The Sooner Legacy
Founded in 1890 by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature,
The University of Oklahoma’s humble roots began on 40 acres of barren landscape donated by Norman, Oklahoma ,
a town excited for the possibilities a university would bring.
Under the leadership of our first president David
OU experienced tremendous growth. Ambitious students and talented faculty hurried to join, beautiful new buildings were established,
and Boyd himself is even credited with
sowing seeds for many of the early trees (campus was barren no more!).
From those inaugural days,
the Sooner legacy began –
a legacy built on waving “hello” to strangers,
seeing possibility where others see challenge,
questioning limits and setting records,
and sometimes, just sometimes,
taking the time to relax in the bright Oklahoma sun and
dream big dreams.
over 125 years later,
the Sooner family is stronger than ever. Explore these pages to learn where we’ve been – and more importantly
where we’re going.
Key truths of the Sooner Legacy W e
b e l i e v e
t h a t
y o u
s h o u l d . . .
question limits and set records
build something that lasts
play as hard as you work
learn from history
have a passion for purpose expect the unexpected work
hard and stay humble
thank your family, your friends, and your mentors
uproot and explore
try and fail and try again
explore your options
land on your feet design and create put down roots step out of your comfort zone
know your values join our Sooner family impact
Question limits & set records Establish your professional identity along with your academic one. We have experiential learning opportunities for all majors across the university, so your most important lessons won’t be taught in a lecture hall. With opportunities like a student-run advertising agency, a non-profit consulting firm, the engineering practice facility and more, you’ll gain real life experiences that will translate your academic knowledge into a successful career. Because you can engage with material in tangible ways, your college experience at OU will earn you more than a diploma. Depending on your field of interest, you’ll leave with prototypes, published works, portfolios, performances, and more. We’re also fortunate to have a president who continually strives to improve campus and the student experience. President David L. Boren is the longest-serving president in the Big 12 conference, and is one of only a few university presidents who teaches a class every semester. As a Rhodes Scholar, former Oklahoma governor, and U.S. Senator, he has a true passion for education and a unique global perspective that pushes us toward growth and innovation.
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Learn more at SoonerRover.com and on social media @SoonerRover Beloved Rovie, a robotic planetary rover prototype, is the brainchild of a team of OU Engineering students and has proved his worth tenfold by sweeping the competition at a national rover design contest held by NASA. The Sooner Rover Team participated in NASA’s RASC-AL Robo-Ops Challenge, a competition where teams built a rover to be tested at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, but remotely controlled from their respective university campuses. The rover needed to navigate across terrain that mimicked Mars, collect and store rock samples, and be controlled by students in Norman to simulate the experience of controlling a rover in space from Earth. “Instead of NASA’s traditional box structure, our rover used a spine, which is more robust and capable of handling obstacles. OU brought a giant caterpillar to a Jeep competition,” said senior
aerospace engineering major and chief engineer of the Sooner Rover Team Nathan Justus, in an interview with Engineering.com. Pat Troutman, the human exploration strategic analysis lead at NASA’s Langley Research Center, commended OU’s creativity to Engineering.com. OU not only beat seven other university teams, but also won against a team of NASA engineers themselves, who participated with the same restrictions as the student teams. “The winning team displayed incredible innovation. The rover from Oklahoma smashed all previous records by 50 percent. It was based on a Russian lunar rover from the 1960s, but with 21st century technology. It had a flawless performance and has opened a new paradigm for teleoperated rovers,” Troutman said.
#OUcovers16 Our journalism students recorded history during the 2016 presidential elections, attending and covering the Iowa caucuses, the Republican National Convention, and the Democratic National Convention. They will follow this incomparable learning opportunity all the way to the election in November. Boettcher is an Emmy award-winning journalist, a professor and correspondent-in-residence at OU.
JANUARY 18, 2016 Fourteen Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication students arrive in Iowa to cover the presidential caucuses. The team of reporters focus on the millennial impact of the 2016 election. Follow their ongoing experience on social media with #oucovers16.
