Publications for 2011

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      Harold and Sue Ann Hamm gift launches five-year, $100 million campaign for Oklahoma diabetes center

      Harold and Sue Ann Hamm of Enid again have demonstrated their commitment to finding a cure for diabetes with a gift of $20 million to the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Added to their previous support, the Hamms have provided more than $30 million to help create an internationally top-ran...

      Elkouris make historic $6 million gift to fund law student scholarships

      University of Oklahoma Law Professor Emeritus Frank Elkouri and his wife, Edna Asper Elkouri, have made the largest one-time contribution in the history of the OU College of Law – an historic $6 million gift to support student scholarship programs in the college. Thirteen first-year law students will receive a total of $145,000 in Elkouri scholarsh...

      Estate Gift will keep Sooner’s love for OU in bloom

      Living deep in the heart of Texas could be a little intimidating for some Sooners, but not for Chris Brown. The Austin resident makes sure those around him know he takes his “crimson” like he does his coffee: with cream.

      “I live on the top floor of a 10-story high-rise in downtown Austin. I am about four blocks from the Capitol and three...

      Trustees named to OU Foundation Board

      The University of Oklahoma Foundation has announced the election of four OU alumni to its governing board. The new trustees are William G. Kerr, David M. Moffett, Laura J. Ratliff and Robert J. Ross. Retiring from the board after years of dedicated service are Carl Anderson, Ben Benedum, Polly Nichols and F.A. Sewell.

      Kerr is chairman of...

      Foundation releases Quarterly Financial Statement

      The financial statement for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2010-2011 cited total assets of $1,040,159,928 and a total endowment of $715,808,339. The quarterly report detailed total revenues of $257,982,251, which includes gifts of cash and property of $120,463,418.

      Investment income, including dividends, interest, royalties, realized gai...

      Couple’s bright spark still shines through scholarships

      Mike and Leslie Dicus were the kind of people who inspired others to be better. So when twin tragedies cut their lives short, family and friends responded in the only way that made any sense – by reaching out to help those in need.

      Mike, who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1993 with a degree in business administration, and hi...

      Young alumnus honors mentor by paving way for others

      Michael Albert knows what it is like to work your way through college. Now, the 2009 University of Oklahoma graduate wants to make sure the next student has it a little easier.

      Albert, who earned his degree in industrial engineering, went to work straight out of high school for an Oklahoma City company that installs industrial sprinkler sy...

      Recent graduate establishes scholarship in engineering

      Clare Hoang’s relationship with the University of Oklahoma did not end after earning her chemical engineering degree in 2007. A grateful recipient of scholarships herself, Hoang established the Hoang Family Engineering Scholarship at the University of Oklahoma Foundation, making her the youngest College of Engineering graduate ever to endow a schol...

      For Sam Noble Museum Whitten-Newman Foundation powers education, exhibits

      What started out as an adventure for Reggie Whitten and his family has evolved into an adventure in learning for schoolchildren across the state and the more than 170,000 people who annually visit the Sam Noble Museum.

      A decade ago, Whitten, his wife, Rachelle, and daughter, Hannah, were thrilled to participate in a paleontological dig led...

      Friends turn tables on development VP emeritus by establishing scholarship in his honor

      During his 51 years (and counting) of service to the University of Oklahoma, Paul Massad has successfully recruited countless students to the University, kept them connected as alumni, and encouraged them to give back in a myriad of ways. Now the tables have turned, with generations of alumni saying “thank you” to their mentor and friend by contri...

      Former students establish MBA scholarship for Mel Penn

      Behind many of the University of Oklahoma’s named scholarships are individuals and families who have made a difference in the lives of OU students.  Such is the case with the Mel Penn MBA Scholarship Fund, which was established with gifts from many of Penn’s former students who appreciated his commitment to their education.   As the Michael F. Pric...

      Social work scholarship will help single mothers earn master’s

      When Eloise Evans Mc Curtain died in a car accident in 1966, her son Mike and daughter-in-law Christina knew they wanted to establish a memorial to honor her achievements in social work. The couple knew the discipline well, both from Eloise and from completing their master’s degrees in social work at OU in 1965. But they had children to raise and...

      Ohio couple gives $2 million to create chair in anthropology/archaeology

      An Ohio couple, who are avocational archaeologists with a longtime interest in Oklahoma’s prehistory, have made some history themselves with the largest gift ever to the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.

      Arnold and Wanda Coldiron of Aurora, Ohio, are giving $2 million to OU to establish the first endowed faculty cha...

      Professor’s work lives on through scholarship

      Tim Ragan literally wrote the book on instructional design. A little more than a year after his death, he is being memorialized with a new scholarship for those who might take his work to the next level.

      The Dr. Tillman “Tim” Ragan Endowed Scholarship Fund was started by two of Ragan’s former doctoral students, Simon Hsu and Jing Jing Tu...

