Publications for 2019

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      Barwick Family Scholarship honors century-old OU connections

      A family legacy that has been intertwined with that of the University of Oklahoma for a century is being honored through a new scholarship fund at the OU Foundation. The Barwick Family Scholarship benefits OU freshmen who attended Guthrie High School. The fund was established with a nearly $750,000 gift from the family, whose connection to OU stre...

      Lemon family keeps OU tradition alive with support of Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business

      Four generations of the Lemon family have built a thriving road-construction company, and those same four generations graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s business college. So, it comes as no surprise that Larry and Suzy Lemon are creating a road for future graduates of OU’s Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business at the Michael F. Price C...

      Muncy Gift frees OU students from tuition debt and provides food assistance to those in need

      When Elizabeth Muncy showed her husband, Mike, a national newspaper story about college students pushed into homelessness due to overwhelming debt, his response was immediate. “We’ve got to do something. My idea was to help somebody pay off their tuition bill.” The couple soon visited the University of Oklahoma Foundation, where they committed to...

      Knee Endowment connects OU social work research and Oklahoma communities

      Ruth Irelan Knee’s career forever transformed the field of social work. And the lives of Oklahomans and University of Oklahoma students are still being transformed today through the continued impact of an OU Foundation fund created by Knee in 2004. The Junior Koenig and Ruth Irelan Knee Endowment was established through a $1 million estate gift fr...

      Wife's trials and successes inspire E.E. Carter Foundation scholarships for women engineers

      E. Eugene Carter has known and respected many people throughout his life, yet the former Harvard Business School professor and investor takes his greatest inspiration from the opportunity to learn – and that means learning something from everyone you meet. Learning from others is the foundation of Carter’s life, starting with his mother, a librar...

      Couple's first meeting in Adams Hall commemorated with gifts to Price College

      A simple bet changed the lives of Chip Taylor and Lisa Simon Taylor. More than 40 years later, the legacy of that bet could change the lives of University of Oklahoma students for decades to come through a $252,500 gift to the OU Foundation. F.G. “Chip” Taylor was new to Oklahoma, drawn from Mississippi by the opportunity to study in what was then...

      History of Science graduate program growing with support of former OU National Merit Scholar

      One of the nation’s leading history of science programs calls the University of Oklahoma home. Now, the discipline will grow even stronger by attracting the finest graduate students through the generosity of alumnus Luke Walker. Walker, an oncologist, researcher and vice president of clinical development for Seattle Genetics Inc., is a former OU...

      Johnson named to Trusted Insight Top 30 List

      Bradley Johnson, the University of Oklahoma Foundation’s chief investment officer, recently was named to Trusted Insight’s 2019 Top 30 University Endowment Chief Investment Officers. Trusted Insight is considered the world’s largest global network of institutional investors, connecting 50,000-plus investment professionals representing endowments,...

      Robert Curley's lifelong savings benefits OU nursing students

      It is no exaggeration to say that Robert Curley gave everything he had to help others. Curley, who died in November, was known as a dedicated professor of statistics at the University of Central Oklahoma and Rose State College. Outside of the classroom, he invested and made plans to contribute all his life savings to nonprofits, including the Univ...

      Oliver study abroad scholarship helps students find their home away from home

      Ran Oliver loves the University of Oklahoma. It’s no wonder, after all – he’s a fourth-generation Sooner – so crimson and cream have been flowing in his veins since the day he was born. But the fondest memories Oliver has of his time at OU were not from his years on the Norman campus. What he loved most was the year he spent abroad, studying in Sp...

      Mittie Nickles estate provides future for OU accounting students from small towns

      Students from small towns in Oklahoma will have the opportunity to pursue careers in accounting due to the foresight and commitment of the late Mittie Reece Nickles of Oklahoma City. Nickles, who died in February at the age of 98, established a pair of scholarships at the University of Oklahoma Foundation two years before her passing. The Mittie R...

