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Alley donates book collection

Friday, October 5, 2007  
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By Alison Roberts

The Oklahoma Christian University community received the opportunity to honor a member of the school’s art and design faculty last month. Through an online wish list, alumni, students, faculty and staff can purchase books to become part of the Tony Alley Computer Design and New Media Collection in Oklahoma Christian’s Beam Library.

“Dr. Alley contacted me this past spring semester about donating his personal books in computer graphics and new media to the library as a special collection to promote scholarship and research for Oklahoma Christian students in this field,” Library Director Tamie Willis said.

Because of the project-intensive nature of new media design, Alley indicated to Willis that students often forget to browse literature corresponding to the industry.

Inspired by Ally’s donation of more than 30 volumes, Willis desired to see the collection expanded.

“I wanted to see the collection grow and develop in honor of Dr. Alley,” Willis said.

She and Alley worked together to establish a wish list through the online book dealer, More than 60 different books ranging from cartoons to graphic design to 3-D animation can be found on Alley’s list.

To many at Oklahoma Christian, Alley is known as an advocate for improving the educational process on the behalf of the students.
“Dr. Alley is one of the most supportive teachers I’ve ever had,” senior art major Jacob Berken said. “I don’t know of any other professor who makes as many personal sacrifices for the students.”

Following the discovery of a malignant brain tumor last fall, Alley underwent extensive surgery to remove it. Alley has retained many of his usual classes in subsequent semesters despite continued health concerns.

It is Alley’s love and respect for students Willis hopes will inspire others to contribute to the collection.

“Not everyone has thousands of dollars to donate to Oklahoma Christian,” Willis said. “But almost everyone is able to donate a book within their price range to the library to benefit our students.”

To find the list of books Alley would like to see in the library, visit If you’d like more information on this project, contact Tamie Willis at 405-425-5320 or by e-mail at

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