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Tuckers establish lectureship for Northwestern computer science department

(ALVA, Okla. Feb. 21, 2017) – Dr. Charles Tucker, long-time dentist in Alva, Okla., and his wife, Jane, established the Dr. Charles and Jane Tucker Computer TuckersScience Lectureship at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. This lectureship will support the computer science faculty, staff and students by providing funding for travel and training.

“Academic endowments, such as the Tucker Lectureship, can make the difference in providing students with opportunities to achieve excellence,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “We offer our sincere appreciation to the Tuckers for supporting our students in such a meaningful way.”

Although not traditional alumni of Northwestern, the Tuckers have called Alva “home” for the past 46 years. Raised in Burlington, Okla. and a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Dr. Tucker received a degree in pharmacy and went on to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Dentistry. He founded his dental practice in Alva in 1971 and has spent the past 12 years training in functional medicine – specifically naturopathic medicine.

The Tuckers hope this lectureship will set Northwestern apart from other state universities by creating a unique niche for the computer science department.

“We hope this will help the computer science department grow a full-blown robotics program and attract faculty who are dedicated to their field,” said Dr. Tucker. “The city of Alva and the university have been good to us and provide us with a lot of opportunities, so we felt the need to give back.”

For more information about the Dr. Charles and Jane Tucker Computer Science Lectureship, or about investing in students at Northwestern, contact Skeeter Bird, CEO, Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association, at aebird@nwosu.edu or 580-327-8599.

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