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March 12, 2015

Gov. Fallin serving as Honorary Chair for OSU in Tulsa "A Stately Affair"


Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will serve as the Honorary Chair for “A Stately Affair in Tulsa,” the biennial black-tie gala fundraiser set for Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences.

“We are pleased to have Gov. Fallin supporting our event and her alma mater as the honorary chair of ‘A Stately Affair in Tulsa,’” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “Gov. Fallin has proven to be a champion of OSU and our efforts to increase higher education opportunities in Tulsa and Oklahoma.”

Fallin, a 1977 OSU graduate, was the first woman elected to Oklahoma’s highest office in 2012. She served in the Oklahoma House before being elected the first female Lieutenant Governor in 1995. She was re-elected to a second term as governor in 2014.

“During her time in office, Gov. Fallin has provide funding to stabilize OSU Medical Center, our teaching hospital, and recognized the value of our efforts to train physicians for rural and underserved areas of Oklahoma,” said OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O. “Her support showcases the impact OSU has throughout the state and will help raise funds to support students who are making Oklahoma a better place.”

Fallin and the state legislature have provided $3.08 million in funding for rural residency training programs and additional funding for the OSU Medical Center to ensure the hospital will continue to thrive and provide an exceptional level of care for patients from across the state. As the former chairman of the National Governors Association, Gov. Fallin lead a nation-wide initiative --"America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs" -- seeking to better align education with 21st century workforce needs.

OSU alumni Jack Allen, chairman of HUB International CFR, and David Kollmann, division president for Flintco, are co-chairing the committee organizing the fundraiser.

“A Stately Affair in Tulsa,” which is set for May 18 at Southern Hills Country Club, will honor the 2015 Icons for OSU in Tulsa: Bryan Close, president of CloseBend, Inc., Peggy Helmerich, philanthropist, Bob Jones, former executive director of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, and Bishop Edward J. Slattery of the Catholic Dioceses of Tulsa.

For sponsorship information, visit the sponsorship information page or contact the OSU Foundation in Tulsa at 918-594-8500.