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Each year the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences presents its highest honor, the Distinguished Alumnus Award, to up to four graduates of the college.

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Distinguished Alumni

Nominees must have obtained a degree, bachelor or graduate level, from the University of Oklahoma Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences. Nominees for the Distinguished Alumni Award must have graduated a minimum of ten years ago to be considered. The Young Alumni Award will recognize graduates who earned their degree in the last ten years. Current members of the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors are not eligible for either award. This award is not intended for current employees of the University of Oklahoma (Norman, Health Sciences Center, or Tulsa campuses).

Click here to submit your nomination form(s) for the Distinguished Alumni Award by Sept. 25, 2020.

Past Recipients

Distinguished Alumni 2020

W. Clark Gilpin received his bachelor’s degree in history in 1967 from the University of Oklahoma, his master of divinity degree in 1970 from Lexington Theological Seminary, and his master of arts degree in 1972 and doctorate in 1974, both from the University of Chicago. During his studies at Oklahoma, Clark Gilpin served as president of the Union Activities Council, was elected to the Pe-et honorary society, and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Currently, Gilpin is the Margaret E. Burton Professor Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he served as dean from 1990 to 2000. Gilpin studies the history of modern Christianity, especially in relation to literature. Gilpin’s most recent book, Religion Around Emily Dickinson (Penn State University Press, 2014), employs Dickinson’s poetry as a lens through which to view the cultural work performed by religious thought, practice and imagination in 19th-century America.

He is currently writing about the “letter from prison” as a genre of religious literature from the Apostle Paul to Martin Luther King. As a member of the University of Chicago faculty, Gilpin directed the Divinity School’s Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion, and he has also served as the director of the university’s Nicholson Center for British Studies and as a member of the executive council of the Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture.

Holland Ford graduated with special distinction from OU in 1962, with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physics.  Associated honors include Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Pi Sigma, Pi Mu Epsilon, and Phi Beta Kappa.  He earned his doctorate in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1970.

He is an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, as well as a professor in the Johns Hopkins’ Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is the principal investigator for the Hubble telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, and he assumed a lead role in organizing the Hubble panel that developed the Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement. Ford has also played a role in discovering evidence for the existence of supermassive black holes in the cores of most galaxies. He has more than 30 years of teaching experience at prestigious universities, including the University of Michigan, UCLA and Johns Hopkins.

Ford is the recipient of NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal for his outstanding contributions to the Hubble Space Telescope. This award is NASA’s highest form of recoginition, and is presented to those who have made a profound impact on the success of a NASA mission. He is also the recipient of the NASA Public Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award and the NASA Group Achievement

Diane Willis graduated from OU in 1970 with a doctorate in psychology and participated in a two-year postdocotoral internship in Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology at the OU Health Sciences Center. 

Currently, Willis is professor emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, OU Health Sciences Center. For 23 years, she served as director of psychological services and training at the Child Study Center at OUHSC. She is a voting member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. She is the founding editor of The Journal of Pediatric Psychology and was editor of The Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, which she developed into a peer-reviewed journal. She is the co-editor of five books and over 70 articles and chapters in scholarly publications.

Willis has received numerous awards throughout her career, among them the Nicholas Hobbs Award for Child Advocacy, the Distinguished Professional Contribution to Clinical Psychology Award and the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Oklahoma Psychological Association. In January 2017, she received the Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Psychology Award in recognition of her extraordinary lifetime contributions to ethnic minority psychology as scholar, advocate, teacher and leader. In recognition of her lifelong, significant contributions as a mentor to psychologists, the American Psychological Foundation and APA Division of Child, Youth, and Family Services established the “Diane J. Willis Early Career Award” in 2008.

Willis has demonstrated outstanding public service as a consultant to the Federal Head Start program and Zero to Three in early childhood education and mental health programs for Native American tribes. Similarly, she has served as core faculty with Project Making Medicine, training behavioral health professionals in the Indian Health Service and tribal programs across the nation in child physical and sexual abuse. She was named Indian Woman of the Year by the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women and in 2011, she was presented the American Indian Elder Award by the National Multicultural Conference Society. She remains active and committed to furthering the development and provision of mental health services in underserved populations. 

Distinguished Service Award

University of Oklahoma College of Public Health on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Photo Courtesy OU College of Public Health

Clifford Hudson received his undergraduate degree in history from OU, from which he also received an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 2011. He holds a juris doctorate from Georgetown University, where he served as chair of the Board of Visitors from 2013-2016. In 2014, Georgetown University awarded him the John Carroll Award, its highest alumni recognition. Hudson spent 35 years of his career at Sonic Corp., an Oklahoma City-based, publicly held company that owns, operates and franchises SONIC Drive-In restaurants. He left the company upon its sale in December 2018 and joined the law firm Crowe & Dunlevy as Of Counsel in the firm’s Oklahoma City office. From 1994-2001, Hudson served as Chairman of the Board of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, a presidential appointment, and from 2005-2017, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation (New York).

Leslie Hudson received her undergraduate degree in physical therapy, a master’s degree in public health and a doctoratal degree in epidemiology at the OU Health Sciences Center. She was a faculty member in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology until 2000 and currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Hudson College of Public Health at the OUHSC. In 2017, Hudson received the OU Regents’ Alumni Award and in 2019 was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by the University of Oklahoma. Currently, she chairs the Margaret Annis Boys Trust/Parks & Public Space Initiative at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and the Greater Oklahoma City Parks & Trails Foundation.  She serves on the Board of Directors of Thrive: A Sexual Health Collective for Youth, whose goal is to reduce teen pregnancy in central Oklahoma, and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, a charitable fund supporting civic and cultural causes that impact citizens in central Oklahoma and beyond.

Clifford and Leslie Hudson established the Hudson Family Endowed Scholarship and the Hudson Fellows in Public Health program to support graduate education in public health at OU.  In addition to providing fellowships, the Hudson Fellows program supports an annual symposium that brings national leaders in public health research, policy and education to the University to discuss topics of importance in the field. In recognition of the Hudsons’ support, the OU Board of Regents named the College of Public Health in their honor in 2018. The Hudson College of Public Health and the College of Arts and Sciences are partners on a new joint degree program.

The Hudsons’ also have created the Hudson Family Fellowships in support of graduate students in the Department of History. Their commitment to ensuring the availability of health education and cultural opportunitiesto the citizens of Oklahoma exemplifies the college’s commitment to transformative public service. Clifford and Leslie Hudson will be presented with the Distinguished Service Award in honor of their transformative service to the state and University.    

Young Alumni Award

Daniel Pae recently graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade point average from the University in 2017 with a double major in economics and political science and a double minor in history and international area studies, and a master’s degree in public administration. During his time at OU, he served as Student Body president, along with volunteering his time with The Oklahoma Group, Loveworks Afterschool Leadership, and Generation Citizen.    

Pae received numerous scholarships, honors and awards during his college career, including the Carl Albert Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Carl Albert Capitol Scholars and Henderson Scholarship. He was the recipient of the 2017 Carl Albert Award, the most prestigious award given to a student by the OU College of Arts and Sciences, based on academics, moral force of character, and promise of future service to the state and nation.

Currently, Pae is serving as the state representative for House District 62. Before being elected, he worked as an administrative assistant in the Lawton City Manager’s Office. Pae is hard-working and committed to bettering his district. Recently, he introduced House Bill 1071, his first bill after being elected. This highly anticipated bill raised the speed limit on certain highways and certain areas of the turnpike.

Pae is steadfast in his efforts  to represent the community of Lawton in its mission to connect young, career-bound leaders to social, civic and business resources.  

