My Story: Courtney James
Courtney James, assistant director of Campus Activities, may not have graduated from UCO, but her love of tradition and the university she has served for the last four years inspired her story for #SaveOldNorth.
"When starting to write my story about Old North, I went on the website and checked out a couple other ones. Each person’s story seems to be rooted in the educational experience they had years ago or a long history they have had at Central. My story, though, is a bit shorter than that. I’ve now been at Central for four years but have absolutely fell in love with the school. I love the Central spirit that exudes during Homecoming Week, I love the transformative leadership opportunities that we offer to our student through organizational involvement, and I love the community that is built through every program, interaction, and experience. I’ve worked at a few different universities throughout my career and I have to say that something special exists here and makes Central a unique place to be.
While these stories might seem a bit random and unrelated to Old North, I promise that they do have a point. In my time at Central, I have only been in the building once, and it was for Old North Ghost Tours with the Student Programming Board last year. However, to me, Old North is so much more than just a building. When this university was founded 124 years ago, Old North was the sole entity that brought the community together. The reason that I am able to talk about the things I love about Central is because of the men and women that came through that building so many years ago and all that they invested into this institution. Their pride and passion moved this university forward and brought it to what it is today. To honor that legacy, we need to reopen Old North. That building symbolizes our past and will be the beacon showcasing our educational roots as we move forward to the future.