Publications for 2005

  • Fall
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      College Energized by Record-breaking Campaign

      Engineering Campaign Gifts of Note:

      A $15 million gift-in-kind from Schlumberger, the international oilfield services provider, to support energy-related programs.

      A $10 million commitment from Devon Energy Corporation, Oklahoma City, for the construction of Devon Energy Hall.

      An $8 million commitment from the estate of a...

      Bartells mark 50th anniversary with gift of 50

      A Houston couple decided to go 50/50 when it came time to choosing an appropriate gift in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.

      Denny and Dixie Bartell, who were OU students 50 years ago, have given $50,000 each to the University endowment of their choice.

      “We had been talking about what we would like to do for our 50th a...

      The Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy

      The children of Homer L. Dodge, a legendary physics professor at the University of Oklahoma, returned to their former “playground” in September for the renaming of the department their father championed from 1919 to 1944. The Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy recognizes Dodge’s varied and significant contributions to the University...

      Foundation honors retiring trustees; Trustees remembered

      TRUSTEES HONORED

      The University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. acknowledged the dedication of four outgoing trustees at its November meeting at the Foundation office on the OU campus. John E. Green, H. E. “Gene” Rainbolt and Linda Rodgers, all of Oklahoma City, and Robert Klabzuba, Fort Worth, retired from the board after a combined 42 years...

      Faery and Theodore Loveridge

      A retired librarian and her husband have left the University of Oklahoma Libraries the largest private gift in its history for library collections, programs and services. The gift, worth nearly $2 million, came from the estate of the late Faery and Theodore Loveridge of Norman.

      OU President David L. Boren made the announcement of the beque...

      University, community partnership lauded for improving health care for Tulsans

      A joint effort between the Tulsa medical schools of the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University has received the nation’s highest public health award. The aptly named Bedlam Community Health Partnerships received the 2005 Fred Graham Award for Innovation in Improving Community Health. Together, the universities, with support from the T...

      Longtime Arts Supporter Bequeaths Major Works to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

      Major works of art ranging from an American Impressionist still-life by Julian Alden Weir to a late painting by the contemporary French artist Jean Dubuffet are among paintings bequeathed to the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art by geologist Jerome M. Westheimer Sr. of Ardmore, an oil industry leader and one of Oklahoma’s greate...

      Endowed Positions

      Meteorology gets Craighead Professorship An Ardmore oil and gas man with an interest in meteorology has established an endowed professorship that will strengthen the radar initiative in weather monitoring and forecasting at the University of Oklahoma. The Tommy C. Craighead Professorship of Meteorology will allow the University to recruit a nationa...

      ‘STARTING FIVE’ LEADS THE WAY FOR WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

      University of Oklahoma women’s basketball head Coach Sherri Coale has a new starting line-up that is supporting team performance in the classroom. The “Starting Five” includes major donors whose gifts have established the first-ever endowed positions for the team, providing scholarships for student-athletes. The “Starting Five” donors are the fam...

  • Summer
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      OU Launches $50 million Scholarship Campaign

      With promising blue skies overhead and an OU pep band rallying support, a crowd of students joined President David L. Boren on the front steps of Evans Hall as he announced the University's largest-ever scholarship fund-raising campaign, $50 million over the next five years.

      "Increasing scholarships is the singular goal of this campaign,"...

      The OU Foundation Board of Trustees Quarterly Meeting

      In appreciation of her leadership and diplomacy, retired chair Prudence Little was honored with a standing ovation from fellow trustees at the quarterly meeting of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc., May 6 at the Foundation building in Norman. Current chair Steve Moore and executive committee member Gene Rainbolt expressed appreciation to L...

      Founders and Associates pledge $1 million to OU-Tulsa

      The University of Oklahoma-Tulsa has received a $1 million pledge from the Trustees of Founders and Associates, a Tulsa-based foundation, to create The Founders Hall and Grand Commons Area in the new Academic Lecture and Learning Center to be built at the Schusterman Center.

      "From the very beginning of our programs in Tulsa, no one has pr...

