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11/9/2013 8:24:00 PM
Shell honored with garden naming
Retiring OSU Alumni Association President Larry Shell and Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair Jennifer Grigsby unveil the new Formal Gardens in Appreciation of Larry and Christy Shell on Friday.Photo provided

Retiring OSU Alumni Association President Larry Shell and Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair Jennifer Grigsby unveil the new Formal Gardens in Appreciation of Larry and Christy Shell on Friday.

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One of the most visible and intimate spaces on the Oklahoma State University campus has been named in honor of retiring OSU Alumni Association President Larry Shell.

At a presentation Friday, Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair Jennifer Grigsby unveiled the Formal Gardens in appreciation of Larry and Christy Shell in front of the numerous OSU leaders and friends.

"Knowing how you and Christy like to garden, this naming opportunity was the perfect fit," Grigsby said.

The garden is an intimate yet visible space tucked between the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center and Old Central. OSU campus tours originate in the garden, and football fans know the space well from game days at the Cowboy Corral and pictures with Bullet.

"I appreciate this more than you can imagine," Shell said. "I appreciate all of the kind words, thoughts and friendships more than you'll ever know."

Shell has spent the last 33 years of his career serving his alma mater. He was named Alumni Association vice president in 1990 and spent the past five years serving as the organization's president. Shell was also instrumental in the planning and construction of the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center, which gave the Alumni Association its first permanent home on campus. He has spent much of his time as president strengthening connections between the Alumni Association and other university entities including the OSU Shell honored with garden naming Foundation, OSU Athletics and the institution's many colleges and departments.

"Larry Shell's leadership has created a culture of collaboration and partnership that has led to better communication and interaction with our alumni," Grigsby said. "With his guidance, we have helped create an unprecedented atmosphere of excitement that has helped to unify OSU and our alumni and donors."

Earlier Friday, Shell was named a lifetime member of the Alumni Association's Leadership Council during the group's biannual meeting. He is only the fifth individual to be recognized with the appointment.

A public reception and private dinner were also held Friday to celebrate Shell's career and recognize his numerous contributions to the university.

Shell plans to continue his personal sheep operation and judging at livestock shows across the Midwest. He and Christy also plan to spend more time with their two children and five grandchildren.

"We wish Larry and Christy all the best," said OSU President Burns Hargis. "Larry is retiring, but we know he will stay involved with his beloved alma mater."

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