Rogers State University is introducing a new university logo that focuses on its historical legacy while also representing a new era for the 116-year-old institution.
The new logo’s visual centerpiece is a shield crest featuring Preparatory Hall, the university’s first building constructed when the school was Eastern University Preparatory School.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Prep Hall has served as an iconic symbol for the university, thanks in large measure to its stately architecture, distinctive gold dome and prominent location atop College Hill overlooking Claremore.
“As RSU graduates its first master’s degree students this year and completes the final year of transitioning to NCAA Division II, we are passing significant milestones in the continued development of this great institution,” said RSU President Dr. Larry Rice. “Through every era of this school’s history, Prep Hall has been a constant beacon atop College Hill and it’s fitting that our new logo so prominently features this iconic building.”
The new university logo will be used on all electronic and printed publications effective today, March 1. Campus offices and departments should exhaust existing stock of paper goods, stationery and other promotional materials before reordering with the new university mark.
The new university logo was selected after polling groups of students, faculty and staff in late fall and early spring. The logo was created by university graphic designer Randy Riggs, a 2004 RSU graduate who has earned more than 50 state and national awards during his decade with the university’s public relations office.
“The new logo honors the tradition of RSU by focusing on Preparatory Hall, the first and most recognizable building on campus,” Riggs said. “The clean and simplified lines create a modern take on the Neoclassical architecture, and the building is presented in a shield to hearken back RSU’s legacy as the Oklahoma Military Academy.”
In conjunction with the new logo, the university is developing a style guideline to delineate the logo’s use in a variety of formats. The style guideline will help ensure RSU maintains a consistent visual approach to unify the university’s image.
For more information about the logo or its use, contact the RSU Public Relations office at [email protected].