Northwestern, Woods County District 2 receive partnership award

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Northwestern, Woods County District 2 receive partnership award

 Northwestern and Woods County District 2 accepting the Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb (left) and Chancellor Glen Johnson (right) present the Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award to representatives of Woods County District 2 and Northwestern. Accepting the award are Gary Bradt, Woods County District 2 employee; Dr. David Pecha, vice president for administration at Northwestern; and Lynn Bolar, also of Woods County District 2.
The partnership between Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Woods County District 2 recently was recognized with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award.

Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses; internships that enable current students to work at the partnering businesses; faculty externships with the partnering businesses; and/or enhancement of the partnerships with additional equipment, materials or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the waivers.

“We are grateful to the Commissioner Randy McMurphy and the employees of District 2 for the work in supporting Northwestern and its students,” Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president said. “Our partnership is an outstanding example of two public entities working together to make our community and county a better place to live.”

In the summer of 2014, the employees of District 2 provided assistance to Northwestern in the construction of a new press box at its football stadium. District 2 provided equipment, manpower and supplies to prepare the foundation for the structure, saving the University thousands of dollars in construction costs.

Woods County also provides Northwestern with use of its facilities for special events, including use of the courthouse lawn for homecoming and Bahama Breakaway, and the fairgrounds area for the annual Northwestern Ranger Rodeo.

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