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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OPSU Coach Wins Environmental Excellence Award

Aggie Football Head Coach Russell Gaskamp was recognized by the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful organization for Panhandle Football

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Frost Comes Home to Goodwell

Josh Frost competes at the College National Finals Rodeo this past summer. —Photo by Dan Hubbell

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Dr. Grandin Set to Visit OPSU in November

Dr. Temple Grandin will be on campus to speak on animal behavior Nov. 10 at 6 the Oscar Williams Field House.-Courtesy photo

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Equestrians Prepare for Second Show of the Season

From left Erica Newman, Mika Leinen, Kristin Allen, Hannah Hammack, Kayce Ingram, Kayla Hook and Jesslin Lamont show off their ribbons from the NCTC Western Show in Gainesville, Texas on Oct. 2.—Courtesy photo

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Truelove Honored as D2Football and HERO Sports Player of the Week

Aggie QB Shane Truelove adds two more weekly awards for his performance against UTPB last week.—Anyssa Barbosa photo

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A Night of Celebration

The Guymon Alma Folklorica dancers provided special entertainment throughout the evening showcasing dances from various regions in Mexico.—Justine Gaskamp photo

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The Silvey Family Honorees

The Silvey family gathers for a photo around a tree that was planted in their honor outside the football field. The family was named this year

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Panhandle Equestrian Takes Their Show on the Road This Week

The Panhandle State Equestrian Team, seated from left: Kristin Allen, Rachel Wright, Mika Leinen, Erica Newman. Standing from left: Kayla Hook, Hannah Hammack and Kayce Ingram (not pictured, Jesslin Lamont)

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Staff Liaison Committee Spreads Cheer

The Panhandle State Staff Liaison Committee is pictured here from left to right: Bonnie Maille, Amanda Batenhorst, Calandra Rose, and Abby Evans. The group was preparing to spread some cheer with free movie passes to each Panhandle State staff member. —Courtesy photo

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Rodeo Teams Triumph in Colby

Josh Frost won the bull riding and the all-around title at the Colby, Kan. rodeo this past weekend. —Photo by Dale Hirschman