Distinguished Alumni 2019

Bayless graduated from OU in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and went on to become one of the most highly regarded chefs in the world, focusing on Mexican cuisine. Bayless is best known for winning the title of Bravo’s Top Chef Master. He has won the highest possible order awarded to foreigners by the Mexican government, the Order of the Aztec Eagle, for contributions to Mexican culture. Through his study of Mexican foodways, cuisine and culture, Bayless has contributed to international recognition of Mexican food as complex, rich and historically important.

Bayless is a successful restaurateur and owns eight world-class restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Topolobampo in Chicago. He stars on his own Emmy-nominated PBS television series, Mexico-One Plate at a Time, now in its 11th season. He is the author of eight cookbooks, explaining and demonstrating the pre-Hispanic origins of contemporary Mexican cuisine and its importance to Mexican culture. His books include Rick Bayless 's Mexican Kitchen, winner of the Cookbook of the Year at the 1996 IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Awards.  

In 1968, Higginbottom received his bachelor of science degree from OU with a major in chemistry and a minor in physics. He then attended the Baylor College of Dentistry, graduating in 1971 with honors. Upon his graduation from dental school, Higginbottom joined the U.S. Army. In 1974, after two years of service, he returned to Dallas and opened his private practice of esthetics, restorative and implant dentistry in the Baylor University Medical Complex.

During his career, he also served on the staff of Baylor University Medical Center, Garland Memorial Hospital, Baylor College of Dentistry, and currently is a professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences and Graduate Prosthodontics and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas in San Antonio. He has published extensively and made numerous presentations related to dental research both nationally and internationally while maintaining an active dental practice and dedicated involvement in his profession. As a member of the International Team for Implantology in Switzerland, Higginbottom has played an important role in developing dental implants into the gold standard for replacing missing teeth.

Murphy is one of the top trial attorneys in Oklahoma and has been a trailblazer for women throughout her career after being named the first female partner at Crowe & Dunlevy, Attorneys and Counselors at Law. She graduated from OU with a bachelor of arts degree in history and earned her juris doctorate from the University of Wisconsin School of Law in 1975. She joined Crowe & Dunlevy that same year.

A past president of Crowe & Dunlevy, Murphy has served on the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and the Board of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. as well as the Oklahoma City University School of Law Executive Board. A Master of the Bench of the Luther Bohanon Inn Court and the past president of the Oklahoma County Bar Association, she also has been a member of the Local Civil Rules Committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and the Magistrate Selection Panel for that Court.

Active in the community, she has received the Mona Lambird Spotlight Award, The Journal Record Leadership in Law Award and the Lawyers for Children Service to Children Award.

Trimble is an unquestioned leading contributor to the field of psychology and Native Americans, with a record spanning over six decades. Besides his expertise in indigenous issues, he is a recognized authority in multicultural psychology. Because of this expertise, he was asked to chair an APA committee on infusing multicultural issues throughout multicultural psychology textbooks. Still highly active as a scholar, he has published over 200 articles, chapters, books and technical reports, and he has served on over 60 professional committees and advisory boards, including consulting activities

Trimble received his bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg College (now University) in 1961 and pursued graduate studies in psychology at the University of New Hampshire, Harvard University, and OU, where he earned his doctorate in social psychology 1969. Currently, he is a distinguished university professor of psychology and a research associate at Western Washington University’s Center for Cross-Cultural Research and the President's Professor at the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Among his many awards and commendations, and as evidence to both his scholarly and community and civic contributions, Trimble was the 2017 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s highest award, the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest. He also was the 2004 recipient of APA's Peace and Social Justice Award.

Distinguished Service Award

Since joining the OU faculty in 1967, Henderson’s name has become synonymous with efforts to promote ethnic diversity and interracial understanding on the OU campus and throughout the country. He and his wife, Barbara, were the first African-American homeowners in the city of Norman. When Henderson joined the OU faculty, he became the third African-American faculty member on the Norman campus.

Now professor emeritus of human relations, education and sociology, Henderson achieved several other firsts during his OU tenure, including selection as the first African-American dean of a degree-granting college on the Norman campus when he was chosen to head the College of Liberal Studies and as the first African-American professor in the state to occupy an endowed chair when he was appointed S.N. Goldman Professor of Human Relations. Henderson also founded and served as chair of the Department of Human Relations at OU.

Although he retired from the university in 2006, Henderson continues to teach on a part-time basis. He has garnered more than 50 university and community awards and honors during his time at OU, including, in 2011, the university’s highest honor, the Doctor of Humane Letters. The Henderson-Tolson Cultural Center and Henderson Scholars Program at OU bear his name, and students continue to benefit from his mentorship. He has written 34 books and 50 articles and is a sought-after speaker and consultant who has mentored generations of civil rights leaders in Oklahoma and across the country.

Distinguished Alumni 2018

Bales co-founded the NGO Free the Slaves in 2000 after going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders. The results of this research became his book, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The story eventually made its way on screen in the film Slavery: A Global Investigation, which won a Peabody Award and two Emmys.

Bales received his bachelor’s degree at OU in social anthropology in 1974, his master’s degrees at the University of Mississippi and the London School of Economics, and his doctoral degree from the London School of Economics. He has shared his academic knowledge as a professor of sociology in Roehampton University London, Richard and Ann Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights at the University of Chicago and professor of contemporary slavery and deputy director of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom. Currently, Bales serves as a professor of contemporary slavery in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham.

Riggs is a partner in the law firm of Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison, and Lewis Inc. Her areas of specialty include civil litigation, mediation, medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability law. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political sciences and her master’s degree in sociology from OU before heading to Washington, D.C., where she earned her juris doctorate from Georgetown Law Center.  After practicing for many years in the D.C. area, Riggs moved home to Tulsa in 1996.

Riggs was named one of Oklahoma’s Super Lawyers and a Top 25 Women Attorneys in Oklahoma. She serves on the boards of many groups, including the Sand Springs Board of Education, Oklahoma Nature Conservancy Advisory Board, Sutton Avian Research Center Volunteer Committee, American Heritage Bank Advisory Board, Land Legacy Governing and Advisory Board, and Sandite Team for Animal Rescue.

Williams is a board-certified maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists are obstetricians who completed additional training in the diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care of complicated pregnancies.  He completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, where he also completed his obstetrics-gynecology residency. He earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, and his undergraduate degree in zoology from OU. He graduated from Douglas High School.

Williams served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Medical Corps, and earned the Bronze Star Medal in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom V. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine.

Reneau is a familiar face to the college. In 2011, she was profiled in the college’s magazine while she earned her bachelor’s degree in communication before commuting to Harvard University for her master’s degree in international relations. The mother of 11 – nine girls and two boys – and co-founder of Victory Gymnastics in Norman, also graduated from the NASA-sponsored 2014 International Space University in Montreal and interned at the Naval War College, FAA Commercial Spaceflight Office and NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. In her spare time, she studied piano at the Julliard Center.

Distinguished Service Award

Founded in 1948 by Ward S. Merrick Sr., the Merrick Foundation serves the State of Oklahoma with its emphasis on research, education and health. The foundation supports initiatives across the state that have a positive impact on the lives of all Oklahomans and have proven of vital importance to our most disadvantaged citizens. Among the foundation’s many major accomplishments is the establishment of the Ardmore YWCA Breast Cancer Screening Program, which helps ensure that all women in the Ardmore area have access to cancer screening regardless of their ability to pay for the service. The Merrick Foundation has supported a diverse range of initiatives at OU, including athletics, student affairs, the Merrick Computer Center, the first computer in Oklahoma and the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. The foundation also supports two endowed chairs: the Elizabeth Merrick Coe Chair in Breast Health at the OU Health Sciences Center, and the Ward Merrick Chair in Western American History, the first endowed chair on the Norman campus. Because of this exemplary service to the state and to the university, the College of Arts and Sciences is proud to honor the Merrick Foundation with its 2018 Distinguished Service Award.

