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Ryerson Hall dedication marks a tradition of giving


November 17, 2019

Marione Martin

1. From left: John, Kathryn, Amy and Madeline Ryerson, Julia Ryerson Witherington and Richard Ryerson arrive for the ceremony renaming the Fine Arts Building as Ryerson Hall Friday at NWOSU. 2.After the unveiling of the new name, NWOSU President Dr. Janet Cunningham (left) stands with members of the Ryerson family. From left are Cunningham, Lynn Bassett, John Ryerson, Kathryn Ryerson, Madeline Ryerson, Amy Ryerson, Julia Witherington and Richard Ryerson.

On a sunny, breezy Friday noon, Nov. 15, the oldest academic building on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University campus was renamed for longtime benefactors and supporters, the Ryerson family. A dedication ceremony on the front steps of the Fine Arts Building marked the occasion, culminating in the unveiling of the Ryerson Hall name on the front.

Clad in red and black, NWOSU President Dr. Janet Cunningham welcomed the multitude of guests seated in folding chairs and standing on the lawn. She recounted the history of the building which was completed in October 1907, one month before Oklah...

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