**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Celebrates Oklahoma’s Centennial
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 11-26-07
by Laura Hays
Goodwell, Okla. - In honor of Oklahoma’s Centennial birthday, OPSU held a special ceremony Monday, Nov. 12 at 3:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Hughes-Strong Hall. The celebration included dedication of three newly-planted Redbud trees as a living memorial to commemorate the state’s centennial and also OPSU’s upcoming centennial. One of the official state trees, honoring the State Centennial, was planted inside the special bed shaped in the distinctive silhouette of Oklahoma, and two more were planted outside the bed. One of the outside trees commemorates the OPSU Centennial and is situated outside of the bed, and in order to maintain symmetry, a third was planted “north” of the Oklahoma-shaped bed to recognize Kansas.
OPSU President Dave Bryant honored OPSU’s Major Wayne Manning, U.S. Army, retired for his service, and Dr. Sara Richter spoke about OPSU’s upcoming centennial celebrations. Oklahoma State Representative Gus Blackwell offered a brief talk about Oklahoma’s Centennial. The ceremony closed with the OPSU Concert Choir leading the singing of the OPSU Alma Mater and Oklahoma!, the state song.
Sodexho, OPSU’s food service provider, furnished two cakes for a reception in the lobby of Hughes-Strong afterwards. One cake was decorated for the Oklahoma Centennial and the other for the OPSU Centennial. OPSU looks forward to the next 100 years of serving the citizens of the great state of Oklahoma!