      OU Foundation Investment Forum offers endowment update

      An annual update on investment portfolio performance and the current economic environment were offered during the 2019 OU Foundation Investment Forum May 17. The educational event is sponsored by the Foundation and featured a presentation by guest speaker Dennis Jaggi, managing partner and founder of EnCap Flatrock Midstream. OU Foundation Presid...

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      Harold Hamm Foundation makes $34 million gift to OU diabetes center

      The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at OU Medicine received its largest gift to date with a 10-year, $34 million commitment from the Harold Hamm Foundation.

      The newest pledge to the University of Oklahoma Foundation continues Hamm’s longtime support of the diabetes center, or HHDC, which already includes more than $30 million in gifts since 20...

      Ardmore institute gift launches Culinary Medicine Program at OU-Tulsa

      As an emergency room physician, Lori Whelan spends a lot of time treating patients who suffer from chronic diseases.

      “When we see someone come in with a heart attack, save their life, and then see them come back three months later with the same issue, this shows how medicine isn’t always addressing the root of the problem,” said Whelan, a...

      Steve and Leslie Ives establish OU Sports Management Fellowships

      From earliest childhood, Steve Ives was fascinated by sports.

      “I played sports, I watched sports, I was a sports fanatic,” the president of Oklahoma City-based Cheyenne Petroleum Co. remembers fondly. “I would read all the statistics in the newspaper and study and analyze them. But when I was trying to determine what my career would be as...

      OU Foundation Board of Trustees adds members

      The University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees welcomed one new and one returning member at its quarterly meeting in February. Dan Evatt will begin his first term, while Don Smitherman rejoins the board after a three-year absence.

      The OU Foundation Board of Trustees is composed of professionals from such fields as finance, law, bu...

      Nolan family returns to make a difference at OU

      After a certain age, it’s not uncommon for people to look back on their lives with a sense of regret over opportunities lost or paths not chosen – should have earned that degree, should have spent more time with the kids, should have taken that job.

      Boyd Nolan looks back and wishes he would have come home sooner. The University of Oklahoma...

      Surprise bequest from devoted couple provides scholarships in the natural sciences

      Brilliant, devoted and extremely private, Kenneth and Joye Harwell surely would have brushed aside accolades for a $3.18 million estate gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundation.

      But they deserve every word.

      OU was one of four universities recently to receive equal portions of the Harwells’ estate. Though Joye Harwell was an O...

      Long-held Frakes Endowment grows beyond donor's wildest imaginings

      Twenty-seven years ago, Margaret Frakes couldn’t have imagined what one simple sentence in her will would mean to University of Oklahoma students.

      Margaret, a 1935 graduate, made OU the sole beneficiary of her estate. When she died in 1994 at age 79, the OU Foundation established the Russel and Margaret Frakes Memorial Scholarship using m...

      Entrepreneur's talents transform into scholarships for OU veterans

      The entrepreneurial spirit of a World War II veteran and Tulsa businessman has turned into educational opportunities for veterans and active-duty military members at the University of Oklahoma.

      The Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation recently made a $100,000 installment as part of a five-year, $500,000 pledge to the OU Foundation...

      Dr. Lucy Freeman Smith Endowed Scholarship celebrates pioneering public school superintendent

      As one of few female Oklahoma school superintendents, Lucy Freeman Smith opened the door for women who followed in her footsteps. Her friends, family and former students are making sure the door stays open though a new scholarship established at the University of Oklahoma Foundation.

      The Dr. Lucy Freeman Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship...

      OU Foundation honors 2018 Lottinville Scholars

      Five outstanding University of Oklahoma sophomores have been named recipients of the prestigious 2018 Rita H. Lottinville Prize. The students received their awards and were honored during a December luncheon hosted by OU Foundation President and CEO Guy L. Patton and OU Senior Vice President and Provost Kyle Harper.

      The five 2018 Lottinvil...