ALI STRATTON (@_AliStratton)
MIKE BOETTCHER (@mikeboettcher) #oucovers16 begins as 14 @GaylordCollege students begin best journalism experience ever - coverage of #IowaCaucus
Here in Ames, IA with @Vanzanna waiting for Rubio. #oucovers16 @OKRoutes
NATIONAL IMPACT LINDSEY GOMEZ (@Lindsnews) One of the many shots I got from last night’s event! @ddlovato @HillaryClinton @OKRoutes #oucovers16
Gaylord students saw their work published on the Huffington Post and Huffpost Pollster, in addition to Gaylord College’s online magazine Oklahoma Routes.
DEBBIE YOUNT (@DebbieYount1) @UofOklahoma @GaylordCollege #OUcovers16 JMC students at #DemsInPhilly are select few to be credentialed for floor!
CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE
NICK CONTE (@Nick_M_Conte)
Students had their pick of presidential candidates to cover.
The only quiet man in the deafening crowd today #GOP #RNC #RNCinCLE #Cleveland #oucovers16
All these clips and all the stuff for their broadcast reel … it’s just going to be phenomenal. I know that the people who come out of this are going to be more prepared for a career in journalism than the people who didn’t go through this, and that’s the difference. John Schmeltzer, OU journalism professor and former political reporter for the Chicago Tribune
The Fabrication Lab on OUâ€™s research campus is a brand new facility providing students from all disciplines access to high-end tools in everything from woodwork to embroidery to metal cutting. Here, students can make anything they dream up, giving them unparalleled access to entrepreneurship and product development. Check out their latest creations on social media (@OUInnovationHub)
We believe that every child deserves a great teacher, and the Urban Teacher Preparation Academy (UTPA) prepares educators to better serve diverse students in high need Oklahoma City urban public schools. Upper-level education majors are selected for a yearlong student teaching experience in Oklahoma City Public elementary, middle, and high schools, and at the end of the year gather at the Chesapeake Boathouse in OKC for celebration and recognition.
In the thick of it Senior biology major from Oklahoma City Josh Kouri studies ant colonies in the Western U.S. that were first surveyed 20 years ago and then compares that data with climate change information at each site to draw conclusions about the long-term effects of climate change. “I’ve learned a lot through my classes at OU, but the research experience I’ve had here has been even more valuable. I’ve experienced first-hand what it’s like to conduct biological studies, both on my own and as a part of a research team.” Kouri combines his love of photography with his academic interests and captures stunning photographs of his classmates and research fellows that he posts on Instagram (@joshdkouri).
OU has the largest school of meteorology in the nation and is ranked number one for mesoscale and severe storms research.
Design your degree At the University of Oklahoma, you can choose from over 170 different majors. Every freshman begins as a member of our University College, which provides major-coaching, degreeexploration and college-transition services. This college serves as a home for all of our first-year students, helping students connect to campus and to each other from the moment they set foot on campus. After freshman year, students will move into a degree-granting college of their choice and progress toward their chosen major. Learn more about our degree programs at ou.edu/go2/academics.
Architecture Architecture Construction Science Environmental Design Interior Design
Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences Environmental Sustainability Geographic Information Science Geography Meteorology
Aviation Air Traffic Management Aviation Management Aviation Management (Non-Flying Track) Professional Pilot
Business Arts & Sciences African & African American Studies Anthropology Arabic Astronomy Astrophysics Biochemistry Biology Chemical Biosciences Chemistry Chinese Classics Communication Constitutional Studies Economics English Environmental Studies Ethics & Religion Film & Media Studies French German Health & Exercise Science History History of Science, Technology & Medicine
Human Relations Italian Information Studies Japanese Judaic Studies Letters Linguistics Mathematics Microbiology Modern Languages, Literatures & Linguistics Native American Studies Philosophy Physics Plant Biology Political Science Psychology Public Affairs & Administration Religious Studies Russian Social Work Sociology Sociology: Criminology Spanish Womenâ€™s & Gender Studies
Accounting Economics Energy Management Entrepreneurship & Venture Management Finance General Management Human Resources Management International Business Management Information Systems Marketing Risk Management Sports Management Supply Chain Management
Earth & Energy Environmental Geology Geology Geophysics Paleontology Petroleum Engineering Petroleum Geology
Education Education: - Early Childhood - Elementary - Language Arts - Mathematics - Science - Social Studies - World Language Special Education
Honors College Students from all majors can participate in our Honors College, which provides a private college atmosphere complete with small class sizes. Our Honors College has been ranked a top 25 university honors program. Visit ou.edu/honors.
