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Kandi & Rick Nagel Serving as Presenting Sponsors of First-Ever SWOSU Charitable Hunt

Nagel LogoHunt logoThe Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) Foundation, Inc., is hosting its first-ever charitable hunt on September 18-19 in Devol (OK), and the SWOSU Foundation is delighted to announce that longtime SWOSU benefactors Kandi and Rick Nagel of Norman are serving as the event’s Presenting Sponsor and major underwriters.

Kandi (Sullivan) Nagel is a 1998 SWOSU alumnae and past president of the SWOSU Alumni Association. Kandi is founder and president of Cherokee Cap Creations, Inc., a nimble and adaptive design and distribution firm with a focus on the promotional product business. Amidst the outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Kandi and her staff adjusted Cherokee Cap Creations’ operation and equipment to manufacture facial coverings to service the health and medical arena.

Rick Nagel is currently managing partner of Acorn Growth Companies, a middle market private equity firm focused exclusively on aerospace, defense and intelligence. Rick serves or has served on the boards of the Aerospace Industries Association, U. S. Air Force Association, State Chamber of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. He is a Phillips 66 Scholar and graduate from the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering in Environmental Science.

 “We are deeply grateful to longtime friends of SWOSU Kandi and Rick Nagel for their investment in our Parks & Recreation Management program,” said SWOSU President Dr. Randy L. Beutler. “The Nagels’ Presenting Sponsorship of our first-ever charitable hunt will enable us to meaningfully leverage SWOSU’s endowment to enhance student learning and faculty development.”

The hunt proceeds will provide philanthropic support to SWOSU’s Department of Parks & Recreation Management (PRM), which seeks to facilitate the development of professionals in the fields of conservation management, parks and recreation management, sport management, parks law enforcement and wildland fire management.

Ryan Haggard, chair of the SWOSU PRM Department, said the program offers exceptional, specialized coursework and experiences to SWOSU students. Unique and expanding rapidly, SWOSU PRM is the only program of its kind in the region.

The proceeds from the hunt will make history at SWOSU as the institution’s first endowment benefitting PRM and will help SWOSU to produce the next generation of conservationists, sportsmen and sportswomen, wildlife law enforcement officials, park rangers, and many others.

This unique fundraising activity will be facilitated by BlackOak Farms, a full-service hunting operation that is integrated with traditional agriculture practices of farming and ranching.

The event will involve a late afternoon/early evening dove hunt on September 18 followed by a cocktail hour, dinner and auction with an early morning dove hunt to follow on September 19.

Host and co-host opportunities offering substantial sponsor benefits remain but will close soon, and only a few individual hunter slots remain. Cocktail hour and dinner-only registration is also available for non-hunters who want to fellowship with SWOSU alumni and friends. For information on sponsorships, to register to hunt, and to see the entire event schedule, please visit and contact SWOSU Associate Director for Institutional Advancement Clarke Hale  at or 817-707-6795.

The SWOSU Charitable Hunt is being organized by the SWOSU Foundation, Inc., which was established in 1977 to promote philanthropy and distribute funds to support the activities and programs of SWOSU. Located on the Weatherford campus in the historic Burton House, the Foundation currently stewards over $26 million in assets for the benefit of SWOSU. For more information on the Foundation, please call 580-774-3267 or visit