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Faculty-in-Residence

The Faculty-In-Residence program enables students to develop "out of the class room" relationships and experiences with professors. Faculty members and their families live in OU housing centers and often host guest lecturers, special meals and other events, while also providing a further sense of home-life qualities for residents.

Adams Center faculty-in-residence family with their dog

Adams Center

Dr. Logan Whalen & Mrs. Sandra Whalen

Dr. Logan, a professor of French, and Mrs. Sandra Whalen, the interim director of C-IDEA, have been the Faculty-in-Residence family for Adams Center for three years. They have three children ages 21 to 27. In the past, students staying on campus during the Thanksgiving Holiday enjoyed a fantastic sit-down traditional meal with the Whalens. They look forward to getting to know their residents!

Couch Center faculty-in-residence family outside at a gazebo

Couch Center

Dr. Lupe Davidson, Dr. Scott Davidson

Three elementary-school age children, one chatty puppy, and Lupe and Scott are the FIR Family for Couch Center.  Couch Center FIRs host a variety of events, focused on cultural music and dance, campus involvement and community development.

Kraettli and Traditions East

Mitchel Smith and Lynn C. Lewis

Mitchell Smith and Lynn C. Lewis are happy to be new FIR for Kraettli and Traditions East and are planning a number of international-flavored events this year.  They have lived and travelled in Africa, England, Mexico, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, France, Spain, Belgium, Turkey and Italy.  Mitchell is Professor and Chair of the Department of International and Area Studies, while Lynn is a professor in the Department of English at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Their son, Micah, recently completed his BA in Music; you will hear Micah playing guitar at Kraettli events.  Their daughter, Megan, is entering her sophomore year at Oberlin College in Ohio.  Their beagle/whippet mix, Willow, is happiest when playing with other furry friends and when pampered with treats.

Walker Center

Dr. Ingo Schlupp and Andrea Schlupp

Dr. Ingo Schlupp, a Presidential professor of biology specializing in animal behavior, and Mrs. Andrea Schlupp, an OU student, are enjoying their second year as the Faculty-in-Residence for Walker Center. The couple has four children--Carolin, age 12, Leoni, age 16, Jan age 20, and Nils, age 23. Also, look out for their friendly dog named Tommy.

Cate Center

Dr. Bala Saho, Binta Sanyang Saho

Dr. Saho graduated from Michigan State University and the University of Illinois, Urbana, Champaign. He previously, studied in England and Finland. Saho worked in his native country of Gambia as Director General of the National Center for Arts and Culture (Ministry of Tourism and Culture) and has traveled widely in Europe and in Africa. His wife, Binta Sanyang Saho is a student at SWOSU pursuing a degree in Medical Administration. Binta previously worked at the Medical Research Council in the Gambia. They have three wonderful children; Isatou, a first year student at Norman High; Harouna, third grader at McKinley, and baby Kalifa.

The Sahos are sociable and outgoing. They enjoy reading and take pride in providing public service.