Publications for 2013

  • Fall
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      Unique approach aimed at increasing number of engineering graduates

      The University of Oklahoma is one of three universities chosen by Dolese Bros. Co. to receive equal portions of a stock gift currently valued at more than $200 million. The gift to the OU Foundation will be used to enhance the education of students in the College of Engineering.

      In addition to OU, the foundations of Oklahoma State Universi...

      Students, community benefit from outreach programs

      University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren has announced that Tulsa foundations and corporations are providing more than $2.3 million in new grants and continued funding to OU-Tulsa programs to provide outstanding experiences for students and to enhance outreach to the community. Boren made the announcement in Tulsa at the regular meeting of t...

      Financials through fourth quarter released by Foundation

      The University of Oklahoma Foundation’s financial statements for Fiscal Year 2012/2013 cited total assets of $1,150,852,092 and a total endowment of $782,903,544.

      The annual report detailed total revenues of $245,855,245, which includes gifts of cash and property of $143,782,701. Investment income, consisting of dividends, interest, royalt...

      OU Foundation surpasses five-year investment goal

      The University of Oklahoma Foundation has surpassed a five-year investment performance goal, rising to the top quartile of 26 peer institutions reporting to the UFFO (University Foundation Financial Officers) network. In 2008, the Foundation began a strategic restructuring of the investment process to provide consistent above-median annual returns...

      Campus Campaign brings special pooch to OU-Tulsa

      With funding from this year’s Campus Campaign, the University of Oklahoma- Tulsa was able to recruit a very special student, one who is paws-itively thrilled to become a part of University life. Niko, a nine-week-old yellow Labrador retriever, took his place among fellow students during HSC’s Welcome Week earlier this semester.

      The pup’s n...

      Planned giving provides $8 million to University programs

      Proceeds from more than $8 million in planned gifts have been received by the University of Oklahoma Foundation in the first months of Fiscal Year 2014, which began July 1. The estate gifts will fund student scholarships, endowed faculty positions, enhance academic programs and advance health care.

      OU President David Boren made the announc...

      Longtime Oklahoma newspaperman makes gift to

      Tall and trim at 95, Ed Livermore is every bit the commanding presence he was half a century ago when he was hustling ads and barking at newsboys on his way to building a small, but vital, string of community newspapers in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.

      “He never wanted to be the most important man in town,” said Ben Blackstock, former exec...

      Endowed Professorship

      In the mid-1990s, Oklahoma newspapermen Charles E. Engleman and Ed Livermore established the Engleman-Livermore Professorship in Community Journalism at the University of Oklahoma Foundation. Both men, graduates of OU’s “J-school,” knew the importance of a newspaper to a small town.

      “A community newspaper is better at taking the pulse of a...

      Scholarships

      Dr. F. Daniel Duffy has devoted his career to education and the medical profession. So friends, colleagues and former students wanted to find something fitting as a gift to mark his return to teaching after serving as dean of the OU School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. The result was the Daniel Duffy Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded to...

      Scholarships

      An unlikely friendship between a bereaved couple and a university police chief has helped preserve the memory of a University of Oklahoma ballerina while helping other young dancers reach their dreams.

      Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester presented a check for $42,343.66 to University of Oklahoma Foundation President Guy Patton in September...

      Passion for theatre endures in drama scholarship

      Mike Turpen remembers his mother Marjory Turpen-Shahan as a woman who was always there to lend a helping hand. A staunch believer in equal opportunity, she passed those values down to her children.

      Turpen-Shahan was also an avid patron of the performing arts, especially musical theatre. When Turpen was a child, his mother frequently took h...

      The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Scholarship

      As a teenager, Angie Quintero moved by herself from Ogden, Utah, to Norman to create a better life. As a high school student, Quintero became involved with the Independent Living Services for Youth (now Bridges) program, an organization that assists students who live alone due to a family crisis.

      Through ILSY, Quintero had the opportunity...

      Bikers raise awareness, funds for

      Although it’s not unusual to see groups of students and doctors on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus, the group that assembled one summer morning behind the College of Allied Health might have garnered extra attention. Nearly a hundred motorcycle riders congregated in the college’s parking lot, revving their engines before he...

      Fine arts patrons encouraged to

      The University of Oklahoma’s Performing Arts Center is inviting patrons to take a seat in the soon-to-be upgraded Weitzenhoffer Theatre. In order to enhance patrons’ viewing experience, the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts is installing all new chairs to replace the ones that have served audiences faithfully for nearly 20 years.

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  • Summer
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      OU offers helping hand to tornado victims

      May 20, 2:56 to 3:35 p.m.



