Pioneer News January 21, 2015

Maker’s Space, Math Boot Camp and More in Pioneer News!

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NBC Bank Presents Western with 2014 Oklahoma Artist Series Print


Western Oklahoma State College was recently presented with the 2014 National Bank of Commerce Oklahoma Artist Series commissioned artwork entitled, “The Bluff, Johnson Ranch, near Guymon, OK” by Carol Beesley.  The artist says of the work,”The Panhandle of Oklahoma has inspired myriad explorations for me.  Its vastness, big sky, strange compelling beauty – all went into painting the Bluff.”


Jeff Greenlee, NBC President (right) gives a signed and numbered print of the original to Dr.Phil Birdine, Western President (center) and Larry Duffy, WOSC Foundation, Inc., Executive Secretary, (left).  The print will hang on the NBC Wall of Oklahoma Artists, located in the Fine Arts wing of the college.


Since 2003, Ken Ferguson and NBC Oklahoma have continued a history of support of the arts by commissioning original works by Oklahoma artists for the NBC Oklahoma Artist Series.

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Pioneer News January 2015

Enjoy the first edition of the Spring 2015 Pioneer News!

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Strategic Planning final public forum is Thursday, January 8, 2015

After months of research and focused discussions involving the campus’ internal and external stakeholders, Western has a draft document of its new strategic plan.

A final full day of focused planning, involving the entire campus and the community, will begin Thursday, January 8.   The campus community will begin the day with a series of discussions and small group brainstorming sessions.  The day will end with a public forum at 5 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Center at the college, facilitated by Rick Voorhees.   All community members are welcome to attend and provide their feedback on the first draft of the college’s strategic plan.  The draft plan will include three focused goals and recommended action strategies and success factors for each of those goals.

All the research and documents that informed the strategic planning process and the draft plan are attached here for convenience.

DRAFT WOSC Goals, Action Strategies, and Success Factors

WOSC Planning Assumptions 8August14

WOSC Environmental Scan 8August14 with notes


WOSC SWOT Analysis October 2014

WOSC Strategy Sessions November 2014



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Western Board of Regents Meeting, December 9, 2014

The Western Oklahoma State College’s Board of Regents convened for its regularly scheduled meeting on December 9, 2014 at 7: 30 p.m. in the Higher Learning Center at the college.

Guests in attendance included Steve Prater, Director of Information Technology; Lisa Greenlee, Vice President for Academic and Support Services; Tricia Latham, Vice President for Business Affairs; John Phelan, Faculty Senate President;  Matt Craig, Science Instructor; Chrystal Overton, Dean of Technical Education;  Justin Smith, Director of Institutional Research; Brian Carpenter, Information Systems Specialist; Melissa Smith, Coordinator of Online Education; Briar Jenkins, Secretary to the President and Judith Meyer, Director of Public Information.

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