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Winter 2020

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Chris Nelson's family at the dedication of the OU Center for Quantum Research and Technology

Kathryn Stacy (left) and Tori King were among 14 OU Gaylord College students covering the Iowa caucuses.
Chris Nelson's family at the dedication of the OU Center for Quantum Research and Technology

Kathryn Stacy (left) and Tori King were among 14 OU Gaylord College students covering the Iowa caucuses.
American ‘Renegades’

Architectural design and education shifted radically thanks to a handful of “renegades” at what is now the University of Oklahoma’s Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. Their outsized influence is given long-due credit in a new exhibition, “Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture,” open through April 5 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The exhibition was made possible through a lead gift from Warren Ross and the Ross Charitable Foundation of Tulsa and other donors, including OU alumni and noted architects Herb Greene, Donald MacDonald and Eddie Jones.

Honoring Chris

Chris Nelson was planning to apply to OU and study physics when he fell victim last August to a rare, genetic heart disease. Chris’ family responded to his loss by purchasing a beam profiler for the OU Center for Quantum Research and Technology, whose work may help transform technology. The family came to the quantum center’s dedication in October, and Chris was posthumously accepted for admission to OU. “That meant the world to us,” said his father, Martin Nelson. “We hope it shows students that if you apply yourself, you can do anything, and we hope our gift shows other parents that even if your child isn’t physically here, you can still reach out and have their legacy live on.”

Gaylord College Hits the Road for 2020 Election

A team of 14 Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication students covered every aspect of the 2020 Iowa caucuses Jan. 25 to Feb. 4 with the support of an estate gift from 1971 University of Oklahoma alumnus and New Mexico political reporter John McBreen. The students were assigned to cover each Democratic contender for the presidency and reached a potential audience of 3 million people through Gaylord News, an OU network of 30 Oklahoma newspapers and a dozen television and radio stations. Members of the Gaylord team also covered presidential primaries across the country leading up to Super Tuesday on March 3.

Steinway Score

OU music students will practice their art on the piano of professionals as the university comes closer to joining the ranks of “All-Steinway Schools” through a gift of five new Steinways from Bill and Heather Perry of Frisco, Texas. The new pianos will join the university’s existing 89 Steinways. OU is one of the only major music programs in the state not to exclusively offer the instrument, which prepares students to compete at the highest level. An additional 16 pianos will take OU over the Steinway goal line.