Engineering Computer Science Engineering: - Aerospace - Architectural - Biomedical - Chemical - Chemical (Biotechnology) - Chemical (Pre-Med/ Biomedical Engineering) - Civil - Computer - Electrical - Environmental - Industrial - Industrial (Information Technology) - Mechanical Engineering Physics Environmental Science
Fine Arts Art History Art, Technology & Culture Dance: - Ballet Pedagogy - Ballet Performance - Modern Dance Performance Drama: - Acting - Costume Technology - Design - Dramaturgy - Scene Technology - Stage Management Music: - Brass & Percussion - Composition - Liberal Arts - Education (Instrumental) - Education (Vocal) - Performance Musical Theatre Studio Art: - Ceramics - Painting - Printmaking - Sculpture Visual Communication
Health Sciences Center (OKC) Allied Health Dentistry Graduate Medicine Nursing Pharmacy Public Health
International Studies International Security Studies International Studies World Studies: - Asian - European - Latin American - Middle Eastern - Russian & East European
Journalism & Mass Communication Advertising Creative Media Production Journalism Professional Writing Public Relations
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What’s one of the best things about having more than 170 majors to choose from? You can mix and match them to create the best possible education for you. Senior biochemistry and letters major Jane Hsi is an expert at this. She’s studying pre-med, but decided to mix a traditional biochemistry major with a liberal arts letters major. Throw in a studio art minor, and her dream academic career was complete. “Letters is a combination major and is built off three different major fields: philosophy, literature and history. You also take an ancient language and a modern language. I love that the degree lets me explore my academic interests and is very flexible.” Her studio art minor not only allows her a creative outlet (she likes to participate in art shows and sell her work in local coffee shops), but also provides unique service opportunities and challenges her as a future doctor. Hsi recently helped design and paint a mural at the OU Latino Clinic in Oklahoma City, and she carefully considered themes that would help patients feel comfortable. “It was really a perfect mixture of my passions, and seeing how art could help patients in general was really interesting to me,” she said. Additionally, her unique combination of majors has helped her research on racial biases. She recently started pushing herself to find people of various ethnicities to paint portraits of. “It’s really helped me when it comes to interacting with patients of different cultures,” Hsi said. “It makes me more perceptive to differences.”
Not an art-loving future doctor with a passion for liberal arts? Here are more ways to design your degree: International Business + Ethics & Religion Meteorology + Creative Media Production Dance: Ballet Performance + Health & Exercise Science International Security Studies + Arabic
DEGREE PROGRAMS OFFERED
Students have access to a full suite of metal and woodworking tools, including a CNC mill, CNC plasma, CNC router, 3D printers, welding stations, manual mills and lathes. These are available beginning freshman year.
The Engineering Practice Facility is open 24/7 and includes spaces for ideation, design, simulation, validation, manufacturing, assembly, and testing.
We build everything from an electric go-kart to a concrete canoe to a Formula SAE race car. The Sooner Racing Team builds a race car that competes in events around the world. The SRT race car has over 270 parts in the front right corner of the car in the wheel assembly alone, all designed and manufactured by OU students. Want to meet the entire Sooner Racing Team and Elise, their 2015 car? Check out sae.ou.edu.
Students work directly with faculty advisors, and the collaborative space is complete with team rooms available on both floors 24/7.
