Publications for 2019

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      OU Foundation celebrates milestone with $2 billion in total assets

      The University of Oklahoma Foundation will mark its 75th anniversary Dec. 1. And just in time for that celebration, the Foundation has achieved another milestone by crossing a threshold of $2 billion in total assets. Using data from the Foundation’s audited financial statement, total assets were $507 million in 2000 and have increased more than 39...

      HealthySteps: Changing Tulsa-area families' lives one doctor visit at a time

      The first 1,000 days of life are essential to a child’s future health and success. The George Kaiser Family Foundation believes this so firmly that it is investing millions in a decade-long collaboration with the OU-TU School of Community Medicine and other community partners. The Tulsa foundation launched its “Birth through Eight Strategy,” or B...

      Zinke's $1 million gift strengthens OU energy management program

      A $1 million gift from Robert M. Zinke will help the nation’s oldest and largest energy management program continue to generate industry leaders as it expands into new frontiers. Zinke is a 1975 graduate of what was then the University of Oklahoma petroleum land management program – now known as the Robert M. Zinke Energy Management Program at OU’...

      Dumas gift assists Sooner Works program for students with intellectual disabilities

      “Going to the University of Oklahoma has always been Peyton’s dream,” Larry Dumas said of his son, who is 20 and is on the autism spectrum. “He lives for OU.” For many years, it seemed as though that dream would go unfulfilled – until August, when Peyton became one of the first students admitted to Sooner Works, a transition program helping people...

      OU Law honors Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher with new endowed position

      Seventy years ago, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher’s bravery and determination forever changed the University of Oklahoma and the course of the civil rights movement. Now, the OU College of Law community has come together to establish the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Fund at the OU Foundation to celebrate her legacy and continue her important work in civil rights...

      Clothing designer and artist leaves legacy through OU fellowships

      An independent spirit and unconventional artist who pushed past the limitations of her era has made a $175,000 estate gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundation to provide fellowships for graduate students in the OU College of Arts and Sciences. Leota McGuire, who died in September 2018 at the age of 103, was a lifelong resident of Okmulgee, Ok...

      New OU School of Music scholarships pay tribute to life and career of R. Clarke Mullen

      A gifted pianist and organist whose professional life crossed paths with some of the most renowned names in 20th-century music is being remembered with an estate gift of more than $1.2 million to the University of Oklahoma Foundation. The R. Clarke Mullen Fund was established by Mullen’s partner of 48 years, Harry Stayer, who died last December at...

      OU alumnus D.W. Stephens provides estate gift for non-traditional MBA students

      Delbert Stephens knew firsthand what it was like to fall short of his potential in college the first time around and the challenges of going back to class while holding down a full-time job. Interrupting life to go back to school can be disruptive to families, careers and budgets, but the rewards can be enormous. That’s something Stephens knew as...

      Bride pays tribute to father James Garis with OU study abroad scholarship

      Mary Garis’ father was passionate about taking his family on adventures around the world. When it came time for the fourth-generation University of Oklahoma alumna to walk down the aisle without her dad on Oct. 1, she knew exactly how she wanted to pay tribute to him on her wedding day. Garis established the James P. Garis Memorial Scholarship Fun...

      Married chemical engineering alums establish scholarship to encourage diversity

      Sometimes, it’s not what you see, but what you don’t see that’s important. Don and Diane Armijo are University of Oklahoma graduates who earned their chemical engineering degrees in the early 1980s. Back then, they did not see many women or ethnic minorities studying chemical engineering, they said. The couple married and began careers in the oi...

  • Summer
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      Luccocks' $1 million estate gift honors lifelong connection to OU Libraries

      Classic books will forever remain in the hands of University of Oklahoma students and OU Libraries staff members will be honored in perpetuity due to a $1 million estate gift from Tom and Cathy Luccock of Tulsa. The longtime supporters’ most recent contribution to the OU Foundation will bolster the Thomas and Catherine Luccock Endowed Library Fund...

      OU Foundation celebrates Quarter Century Club members

      Tom Luccock is one of nearly 4,000 members of the University of Oklahoma Foundation’s Quarter Century Club. The Quarter Century Club was established in 2012 to recognize donors who have supported the university through the OU Foundation for 25 years or more. In 2018, 330 new members were added to the club’s ranks. Members support everything from...

      OU physicist's legacy lives on through the Ted S. Webb, Ph.D., Presidential Professorship

      Ted and Cuba Webb were an unlikely pairing when they met at the University of Oklahoma – he was a physics major and she was an art major. Now she is saluting her husband of 55 years with a $250,000 gift to establish the Ted S. Webb, Ph.D., Memorial Presidential Professorship in Physics at the OU Foundation. Ted Webb, who died in 2008, was a 1951 O...

      ConocoPhillips $1 million gift launches partnership with OU Data Science and Analytics

      A $1 million commitment from ConocoPhillips will bring University of Oklahoma students and professionals seeking continuing education firmly into the world of “big data,” which is impacting every facet of business and industry. This gift to the OU Foundation benefits the university’s new Data Science and Analytics Institute, which offers a popular...

