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OCU Students Vote to Fund Campus Enhancements
OKLAHOMA CITY – Prospective students entering Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacy Admissions and Visitor Center will find a newly-renovated lobby thanks to the university’s Student Government Association. OCU SGA President John Riesenberg said the Student Service Fee Committee was glad to enhance what is considered the “front door” to the Oklahoma City University campus. “This is the place prospective students see when they come to OCU,” Riesenberg said. “We want our front door to match our whole campus and be a welcoming place that is student and family friendly.” OCU’s student service fee is allocated to a variety of departments on campus including student government, student life, student health and the police department. The Student Government Association holds back the small portion of excess funds to help finance projects that arise during the school year such as speakers and student events. Professors and administrators are invited to submit proposals to the Student Service Fee Committee for consideration. University Advancement Vice President Art Cotton submitted the proposal for the lobby renovation. The renovated lobby includes new furniture and about a dozen 20 x 30-inch photographs of OCU students enjoying the campus. OCU worked with Frankfurt Short Bruza on the renovation. This year, the committee approved about $12,000 for campus enhancements and events. Projects recently funded include the lobby, Race with the Stars T-shirts, a 24-hour study space in the university center, lights for the university’s soccer field and a sound system for the Freede Center. Committee members include four undergraduate students from SGA and three administrators – Vice President of Students Affairs Rick Hall, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Liz Donnelly and Dean of Students John Riggs. “We generally fund one-time investments that get projects off the ground,” Riesenberg explained. “What we at SGA really like about the committee is that we have student and administrative representation, but the students have a slightly larger voice.” Cotton said the tradition is a testament to good leadership on campus. “This is a great example of servant leadership and how the OCU community is dedicated to student welfare and success,” he said.