Q&A - October 20, 2017

Everything you thought you knew about downtown Okmulgee is about to change. Mark your calendars now! OSUIT is planning an Open House for the Grand Old Post Office on Tuesday, November 28. Don’t miss what may be the public’s only opportunity to tour this beautifully renovated structure on the northeast corner of 5th and Grand. Okmulgee is rising before our very eyes, and you can be part of history in the making. Watch this column for more information. There is, however, a way you can show your support today. Let me explain how.

Q: What is the OSUIT Proud campaign?

The OSUIT Proud campaign is a fundraiser established through the OSU Foundation to support the efforts of the OSUIT campus in Okmulgee. In January 2016, OSUIT kicked off this ambitious fundraising effort. Since then, we have raised $2.8 million toward the downtown student housing project and student scholarships. We have been blown away by the generosity of our donors, but we still have a way to go, and we need your help to reach our $3 million goal by December 31. 

Q: Who is helping with the campaign?

Early on in the campaign, a local committee was formed to assist the OSU Foundation. The OSUIT Proud Campaign Committee includes: Mark Mabrey (chair), Marilyn Sulivant, and Andrew Harlan. I would like to personally thank these three individuals for their incredible civic-mindedness and their support of OSUIT. They are truly helping OSUIT benefit this community. So far, our largest gifts have come from individual donors, corporate donors, and foundations. You may remember that last June we announced the public phase of this campaign. So, we are now welcoming all gifts. Anyone who wishes to support the efforts of OSUIT may contribute.   

Q: What do the campaign dollars support?

ALL gifts to the OSU Foundation on behalf of OSUIT directly impact the education our students receive in Okmulgee leading them toward careers they can be proud of and a lifetime of success. Specific projects that benefit from the OSUIT Proud campaign are student housing and student scholarships.

Over the last 5 years, OSUIT student housing has consistently reached a 98% capacity level. The additional student lofts in the Grand Old Post Office, located in the historic district of downtown Okmulgee, will boost the local economy and provide better accommodations for students.

Scholarships support student needs for tuition, fees, tools, books and equipment and are particularly imperative for those who are economically disadvantaged and to adult students who may not qualify for federal funding programs.

Q: How can I contribute?

To learn more about the OSUIT Proud campaign, visit the OSUgiving.com/OSUPROUD website. If you would like to make a multi-year pledge or a donation to the campaign, Glenn Zannotti, director of development with the OSU Foundation can assist you. Glenn can be reached at (918) 606-8313.

We invite you to be a part of the OSUIT PROUD campaign. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to transform the lives of students and the life of this community.

Please continue to send your questions and comments about OSUIT to osuit-president@okstate.edu