Publications for 2012

  • Spring
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      Galloglys inducted into Seed Sower Society

      A $1 million gift from a Houston couple will provide funding in perpetuity for the College of Engineering through the Jim and Janet Gallogly Enrichment Fund. In appreciation for their gift, the couple was inducted into the prestigious Seed Sower Society for OU donors who have contributed $1 million or more to the University.

      Gallogly, who...

      Estate gift boosts College of Medicine scholarship drive

      A $550,000 gift made in memory of a University of Oklahoma College of Medicine student whose life was cut short will help future generations of medical students reach their goals. The gift from the estate of Wanda Lou Beck has pushed the college’s Second Century Scholarship Campaign over the halfway mark toward its $10 million goal.

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      “Sooners Helping Sooners” already living up to its name

      Kelly Mitchell is the kind of guy who likes helping people. At six-foot-four, the Texas businessman still resembles the offensive tackle Barry Switzer recruited from Sallisaw High School in 1978. Now as CEO of Heart to Heart Hospice, Mitchell offers compassion and services to families of terminally ill patients. He says experiences both on and off...

      Professor continues unwavering support for OU students through planned giving

      If the success of a teacher can be measured by the success of her students, Luiese Lynch has enjoyed a very successful career.

      Lynch, who joined the OU Department of Physical Therapy in May 1959, retired in spring 1994 after 35 years. Known for having high expectations, she always was willing to help her students attain them, said Marti Fe...

      Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education

      If you can catch Gregg Garn at a standstill—and no promises there—the new dean of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education and director of OU’s K20 Center will enthusiastically share his vision for the college and the blueprint that will fulfill it.

      “We’re at a real crossroads in terms of education and what it will look like 10 years fr...

      Bellwether Society

      The Sandra O’Brien Bell Tower in front of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education does more than provide an iconic reminder of schoolhouses past; it also serves as the inspiration for the college’s future. A new giving program, dubbed the Bellwether Society, will provide scholarship support and important funding for a variety of purposes.

      Peterson, Bradford join in Headington Hall capital campaign

      Even in a Minnesota Vikings uniform, former Sooner star Adrian Peterson continues to set records at the University of Oklahoma. All Day’s $1 million gift to OU is the largest donation ever to the University from a former Sooner football player.

      Half of Peterson’s gift will go toward construction of Headington Hall, a new athletic housing...

      Krampf Family Scholarship honors loyal Sooner

      The Krampf Family Endowed Scholarship in the College of Earth and Energy not only will help students get an education, it will also serve as a lasting tribute to a loyal OU alumna from the men in her life. Patsy Krampf, who died in 2009 after a sudden and brief battle with cancer, was wife, mother and grandmother to three generations of OU students...

      Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation makes state impact

      Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation has put its strength behind a national project to increase substantive reporting on the radio airwaves. The foundation recently granted $74,000 to KGOU, OU’s National Public Radio member station, to fund State Impact Oklahoma.

      State Impact is a collaboration between NPR and member stations i...

      University Club

      The generous gift from a former director of union activities at Oklahoma Memorial Union is helping transform the University Club into a dynamic new restaurant and destination on the OU campus. University alumna Jan Marie Crawford of Denver made the gift to help renovate the popular restaurant, which will reopen in January 2013. In appreciation, the...

      Dance memorial fitting tribute to Miguel Terekhov

      A memorial scholarship in honor of Miguel Terekhov, dancer, choreographer and co-founder of the University of Oklahoma School of Dance, has been established at the OU Foundation. Terekhov died earlier this year at age 83.

      A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, Terekhov began dancing professionally at age 14 with Colonel de Basil’s Original Ball...

      Endowed faculty positions

      The Presidential Professorship Program is one of OU President David Boren’s cornerstone initiatives to recognize and reward top faculty members. Generous donors who endow these awards help ensure the University retains its top faculty and remains competitive with peer institutions. The professorships are funded with an endowed gift of $200,000, wh...

      25 years of OU support

      In May, the University of Oklahoma Foundation launched a new program to honor donors of 25 years or more for their steadfast support to the University. Members of the Quarter Century Club will receive a personalized letter from OU President David Boren, an individualized report with accumulative total giving history and a commemorative OU pin, refl...

