**For Immediate Release**
PTCI and OPSU - “Building” Partnerships
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 02-08-2007
by Laura Hays
Goodwell, Okla. - PTCI reaffirmed their commitment to Oklahoma Panhandle State University and its students by providing $25,000 that will be used to provide specialized laboratory equipment for the Science and Agriculture facility being built on campus. The building will also feature a PTCI Video Lab for use by the video production team.
PTCI’s CEO, Ron Strecker, presented OPSU President Dave Bryant with the donation, which doubles in value as it will be used as part of the matching funds provided by the Noble Foundation Challenge Grant.
For many years, PTCI has provided OPSU students with many advantages that would not be possible without their generosity. Owned by the community it serves, the company’s commitment to its constituents is apparent by the number of ways they have provided support through scholarships and assistance to OPSU athletics and the rodeo team. PTCI has also supported the OPSU computer programming team for the past ten years. In addition, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education honored PTCI last spring with an Economic Development Partnership Award for their support of OPSU.
The two entities have enjoyed a successful partnership for the past three years that incorporates learning and community service. PTCI initially donated funds to OPSU for the purchase of cameras, lighting, and editing equipment to use in video production classes. In return, students in the courses prepare documentaries of local interest and other programs for PTCI to air on its local channel. Instructor Matthew Carter teaches students video editing techniques and use of the equipment, and he also oversees the filming. As the program has grown by adding more students and course work, PTCI funded an assistant for the program. In fact, last spring an option was added to the Bachelor’s of Technology degree that provides an emphasis in game art design and digital video production.
PTCI was instrumental in launching Panhandle Share-Ed Video Network (PSVN), an interlocal cooperative of schools in the Oklahoma Panhandle working together to enhance educational opportunities for students and communities alike through the use of modern videoconferencing equipment. Currently, PTCI assists PSVN through an annual operations budget contribution. The thirteen PSVN public schools and Oklahoma Panhandle State University provide high school-to-high school classes as well as university-to-high school classes. In addition, PSVN member schools offer use of their equipment for professional seminars, graduate studies, Red Cross disaster training, and Operation Freedom Call (videoconferencing with deployed soldiers).
Plans are currently underway for a dedicated OPSU local cable channel through PTCI’s DITV service. OPSU will eventually provide programming for the channel that emphasizes education and campus events.
OPSU is proud to continue partnering with PTCI to better serve the community both organizations are invested in.