      Lottinville Scholars Foundation Names Outstanding Sophomores

      Five outstanding University of Oklahoma sophomores have been named recipients of the prestigious Rita H. Lottinville Prize. The finalists were selected from a pool of 361 OU sophomores, who maintained a 3.8 grade point average or better their freshman year while taking a minimum of 12 credit hours. The students were honored during a spring luncheon...

  • Fall
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      Headington gift launches new era of housing for OU student athletes

      Athletic housing has a storied history on the OU Norman campus—Bud House and Jeff House are among the happiest memories of many a former OU student athlete. Now, OU is moving into a new generation of memories with Headington Hall, a $75-million, athletic housing facility to open in the fall of 2013.

      Ground was broken September 2 for the n...

      School of Drama named for Peggy Dow Helmerich

      To students of the University of Oklahoma School of Drama, Peggy Dow Helmerich is a major star both on and off the screen. Mrs. Helmerich, known professionally as Peggy Dow, co-starred in several movies during her career—including “Harvey” with Jimmy Stewart. She and husband Walter H. Helmerich III of Tulsa recently made a landmark $2.5 million gi...

      FAA center director

      Lindy Ritz knows a little something about women and power.

      As the first female director of Oklahoma City’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, Ritz leads more than 7,000 employees and students at the centralized service and support facility for the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation.

      Ritz, a 1971...

      Friends and survivors rally to “Rein in Cancer”

      In 2007, Tracie Anderson strolled into Shorty’s Caboy Hattery in the Oklahoma City Stockyards to pick up an order. While she waited, she noticed a photo of a woman in a cowboy hat beside a donation jar labeled “Shirley Bowman Cancer Fund.”

      Anderson learned that the memorial was devoted to shop owner Shorty Koger’s sister, who had lost her...

      7-Eleven gives $1 million to pediatrics at OUHSC

      A $1 million gift from 7-Eleven Stores Oklahoma will make a significant difference in the lives of Oklahoma’s children by funding pediatric research, clinical care and education at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In honor of this gift, the fifth floor of the OU Children’s Physicians Building, which houses pediatric specialties s...

      Schusterman Library opens on OU-Tulsa campus

      The $8.5 million Schusterman Library on the OU-Tulsa campus opened its doors in September with 22,000-square feet boasting more than 65,000 books and bound journals for use by students, faculty and the Tulsa community. The new library was funded with grants from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foun...

      Founders provide lead gift for OU-Tulsa student center

      A lead gift of $500,000 from Founders of Doctors’ Hospital Inc. soon will give OU-Tulsa students a place of their own—the Founders Student Center.

      OU’s Schusterman campus was created from existing buildings after the 1999 purchase of BP Amoco facilities at 41st and Yale in Tulsa. Enrollment has grown so steadily that construction of a new...

      Srouji lectureship enriches medical education

      There is more to medicine than what happens in the laboratory or operating room. Dr. Elias Srouji understood this during his quarter century of teaching and practicing pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma’s Children’s Hospital. Now, his lessons will be passed on to a new generation of physicians through an endowed lectureship created in his h...

      OU Alumni Chapter presents first endowed scholarship

      LaMona Evans Groce was a mentor and university professor who never lost the desire to help students even after she retired from the University of Central Oklahoma. While failing health prevented her from personally carrying out her post-retirement plans, a gift from her estate allowed her husband and friends to do it for her. After her death in 20...

      PLC honors Anona Adair with endowed scholarship

      Any student who came under the watchful eye of Anona Adair during her tenure at the University of Oklahoma knew she was a force to be reckoned with. Whether that force was benevolent or rehabilitative was entirely up to the student. As both vice president for Student Affairs and President’s Leadership Class adviser, Adair interacted with thousands...

      Walkingsticks give gift of education to OU business students

      Ben Walkingstick had the chance to graduate from the University of Oklahoma without any debt. Now he wants to make sure that other students have the same opportunity.

      Walkingstick, who earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from OU, and his wife, Bonnie, have established the $250,000 Ben and Bonnie Walkingstick Endowed Sc...

      Endowed Drum Major Scholarship a first for The Pride

      Once OU fan Kent Anderson got a taste of directing The Pride of Oklahoma marching band, his family discovered another meaning of “leading the way.” The Andersons directed their enthusiasm into the D. Kent Anderson Drum Major Award–the first endowed position to benefit the University of Oklahoma marching band.

      Anderson, a 30-year veteran o...

      ENDOWED POSITIONS

      Since 1946 anyone coming down with an ailment in Enid, Oklahoma, probably felt a lot better after a visit to Walter Scheffe. With his white lab coat and friendly smile, the Enid pharmacist did more than fill prescriptions an When Scheffe died earlier this year, the 1939 University of Oklahoma graduate remembered his alma mater with a $600,000 gift...

      Business leader gives back to college with endowed scholarship

      Steve and Kathy Swatek knew exactly what they wanted to do when they retired. Steve’s position as senior vice president of The Garvey Companies in Kansas City had been very good to them. Now, it was time to give back.

      The Swateks, who live in Platte City, Missouri, already had established trusts, a planned gift to benefit the University...