Campus facilities are designed to foster experiential learning and collaboration. With 41,000 square feet and two stories, the ExxonMobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility (pictured here) allows engineering students to put the metaphysical into the physical. Equipped with practice bays, building materials, and collaborative space, this facility gives future engineers the opportunity to develop critical skills today. Additionally, our Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) is an innovative library designed to connect students through technology and a dynamic study space. Learn more about the exciting things going on at the CLC @OULibraries.
Play as hard as you work
If variety is the spice of life, then the student experience at OU is the whole spice rack. Running the gamut between cultural and religious, social and academic, philanthropic and athletic, you won’t have a problem finding a community that shares your passions and interests. Whether you want to catch a movie with the Peruvian Student Association, play Ultimate Frisbee on a club team, or build a race car in Engineering Club, there’s going to be an outlet to do what you love outside of the classroom. These groups not only give you a community during your college career, they also help cultivate your professional identity, giving you collaboration and leadership experience. But the OU experience doesn’t end there. With extremely talented student athletes and artists, a weekend rarely goes by without an exciting game or performance. And with a student union whose tagline reads “There’s always something,” you’ll find movie marathons on snow days, impromptu laser tag arenas, and foam parties in the Union parking garage. A place of serious study and also a place of serious surprises, you can’t predict what a day in the life of an OU student will have in store. At the end of the day, the student experience is as diverse as you are, but the fact that we experience it together makes us a family.
If in high school you were...
Then at OU you should...
Because you’ll get to...
involved with the student council
check out the Student Government Association
lead campus, make legislation as a voice for students, and impact the University
join the Campus Activities Council Film Series board
host film festivals on campus and choose movies to screen in the student union
passionate about the community
apply for Big Event, Soonerthon, or Relay for Life
contribute to OU’s biggest philanthropies and positively impact the OU and Norman communities
a regular summer camp attendee
be a small group leader for Camp Crimson
help freshmen “drop their cool” and become a part of the Sooner family, and sing and dance new Sooners through the orientation of a lifetime
the party planner of your friend group
sign up for the Campus Activities Council or Union Programming Board
design and execute fun events happening year-round on campus, meet tons of friends, and get connected on campus
at every Harry Potter book release
join the club Quidditch team
get sorted into a house and catch that snitch!
join an intramural team
stretch your legs with a little friendly competition
in the AV club
Learn even more at ou.edu/studentlife!
All about that bass When the OU Fishing Team (@OU_BASS) isn’t out catching the biggest bass around, they are making an impact on young students at Oklahoma City schools the best way they know how: fishing. Each year, the team is called in to help with a program named “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs.” During that program, members of the OU fishing team mentor and teach elementary school students how to cast and reel in fish, just like them. Then, in the summertime, the team brings students out on the water to let them test their fishing skills. In addition, area schools contact the OU Fishing Team to be guest speakers for classes that involve all of their favorite things: fishing, conservation a nd natural resources.
(Clockwise below) The annual foam party on the top floor of the Union parking garage is like a rite of passage for new Sooners; enjoy free concerts on our Union lawn; on nice Oklahoma afternoons, students set up hammocks on campus and relax in the sun.
ousummersession Guess what day it is... #humpday! Weâ€™ve brought camels to campus to celebrate. Swing by the South Oval to get a free ride!
OU is ranked one of the top 25 most beautiful college campuses in America, according to Thrillist.com.
Have a passion
for purpose Nothing is more important to us than our community, and our students give back. Pictured here, Soonerthon is our largest student-led philanthropy and involves a full year of creative fundraising culminating in a 12-hour dance marathon. Money raised benefits the Childrenâ€™s Hospital Foundation in OKC, an organization that funds life-saving medical research, invests in vital new equipment, and provides entertainment, family support and care programs for sick children at the OU Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
Expect the unexpected
M E E T OU students come from all over the country and the world. Some have visited Oklahoma before and some haven’t, but what they all find is a uniquely authentic home with a prairie landscape and the prettiest skies you’ve ever seen. When artist Catherine Freshley moved here from the northwest United States, she was not sure what to expect. What she found spurred an entirely new line of paintings – her skyscape collection. “The colors and the landscape here change a little bit, but what varies the most is the sky, and the skies here are breathtaking,” Freshley said.
