In an upper level journalism class, 13 students featured faculty and staff members for a personality profile assignment. The students were not allowed to interview the faculty or staff member, but were instructed to interview their friends, family and co-workers.
By Janet Pugh
For visitors to the Oklahoma Christian University, Amy Gower is one first faces seen in the Lou Philips Welcome Center.
Kim Northcott, one of Gower’s coworkers said the department heads responsible for the Welcome Center said they wanted their staff to resemble nurturing mother figures, in order to provide all prospective students and visitors with care and concern. Northcott said Gower embodies this persona.
“Amy is that fresh face you are greeted with and has a personality that just welcomes you to the school,” Northcott said. “She is fun and energetic. She is a people person and makes everyone she meets feel comfortable. Students love her and look forward to seeing her every day.”
Gower was born and raised in Fort Gibson, OK before attending Oklahoma Christian in 1984. During her time as a student, Gower was a member of the social service club, Theta Theta Theta. Gower graduated in 1988 with a degree in interior design.
According to Gower, during her freshman year at Oklahoma Christian she met her husband Skip. He said they met on the 2nd floor of the library in the study rooms and instantly liked the way she smiled at him. They married soon after. Skip said he admires both her inner and outer beauty and how she has taught him patience.
Gower’s son Asa said Gower modeled what it truly meant to be a good mother as both him and his sister grew up, and she continues to be a positive role model for them.
“She has really set a good example for me and my sister, Asa said. “She has shown us how we should live our lives and how to raise a family,”
Asa said he commends his mom on her uncompromising faith.
“Growing up and continuing her faith as a Christian in the Church of Christ is one of the great lessons she taught was about Christian principles,” Asa said. “She always taught us to be nice to everyone even if you don’t like them or they aren’t nice to you.”
In 2015, Gower became a club sponsor for Theta Theta Theta. Current club president, Tori Puellman, said Amy was chosen for this position due to her involvement with the club both past and present.
“Being a Theta alumni, Amy has the past experience of being in this club and what all it entails,” Puellman said. “Being an alumni and a mom gives her the perfect credentials to be one of our Theta sponsors.”
Fellow co-worker and Theta sponsor, Gina Clay, said Gower was a wonderful selection for a Theta sponsor because of her level-headedness.
“Amy is one that wants the best for Theta,” Clay said. “She hates drama and is pretty intolerant of those who are causing the drama. Because of our personalities and life experiences, Amy and I sometimes see things differently. However, we can always come to the table and discuss the issue at hand, and even if we agree to disagree, we respect each other. I’m grateful she is a sponsor.”
Whether it’s traveling on mission trips or the halls of the Garvey center, Gower’s co-workers and family said she always puts her best foot forward.