Publications for 2010

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      Endowed positions receive matching funds from legislature

      The University of Oklahoma will receive $47 million from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, fulfilling a 1988 promise from the state legislature to match private gifts to endowed faculty positions. The amount represents more than a third of the state legislature’s obligation to match $163.8 million currently eligible in private gifts...

      Charles Jones

      For Charles Jones, planned giving was the result of planned saving—and heeding some pretty good advice. Jones, a 1969 graduate in industrial engineering recently established a $4.5 million planned gift to the University of Oklahoma.

      Jones was a junior at OU when Robert Shapiro, former director of the School of Industrial Engineering, calle...

      From Middle East to mid-America

      A $1 million gift from a Norman family that honors both its roots in Iran and its love of America will grow the University’s understanding of a crucial region in the Middle East.

      The Farzaneh Family Chair in Iranian Studies was announced at a recent OU Board of Regents meeting, which was attended by many members of the Jalal and Mohammad F...

      ConocoPhillips contributes $2.5 million to various OU programs

      The University of Oklahoma has received a $2.5 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, the SPIRIT Scholars program, and a variety of diversity programs and student organizations.

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      Jana Moring named Director of Donor Relations

      The University of Oklahoma Foundation welcomed Jana Moring to the staff in June as director of donor relations. No stranger to the University family, Moring has worked for OU as the development officer in charge of major gifts for the Michael F. Price College of Business, and as a writing and research specialist for the central Office of Developmen...

      Californian’s $5 million gift encourages support for OU’s Heart Rhythm Institute

      A $5 million commitment designed to stimulate other gifts to the University of Oklahoma’s lifesaving cardiac arrhythmia center is the latest important contribution by a California entrepreneur who has never lived in Oklahoma or attended OU.

      In 1982, the only thing life-long California resident Wilton “Will” Webster knew about Oklahoma was...

      Students can check out more than books with McCasland Foundation laptop program

      The McCasland Foundation of Duncan has transformed the way OU students use Bizzell Memorial Library, thanks to an eight-year, $80,000 commitment to provide laptop computers.

      OU students can use their I.D.s to check out laptop computers for three hours while in the library. Bizzell is totally wireless, which allows the students to take the...

      Tuition times five

      Having just one child in college can be a financial challenge for parents. 

      Now, think about having five enrolled at the same time.

      That is the situation Marli and Danny Bober of Katy, Texas face. Five of their six children – Kacy, Makenna and triplets Callie, Corrie and Colin – all attend the University of Oklahoma. Fortunately f...

      Baseball program gains pitching scholarship

      Though he was long gone from his years on the OU Sooners baseball team, Dan Burrell never forgot how much he loved being on the pitcher’s mound. He made sure that love would outlive him by establishing the single largest scholarship donation to any OU athletic team.

      The $850,000 Dan Burrell Baseball Pitcher Scholarship is a bequest that Bu...

      Singing Sullivans honor patriarch with scholarship

      In a family as talented as his, the patriarch of Norman’s well-known Sullivan Family Singers never took center stage. But Jim Sullivan’s family and friends are making sure that his love of people and learning will be in the spotlight for future generations of OU students.

      Jim, who died last September at the age of 79, was the proud husband...

      Lee Estate gift continues couple’s tradition

      An estate gift from the widow of an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy will provide scholarship support for pharmacy students now and in the future. The $196,787 gift from the testamentary trust of Ruth Lowry Lee was made in memory of her husband, John William Lee, a member of the class of 1930.

      “We are deeply apprec...

      In Memory

      Prudence “Pru” Little died May 22 at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She was 67. A longtime University of Oklahoma supporter, Little joined the University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees in 1992. During her three years as chairperson, Little provided skill ful leadership in reorganizing and reforming the Foundation.
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      Family of Haskell and Irene Lemon continues to build for the future with historic $3 million gift to OU Construction Science Program

      An Oklahoma City couple who believed in “education for everyone” will now have their names linked with the largest gift of scholarships and program support in the history of the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture. The family of Haskell and Irene Lemon contributed $3 million to the OU Foundation to fund endowments in OU’s award-winning D...

      Apache Corporation provides new tools in energy research

      Apache Corporation of Houston is investing $1 million in an effort to put OU petroleum engineering students and researchers at the forefront of a new path in oil and gas exploration.

