Publications for 2015

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      Headington and Dunham gifts make vision of OU residential colleges a reality

      OU’s first residential colleges are ris­ing against the university landscape, due to the continued generosity of university supporters Tim Headington and Archie and Linda Dunham.

      Both provided leadership gifts for two inaugural residential col­leges, located on the south side of Lindsey Street across from Okla­homa Memorial Stadium. The f...

      Donahue, Jackson and Joseph join OU Foundation Board of Trustees

      The OU Foundation Board of Trustees re­cently welcomed three new members and of­fered its gratitude to three retiring members who provided a combined 27 years of service.

      The board approved the appointment of Kay Taylor Donahue of Marble Falls, Texas; Oscar B. Jackson Jr. of Norman; and Michael Joseph of Oklahoma City. Leaving the board af...

      $3 million gift continues Chickasaw Nation’s support of Harold Hamm Diabetes Center

      The Chickasaw Nation has underlined its long commitment to OU’s Har­old Hamm Diabetes Cen­ter and the OU College of Pharmacy with a $3 million pledge that will advance re­search, enhance patient care and education, and develop assessment and counsel­ing skills for future medical professionals.

      “The Chickasaw Nation was among the first to...

      Retired Professor gives back to OU Students through Research Fellowship

      Kenneth M. Nicholas knows that hands-on, laboratory research ex­perience is a critical compo­nent of a well-rounded edu­cation, especially for students pursuing careers in the “hard” sciences. He also knows that too many students never get the opportunity to pursue re­search for various reasons.

      So, the semiretired professor emeritus of c...

      Price Family Foundation establishes endowed chair in entrepreneurship

      The Price Fam­ilyFoundation Inc. has contin­ued its groundbreaking support of OU business education with a $2 million gift to establish the Michael F. Price Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship.

      The fund will support a professional with a national reputation for entrepreneurship re­search excellence and superior teaching skills. OU’s Price C...

      Hudsons establish fellowships for OU College of Public Health

      A $1 million gift from Leslie and Clifford Hudson of Oklahoma City will help OU’s College of Public Health recruit top graduate students whose discoveries could positively impact the health of Oklahomans.

      The Hudson endowment will provide two annual fellowships and allow OU to attract and retain the finest doctoral candidates in the field...

      Life-changing study abroad experience inspires Dolman to establish scholarship

      One of the keys to being suc­cessful in business is know­ing the worth of what you’re selling. Some things, however, are invaluable – for example, the opportunity to travel to other countries and learn by experiencing cul­tures firsthand.

      That is something Steve Dolman hopes more students at the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of...

      $1 million pledge from Jordans boosts Education Debt Forgiveness program

      New teachers will have a stronger chance to shape the lives of Oklahoma schoolchildren through a $1 million commitment by Dan and Kimberlee Jordan of Tulsa.

      The Jordans have been longtime supporters of a wide range of OU programs, from the President’s Associates and Student Affairs to the Athletics Department. In 2014, they chose to direct...

      From a two-room house to opening the world for OU students

      A high school English teacher turned famed songwriter and the University of Okla­homa changed Bob Burke’s life. Now, the prolific author is re­paying his debts with $100,000 in scholar­ships to the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communi­cation.

      Burke and his wife, Chimene, recently es­tablished two $50,000 endowed scholarships at t...

      Unfinished degree becomes gift to Tuttle students

      Sharon Iorio remembers her father, Joseph Hartin, as a generous, thoughtful man with a passion for learning. Hartin was especially fascinated with history – he’d read “Plutarch’s Lives” multiple times and enjoyed biblical and classical history. Inter­acting with Hartin was a sure way to improve one’s vocabulary.

      In 1917, Hartin entered th...

      Evelyn Swan leaves $2.25 million legacy for ‘OU family’

      Evelyn Swan was passionate about many things, but perhaps none so much as the University of Oklahoma.

      “She felt the university had given her an opportunity and absolutely changed her life,” said Swan’s executor, Mary Johnson, who was a fellow OU 1964 alumnus and Kapp a Deltasorority member. “She felt like OU was her family.”

      Dur...

      OU Foundation honors five Lottinville Prize winners

      Five outstanding University of Okla­homa sophomores have been named recipients of the prestigious 2015 Rita H. Lottinville Prize. The students were honored during a December luncheon at which OU Foundation President Guy L. Pat­ton presented their awards.

