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2/3/2012

Gift to OU supports the Lanny Ross University Development Internship

Student intern
Emily Mapes

The late OU alumnus and former OU Alumni Association President Charles Landon “Lanny” Ross knew about the importance of giving back. That’s why the Lanny Ross University Development Internship was established: to honor his memory and lifelong support of OU.  The funds for the internship come from Ross’ gift to OU. His family agreed to use the funds to establish an endowment, with the earned income supporting an internship in Development to train tomorrow’s fundraising leaders.

Emily Mapes, pictured at right, is the first official Lanny Ross Intern and assists the President’s Associates program, Women’s Philanthropy Network, Office of Gift and Estate Planning, and Alumni Association. 

“I consider myself very lucky to be the Lanny Ross University Development Intern.  I know the experience and the knowledge I receive from this opportunity will open doors for me at the University of Oklahoma and beyond because of the strength of this University Development office and the passion of those teaching me,” she said.

A Skiatook native, Emily will complete her bachelor’s degree in English and minor in nonprofit management this spring. No stranger to the nonprofit world, she was a founding member of the Sooner Collegiate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in spring 2009 and became president in fall 2009, a position she still holds. She also has served as an intern for Bridges in Norman, assisting homeless high school students, and as a student caller in the OU Alumni Outreach program. Along with the Ross Internship, she currently works as assistant to the director for the College of Arts and Sciences’ Nonprofit Leadership Program.

She is a member of Crimson Club and Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduation, Emily hopes to work in OU’s Development office.

“I wouldn’t have made it through school without the generosity of many donors to the University, and I want to help create those same opportunities for other students,” she said. 

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