Distinguished Alumni 2017

Judge Timothy DeGuisti

Timothy D. DeGiusti is a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma. Born in 1962 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, DeGiusti received a bachelor's degree, with distinction, from the University of Oklahoma in 1985. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.   DeGiusti practiced with the firm Andrews, Davis, Legg, Bixler, Milsten & Price in Oklahoma City from 1988 to 1990, and again from 1993 to 2000. He was a founding partner of the Oklahoma City firm Holladay, Chilton & DeGiusti PLLC, where he practiced from 2000 to 2007. He was appointed to the federal bench in 2007. 

From 1990 to 1993, DeGiusti was a prosecutor in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and in 2003 he retired from the Oklahoma Army National Guard after 22 years of combined active and reserve service. DeGiusti was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law from 1998 to 2003, where he taught courses in military law and trial techniques, and was the Distinguished Jurist in Residence for the University of Oklahoma College of Law Oxford Program in 2014. DeGiusti was appointed by Governor Brad Henry as a Commissioner with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, and served from 2003 to 2007. DeGiusti is an emeritus member and past president of the Luther Bohanon American Inn of Court, and is a director and past president of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is a past director of the Oklahoma County Bar Association. DeGiusti is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In 2012 he received the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation Wall of Fame Award. He and his wife, Elaine, have four children.

Gov Brad Henry

Governor Brad Henry serves Of Counsel to the national business law firm of Spencer Fane LLP and is a founding member of Henry-Adams Companies, LLC, a general and business development consulting firm.

Henry was a President's Leadership Scholar at the University of Oklahoma, where he received the Gold Letseizer Medal as the Top Senior Graduate and earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1985. In 1988, Henry was awarded his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he served as managing editor of the Law Review.

Henry served as Oklahoma's 26th governor. He was elected governor in 2002 and served two terms through January 10, 2011. Only the third governor to serve two consecutive terms, Henry was re-elected in 2006 by the largest vote margin in modern times and the second largest margin in state history.

Henry took office in the midst of one of the worst budget crises in state history but forged a historic bipartisan agreement among legislative leaders that shielded education and health care from massive cuts. Under his leadership, Oklahoma experienced an economic revival, with record budget shortfalls becoming record budget surpluses.

His greatest emphasis was on the improvement of public education. The governor’s initiatives raised teacher salaries and benefits to historic levels, put more resources into the classroom and set higher academic standards for students. The governor also expanded Oklahoma’s early childhood education programs, which are now rated among the best in the country, and dramatically increased funding for college scholarship programs.

In 2010, Henry was appointed by President Barack Obama to the six-member Council of Governors. The Council, created by an Executive Order of President George W. Bush, works closely with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and other defense and national security advisors to exchange views, information and advice on matters of mutual interest pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense, and synchronization and integration of state and federal military activities.

Before his election as governor, Henry practiced law with his father, Charles, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and served ten years in the Oklahoma State Senate, chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee and serving as vice-chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee. A third generation Oklahoman, Henry was born in Shawnee and is married to the former Kimberley Blain. They have three daughters, Leah, Laynie and Baylee.

Emily Remmel

Emily Remmel is the 2017 Outstanding Young Alumna for the OU College of Arts and Sciences.

Remmel was born and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma. She received bachelor and master degrees in zoology from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, she had many opportunities, including working as an undergraduate and later as a graduate research assistant in David Hambright’s Plankton Ecology and Limnology Lab. She spent summers studying at the OU Biological Station at Lake Texoma and found her aquatic ecology niche researching Daphniid zooplankton and the toxic invasive algae, Prymnesium parvum.

During her tenure at OU, Remmel accepted the Mark Coleman Fellowship on the Environment through the Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Environment program (now Environmental Studies). This fellowship pivoted on an issue central to many Oklahomans―water. Oklahoma and Texas were involved in a highly contentious legal battle over the Red River Compact and rights to future freshwater supplies. Remmel travelled throughout Oklahoma to dissect what this archaic compact was and what decreased supplies meant to professional stakeholders and concerned citizens. This experience truly inspired Remmel to embark on a new adventure in law school to gain a better understanding of environmental law and policy.

In 2014, Remmel graduated from Vermont Law School, which is recognized as the top environmental law school in the country. She received the school’s first Certificate of Water Resources Law and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. She had the opportunity to work with top water attorney, Jack Tuholske, in Vermont Law School’s Water and Justice Program. She assisted in drafting legal actions to protect Lake Erie from devastating blue green algal blooms caused by significant nonpoint source nutrient runoff. She also interned with the Sierra Club and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Remmel recently joined the National Association of Clean Water Agencies as the Director of Regulatory Affairs. NACWA is a nationally-recognized leader in all aspects of water quality protection. The close working relationship NACWA maintains with Congress and the EPA allows the association to effectively represent the interests and priorities of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants.

In her free time, Remmel enjoys teaching and inspiring curious undergraduates the complexities of water law and policy throughout the country. She is an adjunct instructor in the Environmental Studies program at OU. Her courses taught include Introduction to Water Resources Law and Water Resources Advocacy.

Remmel lives with her husband, Jeff, in Washington D.C. with their two cats, Tonka and Griffey, as well as a few mason jars of zooplankton pet friends.

Terri White

Terri White, commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is an advocate for individuals experiencing mental illness and addiction. During her tenure, ODMHSAS is recognized nationally for its children’s behavioral health services; community-based treatment programs; technological innovations such as “telepsychiatry;” and the integration of behavioral health care into primary healthcare settings.

White, appointed commissioner in May 2007, also was the first woman to serve as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Health, holding that post under then-Governor Brad Henry from 2009 to 2011.

Before becoming commissioner, White held numerous positions within the department, including Deputy Commissioner for Communications and Prevention; Director of Communications and Public Policy; Management Analyst; and, executive director of two state-operated facilities.

In addition to her career endeavors, White has been recognized by numerous civic organizations for her outstanding leadership abilities and tireless efforts to improve the quality of life for Oklahomans living with mental or addictive disorders.

She received a national Henry Toll Fellowship with the Council of State Governments in 2015. In 2014, White received the “Kate Barnard Award” from the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, created to honor outstanding women who have made a difference in Oklahoma through public service. In 2012, she was recognized by The Journal Record newspaper as one of Oklahoma’s top “Achievers Under 40.” She is a three-time honoree of The Journal Record's “50 Women Making a Difference” program and was named to its “Circle of Excellence” in 2011.

She was inducted into OU’s Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work Hall of Fame in 2011, and is a volunteer faculty member with the OU School of Medicine.

A native of Edmond, White received both her bachelor and master of social work from OU.

Distinguished Service Award

Vice President for Development, University of Oklahoma

Distinguished Alumni 2016

Benton C. Clark is chief scientist, flight systems, at Lockheed Martin Astronautics. He received his B.S. in astrophysics from the University of Oklahoma in 1959 and his Ph.D. in biophysics from Columbia University in 1968. He conceived and developed the x-ray fluorescence spectrometers used for geochemical analyses of Martian soil samples on board the Viking landers. He was Co-I for development of the lightflash detector and sunshade for the Particle Impact Analyzer experiment, flown successfully on the Giotto Mission, studying comet Halley. He introduced the concept of key roles for cometary particulates and formation of comet ponds as an enabling step for the abiotic origin of life.

