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Namesake Quotes

“Easily the most rewarding experience of my professional career.”

Kristen Partridge, Director of Student Life

Namesake 2005


“It was so rewarding to interact with our incoming students. To me, it marked the first main event in which they were really transforming from prospective students to OU students. I loved the energy, vitality, and creativity of our students; and it reinvigorated my excitement for their future at The University of Oklahoma.”

Matt Hamilton, Registrar and Associate Vice President

Namesake 2006


“A Namesake connects with students before they begin classes. There is nothing more important for students than making that early connection to start to build an understanding of the university atmosphere- it instills a confidence in the student that says ‘I know people, I can do this!’ A namesake can do this for our new Sooners.”

Laura Tontz, Director of Oklahoma Memorial Union

Namesake 2007


“I hadn't a clue about the intense excitement, the bonding, the unlimited enthusiasm of Camp Crimson participants until I became a Namesake. It was not only an eye-opener, it was fun! The song they wrote for me will remain a happy memory!”

David Tarpenning

Professor of Advertising

Namesake 2008


“It was a privilege to be a part of such an exceptional program. The namesake experience is very special.”

Rich Taylor

Dean of the College of Fine Arts

Namesake 2009


“Being a Namesake was a watershed event for me.  The students’ energy and excitement reminded me what I love so much about college teaching and OU.  I was treated like a rock star and actually went through withdrawals when it was over.  I have remained close to many of my students and am always  humbled when one of my students says ‘I was in the Damphousse family!’  I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.”

Dr. Kelly Damphousse

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Namesake 2010