Fellers establish endowed chairs in Mathematics and Vocal Music

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Fellers establish endowed chairs in Mathematics and Vocal Music

May 26, 2016

Fellers  Pictured: Ken (right) and Sue (Hildreth) Fellers (left). Both graduates from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Ken graduated in 1963 with a degree in mathematics and physics, and Sue graduated in 1964 with a double degree in piano and vocal music.

With individual passions for mathematics and vocal music, Kenneth and Sue (Hildreth) Fellers established the Kenneth L. Fellers Endowed Chair for Mathematics and the Sue Hildreth Fellers Endowed Chair for Vocal Music. These endowments will provide funding for faculty development within the mathematics and vocal music programs at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Sitting at their home of 51 years, located 10 miles southeast of Burlington, Okla., Ken and Sue Fellers reminisce over their times spent on Northwestern’s campus as students. Ken, a 1963 mathematics and physics graduate from Burlington, and Sue, a 1964 piano and vocal music graduate from Mooreland, Okla., met at Northwestern and were married in 1963.

The couple talks of the lifelong friends they made, the vibrant atmosphere of the campus and how they knew Northwestern was the right choice for them.

“Have you ever felt you were meant to be somewhere and do something?,” asked Sue. “I felt like Northwestern was where I was supposed to go and I was doing what I was supposed to do.”

Coming from different backgrounds, their love for Northwestern and its professors are something they have in common.

“Ruth Genuite, a former vocal music teacher at Northwestern, and Dr. Yvonne Carmichael, former professor of health and physical education, meant so much to me,” said Sue.

Ken adds many of the math professors including Roland Meyer and Kristine Brown were all helpful to him. He said his professors taught him how to think logically by starting with what he knew and then finding ways to reach his decision.

“I especially appreciated Mr. Cameron, a physics professor who would tie physics and math together in the classroom,” said Ken.

The couple wants to ensure current and future students at Northwestern also will be offered the same quality professors they once had.

“We hope the endowed chairs will help kids who want to go to school and who want to help themselves,” said the Fellers. “We want to make sure there’s a professor in the classroom who can help them in whatever field they may be in.” Sue adds, “With music education funds in the state declining, we want to ensure the programs at Northwestern go on.”

The Fellers see their investment in Northwestern as a means to encourage professional development of faculty and staff, thus increasing the educational and performance opportunities available to Northwestern students.

“The creation of these two endowments from Ken and Sue Fellers will have a significant impact on students in these two academic areas, and I am grateful for their support and love of the institution,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, President, Northwestern Oklahoma State University. “Their support also comes at a critical time when private support for Northwestern becomes more critical in fulfilling its institutional mission.”

For more information on the Kenneth L. Fellers Endowed Chair for Mathematics and the Sue Hildreth Fellers Endowed Chair for Vocal Music, or about investing in Northwestern students, call Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, at 580-327-8599 or email him at aebird@nwosu.edu.