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Database to Propel Alumni Connection

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 11/14/2017

Goodwell, Okla. — This past summer in July, Diane Murphey retired her Vice President of Academic Affairs hat and accepted a new hat as the President of the Panhandle State Association of Alumni & Friends. In Murphey’s short time as the Alumni President, the Alumni Association has experienced many exciting changes and Murphey has no plans to slow the momentum now.

Murphey commented, “I retired from the academic side and agreed to serve as the President of the Alumni Association with the intention of increasing the connection between our Alumni and current students. One of the reasons I agreed to do the job is to help rebuild the alumni database system so that we can communicate effectively and more frequently with our Alumni.”

After deciding on an appropriate system that both the Alumni and the Panhandle State Foundation could use and finding a way to cover the yearly cost, Murphey (having served as the Dean of Business and Technology prior to the VP position) reached out to her Computer Information Systems (CIS) graduates because she thought they would enjoy helping the Alumni Association improve their database technology.

She addressed them through email, “If you remember when you were here, I told you someday I would be asking you to help- well today is one of those days.”

Murphey was referring help needed with the start-up cost associated with the database. These costs include the data mapping from the current system, training, installation, verifying contact information, and much more.

She added, “We have to not only find our grads but we have to bring our communication with them into the digital age.”

Not only have her former students began to help, but they have shared the request on their social media pages in an effort to meet the start-up cost. Anyone wishing to help with this project can donate online at alumni.opsu.edu/Donate.

The database will certainly propel the connection between Panhandle State and its Alumni forward. A big thanks for the support!


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