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November 2014

UCO Foundation Receives $500,000 Grant for Old North From Gaylord Foundation

UCO Old North restoration.
The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation recently received a $500,000 grant from the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation to help fund the restoration of Old North on UCO’s campus, pictured. Old North was the first building of higher education in the state. It closed in 2000 due to structural complications.

The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation recently received a $500,000 grant from the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation to help fund the restoration of Old North on UCO’s campus.

“We are incredibly appreciative of the Gaylord Foundation and their positive impact in our community,” said President Don Betz.

“To be able to count them as one of our generous partners of this restoration project is a true testament to the important place Old North holds in not only our history, but the hearts of all Oklahomans.”

UCO’s “Always Central” campaign seeks to raise $40 million in private support for projects that include $6 million designated for the interior renovation of Old North, the first building of higher education in the state.

Due to structural complications that multiplied over time, Old North closed in 2000 resulting in the loss of several classrooms and the relocation of nearly 40 faculty and staff offices. The university approached the restoration in two phases. Phase one was funded through bond and included the needed exterior repairs, an outdoor amphitheater, and the addition of a 16,000-square-foot annex that contains necessary fire exits, ADA entry, mechanical systems, electrical systems, bathrooms and other support spaces.

Phase two includes the interior renovation and relies on the generation of private support from alumni and friends. Once $6 million is obtained, university officials anticipate the renovation being complete in 24 months.

UCO has raised more than $39 million of its $40 million “Always Central” campaign goal, in support of students, teaching, programs, facilities and fund for the future.

For more information on the “Always Central” campaign and the Old North project visit www.centralconnection.org or contact Anne Holzberlein, vice president for development, at 405-974-2770.

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