Largest Private Donation Ever Made to Northern Oklahoma College
published on 09/06/2010
TONKAWA — A landmark $1.6 million endowment by the estate of Ima Faythe Berglund, an honor graduate of 1935 University Preparatory School (UPS) College, now known as Northern Oklahoma College, will enhance the education of future mathematics and science students.
In announcing the gift at the Renfro Center Wednesday, Tom Poole, interim NOC President, said "Today truly marks an historic day for Northern Oklahoma College. Ima Faythe Berglund's incredible gift will make a difference in the lives of the students. We are grateful for Faythe's gift and believing in our college's future."
The contribution to Northern Oklahoma College Foundation Inc. will be known as the Ima Faythe Berglund NOC Endowment Fund. The fund will provide scholarship awards and program support in the Departments of Science and Mathematics.
Berglund, who described herself as "an optimistic person," has given the students reasons to be optimistic about the future by helping to further their education.
Making brief statements at the announcement ceremony were Mark Detten, president of NOC Foundation, and Jesse Mendez, chairman of NOC Board of Regents. The presentation of the ceremonial check was by RCB Pioneer Bank, Ponca City.
A quiet, intelligent and unassuming lady, Berglund had a thirst for education. As a student at Perry High School in 1933 she finished 12 years of school in 11 years. After graduating from UPS, it would be 36 years later before she continued her quest for education. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1971. A long time resident of Ponca City, she was married to Ralph Berglund in 1968. During her working career, she was employed as a telephone operator, receptionist and bookkeeper in a doctor's office and at Conoco.
After her retirement from Conoco in 1981, she completed her master's degree from OU in 1983. Berglund was a member of the Ponca City First Presbyterian Church and an investment club. She died earlier this year.
Guests were welcomed by Sheri Snyder, executive director, NOC Foundation, included Judy Poole, members of the NOC regents, Lynn Smith, Jeff Smith and Linda Brown and from the NOC Foundation Mac Bradley, Gary Martin and Mike Loftis as well as attorney Bob Malone.
Other special guests included Sen. and Mrs. David Myers, NOC President Emeritus Joe Kinzer and past Oklahoma State Regent Carl Renfro. Also, Enloe Baumert, representing the law firm of Baumert, Cummings and Hiatt, Berglund's law firm, and members of the RCB Bank Otis Marrow, Jeff Cowan, Joe Langley and Jason Pinney.
The program ended with the NOC Ensemble singing "Alma Mater," composed by Bill Heilmann. A reception followed.
THE LARGEST PRIVATE DONATION ever made to Northern Oklahoma College Foundation is signified by this $1.6 million ceremony check. The contribution came from the trust fund of the late Ima Faythe Berglund of Ponca City. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Tom Poole, interim NOC President; Mark Detten, president of the NOC Foundation; Carl Renfo, chairman of RCB Bank Pioneer of Ponca City; Jesse Mendez, chairman of the NOC Board of Regents; Joe Langley, vice president of RCB Bank Pioneer Trust; Jeff Cowan, president of RCB Bank Pioneer; Jason Pinney, financial advisor of RCB Bank Pioneer; and Sheri Synder, executive director of the NOC Foundation. (News Photo by Louise Abercrombie)