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Alumni Association celebrates 100th anniversary beginning May 2017


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One hundred years of support for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and its students will be celebrated beginning in May as the USAO Alumni Association reaches its centennial year.

The Alumni Association was started on the afternoon of May 18, 1917 in the college library, then located on the third floor of the Administration Building (Troutt Hall). Six of the seven graduates of the school were present. Alumni dues were set at 50 cents per year.

“This is going to be an exciting year for alumni from OCW, OCLA and USAO,” said Eric Feuerborn, director of alumni development and executive director of the Alumni Association. “The board has a lot of activities planned from May 2017-May 2018. It will be a time to celebrate and a time to plan for our next 100 years.”

One hundred anniversary initiatives have already started. A contest to design a new association logo and the gathering of alumni stories started in 2016. “We had a lot of extraordinary designs submitted by alumni for our logo contest. Our winner was Taylor Barron, a 2013 USAO graduate. To say that it was difficult to choose would be an understatement. Only one vote separated the winner from the second-place logo. Several USAO staff and students narrowed the list down to the top five picks. From there, the USAO Alumni Association Board of Directors made the final choice,” Feuerborn said.

In addition to the logo contest, more than 25 alums have submitted information for the series, ‘100 Alumni You Should Know.’ “We’ve asked alumni to submit their stories. The top 100 will be featured on our social media platforms during the year-long celebration.” Alumni are encouraged to submit information at https://usao.edu/alumni/alumni-stories-needed-100-alumni-you-should-know.

In addition to a new logo design and alumni profiles, the association’s anniversary initiatives include:

100th Anniversary Hall of Fame Medallion – A new medallion for Hall of Fame recipients will be designed and used for the first time at our 100th anniversary alumni homecoming. “We hope, depending on budget, to give every surviving Hall of Fame recipient a smaller version, or maybe the same version, of this medallion as well,” Feuerborn said.

100th Anniversary Hall of Fame Recipient – In 2016, the association inducted the 99th person into the Hall of Fame. For the 100th anniversary, the 100th recipient of this award will be honored.

$100 for 100 More Years – A program to raise money for the operational endowment of the Alumni Association. “For years, we have talked about the importance of an operational endowment for the Alumni Association to fund the operation and non-scholarship programs of the organization. As we look to our next 100 years, one of the legacies we would like to leave is financial stability and growth,” Feuerborn said.

100th Anniversary Kickoff Week – The week of May 18, 2017 will see alumni host small gatherings in their hometowns, along with other activities.

Hashtags/100th Anniversary Webpage – Serving as a clearinghouse for all things anniversary related, the Alumni Association will have a 100th anniversary webpage and social media hashtags that will be used throughout the year.

Participation in the Student Leadership Conference – Each year, USAO Student Services hosts a leadership conference with a keynote speaker and breakout sessions. The Alumni Association will host the conference in 2018 – inviting alumni presenters to invest in the lives of USAO students.

100th Anniversary Homecoming – “Our plan is for a bigger, better homecoming for 2017. We’re not completely sure what this will look like, but are excited to start planning for it,” Feuerborn said.

Alumni Recruitment Ambassadors and Mentors – Pilot programs for alumni recruitment and mentor programs are scheduled to be planned and started during the centennial year.

For more information, email the Alumni Association at usaoalumnioffice@usao.edu.