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

Bill Johnson Correctional Center (BJCC) $350,000.00

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 $8,500.00

Grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council bring musicians and musical events to Northwestern Oklahoma communities. This year the Concert Series features Horseshoe Road, Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats, Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Cat’s Pajamas. Dr. Mike Knedler is the director of the grants.

Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program (CWPEP) $28,999.00

Through the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Department of 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 Koch Foundation, hosts an entrepreneurship seminar on the NWOSU – Enid Campus. Dr. Wayne McMillin serves as the principal investigator of this project.

Equipment for Ketterman Lab $2,000.00

A grant from the Cherokee Strip Community Foundation helped NWOSU purchase a new simulation baby for the nursing program. This simulator allows students to practice in numerous real-life situations to prepare for their chosen career fields. Dr. Bo Hannaford is the director of this grant.

Heartland BEST $600.00

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 $64,703.00

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.

Northwestern Oklahoma Medieval and Renaissance Faire $1,450.00

The City of Alva provided 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.

Northwestern Oklahoma Medieval and Renaissance Faire – Marketing $2,330.00

The City of Alva provided marketing 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.

NWOSU Enid Winter Chautauqua $500.00

The funds for these grants came from the Greater Enid Arts and Humanities Council. The funds provide a guest speaker for the annual event. The principle investigator is Dr. Wayne McMillin.

NWOSU Enid Winter Chautauqua $1,000.00

The funds for these grants came from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. The funds provide a guest speaker for the annual event. The principle investigator is Dr. Wayne McMillin.

OK INBRE – 2012-2013 $19,569.00

This grant, from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, allows faculty to gain valuable experience in designing, conducting, and reporting biomedical research, thus enhancing their ability to compete for extramural funding beyond the local level. Dr. Cornelia Mihai is the principal investigator of this project.

OK-LSAMP-STEM – 2012-2013 $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 Library Literacy Skills Initiative Project $4,000.00

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), through East Central University, supports this project to develop an information literacy tutorial. Project funds are used for applicable software and training. Ms. Susan Jeffries is the director of the project at NWOSU.

Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) $159,926.00

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 and the Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The primary function of this award focuses on economic development. The principal investigator of the cooperative agreement is Ms. Jeanne Cole.

Oklahoma Small Business Development Center –Veterans Assistance $55,500.00
(OSBDC-VA)

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 and the Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The primary function of this award focuses on economic development for veterans. The principal investigator of the cooperative agreement is Ms. Jeanne Cole.

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 $305,614.00

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.

Transforming Educator Preparation Conference $5,000.00

This grant, funded by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, provides professional development to alternative certified teachers to improve their pedagogy in the field of education. Focused on the subjects of common core implementation and classroom management, the conference allows teachers in northwest Oklahoma to attend professional development locally instead of traveling to Oklahoma City or Tulsa. The director of this grant is Dr. Bo Hannaford.

TRIO-Upward Bound Classic – 2007-2012 $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. Ten high schools in three northwest Oklahoma counties are targeted. The grant award is for five years and will total over $1,250,000. Mr. Brad Franz serves as the principal investigator of the grant.

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 totals $1,250,000. Mr. Brad Franz serves as the principal investigator of the grant.

TRIO-Upward Bound Math & Science – 2007-2012 $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. Ten high schools in three northwest Oklahoma counties are targeted. The grant award is for five years and totals $1,250,000. Mr. Brad Franz serves as the principal investigator 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. Ten high schools in three northwest Oklahoma counties are targeted. The grant award is for five years and totals $1,250,000. Mr. Brad Franz serves as the principal investigator of the grant.

USDA RUS DLT – 2012-2015 $181,246.00

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.