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Library Memories Inspire Alum to Build for Today's Students

A designer's concept of the Lisa and Mark Snell Seating Area

Story originally ran in FY2006 Annual Report

The Edmon Low Library graces the OSU campus with a sense of quiet elegance. “The Library has always been one of my favorite landmarks at OSU. It’s beautiful,” said Dr. Mark Snell.

Thanks to a $50,000 gift, The Lisa and Mark Snell Seating Area will soon be created on the second floor atop the grand staircase. This will be an elegant seating area which will showcase artwork and OSU memorabilia. A portion of the donation will be used to complete the initial work required to create the new area, and the remainder will be endowed to provide continued support for maintenance and upkeep.

"I have lots of memories of the Library and the things that happened there. I just love the Library," said Snell. "I used to play Frisbee on the lawn, catch a nap in the lounge chairs between classes and check out coeds at the Library," he said.

"There were academic reasons for being there too, of course. Contrary to some beliefs I did spend a lot of time at the Library." All that time at the Library paid off. Snell graduated from OSU in 1974 with a BS in economics. He then completed his DO in osteopathic medicine at the OSU Center for Health Sciences in 1979.

The time students like Snell spend at the Library creates many fond memories of the building. "It’s a gorgeous place, and I want it to stay that way, so other people can have the same kind of memories I do," said Snell.

Gifts like Dr. Snell’s help the OSU Library remain a source of pride for alumni. There are many beautification and renovation projects such as this one awaiting funding.


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