Writer/Media Expert Heads Alumni Development
Exactly 20 years after earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Arts, writer and new media specialist Eric Feuerborn has accepted a new challenge – to become director of alumni development at USAO.
“As an alum, I am very proud of how far the relationship between the alumni and the university has progressed,” he said. “The alumni at USAO have contributed to countless campus projects and invested in numerous named scholarships. So many good things are happening, and I am fortunate to be a part of the future of this relationship.”
While Feuerborn has worked as a writer for the Media and Community Relations Office for the past three years and served as assistant director of public relations at USAO in the early-to-mid 90s, he is not unfamiliar with the Alumni Association. He has been a lifetime member since 1994 and served on the board of directors in 1994-1995. He has also been editor of USAO Alumni Today and writer for USAO Magazine.
Feuerborn will occupy the Stevens Alumni House office in mid-September.
“I am excited about working in the beautiful, new Stevens Alumni House,” Feuerborn said. “I have the opportunity to benefit from the hard work and sacrificial giving of everyone who was a part of the home’s restoration. I can remember in the 1990s when the alumni office was in a 12-by-14-feet space in Troutt Hall. The Stevens Alumni House will be a great home to alumni activities.”
In 1999, Feuerborn became the executive director of the Christian Center of Anadarko, a position he held for more than seven years. There, he raised more than $500,000 in grants and $140,000 in specific fundraising projects. He said he intends to use his non-profit skills developed there to help build the USAO Alumni Association, Inc.
“I understand the importance of the scholarships provided by the Alumni Association because I am a product of those scholarships. I was able to graduate from USAO debt-free because of the scholarships I received,” he said.
Feuerborn received the USAO Alumni Distinguished Graduate Award when he graduated in 1990 with a degree in communication. He is also a 1994 Leadership Chickasha graduate.
“I am loyal to USAO because the institution and the people of the college have opened countless doors for me. This college and community have simply made me who I am,” he said. “I treasure the fact that I can advance in my career and still work with these great women and men.”
Feuerborn follows a long line of highly dedicated alumni leaders, said Dr. Michael Nealeigh, vice president for university advancement. “From the 25-year tenure of the late Virginia Embree, who was hired in 1954 as the first full-time alumni director, to Ric Baser in the 1980s, to Mary Hopkins and Myrtle Stevens in the 1990s, to Julie Bohannon in this decade, we have enjoyed extraordinary service by loyal individuals. Eric has proven his commitment and competence already, so we’re looking forward to great things for alumni ahead.”
New alumni initiatives launched this decade include mini-reunions in neighboring states, affinity groups like the baseball-softball reunion event held last month, and themed reunions like the OCLA events in recent years, and this year’s 80’s-90’s Reunion, built entirely in social media. Alumni giving has risen substantially as caring alums raised the $320,000 needed in 2008 to renovate the Stevens Alumni House, as well as symbolic capital projects like the Greek Theater, the Chapel Bridge, and dozens of scholarships.
Besides his regular duties writing for the campus news bureau, Feuerborn has in recent years helped to substantially expand campus media, including web operations, a digital signage network, social media, and an electronic messaging center on Fourth Street.