WEATHER ALERT: Spring 2017 Delays/Closings

POSTED: May 16, 2017

Western Oklahoma State College will be closing at 3:30 p.m. today, May 16th, 2017  due to severe weather forecasts in the area.

POSTED: May 10, 2017

Western Oklahoma State College will be closing at 4:30 p.m. today, May 16th, 2017  due to severe (tornado warning) weather forecasts in the area.

POSTED: January 6, 2017

Western Oklahoma State College will be closing at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 6th, 2017  due to severe weather forecasts in the area.


POSTED: January 12, 2017

Western will be closed on Friday, January 13th due to inclement weather.  All scheduled college activities for Friday have been cancelled as well.
Classes will resume Tuesday.

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Pioneer News August 31, 2016

Welcome Week Kicks Off Another Year


Party at the Point started the week off strong with a full house. Students had a blast playing pool, air hockey, video games, giant jenga and ping pong.


Tuesday evening the Pioneers took over the city pool.


Taylor Avila takes the plunge down the vertical drop slide on Tuesday of Welcome Week.


Makenzie Potts strikes a pose trying to bowl a strike at Town and Country Bowling lanes, Thursday of Welcome Week.


Western students enjoyed a night of bowling on Thursday. Pictured here showing their Pioneer Spirit are, Back Row: Brett Stoup  and Ruben Rojas; Middle Row: Brittney Willis, Abby Schulz, Sabyre McVea and Manny Castro. In front: Alan Ortiz. For more information about Welcome Week and other student activities contact Maegan Martin at 580-477-7875.

Pioneers at the Rodeo


A group of Western students sold pulled pork sandwiches, chips and drinks to help the Altus Police Department raise money. Funds raised go to support such programs as youth baseball league, Spooky Town and other community activities. Pictured here from left to right is Preston Reed (WOSC Baseball), Meaghan Dorn (Western Ambassador), Kaylee Bake (Western Ambassador), Jaylan Hamersley (Western Ambassador), Manny Castro (Western Navigator), and Jace Zacharias (Western Ambassador).


Western Cheerleaders, Cassi Havins and Darcy George sold programs at the Rodeo, Friday. The Western cheer squad received 50% of the profits.

Western Hosts Chad Cargill’s ACT Workshop


High school students from as far away as Lubbock and Lawton attended Monday’s workshop.

Western hosted Chad Cargill’s ACT prep workshop on Monday August 29. Students from Granite, Lubbock Christian, MacArthur, Blair, Snyder, Altus and Duke High Schools attended the half day workshop. Topics covered ranged from test taking techniques to working math problems.
This year marks the tenth year that Western has hosted this workshop for area high school students. “I had a lot of school counselors asking if we could help with ACT prep and that’s when I found Chad Cargill.” said Chad Wiginton, VP for Student Support Services. Cargill has been working with students to improve their ACT scores for more than twenty years. Many students all over Oklahoma have benefitted from the Oklahoma native’s approach to test prep. Jaylan Hamersley, a current Western student was one of those helped by Cargill’s methods. “When I was a sophomore at Duke, I took the workshop. It definitely helped when I took the ACT two months later. I also read his ACT prep book and his speed reading techniques helped me so much.” said Hamersley.
Cargill visits Western each fall. For more information about Chad Cargill’s ACT prep visit

Murder in the Library


The LRC staff took a somewhat unorthodox approach to helping students get accquainted with the services available to them in the library. Students went on a scavenger hunt to solve an imaginary murder. Here, Kristin Clark, LRC Night Supervisor, gives a brief overview of the “crime” that was committed and describes the tasks they will need to investigate and find the murderer. Clues were hidden everywhere from the 3D printer to the bookshelves.

Racheal Bruce Spotlight

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Pioneer News June 29, 2016

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Pioneer News June 22, 2016


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Pioneer News: June 15, 2016


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