      Lissa and Cy Wagner

      Longtime OU benefactors Lissa and Cy Wagner of Midland, Texas, have contributed $2.5 million toward scholarships and a new academic services center that will provide "one-stop shopping" for a variety of undergraduate needs, from tutoring to an all-night coffee bar. The 38,000-square-foot Lissa and Cy Wagner Student Academic Services Center will be...

      The Perkins Family Lecture Hall

      Lindsay Perkins, a 1963 OU College of Business alumnus, and his family are fulfilling a long-standing desire to make a significant, positive impact on OU and the Tulsa community. The family recently made a $1 million commitment to OU-Tulsa's proposed Lecture and Learning Center, a new 50,000-square-foot classroom facility on the Schusterman Center...

      What $1 Billion will buy

      The University of Oklahoma has achieved a historic new milestone during the 10 years of leadership by President David L. and First Lady Molly Shi Boren—crossing the $1 billion mark in gifts and pledges.  In 1995, Boren launched the Reach for Excellence fund-raising campaign with a five-year goal of $200 million, which was twice as large as any...

      Endowed Positions Warren Jackman Chair in Electrophysiology

      A grateful patient, who credits Dr. Warren "Sonny" Jackman with improving his and his son's quality of life, is among the major donors to a new endowed chair in the Cardiac Arrhythmia Research Institute (CARI) at the OU Health Sciences Center. Walter Snodell, a Chicago manufacturer, has given $215,000 toward establishing a $1 million

      endow...

      Funnell-Strebel Professorship Established at OUHSC

      A grassroots effort among friends, fellow faculty, family and former patients of two Oklahoma City doctors has resulted in an endowed professorship in obstetrics and gynecology at the OU Health Sciences Center. The James D. Funnell, M.D.-Gary F. Strebel, M.D. Endowed Professorship in Medical Student Education recognizes the contributions of the two...

      George Kaiser Family Foundation establishes professorship

      A Tulsa foundation that has made improving the quality of very early childhood education the focus of its philanthropic giving has donated $250,000 to establish an endowed professorship at OU-Tulsa. The George Kaiser Family Foundation/Tulsa Community Foundation Professorship in Early Childhood Development is the first endowed faculty position in a...

      Tulsa Philanthropists Plants New Seeds at OU-Tulsa

      The late Tulsa philanthropist and community leader Herbert Gussman has left a legacy at the OU-Tulsa College of Medicine that will improve patient care at hospitals for generations to come. Gussman and his family pledged $1 million to create the Gussman Family Chair in Internal Medicine, which will use molecular and biological research to enhance...

      Gillilands establish chair in nuclear pharmacy

      An OU College of Pharmacy Ph.D. graduate and his wife have established the college's first endowed chair in nuclear pharmacy. The Sandra K. and David L. Gilliland Chair will support research in diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals on the Health Sciences Center campus, the only campus in the country with a full-service nuclear pharmacy o...

      Seminole schoolteacher wills OU $1 million

      A Seminole schoolteacher who brought history to life for thousands of students, including OU President David L. Boren, has made history herself by leaving $1 million– the largest one-time gift ever to OU's Department of History.

      Louise Welsh, who died last March at the age of 93, devoted 45 years of her life to teaching. She taught histor...

      Oxley Foundation gift supports mental health advocacy

      The Oxley Foundation of Tulsa has committed $1 million to establish the Oxley Foundation Chair for the Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) at OU-Tulsa. Developed within the OU College of Medicine, PACT focuses on unmet mental health needs of Oklahomans by providing treatment within their own communities.

      The program serves a...

      Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

      OU alumnus and longtime benefactor Bill D. Saxon of Dallas has made a $500,000 gift to endow the directorship of OU's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in memory of his wife, the late Wylodean Cornelison Saxon, who was a treasured and ardent supporter of the museum. The endowment also will support an art lecture series at OU. The first lecture will feat...

      Baumans Create Scholarship in honor of Philip J. Nolan

      A Norman couple is honoring the former director of the University of Oklahoma's Letters Program with an endowed scholarship, the largest such gift in the history of the department. Marion and Dianne Bauman established the $100,000 fund in honor of Philip J. Nolan, an OU professor of classics from 1953-1987, and director of letters from 1955-1978.<...