Publications for 2018

  • Fall
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      Mulva Family Foundation pledges $20 million to OU ROTC

      Jim Mulva recognizes the importance that military service has played in his own life and in that of our nation. He and his wife, Miriam, are ensuring that others have the same opportunity to serve their country and earn a degree through a $20 million gift to the University of Oklahoma’s Reserve Officer Training Corps.

      The Mulva...

      Public health research, education focus of Hudsons' $5 million gift

      The future of public health in Oklahoma took a potential leap forward in September with the announcement of a $5 million commitment from Leslie Hudson and J. Clifford Hudson of Oklahoma City.

      The Hudsons’ gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundation will advance research and excellence in public health by attracting and supporting t...

      Wisdom Family Foundation's $2 million gift establishes Nancy Kay Hall Chair in Medical Education

      Dr. Peggy Wisdom sees a different way to teach medicine, one that brings students from a variety of healthcare professions together to reduce costs while improving patient outcomes, satisfaction and participation. Since 2013, she has invested the resources of the Wisdom Family Foundation to make that vision a reality.

      Now, the Wisdom Famil...

      Johnson gift leads OU Pharmacy 125th anniversary campaign

      Rebecca Johnson knows that the decision to attend the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy changed her life. So when she was asked to head the "College of Pharmacy 125th Anniversary Campaign," she stepped forward not only as its chairperson but also as its first major donor.

      Johnson and her husband, Warren, recently made a $500,000 g...

      Physician siblings team up to beat women's cancer

      Only two years apart, siblings Pat and Rose Gideon have shared almost every milestone of their lives, including becoming doctors treating women’s health. Now, they have joined forces against women’s cancers with a $100,000 gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundation.

      The Dr. Rose C. Gideon and Dr. William P. Gideon Cancer Res...

      Utz family gift broadens horizons, nurtures dreams through Inside-Out

      When University of Oklahoma seniors finish school, they walk away with a degree. When Abigail Utz graduated last May, she walked away with a cause.

      The sociology major knew she was on the right path, focusing on a social science that could feed her passion for helping others. Late in her college career, she recognized an opportunity to p...

      Estes Family Scholarship supports passion for teaching

      Phil Estes is a businessman. Profits, losses, finance and strategy have been the focus of his entire career, so it’s only natural for him to view decisions with an eye on the balance sheet.

      And that’s what he did when he started thinking about University of Oklahoma students who are preparing to be teachers.

      "There mu...

      Beloved New Mexico journalist leaves legacy for OU students

      Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen had turned away every inquiring reporter during his religious retreat in Gallup, N.M. So John McBreen tracked down the famed Catholic evangelist at a local restaurant, slid into the seat across from him and plopped a radio microphone onto the table. McBreen got his interview.

      The man known as "Gallup’s Repo...

      OU's second Giving Day doubles results

      Despite its youth, University of Oklahoma Giving Day is showing a lot of promise.

      The 24-hour crowdfunding event more than doubled results in only its second year, attracting 2,279 gifts for a total of $479,449. By comparison, OU Giving Day raised nearly $180,000 in 2017.

      Donors were offered the choice of contributing to 500 diffe...

  • Summer
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      Brock gift provides executive in residence to OU's Jerry Holmes Leadership Program

      A $1 million gift from retired Tulsa oil executive John Brock will make it possible for University of Oklahoma students to continue gaining skills from professionals with extraordinary life experiences through the Jerry Holmes Leadership Program for Engineers and Scientists.

      The John A. Brock Executive in Residence in Engineering Lead...

      Irani establishes Energy Solutions Center with support of OERB members

      Longtime University of Oklahoma supporter and alumnus Ronnie K. Irani has invested his time, energy and resources to launch the Ronnie K. Irani Center for Energy Solutions in the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy.

      Coming just 18 months after Irani’s leadership gift to endow the Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth in...

      Waller endowment brings joy of OU fine arts to Norman Public Schools students

      When future Norman Public Schools graduates choose a career in the arts, buy season tickets to their local theater or even recall what an aria sounds like, they may have John and Lou Waller to thank.

      The Wallers recently endowed a fund at the University of Oklahoma Foundation to establish the Waller Series for Fine Arts Outreach, a joint p...

      OU Investment Forum provides glimpse into world of private equity

      A market and economic overview and a presentation on capital markets were the focus of June’s University of Oklahoma Foundation Investment Forum.

      The educational event is sponsored by the OU Foundation and serves as a behind-the-scenes view of the investment world and an annual report to university supporters. An update on the F...

