The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Northwest Oklahoma 1 2011

March 5, 2011

University of culture

Northwestern exposes area students, public to the arts

ALVA — Concerts, art exhibits, chamber music, theater and more: Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s cultural offerings and outreach enrich the lives of more than just residents of Woods County.

“Our cultural offerings probably affect several thousand people during the course of the year,” said Steve Valencia, associate vice president for university relations. “We think we touch quite a few people throughout northwest Oklahoma.”

Several concerts are scheduled for the current semester. Piano Trio concert featuring the music of Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, a performance by Garrett “Big G” Jacobson, President’s Prize Song Competition and a piano recital by Dr. Ling Yu Kan are a few of the cultural offerings on campus this semester.

University Singers and Chorale and concert choir take their music on the road, traveling to Woodward and Alva churches and to high schools throughout the state. Woodward High School Band and the NWOSU Concert Band perform a concert together.

“Our concerts usually draw hundreds of people,” Valencia said.

Then there will be a play, “Potpourri,” and a musical theatre production, “Company” by Stephen Sondheim.

The university also hosts a number of high school competitions and musical performances that draw musicians as young as first grade.

“We do draw quite a few people throughout the state of Oklahoma for our events on our campus,” Valencia said.

Festival of Pianists is a competition for students in grades 1-12. Red Carpet Honor Band is for students in grades 7-12.

High School Speech Invitational allows speech and debate contestants to obtain placement in Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association’s regional speech contest, also held at NWOSU. Likewise, NWOSU is host to the OSSAA regional vocal contest.

“There are a large number of high school students who are exposed to the arts and to Northwestern through those events,” Valencia said.

NWOSU has commissioned two statues, both by Kremlin artist Harold Holden, to place on campus in addition to other artwork already on the Alva campus.

Holden’s Ranger statue was erected in 2007 at the Alva campus and dedicated in 2008 at the Enid campus.

“We’re looking at a third statue for our Woodward campus but have not done that yet,” Valencia said. “It will be another of the Ranger.”

Text Only
Northwest Oklahoma 1 2011
  • Cover.jpg Northwest Oklahoma Part 1 2011

    One of the attributes of living in Enid and Northwest Oklahoma is the abundant pride residents have in its people, land and businesses. The 2011 News & Eagle Progress edition highlights these areas and pays tribute to all of those who make our region shine 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

    March 5, 2011 1 Photo

  • Sandridge_2_BH.jpg Boom a boon

    SandRidge owns 750,000 acres of land in the area, and 37 horizontal wells are in Alfalfa, Grant and Woods counties.

    March 5, 2011 2 Photos

  • Timberlake_Playground_2.jpg Now the play begins

    After years of holding small fundraisers and banking money toward the day, the money to move forward recently has come snowballing in, and the plan is to install equipment this summer.

    March 5, 2011 2 Photos

  • Cherokee_Bond_1_BH.jpg It’s about time for an update

    “We have building issues such as heaters and (problems with) gymnasiums and dressing rooms, and we’re trying to get some ideas what that will cost. There are tiles coming up off the floor. The tile floor we’re talking about was put in in the 1950s.” — Bob Meyer, Cherokee Public Schools interim superintendent

    March 5, 2011 2 Photos

  • Salt_Plains_Digging_Provided.jpg Backyard treasure is economic gold

    Dr. Patty Wilber, associate dean for economic development at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, said there were 30,000 crystal diggers in 2010 after the area opened in April. She said Tulsa district’s Greg Birkenfeld estimated each visitor spent, on average, $25 a day in Alfalfa County while at the digging site.

    March 5, 2011 1 Photo

  • Salt_Lake_1_BH.jpg Study time at the lake

    “With tight budgets coming up, I don’t know how (we) will fare.” — Ross Adkins, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    March 5, 2011 2 Photos

  • Woodward Conference Center1.jpg Woodward’s carving a niche

    The $7 million and more than 29,000-square-foot facility will accommodate about 650 people in a round-table event, 1,200 in lecture-type seating, 110 booth spaces and 75 people in the three training rooms, acting as a hub for multi-purpose conference and education facilitating.

    March 5, 2011 2 Photos

  • Woodward_Retail_2_BH.jpg ‘A great area to call home’

    Woodward Chamber of Commerce President CJ Montgomery said the city’s retail sector is looking “great.”

    March 5, 2011 4 Photos

  • deVine_1_BH.jpg Bottled-up desire finally bubbles up into business

    The business allows people to have their water for free from an artesian well located off Oklahoma 11, just north of the Great Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge.

    March 5, 2011 3 Photos

  • NWOSU statue snow.jpg University of culture

    “Our cultural offerings probably affect several thousand people during the course of the year.” — Steve Valencia, associate vice president for university relations.

    March 5, 2011 5 Photos