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Oct. 28, 2005

Fourth Street Renamed University Avenue

RSU Dedicates New Downtown Bartlesville Campus

Rogers State University ceremoniously cut a red ribbon to signify the dedication of its new campus in Bartlesville on Thursday.

In addition, Bartlesville Mayor Julie Daniels announced that Fourth Street in downtown Bartlesville has been renamed University Avenue in honor of the new campus.

Participating in the ceremony were RSU President Dr. Joe Wiley; Bill Beierschmitt, the new RSU provost and chief operating officer; Mayor Daniels; Jim Fram, president of the Bartlesville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bartlesville Development Corporation; and members of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, the governing board for RSU, including Tom Clark, Jon Stuart, and Max Weitzenhoffer.

Also on Thursday, the RSU Foundation Board of Directors held a meeting and luncheon at the downtown offices of ConocoPhillips.

The new RSU campus opened in August in the historic nine-story Reda Building. The university purchased the building last spring. Since opening, the number of students enrolled at the Bartlesville campus increased by 8.8 percent over last fall.

A strategic plan for the Bartlesville campus features continued renovation of the building, a significant expansion of the number of available college degrees and coursework, improvement of student services and activities, and further addition of full-time faculty members with doctoral degrees, resulting in projected enrollment of more than 2,000 students in the next ten years.

RSU anticipates expanding the number of bachelor's and associate's degrees that may be completed at the Bartlesville campus in areas such as accounting, business management, and nursing.

For more information on the educational opportunities available at the RSU campus in Bartlesville, call (918) 338-8000.