March 6, 2013
OSU-COM honors AOOA for contributions to college, osteopathic medicine
The Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association dedicated a plaque last week detailing the history of the Advocates to the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association with the college and the donation of the sculpture, Affinity.
"We want to educate future students and visitors to this campus about the significance of special objects that represent our important past," said Ryan Miller, director of alumni affairs.
On Founders Day in 1980, the Auxiliary to the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association dedicated the gift of Affinity to the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. The auxiliary recognized the effort made during the 1970s to create the college.
Sculptor Steve McGuire created the 17-foot copper sculpture, which represents the goals and ideals of the profession: holistic health care and family medicine. The abstract sculpture symbolizes a family unit, with the father, mother and child representing strength, unity and warmth.
During the ceremony, the alumni association recognized the past efforts of the AOOA for its continued support of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.
"I'm proud of the advocates who have gone before us," said Walli Daniel, president of the AOOA. "Their efforts to promote osteopathic medicine inspire us to continue the mission in our endeavors today."