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Dear Alumni and Friends, In November of this year I will begin my 10th year at the University of Oklahoma as a member of the Development team. In that time, I have experienced and been witness to some very unexpected and inspirational acts of philanthropy. That kind and generous spirit, which we’ve come to know as the “Oklahoma Standard,” was on full display yet again when tragedy struck the Sooner State earlier this spring. Many members of the OU family were devastated and displaced due to the tornadoes that roared through central Oklahoma in May. President David Boren offered temporary housing in OU’s residence halls and also launched the Help OUr Neighbor Fund to assist those individuals in rebuilding their lives. As in years past, when the call goes out – whether with the Reforestation Campaign, the Campaign for Scholarships and now the Help OUr Neighbor Fund – you’ve answered that call. In keeping with the Oklahoma Standard, nearly $250,000 has been contributed by alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students. Once more, I find myself inspired and humbled by your generosity. We rode this wave of gratitude all year to our Centennial celebratory event in early September. We hope that many of you were able to join us in commemorating 100 years of journalism education excellence. The festivities provided something for everyone. If you were not able to return to campus for the Centennial celebration, please contact me if your travels will bring you to Norman for Homecoming or another time in the near future. We would be pleased to thank you in person for your continued support, introduce you to some of our bright students and give you a tour of this magnificent facility – Gaylord Hall. We look forward to welcoming you home again! Live on University,

Kristen Lazalier Director of Development

Kristen Lazalier (’87) Director of Development (405) 325-7670

Centennial Circle In the year 1913, the Oklahoma State Board of Education approved the University of Oklahoma’s School of Journalism. First classes in the School were held in the fall semester of 1913 offering two courses to a total of 28 students. In 1961, the school was officially named the H.H. Herbert School of Journalism and Mass Communication, in honor of Professor Herbert, director of the program from 1917 to 1945. In recognition of the beloved J-School director, memberships are available for a special giving society – the Centennial Circle – which ensures the bridge between our past connects us firmly to our future. The H.H. Herbert Society recognizes a gift of $5,000 and the Centennial Sustainers recognizes a gift of $2,500. Both contributions may be funded annually over five years. Tax-deductible contributions to the Centennial Circle will benefit faculty resources, technology advancements, student programmatic support and other critical operating needs of the college. Benefits of membership in the Herbert Society include a copy of the Centennial coffee-table book, recognition on a permanent display housed in Gaylord Hall and on the college’s website. Centennial Sustainers members will be recognized on the permanent display in Gaylord Hall, in publications and on the college’s website.


H. H. Herbert Director 1917-1945

Pulse 2013  
Pulse 2013  

Alumni magazine of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.