Publications for 2008

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      OU Regents name College of Education in honor of the late Jeannine Rainbolt

      A tireless and passionate advocate for Oklahoma education, children and teachers now will have a lasting memorial at the University of Oklahoma. At their October meeting, the OU Regents approved naming the College of Education for Jeannine Rainbolt, making the college the first in OU’s history to be named for a woman, and forever linking Rainbolt’s...

      Sarkeys renovation unites Earth and Energy

      Several gifts of $1 million or more have provided the cornerstone of an $8.5 million project to renovate the 15-story Sarkeys Energy Center Tower on the Norman campus. The Sarkeys project was born from a need to update the 21-year-old facility and an opportunity to unite the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy under one roof. The opening of the N...

      Austin family tees off golf course campaign with challenge grant

      The family of the late Jimmie Austin of Seminole has pledged $100,000 to the Jimmie Austin University of Oklahoma Golf Club in preparation for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship to be held in July 2009. The OU course is the first collegiate golf course ever selected for the national championship in its 83-year history.



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      The Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art and the Eugene Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History Estate gift helps establish doctoral program

      When Mary Lou Milner Carver graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1947 with a degree in fine arts she could not have foreseen the impact she would have on her alma mater some 60 years later. Today, a gift from her estate has helped establish OU’s first doctoral program in art history with the funding of an endowed chair in Native American ar...

      The Mai Eager Anderson Chair in Cancer Clinical Trials Endowed chairs strengthen OU Cancer Institute

      In 1998, the family of Mai Eager Anderson lost their mother, grandmother and dear friend to lung cancer. In June 2008, the Anderson family endowed a chair in her name at the University of Oklahoma Foundation to help prevent other families from facing a similar loss.



      The Mai Eager Anderson Chair in Cancer Clinical Trials, funded b...

      PLC recipient of Lawton legacy

      Even as children growing up in Ada, Jane England Lawton’s friends knew she would go places. Family photos reveal a pretty brunette with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes, looking equally at ease whether sporting a tiara or shouldering a rifle.



      At the University of Oklahoma, Lawton distinguished herself as president of Kappa Kappa...

      Oilman puts students in ‘pipeline’ for scholarships

      on Withrow has made his living in the oil and gas industry, but when it comes to investing his money in tomorrow’s leaders, he sees the world in a much broader light.

      Withrow, BS petroleum engineering ’54 and MS geological engineering ’63, is owner and president of Sundance Oil of Oklahoma City and among OU’s most generous and involved don...

      War hero repays GI Bill education; Establishes chair in engineering

      A decorated World War II hero and successful Texas oilman has established a new chair in the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering.

      Shortly before his death in July at age 85, Charles E. Kimmell of San Antonio gave $500,000 to endow the Kimmell-Bernard Chair in Engineering. The chair carries his name, along with that of his beloved...

      Alumnus establishes fellowship in geology and geophysics

      Bill Reed wants to be sure that students preparing for a career in oil and gas exploration have the same opportunities that he had a half-century ago as a young OU graduate.



      For that reason, he and his wife have established the Bill K. and Doann Reed Fellowship in Geology and Geophysics through a $250,000 gift, which since has be...

      OKC entrepreneur’s memory honored with named scholarship

      If the late Joe R. Love was the very definition of an entrepreneur, then that definition will need to be expanded to include such words as: devoted family man, avid sports enthusiast, supporter of the arts and endless optimist.



      Love is known throughout business circles as a man who could put together any deal and the developer of...

      Sooner Schooner sculpture to raise money for scholarships

      Long known for his iconic Seed Sewer sculpture that welcomes visitors to each of the University of Oklahoma’s three campuses, artist-in-residence Paul Moore recently turned his considerable skill to OU mascots Boomer and Sooner—this time to raise money for scholarships.



      A limited edition of 190 bronze castings of the ponies pulli...

      Achieve immortality: Establish a planned gift at the OU Foundation

      On his way to earning his bachelor’s degree in geological engineering at the University of Oklahoma in 1938, Clark Snider often followed a path that helped fellow students, from loaning a book to explaining a difficult problem. Now, even after his death in August, he continues to give OU students a leg-up through a $1.46 million bequest to the OU F...

      Medina legacy to continue through faculty endowment

      Some 20 years ago, a young doctor from Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center came to the University of Oklahoma to establish a program in head and neck cancer surgery at the Health Sciences Center. He could have gone anywhere, and received plenty of offers from other institutions to do so, but Jesus Medina chose to share his considerable talents as...

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      Foundation receives $1.23 million estate gift to benefit OU departments of humanities

      A University of Oklahoma alumna and beloved teacher who instilled an

      appreciation for English and literature in countless students during her long career in Oklahoma higher education will continue to touch generations of students through a $1.23 million estate gift to OU.

      The bequest from the late Katherine Rader will be divided e...