  • Fall
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      Oxley Foundation makes $30 million commitment

      A $30 million commitment from The Oxley Foundation of Tulsa will help create a joint four-year community medical education program between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa to address Oklahoma’s low health status, low health systems performance and physician shortage.

      The Oxley Foundation will provide a $15 million gra...

      Scholars Walk Project

      Inasmuch Foundation of Oklahoma City is contributing a $500,000 lead gift to support the Scholars Walk, a new pedestrian walkway that will honor outstanding academic achievement. The walkway will be located on the east side of the University of Oklahoma’s Van Vleet (south) Oval.

      OU President David L. Boren said the Scholars Walk gift will...

      First Fidelity Bank

      Support from a family-owned, Oklahoma-based bank is teaching University of Oklahoma students two important life lessons: how to make money and how to give it away. First Fidelity Bank has been a longtime supporter of the Integrated Business Core program in the Price College of Business. The hands-on learning opportunity helps budding entrepreneurs...

      Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma

      The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma has established a $250,000 endowment at the University of Oklahoma Foundation to provide leadership training in perpetuity for students at OU’s annual Leader Summit. In appreciation, the summit will be known as the OU Leader Summit, Presented by the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma. The annual training event...

      $2 million legacy

      Carl Thomas Bush was fascinated by the mysteries of science and discovering the “how” and “why” behind them. When Bush died last year, he left behind a parting gift that will help researchers solve mysteries into the next millennium.

      The $2 million bequest will fund the Carl T. Bush Professorship in Theoretical Physics, five lectureships...

      Women’s Athletics

      Peggi Welker is not one to march to a drummer, unless that drummer is playing the OU fight song. Born in Stillwater and raised in Pawnee, she was always the lone Sooner fan in her family. Even 30 years in Texas could not erode her loyalty to the University of Oklahoma and the teams she held dear. Now, three of those teams will feel the lasting imp...

      Endowed Professorships

      University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren has announced that OU has received a $600,000 gift commitment from the Rainbolt family of Oklahoma City to endow scholarships and a Presidential Professorship in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education.  The announcement was made at the September meeting of the OU Board of Regents.

      The por...

      Scholarships

      When friends learned that OU alumnus Bill Roe had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, they wanted him to know right away how much he meant to them and, at the same time, do something that would honor his memory far into the future.

      With those tandem goals in mind, the William D. Roe President’s Leadership Class Scholarship was establish...

      Law endowment focused on energy

      The families of Aubrey M. Kerr Sr., the late Oklahoma lawyer, businessman and politician, have established a scholarship endowment in his honor at the University of Oklahoma Foundation. The $500,000 gift is being made by the families of Aubrey K. McClendon, Kerr’s grandson and CEO of Chesapeake Energy, and Kerr’s son, Aubrey M. Kerr Jr. When fully...

      Fijis challenged to support scholarship endowment

      Members of Phi Gamma Delta have a motto about their fraternity experience: “Not for college days alone.” The strength of that commitment is evident in Curtis Mewbourne, a 1958 OU petroleum engineering graduate. The Texas oilman has given $500,000 to establish a new fund at the University of Oklahoma Foundation that will recognize academic perform...

      OU alumna rallies classmates

      When Jamie Belknap was a young girl, she already knew what she wanted to be when she grew up: a dentist. Now Belknap has her own practice, Norman Smile Center, and feels extremely grateful for the education she received, which not only gave her the opportunity to fulfill this dream, but also the chance to make a difference in the lives of her patie...

      Prize for Diabetes Research

      The Harold Hamm International Prize for Biomedical Research in Diabetes has been established by Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm. The $250,000 prize will be administered and awarded by the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center on the OU Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City. Hamm, founder, chairman and CEO of Continental Resources Inc., has become a nat...

  • Winter
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      Rooney gift opens doors to the world for OU students

      The first year for the University of Oklahoma College of International Studies has been a busy one—recruiting new faculty, working with the explosive growth of a signature international program in Arezzo, Italy, and expanding curricula to meet the needs of a rapidly growing student population. A $2 million gift from Tulsans L. Francis and Kathleen...

