OCTOBER 15, 2003

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SWOSU receives $4.5 million in grants, contracts and cooperative agreements.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University at Weatherford has received confirmation of 12 grants, four contracts and two cooperative agreements with a total amount of $4,590,699.

SWOSU President John Hays reported the awards at the most recent meeting of the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges.

Anita Blankenship, director of sponsored programs at SWOSU, said the biggest award was a $3,804, 459 contract from the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs to support residency programs at five sites for youth in OJA custody. The residency treatment programs utilize outdoor education experiences to encourage possible behavioral changes for the youth served. The principal investigator of the contract is Dr. Ken Rose.

Other awards are:
• $330,000 grant from the Parametric Technology Corporation to support the acquisition of a multi-user software license to be distributed to engineering technology students and faculty. The software license enables the Technology Department to continue offering state-of-the-art instruction. The principal investigator of the grant is Dr. Richard Baugher.
• $98,083 contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the University of Oklahoma to support students who are pursuing child welfare careers with financial support as well as employment opportunities. The principal investigator of the contract is Patricia Albaugh.
• $96,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support the nutrition costs for participants of the residential program for youth housed as part of the University's SWOSU Adventure Programs. The principal investigator of the grant is Jason Baker.
• $85,984 cooperative agreement with the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation to support professional development training of K-8 teachers in hands-on, inquiry-based science curriculum modules. The module training will help ensure that K-8 teachers have the knowledge, skills, and materials needed to provide students with the highest quality of science instruction available. The principal investigator of the cooperative agreement is Dr. Robbie McCarty.

Other organizations that have awarded grants to SWOSU this year include the U.S.Department of Commerce, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Southwestern Research Materials, Western Technology Center, National Endowment for the Arts, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes, Powerade-Coca Cola North America Group and the Boy Scouts of America.

For more information, contact Bryan Adler at 1-580-774-3063.