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Northern Oklahoma College
Development Office at
580.628.6214.

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Carl and Carolyn Renfro Endowed Lectureship Program

Former Oklahoma State Regent Carl Renfro and the late Carolyn Renfro established the Carl and Carolyn Renfro Endowed Lectureship Program with a gift in 2006. The primary purpose of the endowment is to provide support to cultivate and enhance the cultural and community enrichment offerings in northern Oklahoma to include lecture and performance series at Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa and in the Ponca City area.

Event Tickets

Under upcoming events:

  • September 28, 2021 – Renfro Fall Lectureship with veteran journalist and award-winning war correspondent, Mike Boettcher speaking on the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in a speech, America’s Longest War: How We Lost Our Way.
  • March 8, 2022 – Renfro Spring Lectureship featuring Grammy Award winning songwriter Jimmy Webb

Mike Boettcher to speak at NOC Renfro Lectureship September 28, 2021

Veteran journalist and award-winning war correspondent Mike Boettcher will appear at Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa Thursday, Sept. 28, as part of the NOC Renfro Lectureship Series.

Boettcher will speak on the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in a speech, “America’s Longest War: How we lost our way.”

The event is sponsored by the Carl and Carolyn Renfro Endowed Lectureship Program and Northern Oklahoma College.

Tickets for the lectureship may be purchased on a first come, first served basis beginning Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 9 a.m.

A reserved table with seating for eight may be purchased for $400, which includes dinner in the Renfro Center at 6 p.m. The lecture will be held at the Kinzer Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Dress attire is business casual.

Individual tickets for the lecture only may be purchased at a cost of $20 each. The tickets are non-refundable.

Tickets may be purchased by credit card by calling 580-628-6214 or in person at the NOC Development Office, Vineyard Library-Administration Building, NOC Tonkawa.

The Ponca City native is recognized as one of the world’s most experienced foreign correspondents, covering wars and revolutions in every part of the globe since 1980. He spent four of the past 20 years in Afghanistan covering America’s longest war.

Boettcher helped launch the era of 24-hour live news coverage when on June 1, 1980, he performed the first live satellite report for a fledgling network called CNN. In almost four decades of assignments covering global conflict for NBC News, CNN and ABC.

He has witnessed, investigated and been a victim of terrorism himself. He was kidnapped and threatened with execution in El Salvador in 1985. Twenty years later, he survived a suicide bomber attack and a roadside bombing in Baghdad. Boettcher covered the emergence of modern terrorist tactics in the early 1980’s in Lebanon when the U.S. Marine barracks was bombed, killing 241.

Since 1998, when the U.S. embassies in Africa were bombed, he has been assigned to investigate every major Al Qaeda attack against American targets. In 2000 he created and directed the CNN Terrorism Investigation Unit and led the networks investigation of the 9-11 attacks.

Boettcher is the winner of six national Emmys and a Peabody award. He is one of five reporters in history to win national Emmy’s for three different networks. He teaches journalism at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, and serves as a Senior Fellow at the OU Center for Intelligence and National Security

Former Oklahoma State Regent Carl Renfro and the late Carolyn Renfro established the Carl and Carolyn Renfro Endowed Lectureship Program with a gift in 2006. The primary purpose of the endowment is to provide support to cultivate and enhance the cultural and community enrichment offerings in northern Oklahoma to include lecture and performance series at Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa and in the Ponca City area.

Call the Northern Oklahoma College Development Office at 580.628.6214 for additional information.

There is limited seating, social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged.

NOC Renfro Lectureship – Jimmy Webb  – Rescheduled for March 8, 2022

The Northern Oklahoma College Renfro Lectureship, featuring Grammy Award winning songwriter Jimmy Webb has been tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

The event is sponsored by the Carl and Carolyn Renfro Endowed Lectureship Program and Northern Oklahoma College. Webb will appear in the Kinzer Performing Arts Center.

Webb was scheduled to appear on three previous dates since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 but the event was postponed each time due to the pandemic.

Tickets already purchased for the original performances will be honored at the March 8, 2022

rescheduled program. Guests that are not able to attend the rescheduled program can either donate purchased tickets to the NOC Foundation – Renfro Lectureship Program as a tax deduction or request a full refund by Monday, Oct. 4.

Webb, known as America’s Songwriter and native to Oklahoma, has written songs that transcend generations and genres including Wichita LinemanMacArthur ParkBy the Time I Get to Phoenix, and Didn’t We.

A Motown-trained composer, Webb writes all of his own lyrics and music and is the only hit maker to have scored songs on the Pop, Country, R&B, Rap, Disco and New Age charts.

During this “Evening with Jimmy Webb,” guests will hear this multi-Grammy Award winner’s songs and experience his insightful and often humorous stories about his work with Glen Campbell, Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt (Still Within the Sound of My Voice), Art Garfunkel (All I Know), The Fifth Dimension (Up, Up and Away), The Highwaymen (The Highwayman), Kanye West (Famous, features Webb’s Do What You Gotta Do), and more.

Webb is the author of the memoir, The Cake and the Rain, and the “bible” of songwriting, Tunesmith: The Art of Songwriting. In 2019 Webb released a piano-only CD, “SlipCover”, featuring some of his favorite songs from his contemporaries; Billy Joel, Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones and more.

Please call 580.628.6214 for ticket availability.

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