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Congratulations to the following principal investigators recently receiving awards at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Alternative Certification Preparation Conference – $5,250.00

This grant, funded by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, allows the implementation of a local conference directed towards improving the skills of alternative certified teachers in the Northwest Oklahoma region. The goal of the conference is to provide alternative certified educators with information they may not have been provided during their own certification process. The principal investigators on the project are Dr. Beverly Warden and Dr. Bo Hannaford.

Bill Johnson Correctional Center (BJCC) – $334,000.00

NWOSU currently contracts with the Bill Johnson Correctional Center and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections allowing the Social Sciences Department to provide drug and alcohol treatment to incarcerated trainees. Full-time treatment counselors as well as student interns provide treatment. The director of the contract is Mr. Jeff McAlpin.

Concert Series – $25,300.00

Grants from the City of Alva Tourism Committee ($8,000), the Oklahoma Arts Council ($7,800) and the Oklahoma Humanities Council ($9,500) bring musicians and musical events to Northwestern Oklahoma communities. This year the Concert Series features Mountain Smoke, Bravo Brass Quintet, Breath of Soul, and Perpetual Motion. Dr. Irene Messoloras is the director of these grants.

CWPEP – $28,999.00

Through the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Services and Northwestern, this contract supports students who are pursuing child welfare careers through financial support as well as employment opportunities. The primary function of this award is university training and support. The principal investigator of the contract is Dr. Kylene Rehder.

Entrepreneur Seminar – $5,000.00

This grant, sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation, hosts an entrepreneurship seminar on the NWOSU – Enid Campus. This seminar is focused on the importance of entrepreneurs in successful societies.It is comprised of presentations by national and local speakers conducted on the hour throughout the two days. The program can be taken for college credit or is open and free to the public. Dr. Wayne McMillin serves as the principal investigator of this project.

Exploring Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction – $19,478.00

This project, funded by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, uses animals as tools to teach scientific concepts, mathematics and enhanced healthcare for humans. Students apply their learning through hands-on experiences, workshops and real human-animal interactions. Dr. Sherril Stone serves as principal investigator.

Heartland BEST Robotics – $30,000.00

This grant, from Charles Morton Share Trust, is designed to enhance opportunities for Heartland BEST, a national robotic competition. Heartland BEST is hosted on the campus of NWOSU and sends the winning teams to a regional competition. Dr. Cynthia Pfeifer-Hill coordinates the grant.

ITQ/AAPT/PTRA Professional ToPPS – $57,000.00

This grant, sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, serves 30 PK-12 teachers by providing 40 hours of professional development in the area of physics and physical science. This grant provides a focus on serving high-need schools, teachers and administrators. Dr. Steven Maier is the principal investigator of the grant.

NWOSU Enid Winter Chautauqua – $1,250.00

The funds for these grants come from the Oklahoma Humanities Council ($1,000) and the Greater Enid Arts and Humanities Council ($250.00). The funds support a guest speaker for the annual event. Dr. Wayne McMillin is the principal investigator for the project.

NWOSU Homecoming Parade – $3,423.00

This grant, sponsored by the City of Alva Tourism Committee, provides funds for the annual homecoming event at Northwestern, including flag banners for display downtown during the homecoming parade. Dr. Aaron Mason is coordinator of this project.

NWOSU Rodeo Team – $14,000.00

The funds for this grant are provided by the City of Alva Tourism Committee. The funding supports the annual rodeo at Northwestern, allowing for high quality stock for contestants to compete on, bringing in a specialty act, providing better awards to champions and bringing in the best personnel possible to work the rodeo. Mr. Stockton Graves coordinates this project.

NWOSU Medieval and Renaissance Faire – $10,000.00

The City of Alva provides operating funds for this outdoor living history arts and crafts faire that recreates a 14th Century English Market Faire. Participants, including local and regional students and vendors, contribute to this illusion by wearing costumes and playing roles appropriate to the period. Dr. Amy Hall is the director of the grant.

Oklahoma Poets Laureate – $1,000.00

The Oklahoma Humanities Council provides funds for The Oklahoma Poets Laureate: Learning about the State through its Poetry grant. The funding supports a lecture series at public libraries and high schools in the five towns where six of Oklahoma’s poets laureate resided during their tenure. The lectures include biographical information on each poet, discussions on their relationships to each town, brief readings of their works and analysis of their poetry. Dr. Shawn Holliday is the principal investigator on the project.

OK-LSAMP-STEM – 2013-2014 – $10,000.00

The Louis Stokes Oklahoma Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program is specifically designed to significantly increase the number of baccalaureate degrees in science, mathematics, engineering and technology earned by individuals from groups who are underrepresented in these areas. Dr. Tim Maharry serves as the principal investigator for this project.

Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) – $270,299.00

This cooperative agreement, in part, enhances economic development in the northwestern region of the state by offering counseling and training to existing and potential business clients. Funds are provided from the U.S. Small Business Administration through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. The primary function of this award focuses on economic development. The director of the cooperative agreement is Ms. Jeanne Cole.

Oklahoma Small Business Development Center-VA – $50,400.00

This cooperative agreement, in part, enhances economic development in the northwestern region of the state by offering counseling and training to existing and potential business clients. Funds are provided from the U.S. Small Business Administration through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. The primary function of this award focuses on economic development for veterans. The director of the cooperative agreement is Ms. Jeanne Cole.

Spanish Film Festival – $625.00

This grant, funded by Pragda, provides funds for the Spanish Film Club festival on the campus of Northwestern. Because additional matching funds could not be raised, the grant was not accepted. Dr. Claudia Young coordinates the project.

Texas Long-Nosed Snake Mimicry – $2,272.00

This grant, funded by the National Science Foundation through Oklahoma EPSCoR, provides research experience for an undergraduate student. The research focuses on the non-venomous Texas Long-Nosed Snake’s mimicry of the venomous Eastern Coral Snake. Dr. Aaron Place is the principal investigator on this grant, with Ms. Anjeela Shrestha serving as the undergraduate researcher.

Title III Strengthening Institutions Program – 2011-2016 – $311,285.00

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, this program provides support to NWOSU students to ensure their successful retention and graduation. Students are chosen for the program based on low scores on college entrance exams. Dr. Mike Knedler is the principal investigator of this multi-year grant that exceeds $1,500,000.

TRIO-Upward Bound Classic – 2012-2017 – $250,000.00

From the U.S. Department of Education, this grant increases the academic and motivational levels of eligible enrollees so that such persons may complete secondary school and successfully pursue post-secondary educational programs. Five high schools in three northwest Oklahoma counties are targeted. The grant award is for five years and will total over $1,250,000. Ms. Jaunita Noble is director of the grant.

TRIO-Upward Bound Math & Science – 2012-2017 – $250,000.00

This grant, from the U.S. Department of Education, increases the academic and motivational levels of eligible enrollees with aptitudes in math and/or science so that such persons may complete secondary school and successfully pursue post-secondary educational programs. Five high schools in three northwest Oklahoma counties are targeted. The grant award is for five years and totals $1,250,000. Ms. Jaunita Noble is director of the grant.

USDA RUS DLT – 2012-2015 – $61,342.00

This U.S. Department of Agriculture grant is designed to link rural communities through the use of technology. Students from communities throughout Northwestern Oklahoma can take NWOSU courses via IVS from remote locations in partner high schools. This project allows for concurrent enrollment of high school students as well as professional development opportunities for high school faculty. Dr. Steve Lohmann serves as principal investigator of this three-year $366,000 grant.