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**For Immediate Release**
Successful High School Recruiting Trip
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 10-14-05
by Rebecca Bichsel

The Oklahoma Panhandle State University High School and Community Relations office has been making many recruiting trips to area high schools and junior colleges. On Friday, Oct. 7, ten faculty members and five students joined campus recruiter Christy LaCross on a trip to Boise City high school.

The recruiters addressed about 145 students from grades 9-12. Students listened to a presentation discussing the benefits and importance of a college education in today’s job market. They also discussed the cost of college and the different ways that OPSU works with students to keep those costs as low as possible, emphasizing that OPSU offers the lowest priced four-year education in Oklahoma. Faculty members from each University School spoke about the different programs and academic opportunities offered at OPSU.

This trip is an important step toward our goal of increasing the number of Hispanic students enrolled at OPSU. Teri Mora, Director of Hispanic Student Services, spoke to the Boise City students about the school’s efforts to increase the Hispanic enrollment to reflect the demographics of the area. She also talked to them about OHLAP and legislation affecting undocumented students. Boise City schools have a large number of Hispanic students, and a majority of the 2006 senior class is Hispanic. All of the Hispanic seniors attended the High School Hispanic Leadership Day hosted by OPSU on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

After the general presentation, individual students stayed to talk with the faculty and OPSU students about their specific areas of interest. Several students showed genuine interest in choosing OPSU. The OPSU group also met one-on-one with the Boise City teachers, administrators and counselor to discuss OPSU programs and the benefits that our school offers students. For the past 100 years, OPSU has been providing a high-quality education to the residents of the High Plains, and we look forward to continuing the tradition.

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