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Donor receives recognition

Friday, September 21, 2007  
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By Britt Barrientez

Oklahoma Christian University gave an official name to one of the apartment phases on campus.

Administration changed the name of Phase V to The McNally House. The name was changed to honor Vernon and Edna McNally.

Vernon and Edna McNally have given a considerable number of gifts to the university during their lifetime. Vernon passed away in 2002, and Edna passed away in January of 2006. They were residents of Waynoka, Okla.

“The university administration wanted to recognize the generosity of Vernon and Edna,” the Vice President for Advancement John deSteiguer said. “It was a unanimous decision to make that the name.”

The school received a gift of $2.5 million in June of this year from Mrs. McNally’s estate. The decision to name a student housing apartment complex was made then. The words ‘Vernon and Edna McNally House’ are on the east and west sides of the building.

“The name change became official Wednesday, September 12, 2007 as the family was brought to campus to thank them for the gift,” the Director of Apartment Operations James Lauderdale said. “The building now has signage that bears that name as of September 2nd.”

The McNally family stood up to be recognized during chapel in thanks for all the great things they have done for the university.

Over the years, the McNally’s together with Edna’s brother, Dale Cropp, have given about $3.5 million to Oklahoma Christian.

“Edna and Vernon were wonderful Christians. They were not alumni of the university and had no children,” deSteiguer said. “They felt like they had hundreds of children: the students at Oklahoma Christian. They just really appreciated the school and its workers.”

“The money donated has gone into scholarship endowments and into housing projects,” deSteiguer said. “Some of it is also going into the new science initiative. It is all going into long term type things for the campus.”

The school also offers the Edna McNally Scholarship, created to honor Edna and the love and support she has show Oklahoma Christian over the years.

“Edna loved Oklahoma Christian because of the many friends she had here,” deSteiguer said. “Edna and Vernon saw it as an important cause they wanted to be supportive of.”

The McNally family donated money to many other institutes such as Northwestern State University, Waynoka High School and the Share Medical Center in Alva, Okla.

The McNally House was built in 2004. It opened for residence in January of 2005. The housing is on the eastern side of the campus.

Photo by Jonathan Cannon

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