      The five winners were selected from a pool of nearly 450 OU sophomores who maintained...

  • Fall
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      Inasmuch Foundation brings Collaborative Learning Center to OU Law

      Past and future will blend together to set a new standard for legal education through a $1.5 million gift to create the Inasmuch Foundation Collaborative Learning Center in the OU College of Law.

      Inasmuch Foundation’s gift will renovate 8,000 square feet of OU’s existing Donald E. Pray Law Library to provide four new multimedia rooms; mova...

      Winkler and Marcotte retire from OU Foundation

      The OU Foundation recently marked the retirement of staff members Ron Winkler and Michael Marcotte, whose combined 66 years of service were vital to the Foundation becoming one of the most successful charitable giving organiza­tions in public higher education.

      Winkler served as vice president and trea­surer of the Foundation. During his 37...

      Nursing celebrates new name

      EarlZiegler (center) is congratulated by President Boren, First Lady Molly Shi Boren and Lazelle Benefield (right), dean of the newly renamed Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing. Earl and his late wife supported the college for two decades and established programs, endowed scholarships and faculty positions. “To see the quality of the bright,...

      Crowdfunding partners patients with OU researchers to defeat POTS

      Answers to a mystery ailment that has altered millions of lives may finally be emerging through research at the OU Health Sciences Center.

      Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS, typically affects young women and causes a rapid heartbeat upon standing, shortness of breath and weakness. The condition was named in 1993, though...

      Zambia project helps architecture students experience joy of giving

      OU architecture students are makinga difference for Zambia’s most vulnerable children with the support of Dallas architect and alumnus Raymond Harris.

      This past summer, seven OU students and four faculty members traveled to Zambia to help youths served by Fami lyLegacy ministries, which has built 17 schools and 50 homes for children in the...

      Intel partners with OU on storm data project

      When nature turns nasty, an accurate weather forecast can be vital to saving lives and minimizing damage. Basic information like where a tornado or hurricane will strike is critical, but what if a forecast could give an even more detailed description – for example, advance prediction of streets in the path of a storm or the projected depth of flood...

      Crawley Petroleum invests in faculty and international studies

      A $500,000 gift from Crawley Petroleum Corp. of Oklahoma City will benefit students both in the College of International Studies and the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy.

      Half of the gift will establish the Crawley Petroleum Faculty Support Endowment at the OU Foundation and is eligible for the Mewbourne College Endowed Faculty Match...

      Brose Scholarship inspires next generation of advocates

      Michael Brose has dedicated hislife to helping those impacted by mental illness and homelessness. Now, a scholarship endowment established in his name at the OU Foundation will pass the torch to a new generation.

      The Michael W. Brose Endowed Scholarship Fund benefits students in OU’s Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and was esta...

      Reynolds Endowment comes from the heart

      Dr. Ernest W. Reynolds connected with students – so much so that every evening into his late 80s, the cardiologist chose to eat dinner in the University of Wisconsin cafeteria. “Two weeks into my first semester,

      he happened to be standing in front of me,” recalled attorney Grant Spellmeyer.

      “He was a very friendly guy and we start...

      Granddaughters’ dedication to teaching inspires Lytles

      A capstone gift of $250,000 to establish the Linda L. Lytle Education Endowed Scholarship Fund for the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education has ushered Ronn and Linda Lytle into OU’s Seed Sowers Society, which honors donors who have given $1 million or more

      to the university.

      The Lytles established the endowed scholarship fund...

      21st Century Co-op gives engineering students competitive edge

      A unique educational partnership between two OU schools and energy industry leader Baker Hughes Inc. is cultivating a new cohort of engineering professionals.

      Since 2013, Baker Hughes has invested more than $220,000 in the “21st Century Co-op” with OU’s School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Mewbourne School of Petroleum an...

      Uniform campaign boosts Pride

      Since 1904, the Pride of Oklahoma March­ing Band has been exactly that – a source of pride and inspiration for OU fans and athletes alike.

      Students in the band put in 40 hours of band camp each summer and up to eight hours of rehearsal per week to ensure that the perfor­mances they give sound the best. In June, the Pride of Oklahoma began...

