Our future is bright with exciting plans to create a new home for the rebranded Ferguson College of Agriculture. The state-of-the-art facility will improve recruitment and retention efforts, elevate research capabilities and create opportunities for life-changing discoveries in the agricultural science and natural resource industries.
The facility is being created with modern teaching methods in mind, utilizing flexible lab spaces to serve multiple disciplines and interactive classrooms to harness students’ energy and the excitement of innovation.
It will transform our efforts to become even more collaborative, bringing all of OSU Agriculture’s expertise to bear on the challenges and opportunities facing the state of Oklahoma.
Kayleen and Larry Ferguson are avid OSU benefactors who want to help feed the world by elevating OSU Agriculture and its programs. The couple are the namesakes of the Ferguson Family Dairy Center in recognition of their foundation’s lead gift for the facility, including Helms Hall. The gift revitalized the aging program and empowered OSU to enhance the research-based education offered at the facility while also attracting the brightest students. The Fergusons, who met as students in the mid-1970s, have received numerous alumni awards from Oklahoma State University and believe in giving back to their alma mater.
“This project will change and modernize our research and the way we teach scientific subjects. It all goes back to the premise of being a modern, land-grant institution. Research has the promise to change the way we grow food and care for the natural environment we rely on. It can transform Oklahoma’s economy, fostering innovation that will feed a growing world population.”
The Oklahoma State University Equine Judging Team had just pulled into the barn area at Char-Lin Ranch when their van broke down.
The Oklahoma State University New Frontiers campaign, which will help build a state-of-the-art teaching, research and Extension facility for OSU Agriculture, is creating unique opportunities for supporters to give back to the university.
More than 300 Oklahoma State University Ferguson College of Agriculture faculty, staff, students and alumni as well as New Frontiers donors helped celebrate a significant milestone in the construction of the new home for OSU Agriculture.
The sounds of construction coming from the corner of Monroe Street and Farm Road on Oklahoma State University’s campus are signs of progress on the New Frontiers Agricultural Hall — the new home for OSU Agriculture.
Oklahoma State University strives to promote sustainability efforts, and Ferguson College of Agriculture students are leading the charge to recommend environmental sustainability practices on campus.
Oklahoma State University held a Sweet Success Celebration to commemorate reaching the $50 million fundraising goal for the New Frontiers campaign, which will help build a state-of-the-art teaching, research and Extension facility for OSU Agriculture.
Oklahoma State University launched the New Frontiers campaign with an overarching goal in mind — to help feed the world. Now, it’s one step closer to achieving it.
Oklahoma State University officials announced today that OSU surpassed the $50 million fundraising goal for the New Frontiers Agricultural Hall with the generosity of more than 600 donors. The milestone comes two and a half years after publicly launching the campaign, which will help build a state-of-the-art teaching, research and Extension facility for OSU Agriculture.
For many in the Cowboy family, agriculture is a way of life that has been passed on from generation to generation.
When Albert E. “Al” Darlow was selected in 1953, by O.S. Wilham, then president of Oklahoma A&M College, to become the dean of agriculture, the role was not his first or last effort in having an impact on the university.
Not only are Rodney Jones and Karen Eifert Jones passionate about Oklahoma State University and the Ferguson College of Agriculture, they also are devoted to giving back.
The Lee family cultivated a love of the land, nature, animals and agriculture that stemmed back through multiple generations. For Tammy Lee of Bandera, Texas, that love was further enhanced through her experiences at Oklahoma State University.
It’s hard to believe that one year ago we were celebrating the groundbreaking for our New Frontiers project.
American Farmers & Ranchers Cooperative (AFR) committed a generous $13,000 to finish the $100,000 commitment set by Oklahoma 4-H Foundation directors and staff for naming opportunities in the New Frontiers Agricultural Hall on the Oklahoma State University campus.
