Oxford 50th Reunion: 1970, 1971, and 1972 Class Gift
Class Gifts have been a tradition at Oxford since the early 1900s. Initially classes donated a tree in honor of their graduation, then classes started giving other types of physical gifts to Oxford as far back as the 1960s. Since the 1990s, the Oxford Class Gift Committee (OCGC) has assisted Oxford College’s Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement in its efforts to establish a culture of giving among the students at Oxford and leave a legacy for their class. OCGC student members work together to raise funds and each year select which area of Oxford will receive the proceeds. The Oxford Class of 2021 raised $25,000 (doubled thanks to a match from Dean Hicks) to endow an internship for students to raise awareness about the intersection of social justice and mental health. If students can raise that amount, then the 50th reunion classes can too…
To celebrate the Oxford Classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972, we are aiming to raise $50,000 in honor of our 50th reunion.
50th Reunion Class Gift Challenge
To give our classes a head start, Kathy and Warren Brook 70Ox 72B have generously contributed $25,000 to create the 50th Reunion Class Gift Challenge. Every dollar donated to the Brook International Travel Endowment (BITE), Marshall R. Elizer Book Fund, the Bond Fleming Scholarship Fund, the Judy Greer Scholarship, the Homer and Ruby Rae Davis Sharp Book Fund, or the Hoyt Oliver Scholarship (Gifts Pending - Oxford Endowed Scholarships), will unlock a dollar to the Brook International Travel Endowment (BITE). Qualifying donations must be from members of the Oxford Classes of 1969, 1970, 1971,1972, or 1973. Warren and Kathy will contribute a maximum of $25,000, so our goal for this campaign is to raise $25,000 to earn all challenge dollars.
The Impact of Your Gift
Funds listed as giving options feature scholarships and book funds that are meaningful to our class. Scholarships support an undergraduate cost of attendance and provide merit-based and/or need-based scholarships to exceptional incoming first-year students and rising sophomores. Book Funds are used to purchase books, library technology, or other materials in a specified field. Selected funds for our reunion include:
- The Brook International Travel Endowment (BITE) supports Oxford College students who are first-time international travelers with airfare for study abroad and travel courses.
- Marshall R. Elizer Book Fund was funded in 1987 by alumni and friends of Oxford College in honor of Marshall R. Elizer, who served as business manager, director of student services, and professor of mathematics from 1946 to 1978.
- Dean N. Bond Fleming Scholarship Fund was funded in 1976 by gifts from alumni and friends of Oxford College in honor of Neal Bond Fleming, Dean of Oxford College from 1966 to 1976.
- Judy Greer Scholarship is awarded annually to two rising sophomores who exemplify the spirit and mission at Oxford College. This award was initiated by the class of 1959 and supported by other alumni and friends to honor Judy Greer, professor of physical education, on her retirement from Oxford College in 1996.
- Homer and Ruby Rae Davis Sharp Book Fund was established in 1980 by Mary Shaw May P76 to purchase library books in honor of Dr. Homer Sharp and Mrs. Ruby Rae Sharp. Dr. Homer Sharp 59C, is an emeritus professor of biology who taught at Oxford for over 30 years and retired in 1998.
- Hoyt Oliver Scholarship was created by the Oxford Class of 1954 to raise money in Dr. Hoyt Oliver’s 54Ox 56C memory. If $50,000 is raised, an award fund for internships will be established, or if $100,000 is reached, an endowed scholarship will be created. Should the minimum funding required to establish the award or scholarship not be secured by August 31, 2022, gifts raised in support of the Hoyt Oliver Scholarship will be redirected to establish an expendable scholarship fund in Dr. Oliver’s name. By giving through this campaign, your gift will be designated for the Hoyt Oliver Scholarship within the Gifts Pending Designation - Oxford College Endowed Scholarships.