Publications for 2020

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      Alumni and friends reach out during COVID-19 pandemic through Sooners Helping Sooners

      When the COVID-19 crisis created financial chasms threatening the future of more than 1,000 University of Oklahoma students, alumni and supporters stepped into the breach. Sooners Helping Sooners, an online giving platform, became the most direct route between donors and students facing emergencies from all three of OU’s campuses. To date, more th...

      1960s musical 'Beehive' is the gift that keeps on giving to OU drama students

      A musical revue that leaves its audiences dancing in the aisles helps more than a dozen University of Oklahoma Helmerich School of Drama students reach for their dreams each year. Larry Gallagher studied fine arts at OU from 1965 to 1967 and was the creator and director of “Beehive: The 1960s Musical.” When the Duncan, Okla., native died in 1988,...

      OU women engineers find a champion in IBM pioneer Phil Gilbert

      Everyone relies on computers – men, women, children, people of every race, every religion and every nationality use computers to perform a multitude of tasks. So why are most software design teams largely composed of white males? It’s a fact that cuts against the grain for Phil Gilbert, a 1978 University of Oklahoma Price College of Business grad...

      Focus on Sooners Helping Sooners: Helping those fighting on the front lines

      Like their colleagues at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and OU Medicine, many medical faculty members at OU Physicians-Tulsa are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle. And Sooners Helping Sooners is providing some of their armor. Sooners Helping Sooners offers opportunities for donors to give to each of OU’s three ca...

      Focus on Sooners Helping Sooners: Throwing OU students a lifeline

      Sooners Helping Sooners has been a presence on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus since 2012, when it was established by students to help their peers during emergencies. Kristen Partridge, associate vice president for student affairs and associate dean of students, helped launch the fund in 2012 with the support of a gift from OU alumnus K...

      Focus on Sooners Helping Sooners: Letters of thanks from students

      OU students have written to share their gratitude for the generous donors who reached out to them during the COVID-19 crisis through Sooners Helping Sooners. “I cried, and even now as I am writing, I am struck by the help given during a time when no other resources were available.” “The aid is more than the sum of a house and utilities payments...

      OU researcher makes online learning a game

      Within a week of COVID-19 isolation starting nationwide, social media was flooded with memes reflecting the humor and struggle of parents suddenly faced with teaching their elementary school-aged children at home. According to University of Oklahoma Price College of Business Professor Radhika Santhanam, parents should let “gamification” lend a han...

      OU Foundation team bids farewell to Gary Beadles, welcomes Keith Peters

      The University of Oklahoma Foundation has passed a torch as longtime vice president and general counsel Gary Beadles retires and hands his duties over to Keith Peters. Beadles has served at the OU Foundation for two decades, during which time he broadly expanded the foundation’s ability to assist donors with estate planning and gifts of mineral in...

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      Scout Salute Lamar Wallace, the nation’s oldest living Eagle Scout when he died at the age of 107, has made a $50,000 estate gift to establish a scholarship for students in the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business. Wallace was a 1936 OU business alumnus and one of the oldest World War II veterans in Georgia. It’s little surprise tha...

      Endowed professor breaks the barriers between work and family

      Communication technology first gave workers the tools to stay connected to the office and be productive from home 30 years ago. But the number of employees doing that shot up dramatically this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. A March survey of 800 global human resources executives by Gartner Inc. showed 88 percent of organizations encouraged...

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      Horizon Foundation $4.8 million gift launches OU Native Peoples Initiative

      A $4.8 million gift from the Horizon Foundation of Dallas will help establish the University of Oklahoma as the premier center for Native American research and teaching. The gift to the OU Foundation will formally launch the OU Native Peoples Initiative, which places the cultures of Native peoples and the sovereignty of Native Nations at the cente...

      Welcome to IMPACT

      There’s a new look and name for the University of Oklahoma Foundation newsletter. Impact will emphasize how private gifts contribute to every facet of OU’s mission, from making college affordable to supporting cutting-edge research and recruiting top faculty. Impact will highlight the enduring power of endowments and demonstrate how private giving...

      Paul and Ruth Jonas estate keeps giving to OU students and faculty

      Paul Jonas walked into the gleaming lobby of an Oklahoma City bank wearing his daily farming uniform of striped bib overalls and dilapidated work boots. Unseen in his pocket was a check for $800,000. “The bankers wouldn’t pay any attention to him,” said Jonas’ longtime attorney, Richard Fogg of El Reno, Okla. “Paul let them know that he had money...

      OU students become leaders with a little help from Don and Shirley Crews

      University of Oklahoma alumni Don Crews and Shirley Biggs Crews share at least one thing with today’s students – a legacy of leadership. Natives of Oklahoma City, the 1965 alums met by chance as freshmen at an OU residence hall party and began dating their sophomore year. Don was a letters major and member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, while Shirle...

      Native student has mind set on educational opportunity for all

      Carson Ball doesn’t believe in limitations – at least not those placed on us by others. The University of Oklahoma student has become a leading campus voice for education equity, bridging the gap between potential and opportunity for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. “My parents always instilled in me that education is the one thing no one...

      Choctaw Nation endowed researcher battles diabetes by putting kids on the move

      Exercise is preventative medicine that has the power to fend off conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But how do you get the patient to take the medicine? That’s the challenge Kevin Short is seeking to overcome through a collaboration with the Choctaw Nation. Work began in 2012 on a project called MOVE. “We wanted teens who were...

      Lindsay Robertson shares OU's focus on Native law with the world

      It seems natural – maybe even obvious – that the University of Oklahoma is the U.S. epicenter of Native American law. But most people don’t realize that influence spreads far beyond our borders and into the United Nations itself. “We have what I believe is the most comprehensive Indian law curriculum in the country,” said Lindsay Robertson, OU’s C...

      OU Foundation celebrates new Lottinville Scholars

      Five outstanding University of Oklahoma sophomores were named recipients of the prestigious 2019 Rita H. Lottinville Prize during a December luncheon hosted by OU Foundation President and CEO Guy L. Patton and OU Vice Provost for Instruction and Student Success Mark Morvant. The five 2019 Lottinville winners were selected from 643 OU sophomores –...

      Lottinville Scholars alumni share award's impact

      Kristen Bymaster has worked for ExxonMobil for 15 years and currently is an upstream engineering manager. “Receiving the Lottinville Prize provided me with the confidence to continue developing my service and leadership skills during my time at OU. It also opened the door to obtaining my first internship with ExxonMobil,” she said. “It’s important...

      OU Foundation Board of Trustees welcomes Sharen Jester Turney and Annabel Jones

      Business executive and philanthropist Sharen Jester Turney of New York City and retired corporate attorney Annabel Jones of Tulsa were welcomed as new members of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees during its quarterly meeting in February. The OU Foundation Board of Trustees is composed of professionals from such fields as fina...

      Endowed professorships help Sarah Tracy bring 'bigger picture' to future doctors

      The words “medical” and “humanities” might not seem to go together, but students who vie for a spot in one of the University of Oklahoma’s most competitive programs would disagree. They’d be joined by Sarah Tracy, who created the Medical Humanities Scholars Program two decades ago at OU’s Honors College. “There were many pre-medicine students i...

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      American ‘Renegades’ Architectural design and education shifted radically thanks to a handful of “renegades” at what is now the University of Oklahoma’s Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. Their outsized influence is given long-due credit in a new exhibition, “Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture,” open through A...