Faculty and staff show support with practice match
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — College of the Muscogee Nation students are preparing to test their brain retention skills in the upcoming American Indian Higher Education Consortium knowledge bowl.
The contest will include questions from seven different books on subjects including art, history and culture, covering a range of tribal issues, both local and national.
“They have a committee every year and that committee picks six to seven texts,” CMN instructor and knowledge bowl team coach Mackie Moore said.
Moore said there is not a study guide for the competition; participants are responsible for conceiving any possible questions from the required reading.
“We all have to strategize how to get all this content in our brain before we go,” he said.
Moore said it is difficult to ask college students to do additional reading on top of their own studies, but this year he decided to take a different approach.
He challenged the CMN faculty and staff to join in the studying by reading the texts.
The faculty and staff who read the materials then took notes on what peaked their interest, which Moore compiled and used to create a condensed, Spark Notes-esque study guide for the students.
The CMN staff will also be challenging the students even further with a practice match in late February.
“That’s just a way of getting our faculty and staff involved with AIHEC to support our students,” Moore said.
He said CMN’s status as a two-year institution can be difficult in building a championship team.
“Some of the tribal colleges are much bigger…some of them have all the way to master’s degrees,” Moore said. “There’s just a different kind of student when you’re on a bachelor’s level.”
Despite the limitations, he said he was proud of last year’s team and the result of their hard work earning them second place in the Knowledge Bowl.