Adjunct Instructors, Department of Biological Sciences
Program Directors and Medical Directors
Stacey Paryag; MPA, AHI (AMT), MLS (ASCP) CM,
Carol Dittman, M.D., Medical Director
Comanche County Memorial Hospital
Nathan Harden; MS, MLS (ASCP)
Cynthia Holmes, M.D., Medical Director
St. Francis Hospital
Leah Babcock; MSHR, MT (ASCP),
Dr. L. W. Cartmell, Medical Director
Valley View Regional Hospital
Asma Javed; MS, MT (ASCP),
Stuart Smith, M.D., Medical Director
United Regional Health Care System
Wichita Falls, TX
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND Southwestern Oklahoma State University at Weatherford is located in Weatherford, 70 miles west of Oklahoma City. The University is authorized to offer curricula in arts and sciences, business, teacher education, and health sciences. A branch campus at Sayre is authorized to provide Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees in both general and specialized areas of study, as well as career and technical education.
The University was established by an act of the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1901 as the Southwestern Normal School, authorized to offer two years of training for public school teachers. The first classes met in 1903. Initially, four years of preparatory work for precollege students were offered.
In 1920, the preparatory (academy) courses were eliminated and two additional years of college work in teacher training were added. The State Legislature approved a change of name to Southwestern State Teachers College. The first baccalaureate degrees were awarded in May 1921. Other changes in name and purposes occurred in 1939 when the institution was designated as Southwestern State College of Diversified Occupations, and in 1941, when it became Southwestern Institute of Technology. During this two-year period, the college added a school of pharmacy, degree work in the arts and sciences, and trade schools.
In 1949, the Oklahoma State Legislature changed the name of the institution to Southwestern State College, and in 1974, to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, without altering its purposes and objectives. On July 1, 1987, Sayre Junior College was merged with Southwestern Oklahoma State University as a branch campus designated Southwestern Oklahoma State University at Sayre. Southwestern Oklahoma State University at Sayre was founded as Sayre Junior College in 1938 under legislative authorization which permitted public high schools to add a 13th and 14th year of study to their curricula. Nineteen public schools took this step. In 1940, the college name was changed to Oklahoma Western Junior College; however, the original name was soon adopted again, and in May 1940, the first degrees were conferred. In 1956, Sayre Junior College moved from facilities occupied jointly with Sayre High School to its present location on old Highway 66. The merger with Southwestern Oklahoma State University marked the end of the Oklahoma community college system, since Sayre Junior College was the only such institution remaining of the original nineteen.
The Sayre campus is located 60 miles west of the Weatherford campus on Interstate 40. It serves western Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle within a 60-mile radius of Sayre. It offers open admission to high school graduates as well as to students who do not hold a high school diploma.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University offers seven advanced degrees. The Master of Education degree was inaugurated in 1969. (The Master of Teaching Degree was offered during the period 1953-1969.) Graduate programs leading to the following degrees have been added since 1969: Master of Business Administration, 1977; Master of Music, 1981; a professional doctorate, the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), 1998; Master of Science in School Psychology, 2005; Master of Science in Management, 2008; and a Master of Science in Community Counseling, 2009.
MISSION, VALUES AND VISION Southwestern Oklahoma State University is one of twenty-five institutions in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education (Oklahoma Constitution, Article XIII-A, Section 1). The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education is the legal structure for public education at the collegiate level and is the coordinating board of all state institutions for higher education. Southwestern is one of six state supported regional universities governed by the Regional University System of Oklahoma. Southwestern Oklahoma State University provides access to higher education for all individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender, or disability status.
The mission of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a member of the Regional University System of Oklahoma, is to provide educational opportunities, research, scholarly and creative activities, and service in a safe, accessible, nurturing learning environment that meets the needs of the state and region and contributes to the educational, economic, and cultural environment. SWOSU provides traditionally strong programs of study leading to a variety of degrees, from associate to doctoral degrees. The University’s areas of study, nationally accredited programs, general education curriculum, service and experiential learning activities, and participation in student activities and organizations provide students with opportunities to obtain skills, knowledge, and cultural appreciation that promote achievement by students and alumni.