      Choctaw Nation gives $1 million to Stephenson Cancer Center

      The Choctaw Nation has donated $1 million to enhance care services for cancer patients and their families at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City. In recognition, the fifth floor of the center, which is located at the OU Health Sciences Center, has been named to honor the Choctaw Nation. The seminar room bears the name of...

      Gifts to education, business reflect success of OU couple

      Two $50,000 gifts, one to the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education and one to Price College of Business, reflect the education that Charles Turney and Sharen Jester Turney received at the University of Oklahoma. Charles is owner of LPL Financial and Sharen is president and CEO of Victoria’s Secret. Charles earned his degree in accounting and Sha...

      Foundation releases fourth Quarterly Financial Statement

      The financial statement for the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2011-2012 cited total assets of $995,292,544 and a total endowment of $675,107,197. The quarterly report detailed total revenues of $8,265,436, which includes gifts of cash and property of $50,177,004.

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

      At home in the world

      During her 28 years of Foreign Service, University of Oklahoma alumna Carolyn Allen broke so many glass ceilings she could have used a hardhat. As it turned out her unadorned head worked just fine, filled as it was with intelligence and plucky determination.



      “I had many mentors,” says Allen of her male-dominated career, “but no...

      Stephenson Cancer Center

      Donors wishing to help with cancer research can benefit from a state tax credit when they make a charitable contribution to the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center.

      For applicable gifts in 2012, the Oklahoma Biomedical Research Tax Credit reduces a taxpayer’s Oklahoma Income Tax liability and is offered in addition to state and fede...

      OU Alumni Club of Tulsa turns 50

      The OU Club of Tulsa recently marked 50 years of support for the University of Oklahoma with a celebration at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa. Over the past decade the Tulsa club has raised nearly $325,000 and has funded more than $165,000 in scholarships and tuition waivers for students from the local Tulsa community.

      “The OU Club of Tulsa...

      OU Foundation Board welcomes new Trustees

      The University of Oklahoma Foundation announced the appointments of three new trustees to the Foundation Board in January. They are Carlisle Mabrey, Tulsa, and Cliff Hudson and David Rainbolt, both of Oklahoma City.

      Mabrey is president and chief executive officer of Citizens Security Bank & Trust Company and Mabrey Bancorporation, a f...

      Felgar Society

      The James H. Felgar Society in the OU College of Engineering invests in students through gifts for experiential learning opportunities, laboratory renovations, and faculty and program support. More than $1.3 million has been donated by the society.

      At right, Bill Parker, a 1970 graduate in petroleum engineering, and his wife, Gayle, host...

      OU friends, family make Stuart Wing a reality

      When the Stuart Wing of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art opened to rave reviews in fall 2011, it was the result of the combined support and vision of numerous donors and friends. The new addition is named to honor a $3 million lead gift from the Stuart Family Foundation, made possible by the generosity of OU Regent Jon R. Stuart and his wife, Dee...

      Boren Fellowship helps law students help others

      Students in the University of Oklahoma College of Law are being given an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those in need through the David L. Boren and Molly Shi Boren Public Interest Fellowship.

      The Boren Fellowship was established through $100,000 and $70,000 gifts, respectively, from Whitten Burrage Law partners and OU al...

      Taylor family scholarships help students realize their dreams

      When Jericha McGill learned that she was the recipient of the Emery Taylor Endowed Scholarship at the University of Oklahoma, she could barely contain her excitement. McGill, who has always found ways to give back to the community (she was donating blood when she learned of receiving the scholarship), was now on the receiving end. The Muskogee nati...

      OU alumni continue tradition with scholarship support

      University of Oklahoma alumni who graduated with scholarship help themselves have two new opportunities to make a difference in the lives of current OU students.

      Launched in fall 2011, the two new scholarship campaigns are the broad-based “Every One Helps One,” Campaign, which asks individual OU alumni to make a scholarship gift that will...

      Rita H. Lottinville Scholars

      Five outstanding University of Oklahoma sophomores have been named recipients of the Rita H. Lottinville Prize. The students were honored at a luncheon February 2 hosted by the University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees. Foundation President Guy Patton and OU Provost Nancy Mergler presented the awards.

      The prize was established i...