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McCollom Honors Family with Naming Opportunity

Interior of the Tompkins-McCollom study room

Story originally ran in FY2006 Annual Report

Like many donors, a love of libraries inspired Katherine McCollom to make a recent gift. “A library has always been a special place for me. Everywhere I’ve been, I have always enjoyed a library.”

Once an OSU student herself, Katherine McCollom decided to help today’s students by endowing one of the Library’s new group study rooms.

The new room will be named the Tompkins-McCollom Study Room. McCollom chose to honor both her parents and her husband with the naming of the room. “The Tompkins is for my mother and father; the McCollom is my husband.”

The new rooms have been open just over a year, but they are already popular meeting places. Each room is furnished with conference-style table and chairs and dry erase boards. Cindy Choa, an electrical engineering sophomore, said the rooms are an ideal study location when deadlines are looming. “It’s a lot quieter in the rooms. I get so much work done when I’m there. It is the perfect place to meet when you have to finish a project.”

The Tompkins-McCollom Study Room is the second of three new study rooms to be endowed, and four more rooms are currently under construction. The new rooms will be ready for students in the spring.

The Library is seeking endowed funds, like the one established by Katherine McCollom, to furnish, maintain and update technology in each of the five remaining unnamed rooms. A gift of $50,000 will name one of the group study rooms, and donors may select which available room they would like to endow.


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