SWOSU confirmed its values with its stakeholders.
We value our standing as a premier Oklahoma institution of higher education that meets the needs of the state and the region by providing accessible, affordable, high-quality associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and professional degree programs.
We are committed to high standards for instruction, administrative services, research, scholarly and creative activities, and service to the university and community.
Our faculty, staff, and administration are committed to fostering a safe, healthy, and diverse intellectual, cultural, and social environment for student success.
We are dedicated to the economic stability and growth of our region, and we cherish our role as a center for arts, culture, science, and technology.
We guide our actions by fairness, honesty and integrity as we meet our obligations through wise use of the financial and natural resources entrusted to us.
As a premier university responding to an ever-changing world, SWOSU will provide an environment for faculty, student and graduate success and public service through a variety of elements:
Innovative and accessible academic programs;
Student activities and opportunities;
Cultural inclusion and diversity;
Expanded international programs, opportunities for international students, and promotion of global awareness;
Community and private sector partnerships that benefit students, faculty and staff and the community;
Student and faculty research, scholarly, and creative activities that expand bodies of knowledge and enhance quality of life;
Promotion of university and community health and wellness;
Commitment to advancing and maintaining technologies that optimizes university operations and classroom and student distance learning;
Management of our financial resources and establishment of new avenues to support and preserve quality programs; and
Expansion of alumni relations, recognition, partnerships and support.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University at Sayre enables the university to focus its mission to provide lower division programs and educational opportunities in higher education.
The following institutional functions have been approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and are considered essential components of the mission on the Sayre campus:
To provide a lower division program of higher education for traditional and non-traditional students in Western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle.
To provide a general education that enables students to become informed responsible citizens.
To provide programs of education in the liberal arts and sciences leading to the Associate in Science degree through campus-based and distance learning.
To provide career and technical programs to enable students to seek employment in various job fields, with completion of such programs culminating in the awarding of the Associate in Applied Science degree or an appropriate certificate.
To provide transfer programs, which include liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional subjects, thus enabling students to pursue completion of baccalaureate or professional degrees at four-year colleges and universities.
To provide courses, services, and programs in remedial education for individuals who require such assistance in order to function effectively at the collegiate level.
To provide guidance services and a program of student activities for the promotion of personal development and effective citizenship.
The University's academic organization includes colleges of Arts and Sciences, Associate and Applied Programs-Sayre Campus, Pharmacy, and Professional and Graduate Studies. Each of these entities and their subdivisions establish specific objectives that contribute to the achievement of University objectives.
DEGREES GRANTED Southwestern Oklahoma State University is authorized to grant the following degrees:
Associate in Applied Science
Associate in Science
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Education
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Education
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
Master of Education
Master of Music
Master of Science in Community Counseling
Master of Science in Management
Master of Science in School Psychology
Doctor of Pharmacy
SOUTHWESTERN CAMPUS The Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus includes 80 acres along the crest of an elevation overlooking the city of Weatherford and the Little Deer Creek Valley. Campus facilities include the following:
AARON CUSTER & ED DRURY MEMORIAL STALL BARN: This memorial barn was built in 2013 to honor two freshmen members of the Rodeo program who died in 2011. The memorial barn is semi-enclosed and features 30 stalls.
ART BUILDING: This building contains the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre.
ASSESSMENT CENTER: The Assessment Center is located across the street south from Neff Hall at College and Eighth Streets. Various student tests administered through Assessment include ACT, AMT, CLEP, CPT, English Proficiency Exam, GED, GRE, OGET, OPTE, OSAT, PCAT, TEAS, TOEFL, and other assessments and services such as fingerprinting.
ATHLETIC FIELDS: Milam Stadium, the football field, has a seating capacity of approximately 10,000 and includes a quarter-mile track. In summer 2010, artificial turf was installed, and the field was newly named Fast Lane Field when Rick Koch purchased naming rights. Intramural football and soccer fields are located in the northeast section of the campus. The Southwestern Athletic Complex is located on Caddo Street, ¾ of a mile north of Davis Street. All varsity baseball and softball games are played at the complex as well as varsity women’s soccer. Future construction includes additional softball and flag football fields for intramurals, a cross-country track, and an indoor facility for the golf teams driving range. Additionally, a new building for concessions and public restrooms was completed in 2011.