      Thirty-nine minutes was all the deadly tornado needed to pull the city of Moore, Oklahoma, from its hinges, scatter it with 210 mph winds and toss it back down in piles of debris unrecognizable by those who called it home. Ten miles to the south, the University of Oklahoma was unscathed, but not untouche...

      Always ahead of her time

      With her prim lace collar and sweet smile, Dr. Betty Lou Conrad could have been mistaken for someone’s grandmother, but anyone who underestimated the good doctor soon found nerves of steel beneath the silver curls. A 1944 graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, Conrad spent her life in the arena of public health, fighting communi...

      Chapman gift advances collaborative ovarian cancer research

      A $500,000 gift from the Mary K. Chapman Foundation of Tulsa will advance research at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center with the goal of finding new ways to diagnose and treat ovarian cancer, one of the deadliest cancers for women.



      The gift supports collaborative research between the Stephenson Cancer Center at the U...

      Legacy of ‘Dr. K’

      Never too busy for a student or colleague, Dr. Francis Kumar always kept his door at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center open. Described by friends and co-workers as a Renaissance man, “Dr. K” was as well-versed in philosophy and poetry as he was in his chosen field of anesthesiology. When he died unexpectedly from an embolism in 2012...

      Eric Melton

      Norman native and University of Oklahoma alumnus Eric Melton has joined OU as its first staff member dedicated solely to planned giving.



      Prior to his appointment as director of Planned Giving, Melton was a gift planning officer for five years for the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross, serving Oklahoma and New Mexico...

      Nursing Students

      No one knows the cost of a nursing education better than nursing students. Each year graduating seniors in the College of Nursing Student Association (CONSA) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center leave a parting gift to enhance the education of those who will come after. The bar was set high in 2012 when the group established the fir...

  • Spring
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      Delta Dental of Oklahoma

      The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry building, located on Stonewall Avenue in Oklahoma City, has been home to OU’s dentistry students, faculty and staff since 1976.  During that time, only minor renovations and technology upgrades have been made to the facility. Now, all that’s about to change.



      A $3.2 million lead gi...

      Campus Campaign

      “I believe” was Amy Davenport’s two-word reply when asked why she makes a gift each year to her workplace, the University of Oklahoma. Davenport, director of fitness and recreation at Huston Huffman Fitness Center, is the 2013 co-chair for the Campus Campaign, a fundraising effort by faculty and staff that supports scholarships and academic program...

      OU Foundation investment forum

      University of Oklahoma Foundation endowment donors who would like to learn more about its investment process or OU donors who are considering establishing an endowment at the OU Foundation are invited to an Investment Forum June 12 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of the Oklahoma Memorial Union on the OU Norman campus.
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      Foundation releases

      The financial statement of the University of Oklahoma Foundation as of the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 cited total assets of $1,181,906,974 and a total endowment of $779,099,831. The quarterly report detailed total revenues of $73,584,333, which includes gifts of cash and property of $25,321,356.



      Investment income, includi...

      The Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation

      Anyone who has driven past Asp and Timberdell on a fall evening has witnessed that “neither hail nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” can stop the University of Oklahoma marching band’s step-by-step pursuit of perfection. And while the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation cannot do much about Oklahoma’s weather, Rapp trustees have eradicated the “gloom-o...

      OU College of Medicine Evening of Excellence

      One night each year, doctors at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine trade in their lab coats and scrubs for black ties and gowns to raise funds for the college’s junior faculty. Since 1985, the Evening of Excellence, sponsored by the College of Medicine Alumni Association, has provided more than $2.5 million in seed grants for new resea...

      Gifts to Stephenson Cancer Center

      Private gifts and grants are providing significant funding to recruit medical specialists and cancer research scientists to the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center, according to University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren. The early funding success has put OU ahead of pace with a five-year plan to attract 31 cancer physicians and 20 rese...

      Will and Helen Webster

      The University of Oklahoma has received a major gift from Will and Helen Webster of California to endow scholarships and to provide key support for programs and projects in OU’s Honors and Education colleges. Their gift is especially unusual because Mr. and Mrs. Webster have never lived in Oklahoma nor attended OU but came to know about the Univer...

      Graduating senior establishes scholarship

      Two months before graduation, most college seniors are thinking about capstones, diplomas and starting salaries. Juan Galindo, a senior in petroleum engineering, was thinking about scholarships. Not getting one, endowing one.



      The Colombian native came to the United States five years ago after he was accepted to the University of...

      Parents’ life lessons

      Frank “Lynn” and Oleta Ray were the greatest teachers their children ever knew.



      The couple, who raised six kids on a modest income, provided daily lessons on the value of hard work, self-sufficiency and responsibility. There was one lesson they particularly stressed: the importance of earning a college degree. Lynn had a taste o...

