Northwestern to break ground on new agriculture education facility

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Northwestern to break ground on new agriculture education facility

December 9, 2009

Northwestern Oklahoma State University will break ground on a new facility to serve its growing agriculture education program on Thursday, Dec. 17, during a ceremony at noon at the University Farm.

The public is invited to attend the event.

Also at the ceremony, Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, will officially announce that when completed the building will be named the Wisdom Agriculture Education Center.

“The agriculture education program is off to a very successful start, and this facility is critical to the continued growth of the program,” Cunningham said. “The building will enhance the teaching and learning that occurs at our University Farm.”

Construction of the 4,000 square foot building is expected to begin before the end of the year with completion targeted for this spring. The cost of the structure is approximately $340,000. The structure will feature a classroom area, offices and a large shop area. Easley Associates is the architect for the project, and Onpoint Construction will serve as the general contractor.

Funding for the facility comes from a private-public partnership. Private funding was provided by a gift from the Wisdom Family Foundation, and public funding was provided by special allocations from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

“The Wisdom Family Foundation, and especially Dr. Peggy Wisdom, have been strong advocates for the agriculture program and have supported our efforts to build a first-class agriculture education program,” Cunningham said.

“We also are grateful to the efforts of State Regent Jimmy Harrel, who worked tirelessly to secure the support of the State Regents. Regent Harrel’s commitment to agriculture education and the support of youth agriculture programs is well-known across the state. He has been a strong advocate for Northwestern and other regional universities.”

The University Farm is located six miles south of Alva on U.S. 281 and two miles west via the county road that goes to Avard.