Dr. Mac, Students Attend OAS Field Meeting

EOSC-Idabel group at Beaver’s Bend SP. From left to right: Front Row:
Jared Mahaffey, Kylie Brecheisen, Dr. Mac, Trevor Turner; Back row: Isabella Di Bucci, Tonya Underwood, Sandra Chavez.

Dr. Chris McAllister, Professor at Eastern-MCC and some of his Fall 2018 semester biology and zoology students attended the Oklahoma Academy of Science Field Meeting on 22 September 2018 at Beaver’s Bend State Park.

Ninety-four students and several mentors from various Oklahoma colleges and universities attended.  The purpose of the meeting was to teach students field techniques in aquatic invertebrates, botany, entomology, fermentation, geology, herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, mycology, and ornithology.

Kylie Brecheisen and Trevor Turner seining fish with 30’ seine.

Dr. Mac and his crew led the ichthyology field trip. They were successful in seining several fishes, including logperches, brook silversides, longear sunfishes, largemouth basses, grass pickerel, bluegill, and mosquitofishes.

In addition, they observed a Sequoyah slimy salamander, Plethodon sequoyah, which occurs nowhere else on Earth except at Beaver’s Bend.  Students gained an appreciation of the ecology and natural history of many animals and generally had a great time in the outdoors.

Crew preparing to count fish.

Best find of trip, Sequoyah slimy salamander, Plethodon sequoyah. An endemic salamander found nowhere else on Earth!

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MCC instructor’s novel hits USA Today best-seller list


DURANT, Okla. – You might say Kelly Stone Gamble is one of those people who practices what she preaches. Or in this case, teaches.

Since 2014, the Baxter Springs, Kansas, native has taught Introduction to Literature and Business and Professional Speaking at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University branch campus in Idabel.

Kelly Stone Gamble

And she writes a little, too.

In fact, just last week, her novel, They Call Me Crazy, appeared on USA Today’s Best-Selling Books list.  Each week, USA Today collects sales data from booksellers representing a variety of outlets: bookstore chains, independent bookstores, mass merchandisers and online retailers. Using that data, the publication determines the week’ 150 top-selling titles.

They Call Me Crazy checked in at #123 on the list.

First released in November 2014 by Red Adept Publishing, the book is set in fictional Deacon, Kansas, and follows the lives of Cass Adams and her no-good husband, Roland. The book has been categorized as women’s detective fiction and women’s crime fiction, and is the first in the Cass Adams series, which includes Call Me Daddy, published in October 2016.

On the other hand, Gamble describes her books as “Southern Gothic – a little dark, and funny.’’ She notes that her students like the fact that she is a published author, and that “some of them are my biggest fans.’’

And although the book’s characters may be from rural southeastern Kansas, the author says she’s amazed how popular They Call Me Crazy is in various countries overseas.

As far as her personal reading tastes, Gamble says she prefers historical fiction and biography.

Gamble holds a B.A. in Integrated Studies of History and Business from Nevada State College, an M.A. in Humanities from California State University, and an M.F.A in Writing from Southern New Hampshire University.

She is a full-time faculty member at McCurtain County.

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