Q&A - March 11, 2016

A few days ago, OSUIT hosted its annual Scholarship Banquet at which students who received scholarships got a chance to meet the donors who provided scholarships. Students seldom get the opportunity to say “thank you” to the generous people who provide scholarships. This banquet not only provides this opportunity, it also reinforces the scholarship donors’ rationale for giving.

Q: I am a graduate of OSU Okmulgee and attribute my education as the main reason I have been successful in my career. What can I do to help my former college?

As a college president, it never gets old to hear from former graduates with positive stories to tell about their experience in the workforce. This campus has been in continuous operation in Okmulgee for 70 years. We have graduated tens of thousands of students over the decades and most of them have enjoyed very successful lives and careers after graduation. In fact, a successful career after graduating from OSUIT has become the rule rather than the exception.

How can I “give back?” This is a common question that many successful people ask at some point in their lives. It seems like we spend the first half of our adult lives pursuing success and the second half pursuing significance. Many people look for ways to leave a legacy—to improve the lives of others or to leave the world a slightly better place. And as many have discovered, supporting the educational and training efforts of future generations (through a local school or college) can be an excellent mechanism for leaving a lasting legacy.

In the case of OSUIT, there are many ways to give back. First, consider serving as an adjunct faculty member. Many of our past graduates possess practical skills and experiences, gained in the workforce that are invaluable to students. If you would like to be considered for a part-time teaching assignment or as a guest lecturer, please contact one of our academic deans. The OSUIT website can direct you to the appropriate academic office.

Second, establish a scholarship for students in need of financial assistance. We do our best to keep student tuition prices low, but some good students still find it difficult to go to college without assistance. For these students, a scholarship can make the difference between dropping out of college or graduating from college. If you would like to explore the many options for establishing a student scholarship, contact Glenn Zannotti, Director of Development at 918-594-8438.

Third, send us information about “legacy students.” OSUIT is in constant need of bright, young, students who want to have a successful career. We have found that our past graduates are some of our best recruiters. If you have a son or daughter, niece or nephew, friend or neighbor who might benefit from an education at OSUIT, please tell them your story and then send us their contact information. Director of Prospective Student Services Nate Todd would love to follow up on any leads you could provide. He can be reached at 918-752-5296.

Great question this week! Remember to send your additional questions to osuit-president@okstate.edu.