July 2015

Q&A - July 26, 2015

At OSU Institute of Technology, we have always believed that institutions of higher education do not distinguish themselves by their similarities, but by their differences, and we have always prided ourselves on being unique.

Q&A - July 19, 2015

“Momentum” is defined as the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes. Right now, momentum is exactly what we have in Okmulgee. There is a mounting resurgence of interest in restoring and repurposing downtown properties and community pride is growing stronger with each new development.

Q&A - July 12, 2015

The second downtown property that has been purchased by OSUIT for development into student lofts is the 15,000 sq. ft. Bell Building at the northeast corner of 6th Street and Morton Avenue. It is the anchor building of what was referred to as the Bell Block, constructed by Dr. G.W. Bell between 1900-1901. The first floor of the Bell Building was a drug store, and later Guaranty State Bank, and the top floor was the Bell’s Opera House used for professional entertainment, Chamber of Commerce meetings, high school graduations, dances and other special occasions.

Q&A - July 5, 2015

I have always considered problems to be opportunities in disguise. As a college president, I frequently look for “win-win” solutions to challenges that present themselves. But never in my 30-year higher education career had I seriously entertained the idea of students living so far from campus in university-owned facilities or the possibility of renovating historic buildings to create trendy loft space for students. That was until I met the downtown consultant, Ron Drake, when he first visited Okmulgee about a year ago.