Oklahoma Panhandle State University
From time to time, the Association uses interest earned from the life memberships to help fund projects that beautify or better the campus.
Donations from alumni and friends help in a large part to fund these projects as well.
Eight of the most recent projects funded totally or in part by the Association are:
- The Plainsman sign on Highway 54 south of the main entrance to the campus,
- The clock tower and chimes in the center of the plaza
- The Alumni Solarium addition to the Student Union Building
- Memorials to alumni lost in the Oklahoma City bombing and America's military conflicts
- The purchase of 200 chairs and 25 banquet tables for the new Noble Cultural and Activity Center
- Three war murals created by the OPSU art department mounted outside the McKee Library
- The purchase of a digital video camera to document oral Histories for the Centennial Celebration in 2009
Current Projects in progress are:
- The Barbecue Beef Fund Endowment - The association provides a free Barbecue during homecoming and after the parade. It is the goal of the association to endow $40,000 so that the interest earned on that endowment will cover the cost of the barbecue completely. As of 10/21/2011, we have approximately $30,000 in the fund.
- Clocktower Chime Upgrade - The campus clocktower can no longer play the music that was once heard throught the town of Goodwell. The current system is also outdated and not worth repairing. The association has chosen to purchase an upgrade from the original manufacturer which will allow digital recording via a keyboard attachment, as well as a libray of many pre-recorded tracks. The cost of the new system as a turn-key operation, is approx. $16,000. Through donations and monies transferred by the centennial committee the fund for this project is currently at about $13,000. (10/21/2011)