Windows and Mac operating systems from www.carinasoft.com.

Martin Wallen, author of Fox

Martin Wallen received his Ph.D from Vanderbilt University in English Romantic Poetry and has published on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey, Friedrich Schelling, J. M W. Turner and others. In May 2000, he was made Visiting Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he began examining the history of foxhunting and the images of hunting in literature and art. Although his concern at the time was to trace the role of dogs in the countryside, he became so interested in the nineteenth-century claim that the red fox was the single most important animal in Britain that he took on the study of the different ways cultures around the world respond to this animal.

Cunning, stealth, deceit -- these are the attributes associated with the fox, and in stories and legends throughout the world it has been consistently typecast as the villain. In the West, its habit of concealment and pungent smell have caused the fox to be identified with the force of evil; in Asia, its elusiveness led to belief in its shape-shifting powers; and possession by a fox-spirit has been considered a dangerous affliction for centuries. At the same time, the fox has been described as beautiful and mysterious, and this book is the first one that fully explores the fox as the object of both scorn and fascination.

Fox examines in detail both the continuing acrimonious struggle concerning foxhunting and the equally contentious issues of trapping and farming to supply fox fur for the fashion industry, showing how it is the ambivalence of human attitudes towards the fox that has enabled such activities to flourish. This book traces the cultural ambivalence to foxes through natural history, from Aristotle to 20th-century zoology, through myths and legends that grew up alongside the common linguistic terms and phrases based on biases toward the fox, through the rise and fall of fox hunting, and finally in cinematic depictions of foxes as victims, criminals and sexual predators. There are 107 illustrations, 75 in color.

Sue Williams

Sue Williams, Renee Daugherty, and Larry Sanders, co-authors of Family and Community Policy: Strategies for Civic Engagement.

Sue Williams, Ph.D., is a professor at Oklahoma State University with responsibilities for leadership development and family policy programs. She works with Oklahoma Cooperative Extension to help citizens develop skills to enhance the quality of life in their communities. She provides leadership for the Oklahoma Partnership for Public Deliberation, a group interested in fostering citizen involvement in public decision-making. Dr. Williams is a national resource person for the Kettering Foundation and was the 2000 AAFCS Chalkley-Fenn Public Policy Scholar.

Renee Daugherty

Renče Daugherty, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Human Environmental Sciences. She is responsible for extension programs in community leadership development, public deliberation and nonformal teaching methods for adults and older youth.

Dr. Larry Sanders

Larry Sanders, Ph.D., is a professor at Oklahoma State University in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, where he teaches and conducts extension programs on public policy related to agriculture, rural development, natural resources and biotechnology. He has developed a new course on ethical issues in agriculture and the environment. Over the past decade, he participated in developing national education resources related to the Farm Bill. He has served on numerous policy and professional committees.

This book provides public policy educators, students of public policy and citizens with ideas and tools necessary to understand civic engagement more fully and to address the needs and interests of children, youth, families and communities effectively. In this way the largest number of people contribute to building the future. Building community and engaging people in shaping their own lives is the ultimate goal.

John Calvin Womack, author of Once Upon a Highway: Route 66 in Oklahoma

John Calvin Womack

John Calvin Womack is an award-winning architect and artist from Stillwater, Okla., where he is also an associate professor of Architecture at Oklahoma State University. His architectural work, inspired by nature and regional vernacular design, has been published around the world. He serves as architectural consultant for Oklahoma’s State Historical Preservation Office, having written more than 100 commentaries on significant buildings throughout Oklahoma. His 2004 National Endowment for the Arts research report on Bartlesville’s Price Tower culminated in the total restoration of the Tower’s top three floors in 2006. His watercolor paintings have won Best of Show awards in Oklahoma in both 2005 and 2006. In April 2006, his book, Once Upon a Highway: Route 66 in Oklahoma, was published by New Forums Press. Containing more than 150 pen and ink drawings plus several watercolors of sights along the famous highway, John also wrote all of the accompanying text for his book. His book has received wide acclaim and is now considered to be one of the “classics” of Route 66 lore. All three of John’s children are graduates of Oklahoma State University.

Over a five-year period, Womack traveled the old stretches of Route 66 in Oklahoma, compiling notes, sketches, and photographs of the various sights along the highway. This research developed into a series of pen and ink drawings and watercolors that appear in the book. Accompanied by an insightful text, Once Upon a Highway brings to the viewer and reader a remarkable and provocative record of sights and places along old Route 66 in Oklahoma. Contained within the book are scenes of gas stations, motel signs, churches, houses, barns, bridges, and many other structures that convey not only the image and aura of Route 66, but also the rich architectural heritage present in many of these Oklahoma communities. The drawings in Once Upon a Highway have become an important part of the historical and cultural record of both Route 66 and the Oklahoma communities through which the highway ran. While many of these structures still survive today, in many instances, they have disappeared forever.

John Wooley

John Wooley, author of Ghost Band and From the Blue Devils to Red Dirt: The Colors of Oklahoma Music.

John Wooley is the author, co-author, or editor of 17 books, including his newest novel, Ghost Band; From the Blue Devils to Red Dirt: The colors of Oklahoma music, one of only three books commissioned by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission; the vampire-televangelist take Awash in the Blood; and Voices from the Hill, the first book-length history of the Oklahoma Military Academy.His work has received acclaim across the country.

Wooley's earlier horror-fantasy tale, Dark Within, was a finalist for the 2001 Oklahoma Book Award for Best Novel, and his first, Old Fears -- co-written with fellow newspaper writer Ron Wolfe -- was optioned by both Wes Craven and Paramount Pictures and is currently under option with former Paramount vice-president Brian Witten.

Wooley also penned the script for the made-for-TV movie Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective and the award-winning independent film Café Purgatory, along with writing comic books (including the Plan Nine from Outer Space graphic novel), trading cards, and thousands of magazine and newspaper stories, most of them in conjunction with his work as the music and horror-movie writer for the Tulsa World, a position he held from 1983 through most of 2006. Since the early '80s, he has written well more than 100 pieces for the horror-movie magazine "Fangoria."

He is also the producer and host of the highly rated "Swing on This," Tulsa's only western-swing radio program, heard every Saturday night on NPR affiliate KWGS (89.5 FM). As a result of his efforts on behalf of his state's music and musical figures, he became, in 2003, the first - and so far only - writer to be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

From the Blue Devils to Red Dirt: The Colors of Oklahoma Music highlights the musical currents that have swept from Oklahoma across the world; it traces the tributaries of individual style and talent as they merge to form the river of songs unique to Oklahoma's rich culture. John Wooley paints a vivid panorama of the artists, the business behind the scenes and the strong sense of community they share. From the jazz influence of the Oklahoma City Blue Devils to the power of western swing, the Tulsa Sound, Red Dirt and a growing list of mega-country stars, he captures the explosion of musicians who transformed their Oklahoma energy and soul into magic on stages across the world.

In Ghost Band, trumpeter Miles West only planned to tour with a dance band for a couple of years after college. Now middle-aged, he finds himself still riding a bus across the country with a group that plays under the name of a long-dead bandleader--in musical parlance, a ghost band. Playing music that revives long-forgotten memories and rekindles romances, the band is never far from the specters of the past. In a breathtaking moment during a special song for sweethearts, Miles is shocked to discover the link to the past is far more real than anyone ever dared to imagine... In Dark Within, Wooley gave us a new way to view technology. His Awash in the Blood shed a new light on vampirism. Now, he has expertly conjured a fresh vision of the spirit world. Ghost Band is a rich, haunting exploration of murder, mystery and music that will resonate with readers long after the last page is turned.

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