      Mary Rule Murphy Endowed Scholarship

      Ret. Army Colonel Walter Murphy of Griffin, Georgia, had one thing in mind when he returned to the University of Oklahoma campus more than 50 years after his graduation. Although the Alumni Association had activities of every variety planned for the Reunion Weekend of October 2012, Murphy was drawn to Oklahoma Memorial Union, the site of his first...

      OU alumnus

      When Gerald Eason graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in accounting in 1947, he had no idea what he started. The first in his family to graduate from college, Eason would inspire three generations—his children and grandchildren, and soon great-grandchildren—in their pursuit of higher education, many of whom would earn OU diploma...

      University announces

      The University of Oklahoma has announced the 2013 recipients of the Presidential Professorships. Supported entirely by private gifts to the University, Presidential Professorships are designed to honor, reward and retain top faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching, research and mentoring. These highly selective awards are given for...

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      A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation gives $6 million

      The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine is the recipient of a $6 million grant from the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation to establish a medical simulation center.

      The simulation center will utilize the latest advances in medical simulation training and education to train students. Simulation is a training and feedback...

      Ted Collins receives Seed Sower Award

      When Ted Collins Jr. was a boy his father told him, “If you want to go into the oil business, you need to go to the University of Oklahoma.” It was high praise from a man who knew a thing or two about the industry. A former bookkeeper for a Texas hardware chain, the elder Collins began trading oil and gas leases during the Gusher Age of the 1920...

      Foundation releases

      The financial statement as of the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 cited total assets of $1,125,785,752 and a total endowment of $733,109,462. The quarterly report detailed total revenues of $114,301,791, which includes gifts of cash and property of $88,203,931.

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

      Why Not Just Index?

      Most university endowments generated very strong investment returns in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011, but the ensuing 12 months weren’t so kind. The majority of endowments have reported fiscal year 2012 results that range from modestly negative to small single-digit gains. The lackluster figures incited James B. Stewart to pen an artic...

      Save the date

      Sharen Jester Turney, CEO of Victoria’s Secret, will be the keynote speaker at the April 10 spring symposium of the University of Oklahoma Women’s Philanthropy Network. This year’s theme is “Giving with Style: Making a Statement through Philanthropy” and will include speakers, panel discussions, networking opportunities, a luncheon, fashion show an...

      OU Foundation welcomes

      The University of Oklahoma Foundation welcomed five new members to the Board of Trustees in January. They are Ron Bradshaw, Oklahoma City; Bill G. Lance, Jr., Sulphur; Scott Meacham and Pattye L. Moore, both of Edmond; and Harvie Roe of Tulsa. Retiring trustees are

      Rob Gilbert, Robert Reece, David Barnes, Mary Sherman and Barbara Braught...

      The Story of Freedom in America

      The lectures of the late University of Oklahoma professor Dr. Rufus Fears will continue to have an impact on OU students and scholars worldwide, thanks to the generosity of donors and the World Wide Web.

      Since 2009, the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage has helped OU students understand the basic tenets of the Constitution...

      Farzaneh family gift continues to strengthen Iranian studies

      A $1 million gift from the Farzaneh family has established a fund to endow two new faculty positions at the University of Oklahoma: the Farzaneh Family Professor for Iranian Studies in the College of International Studies and the Farzaneh Family Language Instructor for Persian Language in the College of Arts and Sciences. The endowed positions are...

      OU receives estate gift commitment

      The University of Oklahoma has received a $3.1 million gift from the estate of the late OU alumnus Crockett H. Page, M.D., to establish an endowed scholarship fund in the College of Medicine. The gift boosts OU’s $10 million College of Medicine Campaign to more than $7.1 million.

      “We are deeply grateful for the generosity of Dr. Page,” OU...

      Withrows establish scholarship

      University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced at the January Regents meeting that scholarship donors Jon and Cathryn Withrow have made a $240,000 gift to establish a new scholarship in the College of Allied Health, increasing the Norman couple’s total gifts to OU scholarships to almost $2 million.

      Their newest gift is designate...

      OU Receives $1 Million for Study Abroad Scholarships

      The University of Oklahoma Foundation has received a $1 million gift for study abroad scholarships from the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation of Tulsa. The gift is designated for scholarships for students participating in OU’s signature study abroad program in Arezzo, Italy, and brings OU’s overall Campaign for Scholarships to more than $214 million...

      Agnes Milam Murrah Scholarship

      The $10,000 check from Dr. Sharon Hartin Iorio, dean of education at Wichita State University, was not the largest end-of-year contribution that the University of Oklahoma Foundation received in December 2012, but it might have been the most important in keeping a small scholarship fund alive.

      Memorial funds are established with the best o...

      Outstanding Sophomores Named

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

      The finalist...