Southwestern Oklahoma State University
|Southwestern Oklahoma State University|
|Location||Weatherford, Oklahoma, USA|
|Campus||Rural, 73 acres (30 ha)|
|Colors||Blue, White and Grey
Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) is a public university in Weatherford and Sayre, Oklahoma. It is one of seven state regional universities in the state of Oklahoma. SWOSU is placed at Tier 1 in the category "Regional Universities (West)" in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report.
SWOSU was first established through an act of the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1901 as Southwestern Normal School, although no classes were held until 1903. Several towns fought a court battle to become the home of the new school, but Weatherford won the battle. The normal school included both a two-year degree program for teacher education and a preparatory school. In 1920, the preparatory portion of the school was closed and replaced by a four-year baccalaureate degree program. The first bachelors degrees by the renamed Southwestern State Teachers College were awarded in the spring of 1921.
The Great Depression brought several attempts to close the school for financial reasons. It had to remove several presidents to survive politically. But it did survive. In 1939, the school added a vocational training curriculum to its teacher-training mission.
The school underwent significant expansion during World War II, adding additional programs in the arts and sciences as well as its School of Pharmacy. After brief periods as Southwestern State College of Diversified Occupations and Southwestern Institute of Technology, the name was formally changed to Southwestern State College by the Oklahoma Legislature. The first graduate degree, a Masters of Teaching, was added in 1953, and the school was officially designated as Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1974.
Organization and administration 
The college's endowment is worth $19,404,478. The president is Randy Beutler.
Academic profile 
SWOSU has 15 nationally accredited academic programs--the most among Oklahoma's senior regional universities.
Student life 
Southwestern Oklahoma State's athletic teams participate in the NCAA Division II Great American Conference. The team mascot is the bulldog, and the school colors are blue, white, and "bulldog grey".
Notable people 
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- John Aaron, NASA engineer who developed the electrical recovery sequence for the Apollo 13 mission
- Ed Berrong Sr., former Oklahoma State Senator
- Randy Beutler, former Oklahoma State Representative and current SWOSU President
- Guthrie Thomas, Famed Singer-Songwriter and Master Guitarist
- Carl Birdsong, former NFL punter
- Bill Brewster,former U.S. Congressman
- Ray Burris, former MLB pitcher
- M.A. Diel, former Oklahoma State Representative
- Everett Dobson, founder of Dobson Communications Corporation
- Shane Drury, former PRCA bullrider
- Glenn English, former U.S. Congressman
- Jerry Grizzle, General of the Oklahoma Army National Guard
- Al Harris, former president of SWOSU
- John Hays, former president of SWOSU
- Joe Anna Hibler, Oklahoma regent and former president of SWOSU
- Charles Hicks, former NFL and CFL player
- Yvonne Kauger, Oklahoma Supreme Court justice
- Grady Lewis, former NBA player
- Kelli Litsch, member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
- Jesus Ben Lucero, Native American artist
- Cord McCoy, PBR bullrider and runner-up on The Amazing Race
- Jet McCoy, runner-up on The Amazing Race
- Bob Magness, Cable TV Pioneer (TCI) and Billionaire
- Bob Mills, founder and president of Bob Mills Furniture
- Richard Morris, physician and pioneer in micro-vascular surgery
- John Murphy, Major General of the U.S. Air Force and Legion of Merit recipient
- Rollin Reimer, former Oklahoma State Representative
- Gary Russi, president of Oakland University
- Rex Ryan, head coach for the New York Jets
- Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints
- L. David Sparks, pioneer in pharmaceutical compounding
- G.D. "Gary" Toole, former PRCA Rookie-of-the-Year
- Stanley Vestal, American writer, poet, and historian
- Rocky Walcher, former PGA Tour golfer
- Kathleen Wilcoxson, former Oklahoma State Representative
- Harold Wright, Oklahoma State Representative
- Purcy Walker, Oklahoma State Representative
- Fact Book retrieved September 19, 2010
- STUDENT HANDBOOK FALL 2005 (PDF file) retrieved June 7, 2006
- Nye, Jerry G. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. "Southwestern Oklahoma State University."
- SWOSU History retrieved September 19, 2010
- Graphics Standards Manual, page 7, retrieved September 19, 2010