He chairs the External Advisory Committee for the NASA Center for Research and Training in Exobiology at the University of California San Diego and Salk Institute. He received the NASA Public Service Medal, Wright Brothers Award, Air Force Service Medal, and was selected as Inventor of the Year and Author of the Year for Martin Marietta Corporation.

Stacey Dales serves as a studio host and reporter for NFL Media Programming. She joined the NFL Network in fall 2009 as a host and reporter and was seen regularly this season filing reports on “Around the League,” “NFL Total Access” and “NFL GameDay Morning.”

Prior to the NFL Network, Dales spent seven years as an analyst and reporter for ESPN and ABC, where she covered NCAA football, men’s and women’s basketball and the NBA. Dales also contributed columns and written features on NCAA women’s basketball for From 2003 to 2009, Dales served as an NCAA women’s basketball analyst for CBS Westwood One radio, the Sooner Sports Network and CBS’ NCAA women’s basketball championship special.

As a two-time Kodak First-Team All-American and four-year letter winner at OU, Dales is the first player in Oklahoma women’s basketball history to record 1,700 points, 600 rebounds and 700 assists. Following her college basketball career, Dales was the third overall pick by the Washington Mystics in the 2002 WNBA draft. She went on to play seven seasons in the WNBA and was a member of the Canadian Olympic Basketball Team of 2000.

A native of Ontario, Canada, Dales also is involved heavily in various community outreach programs such as Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society of the United States and the Laura Bush Foundation for American’s Libraries.

N. Bird Runningwater was born of the Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache peoples. Runningwater was raised on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico before attending OU, where he was the first graduate in the college’s in Native American Studies program. He also received a degree in journalism and mass communication at that time. Runningwater went on to earn his master’s in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas Austin. He oversaw the Native Lab at the Sundance Institute, which launched projects such as “Four Sheets to the Wind” written and directed by OU’s Sterlin Harjo; and “Drunktown’s Finest,” produced by Oklahoma’s Chad Burris. Runningwater now is the director of the Native American and Indigenous Program at Sundance.

Before joining the Sundance Institute, Runningwater served as executive director of the Fund for Four Directions, the private philanthropy organization established by Ann Rockefeller Roberts. He also served as program associate in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture Program, where he built and managed domestic and global funding initiatives. Runningwater also is a patron to the imagiNATIVE Indigenous Film Festival in Toronto.

Outstanding Young Alumna

Elizabeth Ellison is the CEO of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation. She is a life-long Oklahoman and graduated from OU with a bachelor’s degree in political science before earning her juris doctorate from the OU College of Law. While at OU, Ellison was the inaugural recipient of the David L. Boren Commitment to Service Award and a recipient of the Bass Memorial Scholarship, given to students demonstrating a promising career in public service.

Prior to law school, Ellison worked as a legislative assistant for Congressman Dan Boren in Washington, D.C., handling a variety of domestic issues, including education, healthcare and small businesses. At the OU College of Law, she was class president and was chosen to deliver the commencement address for the 2009 graduation.

In 2013, Ellison was elected to serve as a member of the school board for Tulsa Technology Center, the oldest and largest technical school in the state. She is the board clerk there and chairs the ad hoc strategic planning committee.

Ellison serves on the nonprofit boards of the Tulsa Area United Way, Global Gardens and the University of Tulsa Law School Dean’s Advisory Board. She also works on i2E, a nationally recognized, private, not-for-profit corporation focused on growing innovative small businesses in Oklahoma and making a positive impact on the state’s economy.

Distinguished Service Award

David Goodspeed, ’94 BA Law Enforcement Administration, is the assistant vice president for Digital Innovation at OU. In addition to leading both the OU IT Store and the One University Store and Technology Playground, Goodspeed also plays a key role in the campus digital initiative, which focuses on technology and innovation to enhance the student experience and lower the cost of education.

Goodspeed came to OU in 2008 to open the first campus technology store. He left briefly in 2011 to work for Apple in its higher education division, engaging more than 115 colleges and universities in 16 states to further the integration of technology and education.

Truly Sooner born and Sooner bred, Goodspeed prides himself on his passion for OU and his family history on campus. His grandmother and both his parents are Sooner alums. His father was an acclaimed trumpet player in the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, and his mother graduated from the OU School of Music. Additionally, his wife, uncle and sister are also OU graduates. His son currently is a student, and part of the RUF/NEK group. His middle school daughter will be the next Sooner in the family as a freshman in 2020.

Goodspeed serves on the Norman Public Schools Foundation Board and is highly involved on the OU campus. He is always contributing in-kind gift items for all CAS staff, faculty and student celebrations, not to mention all the work he and his team have done to showcase CAS at One U. From iPad textbooks to building the digital sandbox, he always thinks about how he can enhance the education of our students in the college through technology.

Distinguished Alumni 2015

Gail P Lapidus, ’79 MSW, is the executive director and chief executive officer of Family and Children’s Services, a human services provider in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area. She has been with the agency for 40 years, serving as director since 1986. It has grown to a staff of more than 500, and has been recognized for its services.

Among several awards and honors, Lapidus was named a Woman of Distinction by the Tulsa Business Journal in 2011; received the ONE Award on behalf of the center from the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits in 2004; received the Pinnacle Award from the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Tulsa Women’s Foundation in 2010.

Her record of service includes serving on the OU Zarrow School of Social Work Board of Visitors, the Tulsa Institute for Trauma Abuse and Neglect, the Oklahoma State University Tulsa Associates Board for Human Environmental Sciences, the Tulsa Area United Way Long Range Planning Committee, and the Tulsa County Planning and Coordinating Board for Services to Children and Youth.

Homer Paul, ’54 BA History, hails from Pauls Valley, which his great-great grandfather founded. He attended the University of Oklahoma and was a member of the Naval ROTC on campus. Following graduation, he joined the United States Marines and achieved the rank of Battalion Commander. He participated in the Navy Marine Corps landing exercise in Iwo Jima on the eleventh anniversary of the original battle and spent three days on the island.

Paul has had a distinguished banking career, having started his career at Liberty National Bank in business development, and retiring as president of Citizens Security Bank in Bixby, Oklahoma. His service to the community includes chair of the Oklahoma Finance Authorities; former president of the Oklahoma Bankers Association; Boy Scouts of America-Oklahoma City Council board member; trustee, National Fraternity Phi Gamma Delta Educational Endowment; chair of the Oklahoma Blood Institute Foundation; boar member of the Chickasaw Nations Industries; Rotarian for more than 50 years; and board member for the United States Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Oklahoma.

Brandi Coyner, ’05 BS Zoology, has been named the inaugural College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Young Alumna. Coyner is a curatorial associate in mammals and genomic resources at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. A native of Chandler, Oklahoma, Coyner grew to love mammalogy while attending the Oklahoma Biological Station as an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma. Her undergraduate research was recognized by the Texas Society of Mammalogists and the American Society of Mammalogists. In 2010, Coyner was recognized as one of the top three doctoral students at Oklahoma State University; she received the Albert R. and Alma Shadle Award from the American Society of Mammalogists, which recognizes graduate students for their contributions, service and potential with the American Society of Mammalogists.

Coyner’s research has led to the description of four mammal species new to sciences, and she recently began writing her first book, titled “The Mammals of Argentina.” She enjoys working at the museum, filling that time with lectures to student groups, behind-the-scenes tours for guests, or explaining advanced genetic techniques to high school students.

Distinguished Service 2015

Nancy Mergler recently retired as the University of Oklahoma's Provost, after 19 years of service to the students and faculty of the university.

