Sept. 19, 2007

Volume 4, Number 6

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On Tap at Northwestern

* Sept. 19-20, RUSO Board of Regents meeting, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Herod Hall Regents Room

* Sept. 19, Enid Staff meeting, Enid Conference Room, 8 a.m.

* Sept. 20, Northwestern College Fair, Student Center Ballroom, 7 a.m. to noon

* Sept. 20, First Day of Class Celebration at Northwestern, 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

* Sept. 20, Fine Arts Building Cornerstone Rededication Ceremony, 1 p.m., northeast corner Fine Arts lawn

* Sept. 20, Freshman Class meeting, Education Center, room 109, 6 p.m.

* Sept. 20, Lady Ranger soccer vs. Oklahoma Christian University, 7 p.m., Alva Recreation Park

* Sept. 21, WILD, K-12, Enid Campus room 120, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

* Sept. 21, Exit Interview for Social Studies Accreditation, Herod Hall Regents Room, 4 p.m.

* Sept. 22, Fourth Annual Fall Picnic, Crystal Beach in Woodward, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* Sept. 22, Northwestern Cross Country at Oklahoma Baptist Invitation in Shawnee

* Sept. 24, Assessment Committee meeting, Herod Hall Regents Room, 1 p.m.

* Sept. 24, PLC Class meeting, Herod Hall Regents Room, 4 p.m.

* Sept. 24-25, Men's and women's golf team at Central Christian University, Turkey Creek Golf Course in McPherson, Kan.

* Sept. 25, Senior Staff meeting, Herod Hall Regents Room, 9:30 a.m. to noon

* Sept. 25, Psychology Department meeting, Enid Campus room 221, 1 p.m.

* Sept. 25, MAT Test, Enid campus, testing lab room 216

* Sept. 25, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates with "Hispanic Input in the USA" featuring Silvia Routh, wife, mother and Northwestern student, Industrial Education room 131 in Alva; Enid 221, Woodward FABD, 7 p.m.

* Sept. 26, United Way Breakfast/Flagpole, Enid Campus Commons, 7:30 a.m.

* Sept. 26, Northwestern-Enid Chili Cookoff, Enid Campus Commons, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* Sept. 26, Lady Ranger soccer at John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Ark., 4 p.m.

* Sept. 27, Enid faculty, Enid conference room, 8 a.m.

* Sept. 27, Homecoming Committee meeting, Student Center Presidents Room

* Sept. 27, Freshman Queen/Ranger Queen and King Banquet, Student Center Ranger Room, 7 p.m.

* Sept. 29, Family Day

* Oct. 6, Homecoming

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Family Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 29

September 19, 2007
Todd, Mary Margaret Miller provide
$300,000 gift to Vision for Victory effort
Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Vision for Victory campaign for athletics received its first major gift from private individuals as Todd and Mary Margaret Miller of Alva provided a gift of $300,000 to fund a major renovation of the University’s baseball stadium.

The gift will create a new permanent seating area named in honor of Mary Margaret’s parents, W.D. Jr., and Lillie Myers. In addition to the seating area, the gift will construct new dugouts and create significantly more aesthetically pleasing areas surrounding the field.  Read more...

September 11, 2007
'First Day of School Celebration'
set for school's anniversary Thursday

On Sept. 20, 1897, Northwestern Normal School opened its doors and began teaching its first classes in the Congregational Church, which had been rented for $150 for the school year.

Five days before classes were to begin, the State Board of Education considered 48 applicants for the office of president, choosing a young school administrator from Illinois, James E. Ament.

"First Day of School Celebration" Poster and Schedule

Northwestern, which became the second Oklahoma Territorial normal school – the first being in Edmond -- boasted an initial enrollment of about 58 students, but that number grew to 70 by the end of September and 100 by early November. By the end of the first year, enrollment was 166, increasing the concern to have a building to house the growing population.

This first building, erected on a 40-acre tract of land donated by J.T. Fryer and affectionately named “The Castle on the Hill,” was first occupied by 413 students and 10 faculty on Sept. 11, 1899, almost a year after its construction had begun. Northwestern had more students at that time than any other school of higher education in the territory, including Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College in Stillwater, the Territorial Normal School in Edmond, the University of Oklahoma and Langston University.

To celebrate Northwestern’s beginning 110 years ago while also celebrating the State of Oklahoma’s 100th anniversary, Northwestern Oklahoma State University has planned several special activities for Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, in which the university community and the surrounding areas are welcome to participate.  Read more...

September 9, 2007
Historic Fine Arts Building cornerstone
rededication ceremony set for Sept. 20
The cornerstone of the Fine Arts Building at Northwestern Oklahoma State University was dedicated by the Oklahoma Masonic Grand Lodge in March 1907.

The stone and a copper time capsule behind it will be removed and the stone rededicated at a ceremony beginning at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, as part of the university’s First Day of Class Celebration. This event is part of activities planned for the 110th anniversary of Northwestern and the centennial of Oklahoma statehood. Northwestern’s first day of classes was Sept. 20, 1897.

