Northwestern endowment plaques now on display

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Northwestern endowment plaques now on display

October 6, 2010
NWOSU Foundation Release

Hanging the endowed professorship and lectureship plaques

In the Fine Arts Building, David Washington and Fred Riggins, Northwestern maintenance staff, hang the board that now displays bronze plaques identifying Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s endowed professorships and lectureships.

Hanging the endowed chair plaques

David Washington, Northwestern maintenance staff, hangs the final bronze plaque in the Fine Arts Building display recognizing Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s professorships and lectureships and honoring their donors.

Bronze plaques identifying 16 Northwestern Oklahoma State University endowed chairs, professorships and lectureships and recognizing their donors are now on permanent display at the university’s Alva campus. Endowed chair plaques are located in Herod Hall, just inside the north entrance, and endowed professorship and lectureship plaques can be found on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building.

Endowed chairs, professorships and lectureships attract and retain outstanding faculty for Northwestern. To date, Northwestern houses more fully funded endowed chairs than any other Oklahoma regional university.

These funds provide needed support for instructor training and academic enrichment, defraying costs associated with new curricula, professional-development seminars, university-sponsored conferences and special performances. These endowments serve to strengthen Northwestern’s academic programs while enhancing students’ experiences.

Chairs are endowed when donated funds reach a minimum of $250,000, professorships are endowed when funds reach a minimum of $125,000, and lectureships are endowed when funds reach a minimum of $25,000. Like scholarships, donors may name the endowment and designate the academic area that it benefits. Additionally, gifts are entered into the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education matching program to double their value and impact.

Endowed chairs at Northwestern include the Charles Morton Share Trust Endowed Chair in Education, the Ryerson Family Endowed Chair in Business, the Pearl Louise Marlatt Walch/Alumni Endowed Chair in Business, the Jake and Jayne Lindsay Endowed Chair in Natural Science, the Jake and Jayne Lindsay Endowed Chair in Social Work, the Dorothy Reichenberger Endowed Chair in Music, the Dr. Anna B. Fisher Endowed Chair in Biology, the William Donald Campbell Family Endowed Chair in Agriculture, the Wisdom Family Endowed Chair in Agriculture, the Grace V. Wisdom Endowed Chair in Visual Arts and the Grace V. Wisdom Endowed Chair in Visual Arts II.

Endowed professorships and lectureships at Northwestern include the Jake and Jayne Lindsay Endowed Professorship in Health and Sports Science Education, the Marvel/Smith Academic/Performance Enrichment Endowed Lectureship, the Gwendolyn Hollis Anderson Faculty Development Endowment, the Helen Patterson Lectureship for Academic Enrichment and the Masonic Endowment for Academic Enrichment in Social Sciences Lectureship.

In addition to these 16 endowments supporting the Alva campus, a bronze plaque recognizing the 10 endowed chairs supporting Enid faculty is in development.

For more information about establishing endowments at Northwestern, contact Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, at 580-327-8599 or aebird@nwosu.edu.

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