Comprised of around 70 student fundraisers this enthusiastic team works year around, four days a week to engage with the Cowboy Family. Of course, with a focus on university fundraising they prioritize 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 philanthropy.
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 of being a lifetime fan of their sports teams as well as both of my parents attended here. Never even really wanted to go anywhere else.
What has been your greatest experience at OSU?
Greatest experience has to be 2021 Bedlam. Nothing makes you happier as a fan of Ok State than beating Oklahoma.
What are your future career plans?
I plan on moving to Dallas and pursuing a career in commercial real estate.
What do you enjoy most about living in Stillwater?
I love the people and the welcoming feel of Stillwater. Never once has it not felt like home.
My name is Emigail Barnes I am a 19-year-old sophomore here at Oklahoma State University, studying Strategic Communications. I was so generously awarded the Chad Crotchett Cowboy Caller Scholarship for the Fall 2022 semester. Not only that, but I am involved in multiple things on campus, I am a part of Camp Cowboy, a branch of new student orientation. I volunteer at Camp Cowboy in the summers, teaching all the incoming freshman OSU traditions and what it means to be a part of the Orange Family. I also have been a part of the Leadership program SUMMIT, writing my own curriculum and facilitating small groups. Additionally, I am a shift supervisor for the Cowboy Callers in the Engagement Center at the Foundation, which is where I get to reach out and reconnect with the Orange Family and friends of the University.
More often than not our Cowboy Caller team is the only voice for Oklahoma State our alumni & friends hear. Therefore, these students play a vital role in establishing and maintaining a strong relationship with the members of our Cowboy Family.
Each caller can sign the pledge card for the donor with whom they spoke, if the alum/friend pledged to support the University at the time of their conversation. These cards are personal as 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.
For additional information, please contact the Engagement Center at 405.385.5135.