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Boren suffers stroke at Stoops ceremony OU president recovers after medical mishap ANNA BAUMAN @annabauman2

OU officials have not released a plan moving forward as OU President David Boren recovers from

a minor stroke he suffered April 14. Boren spent the day undergoing tests at OU Medical Center, where it was determined he had suffered a minor stroke shortly after giving a speech around 10:45 a.m. at the statue unveiling for former OU coach Bob Stoops. Around 6 p.m., OU officials announced Boren was “in

good spirits” and eating dinner. The OU Public Affairs statement said Boren was transported to the hospital out of an “abundance of caution,” and thanked the OU doctors’ contemporary therapies and timely treatment for Boren’s condition. “He is alert and is communicating with family and his excellent team of

medical professionals at OU Medical Center,” the statement said. “President and Mrs. Boren deeply appreciate the outpouring of love and support they have received.” Boren began to slur his words and struggled to return to his seat see BOREN on Page 3


OU President David Boren smiles at the “Salute to Stoops” event April 13. Boren suffered a minor stroke April 14 at a similar event before the spring game.


OU President-designate James Gallogly speaks at the presidential announcement in the Molly Shi Boren ballroom March 26. Gallogly will take on the financial burdens of the university when he assumes the presidency July 1.

FINDING FUNDING OU President-designate James Gallogly will inherit financial troubles of university amid state budget crisis


s OU President David Boren prepares to retire from his role at the head of OU, he leaves with one pressing concern left looming like a dark cloud over the university he has called home for over two decades: financial troubles. Oklahoma’s flagship university has seen its share of financial struggles during Boren’s time leading it, but when Presidentdesignate James Gallogly takes office July 1, he will inherit a university that finds itself on the brink of financial distress — something he may be uniquely equipped to handle. “I’m really concerned,” Boren said. “It’s like standing on the edge of a cliff — we’re getting closer to the edge of the cliff every year, and we run out of tricks. How many times can you offer people voluntary early retirement? How many times can you keep doing things to save money … We stretch every dollar that we can, and we’re out of tricks. We’re out of magic tricks. It’s like a cloud over the future of the university.” In the state ranked last in state funding for higher education, the university has taken a cut from the state legislature nearly every year in the past decade and beyond, according to the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education. Higher education has seen such severe budget cuts that state allocations for fiscal year 2018 are $41.2 million less than they were in fiscal year 2001. “We’re operating the University of Oklahoma, in state funds, with the same amount we received approximately 20 years ago — how in the world can you do that?” Boren said. “There’s two or three thousand more students, they’re doing more programs than they have

ANNA BAUMAN • @ANNABAUMAN2 before — how can you pay the bills if you’re still getting what you got 20 years ago?” As state allocations have continued to shrink, Boren and his administration have implemented a variety of strategies to manage tight funds, including an increased reliance on private donations. The university has received around $3 billion in private donations over the course of Boren’s presidency, which he said was crucial for funding many of the programs and initiatives he spearheaded, such as endowed faculty positions, new and renovated buildings and additional academic programs. “Where would the university be without that $3 billion? What if we had just had to depend upon our state appropriations? We wouldn’t even be able to be a full comprehensive university,” Boren said. “We would not have the standards we have, we would not have the programs we have, we wouldn’t have the Honors College, we wouldn’t have the (National Merit) Scholars, we wouldn’t have the study abroad (programs), we wouldn’t have all of these things.” When Gallogly takes over as president, he will inherit a university in a budget crisis much like that of LyondellBasell in 2009, when he stepped into his role as CEO of the company. Then, Gallogly transformed the bankrupt company into one that would later become one of the nation’s top producers of plastics and chemicals. The journey to the top included 10 plant closures and 5,000 layoffs, according to a 2017 Houston Chronicle article. Some point to this success, as well as Gallogly’s 29-year career in the oil industry at ConocoPhillips and Chevron Phillips, as an

indicator he will bring valuable financial skills to the table. Nick Hathaway, OU’s vice president for strategic planning and administration and finance, said he thinks Gallogly is a proven strategist whose abilities in financial management will be beneficial. “Having experience in leading a very large organization through difficult times in the past I think will serve him well, and he can rely on those experiences and apply those skills to this situation,” Hathaway said. “One of the critiques it seems our critics would like to lobby toward higher education is that we’re not appropriately business-minded, and I think having someone with his background as our champion is actually going to be a really great voice with which to talk to our critics.” Ha t h aw a y s a i d h e t h i n k s Gallogly’s experience outside the realm of higher education gives him an outsider perspective that will challenge the administration to think beyond its previous strategies. “When you talk about building diverse teams and finding effective solutions, the strength of a diverse team is to bring people from different perspectives to find the best solution,” Hathaway said. “I think he’s going to challenge us with perspectives and ideas that maybe haven’t been sort of runof-the-mill kinds of ideas around here, and I’m sure some of those are going to be effective in maybe helping us move forward.” Beyond financial skills, Gallogly’s connections to the oil industry could also be helpful in finding funding. Many of the largest donations to OU come from donors in the oil industry, said Chandra Rai, director of the Mewbourne School of Petroleum

