Northwestern to dedicate Wisdom Agriculture Education Center

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Northwestern to dedicate Wisdom Agriculture Education Center

October 7, 2011

 Wisdom Agriculture Education Center
Wisdom Agriculture Education Center

Northwestern Oklahoma State University will formally dedicate the new Wisdom Agriculture Education Center during ceremonies at the facility on Friday, Oct. 14.

The dedication will begin at 10:30 a.m., at the University Farm located six miles south of Alva on U.S. 281 and two miles west via the county road toward Avard. The public is invited to attend the event.

State Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson, State Regent Jimmy Harrel and other state and local dignitaries are expected to attend.

The Center features 4,000 square feet of space for classrooms, offices and a large shop area. Easley Associates served as the architect for the project.

Funding for the facility came from a private-public partnership with private funding provided by a gift from the Wisdom Family Foundation and public funding made possible by special allocations from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

“Our agriculture education program would not have been possible without the commitment of support from The Wisdom Family Foundation,” said Dr. Janet

Cunningham, president. “The investments in Northwestern made by Dr. Peggy Wisdom have been game-changers in our ability to offer new academic opportunities to our students.”

Cunningham also lauded the work of Regent Harrel who worked tirelessly to secure the support of the State Regents for the program.

“Oklahoma has no stronger advocate for agriculture education than Jimmy Harrel,” Cunningham said. “His work and the support of Chancellor Johnson allowed Northwestern to move forward with this important program.”

In just two years, Northwestern’s agriculture education program has enrolled 45 students from across Oklahoma.

“Our singular focus is to produce the most highly-trained agriculture education teachers in Oklahoma,” said Dr. Steve Lohmann, executive vice president. “I am extremely pleased with the level of commitment demonstrated by our faculty in the agriculture and education departments to make sure our students are prepared for the classroom upon graduation.”