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City THE STILLWATER JOURNAL, Thursday, March 27, 2014 - S5 New OSU equine center will be state-of-the-art teaching facility By Jacob Longan Oklahoma State University students and Oklahoma horse enthu- siasts will soon reap the benefits of a new state-of-the-art equine teaching center, thanks to Linda Cline's passion for equine students and desire to honor her late husband. Cline has made a significant contribution toward construction of the multi-million- dollar OSU Charlie Cline Memorial Equine Teaching Center, which will replace the current animal science equine facility on campus. The current building was constructed in the 1980s and no longer lends itself to today's "best teaching practices" encouraged by equine industry leaders. The new equine center will include a teach- ing barn with stalls for foaling mares, an i'ndoor arena, classrooms, feed and tack rooms, a wash rack and treatment area. The center will also pro- vide space for classes, clinics, 4-H programs and other outreach opportunities that serve Oklahoma's expansive equine industry. "We will be able to teach in classrooms and then step right outside to work with the horses in our labs," said Steven Cooper, OSU animal sci- ence equine professor. Mike Woods, interim vice president, dean and director of OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, said the state- of-the-art facility will enable DASNR to better meet the growing demand for equine education. "The Charlie Cline Memorial Equine Teach- ing Center: will have a far-reaching and mean- ingful impact on the live;, of young people who desire to make a difference in the farming and ranching businesses across Oklahoma and the country," he said. Horses are popular in Oklahoma, with the state having nearly 270,000 head. As many as 50 percent of animal science freshmen choose horses as their primary inter- est, and approximately 7,000 Oklahoma youth are involved in equine programs through OSU Cooperative Extension programs, horse shows and judging competi- tions. The Clines first became involved with the equine industry in July 1985, when they bought a ranch west of Cushing, Okla., to retire on after the sale of their success- ful family-owned truck- ing business, Cherokee Lines, Inc. Soon after, Charlie Cline purchased SMC Foundation Accepting Applications For High School Internships The High School Internship program, administered by the Still- wat.er. Medical Center Foundation, began when Dr. Orville Rippy helped to create the Rippy Fel- lowship as a way to show a high school student the opportunities available by choosing healthcare as a career. This year, the 31st Rippy Fellow will be named in late April. Dr. Rippy's dream of fostering interest in the medical field, led to the creation of two more endowed programs-- the Franklin Fellowship and the Breedlove Extern- ship. Glen Henry, M.D., along with his mother, Glenna Franklin Cramer, created the Franklin Fellowship to honor the late Bill Franklin. Dr. Henry was the 1987 Rippy Fellow. His experi- ences during the program helped in making the decision to create another fellowship. Robert Breedlove, M.D., local dermatolo- gist, has endowed the Breedlove Externship. After years of working with the Rippy Fellow students, he wanted to 'open the door to health- care' for another student. The Breedlove Extern is awarded the year before a student's junior year of high school, while the Rippy and Franklin Fellowships are awarded to students before their senior year. Each of the Summer Scholars programs con- sists of an intense six- week look at a wide vari- ety of healthcare careers. Upon successful comple- tion of the program, each student is awarded a $1,750 stipend. The internships are open to students from Glencoe, Morrison, Perry, Perkins/Tryon, Ripley, Stillwater and Yale. Application forms are available through the guidance office at each school, online at the SMC Foundation's web page, www.smc- foundation.org, or by visiting the foundation's office at 1606 W 7th Ave, Stillwater. Com- pleted applications are due in the Foundation office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21. Con- tact Teresa Hopkins or Jeffery Corbett at the SMC Foundation for additional information, (405) 742-5728. Linda Cline (second from left) speaks with Oklahoma State University's (from left) Mike Woods, Steve Cooper and Clint Rusk about the new OSU Charlie Cline Memorial Equine Teaching Center. 17 horses, and Char-Lin Ranch was born. "Those horses were an instant obsession for me," Linda Cline said. "I really loved it. We hired people who knew things and from there, we moved into breeding." Char-Lin is well-known for the buckskin stallion CL Buckley, who earned the title of IBHA World Champion, ABRA World Champion and finalist at the AQHA Amateur World Show. CL Buckley has sired 23 Top-Ten placings at the AQHA World Shows and 141 of Char-Lin's 212 World and Reserve World Champions. Linda Cline said Char- Lin is not a hobby but a working ranch, though she and her husband thoroughly enjoyed what they did. Neither of the Clines attended OSU, but they have built close ties to the animal science program Photo provided and have always believed in helping students. Their daughter, Amy, earned her journalism degree from OSU. "Charles truly was an animal lover," Linda Cline said. "He also thought education was extremely important and wanted to help youth." The OSU equine and livestock judging teams have both used Char-Lin horses for practice, judg- ing clinics and contests. Cooper said Linda Cline is playing a major role in planning the facility because her experience in the business has showed her what is necessary 30 make the center a suc- cess. "She has lived it and built an extremely suc- cessful business from the ground up," he said. "That takes time, passion, devotion and a lot of hard work. That's just how they lived their lives." Nor have the Clines ever done anything half- way. "Whatever they did, they did it right and they did it big," Cooper said. "It was either all in or all out." Clint Rusk, head of the division's department of animal science, said fac- ulty members are excited that construction will soon begin on the state- of-the-art facilities. "We're grateful and humbled by the generos- ity of Linda Cline and her family," Rusk said. "Their gift will allow the department to build a center that will ben- efit students for years to come. We can't thank them enough for their generosity to help future generations of equine enthusiasts." 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