Publications for 2007

  • Fall
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      Guy Patton to succeed Ron Burton as president of the OU Foundation

      Guy L. Patton, a 47-year-old OU graduate with a distinguished career in finance and investment, has been appointed president of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc., the independent, nonprofit organization that provides private support for the University.

      The selection of Patton, a Tulsa native who has been with Fidelity Investments...

      Harold and Sue Ann Hamm of Enid provide $7 million to diabetes center

      An Enid couple has given OU $7 million in support of the new Oklahoma Diabetes Center at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. The gift from the Harold and Sue Ann Hamm Foundation will provide for faculty, programs and facilities at the state’s most comprehensive diabetes care and research center, which will be named in honor of Mr. Hamm...

      $7.5 million Reynolds Foundation grant to benefit geriatric medicine

      A $7.5 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is being presented to the University of Oklahoma to establish a new research program focusing on the diseases of aging.  The grant builds on an earlier $11.2 million grant from the Reynolds Foundation that helped position OU's geriatric medicine programs as one of the premier programs...

      The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation gives $5 million to OU Cancer Institute campaign

      A $5 million gift from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation has moved the University of Oklahoma over the halfway mark in a $50 million private fund-raising campaign for the OU Cancer Institute. The announcement of the gift to support cancer research and fund construction on a new cancer treatment and clinical research facility was made at the June...

      Chesapeake contributes $1.1 million to scholarships, programs

      Chesapeake Energy Corporation and the University of Oklahoma have announced the formation of a program that includes $1.1 million in scholarships and course and program enhancements. The five-year program was announced by Aubrey K. McClendon, Chesapeake's chairman and chief executive officer, and OU President David L. Boren at a reception welcoming...

      The Ruth Wilson Sanford Lifetime of Leadership Scholarship Couple names leadership scholarship for mom

      When University of Oklahoma alumnus Mike Wofford and his wife, Carol, were creating an endowed leadership scholarship for the Second Century Scholarship Campaign in the OU College of Arts and Sciences, they were offered the opportunity to name the scholarship for the individual of their choice. It did not take them long to decide on a fitting names...

      Stephensons establish scholarships in honor of grandchildren

      When Bob and Norma Stephenson of Norman wanted to surprise their granddaughter with a perfect gift for her OU graduation, they found a willing accomplice in Barbara Boyd, outreach director for the College of Arts and Sciences' Religious Studies Program. Boyd suggested an endowed scholarship named for Heather Nicole Stephenson to honor her achieveme...

      Allgood Family Scholarship

      An OU alumnus, who served his country both as a soldier and a surgeon, is being honored with a newly endowed scholarship in the College of Medicine. Col. Brian D. Allgood, at the age of 46, was the top U.S. Army medical officer in Iraq when he lost his life in a rocket attack earlier this year. A graduate both of West Point and the OU College of Me...

      Sutherland's "kids" say thank you with scholarship fund

      The man who for decades mentored thousands of the University of Oklahoma's top scholars will now have his name linked with OU's most academically gifted students for generations to come. Steve Sutherland, director of the OU Scholars Program from 1966 until his retirement in 1992, was the surprise guest of honor at a May celebration when the Stephen...

      Foundation presents Financial Statement

      The financial statement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, presented at the August trustees’ meeting on the OU-Tulsa campus cited total assets of $863,917,559 and a total endowment of $642,600,884.

      The report detailed total revenues of $201,830,043, which includes gifts of cash and property of $106,257,761.

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      Father establishes memorial for gifted son

      Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Ed Wheeler of Tulsa has established a $20,000 writing award in the OU College of Law as a memorial to his son, Capt. Brian Edward Wheeler of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. An OU alumnus, former associate editor of Oklahoma Law Review and three-tour Army combat veteran, Brian Wheeler distinguished him...

      OU wrestler gives back to alma mater $1 million to field house project

      Former Sooner wrestler Rodney Thornton has provided the lead gift of $1 million for renovation and expansion of facilities at the Howard McCasland Field House.

      A Norman businessman, Thornton wrestled under Coach Stan Abel and graduated from OU in 1992 with a degree in economics.

      Thornton’s gift will benefit the University’s $2.4 m...

      OU to build $8.4 million indoor tennis facility

      Gregg Wadley, founder of Datacom Sciences, together with his wife, Dr. Susan E. "Betsy" Brackett, an OU alumna and a former instructor in the University's College of Dentistry, have provided the lead gift toward OU’s new $8.4 million indoor tennis facility. The couple, who also established the Susan E. Brackett Endowed Chair for the School of Dance...

      Donors endow all positions in women's basketball scholarship campaign.

      The University of Oklahoma women's basketball program has successfully completed its fund-raising campaign—endowing each of 15 scholarship positions with a $200,000 gift from alumni and friends.

      "We began the endowment program in 2005 with a goal of creating a perpetual source of funding for our women's basketball program," said Coale.&nbs...