President Boren offered her the job in 1995, having been the director of the honors program up until that time. She became the only woman provost in the Big XII.

During her tenure as provost, she increased library resources, hired more than 80 faculty members for endowned positions and strengthened admission standards for undergraduates. She also oversaw the transformation of programs into colleges, including the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication; Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy; College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences; and the Honors College. Mergler also oversaw the creation of the Academic Integrity Council and OU's digital initiative.

Distinguished Alumni 2014

Ina Javellas is known in Oklahoma as a pioneer in social work and mental health services. She has worked effectively with community groups, professional organizations, legislative and political bodies, and voluntary and public agencies to improve the health of the citizens of Oklahoma.

Javellas graduated with a master’s in social work in 1958. Following graduation, she became a staff psychiatric social worker at Central State Memorial Hospital in Norman, Okla. Later, she was assigned to develop social service programs in another state hospital and an institution for the mentally retarded.

In 1965, she joined the state office as administrator of the Community Mental Health Clinic Program. From 1978 to 1980, Javellas served as deputy director for the Community Mental Health Program in the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health. In this position, she was responsible for coordinating state development with federal community mental health mandates and the Oklahoma State Advisory Council for Mental Health Services.

She is a charter member of the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work Board of Visitors. The college is honored to be able to recognize the contributions of Javellas to the state and citizens of Oklahoma.

Wm. Roger Louis is the Kerr Chair in English History and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the editor in chief of the Oxford History of the British Empire and his books include Imperialism at BayThe British Empire in the Middle East and Ends of British Imperialism. He is the founding director of the National History Center and in 2010, held the Kluge Chair at the Library of Congress. He holds the honorary title of Commander of the British Empire.

Louis grew up on Oklahoma City and attended Classen High School. He received the Classen Music Award and was the YMCA state handball champion. He attended the University of Oklahoma 1954 to 1959 with a major in letters. He spent an extra junior year studying at the University of Freiburg in Germany and at the Sorbonne in Paris. After OU, he studied at Harvard, receiving a master’s in history in 1960. He then received a Marshall Scholarship to Oxford, where he earned his doctorate of philosophy in 1962. After teaching at Yale for eight years, in 1970 he moved to the University of Texas, where he is the Kerr Professor of English History and Culture. An Honorary Fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, he is a past president of the American Historical Association.

In 2010 he held the Kluge Chair at the Library of Congress, and in 2013 he received the Benson Medal of the Royal Society for Literature. He holds the honorary title of Commander of the British Empire (appointed by the Queen for professional service). At the University of Texas he teaches two classes a semester, an undergraduate course on British history, literature, and politics, and a graduate seminar on the history of the British Empire. He was recently chosen by the 50,000 UT students as Professor of the Year. 

Ramez B. Maluf is chairperson of the department of mass communication at the University of Balamand in north Lebanon. Until recently, he held a similar appointment at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, retiring in 2012. Maluf has a bachelor’s in philosophy from Duke University and a doctoral degree in the History of Science from OU.

In 1982, while still working on his dissertation, Maluf returned to Lebanon, then a country in the midst of civil war, and took on a position as an assistant professor at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. Previous professional experience in Brazil, where he was the managing editor of Rio de Janeiro’s Brazil Herald, and the international media interest in the Lebanese civil war, encouraged him to pursue his own interest in journalism and media studies. In 1983 he was appointed chief editor of Lebanon’s The Daily Star, while still maintaining his position at the university. He would later be named chief editor of the Athens-based political weekly The Middle East Times, and of the Middle East Broadcasters Journal. He has contributed extensively to numerous publications, including the International Herald Tribune, the Daily Telegraph, Foreign Policy and the Irish Times. For a number of years, he was a regular contributor to NPR.

Maluf is the author of a dozen scholarly articles on Arab media, and the co-author of the award-winning Beirut Reborn, a John Wiley publication detailing the development of the master plan for the reconstruction of the war-torn Beirut city center.

He has been married to Nabila Sater since 1984. They have two sons.

Presiding Justice of the Third District Court of Appeal, Vance W. Raye was born in Oklahoma and educated in the public schools of Muskogee, Okla., before receiving undergraduate degree in political science and law degrees from OU. He was a recipient of the President’s Leadership Award and was selected for membership in the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society .

Raye worked in private practice briefly in Oklahoma City following law school before entering the United States Air Force in 1970 as an assistant judge advocate at Beale Air Force Base, near Marysville, Cali., where he served for four years in various positions including chief of civil law and as chief prosecutor.

Following the completion of his military service, he began a career with the California Attorney General’s Office, serving first as a deputy attorney general and later as a senior assistant attorney general in charge of legislative affairs. With the election of Governor George Deukmejian, he was appointed to serve as the Governor’s Deputy Legislative Secretary and later as the Governor’s Legal Affairs Secretary.

Deukmejian appointed Raye to the Sacramento Superior Court in 1989. He was nominated to serve on the Third District Court of Appeal in 1991. In December 2010, he was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the court’s Presiding Justice.

He is married to Sandra Raye, a retired social worker, and has an adult daughter.

Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics

When Joe Castiglione came to Oklahoma, he inherited one of the most storied programs in college athletics, and he set about the business of making it better.

Some who would argue that the past 15 years represent the best of the best. With eight national championships and 60 conference titles, including seven in the 2012-13 academic year, during his tenure, Castiglione’s record is certainly one of great merit. An all-time best finish of seventh in the annual Director’s Cup standings following the 2012-13 academic year adds to the Sooner story. So does the kind of academic performance that produced a combined grade point average of more than 3.00 among the nearly 600 OU student-athletes and a record 151 graduates in 2013.

Since arriving at OU, Castiglione has insisted that daily and long-term decisions be made in a financially responsible manner. The department has closed the books in the black in each of the last 15 years, making it one of the few Division I programs which remain totally self-sustaining. His understanding of how the department fits into the University’s academic mission led to a decision to increase the direct support provided by the department on an annual basis. The most recent demonstration of that commitment led to a partnership with President Boren’s office that eliminated the admission fee at OU’s internationally known Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Through direct and indirect support, OU Athletics provides more than $8 million annually to OU’s academics budget.

In recognition of the many achievements of his tenure, Castiglione was named National Athletic Director of the Year in May 2009 by the Sports Business Journal. In June, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame named him the 2013 recipient of the John L. Toner Award, presented annually by the NFF to an athletic director who has demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics and particularly college football.

His peers have honored him as well. In November 2012, the United States Sports Academy named him the winner of the Carl Maddox Sports Management Award. In October 2004, the Bobby Dodd Foundation named him Athletics Director of the Year. In 2003, he was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators Hall of Fame. In June 2001, he received the General Robert R. Neyland Athletic Director Award for lifetime achievement from the All-American Football Foundation. The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) named him Central Region AD of the Year in 2000.

The department received the 2007 PRISM Award, presented by the School of Sports Management at the University of Massachusetts. OU was just the second Division I winner and all of the programs recognized by the selection panel were started under Castiglione’s leadership with the full support of university administration.

The achievement that may bring him the most pride came in May 2007 when he completed a master’s of education degree from OU. Subsequently, he became an adjunct professor in the College of Education, teaching graduate classes in Marketing, Development and Leadership in Higher Education. He was recently named to the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Board of Advocates.

Hired on April 30, 1998, Castiglione joined the Sooner family after serving as athletics director at Missouri. In his 17-year career with the Tigers, Castiglione, who was named director of athletics at Missouri on Dec. 15, 1993, was credited with rebuilding sports programs, hiring outstanding coaches, implementing an innovative master plan for facilities, inspiring record-setting increases in fund-raising and balancing the budget in each of his five years as athletics director.

