OC Students Raise Funds to Honor Professor

Oklahoma Christian University (OC) students plan to honor the memory of Dr. Tony Alley by creating the Tony Alley Memorial Garden, just outside the building where he taught and mentored students. Alley, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2006, died in January 2008. He was Chair of the Department of Art and Design at the time of his death.

The students, who hope to raise $175,000 for the project, are holding a silent auction November 5-8 in the gallery in the university’s Garvey Center to help raise funds for the garden which will be constructed just outside the window of Alley’s former office. 

The Tony Alley Memorial Garden is planned as an amphitheater and the space can be used by students and faculty as a quiet, contemplative retreat. The area will be landscaped with trees and greenery and will house a smooth granite wall that will serve as a timeline for Alley’s life.

Items in the auction include student and professional artwork including posters by Michael Schwab and a $2,500 painting by David Crismon; a $500 OC scholarship; Flaming Lips signed single record; Tommie Harris signed NFL football; Hanley Ramirez signed ball from his rookie year of 2006 with “30/30” to reflect his 30 homeruns and 30 stolen bases; signed major league bat from Luis Gonzalez; signed ball from Dan Uggla, national league all star this year; bat signed by the entire 2008 Florida Marlins team; ball signed by Pudge Rodriguez; Mike Gundy signed football; Brian Urlacher signed NFL jersey; gift certificates; and much more.

Known for his positive attitude and for making students feel important, Alley was a retired Air Force tactical reconnaissance pilot whose life has always been about helping others.  He is the author of several Air Force pilot training textbooks along with his most recent book, “Exploring 3D Modeling with Cinema 4D R9.”
Students described Alley as one of the most supportive teachers they’ve ever had. He genuinely cared for and inspired his students, often offering students with no local family a place to go for Thanksgiving. 

The auction begins Wednesday, November 5th in the University Gallery located in the northeast area of the Garvey Center and final bidding ends from 5:00- 6:00pm Saturday, November 8. Donations are also accepted and a Wii will be given away on Saturday during the final auction bidding.

Contact Lisa Carroll with questions at 425-5556 or 760-1508 or www.oc.edu/tonyalleyauction