**For Immediate Release**
Instructors as Students
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 06/29/06
Goodwell, Okla. — In order to stay current in the
rapidly expanding world of computer technology, faculty
in Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Computer
Information Systems (CIS) Department continue their education
to better serve their students. Instructors have completed
advanced training in graphics and technical software, web
security and database management.
Much of this continuing education is made possible through
a Program of Excellence grant funded by the Oklahoma State
Regents for Higher Education. The $685,342 grant enables
the development of two new program areas within the CIS
department — computer graphics and website data management
technology. The addition of a new faculty member has freed
two instructors to develop curricula for two new capstone
courses in the new program areas.
Instructors in CIS have also installed hardware such as
a new SQL (Sequence Query Language) server used for instructing
students in database management. In the upcoming year,
faculty will continue their training, finish revising requirements
for new degree plans and bring more new hardware on-line.
Graduates of the OPSU CIS program hold important local,
state and national positions. Several are employed locally
as Chief Information Officers, and others serve in high-level
network support positions in national companies. In addition,
several graduates work directly with the U.S. space program
and others teach in higher education.
Regional, state and national technology needs will continue
to grow rapidly, and the OPSU CIS department will respond
to those needs by providing skilled technologists taught
by professionals who remain current in their fields of