See her work at catherinefreshleyart.com and on social media @catherinefreshley It’s not just the view, either. You’ll find a home here with good people and a supportive community. Our state’s history has given rise to something called The Oklahoma Standard, which means “resilience in the face of adversity. It means a strength and compassion that will not be defeated,” said former Oklahoma governor Brad Henry. Freshley has noticed the same. “The people here are so nice. They seem interested and respectful, and like they want to connect you with you in a genuine way,” she said.
â€˜Neath a western sky Norman residents enjoy an evening in the street at the annual Day of the Dead festival. Fair rides, fair food, and cultural celebrations abound as people enjoy one of those amazing Oklahoma sunsets.
Oklahoma City is a surprising hub of eclectic districts, each offering a unique assortment of activities and shops.
Blooming into a town with a quirky identity centered around community, culture, and fun, Norman combines the amenities and entertainment of a city with the charm and hospitality of a small town. Creatives, academics, and friends flock to coffee scenes around Norman for study and play. Gray Owl Coffee has a brooding atmosphere, plays dissonant jazz, and has a rustic patio with string lights. Crimson and Whipped Cream has perfected the cold brew and red velvet whoopee pies on Campus Corner.
Students and Norman residents roll out to the city’s many festivals. The
Norman Music Festival grows yearly with both popular and unconventional artists. Here, you might see the lead singer of a group dressed in a Giant Squid costume or an entire audience participate in a limbo contest across the stage during an act.
During the second Friday of every month, Norman closes off Main Street and
becomes a hub for local artists and entrepreneurs. Lined with cool shops and galleries, you can explore the rich culture blooming in Norman with food truck fare in hand.
With bohemian vibes and Spanish Revival architecture, the PASEO DISTRICT is a gathering place for local artists, unique restaurants and shopping. Galleries like Bombs Away Art Co. and Brayer & Brush line the spindling, tree-lined street. After exploring art collections, check out Picasso Café for dinner and live music. For more elevated cuisine, you can get a romantic gourmet meal at Paseo Grill. To experience the district to its fullest, make sure to attend a First Friday Gallery Walk where artists on Paseo open their galleries for a night of art receptions and a vibrant street scene.
The University of Oklahoma and Norman have a sweet bromance as communities
that support each other. So whether you’re studying or playing, the city of Norman will have your back (and fresh coffee waiting).
Norman is just half an hour from Oklahoma City, which opens up even more options for entertainment, shopping, dining and more.
Where urban Oklahoma City and the old west collide, STOCKYARD CITY is a modern cowboy’s paradise. At its heart, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse is the oldest continually-operating restaurant in OKC. Its long-standing reputation has drawn presidents, movie stars, music icons, and pro athletes. After eating, venture through the immense selection of boots, pearl snaps, and more at Langston’s Western Wear. More cowboy accessories await your finding at Little Joe’s Boots and custom hats at Shorty’s Cowboy Hattery. Watch live cattle meander through the streets during Monday night auctions and check out the Rodeo Opry to get your live music fix on the weekends.
BRICKTOWN is the original entertainment district of OKC. With a narrow canal running between shops and restaurants, the best way to explore the mile-long water way is by water taxi. This 40-minute trip will take you past Brickopolis, a four story arcade complete with laser tag and a mini golf course. Bricktown is also home to the Chesapeake Energy Arena, a popular concert venue and home to the OKC Thunder. For dining, you can enjoy an elegant meal on the upstairs patio at West, or kick it casual at Anchor Down, an industrial gourmet corndog restaurant housed inside of a storage container. A funky district that is equal parts eating, shopping, and playing, AUTOMOBILE ALLEY is a hub for local entrepreneurs. In this district you’ll find Bleu Garten, Oklahoma City’s original food truck park. Complete with string lights and local artist pop-up shops, this foodie oasis features unique trucks like Snow S’more, where you can order shaved ice, savory s’mores, and craft coffee all from the same silver bullet trailer, and Waffle Champion, serving grass-fed bison waffle sandwiches along with other waffle delicacies. Down the street, Shop Good is a clothing, home, and gift store with a philanthropic heartbeat. Selling bow ties that support local and international non-profits and Warby Parker specs, you won’t experience buyer’s remorse. Plenty Mercantile, another shop in the district, sells quirky home decor and local t-shirts, and has a rooftop with stunning urban views. Don’t forget to visit the retro-inspired bowling alley, Dust Bowl, where you can knock out a few pins before calling it a night.
