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 University because I come from a long line of Cowboys and I grew up coming up to Stillwater for football games. I also knew that OSU had recently built a brand-new business school and I heard many great things about Spears. My Grandfather also told me that if I went to OU he would disown me.
What has been your greatest experience at OSU?
My greatest experiences at OSU cannot be summed up into one thing, so I have multiple. Greek life, sporting events and Homecoming have all been amazing experiences as a student here in Stillwater.
What are your future career plans?
I am in the process of searching for internships and plan to have a few over the next couple of summers to increase my professional skills. I am an accounting/finance double major and I plan on going into the energy industry or financial services. I also plan on staying a fifth year and pursuing an MBA.
What do you enjoy most about living in Stillwater?
The thing I have enjoyed most about living in Stillwater has honestly been the genuine people I have met in the last year and a half. I also love the family atmosphere here; everyone is very supportive!
Makayla Wischnack is a Marketing major and with Economics and Accounting minors from Topeka, Kansas. She is currently the VP of Communications for the OSU Marketing Club. Before COVID intervened, she was appointed to be the club's first Philanthropy Chair, where she would have developed fundraising competitions. Makayla hopes to work for a marketing firm, creating content and advertisements for customers. While attending OSU, she has been on the President's Honor Roll for four semesters. Makayla has worked at the call center for six months.
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.