About the Campaign

USAO began the Quiet Phase of the Ready, Set, NOW Campaign in November 2012. Over the last 12 months, campaign leadership was enlisted and major gifts solicited from key supporters. In addition, campaigns were conducted among the faculty and staff and the three university-related boards (Foundation, Alumni Association and Board of Regents).

The campaign strategy is simple — inform and engage. Its theme, Ready, Set, NOW, expresses the principles of preparation, confidence and urgency so critical to advancing the University. The University is Ready — made ready by its deep tradition of rigorous academic quality and affordability. The University is Set — a fact affirmed as a current reality by many state and national observers. The time to move forward on the strength of these long traditions and current realities is NOW.

The Public Phase of the campaign officially began in November 2013 and is scheduled to conclude in November 2014.

 

Campaign Divisions and Leadership

The campaign is broken down into five divisions, each with its own leadership and goals. The divisions are: Faculty & Staff, Boards, Alumni, Local & Statewide Friends and Foundations & Corporations. The general campaign chair is USAO Regent Mo Anderson.

More on the Campaign Divisions and Leadership

 

 

Projects

Student Scholarships.......................................................$2,500,000
The Campaign will fund a 5-year scholarship plan for current students designed to attract and retain bright students from across Oklahoma and will grow endowed scholarships to ensure scholarship aid for future students.

Austin Hall/Science Labs....................................................$900,000
The science building will be updated with high efficiency windows, doors and heat and air systems and the labs upgraded with the latest scientific equipment. These improvements will ensure that USAO students have access to scientific equipment used in top graduate schools and meet industry standards, as well as having a facility that supports quality teaching and learning.

Nash Library.......................................................................$750,000
The library will be renovated to support the learning needs of current students. Renovations will include the creation of modern pocket libraries in art and in music, expansion of the university archives, the addition of a 24/7 computer lab, a fully furnished commuter lounge, and upgrades to public spaces.

Campus Grounds Master Plan..............................................$700,000
The Campaign will fund the development of a comprehensive master plan for the campus grounds that will expand the park-like garden tradition of the historic campus. Initial implementation of that plan will focus on three specific center-piece projects—the  oval drive and area in front of Troutt Hall to include a statue of Te Ata Fisher, the area around “Flight” at Nash Library and the quadrangle area in front of Sparks Hall and the Student Center.

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Overall Campaign Goal.....................................................$4,850,000
 

For more information, download our RSN Q&A or the RSN Campaign Plan.

To donate, call Dr. Michael Nealeigh, vice president for university advancement, at 405.574.1349 or visit our donation page.