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Debbie Shepherd State Farm Insurance Donates to Video Board Project

December 18, 2012

Debbie Shepherd State Farm Insurance
Debbie Shepherd (third from left) of State Farm Insurance is one of the co-sponsors of the multi-media jumbo color video board in the new Events Center being built at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. Accepting the donation from SWOSU were (from left) Jennifer Dickey, development coordinator in the Institutional Advancement Office; President Randy Beutler and Assistant Athletic Director Rouben Tourian.

A longtime Weatherford insurance agent has pledged a large sum to co-sponsor a multi-media jumbo color video board in the new Events Center being built on the Weatherford campus.

Debbie Shepherd of State Farm Insurance is the latest donor to the project.

“I want to participate because I love Southwestern and the support that the university gives the City of Weatherford and the many businesses,” Shepherd said.

Shepherd has been in the insurance business for 22 years. She is a 1980 graduate of SWOSU where she earned her education degree. She grew up in Mangum but has lived in Weatherford with her husband, Darell, since her college days.  Debbie is also a new member of the SWOSU Alumni Association board of directors and has been very involved in the association’s membership drive.

“Debbie and Darell have always been there for SWOSU, whether it’s feeding the basketball teams and cheering them on or helping a student in need,” SWOSU President Randy Beutler said. “We are truly grateful to have people like Debbie and Darell supporting the university.”

The 93,000 square foot Events Center will be a site for conferences, trade shows, concerts/entertainment, athletic events, tournaments and more. The 32’ x 12’ video board will be used for engaging advertisements, promotions, exciting videos and game-day shots.

The project was initiated by the City of Weatherford’s “Vision 2020” strategic planning process and is expected to be completed in late 2013/early 2014.

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