On the Record @ Northwestern, Aug. 17, 2010
On the Record @ Northwestern

August 17, 2010


Wow. Another school year is underway! And there already is so much to do! Be sure to check out the Student Events Calendar from time to time to keep up with all that is planned and overall Calendar for even more of what is happening on campus. If you're looking for fun events in the area, visit our Arts Northwest calendar or Tourist Attractions in the Area.

If you're wanting to schedule a campus event, please visit www.nwosu.edu/event to fill out the necessary reservation form to request the room and get the item on the calendar.

If you have a campus news item in your area that should be shared with the community or in this newsletter, please let us know. You can always use our Submit News form that we have provided for you on the University Relations web page.

Students, if you're looking for a club or organization to get involved in, there are a number to choose from. Some have a web page presence and the rest are just listed at www.nwosu.edu/clubs-orgs or you can contact Jason Hillman, director of student life and counseling, for a few ideas. He also can help with confidential counseling if needed for students and employees.

There also are a number of Student Services available that you may want to check out including a Student Handbook, and people and places that can help with your academics like the Academic Success Center and the Office of Student Retention.

And, if you're looking for contact information for any Northwestern employee, please visit www.nwosu.edu/employee-directory.

There also are a number of links provided on the Northwestern homepage to help you locate the information you're looking for.

Students and employees can find a lot of information just for you by going to RangerNet. Students - please know that you will receive a number of emails from the university and professors via your Northwestern email, so please get it activated and check it often.

If you're on Facebook or Twitter and want to receive messages from the university, please "Like" our Facebook Fan Page and "Follow" us on Twitter

Good news for Northwestern Oklahoma State University!

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report announces that Northwestern is the highest ranked public regional university in Oklahoma. The magazine listed Northwestern as the 23rd rated regional college in the western United States.

U.S. News also listed Northwestern as the top-ranked regional college in the western United States in terms of lowest debt load of graduating students. Only 49 percent of Northwestern students graduated with debt, averaging $9,381 per student. The percentage of students graduating with debt has dropped seven percentage points in three years. The dollar amount of average debt dropped $2,160 from last year.

The low amount of student debt also placed Northwestern second nationally in the regional college category. Only the federally-subsidized U.S. Merchant Marine Academy was lower.

See link below for full article.

Volunteer workers needed for Woods County Fair

Very soon, Northwestern employees will be receiving an email asking for volunteers to help work at Northwestern's booth at the Woods County Fair in Alva on Sept. 9-11. A block of shift times will be available to sign up for. Thanks for considering to help. 

Homecoming here before you know it!

Homecoming is early this year - Sept. 25. This year's theme is "Reconnect: From Yearbook to Facebook." To keep up with Homecoming plans and find out about Float making and other Homecoming activities as they are planned, visit the Homecoming web page often. A news article with more info is among the links below.

News from Northwestern

J.W. Martin Library gets new lights

New lights were installed in the J.W. Martin Library on the NWOSU-Alva campus in the weeks just prior to the start of classes Monday. Photos provided by Angelia Case

Photo Gallery

We have several photo galleries. One for the Fall semester has been set up at http://nwosufall2010.shutterfly.com/.

Photos from the Spring 2010 semester are at http://nwosuspring2010.shutterfly.com  and visit http://nwosusummerfall2009.shutterfly.com/ for Summer/Fall 2009 photos. The Photo Gallery Archive can be found at www.nwosu.edu/nwosu-photos.

Videos on NWOSU YouTube Channel

Subscribe to the Northwestern YouTube Channel to receive notices when new videos have been uploaded. The address is www.youtube.com/nwokst.  Nearly 70 videos have been uploaded to the site so far with more to come. The NWOSU YouTube Channel is available to have videos from various areas uploaded to it, including class lectures provided by Northwestern faculty. News casts from the student-produced NWTV7 also may be viewed here. Contact Valarie Case or Erika Birk in University Relations with videos to share on the channel.

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Use this online form to submit new stories to University Relations when you need a press release to go out to local and area media. Press releases our office sends out to the media also are made available to campus media, are placed online at University News and will be posted in this newsletter. If you have news items that pertain only to campus, please submit your info to the Northwestern NewsNWTV7 and KNSU Radio. You also may submit that same info to our office for the newsletter.

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Staff Council on the Web

Northwestern's Staff Council has a presence on the university web pages. To see who the staff representatives are, how to contact them, and minutes from their meetings, please visit www.nwosu.edu/staff-council.

The Staff Council has begun "Campus Kudos," a public acknowledgement that applauds the efforts of eligible staff members who have displayed an act of kindness up and above their job responsibilities. Anyone may submit nominations using the criteria and the form available on their web site. The following examples should be taken into consideration: • Makes a difference to NWOSU and/or to members of the campus community • Goes above and beyond expectations • Excels as a team player • Strives to bring out the Ranger "Spirit" in others.

Ranger Red and Black Fridays

Whether you're on campus or thousands of miles away, show your Ranger Pride by wearing red and black or Ranger gear on Fridays, and join with us for Ranger Red and Black Fridays.

Coffee Corner now open in J.W. Martin Library-Alva

The J.W. Martin Library-Alva "Coffee Corner" machine is now up and running providing specialty coffees, chai tea and hot chocolate. It’s $1 for a 12 oz. cup. The machine is located in the northwest corner of the library, past the computers.

Calendar of Events


  • NWOSU Staff Council has scheduled the Faculty and Staff - East vs. West Softball game for Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m. at Myers Stadium. It's open to all full-time faculty and staff. Contact David Washington, Staff Council president, at dcwashington@nwosu.edu if interested in playing.
  • Students - BSU Pancake Night is Thursday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. Free pancakes!
  • Howdy Week is next week. Check the Student Events Calendar for what's going on Monday thru Thursday.