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September 2017

Oklahoma Panhandle State University Announces Largest Freshman Class in University History

A wave of energy and excitement can be felt all across Oklahoma Panhandle State University as the preliminary enrollment numbers are in and the university welcomes the largest freshman class on record to the University. Having started Aug. 14, the fall 2017 semester is off and running.

The class of 2021 totals 468 students which tallies a 38 percent increase over last year’s freshman class enrollment.

University President Tim Faltyn said, “I am proud of our team’s efforts to bring in this class of freshmen, and proud to be part of this historic year. It is proof that their hard work is building a great future for Panhandle State.”

Over 80 faculty and staff members joined together to welcome new students and greet returners on Aug. 11 during move-in day.

“Our faculty and staff did a phenomenal job showing our new students and their families how much we care about them and what it means to be part of the Aggie family,” said Dr. Julie Dinger, vice president of academic and student affairs.

Welcome Week saw a collection of student activities from the yearly favorite ice cream social to intramural disc golf at the brand new course on the walking trail.

The week capped off with the Aggie Pride Picnic. Students, faculty and staff members joined with community supporters to kick off a new school year. Emcee Ken Stonecipher led the celebration with an introduction of the 2017 National Champion Men’s Rodeo Team. Smiles and laughter filled the tailgate zone as the crowd enjoyed a special word from head rodeo coach Robert Etbauer and assistant coach Shelbie Weeder. Brief season previews from each sport’s head coach followed.
The event was complete with a delicious meal served by Great Western Dining and live music from the Jimmy Lee Jordan Band. The evening was capped off with a fall Aggie football scrimmage under the lights at No Man’s Land Stadium.

Director of High School and Community Relations Martin Nevarez credits the increase to a new recruitment approach and a willingness to try new things. “The Enrollment Management Team took a progressive mindset in developing a new communication system with future students. Hard work joined forces with a willingness to try new things to help us reach this milestone. Aggie pride runs deep among the team.”

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