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Nov. 19, 2003

ConocoPhillips Provides Gift To RSU Bartlesville

ConocoPhillips has provided a gift to Rogers State University that will be utilized to develop a plan to better serve the residents of northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas at the Bartlesville campus.

"ConocoPhillips is a long-time friend and supporter of education in the Bartlesville area and has continued its role as a forward-thinking corporate citizen with this generous contribution," said RSU President Dr. Joe Wiley.

The gift will assist RSU in assessing the educational needs of area residents and businesses and developing a plan to more effectively deliver programs and services at its Bartlesville campus.

"ConocoPhillips is pleased to support Rogers State University's plans to establish future development and to formalize public higher education opportunities in Bartlesville," said Norman Towler, manager of enterprise infrastructure services for ConocoPhillips. 

Kent Stroman, of Stroman and associates, will lead the consulting efforts working with RSU administrators, members of the RSU Foundation board of directors and community leaders to develop a vision, mission and long-range plan for the Bartlesville campus.

"Our goal is to help RSU enhance its educational programs and services to meet the specific needs of businesses and residents in the Bartlesville area," Stroman said.

RSU is Oklahoma's fastest-growing university with 3,578 students, including 408 students at its Bartlesville campus. RSU offers bachelor's and associate's degrees in a wide variety of disciplines. Students at the RSU campus in Bartlesville can earn any four-year or two-year degree through a combination of residential, online and compressed video classes. RSU is a national pioneer and leader in distance education, and was the first university in Oklahoma to allow students to complete all requirements for several degrees entirely via the Internet.

ConocoPhillips is an international, integrated energy company and is the third largest integrated energy company in the United States, based on market capitalization, and oil and gas reserves and production. Worldwide it is the sixth largest publicly owned energy company, based on oil and gas reserves, and the fifth largest refiner. Headquartered in Houston, ConocoPhillips operates in 49 countries.