and Geological Engineering. Gallogly himself, who was involved in the largest one-day donation in university history, is no stranger to the importance of private giving. OU’s College of Engineering now bears his name, with a biomedical engineering school and a building to house it thanks to a joint $30 million donation from Gallogly and the Stephenson family in 2015. “This university … has received tremendous support from the oil industry,” Rai said. “The big donors to this university, not to this college, to this university — whether you take the residential hall or football club … I can keep going down and down the list — they’re all big contributions from oil companies. And everyone else is benefiting, everyone is benefiting. So if his connectivity can bring some funding, soft money as they call it, to the university, it will be good for everyone.” Due to Gallogly’s extensive career in one of the state’s largest and most economically viable industries, Rai said he thinks big donors could be just a phone call away from the former oil executive, something that could be necessary in light of a lack of state funding. “I don’t have any hope from the state. I have been over here for 20 years, and all these years I have seen the state contributions to higher education is going down and down and down, so I don’t see that trend changing,” Rai said. “This is a flagship university for the state of Oklahoma, so more resources anyone can garner is good for the university.” A critical component of development and fundraising is having connections to potential funding sources, Hathaway said. “If you already have established

relationships, then you’re ahead of the game,” Hathaway said. “I don’t know (Gallogly) that well, but my sense of him is that he’s got a lot of connections with people who could really help the university move forward.” Gallogly has shown early promise in this area already, having met with OU alumni in New York in early April and scheduled a similar meeting with Houston alumni later this month. Even with high expectations for Gallogly’s financial capabilities, Boren said the president’s role in recruiting funds is not always entirely effective, especially in terms of state funding. Despite great efforts on his part, including inviting each newly elected legislator to dinner at Boyd House and pouring a third of his life savings into a failed penny tax bill that would have increased education funding, Boren has not had success in getting the legislature to budge. “That’s unfortunately not under the control of the president of the university,” Boren said. “You can do what you can do … but you can only do so much, you can only do what you can, and I really tried.” In light of recent teacher walkouts and a revenue-raising measure to fund $6,000 teacher raises, Boren pointed to a glimmer of hope in the situation Gallogly is about to step into. “I wish (Gallogly) luck, I’ll just continue to try to help him in any way I can,” Boren said. “But I think that the tide is about to shift. I think the people of Oklahoma have had enough of us being last in all the things that matter and first in all the things we don’t want to be.” Anna Bauman



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stretcher. OU officials did not offer any other updates beyond Boren’s immediate condition. In the event that Boren’s recovery prevents him from assuming presidential duties, OU senior vice president and provost Kyle Harper would be acting president, per guidelines from OU Board

of Regents’ minutes. There has been no comment regarding the position of President-designate James Gallogly, who is scheduled to succeed Boren on July 1, in the line of succession. During and after the health scare, many offered thoughts and prayers for the president and wished him a speedy recover y.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole said in a statement released April 15 he was shocked to hear the news but wished Boren well. “David is a fighter, so I am pleased to hear that my friend is in good spirits,” Cole said. “David and his family are in my prayers as he continues to recover.” Boren, 76, has undergone

other health-related procedures in the past, including heart bypass surgery in March 2017 that left him in the hospital for a week, as well as back surgery in 2005. Anna Bauman

OEA ends state’s teacher walkouts Some educators plan to continue protests at Capitol

O U P re s i d e n t D av i d Boren announced April 13 an additional psychologist will be added to the University Counseling Center staff at Goddard Health Center. “The health and safety of our students must always be our first concern,” Boren said in a statement. “This includes providing adequate mental healthcare, which is vitally important. Even with the severe budget situation which we face, I feel that we must address the need for more adequate mental health resources delivered in a more timely fashion.” Recruitment for the new psychologist will begin immediately, and there will be an ongoing review of OU’s

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school at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and breakfast for the teachers who were leaving for the Capitol. The first week, buses paid for by various area companies transported the teachers from the school to the Capitol, but teachers carpooled the second week. From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day, the teachers were at the Capitol protesting — some days inside the Capitol building talking to legislators, sometimes protesting outside due to its limited capacity. Even when Jones was not there, she was advocating

from home or providing childcare for children who were not in school due to the walkouts. Early childhood education senior Sterling Barrow, president of the OU student chapter of the Oklahoma Education Association and student-teacher at Truman Primary, also attended the walkout most days with her assigned teacher. “It has been an absolutely incredible experience to see the support from other teachers, from parents, from superintendents,” Barrow said. “I didn’t realize how much support

teachers actually have until this movement.” Barrow said every day she attende d the walkout, teachers had been inside the Capitol for hours “talking and trying to get legislators to hear us.” “It has also been disheartening and frustrating talking with different legislators,” Barrow said. “They give you the runaround — there are several that are unfortunately not pro-education, and they’re just trying to wait us out right now.” Although the walkout has limited her experience in the classroom, Jones said

there is nothing else she would rather do. “A lot of it has shown me the importance of advocating for my students,” Jones said. “... After getting to know so many groups of children over the years, I can’t imagine doing anything different than walking out right now. These kids need this funding, and that’s not what’s happening. So we’re just going to keep doing what we need to do until it happens.” Jordan Miller

