Recent Developments

Schneider Electric Makes Donation to Odessa College

Posted on March 1, 2020

Schneider Electric, a digital transformation of energy management and automation company, has donated more than $300,000 to the Odessa College School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The donation ties in with a trade show held Tuesday and Wednesday in the Electronics Technology Building at Odessa College. The intent of the donation is to […]

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UTPB Kinesiology Building is Nearing Completion

Posted on March 1, 2020

ODESSA — The D. Kirk Edwards Human Performance Center at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, which has been under construction since September 2018, is nearing completion. Construction should be done by June, and the building should be in use by the fall semester, the project manager said. The 63,717-square-foot center is a […]

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Odessa Revamping Downtown with Plans to Develop 4 Lots

Posted on March 1, 2020

City officials hope these lots become restaurants, apartments or retail stores. Author: Rachel Ripp (News West9) ODESSA, Texas — Odessa has taken some big steps in revitalizing their downtown area these past few months, and they’re not done yet. In addition to two new restaurants coming to downtown, city officials are now planning to develop four […]

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D. Kirk Edwards performance center taking shape

Posted on February 5, 2020

By Ruth Campbell rcampbell@oaoa.com The state-of-the-art D. Kirk Edwards Family Human Performance Center at the University of Texas Permian Basin continues to take shape and substantial completion is anticipated for June 22. The single-story building will house a biomechanics lab, athletic training education lab, exercise physiology lab, classrooms, team meeting room/lecture hall with 150 seats, faculty […]

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Boutin urges community involvement

Posted on February 5, 2020

By Michael Merlo mmerlo@oaoa.com David Boutin, 68, has served the Odessa community through his community service for decades and was chosen from a panel of Odessa Chamber leaders for the 2019 Odessa Citizen of the Year award. Boutin was raised in Odessa and graduated from Permian High School before attending Odessa College. He then went on […]

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Oil and gas M&A market poised for recovery in 2020

Posted on February 5, 2020

Operators’ efforts to become cash-flow positive beginning to pay off — By Mella McEwen mmcewen@mrt.com Unconventional shales are evolving from a growth industry to a mature industry generating dividends and share buybacks for its investors. But completing that transformation and laying a foundation for the next decade requires consolidation among oil and gas producers and […]

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Education Partnership talks next steps

Posted on February 5, 2020

By Ruth Campbell rcampbell@oaoa.com Connecting community entities to continue the momentum toward kindergarten readiness was discussed by those attending the Education Partnership of the Permian Basin meeting Tuesday at the Complex Community Federal Credit Unit Training Center. Starting Jan. 1 with the first babies of the New Year, Medical Center Hospital and Odessa Regional Medical Center […]

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UTPB partners with UTHealth to expand MBA opportunities

Posted on February 5, 2020

The University of Texas Permian Basin has announced a new partnership with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. Together, the two UT System universities will offer students the opportunity to simultaneously earn a graduate certificate in public health while earning a master of business administration. “This partnership […]

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Report: Permian oil and gas employed 87,000 people in 2019

Posted on February 5, 2020

(BY: ANDREAS EXARHEAS, RIGZONE.COM) Direct oil and natural gas employment in the Permian basin totaled 87,603 people in 2019, according to a new report from the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO). The report, which outlined that this figure represented an increase of nearly 43,000 jobs since 2009, highlighted that the largest Permian […]

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Teachers Expanding Neuroscience Studies in ECISD

Posted on January 2, 2020

oanews@oaoa.com A group of educators from Ector County ISD recently got a chance to attend a training workshop with Backyard Brains Do-It-Yourself Neuroscience in Ann Arbor, Mich. With the training, the teachers can bring real-world, inquiry-based learning to students, a news release said. ECISD will be adding a new high school course in neuroscience for […]

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