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Reichenberger endows second chair in theatre at Northwestern

(ALVA, Okla. Feb. 27, 2017) – Donovan Reichenberger, a Northwestern Oklahoma State University graduate and former history faculty member, has established the Donovan Reichenberger Endowed Chair in Theatre. This gift, totaling $250,000 and one of two endowed chairs by Reichenberger, will provide partial funding for a faculty position within the theatre department.

“Donovan Reichenberger’s history of supporting students at Northwestern is long and impressive,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “His gift of an endowed faculty chair to support our theatre program will not only benefit Northwestern, but will provide opportunities for the public to further enjoy the theatrical performances of our students.”

Born in Mt. Hope, Kan., Reichenberger married his wife, Dorothy, in 1958. Following 18 years of naval service, he graduated from Northwestern State College in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in social science. He earned his master’s degree at Wichita State University before joining the Northwestern history faculty in 1967. In December 1992, he retired from Northwestern after 25 years of service. Dorothy passed in 2005.

“It was by chance that I ended up at Northwestern,” said Reichenberger. “After I finished my masters I came back to Alva to get things together to start applying for jobs and that’s when Dr. [John] Sheffield [former university professor] offered me a job with the history department.”

From then on, Reichenberger said Alva became his “second home”.

With a love of theatre, Reichenberger hopes this endowment provides extra financial support for the program and its students.

“Theatre is entertaining and I appreciate the fact that the theatre students have to do a lot of the work themselves. They are there many nights preparing the stage before each performance.”

This lectureship also may assist with needs for pedagogical and performance equipment in the theatre department and to enhance performance opportunities for students in the theatre program.

While serving on the Investment Committee, Reichenberger worked to ensure the funds invested by the Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association earn their greatest potential.

For more information on the Donovan Reichenberger Endowed Chair in Theatre, or about investing in Northwestern students, call Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association CEO, at 580-327-8599 or email him at aebird@nwosu.edu.

 

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