Tuesday morning at 11 a.m, University of Central Oklahoma’s President Don Betz took an oversized pair of scissors and cut the blue ribbon blocking off the entrance of a new MidFirst Banking center, located in UCO’s Nigh University Center, signifying the beginning of a new partnership between UCO and MidFirst Bank.
According to MidFirst Bank, the bank and UCO have entered into a relationship that will provide personalized banking services for students, employees, alumni and fans, as well as financial-literacy recourses for UCO students.
“From the beginning, UCO and MidFirst Bank have found common ground,” Betz said. “I think we share a set of values about service and about treating people well.”
The new full-service banking center isn’t the only addition to campus that’s come from this partnership. New MidFirst Bank ATMs are located throughout campus.
MidFirst also has plans to participate in other university projects from the renovation of UCO’s landmark building, Old North, to the development of the CHK/Central Boathouse, being constructed alongside the Oklahoma River.
This new boathouse will be the home of the UCO women’s rowing team and will feature indoor and outdoor live music venues, as well as an art gallery.
MidFirst Bank will receive naming rights to the music venues as well as a leadership lab inside Old North. The bank will also have an endowed faculty chair in the College of Business.
“They have been incredibly professional and yet personal. The interaction we’ve had in creating this beautiful new space is indicative of the quality of the partnership,” Betz said.”
Betz expressed one of the features that have culminated from this positive relationship with MidFirst Bank has been their direction of image and investment in the university.
“They have branded it up to be so much about UCO,” he said. “And, they have made a real investment in the building, in the grounds outside and in creating a bankable ID card for students faculty and staff.”
The new Central ID Visa check card combines an official university student ID with a MidFirst Bank check card. This single pass will provide students with access to their meal plans, the UCO wellness center, academic advising, campus activities, library services, financial services and UCO athletic events, as well as serving as a valid payment method at campus vending machines, health and parking services, the UCO bookstore and anywhere that accepts Visa cards.
“This is the beginning of a continuing friendship and a working relationship,” Betz said.