The rededication ceremony, held at the northeast corner of Fine Arts, will be conducted by the Masonic Grand Master, Charles Dick of Yukon, and will include other Grand Lodge officials and university officials, including Dr. Janet Cunningham, president; Dr. Steve Lohmann, executive vice president; and Dr. Mike Knedler, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Read more...

Northwest Oklahoma Pride!

Several Oklahoma flags are lining the north side of campus in honor of the state's centennial celebration and Northwestern's 110th anniversary. Forty-five of the 50 flags available have been purchased. Wednesday morning, members of the Northwestern cheerleading squad were on campus early to help put out the flags for the first time. Larry Justice, who spear-headed the flag promotion for the university's 110/100 Celebration Publicity and Promotions Committee, is looking for other student groups to be a part of this celebration by helping with the placement and removal of the flags for various events throughout the school year. Justice may be contacted at (580) 327-8411. Anyone interested in purchasing one of the five remaining flags for $50 should contact the Northwestern Foundation Office at (580) 327-8593. To learn more about the flag promotion, please click here.

September 18, 2007
Northwestern, NOC announce
dual admission agreement
Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Northern Oklahoma College today approved a dual admission program that will provide additional educational opportunities and services to students who wish to enroll at both institutions.

The presidents of each school, Dr. Janet Cunningham of Northwestern and Dr. Joe Kinzer of Northern, signed memorandums of understanding at a ceremony in Enid that creates the “Bridge Program” between the schools.  Read more...

This billboard featuring Northwestern graduate and Dallas Cowboy Patrick Crayton is located about four miles south of the Oklahoma-Kansas border along Interstate-35. The billboard will stay up for one year and after six months the alum being honored will change. Dr. Jim Claflin, an allergist in Oklahoma City and one of Northwestern’s outstanding alumni, is the first sponsor of the billboard. The Foundation and Alumni Office is currently looking for another sponsor for a billboard to go up somewhere between the Enid and Edmond exits on I-35. 

September 14, 2007
Homecoming button sales have begun
Colorful buttons designed for Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s homecoming celebration will go on sale Tuesday. Friends of the university will have the opportunity to buy the buttons as a way of supporting the annual event, this year scheduled for Oct. 4, 5 and 6.

Button sales chair Monica Schmidt said members of her button-sales team and members of the Homecoming General Committee will meet at noon on Tuesday in the Northwestern Student Center to kickoff the sales campaign. Schmidt will distribute packets of buttons to her sales staff, and the group will set sales goals.

“Homecoming really puts the spotlight on Alva and Northwestern,” Schmidt said. “The event brings a lot of visitors to the town, and it’s important that the whole community supports homecoming. One of the best ways to do that is to buy buttons and provide the financial foundation to keep the celebration going.”  Read more...

September 14, 2007
Kan to perform with Enid Symphony
Dr. Ling-Yu (Alice) Kan, assistant professor of music at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, will perform with the Enid Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Enid Symphony Hall. Read more...

Dr. Aaron Mason and Dr. Eric Schmaltz, faculty members of the Northwestern Social Sciences department, presented information about the United States' Constitution Monday for "Constitution Day," which gives national recognition to the document's 231st anniversary.

September 18, 2007
Young Farmers & Ranchers
participate in Woods County Fair
The Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) chapter at Northwestern Oklahoma State University sponsored several activities at the recent Woods County Free Fair.  Read more...


Cunningham is

Dr. Janet Cunningham, president of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, was named the Outstanding HCE Baking Exhibitor at the 2007 Woods County Free Fair. She is pictured along with her award-winning cake. Photo courtesy the Woods County OSU Extension Office

You Should Know:
Health care training exercise needs 'victims'
A Mass Immunization Prophylaxis Exercise (MIMS) will take place at the Alva Recreation Park gymnasium on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brad Franz, dean of student affairs and enrollment management, said that the group administering this exercise needs the assistance from "mock victims." He is encouraging students and others to help out for about 15 minutes or so on this day if possible, to help out with this important training exercise for the health care community.


Faculty/Staff Eastside vs. Westside Smackdown Sept. 27
The Second Annual Faculty/Staff Eastside vs. Westside Smackdown Softball game will be Thursday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m. at Ranger Baseball Field. Northwestern employees who would like to play in this game should contact Dr. James Therrell, assistant professor of education, at (580) 327-8448 or Dr. Mark Davis, professor of psychology, and Therrell both hope that even if employees aren't able to come out until 5 p.m., come when possible to play an inning or just enjoy the fun. Everyone is welcome to come watch.


SGA accepting nominations for staff award
The Student Government Association is asking for nominations to honor an outstanding staff member through the Thelma Crouch Staff Employee of the Year Award. Nominations are needed before 5 p.m. on Oct. 2. More information on requirements, along with a nomination form, can be found by clicking herePlease return the nomination form via campus mail to the SGA office in the Student Center.

At left is the official 110/100 Celebration logo for Northwestern. Through May 2008, Northwestern will have special events and projects to celebrate both the Oklahoma Centennial, as well as Northwestern's 110th anniversary.  To keep up with plans for the 110/100 Celebration, visit

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