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      OU College of Engineering celebrates new beginnings with historic gifts

      The biggest single-day gift announcement in OU history has ushered in a new era in engineering education.

      More than $30 million in funding will provide for the construction of a new building and establish the School of Biomedical Engineering, both made possible through gifts from the Stephenson Family Foundation and James and Janet Gallogl...

      OU Foundation welcomes new Chief Investment Officer

      Brad Johnson, a seasoned investor with 15 years of professional experience, will join the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. as its chief investment officer this summer.

      Johnson comes to the Foundation from Cambridge Associates, a 1,200-member investment consulting firm in Boston. There, he served for seven years as managing director,...

      Retirement gift benefits Price College faculty

      A retirement tribute honoring the service of OU alumnus Jack Burdett has become a lasting gift to students in the Price College of Business.

      Burdett recently ended a 33-year career with Miles Production Co. and The Miles Foundation of Fort Worth, Texas. At Burdett’s retirement party, colleagues surprised him by announcing the establishment...

      Investment Forum brings market experts to OU

      An annual report on the OU Foundation’s performance and discussions about the volatility of the oil industry and global capital markets provided an insider’s perspective to 130 guests attending the sixth annual OU Foundation Investment Forum.

      “Investing in a World of Uncertainty” included representatives from the Foundation’s investment c...

      Devon gifts help IC³ researchers solve mysteries locked in the earth

      A unique OU laboratory is striving to reveal the microscopic secrets of energy locked deep within the earth through the support of oil and gas industry leaders.

      The Integrated Core Characterization Center, or IC³, uses highly sophisticated equipment to recreate how rocks behave underground while being affected by temperature and pressure...

      ‘Quiet philanthropist’ and inventor leaves estate to OU

      William H. Barkow, an engineering alumnus whose groundbreaking achievements went largely unsung during his lifetime, has established an $11.5 million educational legacy for generations of OU students.

      Barkow, who died in 2014 at the age of 92, was a 1943 electrical engineering graduate and served in World War II before embarking upon his c...

      O’Shields share love of OU with engineering students

      Dick and Shirley O’Shields spent 63 years devoted to one another, their fam­ily and their alma mater. Now, they have turned that devotion into opportunities for students and faculty in the OU College of Engineering.

      Some $1.5 million in estate gifts will ben­efit four separate funds in the college. An en­dowment and a scholarship fund esta...

      Department of Physics and Astronomy receives $1 million research grant

      The phrase “quantum-enhanced plas­monic sensors” sounds like some­thing out of a “Star Trek” episode. But for Alberto Marino at the Uni­versity of Oklahoma’s Homer L. Dodge De­partment of Physics and Astronomy, that’s just part of everyday work.

      Marino, an assistant professor, has been conducting research in the field of quantum optics for...

      Sooner Heritage Scholarship brings White family full circle

      Whether teaching children in un­derprivileged elementary schools or using her experience as an OU education alumna to help her college, Betsy White has always wanted the same thing: for students to succeed.

      With that goal in mind, Betsy and her hus­band, Millar “Bud” White Jr., decided to cre­ate a scholarship to help OU students pursue th...

      A promise kept

      A love of education passed down through three generations will enrich the lives of University of Oklahoma students. In 1994, Bob G. Burns and Mary Sue Cowden Burns of Oklahoma City made plans to give their life savings to scholarship funds. Both had grown up in small Oklahoma com­munities with parents who stressed the im­portance of education. Bob...

      Reynold Foundation confronts critical nursing shortage for aging population

      The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is changing the face of aging in Oklahoma through continued support of a ground­breaking OU College of Nursing program. Since 2008, the foundation has commit­ted $4.98 million to the Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatrics Nursing Excellence. The center was established to tackle the reality that America’s populatio...

      Noted scientist helps OU students to ‘Pay it Forward’

      A leading molecular biologist with the Federal Drug Adminis­tration has made it his mission to help OU students escape from educational debt.

      Julian “Jules” O’Rear, who leads a team of virologists working in the FDA’s antiviral drugs division, became acquainted with OU through his twin brother, Edgar A. O’Rear III. Ed serves as the Francis...

      Tribal investment expands Native Crossroads Film Festival

      Oklahoma Indigenous tribes are stepping forward to en­sure that their voices are heard in independent film­making through OU’s Native Crossroads Film Festival.

