Rogers State University
|Rogers State University|
|Motto||Tradition Innovation Excellence|
|President||Dr. Larry Rice|
|Provost||Bill R. Beierschmitt|
|OU Board of Regents||Paul D. Austin, Chairman|
|Location||Claremore, Oklahoma, USA|
|Colors||Blue and Red|
|Affiliations||Sooner Athletic Conference|
Rogers State University is a public, co-educational university located in Claremore, Oklahoma with branch campuses in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Pryor Creek, Oklahoma. Since it began offering bachelor's degrees in 2000, it has outpaced the growth of all other public universities in Oklahoma. It currently has a total enrollment of over 4,000 students in programs at its three campuses and in its distance learning programs. Of those, 3,019 were enrolled in its main campus at Claremore in Fall 2011.
The institution that is now RSU has gone through several stages in its existence, from its foundation as a state sponsored preparatory school, to its transition to a military academy, and finally, to its current incarnation as a four-year university.
It has its roots in the Eastern University Preparatory School, which was founded in 1909. During the construction of the famous "Preparatory Hall", Eastern University Preparatory School held its classes in the old Claremont building until 1911. The institution was closed in 1917.
In 1919 it was restarted as the Oklahoma Military Academy (OMA), to meet the growing educational and training needs of the United States Armed Forces. In 1923 it became a six-year program, providing a high school and junior college education. The school received an Army ROTC Honor School rating in 1932, and the junior college division became fully accredited in 1950. Graduates of the program became second lieutenants in the United States Army Reserve; more than 2,500 OMA graduates served in the military, and over 100 alumni gave their lives serving their country during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
OMA's enrollment declined during the later 1960s, due in part to the unpopularity of the Vietnam War, and in 1971, the Oklahoma Legislature replaced OMA with an institution to grant two-year associate degrees to the public known as Claremore Junior College. In 1982, it became Rogers State College, named after the county the main campus is located in, Rogers County, Oklahoma. Rogers County is in turn named in honor of Clement Vann Rogers, not Clem's son, Will Rogers. In 1996, Rogers State College and the University Center at Tulsa (UCAT) merged to form Rogers University, with campuses in Claremore and Tulsa, which operated for two years before being separated by the Oklahoma Legislature. The part that had been Rogers State College became a member of the OU Board of Regents, and was renamed Rogers State University. RSU was given permission to seek accreditation as a four year, bachelor degree granting university. In 2000, RSU became the institution it is today, a public four year, residential university. On August 16, 2006, Rogers State's Stratton Taylor Library was named a Federal depository library, the 20th in the state of Oklahoma.
In December 2008, the university officially began its centennial celebration with a lecture about local history and the unveiling of the "Centennial Clock" outside of the new Student Services Center. The centennial year of 2009 will be marked by a series of special events, lectures, and celebrations. The most notable of these events is the opening of the new Student Services Center, a recreational and administrative facility. The building will serve a variety of purposes both to the university itself and to the general public.
RSU currently offers bachelor's degrees in 16 areas: Applied Technology, Biology, Business Administration, Business Information Technology, Communications, Community Counseling, Game Development, Justice Administration, Liberal Arts, Military History, Nursing, Organizational Leadership, Public Administration, Social Science, Sports Management, and Visual Arts. In conjunction with Cameron University, RSU also offers a "2+2" program in Elementary Education, in which students can earn an associate's degree in elementary education from RSU and then transition to the final two years of a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Cameron, with all classes taught at RSU's campus in Claremore.
RSU is a pioneer in online and distance learning through eCollege, compressed video courses, and telecourses. Three bachelor's degrees, in Applied Technology, Business Information Technology, and Liberal Arts, and 4 associate's degrees are available completely online. RSU also has a radio station and the only university operated, full power public television station in Oklahoma. These facilities on the Claremore campus allow students to gain real-world experience in media and communications during their studies.
Rogers State teams, nicknamed athletically as the Hillcats, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and softball.
The school's sports teams are referred to as the Hillcats, a mascot chosen in 2005. RSU also has a competitive rodeo team that is a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). The Hillcats' women's softball team became the first RSU athletic team to be nationally ranked on March 28, 2007, entering the NAIA softball ratings at number 22. The men's basketball team earned the school's first number one ranking on January 26, 2009. The University's current athletic director is Ryan Bradley.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) approved Rogers State's application for Division II membership on July 13, 2012. The program will compete in the NAIA for the 2012-13 season while serving a first-year NCAA candidacy. The Hillcats will compete in the Heartland Conference.
RSU's radio station, KRSC, is broadcast on 91.3 FM and over the Internet. It began in 1980 as a 10 watt station, and is now 3000 watts, reaching an audience of over 1.2 million in northeastern Oklahoma. The station's programming consists mainly of indie rock and pop, with specialty rock, blues, jazz and Native American music shows. KRSC also provides coverage of Claremore High School football and Hillcats basketball, baseball, and softball through the Rogers County Sports Radio program. The station is staffed by students, faculty and area media personalities. KRSC broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is an associate member of the public radio satellite system and the Oklahoma News Network. The facilities are located in Markham Hall.
RSU's television station, KRSU-TV 35, is the only full-powered public station licensed to a public university in the state. It broadcasts cultural and educational programming on UHF Channel 35 and Digital channel 36 from its 2.75 million watt tower 24 hours a day. The station is also carried on local cable systems, and is available on Cox Cable Channel 19 in Claremore and Tulsa. The station is home to many telecourses and interactive courses, part of RSU's distance learning programs. It also produces in-house documentaries and regular programming. It is operated by a paid staff, with assistance from RSU students. The station reaches an audience of 1.2 million in the northeastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas areas.
Rogers State University is currently home to two sororities, Alpha Sigma Tau, Epsilon Delta chapter, initiated in November 2005, and Alpha Sigma Alpha, Theta Eta chapter, and one fraternity, Kappa Sigma, an uninitiated colony. Until the Fall of 2010, RSU also played host to another fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, Lambda Omicron chapter, which was initiated in October 2006. The fraternity was since banned from campus for undisclosed reasons.
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