President Paul Sechrist and Alumni Relations Director Randy Cassimus unveiled OCCC’s new Alumni Hall of Fame Wall of Honor June 4 in the administrative connector between the president’s office and the Academic Affairs office. The display features the names of previous inductees and photos of the most recently honored alumni.
“We just thought it would be a great way to permanently memorialize and pay tribute to our great alumni who are out in the world telling the world that this is a great institution,” Sechrist said.
“I’m excited about it,” she said. “I really think it’s a step forward to further acknowledge the alumni but also to encourage people to take part in it more.”
Brese received her associate degree in math at OCCC and is ending her first year as a member on the alumni board. She praised the college for helping students prepare for their careers.
“I felt like the community college helped me plan my future versus plan my semester, if that makes sense to you,” she said. “They helped me look at where everything I was doing was leading, versus ‘what are you going to do next semester?’”
City Rescue Mission CEO and President Tom Jones, also a 2012 Alumni Hall of Fame inductee, said OCCC’s professors stand out because of their investment in their students.
“I think that the staff in connecting with their students — which is different than many major universities — encouraged me to stick with it,” he said.
“At OCCC, every instructor that I had, I felt, took a personal interest in my success and sometimes, it’s just the words of encouragement when you’re not doing well. They kind of make you realize that the journey of education is a process, that there are ups and downs and they always encouraged me.”
Cassimus said the OCCC Association of Alumni and Friends is accepting nominations now through Aug. 28 for alumni to be considered for into the 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame.
He said nominees are considered based on their professional or community achievements as well as the impact they have made on OCCC.
To submit a nomination, visit www.occc.edu/foundation/alumni. For more information, contact Cassimus at 405-682-1611, ext.7478, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.