With the deep ties to OSU, it was only natural that Win and Kay join the New Frontiers campaign, which continues to raise funds to create a new teaching, research and Extension facility for OSU Agriculture. The couple made the decision to become Cornerstone Donors together, and now the Academic Suite on the first floor also will be an homage to her beloved husband.
OSU students develop sustainability plan for New Frontiers Agricultural Hall
For Phil and Ruth Terry of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, supporting the Oklahoma State University New Frontiers campaign as major donors to build a new state-of-the-art teaching, research and OSU Extension facility for OSU Agriculture was an easy choice.
Fall is here and so is Oklahoma State University Cowboy Football. The OSU Foundation partnered with OSU Agriculture to host a New Frontiers Tailgate Sept. 25 during the Roots and Boots game against Kansas State University.
Cornerstone Donors and others celebrate groundbreaking of new $100 million building
John Groendyke has watched Oklahoma State University’s campus transform over the past 20 years and is eager to play a part in the New Frontiers campaign, which will create a new, state-of-the-art, home for OSU Agriculture.
Oklahoma State University celebrated the groundbreaking for the New Frontiers Agricultural Hall on April 23. The facility will strengthen the three pillars of the university’s land-grant mission — research, teaching and Extension
AFR Insurance is excited to expand its partnership with Oklahoma State University and the Ferguson College of Agriculture with a gift to the New Frontiers campaign—a five-year commitment totaling $100,000.
Neurosurgeon, business owner and proud alumnus Dr. Barry Pollard is excited for the future of OSU Agriculture. He, along with his company, are among a prestigious group of Cornerstone Donors who have given $1 million or more to the New Frontiers campaign.
The New Frontiers campaign at OSU is reviving a campus classic. The campaign is raising $50 million in private funds for a new teaching, Extension and research facility to be the new home of the Ferguson College of Agriculture. It also will launch a re-imagined Dairy Bar on the building’s ground floor.
Construction on the facility is scheduled to begin in the spring with the hope of welcoming students, faculty and staff into the building in 2023.
Even in the midst of a pandemic, OSU Agriculture is making good progress toward its goal of constructing a new building for the Ferguson College of Agriculture and the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
Ross Seed’s connection to Oklahoma State University is longstanding, with many family members and employees receiving degrees from the institution. The Ross family’s deep connection has inspired them to give back again, in the way of a $100,000 pledge to OSU Agriculture’s New Frontiers campaign.
The $115 million new facility will feature an Academic Pavilion, Student Services Pavilion and Laboratory Pavilion. Much like OSU’s ENDEAVOR laboratory and the new facility for the Spears School of Business, the new home of the Ferguson College of Agriculture prioritizes experiential teaching, flexible research and a strong sense of community through strategically designed spaces. OSU is working with loyal members of the Cowboy family to help secure the remaining $20 million in private and corporate fundraising.
▸ $50 million in private support
▸ $65 million from OSU & other resources
DONORS ADDED SINCE
JAN. 2020 LAUNCH
Our perpetual goal is to educate quality leaders and prepare them to change the world. Cornerstone Donors, who commit to gifts of $1 million and more, will help us make that happen. In any building, the cornerstone determines the position of the entire structure and sets the direction of progress. Our Cornerstone Donors will be the foundation of the campaign and determine the trajectory and pace of our success.
As lead supporters, Cornerstone Donors will receive first right-of-refusal for naming opportunities within the building and will be included in VIP events leading up to the building’s dedication.
