Skip Navigation

Sooner Works Students Receive a Surprise Welcome to the OU Family

Sooner Works Students Receive a Surprise Welcome to the OU Family


The inaugural fall class of Sooner Works program students received their admission boxes during a celebration at the west entrance of the Oklahoma Memorial Union Aug. 6.


James “Bo” Cochran, Norman North High School; Peyton Dumas, Edmond/Arcadia, Oklahoma Christian School; and Madison Mason, McLoud, Meeker High School, will join other freshmen in on-campus housing and classes on their way to earning a four-year certificate. 


The three students and their family members were brought to Jacobson Hall under the guise of a regular campus tour. As they rounded the north oval, a crowd of people with “Welcome to the Family” and “Welcome Home” signs cheered, while the Pride of Oklahoma Pep Band played Boomer Sooner. 


The students made their way through the cheering crowd to Gregg Garn, dean of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. He presented boxes full of OU gear, including pennants, pompoms and stickers, to each of the students. “One of the best things about being at OU are programs like this, where we offer an opportunity for education to all Oklahomans,” said Garn. 


Cochran enjoys band, playing music and digital technology applications, and works at Top of the World. Dumas enjoys all types of workouts, from biking to running, and has aspirations to become a personal trainer, but also has a flare for drama. During high school he landed roles in several plays. He loves all things OU. Mason loves art and being in social situations and says she looks forward to living in Norman and getting involved in social activities at OU. 


Kendra Williams-Diehm, interim Zarrow Family Chair in Learning Enrichment, was on hand to celebrate with the students, along with faculty and staff from Enrollment Services and Rainbolt College of Education.


For a look at yesterday’s Sooner Works celebration, click here.

Article Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2019