UCO Alumni Association Joins Efforts to Reopen UCO's Historic Old North

June 27, 2014

Media Contact: Reagan Hamlin, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, UCO Development Office, 405-974-3552, rhamlin@uco.edu

UCO ALUMNI ASSOCIATION JOINS EFFORTS TO REOPEN UCO’S HISTORIC OLD NORTH

The University of Central Oklahoma Alumni Association recently donated $25,000 to Old North, joining the university in its efforts to restore one of Oklahoma’s oldest higher education buildings.           

Old North’s Faculty and Staff Multipurpose Conference Room will be named for the UCO Alumni Association in appreciation of the gift.          

“Old North serves as a constant reminder of the history and place that Central has maintained in our state's educational history,” said Jarrett Jobe, president of the UCO Alumni Association and executive director for student leadership at UCO.           

“Old North has touched all our lives in some way during our tenure here. Now, our alumni will hold a permanent place inside the building and join the hundreds of others who have stepped forward to support this historic fundraising endeavor.”           

The Old North project is a part of UCO’s “Always Central” campaign. The campaign seeks to raise $40 million in private support for multiple projects, including $6 million designated for the interior renovation of Old North. The university has raised just over $38 million toward the overall goal with $3.5 million still needed to complete Old North.           

Due to structural complications that multiplied over time, Old North closed in 2000 resulting in the loss of several classrooms and the relocation of nearly 40 faculty and staff offices. The university approached the restoration in two phases. Phase one was funded through bond and included the needed exterior repairs, an outdoor amphitheater, and the addition of a 16,000 square foot annex that contains necessary fire exits, ADA entry, mechanical systems, electrical systems, bathrooms and other support spaces.           

Phase two includes the interior renovation and relies on the generation of private support from alumni and friends.

For more information on the Old North project visit www.centralconnection.org/saveoldnorth or contact Anne Holzberlein, vice president for development, at 405-974-2770.

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