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Education notes: Rose State receives $250,000 donation for student center

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Students are pictured at the Rose State College campus in Midwest City Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. [Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman]
Students are pictured at the Rose State College campus in Midwest City Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. [Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman]

Rose State College received a $250,000 gift from the Robert Croak Family in support of the student center currently under construction on campus.

The gift will help establish the FNB Community Bank Banquet Hall, a state-of-the-art banquet and meeting hall on the second floor of the center. The new banquet hall will feature seating for roughly 400 people with floor-to-ceiling windows.

“We are extremely grateful to the Croak Family and their dedication to Rose State College,” said Jeanie Webb, President of Rose State College. “The support that Robert, Bill and John show to our students and our campus is part of the reason why Rose State College is positioned as one of the leaders in higher education in the state. This contribution will help ensure our new student center is among the nicest in Oklahoma.”

Expected to open next year, the new student center will include the new banquet hall, student lounge, a full kitchen with catering and cafeteria services, the college bookstore, the offices of Student Affairs as well as multiple conference rooms and study areas.

OMRF names Teen Philanthropy leaders

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has selected 50 teens from across the state for its seventh annual Teen Leaders in Philanthropy class.

The students selected will visit OMRF monthly next school year to meet with philanthropic leaders from Oklahoma City and the surrounding area. They will also learn about how nonprofit organizations function and the impact charitable giving makes on a community.

Applicants are limited to Oklahoma high school students. The teens selected will work on team-building and fundraising projects tailored to teach the basics of philanthropy, development, networking, fundraising and board service.

Here are the 2019-2020 Teen Leaders in Philanthropy:

Bishop McGuinness: Lindsay Best, Elyse Cronic, Ashley Hill, Peyon McCuan, Charlotte Mounger, Luke Wienecke; Casady: Irene Eckman, Katherine Hawley, Graeme Jones, Reese Rhodes; Choctaw: Aiyana Washington; Classen SAS: Daniel Coronado, Maya Shadid; Crossings Christian: Kennedy Campbell, Madeline Horning, Jackson Roberts; Deer Creek: Shivani Sugunan; Dove Science Academy: Emmanuel Ojuade; Edmond Memorial: Keegan Leibrock, Jonathan Lin; Edmond Santa Fe: Fiza Sheikh, Madison White; Harding Charter Prep: Kate Glass; Heritage Hall: Katherine Curran, Logan Longacre, Lauren Paque; Holdenville: Macy Davenport; Lawton: Ethan Kinslow; Mount Saint Mary: Daly Barnett, Jesse Brooks; Muskogee: Blake Simmons; Noble: Brody Smith; Norman: Vicky Chen, Elisabeth Millington; Norman North: Brooke Bauman, Amiya Dehadrai, Elise McGoldrick; Oklahoma Christian Academy: Parker Ashworth; Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics: Aarib Azeem, Anika Bekkem, Nivedita Jayasekar; Putnam City North: Ann George; Southmoore: Neal Patel; Westmoore: Shea Wortham; Western Heights: Jorge Pena

Governor appoints Fisher as RUSO regent

Gov. Kevin Stitt recently appointed Eric Fisher, of Oklahoma City, to the governing board of the Regional University System of Oklahoma.

Fisher fills the position 8 seat which covers Logan, Oklahoma, Cleveland, McClain, Garvin, Murray, and Payne counties. He replaces Mark Stansberry, who retired from the regent board after serving nearly 20 years in higher education leadership positions and the past 13 years as a RUSO regent.

Fisher’s appointment began May 13.

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