BULLDOG PLAZA: The center for student activity on the north side of campus is the Bulldog Plaza, located on the west side of Rogers and Jefferson residence halls. In this plaza, you will find the University Bookstore and Market equipped with an ATM machine as well as a wireless internet student lounge with both private and TV watching areas.
BURTON HOUSE: This structure, located on the south edge of the campus, was formerly used as the President's residence. It has been converted into offices for Institutional Advancement.
CAMPBELL BUILDING: This building provides faculty offices and classrooms for the Department of Language and Literature and the Department of Mathematics. It is located in the northeast corner of the campus.
CAMPUS POLICE: Located at the corner of College and State Streets, it provides for all safety related matters and has police officers available 24 hours a day for university safety and security.
CHEMISTRY-PHARMACY-PHYSICS BUILDING: This facility houses the College of Pharmacy and Department of Chemistry and Physics. The original building, completed in 1963, was doubled in size by the addition of a wing in 1969.
CLASSROOM ANNEX: This building is located between the Chemistry-Pharmacy-Physics Building and Stewart Hall.
CONFERENCE CENTER: The University Conference Center is located at the corner of 7th and Davis just west of the Milam Stadium. The facility has the following rooms: Redbud Hall (main large room), Sunflower Room (just off the kitchen), and the Mesquite Room, Primrose Room, Teak Room, and the Dogwood Room, which are used for breakout rooms and small groups. The facility is used for seminars, workshops, banquets and special events.
DR. JOE ANNA HIBLER EDUCATION CENTER: This two-story building houses the Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Graduate Studies and the Project Manager for the Adventure Programs, Department of Education, Department of Parks and Recreation Management, Graduate School Office, Center for Distance and eLearning, and ITV classrooms.
ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER: The Economic and Business Development Center is housed in this building located at North Bradley and Davis.
ED AND WINNIE OLA BERRONG MUSIC HALL: This building includes facilities for practice rooms, as well as large rehearsal rooms and classrooms.
FINE ARTS CENTER: The 1,376-seat auditorium with support facilities for theatre and music activities, including rehearsal space and faculty offices, was completed in 1985. The Margaret Renz Replogle addition, completed in 1986, provides practice rooms and houses the Department of Music.
GENERAL THOMAS P. STAFFORD CENTER: This 65,000 square foot building was dedicated in 1996 in honor of astronaut Thomas P. Stafford, a native of Weatherford. The building contains the Bernhardt Lecture Hall, 10 classrooms, 5 computer labs, and 2 seminar rooms. The Everett Dobson School of Business and Technology, the Department of Accounting, Computer Science and Entrepreneurship, the Department of Finance, Management and Marketing, and the Office of Web Services Management occupy the third floor of the building. The second floor houses the offices of Information Technology Services, Enrollment Management, Admissions and Recruitment, Career Services & Placement, New Student Orientation, Student Financial Services, and the Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities.
HILLTOP THEATRE: Completed in 2008, this 9,500 square foot theatre was made possible by the Oklahoma Higher Education “Futures Under Construction” Capital Bond Program. The theatre is located just west of the Fine Arts Center.
JOHN HAYS ADMINISTRATION BUILDING: This building contains the offices of the President, Executive Vice President, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice President for Public Relations & Marketing, Business Affairs, Human Resources, International Student Affairs, Mailroom, Payroll, Registrar, and Sponsored Programs.
MARY MABRY SAVAGE HALL: Located in the southwest area of the campus, these one-bedroom units provide housing for full-time students that are either married or with dependents.
MEMORIAL STUDENT CENTER: Located on the main floor is Duke’s Diner (cafeteria), the Bulldog Beanery (coffee shop), Nuts & Berries (yogurt shop) and the University Grill, which includes The Corner Bakery (breakfast items), Arrezzio’s Italian Café (pizza), Brandy’s Grill (hamburgers & fries), Casa Solana Mexican Cantina, and the Strip Joint (chicken strips). Adjacent to the University Grill is a recreational area. On the second floor are the Ballroom, East Ballroom, and the Bonny Board Room for banquets and meetings. Also located on the second floor are the Director’s office and Auxiliary Services office, where you can get your official university I.D. made and your meal card. Located downstairs on the east side of the Memorial Student Union is the Upward Bound offices.