A 1979 Maryland graduate, Castiglione received the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in April 2007. He began his career as the sports promotions director at Rice. He then worked a year as director of athletic fund-raising at Georgetown before being hired in 1981 at Missouri as director of communications and marketing.

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Castiglione is married to the former Kristen Bartel, a 1990 graduate of the University of Missouri. They are the parents of two sons, Joseph Robert, Jr. and Jonathan Edmund. 

Bates is the senior researcher for Survey Methodology at the U.S. Census Bureau. She graduated from OU with a bachelor’s degree in public administration in 1985 and with a master’s degree in sociology in 1987. Bates joined the U.S. Census Bureau in 1988 as a survey statistician and has spent the past 25 years in a variety of positions across four different directorates at the agency. She conducts research to reduce survey measurement error, improve coverage and response to censuses and surveys, and facilitate the bureau’s transition toward adaptive survey design.

Bates serves on the Executive Council for the American Association for Public Opinion research where she is secretary-treasurer elect. She currently is the president-elect of the Washington Statistical Society and publications officer and past program chair of the Government Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association. Bates recently served as co-chair of the 2012 American Statistical Association International Conference on Hard to Reach Populations. She also is a member of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology and, in 2011-2012, she served as a member of the Committee on National Statistics, National Academy of Sciences panel: Nonresponse in Social Science Surveys: A Research Agenda.

Bates has coauthored book chapters and published in a variety of social science journals including Public Opinion Quarterly, Contexts, Survey Methodology, Survey Practice, Journal of Economic and Social Measurement and Journal of Official Statistics. Bates also is an associate editor of the Journal of Official Statistics published by Statistics Sweden.

Her Distinguished Alumna presentation, "An insider view: social science research methods and the planning, monitoring, and evaluation of the 2010 U.S. Census," was presented beginning at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Regents Room, Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Gage is the chief of the Flea-Borne Diseases Activity in the Bacterial Diseases Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Wichita State University in 1980. He pursued his master’s degree in aquatic entomology in 1983 under the direction of Harley Brown and went on to attain his doctoral degree in 1987 in medical entomology and disease ecology under the mentorship of Cluff Hopla.

Gage received postdoctoral fellowships on tick-borne diseases at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and the National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana. In 1992 he accepted a position in the Plague Section at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases. He later became chief of this section and in his current role as chief of CDC’s Flea-Borne Diseases Activity, Gage continues to supervise many of CDC’s efforts to monitor, prevent and control plague, as well as other vector-borne and zoonotic diseases.

In addition to his disease prevention and research activities in the United States, Gage often has served as a short-term consultant on plague and other rodent-borne diseases for the World Health Organization and its regional affiliates in many countries. His work has been recognized with several Special Service Awards from the Department of Health and Human Services, including those for responses to the 1993 hantavirus outbreak in the American Southwest, the 1994 plague outbreak in India, a 2002 tularemia outbreak in prairie dogs in an exotic pet facility, and a plague outbreak in Uganda in 2007.

His Distinguished Alumnus presentation "The Spread of Plague in Ancient and Modern Times," was at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, Scholars Room, Oklahoma Memorial Union.

McCarter is the William Foxwell Albright Professor of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.

McCarter graduated from OU in 1967, receiving a bachelor’s degree in English. In 1974 he received his doctoral degree from Harvard University, where he studied in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures specializing in Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitic philology. For the following 11 years he served on the faculty of the University of Virginia, except for a one-year interlude spent as a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and Dartmouth College. He came to Johns Hopkins in 1985 as the first occupant of the newly-created Albright Chair in the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

McCarter spent much of the early part of his research career writing his two-volume commentary on the Books of Samuel in the Anchor Bible. His translation of I and II Samuel was the first to make use of the then-unpublished evidence of the Dead Sea scrolls, three fragmentary manuscripts from Qumran Cave 4. This work led to further study of ancient manuscripts, including a handbook on the textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, comparing of ancient biblical manuscripts written in Hebrew, Greek and other languages in order to establish the original reading of a text. His most recent contribution to the study of the Dead Sea scrolls is a new edition of the Copper Scroll, the most enigmatic of the Qumran manuscripts.

More recently, McCarter devoted an increasing portion of his work to the analysis and publication of newly found inscriptions found in excavation at various sites in the Middle East. He serves as epigraphist, a consultant on epigraphy, for a number of ongoing archaeological projects, both American and Israeli, at sites in Israel, such as Tel Zayit and Tel Beth Shemesh, both in the Judean shephelah, and Tel Ashkelon, on the coast north of Gaza. All of these sites have produced significant inscriptions dating to the last part of the second millennium B.C., a critical period in the history of the alphabet.

His Distinguished Alumnus presentation "The Origin and Early History of the Alphabet," will be at 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, Regents Room, OMU.

Riley is professor of law at the UCLA School of Law, and director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center. She also is the director of UCLA's joint J.D./M.S. degree program in law and American Indian Studies. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in letters from OU in 1995 and went on to receive her juris doctorate from Harvard.

Her research focuses on issues related to indigenous peoples’ rights, with a particular emphasis on cultural property and Native governance, and her work has been published in the Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, Washington Law Review and others.

After clerking for Chief Judge T. Kern of the Northern District of Oklahoma, she worked as a litigator at Quinn Emanuel in Los Angeles, specializing in intellectual property litigation. In 2003 she was selected to serve on her tribe’s Supreme Court, becoming the first woman and youngest Justice of the Supreme Court of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma. In 2010, she was elected as Chief Justice.

She was recently appointed to serve on the United Nations - Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership Policy Board, which is a commitment to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and calls for its full realization through the mobilization of financial and technical assistance. She also is also an evidentiary hearing officer for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

Her Distinguished Alumna presentation, "Cultural Property in a Globalized World," was at 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, Scholars Room, OMU.

2013 Distinguished Service Awards

Berry is the chair of the Department of Psychology at Tulsa University. She has been a member of A&S Board of Visitors since 2004 and chaired the Kaleidoscope Committee for six years. Under her leadership the committee created a fun and festive atmosphere for our returning alumni to be honored and for funds to be raised to aide our Leaderships Scholars. Each year she selected a creative theme to build the event around and helped to increase the amount of money raised for scholarships each year.

During her tenure on the board of visitors, Judy also mentored many students from our Leadership Scholars program.

Long graduated from OU with a degree in history. He went on to serve a long and decorated career in the U.S. Army. He joined the A&S Board of Visitors in 2006 and has a rich history of mentorship to seven of the college's Leadership Scholars.

John has applied his superior leadership skills from a life of military service to his role as one of our most outstanding mentors to our students. He goes far beyond his assigned mentor duties and continues to do so beyond his students graduation, and well into their chosen careers. He has attended their weddings, military promotions, family reunions and vacations. He stays in constant contact with all of his current and former mentees.

Beyond serving as an outstanding mentor to our students, John has recruited other members to the board of visitors, and participated in panels for students on topics covering life after graduation and running your own business.

Claravall serves as the director of child labor for the Oklahoma Department of Labor. While working on his master’s degree, he maintained a 4.0 grade point average in his classes in the departments of Human Relations and Public Administration. After earning his bachelor’s in business administration and his master’s in human relations, Claravall entered state government as a Carl Albert Executive Fellow.

As a public servant for the department, he created partnerships, publications and programs to strengthen protection of working minors. He updated the work permit process to an online process and led the development of an educational game titled “Paying Attention Pays” which instructs minor workers in workplace rights. Its model has been shared in more than 30 countries around the world.