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Early childhood education senior Katherine Jones is almost five weeks into her eight-week student-teaching internship. She’s been in the classroom for only two weeks of that time. April 2 began the largest teacher walkout in Oklahoma history. Te a c h e r s f ro m a l l ov e r Oklahoma walked, drove and carpooled to the Capitol to protest low salaries and education funding. On April 12, the Oklahoma Education Association called for an end to the walkout, even though demands regarding education funding had not been met. Norman Public Schools is resuming school on Monday along with many other districts, but Jones and other teachers still plan on protesting at the Capitol until more progress is made. “That crushed a lot of people,” Jones said. “... I know with our school, a lot of our teachers are still planning on being gone on Monday, because OEA does not speak for ever yone. OEA only speaks for those teachers who are involved in their union.” Jones has been protesting with her assigned teacher most days at the Capitol. “That first day was equally exciting as it was saddening,” Jones said. “... We got told to just go back to our classrooms, we got told that we shouldn’t be there, that we have enough, that we’re being needy. It was really hard to get our point across. But we also had some legislators say, ‘You’re going to make an impact if you stick this out, you’re going to do what you need to do.’” Jones is a student-teacher at Truman Primary, where the PTA helped to support the teachers walking out. Every morning, the PTA showed up at the


mental health resources, according to Boren’s statement. Scott Miller, director of the University Counseling Center, said in the press release he is appreciative of Boren’s advocacy for students. “We are all committed to meeting the mental health needs of our campus community,” Miller said in the release. “This funding will provide important financial resources to meet this need.” The announcement comes as OU’s Counseling Psychology Clinic, run by doctoral students, will close May 10 due to faculty shortage, which has sparked concern among students. In January 2017, The Daily reported on significant wait times that students often face when seeking mental health treatment at Goddard. Anna Bauman

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Boren praises OU students for joining effort despite cold OLAN FIELD @field_olan

Groups of OU students eager to help the community spread throughout the Norman and Oklahoma City area on April 14 as part of the 19th annual Big Event. This year, the event had more than 6,100 volunteers at 210 different sites to help with local needs, according to Megan Shepard, a business senior and the Big Event chair. The Big Event brings the OU community together to give back to the

local community by volunteering time at various organizations and agencies, according to the Big Event’s website. Shepard said she has participated in the Big Event since her freshman year. The impact the event made in just one day motivated her to become the event chair, she said. “I’ve just been blown away by the volunteers and all they do,� Megan Shepard said. During the day’s opening ceremony, OU President David Boren said he was impressed with the thousands of volunteers who, despite the cold weather, showed up to make a difference.

“I think this morning really represents the real Sooner magic. The real Sooner magic is all about reaching out and helping other people,� Boren said. “You know, when you think about it, it is not what you do for yourself that you are going to think about, that is going to matter. It is what you do for other people.� “Community through service� is the Big Event motto as students each year continue the tradition of giving back to their community, according to the Big Event website. “If we are going to change the world and make it a better place, the only way we can do it is by impacting people where we

live,� Boren said. “By touching their lives and making things better for them — and, today, you are going to do that.� A common trend among the volunteers for the Big Event is that they continue their support annually for the duration of their time at OU. Katie Shepard, an occupational therapy senior and group leader of the Big Event executive committee, said she spent her freshman year helping by passing out supplies to volunteers before going out to one of the job sites during her sophomore year. “Seeing the hands-on work around the community really just inspired me to keep it up my whole time at

OU — because there are so many communities around the campus that deserve for us to give back to,� Shepard said. David Drennan, the community contact for the group volunteering at First Christian Church, said his experiences with the Big Event have been terrific. Drennan was placed on the church’s property committee in 1999, responsible for spring cleaning of the church and its maintenance. The church has been a proud recipient of service from the Big Event since its start, with the exception of a few years, Drennan said. The Big Event is supported by student organizations and the OU greek life

community. Students may choose to volunteer as individuals or create a group with their friends. Taylor Cox, a meteorology junior and special events co-chair for the Big Event, said serving with friends and meeting new people is what she loves. “I got involved because it is great, people serving with the same mindset of ‘We want to help each other,’� Cox said. “I love to serve alongside my friends and serve alongside others and meet new people while also helping the community.� Olan Field

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OU will host a discussion next week on the intersection of mental health, race and policing as part of a citizen effort to create a citizens’ advisory board for community policing. Olugbenga Ajilore, an associate economics professor from the University of Toledo, will come to campus for the fifth community discussion led by the Norman Citizens for Racial Justice group. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. April 19 in Room 122 of Dale Hall. OU economics professor and forum organizer Cynthia Rogers said Ajilore should be able to offer insight into the topic of the forum, “Race, Mental Health and Policing,� due

to his rich academic background in the area. “He looks at actual data and does analysis and the sort of thing that gets you beyond anecdotes of, ‘Well, this happened bad, and this happened good,’� Rogers said. “What I’m hoping is that he can provide some guidance about how you would sort of evaluate how we’re doing and to look at how we could do better.� Deon Osborne, OU political communications senior and Norman Citizens for Racial Justice member, said this will be the last community discussion held before the group takes a proposal for the creation of a citizens’ advisory board for community policing to the Norman City Council. Osborne said the push for the creation of an advisory board came after the name change of what was formerly DeBarr Avenue as well as the outrage following the Jan. 16 death of