PHARMACY II (Annex): Completed in 1975, this facility houses specialized laboratories, classrooms, and offices for the College of Pharmacy.
PIONEER CELLULAR EVENT CENTER: The 93,000 square foot center opened in 2014 and was made possible by a partnership between the university, SWOSU students and Weatherford residents. The center is used for a variety of purposes including meetings, trade shows, concerts, athletic events and more. The center houses the center director, athletic department administration and the basketball and volleyball programs.
QUANAH PARKER HALL: This facility houses laboratories, classrooms, and offices for the School of Nursing and the Department of Psychology.
RANKIN WILLIAMS HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION BUILDING: This building houses a basketball gymnasium with a seating capacity of 2,500, a swimming pool, classrooms and offices, and dressing rooms for athletic teams and classes. In January 2008, the Rankin Williams Field House Court was renamed Kelli Litsch Court. An addition to the building, completed in 1982, provided a second gymnasium. The former psychology department area was renamed the Perkins Football Complex in 2012.
RESIDENCE HALLS: Residence halls for women are Stewart Hall, Oklahoma Hall, and Rogers Hall (floors 6 & 7). Men's residence halls are Neff Hall, Jefferson Hall, and Rogers Hall (floors 1-5). Black Kettle Hall is undergoing renovation for student apartments. The Residence Life office is located at the southwest entrance of Neff Hall.
SCIENCE BUILDING: The "Old Science Building" is the oldest structure on campus. The building has been remodeled and air-conditioned since its construction in 1909. It houses the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Social Sciences, and the Allied Health Sciences program. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION HOUSE: Located at the corner of College and Broadway across from Neff Hall, the white house serves as a meeting site for the Student Government Association. All students are welcome to visit the house; it is staffed by SGA members from 8-5, Monday through Friday.
SWOSU LIBRARIES: Located near the center of the campus, the Library houses the books, periodicals, videos, government documents, electronic databases, and the SWOSU Digital Repository (University history). Individual study carrels are provided for students, seminar rooms for group use, Media Creation Center/Video Studio, News Room, a 125-seat auditorium, and Writing Center in the lower level. Audiovisual equipment, wireless laptops, and a PC network with a public printer are also available in the Library.
SWOSU MAIN STREET BUILDING: SWOSU purchased this building in downtown Weatherford in 2009. The building houses the Weatherford area Chamber of Commerce and the SWOSU museum.
TECHNOLOGY COMPLEX: Located in the northeast quadrant of the campus and houses the Department of Engineering Technology.
WELLNESS CENTER: Health Services, Counseling Services, Intramural offices and a concession area surround a complete workout facility consisting of three basketball courts, a cardiovascular wing, a free weight room, aerobic rooms, classrooms, a 33-foot freestanding rock wall, and a meeting area for students.
Y CHAPEL HONORS BUILDING: The native stone structure was built in 1941. Recently renovated, it serves as a picturesque reminder of an earlier period and is the home of the SWOSU Honors Program.
AND REGULATIONS At SWOSU, residential living is a significant part of the university experience, designed to support student success. Our program focuses on academic success, civic and community engagement, social and recreational involvement, healthy relationships, inclusive communities and personal wellness. Additionally, the residential community offers a variety of options for leadership, peer relationships and employment. Whether a student is beginning college or continuing an education, the Residence Life Department encourages everyone to consider the many benefits of campus living.
RESIDENCE HALLS The SWOSU campus provides on-campus housing to over 1,200 students with five residence halls: Stewart Hall, Oklahoma Hall, Neff Hall, Rogers Hall and Jefferson Hall. Most residents stay in double occupancy rooms during their stay, however, a limited number of private rooms are available depending on availability. Rooms vary in size, but all come with two standard twin beds, two desks, two chairs, and closet space with chests of drawers for two. Each building has its own laundry facilities, study areas, lounges with big screen televisions, and recreation rooms outfitted with pool tables, foosball, and other entertainment.