Claravall served as national president of the Interstate Labor Standards Association and has written contributions to the National Young Worker Health and Safety Network. This interaction led to reform of the federal child labor laws. In Oklahoma, Claravall created the first poster and brochure to educate parents and teens about illegal youth peddling.

Claravall is the recipient of many awards, including being named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the United States Junior Chamber and world-finalist for Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World by Junior Chamber International. He also has received the National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration.

Cook graduated Phi Beta Kappa from OU and received the Leitseizer Medal for Outstanding Senior Woman. She received her doctoral degree on a Danforth Graduate Fellowship from Vanderbilt after the birth of her two daughters. Cook served as a professor at Vanderbilt for 20 years and a lecturer on Shakespeare. She continues to teach in the Sewanee School of Letters at the University of the South and in Vanderbilt’s Lifelong Learning program.

From 1975 until 1987, she served as executive director of the Shakespeare Association of America. As chairman of the International Shakespeare Association for eight years, she presided over the Tokyo Congress in 1991. She is a Life Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, the only United States citizen to hold that honor.

Cook is the author of several books about Shakespeare, including The Privileged Playgoers and Making a Match. She is married to OU alumnus Gerry Calhoun.

Danner serves as the chairman for Native American Communications and as the director for The International Association of Merchant Banks Investment Companies, IAMBIC Ltd. While at OU, he was a member of the President’s Leadership Class and Senior Class President.Danner helped create the President’s Summit on America’s Future, which included all living presidents and their spouses, Colin Powell, Fortune 1,000 corporations, more than 12,000 national nonprofit organizations, 100 American mayors and 27 governors.

Danner developed and produced special projects with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, World Conference of Mayors, National Governors Association and the National Association of State Legislators and Congress. He produced the Points of Light Foundation “We are Family” Campaign to mobilize funds and resources for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita victim relief. Danner also produced and performed at the National Cathedral, Washington DC for the InterFaith Council Concert.

He has worked with Nelson Mandela, President Obasanjo of Nigeria, Shari Belafonte in Kenya, the Dalai Lama and Wisdom Keepers, UN-NYC and Hibakusha in Hiroshima, Japan. He is a producer and promoter of several benefit concerts, including Steve Wozniak’s U.S. Festival, and Quincy Jones’ We Are the Future. Danner is on the board of Global Broadcasting Foundation and Global Learning Foundation. He serves as a regent and philanthropic development officer of the National Heritage Foundation, which represents nearly 10,000 foundations in the U.S.

Stair grew up on a dairy farm near Canton, Okla. before heading to OU. While at OU, he was active in Delta Tau Delta fraternity, the Air Force ROTC and he developed his life-long interest in skiing and table tennis.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from OU, Stair served in the United States Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant to the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory in Boston. After two years of active duty, he resigned to become a civilian scientist at the lab. He also lectured in applied physics at the Lowell Technological Institute in Massachusetts. In 1962, he and Doran Baker established the Space Dynamics Lab at Utah State University.

Stair continued to study the non-local thermodynamic equilibrium in the upper atmosphere and became a branch chief within the laboratory and the scientific director for NLTE research. This research continued through his career with the U.S. Air Force. Following his retirement, he became a consultant with the U.S. government, developing further studies of the atmosphere and creating joint programs for missile defense. He currently works as the president of Visidyne, Inc. and is involved with a new sensor called Sun and Aureole Measurements, used for measuring the optical properties of cirrus and their effects on radiation balance of the earth and solar energy.

"Founding Principles: The Importance of Judicial Independence," set for 10 a.m., Scholars Room, OMU

Cauthron graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in English.She also earned her master’s degree in education from the University of Central Oklahoma and attended the OU College of Law, where she received her juris doctorate.

Appointed by George H.W. Bush to a United States District Judgeship in April 1991, she later became Chief Judge in 2001.She was the first woman in the state of Oklahoma to be named to the federal trial bench.Previously, she had been the first woman to be appointed to full-time Magistrate Judge in the six-state Tenth Circuit.She also has been a state judge and practiced law in a private firm in Idabel, Okla. Judge Cauthron has participated in leadership positions in numerous county, state and national legal organizations, and has chaired the United States Judicial Conference Committee with oversight of indigent criminal defense in the federal courts.She founded and chaired the Oklahoma State-Federal-Tribal Judicial Council.She currently serves on the Judicial Conference of the United States and its executive committee.

"DNA Sequencing Technology: A Decade's Perspective," set for 2:30 p.m., Associates Room, OMU

Mardis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from OU with a bachelor of science degree in zoology. She then completed her master’s and doctoral degrees from OU in chemistry and biochemistry in 1989.Following graduation, Mardis became senior research scientist for four years at BioRad Laboratories in California.In 1993, she joined The Genome Center at the Washington University School of Medicine.As director of technology development, she helped create methods and automation pipelines for sequencing the human genome.She currently orchestrates the center’s efforts to explore next generation sequencing technologies and to transition them into production sequencing capabilities.

Mardis has research interests in the application of DNA sequencing to characterize cancer genomes. She also is interested in facilitating the translation of basic science discoveries about human disease into the clinical setting.She serves on several National Institutes of Health study sections; is an editorial board member of Genome Research; and acts as a reviewer for Nature and Genome Research.She serves as chair of the Basic and Translational Sciences for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group.Mardis recently received the Scripps Translational Research award for her work on cancer genomics.

"DNA Sequencing Technology: A Decade's Perspective," set for 2:30 p.m., Associates Room, OMU

Wilson graduated from OU in 1986 with a doctoral degree in chemistry.Following his graduation, he worked as a research fellow at California Institute of Technology before joining the research faculty at the Washington University School of Medicine in 1990.

He has been named a member of National Human Genome Research Institute National Advisory Council, co-chaired The Cancer Genome Atlas executive committee and has been a fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.Originally from Kent, Ohio, Wilson was inducted in the Kent City Schools Hall of Fame in 2005.

Additionally, he is the member of the Senior Leadership Committee at the Siteman Cancer Center; a member of the American Association for Cancer Research; chair of the scientific advisory board at The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research; and chair of the Tumor Sequencing Project Management Committee.

"Education for Scientific Investigation," set for 1 p.m., Scholars Room, OMU

Bernard Albaugh graduated three times from OU, earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in social work and master’s degree in public administration.Albaugh served six years in the U.S. Army.He began his career with the Oklahoma State Department of Child Welfare, where he became an assistant director, and also served as a child therapist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. While with the Indian Health Service, he developed a treatment methodology for addiction that became one of the most widely used treatment approaches for Native American alcohol and drug addicts throughout the United States and Canada.Later, he consulted with the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health to obtain funding and develop the community mental health service programs for the northwest quarter of the state.

Albaugh was chief of behavioral health services for the U.S. Public Health Service Indian Health Hospital in Clinton, Okla., retiring after 22 years.Following retirement, he contracted with the Laboratory for Neurogenetics at the National Institutes of Health to be the co-principal investigator for a series of studies concerning the genetic and environmental interaction related to the development of complex mental disorders and addiction.

He has been an adjunct professor in mental health studies for OU, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, the University of Southern Colorado, Washington University, the University of Utah and Columbia University.He also has served as a board member for numerous programs and agencies, including the Board of Visitors, Zarrow School of Social Work, OU; Oklahoma State Planning Commission for Alcohol, Drugs, Mental Health and Domestic Violence programs; and the Oklahoma State Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

"The Foundation of Success," set for 4 p.m., Scholars Room, followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m., Associates Room, OMU

Dennis Kimbro graduated from OU in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and in 1973 with a master’s degree in human relations.Currently, he is on staff at the Clark Atlanta University School of Business Administration; a speaker; and author of several books.

