Emily Alexander, a senior marketing and management major, has made the most of her time at OSU.
Born and raised in the small panhandle town of Canadian, Texas, Alexander has been heavily involved in extracurriculars at OSU. One particular involvement was serving as a President’s Partner to both Dr. Kayse Shrum and former President V. Burns Hargis.
“This was an incredible opportunity,” Alexander said. “They both lead in such diverse ways, and I am grateful to have experienced this leadership through the Alumni Association.”
Alexander also served as the vice president of standards for an interfraternity council sorority and was a part of the center for sales and service excellence. She said this involvement contributed to her development, not only as a professional, but also personally.
Alexander also holds being a part of the Table College Ministry close to her heart.
"Watching as the Lord sanctifies and reveals his love through Jesus’s death and resurrection has impacted me eternally, and I am grateful for the great love that God has shown us through his son,” Alexander said.
She said although she has poured many hours into this university, it has given her a plethora of gifts back.
“Being a McKnight Scholar, and a McKnight Scholar Leader Mentor, was an incredible honor,” Alexander said. “In addition to these, being honored as a Women For OSU Scholar continued to reveal this university’s passion for philanthropy and giving.”
Alexander said her biggest accomplishment in college was serving as the OSU Worthy Women’s Ministry Small Group Leader Coordinator.
“Having the opportunity to bring the gospel to OSU through true fellowship and community was truly humbling and an incredible experience,” Alexander said. “I will forever be indebted to this place for the relationships it fostered and blessings that it has facilitated.”
Alexander has had a passion for small businesses for as long as she can remember. She grew immersed in this environment because her family owns a small business in Canadian.
“Growing up in a small business, I have seen from the beginning, the impact that small businesses have on our economy,” Alexander said.
During her time at OSU, Alexander had the opportunity to work the front lines for small businesses through the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture’s Made in Oklahoma Coalition. She said this involvement reinforced her passion for small businesses and her entrepreneurial spirit.
One thing unique about Emily Alexander is her love for music. Alexander has been singing since she can remember and started songwriting when she was only 10 years old.
“I started playing the piano and guitar at 14, and that’s whenever I composed full songs,” Alexander said. “My passion for that is found in the impact that music can have. Anyone can enjoy it, no matter the skill or language.”
Her single “Overtime” is released on all streaming platforms. She will release more songs on May 4 and her full EP on Aug. 4.
Alexander has worked hard to not only produce music; touching the hearts of others, but also to keep up with her education and give back to OSU.
“This university has given me so much, and I am so grateful for all of the experiences that I have been given while attending the world’s greatest land grant university,” said Alexander.
Orange blood runs in the Alexander family-- Emily Alexander will be the 21st member of her family to graduate from Oklahoma State University.
After graduation, Alexander will move to Atlanta and work for Georgia-Pacific LLC as a non-technical sales associate. She will continue to pursue her music career on the side.
“I cannot wait to see what Georgia holds,” Alexander said.