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June 30, 2016

Midwestern State, Weatherford College Sign Partnership Agreement

Students finishing their studies at Weatherford College won’t have to travel far to complete a bachelor’s degree. Midwestern State University is now offering classes at the Wise County campus.

Administrators from the two institutions marked the new partnership with a press conference June 14 at the Weatherford College Wise County campus. The agreement is aimed to ease the transfer for students moving from WC associate degrees into selected baccalaureate programs at MSU by allowing students to earn both degrees on the same campus. The agreement also provides residents of Wise County access to both a quality community college and a quality university.

MSU will offer upper level teacher education and respiratory classes this fall. The partnership will also provide an online adult completion program for individuals with workforce education, vocational-technical training and/or professional experience in occupational fields. Courses will be delivered in a combination of formats including face-to-face, interactive television, online and hybrid. As the market and partnership evolves, additional programs and course delivery options will be offered.  Click Here for additional information.

MSU Names VP for University Advancement and Public Affairs

Anthony (Tony) Vidmar, most recently Assistant Vice President of Development for University Programs at Virginia Tech, has been appointed as Vice President for University Advancement and Public Affairs at Midwestern State University. He will be responsible for leading and providing strategic direction for the advancement division at the university that includes alumni relations, major gifts and planned giving, marketing and public information, university development, and corporate and foundation relations.

Vidmar will replace Dr. Howard Farrell, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Vidmar will begin his duties at MSU in July.

Vidmar began his career in higher education at Northwest Nazarene University working as a director for scholarship and endowment development as well as the director of the university fund. Additionally, he has served in various positions of advancement at Purdue University, The Ohio State University, and Virginia Tech. Click Here for complete story and a link to Vidmar’s resume.

Downtown Rotary Endows DCOBA Professorship

Thanks to the Downtown Rotary Club of Wichita Falls, the Dillard College of Business Administration at Midwestern State University will have a new endowed professorship. The club has contributed $175,000 for the creation of the Tarkington-Downing Rotary Business Professorship Endowment. 

Dr. Terry Patton, DCOBA dean, said that the endowment will be a great benefit to business students in that it will provide the additional resources necessary to hire another well-qualified faculty member. 

Wymore Downing was a 48-year member of the Rotary Club of Wichita Falls and the son of Jim Downing, a charter member of the club. Wayne Tarkington was a Rotary member for 32 years. Both Wymore Downing and Tarkington were Paul Harris Fellows, a high honor in Rotary. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Harris was the Rotary founder.  Click Here for complete story.

Mustangs place 90 on LSC Commissioner's Honor Roll

Midwestern State placed 90 student-athletes on the Lone Star Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for the spring semester of the 2015-16 academic year. The program boasted 19 student-athletes with a flawless 4.0 GPA for the spring semester.

Women's soccer and women's cross country and track & field teams led the with 11 selections apiece on the LSC Commissioner's Honor Roll. Football placed 10 student-athletes on the list while women's basketball was close behind with nine selections. Men's soccer, volleyball and softball each had eight named to the honor roll and women's tennis placed six on the list.  

The LSC Commissioner's Honor Roll is announced at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters with student-athletes qualifying based on grade-point average for the current semester. To be eligible for the Commissioner's Honor Roll, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.30 GPA for the current semester and be on an active roster. To view the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Click Here.

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& Class of 1966 Reunion
October 27-30

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