      Institute equips teachers to share history and impact of the Tulsa Race Massacre

      White mobs looted and burned 35 blocks in Tulsa’s Greenwood District, destroying 1,200 homes and killing as many as 300 of their black neighbors during two days in the summer of 1921. The Tulsa Race Massacre is considered the nation’s single-worst incident of racial violence, yet many Oklahomans know little about it. A $125,000 gift to the Univers...

      OU College of Fine Arts receives significant estate gift for scholarships

      An estate gift from the late University of Oklahoma alumnus and painter John C. Freed will help ensure that some of the nation’s finest young artists will make the University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts their home. Freed, who held a 1952 OU bachelor’s of fine arts and a 1957 master’s of fine arts, left a $920,000 bequest...

      Hankla scholarship readies piano teachers for future generations

      Jesse Hankla was the first to earn a groundbreaking University of Oklahoma piano pedagogy degree that, in turn, led to a two-decade career teaching hundreds of music students. Now, he is closing the circle with an OU scholarship that will help future generations of music educators. The Jesse R. Hankla Piano Pedagogy Endowed Scholarship Fund was es...

      Teacher and adventurer paves path for OU education students

      Gearldine Henderson’s love of education took her from Sulphur, Okla., to teaching first graders in a half-dozen states and, eventually, to traveling the world. A gift from her estate to the University of Oklahoma Foundation will help the next generation of teachers also share their love of learning – wherever it might take them. Henderson, who die...

      Welker endowments help dreams come true for OU women athletes

      Young women will have an opportunity that Peggi Welker only dreamed of through an estate gift established to benefit three athletics scholarships at the University of Oklahoma. The Pawnee, Okla., native made a $350,000 gift to the OU Foundation for the Peggi D. Welker Softball Scholarship Fund. Future gifts will provide similar scholarships to OU’...

      Bedlam Run brings Sooners and Cowboys together on common ground for scholarships

      Most times, you won’t find Pistol Pete and the Sooner Schooner on the same side of anything. Like oil and water, the sworn enemies were born in their opposition. Just about the only thing they agree on is their love for Oklahoma. But, on the last Saturday of every July for the past 10 years, something strange happens on the streets of downtown Tul...

  • Spring
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      Barwick Family Scholarship honors century-old OU connections

      A family legacy that has been intertwined with that of the University of Oklahoma for a century is being honored through a new scholarship fund at the OU Foundation. The Barwick Family Scholarship benefits OU freshmen who attended Guthrie High School. The fund was established with a nearly $750,000 gift from the family, whose connection to OU stre...

      Lemon family keeps OU tradition alive with support of Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business

      Four generations of the Lemon family have built a thriving road-construction company, and those same four generations graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s business college. So, it comes as no surprise that Larry and Suzy Lemon are creating a road for future graduates of OU’s Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business at the Michael F. Price C...

      Muncy Gift frees OU students from tuition debt and provides food assistance to those in need

      When Elizabeth Muncy showed her husband, Mike, a national newspaper story about college students pushed into homelessness due to overwhelming debt, his response was immediate. “We’ve got to do something. My idea was to help somebody pay off their tuition bill.” The couple soon visited the University of Oklahoma Foundation, where they committed to...

      Knee Endowment connects OU social work research and Oklahoma communities

      Ruth Irelan Knee’s career forever transformed the field of social work. And the lives of Oklahomans and University of Oklahoma students are still being transformed today through the continued impact of an OU Foundation fund created by Knee in 2004. The Junior Koenig and Ruth Irelan Knee Endowment was established through a $1 million estate gift fr...

      Wife's trials and successes inspire E.E. Carter Foundation scholarships for women engineers

      E. Eugene Carter has known and respected many people throughout his life, yet the former Harvard Business School professor and investor takes his greatest inspiration from the opportunity to learn – and that means learning something from everyone you meet. Learning from others is the foundation of Carter’s life, starting with his mother, a librar...

      Couple's first meeting in Adams Hall commemorated with gifts to Price College

      A simple bet changed the lives of Chip Taylor and Lisa Simon Taylor. More than 40 years later, the legacy of that bet could change the lives of University of Oklahoma students for decades to come through a $252,500 gift to the OU Foundation. F.G. “Chip” Taylor was new to Oklahoma, drawn from Mississippi by the opportunity to study in what was then...

      History of Science graduate program growing with support of former OU National Merit Scholar

      One of the nation’s leading history of science programs calls the University of Oklahoma home. Now, the discipline will grow even stronger by attracting the finest graduate students through the generosity of alumnus Luke Walker. Walker, an oncologist, researcher and vice president of clinical development for Seattle Genetics Inc., is a former OU...

      Johnson named to Trusted Insight Top 30 List

      Bradley Johnson, the University of Oklahoma Foundation’s chief investment officer, recently was named to Trusted Insight’s 2019 Top 30 University Endowment Chief Investment Officers. Trusted Insight is considered the world’s largest global network of institutional investors, connecting 50,000-plus investment professionals representing endowments,...

