Advancement Spring 2023

2023 Women of Vision Project: Outside, in God’s Classroom

Not all learning spaces consist of walls and windows. The phrase, “I wish we could meet somewhere outside today” is far from uncommon in Oklahoma where there is so much to see and experience. Visions or hopes such as this become a reality with OBU’s Women of Vision. At their annual meeting and dinner in October 2022, WOV voted to fund an outdoor classroom and social space that will provide meeting opportunities for classes, clubs and performances. This proposal was created by current students representing the strong interest of their peers to have an outdoor place.

Contextual learning has been shown to add to the educational experience. The proposal mentioned the functionality of the space to allow student groups to meet in an area that engages all the senses as well as enhance the beauty of the University by the design of the outdoor space. The project will include seating for a typical class of students and a covered structure for protection from the elements.

The annual meeting and dinner was held at the Cargill Advancement and Alumni Center on the OBU campus. With nearly 100 women in attendance, the event generates support and contributions towards projects that greatly impact students and the OBU campus. The event set the stage for a host of festivities taking place during The Weekend Oct.13-15.

Women of Vision is a giving circle dedicated to empowering women through promoting philanthropic endeavors that support OBU’s mission. Membership is open to all alumni and friends of the University with activities that foster networking and connection with one another and the OBU community. A key component of Women of Vision is its mission to provide financial resources needed to make lasting improvements and impacts on Bison Hill. OBU First Lady Jill Thomas serves as director of the program, and she encourages you to join and become a part of WOV!

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