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Centennial Committee Members

Contact the Chairs:
Dr. Mike Knedler
Kathy Earnest

NWOSU Centennial Symposium
April 25, 2008

Symposium Poster

Local News for 110/100 Celebration


in Bookstore

available online

Fine Arts Building (Science Hall) History

"The Ranger" click here

for an order form

NWOSU 110/100 Centennial Throw for Sale -- $50.00
Click here for order form

Sponsor an Oklahoma flag at NWOSU -- receive the flag at the end of our celebration!

Official Oklahoma
Centennial Website

Oklahoma celebrates its 100th anniversary of statehood on November 16, 2007, and all across the 46th state, communities and organizations are getting ready. Many are creating monuments, fountains, parks or cultural facilities that reflect local or state history, while others are restoring historical sites and structures. Most are planning special commemorations or are enhancing traditional festivals and annual events. 

Coinciding with the Oklahoma Centennial, Northwestern will celebrate 110 years of service on September 20, 2007.  To plan celebrations for both events, the University has established a Centennial Committee, which will coordinate efforts to offer special events, publicity, and campus grounds improvements in conjunction with the celebration. 

Northwestern’s Centennial Celebration will kickoff at Homecoming on November 4, and will conclude with Commencement in May of 2008.  We are also planning a special celebration on September 20, 2007 to mark the 110th anniversary of the first day of classes held at the institution.  We hope to add many more events and projects to this celebration. 

We invite the entire campus community to submit proposals for special events.  You may contact any of the Centennial Committee members listed in the link at left, or complete the special event form (Word document) and send via e-mail or campus mail to Dr. Mike Knedler.

110/100 Special Events

First Centennial Symposium at NWOSU -- April 25, 2008
In celebration of Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s 110th  Anniversary and Oklahoma’s Centennial, the School of Arts and Sciences and the NWOSU Foundation/Alumni Association will host the university’s first Interdisciplinary Symposium. This Centennial Symposium will provide opportunities for alumni to share their accomplishments, challenges, and ideas with students, faculty, and guests from across the region. 

Official Oklahoma Centennial Photographer Mike Klemme giving presentation -- Nov. 6, 7 p.m., in the J.W. Martin Library

NWOSU Homecoming Celebration commemorating the university's 110th anniversary and the state's 100th, Oct. 4, 5 and 6, 2007.

This year's theme is Homecoming 007 -- Northwestern and Oklahoma BOND Forever

Visit the Alumni Association's Homecoming web page.

Northwestern Normal School First Day of Class Celebration.  September 20, 2007

Northwestern Normal School, which grew into Northwestern Oklahoma State University, was established in 1897.  September 20 of that year marked the first day of class.  Plans are underway to observe that event on the same date in 2007.  Activities will include tours of a restored one-room schoolhouse, displays, speakers, and reenactments of early days in education.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, Herod Hall Auditorium, April 26-28, 2007
The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is being presented by the NWOSU music and theatre programs. More than 80 current students, employees, alumni and friends will be associated with this show.

Tickets for the show are now on sale in the Northwestern-Alva Business Office during regular business hours. Prices are $5 for Northwestern students with a valid university ID, $8 for all Northwestern employees, and $10 for the general public.

Show times for the three-hour production are 7 p.m on April 26 and 27 and 1 p.m. on April 28.

4th Annual NWOSU Art Society Art Show.  April 19-29, 2007
Students and NWOSU employees participate in this annual art show organized by the Northwestern Art Society student group and held in the J.W. Martin Library on Northwestern’s Alva campus. Those entries placing in the on-campus show, also will be on display in the Runnymede Hotel in downtown Alva April 30 and May 1. To learn more about the show, visit .


Northwestern's Fine Arts Building to celebrate 100th anniversary
The oldest academic building on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Alva campus, Fine Arts, will be honored with a special birthday party on Tuesday, March 6, to commemorate its 100th year of existence. A special birthday cake will be cut and served in the Fine Arts Conference room in room 119 between 2 and 4 p.m., and everyone is welcome to join the celebration.  Read more...



NWOSU Libraries to host celebration Feb. 15.
The Government Documents Department of the NWOSU Libraries will host a program at 2:00 p.m. on February 15, 2007 to celebrate 100 years of participation in the Federal Depository Library Program.  Special guest for the event will be Judith C. Russell, Superintendent of Documents from the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.  A reception will follow the program.  The program and reception will be held on the second floor of the J.W. Martin Library at the Government Documents Department.