      “Women’s Voices, Women’s Visions” was the theme for the third annual festival, which celebrated a landmark year with $15,000 in funding from the Chickasaw Nation. The Citizen Potawa...

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      Mewbourne issues $5 million challenge for faculty endowment

      Curtis Mewbourne, one of OU’s most dedicated and generous benefactors, is leading his fellow alumni in a drive to dramatically increase the number of faculty at the college that bears his name.

      The 1958 OU petroleum engineering graduate has pledged to match up to $5 million in private giving through the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energ...

      A lasting legacy for Oklahoma’s Dean of Political Reporting

      The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation has established a $250,000 endowment to honor Ralph Sewell, an Oklahoma legend in political reporting.

      The Ralph Sewell Fund in Political Reporting will provide scholarships to students in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition, the fund will allow students t...

      Helen Trippet’s dream of encouraging students becomes tomorrow's promise

      BerThaddaeus Bailey had failed his first test in philosophy and was overwhelmed by the rigor of an American federal government class. Though he had been a leader in high school, the freshman wondered if he had made a mistake in coming to OU. “I was really down and out,” he recalled. “I was so afraid I was not going to be able to make it.”

      ...

      Child abuse brought into the light by Schusterman Family Foundation

      Child abuse is a crime that too often lives in the shadows. But a devoted team of doctors from the OU School of Community Medicine in Tulsa has brought truth into the light for thousands of children through the generosity of the Schusterman Family Foundation.

      The foundation has given nearly $1 million to OU’s Child Abuse Pediatrics Program...

      Tulsa’s homeless teens find healing at OU

      Teens living on the street face a dark, alternate reality of danger, substance abuse, and hunger. But a $90,000 gift from the George Kaiser Family Foundation is bringing hope and health to more than 800 of Tulsa’s homeless youths.

      GKFF is a key supporter of the Health Services for Homeless Youth Program, operated by OU’s School of Communit...

      Curtain to rise on OU’s Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

      OU’s Rupel J. Jones Theatre will celebrate its 50th birthday with a new face and name through the support of longtime benefactors Dr. Susan E. Brackett and husband Gregg Wadley of Oklahoma City.

      The Gregg Wadley Foundation has made a lead gift toward the renovation of the theatre, which has not undergone any significant changes since its 1...

      OU architecture alum sets foundation for future builders

      As an architect, Christopher Gibbs knows that a building must have a solid foundation to stand tall for many years. As a donor to the University of Oklahoma, he has applied the same principle by designing and building an endowment that will stand the test of time for future OU architecture students.

      In 2011, the OU alumnus created the Chri...

      Married professors make book proceeds a gift to OU students

      Every semester, students flock to the OU bookstore to purchase textbooks, and, likely, to complain about the cost. But some books sales are actually putting money back into students’ pockets.

      Associate professor and author Dr. Marielle Hoefnagels decided to turn the royalties her books earn at OU into a scholarship for textbooks. Hoefnagel...

      Websters’ gift brings OU’s best together in Honors College

      More of OU’s leading professors will mold the university’s best and brightest students through a new endowment established by Helen and Will Webster of California.

      The OU Presidential Teaching Fellows program will provide annual stipends to professors who excel at teaching and mentoring students and allow them to instruct exclusively in OU...

      Dugan scholarship helps students break through the graduation finish line

      When the bright, motivated student worker came to her supervisor, OU Graduation Office Director Becky Heeney, and tearfully confessed that she could not afford to finish school, Heeney knew the student was just one example of a much larger problem.

      “Many students are zeroing in on the finish line and their financial resources run out,” sai...

      OU Investment Forum coming June 10

      “Investing in an Uncertain World” is the theme for the 2015 University of Oklahoma Investment Forum to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at the OU Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The event is sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Foundation.

      Donors and OU administrators who attend will receive updates on the Foundatio...

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      Delta Dental of Oklahoma makes historic gift to OU College of Dentistry

      Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation has made the largest single gift ever to the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry – a $3.2 million lead gift toward the renovation of the col­lege’s building.

      The gift is part of the $20 million Legacy Project capital campaign, the largest private fundraising effort in the college’s h...

