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OAEC loss control specialist recognized with notable award


By Kaylan Watkins W ade Hurst, senior


loss control special- ist for the Oklahoma Association of


Electric Cooperatives, has been awarded the Ray Pantel Safety Award for 2013.


The Ray Pantel Safety Award was given for the fi rst time in 1994 in memory of the late Ray Pantel, who worked for the electric cooperative Loss Control Program of Texas for 24 years.


The purpose of the award is to


recognize a single member of the Southern Area Instructors Association from across the country that demonstrates the qualities of dedication, leadership, cooperation, and service. “Obviously, it’s a tremendous honor just being recognized by my peers and the people I work with,” Hurst said. “It is wonderful and humbling to be recognized for the hard work and effort that goes into this job by the people who work alongside you doing the same things that you are doing.”


Hurst grew up in Stigler, Okla.,


and has been exposed to a lineman’s lifestyle from a young age. “My dad was an electric lineman, so I guess you could say I’m a sec- ond-generation lineman,” Hurst said. “By getting into the safety side of it, I have more of an opportunity to share knowledge and make sure the work is being done in a way that ensures no one gets hurt.”


For approximately nine and a half years, Hurst has been conducting safety meetings and training line- men at cooperatives across Oklahoma. Most of his work is regulatory, but Hurst is also respon- sible for a lot of the apprentice train- ing and testing.


Kenny Guffey, Hurst’s supervisor


and director of loss control, received the Ray Pantel Safety Award in 2001.


“Wade refl ects all of the things the award talks about. He’s passion- ate about his work, and he relates really well to all of the guys. Not only do I recognize that, but the guys from across the country do as well,” Guffey said.


Hurst wanted to recognize the


men he gets to work with and learn from.


“It has meant a lot to me being able to work with Kenny Guffey and Norman McDugle,” Hurst said. “I’ve gleaned so much knowledge from working with both of them. It’s encouraging when you know that the guys above you have fi rst- hand experience with what you are dealing with.”


By Patti Rogers O


klahoma’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives, in partner- ship with the University of Oklahoma’s K20 Center and the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, are recogniz- ing teachers from across the state who are effectively using technology to transform teaching and learning. Sponsoring teacher and school grants through the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives ‘Supporting K20 Innovative Teachers’ (SKIE) Award is, “a natural fi t that refl ects our ongoing commitment to Oklahoma communities and emphasizes the guiding principles and values upon which we operate and are bound,” said Mark Faulkenberry, manager of marketing and communications at Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, a genera- tion and transmission cooperative based in Anadarko, Okla. The co-ops have donated $90,000 to endow teacher grants. The endow- ment ensures permanent funding for the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives SKIE Award, which will provide six, $500 grants to regional winners in the annual competition. Regional winners become eligible for the state- wide award, which garners an additional $1,500 for the teacher and a $2,500 grant for the school at which the winner teaches. “Teachers have the amazing ability to broaden our world-view, open


our eyes and shape our lives,” said Dr. Linda Atkinson, director of the K20 Center. “Unfortunately, we live in an economy where teachers are forced to do more with less. It’s through partnerships like this we can re- ward outstanding educators and cultivate technology-rich learning com- munities designed to enhance student success.”


Award winners will be recognized at the K20 Innovative Learning Institute (ILI), a one-day professional development and networking con- ference hosted by the K20 Center.


Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and the K20 Center are seeking ap- plications from innovative Oklahoma educators. In addition to the ap- plication information form, applicants must include a completed questionnaire and a video or other multimedia artifact (PowerPoint with pictures, etc.) to support the application. Forms are available on the K20 ILI website, http://k20ili.com. For more information, contact Dr. Atkinson, latkinson@ou.edu. For more information about the K20 Innovative Learning Institute, visit http://k20ili.com or contact Autumn McMahon at 405-325-1266 or amcmahon@ou.edu.


To be considered for the SKIE Award, a teacher or team of educators must:


✓ Possess a record of outstanding application/integration of the K20 Center ideals;


✓ Demonstrate excellence in teaching and the use of technology; and ✓ Demonstrate instruction that is both engaging and effective for students.


Deadline for applications is September 30. SEPTEMBER 2013 5


Cooperatives support innovative educators through SKIE Award


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