By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Bert Mackie remembered the day a county surplus bridge was selected to link the campuses of Northern Oklahoma College Enid and Northwest Oklahoma State University-Enid.
“One hot August day in 2008, we went up to look at the bridge,” Mackie said, standing at a lectern just east of the bridge Thursday evening during a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the bridge and a trail between the two campuses.
As a group of dignitaries from both campuses stood on the bridge admiring it on that 2008 day, Cheryl Evans, now NOC president but at that time dean of students at NWOSU-Enid, was standing nearby what turned out to be the tail of a snake. She led the group away from the creature.
Mackie speculated Thursday perhaps some of the crowd of 100 or so people at the ribbon-cutting ceremony still might be looking for the snake.
The bridge, which links the campuses, symbolizes the bridge agreement between the two schools.
Although the bridge was placed between the campuses in 2009, the trail for students to go from one campus to the other just recently was completed.
Under the NOC/NWOSU bridge agreement, students at both colleges can take advantage of dual admission. The bridge program makes it possible for students to take advantage of college services and activities at both campuses. Bridge students can use libraries and computer labs on both campuses and participate in organizations of both schools.
Additionally, NWOSU offers special financial aid incentives to NOC graduates. NOC graduates with high grade point averages can get scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $1,900.
NWOSU operates campuses in Alva, Enid and Woodward, while NOC has campuses in Tonkawa, Enid and Stillwater. The agreement covers students at all campuses.