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Staff Spotlight: Chy Black

Panhandle State Communications on 06/24/2020

Chyanna Black is a 2016 Oklahoma Panhandle State University graduate from Hudson, Colorado. Her story started in the fall of 2012 when she accepted a rodeo scholarship that would factor in her long-term future here at Panhandle State. She graduated with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Animal Science and Agribusiness.

After graduating, Chyanna returned to Colorado, where she continued to grow her work ethic and gain experience in different industries. Still, she knew that Goodwell was where she wanted to be. The University left a significant impact on her while she was a student, and she was eager to be back on campus as staff. Chyanna said, “Although I grew up in Colorado, it never felt like home after being in Goodwell.” Chyanna took the reins as Director of Alumni Relations in November of 2019.

Vice President of Outreach, Dr. Ryan Blanton, commented, “Chyanna is a great addition to the Alumni Department. She is eager to engage and reconnect with Alumni and is always willing to help where she can.”

Chyanna’s favorite thing about Panhandle State is the students and the community. “People of the community are very welcoming and supportive, which is who I get to work with the most as the Alumni Director.” She continued, “Students being excited about events, alumni/community showing up to support, and faculty/staff making impacts is what keeps the university growing.”

Alumni President, Diane Murphey stated, “Chy’s energy, organizational skills, and dedication to Panhandle State will help keep our alumni connected and informed.”

Chyanna has two dogs, Target and Brisco, who keep her on her toes. She also loves to ride the empty pastures with her four horses. A previous rodeo team member, Chyanna, said, “Anytime I get to rope, I’m grateful.” When she is not planning events for Alumni, she is typically traveling on the road to see friends and family.