According to USA Today, Oklahoma City is one of the best cities for millennial college students.
Paddle boarding, kayaking and white water rafting are a summer staple on OKC’s waterfront in the BOATHOUSE DISTRICT. All within walking distance of Bricktown, get on the water by checking out Riversport Adventures where you can rent kayaks and canoes, and plunge down high-speed water slides. For those who prefer to stay on land, the district also offers more than 13 miles of paved trails for cycling, walking, and running. The SandRidge Sky Trail is the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world that suspends you 80 feet in the air and ends in the 72-foot Sky Slide or free fall from the Rumble Drop. You can also sail across the Oklahoma river and back on the SandRidge Sky Zip Line. Attend the host of events this district offers—outdoor movie screenings, PaddleFest Dragon Boat Festival, and Stars & Stripes River Festival.
The ADVENTURE DISTRICT has tons of entertainment for the wild at heart. At the Oklahoma City Zoo, you can brush into giraffes at the Giraffe Feeding Platform and watch otters play on the otter slide. Explore the state’s western heritage at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, home to world class exhibits as well as the replica turn-of-the-century cattle town, Prosperity Junction. For an interactive experience, families can also navigate through eight acres of hands-on science exhibits at the Science Museum Oklahoma.
Our residence halls are designed to foster community and mentorship. With RAs planning waffle bar breakfasts, study break mixers, and puppy parties (bringing literal puppies from the animal shelter to the dorms), social butterflies and introverts alike have avenues to
They’ll also be there for you in the day-to-day, for studying,
engage with other freshman and find fast friends. Your hallmates
and everything in between. At the end of the day, living on
become your family—ready to celebrate your victories, help you
campus puts you in the center of solid friends, great mentors,
learn from failures, and hold you accountable to be your best.
and amazing food. Learn more at ou.edu/housingandfood.
On OU Move-In day, you don’t even have to do the heavy lifting. Pack up your car with your belongings, show up on campus, and our concierge staff will unload your car and take everything to your room. Meet hundreds of students from different campus organizations that are here to welcome you, enjoy our live DJ and free carnival food, and when you’re done, head up to your room and start decorating!
playing, and of course—eating. Tasty food options dot the entire campus, but the mecca for mealtime is Couch Restaurants. Home to the largest cereal bar in the Big Twelve, the only all-you-can-eat Chick-fil-A in existence and delicious vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options for your dietary needs, the Caf is home to dining options from clean eating to comfort food
M E E T Coming in Fall 2017! Patterned after Harvard and Yale, our Residential Colleges are communities where upperclassmen can forge a link between living and learning. Built around the core values of engagement, enrichment, and excellence, the
Residential Colleges offer a variety of social, intellectual, cultural, and extracurricular activities. Each student-governed community will feature the latest technology, its own dining rooms, athletic teams, traditions, and mottos.
Students will also benefit from the mentorship of faculty fellows like Senior Fellows Mark Morvant and Keith Gaddie, both notable OU professors and staff members. Explore more about these exciting additions (pictured below) on social media (@OUResColleges).
Interior of the Towers
We have over 20 dining options on campus, so thereâ€™s something for every tastebud. Pictured here, Bedrock Cafe is the perfect place to grab your favorite coffee drink, a cup of soup, or a scrumptious scone. Bedrock is also known for its freshly baked croissants!
