Publications for 2009

  • Fall
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      Funding complete for Tulsa Health Center To be named for Wayman Tisdale

      His name could fill an arena. Then his smile would light it up. Whenever University of Oklahoma basketball star Wayman Tisdale walked onto the floor at the Lloyd Noble Center he made fans feel that good things were about to happen. Now his name and winning attitude are linked to a new specialty health clinic that will bring hope and healing to a dr...

      Gaylord Hall Phase II

      The second phase of Gaylord Hall, a building project that provides students of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication with all the latest 21st-century tools to master their professions, was dedicated October 13.

      The building and the college are named for the family of the late Oklahoma City publisher and businessman, Edw...

      Campaign seeks to honor Louise Moore

      A special fund-raising effort is under way to honor the legendary Oklahoma Daily faculty adviser Louise B. Moore. Five former Daily editors – Carol J. Robinson Burr, Linda Johnson, Barbara Winn Sessions, Larry Chilnick and Karen Vinyard Waddell – are spearheading the drive to memorialize the woman who was their teacher, mentor and a cherished frien...

      New Foundation building opens for business

      The newly reconfigured and renovated University of Oklahoma Foundation Building has reopened this fall and will welcome past and present trustees, donors and OU faculty and staff to a series of open houses. The first honored guests to see the new quarters on November 19 will be former trustees, who will reunite with current Foundation board members...

      Stoopses’ gift boosts young business faculty

      A$150,000 gift from University of Oklahoma head football Coach Bob Stoops and his wife, Carol, an entrepreneur, has created the Bob Stoops Business Faculty Fellow Program within the Michael F. Price College of Business.

      The program will assist untenured assistant professors in the college with their research in the areas of accounting, fin...

      Symposium to launch Women’s Philanthropy Network

      Uniting women in their support for the University of Oklahoma is the focus of a new program launched by the OU Office of Development. The OU Women’s Philanthropy Network will bring together women’s expertise and passion for the University and provide opportunities to create and recognize philanthropic activities spearheaded by OU alumnae and friend...

      OU to build geology field camp

      Over the past 50 years, Denny Bartell of Houston has learned that rocks have a lot to say if you just know how to listen. The president of Legends Exploration said his education in petroleum and geological engineering from the University of Oklahoma helped him listen and succeed in the oil and gas industry.

      “When students spend time with r...

      Brothers promote understanding of Islamic faith

      Brothers who made America their home in the wake of the Iranian Revolution and went on to establish one of the state’s most successful home-construction companies are now building bridges of understanding at the University of Oklahoma.

      Jalal and Mohammad Farzaneh recently established the Farzaneh Family Fund for Middle East Studies in OU’s...

      Wallaces recognized for historic scholarship endowment

      The University of Oklahoma’s first campus building—built only four years after the University was established in 1890—received a new name along with major renovations that preserved the building’s historic architecture while installing 21st-century updates.

      The building now is named for Beatrice Carr Wallace in honor of the commitment she...

      Women empower single moms with gift of education

      What started out as a shortfall has become a scholarship program to give single mothers a new beginning.

      Last spring, OU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program had more deserving candidates than it could serve with its annual $4,000 scholarship for single moms. An informal campaign to raise funds for four additional, $100 awards led Associat...

      Rain could not dampen groundbreaking of OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center Library

      The groundbreaking dignitaries at the

      $8.5 million Schusterman Center Library traded umbrellas for shovels

      September 20 during a public celebration of the library’s construction

      kick-off. The Schusterman Center Library, which will benefit OU-Tulsa

      students and the Tulsa community, is made possible by support from...

      Youngblood estate gift secures library’s place in OU’s future

      A major bequest from the estate of longtime OU supporter Mrs. Laurence S. Youngblood, who was a pioneer for women in the oil industry, will ensure that the energy library she so lovingly established and nurtured will be among the nation’s finest for decades to come.

      The estate gift will be added to the Mr. and Mrs. Laurence S. Youngblood L...

      OU Gift and Estate Planning office opens

      The University of Oklahoma Office of Development, in conjunction with the OU Foundation, now offers complete planned giving services for those wishing to include the University in their estate. The Office of Gift and Estate Planning, headquartered at the OU Health Sciences Center, is designed to provide donors a wide range of deferred giving option...

  • Summer
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      OU Regents name School of Social Work, new building for Anne and Henry Zarrow

      When Henry Zarrow celebrated his 93rd birthday earlier this year, he may have blown out the candles, but the University of Oklahoma School of Social Work received the present. In honor of his lifelong philanthropy and commitment to community, children Judy Kishner and Stuart Zarrow, and grandchildren, Julie Cohen, Dr. Jay Wohlgemuth and Dr. Edward...

