September 11, 2008
Northwestern Oklahoma State University will officially dedicate its new campus building in Woodward during a ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 24.
The ceremony will begin in the commons area at 11 a.m.
“The dedication ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate Northwestern’s long-standing partnership with the community of Woodward and the spirit of collaboration that led to the construction of a marvelous facility,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president.
“The day is not just about Northwestern, it also belongs to the people of Woodward and the leaders that made a dream a reality.”
Several dignitaries will deliver remarks at the ceremony, including Cunningham, James D. (Jimmy) Harrel, a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; Mike Mitchel, a regent for the Regional University System of Oklahoma; Dr. Houston Davis, vice chancellor for academic affairs, Oklahoma State System for Higher Education; Bill Fanning, mayor of Woodward; and Dr. Deena Fisher, dean of the Woodward Campus.
C.J. Montgomery, president of the Woodward Chamber of Commerce, will serve as master of ceremonies. The ceremony also will feature performances from Northwestern’s University Singers.
Legislation passed in 1996 established the Woodward branch of Northwestern along with a branch in Enid, and the University began planning for its own campus almost immediately. Northwestern first held classes in Woodward at the High Plains Technology Center before moving to the First American Bank building. Classes also have been held at Woodward High School.
Legislators Owen Laughlin, Elmer Maddox and Clay Pope originally supported funding construction of a campus through a bond issue, but it took until 2005 for the passage of bond issue that would finally secure the funds necessary. Rep. Jeff Hickman and Sen. Owen Laughlin played key roles in the passage of House bill 1191, a $475 million capital bond package for higher education that allocated $6.8 million for Northwestern.
“It was long process but many elected and community leaders stayed committed to the project and were determined to see it through,” Cunningham said.
“We are very appreciative of their efforts and look forward to the opportunity to recognize their contributions.
“Through it all, Dr. Fisher and her staff has done a remarkable job in making sure our students were served in the most efficient way possible. They deserve a lot of credit for building an operation from scratch to what we now have today.”
New Woodward Campus Timeline
March 31, 2005 – Governor Brad Henry signs into law House Bill 1191, a $475 million capital bond improvement package for higher education that includes major funding for a Northwestern campus in Woodward.
Nov. 11 2005 – Northwestern announces the site for its new campus, a 40-acre tract of land on 34th Street.
Oct. 6, 2006 – Plans for the new campus are announced, a nearly 20,000 square foot building designed by Easley Associates.
Nov. 8, 2006 – A ceremony to break ground on the new campus is held at the construction site.
Jan.10, 2007 – Kline Mechanical of Woodward is awarded a $3 million contract for construction of the new Woodward campus.
August 18, 2008 – Northwestern begins fall semester classes in new campus building.
Posted on Thu, September 11, 2008
by Valarie Case