Oklahoma State University business school to honor 100 graduates in its 100th year

The centennial celebration, “The Spears School: 100 For 100,” will culminate with a gala Sept. 5, 2014.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: December 1, 2013

The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, as part of next year's celebration of its 100th anniversary as a business school, will be recognizing 100 graduates over the past 100 years.

The yearlong celebration will culminate Sept. 5 with the Spears School's Centennial Celebration Gala.

Nominations for “The Spears School: 100 For 100,” are being sought through Dec. 20.

The school will recognize 100 graduates who exemplify the OSU and business school spirit. OSU business school graduates from 1914 to present are eligible, and posthumous nominations are also accepted.

Ken Eastman, interim dean of the Spears School, said the final list will include business school graduates whose accomplishments are impressive professionally and personally.

“We have so many noteworthy alums that it will be difficult to pare this number down to just 100,” Eastman said. “We appreciate the efforts of the Spears School Alumni Society who will make the selections, as this will not be an easy task. I encourage everyone to go to the website and nominate someone because we want to hear about all of our graduates, from all occupations and careers.”

Oklahoma A&M College established the School of Commerce and Marketing in 1914. Enrollment in the new school that first year was 37 students, but within two years there were 164 students taking classes. The first bachelor's degree was granted in 1916. Today, there are more than 4,300 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate business students.

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Nominations for the “100 For 100” can be made at the 100th anniversary website at spears100.okstate.edu. That site also contains more information about the event, and ways to participate in the celebration. For sponsorship information on the Centennial Celebration Gala or the golf tournament, contact Anna Smith at (405) 744-8679 or anna.noel.smith@okstate.edu.

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