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Marconia Kessee in Norman police custody. Osborne said the group wanted to find ways to include students in the discussion after the increase in activism by creating community forums at the university. “Following the DeBarr issue, we met a lot of new allies, and we listened to a lot of concerns, and the citizens’ advisory board came up with one of the primary concerns people wanted to see action on,� Osborne said. “We wanted to make sure that the students felt like they were a part of this discussion, so this is primarily for the students, but anyone is welcome to come.� Rogers said she hopes

people from all across the Norman community will come out to learn about and discuss the issues surrounding community policing and support the creation of an advisory board because these issues have an impact on everyone. “I think it’s an issue for all of us,� Rogers said. “Who doesn’t know somebody that has some mental health issue? Who doesn’t know somebody who’s a minority and has stories to tell about how they’re treated? We’re all affected because we all know people who are affected.� Sierra Rains

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OU coach Lincoln Riley walks out of the tunnel before the spring game April 14.

Riley steps up his spring game OU coach excites fans for next season at lively scrimmage KELLI STACY @AstacyKelli

A little over an hour and a half after the spring game concluded, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley tweeted out the eyeballs emoji. A sign well-known by Sooner Nation at this point, the tweet indicated OU had landed another commitment after a day that proved Riley’s ability to create an atmosphere that appeals to fans and recruits alike. Riley’s real touches were seen in the details, which were plentiful. On a day when former OU coaching legend Bob Stoops was

being honored, Riley was using the day to chip away at another piece of the puzzle that is OU’s new era of football. It was executed in much the same way Riley executes everything — with precision, energy and high expectations. The spring game has always been a source of excitement for Sooner fans, with cheap tickets and fun events throughout the day leading up to the game. This year it was more, though. “I think it was a lot of fun,” junior wide receiver Marquise Brown said. “It brought more attention, more people to come out and watch us. (It gave us a chance) to interact with our peers, the fans and students that were here. It was a chance to interact with

them, and it was pretty fun.” Prior to the game, fans littered the field looking up at country music singer Trace Adkins as he performed on a stage built into the north end zone. Less than an hour later, those fans were in the stands with a little more than 50,000 others cheering and reaching for the hands of former Sooners who arrived in Norman for the weekend. Fans were treated to a scrimmage with teams coached by former Sooners Adrian Peterson and Trent Williams, along with multiple events during timeouts and halftime. Every detail was planned, from Brown racing a fan in the middle of the game to OU kickers lining up around the field to kick free footballs into the stands to a fan kicking

a field goal for a chance to win free tuition for a semester paid by Riley. It was a day that gave S ooner Nation another glimpse into what OU football’s future looks like under Riley. It showed the youth and vitality Riley pumps into the program, along with his desire to continue the family atmosphere Stoops began years ago. “I think this could not only become a huge weekend, not just for football but for our entire athletic program and our entire university,” Riley said. “I think you can build a lot around what you can potentially do this weekend. So those are conversations that we’ve already started to have — that, as we look toward the future, know that now next time we’ve got a full year to

really build this ... I think we’re off to a great start. We put our heart and soul into this one. Every ounce we had, we put into this one, but we’ll be ready to do it again even better next year ... I think we can build a lot more around it as a university and make it great for everybody, not just OU football.” The atmosphere Riley created wasn’t for the fans alone, though. It was a massive recruiting weekend for OU, with multiple recruits committing on Friday and another committing after the spring game concluded. With former players who have as much success as Peterson and Williams on campus, as well as the Sooners receiving their Big 12 Championship rings during the game, OU pulled

out all the stops for recruits on their official visits. The game itself wasn’t a shootout, and no stunning plays were made, but it was what Riley wanted. He said he felt like it simulated the feel of a real game more, w ith the re d and white teams going to overtime tied 3-3 before the white team was able to secure a 10-9 win. Despite the uneventful scrimmage, the day was a success in Riley’s mind. A small part of his vision for what the spring game can be was seen on Saturday, and though the words “Salute to Stoops” were painted on Owen Field, it was clear that OU football is now solely Riley’s. Kelli Stacy


OU President David Boren speaks at the dedication of the Bob Stoops statue April 14.

Boren’s health scare impacts festivities OU president leaves spring event after minor stroke GEORGE STOIA @georgestoia