      Humphreys give $1.5 million to Rainbolt College of Education, Study Abroad Scholarships

      A $1.5 million gift from Cathey and Don Humphreys of Dallas will establish an endowed chair for the dean’s position in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education and support scholarships for University of Oklahoma students participating in study abroad programs.

      “I am deeply appreciative of the Humphreys’ ex­ceptional generosity, which wi...

      Two major gifts benefit Harold Hamm Diabetes Center

      The University of Oklahoma’s Harold Hamm Diabetes Center recently received two major gifts in its continuing fight to eradicate diabetes.

      The Meinders Foundation of Oklahoma City has pledged $1 million to support research seed grants and enrichment awards. The Meinders Foun­dation Research Enrichment Endowed Fund will provide seed awards...

      OU Foundation Board of Trustees Names New Members

      Two University of Oklahoma alumni are bringing a wealth of professional and personal experience to their new roles on the OU Foundation Board of Trustees. Dr. Ann Cosgrove of Ardmore and Dr. Floyd Simon Jr. of Clinton were appointed to the board in January.

      Cosgrove, who graduated from OU in 1969 with a BS in botany, went on to earn a mas...

      OU Foundation Trustee Bill Paul Retires

      Foundation trustees, from left, Mike Samis, Bill Lance and Don Smitherman, along with Homer Paul, Bill Paul’s brother, give “snaps” in honor of retiring Foundation trustee, Bill Paul, above. Paul, a successful lawyer and philanthropist from Pauls Valley, the Oklahoma town that bears his family name, served the board for 11 years.

      Known for...

      Helmerich Gift transforms library space into collaborative learning center

      Many students’ first reaction to entering the new Helm­erich Collaborative Learning

      Center in Bizzell Memorial Library is to stare wide-eyed, leave and return immediately with friends to show off their discovery. The 18,000-square-foot renovation of the Neustadt Wing offers students more than a quiet place to study—it has moved learning in...

      Leading in Leadership Education

      A $250,000 gift will place the University of Oklahoma Col­lege of Pharmacy at the heart of leadership for the education of future pharmacists in the Unit­ed States. The five-year gift from CVS Care­mark will fund development of a pharmacy leadership institute at the college.

      “We are very excited to lead a national ef­fort in leadership ed...

      Scholarship Established to honor Director Emeritus of OU School of Art and Art History

      When Mary Jo Watson, director emeritus and professor in the University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History, was in­ducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society Hall of Fame in 2014, friends and supporters wanted a way to celebrate this important accomplishment along with Watson’s ongoing service and contributions to OU. In her h...

      Scholarships at OU Health Sciences Center increase due to Generous Donors

      The College of Medicine’s five-year Sec­ond Century Scholarship Campaign topped its $10 million goal in just over three years, doubling the total scholarship en­dowment.

      The scholarships awarded to medical students have increased seven-fold since

      2005. The College of Nursing received more than $270,000 in scholarship funding in...

      Daughters create lasting tribute to mom through endowed scholarship gift

      Jane Holland Browning frequent­ly chose to remember her family members with gifts to the Uni­versity of Oklahoma, so when she passed away in 2009, her three daughters knew exactly how they wanted to honor her memory.

      Kathryn Cook, Averille Dawson and Fallon Vaughn established the Jane Holland Browning Education Endowed Scholarship Fund to...

      Graduate gives award money to engineering

      After graduating from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa with a master’s in electrical

      engineering, Sina Asadal­lahi immediately went to work for a Texas oil and gas company. His knowledge and ability quickly made him an exemplary em­ployee.

      Last year Asadallahi was presented an award for his performance and for exceeding project g...

      Verizon Gift Helps OU Fight Domestic Violence

      The University of Oklahoma has received a $10,000 grant from Verizon Corporation for the University’s domestic violence education and prevention pro­gram. The gift will support the One Sooner Program, which helps train students in how to ad­dress

      different forms of gender-based abuse.

      “While One Sooner is only in its second year,...

      Outstanding Sophomores Named OU Lottinville Scholars

      Five outstanding University of Oklahoma sophomores have been named recipients of the prestigious 2014 Rita H. Lottin­ville Prize. The students were honored during a December luncheon hosted by the University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees.

      Foundation President Guy L. Patton and OU Interim Senior Vice President and Pro­vost Kyle H...