Northwestern professor awarded Reichenberger Fundraising Award

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Northwestern professor awarded Reichenberger Fundraising Award

Oct. 26, 2011

 Reichenberger and Weast
Donovan Reichenberger, Northwestern Foundation Investment Committee chair, presented the Donovan Reichenberger Fundraising Award to Kimberly Weast, associate professor of theatre at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Donovan Reichenberger presented Kimberly Weast, associate professor of theatre, with the Donovan Reichenberger Fundraising Award at the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation Donor Appreciation Dinner. Weast, the second to be honored with the award, was recognized for raising more than $386,600 in the last two years, including two theatre scholarships and an endowed professorship in theatre.

The gifts will allow the department to invite guest speakers and visiting artists, send students to a variety of conferences and help purchase technical equipment it could not afford otherwise.

“Kimberly has done excellent work in leading our theatre program as evidenced by the quality of our productions and the accomplishments of her students,” Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, said. “She also has taken a very active role in developing support for the program, and this award provides deserved recognition for her efforts.”

Established in 2010 by the Northwestern Foundation, the Donovan Reichenberger Fundraising Award recognizes the private fundraising efforts of Northwestern Oklahoma State University faculty and staff. Named for Reichenberger and his example of generosity and fundraising service, the award honors an individual who seeks to further the mission and vision of the university, allowing continued prosperity during a critical time of diminishing state support.

“I am humbled by this award,” Weast said. “The true recognition should go to Mr. Reichenberger for his generosity over the years to Northwestern and most recently to the speech/theatre department and the theatre students across our campus.”

Weast, originally from Weatherford, Okla., received her bachelor’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, graduated from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, with a master’s degree in communications arts in theatrical performance and television production, and earned a master’s of fine arts in theatrical directing from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.

She currently serves as associate professor of theatre and managing/technical director of Herod Hall Auditorium at Northwestern. Weast brings more than 20 years of experience as an instructor in communication-related courses and theatre to the classroom and stage. Her previous experience includes positions as chair of the Hannibal LaGrange College Communication Arts Department in Hannibal, Mo., and head of the mass communication program at Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas.

“Kimberly works 15-hour days, and that’s the normal not the exception,” Reichenberger said. “The theatre and music programs provide entertainment to the university, the community, northwest Oklahoma and southern Kansas.”

To be considered for the award, nominees must be full-time Northwestern employees, demonstrate excellent personal qualities and exemplify Northwestern values. Selection by the Northwestern Foundation Executive Committee is based on the total funds raised by the nominee, both pledged and realized; the average age and income of the alumni base from which the nominee raised the funds; the nominee’s university position and level of responsibility; and the sources of private gifts secured for Northwestern.

The prestigious award’s selection criteria reflect Reichenberger’s dedication to the university. A former Northwestern faculty member and 1965 alumnus, Reichenberger is one of the university’s most generous benefactors. He has served as chair of the Northwestern Foundation Investment Committee since 1994 and as a trustee since 1993.

For more information or to nominate Northwestern faculty or staff for the 2012 award, contact Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO, at 580-327-8599, or by mail at Northwestern Foundation Inc., 709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717.