      OU alumna Ruth I. Knee designates $1 million estate gift to Social Work School

      A $1 million gift from the estate of University of Oklahoma alumna Ruth Irelan Knee, a distinguished pioneer in the field of psychiatric social work, will create an endowment to assist generations of OU social work students.

      Mrs. Knee, who died in October 2008 at the age of 88, graduated with an OU degree in social work in 1941 and generou...

      First director of donor relations enjoys interaction with OU alumni, supporters

      Sarah Sims joined the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. in July 2008 as its first director of donor relations after a year as director of stewardship in the Office of Development. A graduate of the University of North Florida, Sims worked in development as a student and accepted a fundraising position with the Jacksonville Zoo after graduation...

      The 2009 U.S Amateur Public Links Golf Championship Fans, families raise money for OU golf course improvements

      When more than 150 of the best amateur golfers in the world converge on the Jimmie Austin University of Oklahoma Golf Course for the 2009 U.S Amateur Public Links Golf Championship July 13-18, they will play on a course greatly enhanced by the generosity of OU friends and alumni. The winning bid to host the championship came with the responsibility...

      OU College of Law celebrates centennial with scholarships

      There are countless ways to celebrate a milestone, but at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, celebrating means investing in the future of its students. In addition to lectures and events—including visits from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on October 1 and Chief Justice John Roberts on November 17—the college is marking its 100t...

      New diagnostic equipment gives researchers insight into problems of genomic structure

      A powerful new piece of laboratory equipment in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is helping researchers uncover molecular clues to birth defects and cancer previously hidden in the twisted strands of DNA. 

      John J. Mulvihill, a board-certified physician in pediatrics and medical genetics and...

      New program to prepare accounting graduates for careers in energy industry

      Beginning in fall 2009, a $500,000 gift from the Ernst & Young Foundation will better prepare students in the University of Oklahoma John T. Steed School of Accounting for careers in the oil and gas industry. The Ernst & Young Focus on Energy Accounting Program will create five endowed scholarships and help establish a new curriculum specia...

      Tom Boyd honored with named scholarship

      For nearly four decades, philosophy and religious studies professor Tom Boyd has been surprising students and colleagues with an unconventional pedagogy and a unique way of looking at life. On April 7, they returned the favor.



      Escorted by OU President David L. Boren, Boyd walked into Beaird Lounge at Oklahoma Memorial Union presu...

      Kitchens scholarship for master’s in accounting established

      When Deborah Kitchens switched her major from journalism to accounting in 1976, she was not sure exactly where that path would lead or what she wanted to do. After many successful years in her accounting career, she now knows exactly what she wants to do – and it is about giving back.



      Kitchens, BBA ’78, has given of her time and...

      Alumnus’ gift will give students “experiential” education

      University of Oklahoma students will get a first-hand view of what it takes to become an entrepreneur, thanks to an alumnus who built his family company into an industry powerhouse.

      Ken Silverman owned and operated Silver Line Building Products Corp., which was a major manufacturer of vinyl windows sold through Home Depot retail stores. Si...

      Lynns continue support for College of Medicine through planned giving

      Years of service as a consulting physician to the White House was not the last contribution Dr. Doss Owen Lynn made to his country or the medical profession. Through the generosity and careful preparation of an estate plan, Dr. Lynn and his wife, Kathryn, are influencing generations of future physicians at the OU College of Medicine.


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      Entrepreneurial students benefit from scholarships

      Gifts celebrating the spirit of three prominent Oklahoma business leaders are giving a boost to students at the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business. Since 2006, the Stanley White Foundation has given $20,000 each year to fund four $2,500 study-abroad scholarships and several academic scholarshi...

      The John H. and Jane M. Patten Teaching Award Jane Patten estate benefits OU

      When longtime University of Oklahoma supporter Jane M. Patten died in November 2008, she left a parting gift to the University she had loved and supported so generously throughout her life. An estate gift provided more than $100,000 to enhance the John H. and Jane M. Patten Teaching Award, established in 1989 to promote excellence in teaching in th...

      Delta Dental Foundation boosts funding to digital technology, scholarships, indigent care

      At a time when many foundations are cutting grants, Delta Dental of Oklahoma Charitable Foundation is tripling its statewide funding, including a recent gift of $600,000 to the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, Delta Dental President and CEO John E. Gladden has announced.

      Of that amount, $50,000 will provide continued scholarshi...

