Comprised of around 50 student fundraisers this enthusiastic group works year around, five days a week to raise funds for the university, focusing their efforts on academic and financial student support. The Cowboy Callers contact alumni, parents and friends of the university.
The Cowboy Callers play a significant role in our OSU annual giving efforts. For example, in fiscal year 2018, student callers contacted more than 22,000 alumni and friends. Of these, nearly 25% resulted in a pledge of support to the university, for a total of 5,464 pledges and $620,181 raised.
Working for our program not only raises money for OSU, but also educates student callers about the importance of giving back.
By supporting your passions at Oklahoma State University, a legacy is left at OSU providing students the opportunity to grow and learn at the highest level.
Why did you choose Oklahoma State University?
I chose Oklahoma State to study aviation, and even though I changed my major, I never thought to leave OSU.
What has been your greatest experience at OSU?
My greatest experience is probably flying an airplane solo. Even though I’m not an aviation major anymore that experience is something I’ll never forget.
What are your future career plans?
After graduation, I plan on getting a job in advertising, marketing, or sales to use my degree in media and communications.
What do you enjoy most about living in Stillwater?
The thing I enjoy most about Stillwater is the people. I’ve made lifelong friends and incredible connections in my fourish years here.
Braden Sanzalone is a senior majoring in both marketing and management from Broken Arrow, OK. He has held several leadership positions for the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, most recently being VP of Family and Alumni Relations along with Apparel Director. Braden currently holds the position of Senior Student Development Supervisor at the Call Center where he has worked for two years.
More often than not the Cowboy Calling students are the only voice of OSU our supporters hear, therefore, these students play a vital role in establishing and maintaining a strong relationship with our supporters.
Immediately after each phone call the caller signs the pledge card for the person with whom they spoke; these cards are personal in that they identify the caller/signer as an OSU student and contain a brief note of thanks.
All prospective donors should receive correspondence from the Annual Giving office within a week of their call, regardless of whether a pledge was made. This is our commitment in showing you how much your time and thoughtful consideration helps advance the ideals and programs of OSU.