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Adeanya Hunt wins 2005 Edna Mae Phelps Award

Adeanya Hunt accepts the 2005 Phelps Award

Friends of the OSU Library Vice President Adeanya Hunt received the 12th-annual Edna Mae Phelps Award. Hunt was honored at the recent H. Louise & H.E. “Ed” Cobb Speaker Series presented by the Friends of the OSU Library. Dean of Libraries Sheila Grant Johnson presented the award.

Jennifer Paustenbaugh, Associate Dean for Planning and Assessment and 2002 Phelps Award winner, nominated Hunt. Johnson read from the nomination letter, “In the mid 1990s Adeanya and her late husband, Joe, became Friends of the OSU Library. Early on, they made it clear that they were mainly interested in helping the Library with projects that were innovative and difference-making. In expressing and living her philosophy of only making gifts that would make a real difference, Adeanya has herself made a real difference.”

Hunt has been a member of the Friends of the OSU Library Board of Director since 1991 and has been a long-time supporter of the Library. She sponsored the purchase of an electronic database of full-text articles and the OSU Library’s two-millionth volume. She has donated materials and established a named collection endowment. Hunt is also the only individual to sponsor an evening of the 24-hour building access during finals week.

The Edna Mae Phelps Award was established in 1994 to honor founder and first President of the Friends of the OSU Library Edna Mae Phelps of Seminole. The award, which recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to support the Library, is the highest honor presented by the OSU Library.

Nominations are collected throughout the year. For information on the award and how to nominate someone, see or call (405) 744-7331.


For more information on giving to the Library contact the Tylerr Ropp, Senior Director of Development, at or 405-385-5664.