As Oklahoma President David Boren addressed the crowd in attendance for the dedication of Bob Stoops’ statue in the courtyard of the Switzer Center, there was a feeling something was wrong. Boren, typically well-spoken and insightful, was repeating himself and slurring his words near the end of his speech. Maybe it was the cold weather

and high winds, but when Boren struggled to get back to his seat, nearly everyone in attendance knew something wasn’t right with the 76-year-old president. Paramedics eventually showed up, after former Oklahoma standout safety Roy Williams notified the police, making it an awkward scene as athletic director Joe Castiglione attempted to keep the crowd’s attention. “That was a moment when everybody was going to come up around the statue,” Castiglione told Eric Bailey of the Tulsa World. “I saw they were going to put

him on the stretcher and maybe perhaps take him to further observe and evaluate his condition. I saw a little bit more concern in people’s eyes and the body language … He was looking at me like ‘Keep going.’” Boren would later have to be carried off on a stretcher and taken to OU Medical, where it was determined he had suffered a minor stroke. In a day that was about the celebration of a legendary coach and Lincoln Riley’s creation of a new atmosphere for a spring game that normally draws little attention, Boren’s health scare left a weary cloud over

the festivities. Just over three hours later, sophomore running back Trey Sermon — a key contributor in the Sooner offense — suffered what appeared to be a bad knee injury at the time. Just plays later, a cheerleader was knocked out cold by an errant pass out of bounds. On top of that, the spring game itself didn’t see a touchdown until overtime. Things did not go as planned Saturday, and at the center of it all was Boren. “It’s tough to describe,” Riley said after the game. “Tough for it to be such a great event and great thing,

and then to see him not feeling well — it hurts me.” Boren has been the face of the university for 24 years. He’s been an ambassador for not only the university as a whole, but also Oklahoma athletics and the future of the Big 12. Boren is responsible for a large part of Oklahoma’s success, and he, Castiglione and Stoops were a rarity in college football, staying together for 18 years. T h e m e d i ca l e p i s o d e Boren experienced Saturday was shocking. Despite having heart surger y in 2017 and back surgery in 2005, Boren has seemingly

been immortal, making Saturday’s atmosphere go from exciting to somber. After Boren was taken away, Castiglione stood before the crowd at a loss for words, saying, “They don’t write a script for things like this.” Castiglione’s comments are mutual to the feelings of Sooner Nation, with a cloud of worry still hanging over Norman. “I ruined the day,” Boren was overheard saying as he was carted off the Switzer Center’s south lawn. George Stoia



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ANNIVERSARY RECOGNITION – 50 YEARS: Monte Cook, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences ANNIVERSARY RECOGNITION – 30 YEARS: Gary Barksdale, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences; Fred Beard, Gaylord College of

Journalism and Mass Communication; Rachel Cortest, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences; Lance Drege, School of Music, Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts; James Gardner, Department of Educational Psychology, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education; Daniel Glatzhofer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences; Roger Harrison, Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering; James Hartigan, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences; Edgar Heap of Birds, Department of Native American Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences; Young Yun Kim, Department of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences; Michael Knapp, Steed School of Accounting, Michael F. Price College of Business; Murad Ozaydin, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences; Shivakumar Raman, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering; Steven Wells, Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences

ANNIVERSARY RECOGNITION – 20 YEARS: Eric Abraham, Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences; Benjamin Alpers, Honors College; Rozmeri Basic, OU School of Visual Arts, Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts; Khosrow Bozorgi, Division of Architecture, Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture; Amy Bradshaw, Department of Educational Psychology, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education; Lowell Busenitz, Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Michael F. Price College of Business; Nicole Campbell, University College; Julia Ehrhardt, Honors College; Aimee Franklin, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences; Peter Gade, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication; Rong Gan, School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering; Gregg Garn, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education; Suzette Grillot, College of International Studies; Sally Gros, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences; Marcia Haag, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences; Catherine John, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences; Rosemary Knapp, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences; Marvin Lamb, School of Music, Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts; Thomas Landers, Gallogly College of Engineering; Gaye LeBlanc Germain, School of Music, Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts; William Megginson, Division of Finance, Michael F. Price College of Business; Henry Neeman, School of Computer Science, Gallogly College of Engineering; Thomas Ray, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences; Karin Schutjer, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences; Thomas Stanley, Oklahoma Geological Survey; David Tarpenning, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication; Susan Walden, Office of Undergraduate Research, Office of the Vice President for Research; Stephen Westrop, ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics, Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy; Jay Wilkinson, School of Music, Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION OUTSTANDING FACULTY AWARD Paula T. McWhirter, Department of Educational Psychology, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education GOOD TEACHING AWARD Ilhan Demiralp, Division of Finance, Michael F. Price College of Business GENERAL EDUCATION TEACHING AWARDS Catherine John, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences Gregory Burge, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences GATEWAY TO COLLEGE LEARNING OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTOR AWARD Ryan Peters, Hobson Academic Services, College of Arts and Sciences PRESIDENT’S DISTINGUISHED FACULTY MENTORING PROGRAM OUTSTANDING MENTOR AWARD Eric Day, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences MERRICK FOUNDATION TEACHING AWARD Lubomir Litov, Division of Finance, Michael F. Price College of Business DAVID L. BOREN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT Ana Bolino, Management and International Business, Michael F. Price College of Business VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AWARD FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY SCHOLARSHIP Julie Miller-Cribbs, Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AWARD FOR BROADENING THE PARTICIPATION OF TRADITIONALLY UNDRERREPRESENTED OR UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS Shane Brady, Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AWARD FOR IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE AND COMMUNITIES Cynthia Rogers, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT Ali Imran, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE BY A POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER Andrea Contina, Aeroecology NSF Research Traineeship, Oklahoma Biological Survey VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE BY A NON-FACULTY RESEARCHER Alexander Ryzhkov, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences NANCY L. MERGLER FACULTY MENTOR AWARDS FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH Samuel J. Huskey, Department of Classics and Letters, College of Arts and Sciences Chung-Hao Lee, School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering

PATENT AWARDS Robert D. Palmer, Advanced Radar Research Center, Advanced Radar Research Center *Guifu Zhang, Advanced Radar Research Center, Advanced Radar Research Center *Jan Sunner, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, College of Arts and Sciences Kathleen E. Duncan, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, College of Arts and Sciences *Joseph M. Suflita, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, College of Arts and Sciences *Matthew Kowalski, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, College of Arts and Sciences Zhisheng Shi, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering *Kurt C. Gramoll, School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering *Jijun Qiu, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering Binbin Weng, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering Patrick J. McCann, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering Brian Grady, School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering *Jeffrey Harwell, School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering *Guangzhe Yu, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering *Kimberly L. Elmore, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences *Brian Kaney, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences REGENTS’ AWARDS FOR SUPERIOR TEACHING *Mark C. Bolino, Division of Management and International Business, Michael F. Price College of Business Edgar A. O’Rear, School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering Daniel T. Ostas, Division of Management and International Business, Michael F. Price College of Business REGENTS’ AWARDS FOR SUPERIOR RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY Shane Connelly, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences Paul Moore, School of Visual Arts, Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts Young Yun Kim, Department of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences DAVID L. BOREN PROFESSORSHIP Diane M. Horm, Department of Instructional Leadership and Curriculum, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education DAVID ROSS BOYD PROFESSORSHIP Keith A. Strevett, School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, Gallogly College of Engineering GEORGE LYNN CROSS RESEARCH PROFESSORSHIPS Wayne Thomas, Division of Accounting, Michael F. Price College of Business *Ming Xue, School of Meteorology, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences *Xiangming Xiao, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.

PRESIDENTIAL PROFESSORSHIPS Kristy A. Brugar, Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Robert L. and Nan A. Huddleston Presidential Professorship in Education *Amy V. Callaghan, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, College of Arts and Sciences Henry Zarrow Presidential Professorship Samuel Cheng, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering William H. Barkow Presidential Professorship *Steven J. Cleveland, College of Law Thomas P. Hester Presidential Professorship Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, College of Arts and Sciences L. J. Semrod Presidential Professorship of Arts and Sciences Kirsten de Beurs, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences President’s Associates Presidential Professorship John C. Harris, Division of Regional and City Planning, Christopher C. Gibbs President’s Associates Presidential Professorship Kianoosh Hatami, School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, Gallogly College of Engineering President’s Associates Presidential Professorship Matthew L. Jensen, Management Information Systems, Michael F. Price College of Business President’s Associates Presidential Professorship Scott F. Johnson, Department of Classics and Letters, College of Arts and Sciences Joseph F. Paxton Presidential Professorship Michael R. Markham, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences Sam K. Viersen Family Foundation Presidential Professor of Excellence Joshua B. Nelson, Department of English, Department of Film and Media Studies, College of Arts and Sciences President’s Associates Presidential Professorship Mark Neumann, School of Music, Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts President’s Associates Presidential Professorship *David Parsons, School of Meteorology, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences President’s Associates Presidential Professorship Carsten Schapkow, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences L.R. Brammer, Jr. Presidential Professorship in History Kathryn Schumaker, Department of Classics and Letters, College of Arts and Sciences Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor of Excellence Krishnan Shankar, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences Nancy Scofield Hester Presidential Professorship Hjalti H. Sigmarsson, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering Gerald Tuma Presidential Professorship

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Freshman defensive back Miguel Edwards runs with the ball during the spring game April 14.

5 players shine at spring game

Sooners stand out in OU football’s annual scrimmage ABBY BITTERMAN @Abby_Bitterman

Several new faces shined in the Sooners’ spring game Saturday, along with some familiar ones. Here are five players who stood out: Miguel Edwards The freshman defensive

back made one of the most exciting plays of regulation, intercepting sophomore quarterback Austin Kendall. He ran the pick back for nine yards and also recorded three tackles. “(I’m) proud of Miguel for making the play on the big stage,” coach Lincoln Riley said. Kennedy Brooks A redshirt freshman running back, Brooks was the Sooners’ leading rusher Saturday. He ran for 109 yards on 11 attempts and

seemed to be a big part of the offensive production from the red team, coached by former Sooner Trent Williams. “That’s kind of what he does everyday at practice,” Riley said. “He’s got kind of a unique running style... He’s pretty smooth. He’s a natural runner. We’ve got to get the other parts of his game to continue to develop.” Marcelias Sutton The senior running back scored the first touchdown of the game, finding the end zone for the white team,

coached by former Sooner Adrian Peterson, at the start of overtime. He recorded 57 rushing yards on eight carries. “I feel like today went good,” Sutton said. “I just went out there and tried to do my assignments to the best of my abilities and let God take the wheel, let nature take its course and just do my thing.” Grant Calcaterra A sophomore tight end, Calcaterra is expected to play a big role in the Sooners’ offense this season as he steps

into Mark Andrews’ shoes. He showed a glimpse of what he can do during the spring game, leading Oklahoma in receiving yards, making three catches for a total of 59 yards and a touchdown. “I think I’ll kind of just step in and do exactly what (Andrews) did,” Calcaterra said. “I don’t think they’re going to change anything with the offense. I think I’ll just step into that tight end role and continue to try and do what he did here and leave my mark as well.”