Ferguson Family Foundation
John & Virginia Groendyke
Dr. Barry Pollard/P&K Equipment
Win and Kay Ingersoll
Frank & Ludmila Robson
N. Malone Mitchell, Jr.
A.J. and Susan Jacques
Jeff & Lynn Hilst
OTHER MAJOR GIFT DONORS:
Jay & Cathy Albright
Mark & Jennifer Allen
Dana & Barry Bessinger
Todd & Mindy Brashears
Brian & Angie Callahan
Jarold & Jennifer Callahan
Gary & Jane Clark
Dr. N. Andy Cole
Rhonda & Tom Coon
Cathy & Will Cosner
Desta & John Crawford
Dr. A. (Al) E. Darlow Family
Jered & Lindsey Davidson
Danny Davis Memorial
Dillingham Family Foundation
Gerald & Diane Doeksen
Wendy & Gentner Drummond
Dick & Malinda Fischer
Joey & Holly Fitzgerald
Bill & Nancy Ford
Greg & Kristen Hart
Brenda & Terry Hawkins
Bobby & Claranne Hayes
The Hodgen Family
Robert Hughes II – Hughes Ranch
Matt, Amy, Kanon & Chayse Huhnke
Gary & Claudia Humphreys
Beth & Doug Jackson
Ryan & Sherry Jenlink
Craige & Sara Johnston
Dr. Rodney & Karen Eifert Jones
Keith & Marlene Kisling
Barry & Lana Knight
Tammy S. Lee
Jami & John Longacre
Dave & Jean McLaughlin
Amy & Malone Mitchell, 3rd
Jim & Lou Morris
Richard & Teresa Mosier
The Nix Foundation
Ronald T. and Zona G. Noyes
Hartwill Pass Family
Family of Dr. Robert Price
Shannon & Josh Raglin
Donald & Willadean Ramsey Memorial
MK & Roberta Roberts Family
Dr. Clint E. & Pamela S. Roush
Dr. Jim Rutledge
Ginny & Bob Sherrer
Dr. Ron & Linda Sholar
Sidwell Family Foundation for Agriculture
Rob & Mary (Kalka) Shuey
Dennis & Candace Slagell
Ken & Kathy Starks
JJ & Ed Stevak
Dr. Jim & Connie Stiegler
Joyce Pass Taylor
Greg & Dixie (Shaw) Thomas
Phil & Ruth Terry
Doug & Ranet Tippens
Terry & Donna Tippens
Leslye Trachte, Rhys Strasia, & Lindsay Fitzgerald
Dr. Don & Mrs. Kay Wagner
David & Cindy Waits
Matt & Kristine Waits Family Foundation
Clement & Miriam Ward
Houston E. Ward, Jr.
Dr. Dennis & Marta White
Jerry & Michelle White
Joe & Sue Williams
Trisha & Tuck Wilkinson
Jerry & Rae Winchester
Christina & Yancy Wright
Richard & Melodee Wuerflein
American Farmers & Ranchers
BMS Intermediaries, Inc.
Farm Credit of Enid FLCA
Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma
Farmers Grain Company
Farmers State Bank
First Bank & Trust Company - Perry, Billings, Covington & Pawnee
Great Plains Bank
Oklahoma 4-H Foundation
Oklahoma Cotton Council
Oklahoma Farm Bureau
Oklahoma Genetics, Inc.
Oklahoma Pork Council
Oklahoma Wheat Commission
Oklahoma Wheat Research Foundation
Ross Seed Company
Shawnee Milling Company
Triangle Insurance Company
Western Farmers Electric Cooperative
Wheeler Brothers Grain Co.
“To have flexible lab space that I can rearrange to suit the kind of creative teaching technique that I want to implement for a particular exercise would be an incredible tool for educating students.”
“This new building will serve as a hub of teaching and discovery for one of the most successful agricultural programs in the world, it will strengthen OSU’s position as a leader in innovation and help attract the best and brightest faculty and students.”
The new home for the Ferguson College of Agriculture will strengthen OSU Agriculture’s research, teaching and Extension missions while addressing two key challenges: attracting and retaining scientific leaders and equipping collaborative teams with state-of-the-art laboratory and field facilities. It will redefine what is possible for our faculty, students and the industries and communities that depend on our research. The new building will:
"I am so excited about the possibilities of having new lab facilities for agricultural research, because it is one of the most important fields that we continue to study. OSU and OSU students are more than capable of being on the front line of this type of research.”
Site & building
Fergusons commit lead gift,
of the campaign