Fun Facts: Oakwood Industries

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Fifty years ago, the Apollo 11 Saturn V lifted off with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. on board. Four days later, Armstrong and Aldrin would walk on the moon. Oakwood’s neighbors in the “Rocket City” of Huntsville, specifically at NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center, are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic mission with an array of events this week. 
Several of our alumni from the 1950s and 1960s remember when Oakwood operated a variety of businesses, including a laundry that supported both Huntsville and the Redstone Arsenal. What was the “laundry building” (pictured) now houses the campus Mailroom, and offices for the Physical Plant and Transportation.
With operation of two Edible Arrangements franchise stores, Oakwood Farms, and Oakwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery,” commented president Dr. Leslie Pollard, “we’re back to supporting students through the use of industry.” One of the university’s goals is to reduce reliance on student tuition as the sole source of revenue. Operation of these industries is “concrete evidence of our Vision 2020 plans to raise more revenue through non-tuition sources,” said Pollard. Profits from these industries support student scholarships and overall educational needs.

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