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RCPL Spring Newsletter 2014

New Semester Begins!

The 2013 academic year was good to the RCPL family. The division received a four year term for reaccreditation from the Planning Accreditation Board. The program’s focus over the next few years will be on the implementation of its strategic plan, the recruitment of new students and faculty, and the production and dissemination of scholarship.

Our program is comprised of 27 students from the US and abroad and we seek to grow our program to 40 students by 2016. While the majority of our students hail from the State of Oklahoma, we have a number of remarkable international students from: China, Korea, Iran, Russia, Germany, and El Salvador.

Our alumni have been giving back in meaningful ways. The RCPL Board of Visitors, in an initiative led by Jim Duncan (‘63), will be hosting an all alumni reunion on Oct. 4, 2014 to honor Professor Lee Rogers. We hope you will join us for this event. It will be an important opportunity to reconnect with one another and to celebrate Professor Rogers’ 90th birthday.

RCPL will host the 2014 OKAPA conference on campus on Oct. 2 and 3 of this year. We will issue a call

for session submissions in March so please be on the lookout for future announcements. Among other topics, we will be celebrating the resiliency of Oklahoma communities in the wake of severe weather.

Additionally, land use law expert John Nolon has accepted our invitation to speak about the legal aspects of hydrofracturing.

We hope you will come home to OU this year and be a part of some of the exciting events we have planned.

Dawn Jourdan,

Associate Professor and Director of Regional and City Planning

Portia Owens and family at December Graduation

Congratulations to Portia Owens!

RCPL December 2013 Graduate

Calendar of Events

Oklahoma City’s 125th birthday

April 22, 2014


Oklahoma City’s 125th birthday is coming up on April 22nd.  There will be a full day of events going on downtown.  The following URL is a schedule of events for the day.  There will be city hall tours, historic Oklahoma City presentations, and downtown OKC History tour on the Spokies bikes.  It’s also the opening day for the Festival of the Arts at the Myriad Gardens.  The METRO buses will also be free all day.  It’s a great opportunity to come learn about Oklahoma City’s history.

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RCPL Calendar

The downloadable pdf of the calendar below contains important dates for students such as:


  • when forms are due
  • when you should give draft materials to a thesis committee
  • and fun events too!