HOUSING & FOOD
Uproot We love Norman, but it would be a disadvantage to our students if we neglected to integrate them into the global community during their time at the university. Because of that, we strive to facilitate global relationships in our backyard and abroad. With students from almost 120 countries, even Sooners without a passport benefit from an inclusive community and international experience through programs like OU Cousins and International prom. But for those with the drive to go global, the university makes studying abroad easy and accessible through informed counseling, great scholarship opportunities, and over 1,000 programs to choose from. With these resources available to you, we hope that all Sooners take advantage of the opportunity to see the world. Interested in study abroad at OU? Visit ou.edu/ea to learn more!
OU has three study centers located across the world so you can study abroad in a safe yet transformative environment with OU staff and professors on site.
OU’s center in Arezzo is located in a renovated medieval Palazzo. Students enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere and study an abundance of ancient art close by.
OU’s Mexican study center is located in Puebla, the fourthlargest Mexican metropolitan area with views of the Popcatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes.
Our newest study center is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Host city for the 2016 Olympics, Rio is the second largest city in Brazil and is known for its beaches and Carnival celebrations.
Italy Twenty nutrition science students traveled to OU’s campus in Arezzo, Italy to learn about the Mediterranean diet. They studied the concept of blue zones – where people live to be 100 years or older – and slow food, an international alternative to fast food.
Costa Rica Remember Josh Kouri, from Page 9? The senior Biology major took his studies to Costa Rica the summer of 2015. There, he and a team of researchers conducted a biodiversity survey of ants. “We explored the rainforest, hiked 13 miles through the mountains to camp and collect on a remote mountaintop for a week. We were the first biological expedition to do that, and we found several hundred species of ants, including several new species,” Kouri said.
In addition to study abroad opportunities, we also have a thriving international student population on campus, with students from almost 120 countries studying at OU (represented in red on the map above). We are the only university in the world to receive the prestigious Davis Cup, an award given to the university with the most United World College international freshmen enrolled, three years in a row. UWC students
bring international understanding and peacemaking skills to campus and foster a culture of global engagement and international diversity. This is invaluable perspective for our domestic students as we all strive to create a better world.
We offer over 2,000 study abroad opportunities in over 80 countries and 200 cities around the world.
Tanzania OU junior Ben Kannenberg traveled to Tanzania in 2015 and found himself taken with the landscape, but also the heart of the country, as experienced through his host family. “Tanzania is visually stunning. From the snowcapped majesty of Kilimanjaro’s peak to the windswept plains of Ngorongoro Crater, this country has more than its fair share of breathtaking features. But this is just the surface and what’s underneath is even more staggering. True beauty is found in being taught the words for ‘thank you’ and ‘I respect you’ before anything else.”
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Darius Katono, a Ugandan native and current chemical engineering student at OU, empowers communities through volunteerism and social work. He has not only succeeded academically, maintained a perfect GPA and won outstanding student awards since freshman year, but he’s also inspired hundreds of people across the globe to pursue an education in the United States. Katono explains that in his developing homeland, education is a luxury and traveling abroad to pursue a successful profession seems unrealistic. When he arrived at OU in 2013, Katono discovered the enormous impact he could make in his country thanks in part to support from his OU family. He established Sustainable Creations Uganda (scuganda.org), a non-profit organization that seeks to revive independence of rural Ugandan communities. After winning $10,000 through the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Prize at OU, he sent uniforms and percussion instruments to a local band in his country called Sheema Uganda Band. This ambitious young entrepreneur believes that in order to make a difference in someone’s life, people need to be willing to help and teach others. “OU allows you be different and to study any field you want. You can be a journalism, business, or music student and you can always count on this university. President Boren has always supported diversity and cultural understanding. He values the efforts and dreams of every international student on this campus. I became a dreamer at the University of Oklahoma,” said Katono.
OKU_SAA Dinner with a Dozen allows 12 students to have dinner with successful OU alumni. We give students and alumni a more personal setting to interact, fostering relationships that aid in personal and professional growth.
Career Services organizes job fairs to connect our students to employers.
