Nov 7, 2019
In 2019, OPSU celebrated the 110th anniversary with the restoration of the iconic feature of campus, the Sower. The Century Club was developed to recognize OPSU supporters who gave $100 or more annually. The restoration of the Sower statue was the first project of the Century Club.
University President, Dr. Tim Faltyn stated, “This project was a great way to inspire a new generation of supporters who could invest in one of the most historical and iconic features of our campus.”
The statue was taken down for much needed repairs and a bronze casting was made. The bronze statue was placed back on campus in early June even through the COVID-19 pandemic. In remembrance of donors for the first year, names are being engraved on plaques to be placed at the base of the statue.
Vice President of Operation, Dr. Ryan Blanton said, “This has been an inspiring campaign, and I am so thankful for the work of our Alumni in helping make the new Sower a reality.”
As we move into the new year, the Century Club committee wanted to continue with recognizing historic areas on campus. The new project that Century Club money will help fund, will be the renovation of the Hughes-Strong Lobby. The Century Club campaign kicked off on January 15 and has raised over $8,550 so far.
The Hughes-Strong remodel will feature the original Sower being placed in a glass case in the lobby of Hughes-Strong Auditorium. This display will be the centerpiece to the updated lobby as a reminder of the history of Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
For more information about the Century Club and how to become an honored member today go to centuryclub.opsu.edu or contact the Alumni Office at 580-349-1390.
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