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AWARDS Hall of Fame Jim and Ann Halligan Jim and Ann Halligan feel very fortunate to have lived in Stillwater for the last 24 years and for the opportunities they have had to make friends and to make a dif- ference. For Ann, that involved serving on the Stillwater Medical Center Board under the leadership of Jerry Moeller for several years. She has also been involved with the United Way of Payne county’s annual campaign, which helps many agencies in the community receive the funds they need. Payne County Youth Services has also been 46 a special interest on her part. However, nothing compares to Ann’s weekly devo- tion to serving as a cashier at Elite Repeat, which has donated more than $3 million to worthy causes. L eading a university requires a signifi cant commitment from both had declined yearly for 12 straight years, everyone then embarked on members of a marriage as there is so much associated social a special eff ort that resulted in nine years of annual increases. This activity. The successful $260 million campaign called Bringing coupled with a program to secure prestigious national awards led Dreams to Life involved an eff ort by everyone, particularly the fac- to numerous Truman Scholarships and OSU’s fi rst Rhodes Scholar. ulty and staff , to improve all aspects of the university. Because the This culminated in OSU being named America’s Best College Buy. athletic facilities were in need of improvement, a campaign was After several opportunities involving academic appointments abroad, launched in which the students were the fi rst group to step forward with a special fee to fund a portion of the Gallagher-Iba renovation. This was followed by the voters of Stillwater passing a special tax to cover an additional part, which provided the momentum to secure Jim was honored to be solicited to run for the Oklahoma Senate. Many citizens of Stillwater joined us in this successful eff ort, which resulted in eight years of service as Chair of Appropriations for Public Schools and Higher Education. For all these blessings that are a additional private support. result of the Halligans’ living in Stillwater, Jim and Ann feel hon- Jim’s impact on the collegiate and Stillwater communities were ored by this recognition. apparent from day one. Because Oklahoma State University enrollment This coupled with a program to secure prestigious national awards led to numerous Truman Scholarships and OSU’s fi rst Rhodes Scholar. This culminated in OSU being named America’s Best College Buy.