      Robert Curley's lifelong savings benefits OU nursing students

      It is no exaggeration to say that Robert Curley gave everything he had to help others. Curley, who died in November, was known as a dedicated professor of statistics at the University of Central Oklahoma and Rose State College. Outside of the classroom, he invested and made plans to contribute all his life savings to nonprofits, including the Univ...

      Oliver study abroad scholarship helps students find their home away from home

      Ran Oliver loves the University of Oklahoma. It’s no wonder, after all – he’s a fourth-generation Sooner – so crimson and cream have been flowing in his veins since the day he was born. But the fondest memories Oliver has of his time at OU were not from his years on the Norman campus. What he loved most was the year he spent abroad, studying in Sp...

      Mittie Nickles estate provides future for OU accounting students from small towns

      Students from small towns in Oklahoma will have the opportunity to pursue careers in accounting due to the foresight and commitment of the late Mittie Reece Nickles of Oklahoma City. Nickles, who died in February at the age of 98, established a pair of scholarships at the University of Oklahoma Foundation two years before her passing. The Mittie R...

      OU Foundation Investment Forum offers endowment update

      An annual update on investment portfolio performance and the current economic environment were offered during the 2019 OU Foundation Investment Forum May 17. The educational event is sponsored by the Foundation and featured a presentation by guest speaker Dennis Jaggi, managing partner and founder of EnCap Flatrock Midstream. OU Foundation Presid...

  • Winter
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      Harold Hamm Foundation makes $34 million gift to OU diabetes center

      The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at OU Medicine received its largest gift to date with a 10-year, $34 million commitment from the Harold Hamm Foundation.

      The newest pledge to the University of Oklahoma Foundation continues Hamm’s longtime support of the diabetes center, or HHDC, which already includes more than $30 million in gifts since 20...

      Ardmore institute gift launches Culinary Medicine Program at OU-Tulsa

      As an emergency room physician, Lori Whelan spends a lot of time treating patients who suffer from chronic diseases.

      “When we see someone come in with a heart attack, save their life, and then see them come back three months later with the same issue, this shows how medicine isn’t always addressing the root of the problem,” said Whelan, a...

      Steve and Leslie Ives establish OU Sports Management Fellowships

      From earliest childhood, Steve Ives was fascinated by sports.

      “I played sports, I watched sports, I was a sports fanatic,” the president of Oklahoma City-based Cheyenne Petroleum Co. remembers fondly. “I would read all the statistics in the newspaper and study and analyze them. But when I was trying to determine what my career would be as...

      OU Foundation Board of Trustees adds members

      The University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees welcomed one new and one returning member at its quarterly meeting in February. Dan Evatt will begin his first term, while Don Smitherman rejoins the board after a three-year absence.

      The OU Foundation Board of Trustees is composed of professionals from such fields as finance, law, bu...

      Nolan family returns to make a difference at OU

      After a certain age, it’s not uncommon for people to look back on their lives with a sense of regret over opportunities lost or paths not chosen – should have earned that degree, should have spent more time with the kids, should have taken that job.

      Boyd Nolan looks back and wishes he would have come home sooner. The University of Oklahoma...

      Surprise bequest from devoted couple provides scholarships in the natural sciences

      Brilliant, devoted and extremely private, Kenneth and Joye Harwell surely would have brushed aside accolades for a $3.18 million estate gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundation.

      But they deserve every word.

      OU was one of four universities recently to receive equal portions of the Harwells’ estate. Though Joye Harwell was an O...

      Long-held Frakes Endowment grows beyond donor's wildest imaginings

      Twenty-seven years ago, Margaret Frakes couldn’t have imagined what one simple sentence in her will would mean to University of Oklahoma students.

      Margaret, a 1935 graduate, made OU the sole beneficiary of her estate. When she died in 1994 at age 79, the OU Foundation established the Russel and Margaret Frakes Memorial Scholarship using m...

      Entrepreneur's talents transform into scholarships for OU veterans

      The entrepreneurial spirit of a World War II veteran and Tulsa businessman has turned into educational opportunities for veterans and active-duty military members at the University of Oklahoma.

      The Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation recently made a $100,000 installment as part of a five-year, $500,000 pledge to the OU Foundation...

      Dr. Lucy Freeman Smith Endowed Scholarship celebrates pioneering public school superintendent

      As one of few female Oklahoma school superintendents, Lucy Freeman Smith opened the door for women who followed in her footsteps. Her friends, family and former students are making sure the door stays open though a new scholarship established at the University of Oklahoma Foundation.

      The Dr. Lucy Freeman Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship...

      OU Foundation honors 2018 Lottinville Scholars

      Five outstanding University of Oklahoma sophomores have been named recipients of the prestigious 2018 Rita H. Lottinville Prize. The students received their awards and were honored during a December luncheon hosted by OU Foundation President and CEO Guy L. Patton and OU Senior Vice President and Provost Kyle Harper.

      The five 2018 Lottinvil...