Publications for 2020

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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...

      Briefs

      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...