All residence hall contracts are binding for a 9-month academic term (fall and spring semesters). Rates listed are per semester and include a furnished room, all utilities, expanded cable service, and wireless internet. All residents must also select a meal plan for use on campus. Reserving a room can be accomplished by submitting an application with deposit to the Residence Life office, located at the southwest entrance of Neff Hall.
MARY MABRY SAVAGE HALL There are 32 University-owned, one-bedroom apartments available to full-time students that are either married or with dependents. All of these units are unfurnished. Monthly rent covers all utilities, cable TV, and internet access. Inquiries should be made in the Residence Life Office, located at the southwest entrance of Neff Hall.
TUITION AND FEES
Tuition and other fees are established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The charges listed in this catalog are those in effect at the time of publication and are subject to change(refer to academic schedule for current fees).
Tuition and fees* include all charges for enrollment with the exception of those listed under "Charges for Special Services".
Rates shown are per credit hour.
*Tuition rates include the following mandatory fees per credit
hour ($36.50 Total):
Event Center Fee – $6.50
Facility Fee - $7.50
Student Activity Fee - $11.50
Technology Service Fee - $11.00
CHARGES FOR SPECIAL SERVICES
ACT Residual Exam $45.00
Application Fee $15.00
Art, Technology, Instructional Media. Cost of material used
Arts and Sciences Academic Fee $9.00
(per hour on classes under Arts & Sciences)
Audit (without credit), each credit hour. Same charge as tuition
Blended/ITV Course Fee (per hour) $30.00
Business & Technology Academic Fee $12.00
(per hour on School of Business classes)
Certification/Software Fee $60.00/$95.00/$100.00
(per semester on select Pharmacy classes)
CLEP Exams $95.00
Distance Learning Fee $40.00
(per hour plus regular tuition charges)
GED Exam $136.00
New Student Orientation Fee $5.00
Nursing Academic Fee $55.00
(per hour plus regular tuition charges)
Parking Fee $25.00
(Fall and Spring for students with a parking decal)
Pharmacy Organization Activity Fee $1.00
(per hour on Professional Pharmacy Classes)
Pharmacy Software Fee (Fall and Spring Semester) $35.00
Professional and Graduate Studies Academic Fee $9.75
(per hour on classes under Professional & Graduate Studies)
Proctoring Fee $10.00
Remedial Course Fee (per hour): $40.00
Science Laboratory Course Cost of breakage
Supplies Fee Varies by department
(applies to some Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communications, Computer, Geology, and P.E. classes; Fee is in lieu of supplies being purchased by student)
TEAS Exam $50.00
APPLIED MUSIC CHARGES
Private lessons in music (per hour) $75.00
Semi-private lessons in music (per hour) $35.00
(Enrollment priority in private lessons is given to majors. Enrollment in applied music is by permission of the department.)
Organ rental, per semester $10.00
Practice Room rental, per semester $30.00
Primary instrument rental, per semester $20.00
Secondary instrument rental, per semester $5.00
(Instruments rented as available.)
Refunds for approved withdrawals from the institution (see current class schedule for calendar dates)
Before the semester begins 100%
During the first ten days of a regular semester or
during the first five days of a summer semester 85%
(on full term courses)
After ten class days of a regular semester or
after five class days of a summer semester No Refund
Classes dropped after ten class days of a regular
semester or five class days of a summer semester No Refund
Any student, who totally withdraws from the University enrollment during the defined add/drop period shall be charged an administrative amount of 15% of the total tuition and fees assessed to that student. After the add/drop period, the charge shall be 100% of the total tuition and fees assessed to that student.
NOTE: Fees and tuition stated are those in effect when the catalog was printed. Since charges are subject to change, current schedule of fees is available upon request. GUARANTEED TUITION RATE PROGRAM
The Bursar’s Office coordinates, monitors, and records tuition payments including the guaranteed tuition rate program established with the start of the 2008-2009 academic year. This will allow students to guarantee their tuition rate for four years. If a student chooses to participate in the guaranteed tuition rate program, tuition (excluding fees) will be guaranteed for four years at 115% of the current tuition rate at the time of initial enrollment. The program is only available to full-time, undergraduate students entering college for the first time. Students must be enrolled full-time each fall and spring semester at SWOSU for four years to remain in the guaranteed tuition rate program. If a student qualifies for a tuition scholarship, the scholarship will be calculated at the regular or non-guaranteed tuition rate. The student will be responsible for the balance of tuition and fees.