Brendan Radley-Hiles The freshman defensive back has been highly touted throughout the spring, and he showed why on Saturday. He recorded four tackles, including one for a 12-yard loss. “He’s a really good player,” Calcaterra said. “It’s not normal for a freshman to come in like that, and I think he’s taken some tremendous strides throughout the spring.” Abby Bitterman

OU fans leave wanting more after scrimmage Low scores send well-split teams into overtime ABBY BITTERMAN @Abby_Bitterman

The Sooners have hyped up the spring game and the events around it for the last month in an effort to draw a crowd of 80,000, but the game itself fell a bit flat. It started out with a drive by sophomore quarterback Austin Kendall and the red team, coached by former Sooner Trent Williams. It seemed like the red team would go all the way to the end zone with ease, but the defense stopped them, and they were forced to kick a field goal. That would be the closest either team came to scoring a touchdown in the competitive part of the newly formatted game. The new format was an attempt to make the spring game more exciting for fans, but a 3-3 tie at the end of the first half — the competitive part of the game — left more to be desired.

Big passes and breakout runs were few and far between. The coaches had contemplated how they would handle a tie throughout the week, coach Lincoln Riley said, and he admitted he was glad Austin Seibert’s 56-yard field goal attempt hit off the upright because he wanted the game to go into overtime. “The game ended up being exactly how we would have drawn it up,” Riley said. The biggest action of the game didn’t come until the end of regulation. The game’s first touchdown came in overtime, when junior running back Marcelias Sutton ran in to score for the white team, coached by former Sooner Adrian Peterson. Team Williams immediately responded with a touchdown pass from Kendall to sophomore tight end Grant Calcaterra. “I think it’s a testament to how well they split up the teams,” Calcaterra said. “I think the teams were really split going into it. I also think the wind probably had a little bit to do with that with the passing game.”

Spring games don’t typically have the type of high scoring action that a regular Big 12 game would — last year’s was settled by a score of 14-13 — because the teams are split and because they want to protect the players from injury — sophomore running back Trey Sermon did go down with an apparent right knee injury early on, though Riley said he should be OK. This one, though, felt like it lacked any big plays, save overtime. Despite the lack of eye-popping moments on the field, the spring game still had an exciting atmosphere. Riley commended the fans, who numbered more than 52,000, for coming out despite the weather. Sutton said he thought Sooner Nation was more involved than it was last year. “It was nice to see everybody out there,” Sutton said. “Nobody was sitting on the sidelines. Everybody was involved in it.” Abby Bitterman

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Sophomore quarterback Austin Kendall prepares to run out of the tunnel before the spring game April 14.





• April 16-18, 2018

Trace Adkins sings at OU scrimmage

Country artist energizes shivering fans before game ALLISON WEINTRAUB @AllisonWntrb

Despite the wind chill, Trace Adkins took to a makeshift stage in the north end zone of Gaylord FamilyOklahoma Memorial Stadium to entertain fans before the start of the spring football game. Joe Castiglione, OU’s athletic director, introduced Adkins and presented him with a customized OU helmet. Castiglione informed the crowd that Adkins was at the spring game during a break on his “How Did We Get Here” tour. Then, Adkins jumped into his set, making the most of his 45 minutes by playing a series of hit songs. Fans who purchased $25 field passes

for the concert also received seats in section 4-5. Adkins started the show with “Dangerous Man,” then moved into “Songs About Me” and “Chrome.” The crowd was receptive to every song. Children were moving in the stadium stands, and a RUF/NEKS member danced with a LIL’ SIS on the field, all captured on the big screen on top of the stadium. However, as time went on, the bracing wind and chill forced several fans back into the stadium. Even though the crowd thinned, Adkins continued to bring his signature energy to the performance, his ponytail-length hair whipping around in the wind. Other standout performances included “You’re Gonna Miss This,” which was a crowd-pleaser, as was Adkins’ speech about appreciating the college years, and “Ladies Love Country Boys.”

During the final song, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” Adkins brought the OU cheerleaders and the costumed mascots, Boomer and Sooner, on stage. “And on the sixth day, God created cheerleaders,” Adkins said to the cheering crowd during the song. By t h e t i m e t h e s o ng ended, the huddled masses who had stayed for the entire concert began to make their way inside. Even though the weather outside was cold, Adkins brought an energy to the stadium and kept his fans happy with a catalogue of his best-known material. Adkins will continue the “How Did We Get Here” tour until Oct. 27, 2018. Allison Weintraub

The OU Honors College would like to thank all the presenters, faculty sponsors, moderators, judges and staff who helped make the 30th annual Undergraduate Research Day a huge success. Special congratulations go to the three Grand Prize winners, runners-up and their faculty sponsors in the three award-granting sessions:

Biology/Chemistry Roland Lehr Phi Beta Kappa Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Research Grand Prize: •Mary-Francis LaPorte with Dr. Laura Bartley, The Effects of OsAT5 Gene Expression on Arabidopsis Cell Walls, Development, and Physiology

Honors College Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Research:

Trace Adkins performs before the spring game April 14.