Land on your feet The Princeton Review named OU a “College that Pays You Back,” meaning that attending OU is a great investment in your future. Your OU degree will prepare you for some of the top jobs, internships and graduate schools in the nation. In fact, our students go on to work at Google, Vogue, ExxonMobil, Disney, NASA, Ernst & Young, Kate Spade, National Geographic, Entertainment Weekly and Toyota, just to name a few. According to collegescorecard. ed.gov, our graduation rate, first-year retention, median salary for grads and percentage of students paying down their debt are well above the national average.
We’ve invited four of our graduates to give you a glimpse into their work life by
showing you their workspaces. Whether you want to be a CEO, a state senator, an animator or an ESPN reporter, we’ve got someone here you can connect with. Learn more about OU Career Services (an entire department dedicated to helping our students find jobs) and about the paths our graduates have taken at ou.edu/careerservices.
SoonerAlumni Being a Sooner is for life. We encourage our students to study abroad while at OU, but even after you graduate, join our Alumni Association on one of our many #SightseeingSooners trips. Here, one group visits Iceland!
CEO at the Center for Children and Families (CCFI) OU Class of 2002, BA in Public Affairs & Administration
A couple of months ago, I switched careers and became the CEO of the Center for Children and Families, Inc. (CCFI) in Norman, OK. With a team of 50 employees working in seven program areas, I have lots to learn about my new role.
These leadership books have added so much value to my work and continue to help me form meaningful relationships with my team. John Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership has to be my favorite. The Law of Addition, the concept that leaders add value by serving others, resonates with me most.
As an OU student I was constantly challenged by President Boren to find a cause greater than myself to work towards. I am so fortunate that through my work at CCFI I have an opportunity to oversee programs that ensure every boy and girl in our community grow up safe, nurtured, and loved. We heal children, empower youth, and strengthen families. My community’s kids are my cause.
At CCFI I get to lead an amazing team of professionals who believe passionately in our mission. OU gave me meaningful opportunities to cultivate and test my leadership abilities. I would not be the leader I am today without my involvement in student organizations like the Union Programming Board, the Black Student Association, or the Student Government Association.
LIFE AFTER OU
I do my work from wherever is most comfortable at the time. And sometimes that means the couch, and I won’t be judged.
Forrest Bennett Political science instructor & candidate for Oklahoma House District 92 OU Class of 2012 BA in Political Science
The note pad and postcards are for corresponding with voters and others who have helped or from whom I need help. Someone once said politics is just a series of asking people for things and thanking people for things, and I use those materials to ask and thank.
I bought this at a street festival. It was created at a homeless shelter through a partnership between the shelter and local artists. Proceeds go to the homeless artists!
Without a mug of coffee I can’t do much of anything on any given day.
I nerd out to NPR while I’m working. No joke. That’s what I listen to.
Caitlin Cadieux Animator at The Atlantic OU Class of 2013 BFA in Visual Communications I graduated with a degree in Fine Arts, and illustration is a passion of mine. I etch out the covers of my sketchbooks, and when I started working at the Atlantic, I decided to combine its logo with my illustrations for the cover of my new notebook. This is where I keep all my story boards of new video animations.
I use soundproof headphones to listen to a Gregorian Chanting playlist on spotify because it keeps me focused while I work.
This is a Wacom Cintiq tablet, and I use it to translate my ideas to the computer so I can begin building my animations.
NBA Reporter for ESPN OU Class of 2009, BA in Journalism & Mass Communication
Press row, or the press work room, at various NBA arenas tends to be my office – well, either those places or my apartment in downtown LA or an airport, or an airplane, or a hotel room, or some random coffee shop across the U.S. Confetti doesn’t come down for just any event; this one was different. It was Kobe Bryant’s final game, when he scored 60 points at Staples Center in Los Angeles. As the Lakers beat reporter for ESPN, I had a front row seat on press row.
I tend to wear a suit and tie to most NBA games, and this was especially true throughout Kobe Bryant’s final NBA season, because you never know when something will happen and ESPN will call and they need someone to be able to talk about it live, on camera, from the scene.
I cover the Lakers for ESPN and am with the team pretty much every day, at home and on the road. I tend to focus on enterprise stories, i.e. stories that are a bit more in-depth than your average game story or quick-hit feature.
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