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RSU recently completed renovation of Baird Hall doubling its size to 57,000 square feet. Baird Hall now contains classrooms equipped with Smart Boards, a performance studio, art gallery, and an amphitheater-style outdoor classroom. It is also the headquarters for four academic departments including the Department of Communications, Department of English and Humanities, Department of Fine Arts and Department of History and Political Science. The RSU/Cameron University Education Program and Honors Program are also located in Baird Hall.
RSU has transformed its main campus in Claremore through several new building and renovation projects, including the state-of-the-art Stratton Taylor Library, oncampus student living community, several athletic fields and the Innovation Center, a business incubator. All major historic buildings on the Claremore campus have been completed renovated. Preparatory Hall and Meyer Hall are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. RSU’s beautiful main campus also features a military museum, an art gallery, Will Rogers Auditorium, two lakes, a 120-acre nature conservatory, amphitheater, and nature trails for the community.
The Claremore campus is accentuated with some of the largest and most elaborate sculptures located on any university campus in Oklahoma, including sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.
The Oklahoma Military Killed in Action Memorial will be dedicated on the RSU campus in Claremore in June 2011. The memorial will be a black granite pyramid etched with the names of more than 100 OMA cadets who died in service abroad.
Since 2003, 63 RSU medical/molecular biology graduates have gained admission to medical, pharmacy, dentistry and other health sciences schools in Oklahoma and surrounding states.
The RSU School of Business and Technology offers internship and co-op programs to its students at major companies in the region, including ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville. Since 2006, more than 60 students have completed internship and co-op programs and most received and accepted full-time job offers from the companies following graduation.
RSU is the only university in Oklahoma to operate a full-power public television station, reaching more than 1 million viewers across Oklahoma and surrounding states. The university also operates a radio station which serves as a learning laboratory for communications students.
RSU operates its own radio station, RSU Radio (KRSC) 91.3 FM, which can be heard in Claremore, Tulsa, and across northeast Oklahoma. RSU Radio is the only alternative college radio station on a campus in Oklahoma. Most of the programming is produced and hosted by RSU students, and members of the community.
Five endowed faculty chairs have been established at RSU. The private gifts funding these faculty chairs have been matched dollar for dollar by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's Endowment Trust Fund. RSU's endowed faculty chairs are: the Kunz Endowed Chair in Communications, funded by Warner Brothers (WB) television; the Sarkeys Endowed Chair in Business Information Technology, funded by the Sarkeys Foundation; the John W. Norman Endowed Chair in Business Information Technology, funded by anonymous donors; the Oliver Dewey Mayor Endowed Chair, funded by the Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation for an endowed faculty position at RSU's campus in Pryor; and an Endowed Chair in Nursing.
The RSU Center for Studies-at-Large provides students with opportunities to study different cultures, customs and locations along with regular coursework through programs in five countries and a variety of domestic locales.
RSU is dedicated to providing programs and activities to foster student development outside the classroom. The Office of Student Affairs provides services to promote student development, diversity, campus activities, career services, and more. Nearly 30 student organizations are active on campus.
The RSU Student Health Center is located in Downs Hall on the Claremore campus. The center provides health care for students, faculty, and staff for treating minor injuries and illnesses, as well as providing individual, group, and family counseling for students.
RSU's Innovation Center is a 7,000-square-foot facility that houses a business incubator and provides office space for several economic development organizations. Established in 2002, the Innovation Center fosters regional economic development and addresses the educational needs of business and industry.
RSU’s emergency medical technology program is one of only two college-level paramedic programs in the state of Oklahoma and the only such program in northeast Oklahoma.
RSU has a $2.2 million off-campus equestrian center that houses the Bit by Bit Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program. The Frank and Wanda Sanders Family Trust donated 23 acres of land for the facility, which is located just off U.S. Highway 169 five miles south of Oologah. Bit by Bit is a cooperative program between RSU and Oologah-Talala Public Schools to promote physical and mental health for disabled children and adults through horseback riding.
