2011 Symposium

Last year’s sold-out spring symposium featured keynote speaker
Lisa Ling, accomplished author and producer. She shared her
passion for philanthropy and how it changed her life. Ling is co-
executive producer and host of Our America on the Oprah Winfrey
Network and field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Linda Shackelford, co-owner of TLC Florist & Greenhouses
in Oklahoma City, was named Philanthropist of the Year.
Shackelford and her husband, Charles, support OSU in many
ways, including gifts to the College of Agricultural Sciences
and Natural Resources, OSU-Oklahoma City, OSU athletics
and the OSU Alumni Association. 

The Women for OSU Endowed Scholarship Fund supported
four $2,000 scholarships last year.  Each received the
scholarship as a Student Philanthropist of the Year. 

Qualla Parman, biosystems engineer senior, is involved with
several engineering organizations including OSU Engineers
Without Borders and the American Society of Agriculture and
Biological Engineers. She also serves on the Student Alumni
Board and assists with sustainability projects such as Tailgate

Alyssa Peterson, biochemistry senior, has assisted in operating
Thanda, which provides support and education for the families of
AIDS victims in South Africa.

Carly Schnaithman, agribusiness senior, has leadership
experience in community service through the Make-A-Wish
Foundation, youth softball, fraternity and sorority philanthropy
events, the Human Society, Headstart and the Oklahoma
Blood Institute. 

Haley Baumgardner, agribusiness senior, is a leader in the
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She
is active in Make a Difference Day Cleanup, the Oklahoma City
Food Bank, the Tulsa State Fair and the Enid Relay for Life.








Lisa Ling

Linda Shackelford

Student Philanthropists of 2011
From left to right, Qualla Parman,
Alyssa Peterson, Carly Schnaithman,
Haley Baumgardner.