      Apache – which has operations in the United States, Canada, Egypt, the North Sea, Australia and Argentina – made the gift to OU’s Mewbourne School of Petroleu...

      Noble tradition of giving continues with next generation

      The late Mary Jane Noble was never afraid to speak up for what she believed was right or important. So when she decided that $500,000 should be given to the natural history museum which bears her husband’s name, two of her grandchildren took those orders to heart and delivered the gift posthumously in her honor.

      The donation, made recently...

      Gift of simulator brings offshore drilling to OU campus

      Everyone knows that pilots train on a flight simulator years before they actually take the controls of a plane. Now, OU students interested in oil and gas exploration will learn firsthand what it is like to take the controls of a massive offshore drilling rig even before they enter the profession.

      National Oilwell Varco, an international o...

      Howell Scholars see added value to leadership program

      A recent gift to the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business will increase learning opportunities for students in the JCPenney Leadership Center. The $50,000 gift from W.R. Howell, the former chair and CEO of JCPenney, has established the the W.R. Howell Scholars Program, which will help the center with the cost of workshops, trips to corp...

      The Man Behind the Gift - A Legacy of Leadership

      Although Will Rogers never met W.R. Howell, chances are he would have liked him, even without that all-inclusive axiom for which he is famous. Born a generation apart, the native sons of Claremore shared the same small town values and wry observations of human nature that made them natural leaders in their respective fields: Rogers in entertainment...

      Rob Gilbert named new Foundation chair

      Robert R. Gilbert III, a trustee of the University of Oklahoma Foundation since 2004, was named board chair in January. He succeeds Michael Cawley, president and CEO of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, who had served as Foundation chair since 2006.

      Gilbert is a director of both F&M Bancorporation and The F & M Bank & Trust...

      Bonnie Kennedy joins board of OU Foundation

      University of Oklahoma alumna Bonnie Kennedy joined the Board of Trustees of the OU Foundation in January. The Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of Trident Capital will serve on the Foundation’s investment and audit and finance committees.

      Before joining Trident Capital in 1999, she was a principal at Ernst & Young in char...

      Foundation releases quarterly financial statement

      The financial statement for the period July 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009, cited total assets of $823,142,369 and a total endowment of $506,094,897. The quarterly report detailed total revenues of $109,357,449, which includes gifts of cash and property of $32,609,475.

      Investment income, including dividends, interest, royalties, realiz...

      Couple establishes professorships,scholarships in law and mathematics

      Tom and Nancy Hester have spent most of their lives together, from childhood to the University of Oklahoma and those years beyond while they built a family and careers. Now they have found a way to help their alma mater and students facing the same challenges they once embraced.

      The Hesters, who live in Naples, Fla., recently established...

      Love of music lives on through scholarship

      A gift from James K. “Jim” and Jerrie Anderson has created one of the largest scholarship endowments in the University of Oklahoma School of Music. The Norman couple established the scholarship in honor of Jim’s mother, Mildred Kerr Anderson. During her lifetime, Mrs. Anderson shared her love of music as an anonymous benefactress, providing piano l...

      The John Scamehorn Award Professor emeritus establishes musical theatre award

      Beginning this spring, a new award will spotlight the talent of students in the University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre. John Scamehorn, professor emeritus and George Lynn Cross Research Professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, established the endowment as a way to "give back and acknowledge...

      Couple creates endowment for study abroad scholarships in Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education

      With the University of Oklahoma placing a high priority on scholarships that support the Study Abroad experience, OU President David Boren has announced a gift from a Dallas couple that will establish $100,000 scholarship endowments for students in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education.

      Donald D. and Cathey Humphreys are creating two...

      Alumnus’ determination embodied in scholarship gift

      Bob Gilmore never let his disability get in the way of what he wanted to do. Now his friends are making sure that Gilmore’s death does not get in the way of ensuring his legacy lives on.

      Gilmore, who died at 61 in December 2008, amazed those who knew him with his determination and joy in living. The 1970 OU graduate in electrical engineeri...

      Chickasaw Nation makes major gift to OU Cancer Institute

      The Chickasaw Nation is making a major gift to the OU Cancer Institute to establish cancer support services for Oklahoma’s American Indians. The gift will establish the Oklahoma American Indian Cancer Support Program, which will provide designated services at the University of Oklahoma Cancer Institute for the state’s American Indian population and...

      Outstanding sophomores named Lottinville Scholars

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