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**For Immediate Release**
StoryCorps Conducts Interviews on Campus
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 08-23-06

Goodwell, Okla. — On Saturday, August 19, several Oklahoma Panhandle State University faculty and staff participated in interviews with StoryCorps, a project of the non-profit group Sound Portraits Productions of New York City. High Plains Public Radio (HPPR), the National Public Radio voice of the high plains, partnered with StoryCorps to produce the interviews. Elaine Davenport and Ryan Murdock of StoryCorps facilitated the interviews and Stacy Yates of HPPR in Amarillo also assisted in the process.

Members of the StoryCorps staff travel the country recording memoirs of unheralded Americans who offer a wide range of personal stories that are preserved and archived in the Library of Congress. Some of the stories may be heard on National Public Radio, and local stories have begun airing on HPPR Mondays at 7:30 a.m. during Morning Edition and repeat at 6:45 p.m. during All Things Considered. In the Guymon area, HPPR may be heard on 88.9 FM as well as via online streaming at www.hppr.org.

Dr. Wayne Stewart, OPSU’s Dean of Education interviewed three of the participants. OPSU President Dave Bryant spoke about the history and future of OPSU; Dr. Sara Richter, Dean of Liberal Arts, discussed the Santa Fe Trail, a topic she continues to research and present to civic groups; and Stewart also visited with OPSU’s Chair of the Education Department, Dr. Pauline Hodges, about the history of the No Man’s Land Museum. Debbie Colson, director of the No Man’s Land Museum, interviewed OPSU Professor Emeritus Harold Kachel about the pre-historic and geologic history of the Panhandle. Colson also discussed the No Man’s Land Historical Society with Judge Ron Kincannon of Boise City.

OPSU is proud to be a part of StoryCorps and thanks the Amarillo Area Foundation, the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, the Ambassador Hotel in Amarillo, Holiday Day Inn Express and the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kans. for making StoryCorps on the High Plains possible.

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