      Jernigans' OU experience as married, working students inspires scholarship

      David and Maggie Jernigan remember what it was like to be a young married couple working nights at local restaurants and spending their days in college classrooms, with only a few hours of sleep in between.

      "We had a phenomenal time at OU, but it was a little bit of a different world," David Jernigan said lightly. "Everybody else was going...

      Ben Steen's family pays it forward with pharmacy scholarships

      Throughout his long career as a pharmacist, Ben Steen shared the generosity that was shown to him. Now his family is doing the same through a scholarship fund at the University of Oklahoma Foundation.

      The Ben D. Steen Endowed Scholarship in the OU College of Pharmacy was started by daughter Becky Steen of Oklahoma City as a tribute followi...

      A lifetime of community service is carried on through Woodward estate

      Though few know their names beyond the small town of Plattsburg, Mo., Jim and Alice Woodward’s legacy lives on in generations of nieces and nephews they treated as their own and in the communities and schools the couple served. It also lives through University of Oklahoma students whose educations were made possible by their forethought and g...

      Sooner Heritage Scholarships a matter of the heart for Woodalls

      When Marvin Woodall graduated from the University of Oklahoma, he had no idea that he’d help develop one of the most commonly used innovations in cardiovascular medicine, or that he and his wife, Dee Ann, would be among donors who make it possible for OU’s middle-income students to succeed.

      But Woodall did both as president of...

      Endowment honors Starling for making students part of the equation

      If great chemical engineers were as famous as basketball stars, retired University of Oklahoma George Lynn Cross Research Professor Ken Starling would probably share the same plane of notoriety as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Wilt Chamberlin.

      Young chemical engineering students around the world learn quickly to recognize Starling as a hea...

  • Spring
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      Turneys make $2 million pledge to Rainbolt College for future teachers

      A $2 million pledge by Sharen Jester Turney and her husband, Charles A. Turney, will encourage the best and brightest new teachers to choose Oklahoma classrooms.

      A portion of the Turneys’ gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundation benefits the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Debt-Free Teachers Program, which provides s...

      Kaiser Foundation gift expands reach of OU social simulation program

      The Herman and Kate Kaiser Foundation of Tulsa has given a $661,000 gift to continue the groundbreaking work of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa’s Social Simulation Program and Haruv USA.

      The gift to the OU Foundation will provide students and community members with expanded training simulations targeting child abuse and neglect, dom...

      Gifts of OU's McLaughlin Prize help establish ethics benchmark

      The foundations of ethical thought and behavior have long been laid at home, in churches and other social institutions. But, University of Oklahoma 1956 accounting alumnus Glen McLaughlin believes those times are fading and it’s more important than ever for universities to step in to help carry the load.

      McLaughlin has done his part...

      Fifi Pate paves the way for OU geriatric research

      A woman whose vibrant senior life inspired others has made a gift to support research at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine.

      The Charles and Fifi D. Pate Memorial Geriatric Medicine Research Endowed Fund was established with a $100,000 gift to the OU Foundation from the e...

      Ethics and Excellence gift brings new opportunities to students at Gaylord College

      This fall, a cadre of students from the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication will travel to Washington, D.C., for the chance-in-a-lifetime experience of covering the nation’s capital as student journalists.

      Residents for the semester, students will work from offices at the National Press Club, c...

      Sivalls' family legacy benefits new generation at Gallogly Hall

      Spanning four generations, C. Richard Sivalls’ family has witnessed the evolution of Oklahoma industries, from the earliest days of the oil boom to an engineering future that holds promise for changing lives.

      Today, the president and chief executive officer of international oilfield equipment company Sivalls Inc. of Odessa, Texas, ha...

      Residential colleges enrich campus life through Roberts Trust gift

      When Roger Plummer Roberts learned about an endowment program that would support the new University of Oklahoma Residential Colleges, he liked it immediately. But, more important, he knew his mother would have felt the same.

      After all, the endowment would help the recently opened Dunham and Headington colleges build on OU’s sense of...

      Rosenthal's impact endures with gift to Women's Leadership Initiative

      Nothing more could have been asked of retiring Professor Cindy Rosenthal after inspiring hundreds of women to enter politics, serving as longtime mayor of the City of Norman and completing a two-decade career of teaching and research at the University of Oklahoma.

      Yet Rosenthal, director and curator of the Carl Albert Congressional Resea...

      Weathernews sponsors radar research scholarships for OU graduate students at ARRC

      A longtime partnership between one of the world’s leading weather information companies and the University of Oklahoma’s recognized Advanced Radar Research Center has led to numerous innovations. Now, that partnership also will help produce the next generation of radar scientists.

      A $100,000 gift to the OU Foundation has e...