The Oklahoma Military Academy Museum, located on the second floor of Meyer Hall on the RSU campus in Claremore, tells the story of the more than 10,000 cadets who attended the Oklahoma Military Academy (OMA) from 1919 to 1971. The museum, which is open to the public, features thousands of historical documents, photographs, military uniforms, and other memorabilia. The OMA, one of the predecessor institutions of RSU, was known throughout the U.S. as the “West Point of the Southwest.” Distinguished graduates include Lt. Gen. William E. Potts, Admiral William J. Crowe, and Col. Edwin P. Ramsey.
A collection of 57 porcelain sculptures of birds in their natural habitat by Edward Marshall Boehm, one of the leading wildlife artists of the 20th Century, was donated to RSU by Bill and Betty Holman of Claremore. The collection can be viewed by the public at the university’s Stratton Taylor Library.
RSU was the first public university in Oklahoma to offer bachelor’s degrees entirely via the Internet. Students can earn bachelors degrees in applied technology, business information technology, and liberal arts through the innovative RSU Online program. Students can earn four associates degrees entirely via the Internet, including applied technology, business administration, computer science, and liberal arts.
The RSU mascot, the Hillcat, is a fictitious blue and crimson animal. A cousin of the bobcat, the Hillcat serves as a source of school pride and spirit and identify the university's academic, alumni, and athletic programs.
RSU is a member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), one of the nation's largest athletic associations representing more than 300 colleges and universities. RSU has implemented athletic programs in baseball, softball, golf, men's and women's basketball, soccer, and cross country.
The RSU Honors Program provides an atmosphere where scholars can challenge themselves academically to maximize their college experience through specialized courses, student/faculty joint research projects, and a strong emphasis on service learning in the community. RSU has established the President's Leadership Class (PLC), a four-year scholarship program designed to foster personal and professional development for RSU students who have demonstrated leadership abilities.
RSU participates in The Washington Center Internship Program, a nationally recognized program placing students with private, public, and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. Students participating in the semester-long internship earn college credit while they gain "real world" experience within their field of interest and interact with influential leaders and policymakers. RSU is one of only three universities in Oklahoma to participate in the program.
Since RSU became a four-year university in 2000, the institution has increased the number of full-time faculty members by more than 50 percent. Most RSU faculty members hold doctoral degrees or the highest degrees available in their fields from esteemed institutions across the nation, including Princeton University, Duke University, and the University of Oklahoma.
The RSU Foundation, through the leadership of its Board of Directors, aggressively seeks private funds for the benefit of the university and its students. Recent major gifts have been provided to RSU for student scholarships, computer technology, and instructional equipment from Founders and Associates, the Aldridge Foundation, Oklahoma Natural Gas, the SBC Foundation, ConocoPhillips, the Chapman Foundation, and many other foundations, corporations, and individuals in Oklahoma.
The RSU Legacy Society, an organization of individuals and families who have provided gifts to the university through their estate plans, offers donors a variety of planned giving methods to provide future support for education through wills, real estate, life insurance policies, specially designed trusts, and more. Professional financial planners work closely with members to select and establish planned giving methods that best suit their investment and retirement plans.
RSU offers articulation agreements with several two-year institutions, including Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami; Tulsa Community College; Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa; and Carl Albert State College in Poteau. RSU offers cooperative educational agreements with several technology centers across Oklahoma, including Tulsa Technology Centers, Northeast Technology Centers, and Central Technology Centers.
RSU is dedicated to providing programs and activities to foster student development outside the classroom. The Office of Student Affairs provides services to promote student development, diversity, campus activities, career services, and more. More than 30 student organizations are active on campus.
RSU enjoys a statewide reputation for academic excellence in its nursing program. Ninety-two percent of RSU nursing students passed the Registered Nurse (R.N.) licensure exam on the first attempt, compared to a national passing rate of 86 percent and an Oklahoma passing rate of 85 percent. RSU’s nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. RSU’s emergency medical technology program is one of only two college-level paramedic programs in the state of Oklahoma and the only such program in northeast Oklahoma.
In addition to academic programs, RSU provides a wide variety of educational opportunities for area residents, including outreach programs such as Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search.
RSU offers a wide variety of federally funded support services for students through its TRIO program, including academic advising, personal and career counseling, tutoring, workshops on stress management, and study and test-taking skills.
The RSU Conservation Education Reserve, a 120-acre nature conservatory featuring an outdoor amphitheater and nature trails, is located on the university’s campus in Claremore.