      The ConocoPhillips Gift

      Longtime University of Oklahoma supporter ConocoPhillips is making a $6 million gift to the School of Geology and Geophysics. The gift will benefit students through increased scholarships and fellowships and the creation of a visiting professorship position, as well as support renovation and upgrade of the school's home in the Sarkeys Energy Center...

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      Stephensons make second major gift to research campus

      When Peggy and Charles Stephenson contributed $6 million toward a bold, new facility on the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus in 2002, they ignited a research revolution, unprecedented for its productivity, collaborative atmosphere and intellectual exchange. Five years later, they are about to do it again.

      The Stephensons recently mad...

      O'Briens provide lead gift for education campaign

      With a theme of Opening New Windows, the College of Education hopes to literally and figuratively do just that for future students. The $6 million capital campaign will allow the college to add a 15,000-square-foot addition to Collings Hall, with a planned footprint to the north and west of the existing facility.

      Houston couple Sandra and...

      Foundation offers quarter financial statement

      The quarterly financial statement presented at the February meeting of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees cited total assets of $813,808,507 and a total endowment of $615,055,945. The report for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2006, detailed total revenues of $105,129,392,which includes gifts of cash and property of $57,969,283...

      Cherokee Nation Presents $1.5 Million to the OU College of Medicine, Tulsa

      The Cherokee Nation has presented the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa with $1.5 million to fund the fight against diabetes and cancer.  Activities will focus on research, prevention, patient care, and faculty and staff development.

      "The generosity of the Cherokee Nation will be of enormous benefit to those in Tulsa...

      Moore, Harlow retire from board

      The Foundation Board of Trustees acknowledged the devoted service of two departing members and passed the gavel to a new chair at its regular meeting at the Foundation Building in November. Michael A. Cawley, president of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Inc. of Ardmore, succeeds Steven E. Moore as Foundation chair.

      Moore and Jane Harlo...

      Four new trustees welcomed to board

      Four new trustees joined the University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees in February.

      Terry L. Carter of Tulsa will serve the board on the investment and audit/finance committees. Carter is former senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of QuikTrip Corporation. He graduated from OU in 1971.

      He has be...

      AT&T gives $1.5 million to Native American scholarship endowment

      AT&T Inc. has announced a $1.5 million contribution to the University of Oklahoma Foundation to create and support a new scholarship endowment program for Native American students. The program is being funded by the AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Inc.

      AT&T Oklahoma President Don Cain and University of Oklaho...

      A & S scholarship campaign surpasses goal

      A gift from a Norman alumna boosted an 18-month-long campaign for

      scholarships in the College of Arts and Sciences over its original goal

      of $1.5 million and prompted the Board of Visitors to set a higher

      target, $2.007 million in honor of the state's centennial year. Sandy

      Kinney, who is a member of the college'...

      Alumni match boosts scholarships to Earth & Energy

      Donors to the College of Earth and Energy's endowed scholarship program

      can double the impact of their gifts, thanks to the generosity of

      long-time OU supporter and alumnus Curtis W. Mewbourne. The 1958

      petroleum engineering graduate and founder of Mewbourne Oil Company has

      been instrumental in building a scholar...

      Scholarship honors OU alumnus' legacy

      A long-time Holdenville businessman and civic leader is

      being remembered with a new University of Oklahoma scholarship that will

      help young people from the community, county and state he loved. High

      school graduates from Holdenville High and Hughes County attending OU

      are eligible for the award.

      The Har...

      Heritage scholarships keep students on graduation track

      Sierra Smith, an OU junior from Sapulpa does not know Mary Louise and

      Don Symcox of Norman, but their act of generosity has kept Sierra on the

      path to graduation.

      Sierra is the recipient of a Sooner Heritage Scholarship funded by the

      Symcoxes.

      "This scholarship has quite honestly kept me in school," Sier...

      The Helmerich gift revitalizing visiting artist program in drama

      Tom Huston Orr was getting ready for a summer production of

      "Harvey," when he had an inspiration that would set in motion a series

      of very fortunate events for the OU School of Drama and its students.

      Why not do an Internet search for any living cast members from the 1950

      film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winnin...

      Presbyterian Health Foundation's $4 million Chair to benefit cancer research

      From his fifth-story office, Presbyterian Health Foundation

      President Michael D. Anderson can see the future rising up to meet him.

      Cranes and concrete foundations spread between him and downtown

      Oklahoma City like a city within itself. New tenants spring up in PHF's

      Research Park like restaurants in Bricktown. W...

      Rita H. Lottinville prize winners honored by OU Foundation

      The 2006-2007 class of Rita H. Lottinville Scholars poses with members

      of the selection committee following the awards ceremony at the

      University of Oklahoma Foundation. Back row (from left): Eugenia Cox,

      committee member; Provost Nancy Mergler; Ori Kritz, committee member;

      Amanda Lyndsey Ashby; Ron Burton, commi...