      Salute to Stoops

      Former OU Sooners football coach Bob Stoops addresses 1,200 former players, friends and family members at the April 13 "Salute to Stoops" tribute in Oklahoma City. On stage with Stoops are (from left) President David L. Boren, Stoops’ wife, Carol, and their children, Drake, Mackenzie and Isaac Stoops. Proceeds from the event raised $2.4 milli...

      Student-athlete study abroad scholarships honor memory of Close Up Foundation creator

      Stephen Janger enriched the futures of more than a half million people through his devotion to civic education. Now, his legacy is memorialized with a scholarship that will enrich the futures of University of Oklahoma student-athletes.

      The Stephen A. Janger Study Abroad Travel Scholarship endowment was established at the OU Foundation by N...

  • Winter
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      Love family $5 million gift accelerates impact of OU entrepreneurship programs

      A $5 million gift from the Tom and Judy Love Foundation will accelerate entrepreneurship activities, programs and facilities at the University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price College of Business, with the potential to impact the future of Oklahomans for decades to come.

      In recognition, the OU Board of Regents has named the Division of Entrepr...

      Chickasaw Nation gift leverages power of OU Native American resources

      The Chickasaw Nation has made a major gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundation to benefit the OU Native Nations Center, a hub for study, engagement and research that connects students and tribal communities with the university’s exceptional resources.

      The OU Native Nations Center was officially established in 2015 and centralize...

      Masterson and Schonwald families establish fellowships in Western History Collections

      Two new endowed fellowships recently established at the University of Oklahoma Foundation will enhance the national and international reputation of OU’s Western History Collections.

      The collections, which specialize in documenting the history of the Trans-Mississippi West and Native American cultures, contain rare books, manuscripts,...

      OU Foundation Board of Trustees welcomes new members

      The University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees recently welcomed new members Alan Armstrong and Bo Sofola, M.D.

      The OU Foundation Board of Trustees is composed of professionals from such fields as finance, law, business, philanthropy and medicine. Members are not compensated and oversee total Foundation assets of $1.9 billion for...

      OU College of Architecture receives naming gift from Christopher Gibbs

      The University of Oklahoma College of Architecture has received the largest gift in its history with a multi-million-dollar pledge from Newport, Calif., builder and developer Christopher C. Gibbs.

      Gibbs’ pledge to the OU Foundation will establish an endowment to support and enhance College of Architecture programs and operations in t...

      Alliance Project brings disciplines together to save lives from severe weather

      A fund established at the University of Oklahoma Foundation is helping to foster collaboration among researchers in meteorology and the social sciences.

      The Alliance for Integrative Approaches to Extreme Environmental Events will bring together weather scientists with those who study individual and group behavior to better understand...

      Merrick Family Foundation honors Cawley with naming of new golf center

      Decades of devoted friendship and service between the Merrick family of Ardmore and longtime University of Oklahoma supporter Michael A. Cawley are being celebrated with a new instruction center at OU’s Jimmie Austin Golf Club.

      The Merrick Family Foundation made a $250,000 gift to the OU Foundation to establish the Michael A. Cawley...

      Hollingsworth family shares common thread of OU education with students

      When Francis Hollingsworth and Almarian Berch crossed paths in a University of Oklahoma zoology class more than 75 years ago, they sparked a legacy that would carry on for generations.

      For Susan Hollingsworth Aggarwal, Dr. Alan Hollingsworth and Dawn Hollingsworth, OU is not only where their parents met and graduated. OU is a common thread...

      Music graduate never forgot love of music and OU

      Shirley D. Smith's passion was music.

      The native of Amarillo, Texas, was born to a family with deep Oklahoma roots that dated back to territorial days when her grandfather worked a homestead in Caddo County. So, when it came time to go to college in 1942, it was natural for her to carry her passion to the University of Oklahoma.

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      Outstanding sophomores named OU Lottinville Scholars

      Five outstanding University of Oklahoma sophomores have been named recipients of the prestigious 2017 Rita H. Lottinville Prize. The students were honored during a December luncheon at which OU Senior Vice President and Provost Kyle Harper and OU Foundation President Guy L. Patton presented their awards.

      The winners were selected from a po...

      OU Army ROTC awards Ramsey Scholarship

      Cadet James Kidd (right), recipient of the $5,000 2017 Colonel Edwin Price Ramsey Endowed Scholarship, presents roses to Raquel Ramsey and Col. Ed Ramsey Jr. during a banquet celebrating the 100th anniversary of OU Army ROTC. Raquel Ramsey established the scholarship to honor her late husband, an OU law graduate and highly decorated World War II ve...