Advancement Summer 2021

Women of Vision Donates Benches, Tables, Umbrellas

The Women of Vision giving circle at OBU recently donated new outdoor furniture to the campus to provide students with more places to study, eat and socialize outdoors in the fresh air while enjoying the beautiful spaces around Bison Hill. The group met in fall 2020, selecting this as their annual project. In total, they raised $53,000 toward the effort.

The new furniture has been installed in multiple locations, including two groups of benches and chairs on the plaza in front of Thurmond Hall; multiple tables, benches and umbrellas on the patio just east of the Geiger Center; and additional tables, benches and umbrellas on the west landing of the Geiger Center facing Raley Chapel. Existing furniture from the GC’s east patio is being directed to other areas of campus, further expanding the amount of outdoor seating available. The umbrellas feature solar-powered LED lights, allowing them to be useful and well-lit even after dark.

Women of Vision exists to encourage women to be philanthropic leaders and to maximize the impact of their giving. Through the giving circle, individual contributions are united and magnified through a collective voice supporting the university. Gifts collected from each member are pooled, and together, the members decide how the money should be directed on Bison Hill.

This offers a unique opportunity to join other women who desire to create a valuable financial source to support, promote, sustain and enhance the university’s mission. Membership is open to alumnae, employees, students and friends. Visit or contact University Advancement at 405.585.5412 or