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Regents approve Investiture date

The Northern Oklahoma College Board of Regents met Wednesday in Enid approving the date for the Presidential Investiture for NOC President Dr. Clark Harris.

The event will be held Friday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. in Foster-Piper Fieldhouse in Tonkawa.

Dr. Harris will be sworn in as the 14th president for NOC.  The event is open to the public.  It also NOC’s 120th anniversary.  Dr. Pam Stinson and Sheri Snyder are serving as co-chairs of the Investiture Committee and will co-ordinate the event.

Following NOC protocols, attendance will be limited to 70% of capacity.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Pam Stinson said the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions Program Grant will be completed in September.  The five-year $1.5 million grant created the Cultural Engagement Center in Tonkawa and created distance learning sites at Native American sites in the NOC service area.

NOC has applied for another NASNTI grant under the direction of Program Director Anna Roland.

Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Johnson reported that NOC’s COVID-19 numbers of positive cases and quarantine are similar to 2020.  He said that since the Pandemic began, NOC has had 295 total positive cases, 258 on NOC campuses.

Dr. Harris said that NOC has been holding meetings with faculty, staff, and students to receive feedback on the school’s pandemic plan.  Harris said that school administrators are using that feedback as the school continues to develop the pandemic plan.

The October regents meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13 at the Renfro Center at NOC Tonkawa.