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Laura Dahl, Director
P.O. Box 430, Goodwell, Oklahoma 73939
Phone: 580-349-1354 * Fax: 580-349-1350


Pictured from left are Scott Puryear (OPSU faculty), Roy Smothermen,
Tri-County Electric Customer Services Manager, OPSU President Dave Bryant,
and Tri-County CEO Jack Perkins. Perkins presented a check to Bryant
in support of the school’s Community Service Learning program.
- Laura Dahl photo

**For Immediate Release**
Tri-County Electric and OPSU . . . A Great Team!
-by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 08-10-06

Goodwell, Okla. — Tri-County Electric Cooperative and Oklahoma Panhandle State University are working together on several important projects this year. With their main office in Hooker, Tri-County serves over 22,000 accounts in the three Oklahoma Panhandle counties as well as the service area in and around Elkhart, Kansas.

Tri-County provides financial support to the university for its “Community Service Learning,” a part of the OPSU School of Business. Each semester, as part of their studies, several students are assigned to work for and with area non-profit organizations in as many phases of that organization as possible. It is a sound learning experience for the students and of valuable assistance to the respective organizations.

Area groups served by the OPSU Community Service Learning program in the past include the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Guymon Chamber of Commerce, Texas County Election Board, OSU Extension, and 4-H.

Scott Puryear, School of Business instructor who supervises the program said, “Community Service Learning has proven to be very meaningful and helpful for non-profit groups within the OPSU service area. It is also an exceptional learning experience for our students and we are grateful to Tri-County for their assistance and support as we carry on this very important program.”

Recently visiting the OPSU campus as representatives of Tri-County Electric were Jack Perkins, Chief Executive Officer, and Roy Smothermen, Customer Services Manager. They toured the campus with Puryear, met with school president Dave Bryant, and Perkins presented Bryant with a check for the financial support of the Community Service Learning program.

Tri-County Electric Co-op employs seventy people and several, including Smothermen, are graduates of Oklahoma Panhandle State University.





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