Social Sciences Department receives $100,000 endowment

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Social Sciences Department receives $100,000 endowment

March 22, 2010
            Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Social Sciences Department has received a $100,000 endowment from the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma.   

            With this endowment, the Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Masonic Institute for Citizenship Studies will be created. Among other things, the department hopes to use this Institute to inculcate to the students of Northwestern a sense of patriotism and an ethos of service to the nation.

            A reception and gift presentation is planned for Wednesday, March 24, at 4 p.m., in the Wyatt Room in the Student Center. Members of the Masonic Fraternity led by Charles R. Belknap of Enid, Grand Master of Masons, and Charles L. Stuckey of Ponca City, a past Grand Master of Masons, will be in attendance. Belknap and Stuckey are both graduates of Northwestern.

            “We are excited to have these individuals at Northwestern,” said Dr. Aaron Mason, assistant professor of political science.

            Some of the specific duties and tasks of the Institute will be:

To assist in the promotion of annual departmental-related events such as Constitution Day, the Cultural Lecture Series, the Presidential Lecture Series and other related innovative programs;

To defray the costs associated with speakers being brought to campus to present on historical, social, economic and political matters;

To assist in the promotion of university-sponsored conferences concerning United States politics, economics, sociology and history;

To assist with costs associated with various student-run organizations such as Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honors society), Phi Alpha Theta (history honors society) and the Leviathan Society;

To assist the department in its research efforts including publishing activities and other initiatives designed to further the dissemination of knowledge within respective departmental disciplines.

            Mason said he attended a Masonic Charity Foundation presentation in August and presented his ideas to John Logan, Executive Director of the Foundation. The collaborative efforts of Mason and the Foundation have resulted in this meaningful gift to Northwestern.

            “The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma has been very generous, we appreciate their support and are very excited about the endowment,” Mason said. “This type of support will not only benefit the University and its students, but also the larger community of northwestern Oklahoma by allowing the University to bring speakers to campus and to provide quality programs that benefit all the people of this part of the state. In this way, the Masons are helping all of us and for that we are grateful.”