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Symposium Poster

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Alumni tapped to lead symposium at Northwestern in April

Lieutenant Governor to be special guest at Northwestern Symposium April 25

Robert Reeg:
Global e-commerce in rural American businesses one of three sessions at Northwestern Symposium April 25

Christie Brungardt:
Impact of service learning, volunteerism on community revitalization one of three sessions offered at Northwestern Symposium April 25

Duane Pierson:
Science, technology important forces for jobs, businesses topic of one of three sessions offered at Northwestern Symposium

Northwestern Symposium to address region's questions April 25

Photo Gallery -- Snapshots from the 2008  NWOSU Centennial Symposium


Northwestern Oklahoma State University
presents the Inaugural Centennial Symposium

Visions and Crossroads:
Northwest Oklahoma -- Our Next 100 Years

Connecting leadership, experience and education with the people of northwest Oklahoma, southern Kansas and the Texas panhandle to create a catalytic climate for creative problem-solving and idea exchange as we envision our future as a region and an institution.

Symposium Program -- PDF

Friday, April 25, 2008
Alva, OK

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Registration, Herod Hall Lobby

9:45 a.m.

Welcome, Herod Hall Auditorium

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Morning Sessions, room 109 in Joe. J. Struckle Education Center and rooms 204 and 222 in J.W. Martin Library

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon, with keynote speaker Dr. Brett Zollinger, Ranger Room in the Student Center
(Early registration required, seating limited to 100; spots almost gone)

** Special Luncheon Guest -- Lt. Gov. Jari Askins **

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Sessions, room 109 in Joe. J. Struckle Education Center and rooms 204 and 222 in J.W. Martin Library

Northwestern Faculty serving as Symposium Facilitators and Discussants

Facilitators: Dr. James Bowen, Dr. Mike Knedler, Dr. Steve Lohmann

Faculty Discussants: Dr. Eric Schmaltz, J.W. Platt, Kathy Earnest, Dr. Frank Martinez, Dr. Mark Denton, Dr. James Therrell, Tammy Brown, Karen Sneary, Dr. Sandra Petree, Dr. Patti Wilber, Bhanu Reddy, Mark Bagley, Dr. Kathy Harris, Dr. Dean Scarbrough, Dr. Tim Maharry, Dr. Jerry Gustafson, Steve Maier, Dr. Jo Conceicao, Dr. Jim Yates

This day-long event offers those attending the opportunity to participate in a discussion with experts in their respective fields.

Northwestern Alumni Keynote Speaker and Session Presenters

Keynote Luncheon Speaker, Noon (early registration required, seating limited to 100): “Community Change in the Rural Great Plains: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?”

Brett Zollinger, Ph.D., NWOSU Class of 1992
Director, Docking Institute of Public Affairs and the Institute’s Center for Survey Research, Fort Hays (Kan.) State University
He is active in strategic planning for more than 25 governmental and nonprofit entities, including the the Kansas Governor’s Prosperity Summits in all regions of the state in 2005. His work has been nationally recognized and receive the Rural Sociological Society’s Dissertation Award in 1997.

"Grab the Bull by the Horns--Implementing Service Learning and Civic Engagement for Historic Community Revitalization, the Downtown Fort Hays Model”

Christie (Patterson) Brungardt, M.S., NWOSU Class of 1984
Instructor of leadership studies, Fort Hays (Kan.) State University
She earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Fort Hays in 2001 and is completing a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at Kansas State University. She has been a leading force for implementing the Service Learning and Civic Engagement program at Fort Hays State University and facilitated a cooperative program with the downtown Hayes Revitalization Plan between the university and the community. Her research interests are in the areas of leadership, service-learning and civic engagement.

“Doing Business in a Global Economy -- Bricks and Clicks Working Together”

Robert Reeg, B.S., NWOSU Class of 1978
Chief technology officer at MasterCard International
He is responsible for all computer operations, network engineering, technology architecture, database management, program management, testing/software quality and information security.

“Science and Technology as a Future Force for Jobs and Business Development”

Duane Pierson, Ph.D., NWOSU Class of 1966
Senior microbiologist for NASA
He has been actively involved in microbiological and biochemical research for more than 30 years at the Johnson Space Center. He serves as the agency’s expert on the many microbiological aspects of space flight. He is responsible for formulating, developing and implementing NASA’s microbiology program for current and future human exploration of space.

All Northwestern students, employees, area business owners, residents, alumni and friends, as well as municipal, county, state and federal agency employees are urged to attend and participate in the discussion.

Symposium is co-sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences and the NWOSU Foundation.

Contact Dr. Kay Decker at (580) 327-8521, (580) 327-8111 or to register or have questions answered.

Members of the Symposium Committee

Dr. Kay Decker, chair
Dr. Patricia L. Steed
Shawna Copenhaver
Dr. Aaron Mason

Lizabeth Richey
Valarie Case
Dr. Tim Maharry
Susan Jeffries

Jesse Schroeder
Angelia Case
Marietta Washington

Underwriters of Symposium Lunch
Alva State Bank & Trust Company
Central National Bank of Alva
Community Bank

Special Thank You
Thank you Dr. John and Fran Marvel for establishing the Marvel Lectureship,
which is funding the Centennial Symposium.

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