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 OSU because it just felt like home the moment I walked onto campus during my senior year of high school for a tour. Another reason is that I always wanted to follow in my sister’s footsteps and she attended OSU.
What has been your greatest experience at OSU?
My greatest experience at OSU was when I went to my first day of history class freshman year. I was so nervous and I didn’t know anyone, so I sat by myself in the very back of the class with like 10 chairs between me and anyone else. Then out of nowhere this girl came to class and just sat right next to me and turned and said “Hi. I’m Alli who are you?” And I was like “uh, Katey.” After that, she sat next to me every day and made a point to talk to me. Before I knew it we were best friends and the rest is history.
What are your future career plans?
My future career plans are to become an audiologist and to hopefully teach a college course here and there if I’m able to.
What do you enjoy most about living in Stillwater?
I enjoy how everyone is nice to my dog, Fanny, and myself any time I am out and about with her or by myself.
Skylar Bell is a Junior Psychology and Sociology double major from Panama, Oklahoma. Skylar’s focus is in Psychology and Law and hopes one day to work for the FBI in the Behavioral Analysis Unit or at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary as a Criminal Psychologist. Her goal after graduating from Oklahoma State is to attend the University of Alabama to study and receive her PH.D. in Psychology with a focus in Law. Skylar has been with the call center for a year and enjoys being on staff as a lead caller.
“Being able to work at such an amazing place as the Foundation has been a huge blessing. Getting to connect with Alumni of the University, make friends within the call center itself, and gain valuable communication and work skills is something I will always be extremely grateful for. The most rewarding part about working as a Cowboy Caller, however, is getting to raise funds for different areas within the University and help Oklahoma State reach its full potential.”
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.