State Regents recognize Northwestern, Arysta, Brine Electric with Partnership Award

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State Regents recognize Northwestern, Arysta, Brine Electric with Partnership Award

Regents Release

May 5, 2010

 Partnership Recognition
Honored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's Economic Development Grant for Partnership Recognition are Darrell Mason, Arysta LifeScience Technology of Oklahoma; Dr. Jason Wickham and Dr. Patti Wilber, Northwestern; Richard Dombkowski, Arysta LifeScience North America, LLC; and Terry Brix, Brine Electric.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University was among 22 institutions throughout the state recently recognized for their innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Economic Development Grant for the Partnership Recognition Program is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

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

“To improve Oklahoma's future, we need higher education and businesses to develop successful partnerships and training programs. Through these partnerships, students receive hands-on, career-related experiences and better preparation for college,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “With these partnerships in place, Oklahoma can better train future employees and strengthen its position in the global marketplace.”

Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Arysta LifeScience North America and Brine Electric – The partnership among Arysta, Brine and NWOSU enables engagement in research and development through day-to-day testing and analysis at the university and in the life-science field. Stimulated by an Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education economic development enhancement grant, NWOSU established a research and development lab on its Alva campus, where NWOSU students are trained to use scientific equipment for analysis. This collaboration, with the foremost authorities in this emerging industry, offers a distinct advantage for NWOSU and Oklahoma.

More details about the partnerships will be available soon on the State Regents’ website at