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Oklahoma Panhandle State University Announces Largest Freshman Class in University History

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 09/05/2017 Students are shown taking notes and studying together. Panhandle State saw a 38% increase in this year's freshman class, making it the largest freshman class in university history. —Photo by Danae MooreStudents are shown taking notes and studying together. Panhandle State saw a 38% increase in this year's freshman class, making it the largest freshman class in university history. —Photo by Danae Moore

Goodwell, Okla. — A wave of energy and excitement can be felt all across Oklahoma Panhandle State University as the preliminary enrollment numbers are in and the university welcomes the largest freshman class on record to the University. Having started August 14, the fall 2017 semester is off and running.

The class of 2021 totals 468 students which tallies a 38% increase over last year’s freshman class enrollment.

University President Dr. Tim Faltyn said, “I am proud of our team’s efforts to bring in this class of freshmen, and proud to be part of this historic year. It is proof that their hard work is building a great future for Panhandle State.”

Over 80 faculty and staff members joined together to welcome new students and greet returners on August 11 during move-in day.

“Our faculty and staff did a phenomenal job showing our new students and their families how much we care about them and what it means to be part of the Aggie family,” said Dr. Julie Dinger, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.

Welcome Week saw a collection of student activities from the yearly favorite ice cream social to intramural disc golf at the brand new course on the walking trail.

The week capped off with the Aggie Pride Picnic. Students, faculty and staff members joined with community supporters to kick off a new school year. Emcee Ken Stonecipher led the celebration with an introduction of the 2017 National Champion Men’s Rodeo Team. Smiles and laughter filled the tailgate zone as the crowd enjoyed a special word from Head Rodeo Coach Robert Etbauer and Asst. Coach Shelbie Weeder. Brief season previews from each sport’s head coach followed. The event was complete with a delicious meal served by Great Western Dining and live music from the Jimmy Lee Jordan Band. The evening was capped off with a Fall Aggie Football Scrimmage under the lights at No Man’s Land Stadium.

Director of High School and Community Relations Martin Nevarez credits the increase to a new recruitment approach and a willingness to try new things. “The Enrollment Management Team took a progressive mindset in developing a new communication system with future students. Hard work joined forces with a willingness to try new things to help us reach this milestone. Aggie pride runs deep among the team.”

It’s a great year to be an Aggie!

We Are Panhandle We Are Panhandle!

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Rogelio Reyna Visits Monday Munch

Students enjoyed the opportunity to meet Professional Makeup Artist Rogelio Reyna at a recent Monday Munch hosted by the Alumni Office. —Photo by Danae Moore

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Panhandle Equestrians Show Skill among Newcomers

From left the 2017-2018 Panhandle State Equestrian Team after the NCTC Show: Jesslin Lamont, Reilly Shore, Kayla Hook, Sarah Atha, Hannah Hammack, MacKenzie Leach, Kristin Allen, Cassie Alcorn and Tyler Meyeres.

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Aggie Hall of Fame Spotlight: David Flowers

The 2017 PTCI Aggie Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet takes place Saturday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at Panhandle State.

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Torres Wins National Hispanic College Quiz

This past July, Oklahoma Panhandle State University senior Ami Torres Acuña (second from the right) competed in Nashville at the Hispanic College Quiz and won the competition! —Courtesy photo

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Banquet Sees Great Support

Panhandle State’s first Shooting Sports Banquet was September 28 at Hunny’s in Guymon. Pictured here Mike Gaitlin (right) auctions off a piece of artwork by Bryon Test. The banquet saw both a live auction as well as a raffle to raise support for scholarships and equipment. —Photo by Danae Moore

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Panhandle Baseball Alumni Catch Some Fun

2017 Aggie Baseball Alum Felipe Beltran took the title in the Alumni Homerun Derby on Sept. 30.-Erika Chartrand photo

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Panhandle State Saddle Bronc Riders Have Their Eyes On The Prize

Will Martin earned the Men's All-Around title, the Bareback Riding title, and split second and third in the average of the steer wrestling at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University College Rodeo this past weekend. —Photo by Dale Hirschman

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Avalos Represents Panhandle in National Internship

Jocelynn Avalos, a junior at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, got the opportunity to enjoy a summer internship in Bethesda, Md. at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). —Courtesy photo

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Earth Science Class Travels to Black Mesa

From left to right: Front row, Rachel McDonald and Becky Simmons; Back row, Beverly Meyer and Adrianna Garner —Courtesy photo

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Etbauer Family Named the 2017 Honored Family

Brothers Danny, Robert, and Billy are pictured from left to right. —Courtesy photo

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HALO Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Members of HALO pause for a quick photo at this past weekend's Fiesta in Guymon, Okla. —Photo by Alexandria Trujillo