Rose State College has received a $100,000 gift from Joe and Charlene Cole to assist with the build-out for a new student union on campus. The generous contribution will establish the Joe and Charlene Cole Student Services area of the student union.
“We wanted to play a role in the growth of our young people and what better way to do that than be a part of where it all takes place – in student services with advisement and student engagement,” stated Joe Cole. “Knowing we are adding to the value of every student is how we desire to give back to this incredible community.”
“Having grown up and raised our kids in Midwest City we have enjoyed watching the growth of Rose State College,” commented Charlene Cole. “Our children and grandchildren have taken classes at the college and we have taken part in so many of the activities on campus - it was natural to put in our hearts to give back.”
The Cole’s are giving the gracious donation on behalf of their entire family.
Joe Cole has served 25 years as a Regent, first appointed in 1988 by Governor Henry Bellmon. Cole has served with three Rose State College presidents and has been actively involved in many of the most recent events in the history of the College, including two Higher Learning Commission accreditations, the opening of new buildings on campus and the passage of two bond elections.
Cole now serves on the Board of Governors of the Rose State College Foundation.
“A gift like this really is transformational,” stated Jeanie Webb, President of Rose State College. “The Cole’s have been not just advocates but friends of this college for years and I don’t really see this as a gift, but as a legacy investment in our student’s future. We are so thankful!”
The donation supports a one-million dollar campaign the college recently launched to support the build-out of the new student center
Upon completion, the new 48,000 sq. ft. student center will be a one-stop-shop for students, faculty, staff and the community. The center will include a new student lounge, full kitchen with catering and cafeteria services, the Rose State College Bookstore, offices of Student Affairs, multiple conference rooms and study areas for students, and the 400-seat banquet hall. It is anticipated the new student union will open in 2020.