For more information about Judith C. Russell and document services at the U.S. Government Printing Office, follow this link:

For additional information about the program and the reception, contact Susan Jeffries, NWOSU Libraries director at (580) 327-8570 or Verna Graybill, government documents librarian at (580) 327-8576.

For additional information, click here.

Northwestern-Enid's Winter Chautauqua to feature Will Rogers Jan. 19-20
As portrayed by Dr. Doug Watson, Will Rogers will be making appearances at a series of events Jan. 19-20 on the Enid campus. First will be a Brown Bag Lunch where Watson will discuss “Will Rogers: Oklahoma’s Native Son and World Citizen.” The lunch will be at noon on Friday, Jan. 19, in the Northwestern Boardroom. Watson will lead a workshop at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, also in the Boardroom, titled “Media Blitz: Will Rogers on Stage, on Screen, in the Papers, and over the Airways.” The main event will be the Chautauqua performance at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, in the campus commons area. In character as Rogers, Watson will present “Ropin’ Up the Good Times in Oklahoma.” All events are free.

110/100 Celebration Kickoff.  November 4, 2006
University President Dr. Janet Cunningham will recognize the official kickoff of the University’s 110/100 Celebration immediately following the 2006 Homecoming Parade on Alva’s downtown square.

The Holocaust and Beyond.  October 5, 2006
The Northwestern Social Science Department hosted author Michael Korenblit who told the story of his parents’ journey as survivors and victors of the horror of the Holocaust.  This event was made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

110/100 Projects

NWOSU Libraries Oklahoma Titles Bibliography Project
The Oklahoma Titles Bibliography Project was undertaken by the staff of the Northwestern Libraries as a project to honor Oklahoma's Centennial. It has been designated as an official project by the
Oklahoma Centennial Commission. This bibliography includes items by Oklahoma authors and/or about Oklahoma. New titles will be added throughout the Centennial Celebration. Please contact NWOSU Libraries if errors are found in the listing.

"The Ranger" statue project
Tom and Brenda McDaniel graciously have donated funds to create a life and a quarter bronze statue of the Ranger horse and rider on the Northwestern-Alva campus, and Harold Hamm has donated funds for a statue on the Enid campus. When finished, the statues will stand approximately 10 feet high and be placed on a four foot base. A dedication ceremony in Alva is scheduled for Nov. 13, 2007. For information on the Alva project, click here. For information on the Enid project, click here.

If interested in ordering a smaller bronze maquette, click here for more information.

A donor(s) currently is being sought for a statue at the Woodward campus.

Help Northwestern Celebrate -- "Oklahoma" Style
During the 2007-08 school year, Northwestern proudly will be flying a number of Oklahoma flags on its Alva campus in recognition of the state's Centennial celebration and Northwestern's 110th anniversary. Tentative plans are underway for a similar project on the Enid and Woodward campuses. Individuals/businesses are welcome to sponsor Oklahoma flags for $50 each to be flown on the Northwestern campus. The flags, which will measure 3 foot x 5 foot, will be set out on poles on the lawn during special dates at the university, such as the original first day of class commemoration on Sept. 20, commencement exercises and other determined dates, so the flags will not be flown every day. When the celebration ends at Northwestern in May 2008, everyone who sponsored a flag will receive a flag that was displayed on campus. Names of individuals/businesses sponsoring the flags will be listed in Centennial special events programs and other university publications. The deadline for ordering a flag is Aug. 1, 2007. Fifty flags will be available for purchase with almost 40 spoken for now. For more information or to purchase a flag, contact Larry Justice, member of the 110/100 Promotions and Publicity Committee, at (580) 327-8411 or For a PDF of the flyer for the Oklahoma Flag Project, which includes an order form, click here.

Flags fly for the first time on Northwestern's Alva campus

Masonic Involvement with Northwestern
Dr. Aaron Mason, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will research contributions made by the Masonic Fraternity to Northwestern.  This project will culminate in a lecture/presentation on Masons associated with Northwestern and visibility of Masonic projects.

Please check back often to keep current on the many activities and events
being planned to celebrate Oklahoma's and Northwestern's special anniversaries.

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