Examples are available in the Bursar’s Office, Admissions and Recruitment Office, and the Registrar’s Office that may assist a student to determine if this program will benefit them. Students choosing to participate in the guaranteed tuition rate program should understand that they could possibly pay more in tuition in some cases (e.g. if at some point within the four-year guaranteed period they stop attending, drop below full-time enrollment, transfer to/from another institution, or if they are later admitted into the College of Pharmacy). Pre-Pharmacy majors who choose to participate in the program will not be able to continue with the guaranteed tuition rate upon admittance into the College of Pharmacy. However, in most cases, students who choose to lock in their tuition rate, continue their undergraduate fulltime enrollment and progress satisfactorily to graduate with a degree in four years may pay less in tuition than if they did not lock in their tuition rate. The program is only available to undergraduate students.
If a student chooses to participate in the guaranteed tuition rate program, they must return the completed form prior to enrollment. This form must be signed and documented in the Registrar’s Office prior to enrolling or attending one of the designated New Student Orientation sessions. Students may return this form as they register on the morning of the New Student Orientation session they choose to attend.
SERVICES, ACTIVITIES & ORGANIZATIONS
ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND COUNSELING SERVICES Academic support and personal counseling is offered at Counseling Services. Confidential counseling is provided by licensed professional counselors and is available to Southwestern students at no charge. Counseling sessions are typically short-term and referrals are available. Referrals, such as sexual assault, intimate partner violence/abuse, and stalking on SWOSU’s campus are provided for SWOSU students and employees to local and campus resources as needed. Counseling Services is located in the Wellness Center and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CAMPUS POLICE SWOSU maintains a Campus Police pursuant to authority granted by Statutory Law of the state of Oklahoma (title 74, 360.17). Police officers of the Campus Police department are bona fide peace officers, bonded and commissioned by the Regional University System of Oklahoma. The Campus Police has the responsibility of enforcing state law and all regulations of the University.
DEAN OF STUDENTS AND
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES Major functions and responsibilities of the Office of the Dean of Students include monitoring student conduct and compliance with university policies and for providing leadership for the resolution of student problems. Areas of direct responsibility include student organizations and activities, student ombudsperson, accommodations for students with documented disabilities, student conduct, student appeals, parental contacts, and verification of student records. Health insurance for international students is coordinated through this office. Also, co-coordinates Service Learning activities with faculty.
DISTANCE EDUCATION SWOSU has several different options for distance learning. Online courses are delivered over the Internet and provide access to the teacher and to classmates wherever the student is able to connect to the Internet. At SWOSU, online course work uses Canvas, a learning management system that will allow students to have course materials delivered to them with the ability to connect with faculty and students in ongoing discussions each week. Interactive Television (ITV) is another delivery system for course work at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. ITV courses are conducted via two-way television, and students are able to interact with the teachers and fellow students in a way that most closely replicates the traditional classroom experience. Webinar courses are similar to ITV courses in that students meet at a specific time each week, but differs in that the lectures and class interactions are delivered through the student’s laptop or desktop computer. Seeing and hearing the instructor and other students is done computer to computer. Blended courses are ones where a combination of delivery methods is employed such as ITV and Online together with in-person attendance for 50% of the class or less.
Includes the following:
Admissions and Recruitment
The Admissions and Recruitment Office coordinates public relations with high schools in the area served by the University. Representatives visit schools, attend career day programs, provide admission counseling and campus tours for all interested students.
Whether you are a recent high school graduate, a transfer student or a returning adult learner, the Admissions and Recruitment Office offers tours of the campus and residence halls and answers inquiries about SWOSU.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University provides career services for all students and alumni. Career Services also provides assistance to students in selecting a major, securing internships, summer work opportunities and full-time employment upon graduation.
