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Faculty and Staff Set for New Semester

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 08/16/2017 It’s smiles all around at the Back-to-School breakfast this past Thursday. —Photos by Danae MooreIt’s smiles all around at the Back-to-School breakfast this past Thursday. —Photos by Danae Moore

Goodwell, Okla. — Fall classes are officially underway at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and the University’s 15th president, Dr. Tim Faltyn has plans to continue the “Tradition of Excellence” as we look to the future.

Panhandle State faculty and staff members gathered for an annual back-to-school breakfast sponsored by Anchor D Bank on Thursday, August 10. Faltyn addressed the group with a State of the University speech.

After congratulating the recently crowned National Champion Men’s Rodeo Team, Faltyn began by referencing the continued budget cut concerns saying, “We are fine. There is a plan.” to which a sigh a relief could be felt across the room followed by applause. He continued by acknowledging the fast pace of the recent school year and thanking everyone for their hard work on all the projects laid in place to propel the University forward.

Looking back on the last school year, Faltyn commented, “There have been lots of changes, but some things don’t change.” Panhandle State’s mission “Progress Through Knowledge” remains the same as well as the values of the university including integrity, quality, diversity, excellence, and service. Panhandle State seeks recognition as a national leader in regional university excellence. Another constant, learning continues to happen everywhere from the classroom to the athletic events, the dorm, and the cafeteria.

Dr. Faltyn highlighted many numerous positive changes including the implementation of the new logo, bookstore restructuring resulting in a jump in sales, degree updates, and a new walking trail on campus just to name a few. At the time of the Thursday meeting, the enrollment for fall was higher reflecting a new enrollment process where faculty and staff members join forces in the recruitment process.

President Faltyn referenced the facilities that have closed due to the budget concerns this past year including the campus golf course, Guymon Classroom building, and campus radio station. He added that Panhandle State is the only university in Oklahoma that to his knowledge did not have to do a reduction in force and facilities closing made that possible. Over the last year, the budget now has diversified sources in order to sustain amongst continued state allocation cuts.

Faltyn highlighted numerous reasons for faculty and staff to do what they do from the award winning student groups to the ultimate goal of students walking across the stage to get a diploma at graduation.

Plans for the upcoming year include the implementation of active directory, development of a strategic planning plan, and continued renovations to dorm rooms.