      Damage to trees exceeds $1.7 million

      OU's alumni and friends are joining a "Reforestation Campaign" to restore trees lost on the OU campuses during the December 2007 ice storm.

      The storm, the most severe in Oklahoma history, damaged and destroyed trees on the Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses. The Norman campus alone lost more than 1,000 trees. The cost for cleaning...

      The University of Oklahoma Board of Trustees

      The University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees welcomed new members Jim Everest and Mike Samis to the board in January.

      Everest is the president of the Jean I. Everest Foundation, and is a partner in Everest Brothers and White Tail Farm. He is a volunteer with the Metropolitan YMCA, the Metro Youth Development Foundation-1st Tee,...

      College of Earth and Energy named for Curtis Mewbourne

      In recognition of his outstanding and longtime support of the University of Oklahoma and its programs in petroleum and geological engineering, the newest college at OU has been named the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy to honor Curtis W. Mewbourne of Tyler, Texas. The college is home to the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Enginee...

      Hall named vice president for University Development

      Jim "Tripp" Hall III, who has served in leadership positions in alumni affairs and development at the University of Oklahoma for more than 15 years, has been named vice president for University Development, effective March    1.Paul D. Massad, who has served in the post in an interim capacity and whose OU career has spanned more than 46 years, has...

      Teamwork brings technological triumph to OU facility

      Even the OU Sooners could learn something about teamwork from the Southwest Oklahoma Family Medicine Residency in Lawton, one of five satellites operated by the OU Health Sciences Center’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

      In just six months, the residency program has paired the generosity of the McMahon Foundation of Lawton wi...

      OU responding to need for increased graduate support

      As the first development officer at the University of Oklahoma to focus solely on the scholarship needs of graduate students, Damien Williams has collected data, studied the trends at the Big 12 and Big 10 schools and understands the need for increased financial support at the graduate level. And as a PhD candidate himself, he has seen firsthand th...

      Making a difference one child at a time

      When Sadie Willmon-Haque was growing up in the economically and emotionally depressed area of Oklahoma City known locally as The Flats, her dad's highest hope for her was to finish high school. Even though Sadie was obviously bright and a good student, college was not even a blip on the radar. When kids made it out of this neighborhood, it was usua...

      Scholarship Campaign doubles goal tops $109 million

      The Campaign for Scholarships, launched in April 2005, has raised more than $109 million in total scholarship funds, more than doubling its initial goal of $50 million.

      The campaign has enabled OU to double the number of scholarships given to its students. The University awarded privately funded scholarships to more than 8,500 students in...

      Ford brothers establish ROTC/Business Scholarship

      Two brothers who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the 1960s and went on to lead one of Oklahoma's most enduring and successful businesses have established a scholarship endowment for ROTC students in OU's Price College of Business.

      William L. (Bill) and Robert L. (Bob) Ford of Shawnee Milling Company became commissioned officers in the U...

      College of Education scholarship established in memory of Jeannine Rainbolt

      A new endowed scholarship that honors the life and legacy of the late University of Oklahoma College of Education alumna Jeannine Rainbolt will assist generations of OU students who are following in her footsteps to become elementary school teachers.

      H.E. "Gene" Rainbolt, a longtime OU alumni leader and chairman of the board of BancFirst C...

      Websters add scholarship endowment to legacy of giving

      Will and Helen Webster's continued generosity to the University of Oklahoma is giving new life to people in two very different ways.

      The Websters, longtime donors to OU, recently gave $1 million to benefit the Sooner Heritage Endowed Scholarship Fund, the Cardiac Arrhythmia Research Endowment Fund and the Arrhythmia Research Fund.

      Siblings carry on father's committment to students

      Late OU marketing professor James Constantin loved teaching so much that

      "students were second only to his family." Now, the Constantin family is honoring that love by giving back to OU students.

      The James A. and Wanda Constantin Scholarship fund was established in 2005 by OU Associates Katherine (Constantin) Beaird and her husba...

      Late Cheyenne business leader creates professorship to honor son

      A longtime Cheyenne business leader, whose generosity to the community lives on even after her death in 2001, continues her tradition of philanthropy with a $250,000 bequest to the OU College of Engineering. The Nettie Vincent Boggs Testamentary Trust has established a professorship in engineering at the University of Oklahoma in honor of Boggs' so...

      The James H. Little, M.D., Chair in Neurology

      When people say James and Margaret Little are straight shooters they are not just talking about the Norman couple's approach to life. Little, a retired Oklahoma City ophthalmologist, and Margaret, his wife of 50 years, are world-class skeet shooters, and they have the trophies to prove it.

      In typical straightforward style, when the couple...

      College of Allied Health to move into '21st-century' facility

      For decades administrators and faculty of the OU College of Allied Health

      have risen to the challenge of preparing students for some of the fastest growing careers in the medical profession while housed in one of the oldest and ill-equipped buildings on the Health Sciences Center campus. That will soon change.

      The OU Board of Reg...