Students can utilize Career Services at any point during or after their college career. Some of the services offered include resume review/critique, mock interviews, on-campus interviews, resume referrals, job listings, company research material and several annual career fairs and events.
Students and alumni can also take advantage of the Bulldog Job Board to search for employment opportunities. Visit Career Services at www.swosu.edu/administration/careers for complete details or visit their office located in STF-209.
Freshmen Orientation/New Student Orientation
All freshmen are required to participate in New Student Orientation (NSO). NSO includes enrollment sessions prior to the beginning of the fall semester in which students receive academic advisement and enroll in fall coursework; Mass Orientation, a SWOSU tradition when students meet as an entire class; and a freshman orientation course. More than 40 student Orientation Leaders (OLs) assist with all aspects of the program to help new students make a smooth transition into college life at SWOSU. A student is exempt from the NSO enrollment process if they have been out of high school two or more years.
For more information, contact the New Student Orientation Office in STF-209 (580) 774-3233 or e-mail email@example.com. HEALTH SERVICES The University employs a Registered Nurse (RN) who sees students for illness and minor injuries as well as wellness care. Health Services also manages student compliance with state immunization laws. Health Services is located in the Wellness Center and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. For an appointment or for walk-in hours, please call Health Services.
HUMAN RESOURCES Human Resources will assist students once a job has been secured. Human Resources will verify the employment eligibility of the student by using the E-Verify system and completion of other employment forms. Please note that all students will need to present a Social Security Card for payroll purposes. Student positions range from a handful of hours to a maximum of 20 hours per week on campus. The average hours worked per week is between 12 and 15.
Students can find additional assistance from the Human Resources office with any employment related concerns. The Dean of Students or any Executive Officers are also available if needed.
The U.S. Congress and the Oklahoma State Legislature have passed laws requiring universities to provide employees with detailed information about a number of issues which affect them. The intent of the law is to ensure complete information about the extent of the issue, the risks involved, the legal standards adopted, and the offices and/or agencies which may offer assistance. In order to comply with some of the requirements of these laws, the Human Resources staff have posted information on the bulletin board outside the Human Resources offices (Administration building) and in the Staff Handbook posted on the website.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES Southwestern Oklahoma State University maintains a campus-wide computer network. Through this network, all students can access various computer resources and applications, as well as full Internet and e-mail services. Access is provided via a large number of labs, wireless networks and other sites across campus. The Information Technology Services Department provides assistance and support to all students, academic departments, and administrative offices.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS The Office of International Student Affairs (ISA) provides services to international students at SWOSU and supports international efforts at SWOSU. ISA recruits international students, processes applications for admission from students requiring a student visa, and provides to these students needed immigration documents. ISA continually provides advice and assistance to international students as needed throughout their association with SWOSU. ISA serves as the liaison between SWOSU and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in matters concerning student visas.
The office encourages international activities on the SWOSU campus and supports these activities as requested. In this capacity ISA serves as a central point for disseminating information about various study abroad programs and provides assistance as needed to students interested in study abroad. ISA staff is ready to assist members of the SWOSU community traveling overseas.
PUBLICATIONS Southwestern Oklahoma State University students are directly involved in the preparation of two publications, The Southwestern and The Graduate Record. A weekly newspaper, The Southwestern, has a general circulation on campus and is mailed to subscribers. The Graduate Record includes photos of SWOSU seniors and faculty. A complimentary copy of The Graduate Record is provided to each graduate. Additional copies may be purchased from the University Bookstore.
An alumni news magazine, Echoes from the Hill, is published biannually by the Office of Institutional Advancement and mailed to members of the Alumni Association.
Departmentalbrochures are prepared and published by the respective departments.
The Department of Chemistry and Physics publishes the SW Physics Alumni Newsletter and the Chemistry Newsletter.
The Department of Education publishes the Student Teaching Handbook. The FactBook is a summary of demographic information for both campuses that is published by the Institutional Research Office each fall. This office also publishes a Retention Report as well as an Enrollment Report each semester.
The Faculty Handbook is published by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The Graduate Catalog is published by the Office of the Dean of the College of Professional and Graduate Studies.
The Mayfly Newsletter is published by the College of Arts and Sciences.
