STILLWATER - Oklahoma County is one of 19 Oklahoma counties
targeted to receive satellite "downlink" equipment as Oklahoma State
University establishes a satellite-based network that will place
educational programming within reach of all state citizens.
OSU President Lawrence Boger said the OSU Statewide
Teleconferencing Network will be established using an $874,000 grant
from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Grant monies will pay for
satellite receiving dishes or "downlinks" to be strategically located
throughout Oklahoma, Boger said.
The grant will also provide funding for equipment upgrading at
OSU's Telecommunications Center as well as personnel and program
development. Boger said receiving sites were chosen so that everyone
in the state would have access to programming either in his home
county or a neighboring one.
In addition, most of the downlinks will be mounted on special
trailers to allow movement to different locations such as libraries,
fairgrounds or public buildings, Boger said.
The network will be operated by OSU's Cooperative Extension
Service and offer programs primarily for agricultural or rural
audiences, however university officials see a spinoff effect that
will benefit non-agricultural faculty and staff.
J.O. Grantham, OSU's director of University Extension, says a
portion of the grant is to be used for program development. Of 51
planned programs, 20 will test various methods of delivering
information to audiences.
These experimental programs will include traditional
teleconferences, multi-day teleconferences, teleconferences
concentrating on home delivery, correspondence courses and other
Programs will originate from OSU's $6 million Telecommunications
Marshall Allen head of OSU's Educational Television Services, says
the center contains the most modern equipment available and is one of
very few in the nation to possess its own uplink and its
ownfrequency. The quality of the center and OSU's teleconferencing
record to date were instrumental in obtaining the Kellogg grant, he
"With what we've already done in the teleconferencing area and the
Kellogg grant, we are light years ahead of every other university in
the nation," said Allen, one of a three-person management team that
will oversee the Kellogg project.
Other team members include Grantham and Dr. Roy T. Bogle, OSU's
Associate director of Cooperative Extension.
Bogle said initial program topics will focus on production,
management, marketing and financial planning for farmers and