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Association celebrates 25 years in Alumni Center

Office of Communications & Marketing | Northeastern State University
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- Dozens of NSU administrators, alumni and members of the community were on hand when the Branscum Alumni Center doors were opened for business for the first time on April 15, 1989. Twenty five years later, the NSU Alumni Association will be honoring its history with a big membership sale and open house.

Located at the corner of Cedar and Crafton on the eastern edge of NSU’s Tahlequah campus, the 8,500 square-foot structure was funded entirely with donations from alumni and friends of NSU. Constructed by NSU’s own Physical Plant workmen, the building originally consisted of five offices, a dining room, a kitchen and pantry, two fireplaces and six bedrooms and bathrooms.

In its earliest days, before Tahlequah became home to a number of hotel establishments, the Branscum Alumni Center accommodated many of Northeastern’s visiting dignitaries, guests and alumni. These days, it is home to the NSU Alumni Association, NSU Foundation and NSU’s Office of Development.

The Branscum Alumni Center name honors its primary contributor and NSU’s 1986 Outstanding Alumnus recipient, Gene Branscum, a 1956 graduate and former president of Gott, Inc.

To commemorate the Alumni Center’s 25th anniversary, the Alumni Association is offering significant deals on Alumni Association membership. The dates of the sale are April 14-16. During this sale, alumni and friends of the university can purchase an annual membership for just $25 (half off the normal membership price) or opt for the life membership for only $450 (a 25 percent discount off the $600 regular price).

In addition to the membership sale, the Alumni Center staff are hosting an open house for all alumni, and members of the NSU and Tahlequah communities. Those in attendance can join the NSU Alumni Association at the Gene Branscum Alumni Center from 4-6 p.m. for cake, punch, giveaways and a tour of the building.

For more information, please contact the Alumni Association at 918-458-2143.

Published: 4/3/2014 9:55:04 AM

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