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May 2011

Major Gift From Chapman Foundation Completes Golden Norsemen Campaign Goal of $750k


NEO's Gift from Chapman Foundation
Sandi Pitman prepares to snip a ribbon on a plaque marking the conference room in the Ivan Crossland Sr. Football Complex at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M as the Chapman Alumni Suite. She is joined by NEO President Jeff Hale (left) and her husband, Donne. The H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Foundation, of which Pitman is a trustee, made a gift of $197,000 to the Golden Norseman Campaign, enabling it to meet its goal of $750,000.

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, (NEO) received a gift on behalf of the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Foundation, (Tulsa, Okla.) meeting the $750k goal for the Golden Norsemen Campaign.

In December 2009 NEO Athletics announced the Golden Norsemen Campaign, with a fundraising goal of $750,000 to support the construction of a new football training complex and locker room. Leading the campaign were former NEO head football coaches Chuck Bowman, Glen Wolfe and Dale Patterson.

The campaign provided an avenue for NEO alumni, boosters and supporters of the college to invest in NEO’s student athletes and programs for intercollegiate sports. Every gift donated helps NEO’s student athletes with the opportunity to earn a first-class education and train in a facility worthy of the Norsemen’s rich tradition of excellence in athletics.

To kick off the campaign Bennie Crossland, chief executive officer (CEO) of Crossland Construction, announced a major gift of $250,000. The second major gift was given by Oklahoma oilman King and Claudia Goff who also pledged $250,000.

Under the leadership of coaches Bowman, Wolfe, and Patterson the campaign reached $553,000 through individual donations, but was still short $197,000 and was finally completed with a grant from the Chapman Foundation.

NEO alumnus (1960), Donne Pitman, manager of the Chapman Foundation, is responsible for overseeing all investments pertaining to Chapman Trusts as well as The Mary K. Chapman Estate. After Pitman graduated from Catoosa Hale High School and attended NEO A&M College, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado University and did graduate studies at the University of Tulsa. He began his career with the Chapman organization in 1963, building a career in oil and gas exploration and operations, banking, real estate, and equity management. Married with three children, Pitman is active in the Tulsa community.

“The successful completion of the Golden Norsemen Campaign was made possible through the generous donation from the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Foundation. The Ivan Crossland Complex would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of Chuck Bowman, Glen Wolfe and Dale Patterson, as well as major contributions from King and Claudia Goff, the Chapman Foundation and Crossland Construction,” said NEO A&M College President Jeff Hale. “To those individuals and organizations, NEO extends its sincerest gratitude and appreciation.”

The Ivan Crossland Sr. Football Complex was completed in September 2010. This facility is designed after the Seattle Seahawks’ training facility. It features a new weight-lifting room, training room, coaches’ offices, and meeting spaces to provide student athletes with state-of-the-art equipment, such as a cold tub, one of only three in the state of Oklahoma. The other two tubs are at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.

“We are grateful for this major gift from the Chapman Foundation and recognize that the support from Donne Pitman, Chapman Trustee, was instrumental in NEO receiving this generous gift,” said Edie Ingram, executive director of the NEO Foundation. “Secondly and more importantly, we are thankful for the friendship we have developed with Donne and his wife, Sandi, over the past six years.”

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