  • Winter
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      Stephensons make historic $12 million gift to cancer programs

      University of Oklahoma supporters Peggy and Charles Stephenson of Tulsa have given the largest one-time gift in the history of the OU Health Sciences Center—a historic $12 million donation to benefit cancer programs for all Oklahomans.

      Their gift will provide $5.5 million to complete construction of the seven-story cancer facility located...

      OU alumnus Wick Cary leaves $11 million to alma mater

      Oklahoma native Logan Wickcliffe “Wick” Cary Jr. spent most of his life in New Orleans, but he never forgot the education he received at the University of Oklahoma. The estate gift from the 1954 alumnus will provide $11 million in funding for a variety of OU programs.

      “Throughout his life, which included a successful career in the oil and...

      Legacy continues with Walter Neustadt’s parting gift

      The thoughtful mind and penchant for planning that made Walter Neustadt Jr. a successful businessman have helped ensure the future of his family’s dedication to the literary arts. The past president of Westheimer-Neustadt Corporation in Ardmore and senior partner of Neustadt Land and Development Company, Neustadt was a steadfast supporter of the Un...

      For the Love of Art

      Don Walp was many things during his lifetime. Soldier, artist, author, landscape architect. But perhaps the title for which he is best known is friend. When Walp died in Dallas in April 2010, he left behind a legion of friends he had collected like precious works of art during his 100 years. One to which he was especially loyal was the Fred Jones J...

      Stuart gift will help establish master of law program

      The Stuart Family Foundation of Tulsa has provided a $1.5 million gift to the University of Oklahoma to assist in establishing a Masters of Law (LL.M) Program in the College of Law. The gift was made in honor of Tulsa attorney John B. Turner, a trustee of the Stuart Family Foundation and longtime business partner of OU Regent Jon R. Stuart.  In rec...

      Alumnus commits $1million to energy management in honor of OU mentor and teacher

      University of Oklahoma alumnus Rod Roberts returned to his alma mater in the fall, where he renewed ties with his mentor, V. Ross Brown, and then surprised his former teacher by making a $1 million commitment to OU in Brown’s honor.

      Roberts’ gift to OU’s tradition-rich Energy Management program (formerly called Petroleum Land Management) w...

      Schools, communities rally to raise money for cancer centers

      Oklahoma’s public school students have emerged as cancer warriors this year, putting their creativity and energy to work raising more than $600,000 for research and education.

      Both the Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the newly renamed Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center (see story on page 1) launched...

      Ronnie Irani

      Ronnie Irani knows what it is like to be a stranger in a strange land. In 1977, the 20-year-old native of India boarded a plane for the first time to join his brother at the University of Oklahoma. Although already a graduate of Bombay University, everything at OU was new to him. Luckily, he said, he had his older brother to show him the ropes.

      Foundation friend invested for future

      Ima Faythe Berglund had a nearly inexhaustible thirst for education. She graduated from Perry High School in 1933, a full year ahead of her peers, and entered the University Preparatory School and Junior College in Tonkawa, where she was graduated with honors. But she did not stop there.

      Berglund attended the University of Oklahoma, earn...

      Friends and alumni unite to support Price College

      OU’s Michael F. Price College of Business is celebrating moving forward by recognizing its roots.

      For the first time, Price College has established a donor society among alumni and supporters. The Arthur B. Adams Society was launched a year ago, and its founding members were inducted during a November banquet. Both new donors and those w...

      Professorship to assist pulmonary education

      A new professorship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center will ensure that future pulmonary specialists at the OU College of Medicine receive the best training possible.

      The Barry A. Gray, M.D., Professorship of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine was designed to support the training of pulmonologists by providing financia...

      College of Medicine Launches Second Century Scholarship Campaign

      In celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2011 and in support of future generations of physicians, the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine has launched the Second Century Campaign. The goal is at least $5 million for annual and endowed medical scholarships.

      “Scholarships are our Number 1 priority,” said M. Dewayne Andrews, M.D., ex...

      Bartlett Foundation honored with Seed Sower award

      In 2005, when the University of Oklahoma announced its largest scholarship campaign, the Edward E. and Helen Turner Bartlett Foundation of Sapulpa had steadily been contributing to OU scholarships for 40 years. In honor of its exceptional support, the Bartlett Foundation was recognized by OU with the naming, appropriately enough, of a student stud...

      Three decades (and counting) of OU students benefit from Miley scholarships

      Mary Clarke Miley believes in artistic talent – so much so that she has made it her business to help future artists get their education.

      Miley, 95, is a native of Oklahoma City and a graduate of Classen High School. She met her late husband, William Halliburton Miley, when her date asked her if he could bring along his friend, Bill, who n...

      Osher Institute rewards OU program with $1 million endowment

      If life gets better after 50, a new endowment at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oklahoma is the icing on the cake.

      The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI, is a division of OU Outreach that offers non-credit courses and programs for adults age 50 and above. OLLI at OU was established in 2006. The instit...