      ConocoPhillips provides $3 million to OU colleges, scholars program

      The University of Oklahoma has received a $3 million contribution from ConocoPhillips to benefit a wide range of OU programs, including those in the Price College of Business, College of Engineering, Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, and the SPIRIT Scholars program.

      The gift was presented on behalf of ConocoPhillips by Jim Gallogly, a...

  • Winter
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      Stuart Family Foundation

      A lead gift from University of Oklahoma Regent Jon R. Stuart and his wife, Dee Dee, a member of the OU art museum’s Board of Visitors, will greatly expand a renovation project for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and further enhance the museum’s ability to attract gifts of major collections and national exhibitions. The $3 million gift from the Stu...

      Foundation releases financial report

      The financial statement for the period July 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008, presented at the February meeting the University of Oklahoma Foundation Trustees cited total assets of $802,836,922 and a total endowment of $611,349,844. The quarterly report detailed total revenues of $(86,110,562), which includes gifts of cash and property of $56,231,...

      Inasmuch gifts support technology, give at-risk youth brighter future

      Oklahoma City’s Inasmuch Foundation has offered its support to two University of Oklahoma projects that benefit the next generation in very different ways.

      A $500,000 grant will fund the new Inasmuch Foundation Multimedia Study Rooms in the Donald E. Pray Law Library at OU’s College of Law. The gift will provide for four multimedia study r...

      Charles Stephenson joins Foundation board

      Charles C. Stephenson, Jr. of Tulsa was welcomed to the University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees in January. Stephenson, the former chairman of the board, president and CEO of Vintage Petroleum, has given both his time and financial support to the University over the years, most notably the transformational gifts to the OU Research Campu...

      Foundation's first director of investments expresses confidence in University's future

      When Ben Stewart joined the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. as its first director of investments, he faced the dual challenge of revising investment policy for a nearly $1 billion endowment just as the National Bureau of Economic Research announced that the world’s largest free market system was facing a major recession. Drawing on his nine-...

      Gift of cars makes big impact on mental health program

      For the homeless and mentally ill of Tulsa County, hope makes weekly house calls, delivered on four wheels by a team of mental health professionals who find their patients where they live—in homeless shelters, supported housing or even under bridges. The IMPACT (Integrated Multidisciplinary Program of Assertive Community Treatment) team at OU-Tulsa...

      Golfer's book hits hole-in-one for cancer patients

      A little book has become a big morale booster to cancer patients around the nation, while raising funds for research at the Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City.



      “How to Beat Cancer and Play Better Golf,” written by Randy Royse...

      W.T. "Tom" Milam Sr. Endowed Fellowship in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

      Planes were a great love of Tom Milam’s life – a bug he may have caught from his great-uncle, Will Rogers – and one that lasted from his earliest memories to the day he died. So when the time came for daughter Astrea Fatica and her husband, Al, to choose a way to honor Tom’s memory, that choice was simple.

      The Faticas have established the...

      Career takes alumnus from pipe welding to peanut butter

      In the fall of 1956, Cecil Barnett Jr. came to the University of Oklahoma from Oklahoma City’s N.W. Classen High School with a football scholarship and a plan to pursue a degree in engineering. On the third day of practice he suffered an injury that could have put an end to his education along with his football career, but Barnett was allowed to ke...

      The Harley Brown Endowed Scholarship

      For 36 years Professor Harley Brown took his students out of the classroom and into nature. Now, an endowed scholarship established by Brown’s daughter and son-in-law will help students experience the world with that same sense of wonder at the OU Biological Station.

      Gary and Mary Catron of Oklahoma City have made a $62,700 gift for the Ha...

      Chem E alumnus takes challenge to heart provides education opportunities to next generation

      A challenge from a former engineering dean two decades ago has built a legacy between OU alumnus Richard Askew and the many students he has helped during those years.

      Askew, BS chemical engineering ’47 and MS chemical engineering ’48, was a top executive at Phillips Petroleum Co. in the mid-1980s when then-engineering Dean Martin Jischke c...

      The V C and Doris Bratton Enrichment Fund

      Those who knew Doris F. Bratton well knew she was not one to mince words.

      She once told a group of University of Oklahoma Foundation trustees, “I have provided for the Foundation in my estate plans, and I think you should, too.” 

      When Bratton died in July 2008, she made good on her promise, leaving $1 million to the V C and Doris...

      Lottinville Prize winners named

      Ten outstanding University of Oklahoma sophomores have been named recipients of the prestigious Rita H. Lottinville Prize. The students were honored during a November luncheon hosted by the University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees. Foundation President Guy L. Patton and OU Provost and Senior Vice President Nancy Mergler presented the awa...