SWOSU Student Union Elm Remembered

A part of SWOSU campus history is being honored after the 100 year old “Union Elm” tree was taken down on Sept. 4, 2016. Diseased and breaking down it had to be removed according to James Skinner, Director of Physical Plant.
Over the years the tree has seen first dates, break ups, Greek events, first kisses, marriage proposals and countless other Bulldog activities. Last year, under the Union Elm, Daniel Thompson, junior, business marketing major from Elk City met Amber Bachiochi, junior communication arts major from Sweetwater. A bond was formed, and so when they returned from the Labor Day weekend and it was gone they felt they had to do something.
“It was such an iconic part of campus and it will definitely be missed.” said Bachiochi. So she and Thompson put up a small shrine on the stump. They left a photo of the tree, two automatic burning candles and a memory book for any thoughts students would like to send to the tree. It was there for a week. The spiral notebook had pages of well wishes and remembrances at week’s end.
The two have taken all that and made a permanent tribute to The Union Elm in the trophy case on the second floor of the Stafford building. All comments and love notes to the tree are posted there. Thompson said, “We met there. It was always super nice under that tree, and it meant something to a lot of people.”
“The tree lives on here,” said Dean of Students Cindy Dougherty.
Plans are still in the works for the future of the Student Union deck, as well as what to do with the parts of the tree that were salvaged.

Changes to FAFSA

Significant changes were announced in 2015 and go into effect October 1 for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process that will impact students of Southwestern Oklahoma State University and millions of other students nationwide.
Students will be able to file a 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as October 1 rather than beginning on January 1, 2017. This earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.
Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students will report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.
Jerome Wichert, director of the SWOSU Financial Aid Office on the Weatherford campus, said recent research and the Department of Education’s own data suggest that implementing an earlier start date and using earlier income information will benefit students. Those benefits include:
Alignment – The financial aid application process may be more aligned with the college admission process.
Certainty – Applicants will not need to estimate income or taxes paid.
Less Pressure – More time for students and parents to explore and understand financial aid options and apply for aid before state deadlines.
The FAFSA is the application that college students must complete to apply for federal student aid.
For more information about financial aid at SWOSU, contact the SWOSU Financial Aid Office at 580.774.3786.

Fall break begins October 20 at SWOSU

Fall break for SWOSU will start on Oct. 20.
If students are looking to travel during that time, they may find themselves in Oklahoma City or surrounding areas.
If you are a Harry Potter fan then you might want to catch at least one movie while they are showing all eight films in IMAX theatres for a week starting Oct. 13.
Frontier City is having their Frightfest for the 27th time from Oct. 1 to Oct. 30. Hours will be extended for fall break.
The Oklahoma City Halloween Parade will be Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. The parade will step off North Broadway Avenue and begin at Northwest 13th street and will end on Northwest 4th street.
In Weatherford, students can enjoy the P Bar Farms maze and haunted barn.

By Jennifer Steiner
Staff Reporter


Personal Finance Management Course Being Offered At SWOSU This October

A personal financial management course is being offered in October by the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Continuing Education Department in collaboration with the Everett Dobson School of Technology and Business.
The personal financial management course will be offered on Monday evenings, October 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $99 per individual or couple.
Instructor Dr. Raygan Chain said students will learn personal financial decision-making skills to help in becoming wiser consumers, savers, investors, users of credit and money managers.
Topics to be covered:
Understanding state and federal taxes
Banking & financial services
Saving & investing
Estate planning & retirement
Understanding interest, credit, and consumer law
Identity fraud & theft
Understanding the responsibilities of large purchases
Understanding insurance
Understanding the financial impact of gambling
Charitable giving
For more information or to enroll, contact Lisa Thiessen in the SWOSU Business Enterprise Center at 580-774-3039 or lisa.thiessen@swosu.edu. The BEC is located at the corner of Seventh and Davis Streets on the SWOSU campus.

SWOSU Spring Enrollment

Spring 2017 enrollment for students begins the first week of October at SWOSU.
Juniors and Seniors will be able to begin their enrollment for the Spring semester on October 3rd. Juniors and Seniors do not need an advisor for approval.
Sophomores can begin enrolling October 10th. Sophomores will be required to get an advisor for assistance and receive approval.
Freshman can begin enrolling October 17th. Freshman will also need to have an advisor to assist them and receive approval.
For more information concerning enrollment call the Registrar’s Office at 580-774-3778.

By Jennifer Steiner
Staff Reporter