New show to feature local art destinations ‘Colorful Escapes’ will showcase Norman culture HEATH KUYKENDALL @HeathKuykendal1

A r t ga l l e r i e s a rou n d Norman recently had the opportunity to share their art with the Oklahoma community as featured locales in the pilot episode of the new show “Colorful Escapes.” Created by journalist Heide Brandes and filmmaker Dennis Spielman, “Colorful Escapes” is a new spin-off series from Spielman’s online publication and show “Uncovering Oklahoma,” which features discussion about some of Oklahoma’s most adventurous and enjoyable spots. The creators of “Colorful Escapes” aim to create a national “travel series where art is the destination,” according to their website. Brandes and Spielman recently produced a pilot episode for the new series,

traveling to Norman to showcase the local arts scene. In the 22-minute episode, Brandes travels around Norman to meet local artists, visit galleries and enjoy the area’s culture. Her trip took her to MAINSITE Contemporary Art, Gallery 123...Norman, Studio Ink, Urban Alley, The Diner, Norman Firehouse Art Center, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Gray Owl Coffee, Resonator and the Mo nt f o rd In n . Th e f u l l episode is available on Kickstarter’s website. Emily Smart, the creative development assistant at Firehouse Art Center, spoke to Brandes about the Firehouse Art Center gallery in the episode. Smart said the show’s goal of providing exposure to community art scenes across the nation is what brought “Colorful Escapes” to Norman. “They started with Norman because we have such a developed arts scene,” Smart said. “We have a lot of community support for the arts.

It made Norman a great place to start. They’re trying to highlight how the arts enrich each community.” Smart said shows like “Colorful Escapes” help nonprofit art galleries with small budgets advertise themselves to community members who want a chance to delve into the arts. “We believe ever yone should have access to the arts, regardless of their background, socio-economic standing or their age,” Smart said. “Color ful Escapes” is still not fully funded, and Brandes and Spielman have asked Oklahoma residents to help raise the $5,000 needed to continue producing the show. Donations for the show’s production can be sent to the “Colorful Escapes” Kickstarter.

• Sara Alexander with Dr. Paul Lawson, Culture-Dependent Approach to Isolation of Antibiotic-Producing Actinomycetes from the Great Salt Plains of Oklahoma • Connor Howard with Dr. Doug Gaffin, A Biological Approach to Indoor Navigation and Localization • Alby Musaelian with Dr. Ulrich Hansmann, Improving the Reliability, Reproducibility and Performance of a Custom Molecular Dynamics Program • Jonna Vanderslice with Dr. Doug Gaffin, Across the Rainbow: Assessment of Scorpion Light Responses to Different Wavelengths of Light

Humanities/Social Sciences/ Anthropology/Architecture Honors College Research Award for Most Outstanding Project Grand Prize: • Ryan Frome with Dr. Cara Monroe, Yukisma Men of the San Francisco Bay, Genetic Relatedness of a Prehistoric Group Burial

Honors College Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Research: • Breanna Boss with Dr. Kevin Butterfield, The National Christian Association: Anti-Masonry in the Post-Bellum Era • Hannah Grip with Dr. Roxanne Mountford, Arguing for the Environment: A Study of Individual Action and Persuasion • Ellen Fitzsimmons with Dr. Robert Terry, Predicting Academic Success in Initial Mathematics Course Taken for First-Time Freshmen • David Louden with Dr. Emily Johnson, Interactions Among Russian Speakers in Online LGBTQ Communities and Social Media

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8 P.M. APRIL 27, 28, MAY 4 3 P.M. APRIL 28, 29, MAY 5 Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

563 Elm Ave. Norman This production is suitable for all audiences.

For tickets call (405) 325-4101. Online tickets

Advance Purchase: $10 student, $25 adult, $20 senior adult, OU employee Tickets at the door: $15 student, $35 adult. No discounts, cash/check only.

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Engineering, Geology Phi Kappa Phi Grand Prize: • Rodrigo Rivera-Reyes with Dr. Saeed Salehi, How Does Water Quality Affect Cement Properties?

Honors College Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Research: • Kim Pham with Dr. Shima Mohebbi, Review of Monetary Versus Non-Monetary Incentives and Their Effectiveness in Integrated Healthcare Systems • Delcio Dombassi Teixeira with Dr. Roger Slatt, Defining the Upper Surfaces of the Formations in STACK (Sooner Trend Anadarko Canadian and Kingfisher counties) and Merge Plays within the Anadarko Basin, Oklahoma • Stephanie Vo with Dr. David Sabatini, Utilizing Carbon Materials as Pore-Forming Agents in Hydroxyapatite Ceramics for Fluoride Removal in Drinking Water • Madison Williams with Dr. Michael Behm. Seismic Interpretation of Sedimentation Thicknesses in Relation to Deforestation Effects: Lake Tanganyika, Africa

April 16-18, 2018  
April 16-18, 2018