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Campaign Gift Establishes Nine Residence Hall Scholarships at WTAMU

Sept. 17, 2012

COPY BY:    Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Campaign Gift Establishes Nine Residence Hall Scholarships at WTAMU

Scholarship will be announced at Founders Hall ‘Topping Out’ Celebration

CANYON, Texas—A West Texas A&M University alumnus and his family have given a $1 million gift to the University’s Share Your Pride campaign to establish a new residence hall scholarship fund for WTAMU students.

The Stan Sigman family has given the gift to the University in memory of their grandmother, Oma Sigman, for the establishment of a Sigman Family Scholarship Fund. Oma Sigman, a widow with nine children, owned and operated a boarding house across the street from the Joseph A. Hill Memorial Chapel on campus. She provided a home for many WT students through the years, and the gift reflects her giving spirit by supporting nine scholarships representative of each of her nine children. The scholarships will help WTAMU students in specific areas with room and board expenses at an annual maximum of $5,555 each.

“Our family established this scholarship in memory of our grandmother and in her spirit of supporting students going to WT,” Stan Sigman, retired CEO of AT&T Mobility and WT alumnus, said. “There is so much support for academic scholarships, but so little for room and board. That is why we set this scholarship up in her name and each of her nine children to provide a place for students to eat and sleep just like she did years ago in her stucco boarding house.”

The nine scholarships are:
• Oma Sigman and Jackie Sigman Smith Agriculture Scholarship;
• Oma Sigman and Lois Sigman Black Agriculture Scholarship;
• Oma Sigman and Cecil C. Sigman Education Scholarship;
• Oma Sigman and Recil M. Sigman Elementary Education Scholarship;
• Oma Sigman and Carroll D. Sigman Scholarship for Military Reservists;
• Oma Sigman and Stanley T. Sigman Business Administration Scholarship;
• Oma Sigman and Faye Sigman Jones Wildlife Biology Scholarship;
• Oma Sigman and V.J. Sigman Agriculture Scholarship; and
• Oma Sigman and Bitsy Sigman Downing Nursing Scholarship.

Founders Hall ‘Topping Out’ Celebration Information

Sigman will be on campus when WTAMU celebrates a milestone in the construction of its newest residence hall at a “Topping Out” event beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. The staff in Residential Living will host the event at the grassy area at the southwest corner of the Virgil Henson Activities Center.

A “Topping Out” is a tradition in the construction industry to commemorate the lifting of the last steel beam into place. Students, staff, faculty and friends of the University are invited to join the festivities and become a part of Founders Hall history by signing a steel beam that will eventually be hoisted to its final resting place in the 128,000 square foot facility. Commemorative markers will be distributed, and the beam will be available for signing until 12:30 p.m.

The Sigman Scholarships may one day help a WTAMU student live in Founders Hall, which is scheduled for occupancy by fall 2013 at a cost of $35 million. The residence hall will house 400 students and feature multiple study rooms, a student conference room, full kitchen, laundry room and community space throughout to provide opportunities for student interaction.
Jon Behrens, director of Residential Living, said the hall also will have a green feature—a system that will reclaim and reuse ‘grey water’ in the building. The ‘grey water’ will be captured from sinks and showers, treated and reused in toilets and landscape irrigation for a green way to conserve water usage.

Founders Hall will make the third new residence hall at WTAMU. Buff Hall opened in 2008, and Centennial Hall opened in 2011.

The University’s announced its $35 million Campaign for West Texas A&M University in August. The campaign has three priorities—student scholarships ($15 million), faculty and program support ($8 million) and capital projects ($12 million). To date, approximately $20 million has been raised in endowed and non-endowed gifts.

For more information about The Campaign for West Texas A&M University, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 806-651-2070 or visit wtamu.edu/giving.




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