Tradition of Excellence

Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 07/15/2014 The recent achievements of OPSU students can be seen on banners when driving through Goodwell, Okla. on highway 54. —Photo by Danae MooreThe recent achievements of OPSU students can be seen on banners when driving through Goodwell, Okla. on highway 54. —Photo by Danae Moore

Goodwell, Okla. — When cruising down highway 54 through Goodwell, Okla., some may realize for the first time that Goodwell is home to a four-year regional university called Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

OPSU was created in 1909 offering secondary agricultural education to the Panhandle area. The school is ever growing with new facilities and campus updates over the years. Students from all over the United States and even the world have come and gone, each with their own story to tell about their time at OPSU and each with their own contributions to the tradition of excellence at OPSU.

This year at OPSU has been no different. In June, members from the OPSU Rodeo Team as well as OPSU’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) group competed at the national level returning to the panhandle with national titles!

The Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team sent nine athletes to the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. held June 15-21. Orin Larsen and Joe Frost walked away the National Champion Bareback Rider and the National Champion Bull Rider, respectively. Joe Harper finished sixth overall in the saddle bronc riding. As a team, the men of OPSU placed third.

PBL traveled to Nashville, Tenn. for the 2014 PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC) held June 24-27. The group competed in 30 different contests at the event, earning nine top 10 finishes, first place in the open Agribusiness event for Amanda Barr, and the Gold Seal Chapter of Merit. Among the top ten finishes, Eva Dye clinched a national championship in Accounting Principles. The OPSU PBL chapter was designated as a Gold Seal Chapter of Merit in recognition and appreciation of the chapter’s active participation in programs and projects advancing the goals of FBLA-PBL (Future Business Leaders of America- Phi Beta Lambda).

Many different teams, clubs and organizations have been successful at OPSU in its nearly 105 years, but for many students the most vivid memories are those involving the friendly campus life that can be found in Goodwell.


We Are Panhandle

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Staff Highlight: Abby Rice

Abby Rice —Photo Courtesy Panhandle State Campus Communications

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Athletes Honored at Chi Alpha Sigma Banquet

The 2017 class of inductees and graduating seniors for Chi Alpha Sigma joined with University President Dr. Tim Faltyn (back right).—Sarah Brady photo

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Aggie Football Families Recognized at Main Street Oklahoma Event

From left: Head Coach Russell Gaskamp, and players Braylon Chandler, Eddie Thomas and Nate Leota are joined by Rep. Casey Murdock at the 2017 Main Street Oklahoma Awards Banquet. —Justine Gaskamp photo

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A Night of Celebration for Aggie Athletics

Panhandle State alumnus and Aggie Hall of Fame inductee Mario Mendoza of Turpin, Okla. served as the guest speaker at the 2017 Aggie Athletic Banquet.—Sarah Brady photo

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Bolton and Heathington Receive All-Conference Honors

Brooklyne Bolton (DP) and Madison Heathington (C) earned spots on the 2017 All-Heartland Conference Second Team for Softball.

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Oklahoma State A&M Board of Regents Visits Campus

Panhandle State students joined faculty and staff members for dinner at Hunny’s.

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PBL Continues Legacy

Panhandle State PBL had 10 students qualify for nationals at the recent State Leadership Conference. —Courtesy photo

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Etbauer Named Central Plains Region Coach of the Year

Ben Johnsrud competes in the steer wrestling at the Fort Hays State University Rodeo as Josh Frost (left) hazes for Johnsrud. Frost is riding Robert Etbauer’s horse, Rambo, who was named Central Plains Region Men’s Team Horse of the Year for the fifth time. —Photo by Dale Hirschman

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Panhandle State Association of Alumni and Friends Inducts Hall of Fame Ambassadors

Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees from left to right: Jerry and Jill Olson and Jessica Lofland. —Photo by Danae Moore

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Third Place National Finish for Panhandle State AITP

From left to right: Cole Tolbert, Martin Jurado, Grant Sparkman, Brian Martinez, Elias Pitterle, Madilyn Rider, Chance Hayden, Travis Pitterle, Jorge Rosas, Allston Hadley, Ricardo Quezadaponce, Kim Tuttle. —Courtesy Photo