The College of Pharmacy has three publications: The Apothecary, an annual journal; The Sig, a professional newsletter; and The Bulletin. The Sayre University Catalog is published by the Office of the Dean of Associate and Applied Programs.
The Scholarship Handbook, the semester schedules, the Student Handbook, and the Undergraduate Catalog are published by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
The Staff Handbook and Employment Practices Review are published by the Human Resources Office.
Strategic plans are published by the President’s Office.
SWOSU Journal of Undergraduate Research is a journal developed and run by SWOSU students and faculty featuring research activities.
Westview is a literary journal featuring short stories, poetry, and essays. It is published by the College of Arts and Sciences.
PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING The Public Relations & Marketing Office is responsible for all publicity of activities and events concerning the University as they relate to media sources. The office operates a news service for daily and weekly newspapers, radio and television stations, and the SWOSU web site. SWOSU PR & Marketing also communicates with various constituents through several social media sites. The office also assists in the promotion of interscholastic events and other University projects on and off campus.
RETENTION MANAGEMENT The Office of Retention Management focuses on helping students attain their collegiate goals and maximize their academic success. The department works with at-risk students to assist them in accessing university resources. This office assists committed students in recognizing their strengths while addressing any weaknesses that may be counterproductive to achievement.
STEP AHEAD PROGRAM The Step Ahead program provides area high school students with the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. Students may enroll in summer, fall, or spring semesters if they meet criteria approved by the State Regents for Higher Education and their high school.
STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES The Student Financial Services Office coordinates, monitors and records scholarship data from all sources. The office also evaluates the results of the student's application for federal financial assistance, establishes eligibility to participate in the various loan, grant, and work study programs, and awards to the student from each source any aid for which he qualifies in an amount not to exceed the student's demonstrated need and cost of attendance. Questions relating to the application process for scholarships or federal financial aid should be directed to the Student Financial Services Director at SWOSU.
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS All students are encouraged to become active in one or more of our campus organizations which are listed at the following website:
SWOSU LIBRARIES SWOSU Libraries serves a vital role in research, which occupies a significant place in the life of the university.
The Al Harris Library, named in honor of a former University president, is a major resource of the University. It is centrally located on the Weatherford campus. It is open seven days a week (84.5 hours a week). The Oscar H. McMahan Library, named in honor of the first president of the Sayre Campus, is open weekdays (56 hours a week). Open book stacks, loans of library materials, and full access to digital books, periodicals, audiobooks, and streaming videos, both on and off campus make library resources easily accessible to students and faculty.Research assistance is provided by faculty librarians on both campuses, both in person and virtually.
The SWOSU Libraries has over 312,000 bound volumes, over 74,000 electronic books, and subscribes to 39,117 print and electronic periodicals. The collection is expanded by 1,200,000 microforms, over 3,000 media materials, and access to 120 online and full text databases. The Library is a partial U. S. Government and Oklahoma state document depository.
Interlibrary loan and document delivery service and library instruction sessions on research skills and information literacy are offered in undergraduate, graduate courses and online instruction.
TESTING SERVICES The Assessment Center serves as a clearinghouse for students wishing to take admissions tests, course placement exams, various state and national tests and advanced standing exams. The advanced standing plan at Southwestern was established to give students an opportunity to begin college work on the level commensurate with their demonstrated achievement. With certain limitations, all such achievement, once certified to be at the college level by this institution, receives appropriate academic credit.
UPWARD BOUND The Upward Bound Program prepares low-income, first generation students within target area high schools for post-secondary education. Services provided to qualifying participants include a six-week summer residential program, tutoring, ACT test preparation classes, academic and career counseling, cultural and educational enrichment field trips, community service activities, college campus visitations, exposure to professional careers and mentors, and assistance with financial aid, scholarship and college admission applications.
VETERANS All students attending the University under the Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits Program may obtain admission and benefit information in the Registrar's Office. For additional assistance, the toll-free Veterans Administration number is 1-800-827-1000 or you can visit www.gibill.va.gov.
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION The State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation maintains an office in Weatherford. Guidance and financial assistance is provided to eligible physically handicapped students. Contact the Vocational Rehabilitation office for information.