Donor receives recognition
Friday, September 21, 2007
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,
“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 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