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Oklahoma State University

John C. McCornack
Yukon, Oklahoma


 Administration Building

Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University was founded on December 25, 1890, as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, just twenty months after the Land Run of 1889. When the first students assembled for class on December 14, 1891, there were no buildings, no books, and no curriculum.

On July 1, 1957, Oklahoma A&M; College became Oklahoma State University. Technical branches were established in Okmulgee in 1946 and in Oklahoma City in 1961. (In 1990 their names were changed to OSU-Okmulgee and OSU-Oklahoma City.) In July of 1988, the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery became the College of Osteopathic Medicine of OSU.

A Walking Tour of OSU

Oklahoma is a wonderful place to learn
If you know what you want to be
Or if you are just in the planning stage
This university is the school you should see

It was founded in 1890, can you believe?
An agriculture and mechanical college
Though there was nothing there at first
Still there was an agenda and a pledge

As time went on the University was built
The curricular was truly top dollar
Knowledge and persistence important
For every single worthy scholar

The library is the best in the country
Professors are the finest as well
The pride can be compared to none
Once enrolled before long you can tell

So take a walking tour, my friend
It’s the most fascinating thing you can do
And you will be astonished like others
When you learn about OSU!

Marilyn Lott © 2009- 120


Oklahoma State University Library

In 1940, Edmon Low became head librarian at the then Oklahoma A&M College, and a new era began — one in which service was identified as a philosophical foundation for library activities. During his long tenure, plans for a new building were developed and carried out. In 1953, the Edmon Low Library, with its elegant Georgian style, opened and quickly became a focal point for campus pride.


OSU is located in Stillwater, a north-central Oklahoma community with a population of more than 42,000. Stillwater is approximately 60 miles from the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metropolitan areas and is readily accessible from other major population centers by interstate highway and within about 150 miles from Cloud Chief.  I used to hitch-hike back and forth to Stillwater when I attended OSU in the late 1950's.  


Fine arts building


Dr. Henry G. Bennett Memorial

Old Central

Old Central

In 1894, two and one-half years after classes began in local churches, 144 students moved into the first academic building, later known as Old Central, on the southeast corner of campus. In 1896, Oklahoma A&M; held its first commencement with six male graduates.


Theta Pond


Collected Wisdom: Boone Pickens

Interviewed by Berry Tramel

Published: June 14, 2009

Boone Pickens, who grew up in Holdenville and is a 1951 Oklahoma A&M graduate, has donated more than $400 million to his alma mater, with the majority of that to athletics. He is a legendary Texas oil man, both wildcatting and acquiring oil and gas companies. Pickens is fast friends with Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder and a big supporter of football coach Mike Gundy. OSU’s football stadium now bears Pickens’ name.

I feel so strongly about the state of Oklahoma. All we can do over there (in Stillwater), I want to do. I see most of the kids over there, I feel I can be an influence. They see I did well, they say hell, why not me?

Some are awed by me. I never will forget, two years ago, some big ol’ kid came through the athletic department. Holder said, "This is Boone Pickens.” The kid said, "Are you alive? Your name’s on the stadium. I didn’t know they put your name on the stadium unless you were dead.” I said, "I came back.” The kid said, "I can’t believe this. I didn’t know you were alive.”

They see me in different ways. Most of ’em are from small towns. The student body, they relate to me. I’ve had enough appearances in front of ’em. They probably say, "He talks like my granddad.”

If you’d ever talk to some who shook hands with me and talked for three or four minutes, I think they’d walk off and say I was a regular guy. I always want to come off as a guy like everybody else. I come from that background.

I never was a good pool player. My dad was a good pool player. I used to sleep on pool tables sometimes. Only place I had to sleep.

In high school, I loved the team relationship. We had one excellent player. But he wouldn’t win by himself. We had to get him the ball. I run my operation the same way; we speak about team a lot.

I was good at all sports. I was a high school basketball player. I went to Texas A&M in 1947 on a basketball scholarship. I left because they cut me off the team. That could have been a big mistake by Texas A&M, saving that $25 scholarship.

I’d like to tell you that I played quarterback at Oklahoma State with Barry Sanders, but that wouldn’t be true. I tell people, you put a quarterback meter on me, I’d score high, meaning I’d like to play quarterback. But I was too small, didn’t have a good arm.

Sports are big in America. You look at the Final Four. Can’t get a ticket. If you do, you pay a huge price for it. Which is good. It’s your money. Do what you want with it. This is America.

It’s just great excitement in team sports. Same in Europe. Soccer’s big. People love the competition. People like to see the young people out there, knocking people out.

The thing that has been a surprise to me, this (new OSU era) has revitalized alums. They see it as an entirely different school than we had. With a leader like (Mike) Holder, we know we’re not going to do some of the dumb stuff we did before.

They’re proud of the program, proud of the school. They’ve given more money, which is good. There’s no question, we have a different school. We’ve had gifts we had never seen before. They believe the program now is going to go great places. More and more are looking at it that way. We can get there.

We haven’t had a tradition of winning for football. That tradition, it will carry you, especially in tight spots. We’ll develop that, maybe sooner than later.

Gundy, no question we picked him green. But he learns. When he gets his fingers mashed in the doors, he remembers the doors. He’s a very competitive guy. He’s smart. He was a good leader for us. When we can, I like to use Oklahoma State people.

This (current success) is what I expected. I knew it wasn’t going to be immediate. I think Gundy’s done a good job. I told him, I don’t want to lose any coaches off the staff, unless it’s either by Gundy’s determination or they went to a head job. That’s been exactly what’s happened.

No lateral moves anywhere. They came in for a cup of coffee (in the past). That doesn’t happen anymore. When you’ve got that stability on the staff and people know we’re going to have a good program, you can get things done.

We’re not through with the (national economy) problems. I’ve been here before. You gotta keep plowing, get it done. We’ve got a pretty sick deal.

No question I’m put on hold, but the big stuff (at OSU) is done. Smaller things, I can help on some things. Let’s just say, some things are postponed a little bit. I still think we’ll get to where we want to be.

OSU booster

Age: 81

Hometown: Dallas


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Learning is so very important, of course
Also important is what school you choose

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Having the proper teachers as well
To explain the dont’s and the dos.

M. I. Lusby


Wise Words by a man named Don

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1. I too have been blessed and want to take a few minutes to say something about the best part of me: my wife, Julie Blose.

2. As I write about her, I hope you also write in your heart those things you would say about your special someone.

3. Julie’s dad is an attorney and her mom was a grade school teacher.

4. Their influence on her life produced a woman who became just as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside.

5. Julie grew up in Yukon and would later receive her teaching degree from Southern Nazarene University.

6. She followed her mother’s footsteps and became an elementary school teacher. She taught in Yukon for 18 years.

7. If you have ever met Julie, you know that she is sweet, happy and pleasant to be around.

8. She is as genuine as can be and a wonderful listener.

9. Although she can be shy or reserved when you first meet her, you will soon find she is quick witted and usually has a funny story to tell.


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Oriental Poppy

I have always loved all Poppies
Amazing, so bright with color
Their petals so soft and vibrant
They are truly unlike any other.

Although not considered cut flowers
Putting them in a vase is important to me
I can enjoy them outside or inside
My delightful Oriental Poppy.

Elizabeth Anderson


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John, Elaine, Linda, Evelyn
at my Grandparent’s home.


A Spanish Cove special memory

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Painting by Linda ~ 2016


Scenes involving Spanish Cove


Rural Mail Boxes northwest of Yukon


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John McCornack


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OSU put a bounce in my step
With advantages I still feel yet.

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