In 1992, Kimbro was named director of the newly created Center for Entrepreneurship at Clark Atlanta University. A subdivision of that university's School of Business and Administration, the Center for Entrepreneurship was designed to encourage young African-Americans to start their own companies or small businesses.

In 1996, he served as one of eight national judges for the prestigious Ernst & Young USA Today Entrepreneur of the Year held in Palm Springs, Calif.

He is the recipient of the Dale Carnegie Personal Achievement Award and the Award of Excellence from the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education.His speaking engagements keep him on the road all year, speaking to a worldwide audience about the power of the human potential.

Craig Adkins is currently president and a member of the Board of Directors for Bank 7.Prior to joining Bank 7, Adkins served as general counsel and corporate compliance officer for Innovative Capital Management.He previously spent ten years in private practice with McAfee & Taft, where he practiced in the areas of corporate, commercial and real estate law.He received a J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 1996, where he served as a note editor for the Oklahoma Law Review and was named to Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi. He graduated magna cum laude in 1991 fromOU with a B.A. in Asian Studies and a B.A. in Economics.

Adkins is being recognized for his service to the college for the three years he served as chair of the college Board of Visitors.

Badaroux was born and educated in France, and holds a culinary degree from the Clermont Ferrand Hotel School and a Hotel Business degree from the Paris Hotel School. After an internship at the Dulles Marriott in 1973, he joined Marriott’s French operations in 1975, and after Marriott’s divestiture in 1977, worked for the successor companies until 1982.

In 2003, he was appointed general manager of the NCED Conference Center in Norman, Okla. The NCED Conference Center is a 1,000 room facility serving the needs of the USPS technical staff and management staff.

Badaroux is being recognized for his service to the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors and the Kaleidoscope Evening, which he has co-chaired for several years.

Baucom is a 1962 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a 1976 doctoral graduate of OU with a degree in history of science. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 28 years in many capacities,including a communications/electronics officer in Spain and Thailand; history instructor at the Air Force Academy; strategy and history instructor at the Air War College; and editor of the Air University Review. In 1987, he established the official history program for President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative while detailed at the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization in the Pentagon. While in the U.S. Air Force, Baucom received the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and various campaign and service awards.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1990 and became the civilian historian for the Department of Defense missile defense program. Now retired from the Department of Defense, Baucom and his wife of 47 years, Margaret Rivers, live in El Prado, N.M.

Correia is the president of Correia and Associates, PC, a law firm in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on antitrust, advertising and marketing regulations, regulation of political activity and disability rights laws. He also represents clients engaged in public policy advocacy before the U.S. Congress and Federal Executive Branch agencies. Prior to forming Correia and Associates, he was an attorney with Latham and Watkins, LL P.

A 1970 bachelor’s degree graduate, majoring in history, Correia received his master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1972 and a juris doctorate from OU in 1972. Following his graduation, Correia served in the Clinton administration as Special Counsel to the President for Civil Rights and was appointed by Clinton to the national Council on Disability. In 1998, Correia served as Scholar in Residence at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., where he advised the commission on the antitrust aspects of joint ventures.

From 1989 to 1997, he was a member of the faculty at Northeastern University of Law in Boston as a professor of law. While there, he was selected as the school’s first urban law and public policy distinguished professor.

Fogarty is the chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which administers Oklahoma’s SoonerCare programs. He graduated from OU’s School of Social Work in 1974 with a master’s degree in social work. He also holds a juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University.

Fogarty’s work has been focused on making certain that Oklahoma children and families at or near the poverty line have access to quality health care, and he has been a part of the recent discussion on national health reform. He began his career in public service in 1971 as a social worker for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. In 1979 he joined the legislative staff of U.S. Sen. David L. Boren. There, he worked with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in matters relating to health, social services and income assistance policy and programs. In addition to serving as deputy director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Fogarty also operated a private law practice and owned and operated nursing facilities in Oklahoma. Other activities include staffing the Human Services Committee on National Governors Association; and serving on the National Study Group on State Medicaid Strategies.

McGrew graduated with special distinction from OU in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. While at OU, McGrew began his training at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station, where he audited graduate-level classes while still in high school. While at OU, he conducted research under the direction of Professors Charles Carpenter and Cluff Hopla, whom he credits with stimulating his interest in science and research. In 1965 he became a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

He went on to earn his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oxford and a doctoral degree from the University of Stirling. Currently, he serves as professor of evolutionary primatology in the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Biological Anthropology at Cambridge University. From 1972 to 2008, he conducted field research on the behavior of wild chimpanzees across sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on elementary technology and material culture. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and is the recipient of the Prix Delwart, Royal Academy of Sciences of Belgium; W. W. Howells Book Prize in Biological Anthropology, American Anthropological Association; and Osman Hill Medal of the Primate Society of Great Britain.

Catlin, who graduated from OU in 1958, is professor emeritus of classics and letters at OU.He joined the faculty in 1969 as an assistant professor, becoming director of the letters program in 1978.From 1978 to 2006, Catlin also served as chair of the Department of Classics and Letters.In addition to his service in the department, Catlin received many honors, including the Burlington Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, the OU Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching and the UOSA Award as the Outstanding Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Fender graduated from OU in 1974 with a bachelor of science degree in physics and astronomy and completed her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Arizona. She currently is the scientific adviser to the commander and chief scientist of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.As command chief scientist, she provides scientific expertise and technical guidance throughout the Air Combat Command.Fender works to identify leading-edge technologies and uses them to create effective, rapid enhancements to warfighting capabilities.

McKinley completed his master’s degree in human relations at OU in 1999. He is chief master sergeant of the U.S. Air Force, and serves as the personal adviser to the chief of staff and the secretary of the Air Force on all issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale and proper utilization and progress of the enlisted force.He currently is stationed at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He was appointed chief master sergeant of the Air Force on June 30, 2006.He is the recipient of the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with “V” device and silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters.

Pierson is a 1953 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of OU with a bachelor of arts degree in pre-law.Following his undergraduate degree, Pierson attended the OU College of Law, where he earned his LLB and was named to the Order of the Coif. Currently he serves as special counsel at Hunton and Williams, LLP, in Washington, D.C.Prior to this position, he was a founding member of Pierson, Semmes and Bemis, where he served as the senior litigation partner in federal and state courts.Additionally, Pierson worked with corporate clients on federal affairs, corporate governance policies, compliance with federal and state corporation laws, and many others.

He also served as special counsel to Lyndon B. Johnson and to the joint Committee on the Organization of Congress. Additionally, he served on the Task Force for the Organization of the Department of Transportation, Trade Advisory Group of the Council on International Economic Policy, Carter Energy Task Force, U.S. Delegation to the El Salvador Elections and delegations to the Peoples Republic of China in 2000 and 2005.

Zha served for five years as the education consul at the Chinese Consulate in Houston.During that time, he donated much time and energy to assisting OU faculty and students and was instrumental in establishing the Confucius Institute.

Brannum graduated from OU in 1999 with a bachelor of arts degree in news communication and is a member of the Quahada band of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. She has spent the past eight years working as a film programmer for AFI FEST, the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent.In 2007, Brannum was selected as a Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation Fellow and has been awarded grants from the Sundance Institute’s Native Initiative, National Geographic, Independent Television Service and Sundance Documentary Fund for her latest documentary, LaDonna Harris: Indian 101, about LaDonna Harris, a Comanche activist who has been a champion for Native American causes since the 1960s.

Her current project, We Shall Remain, is a ground-breaking PBS prime-time series that will be the first historical documentary in American history told completely from a native point of view.

Cartwright is a 1978 graduate from OU with a bachelor of arts degree in English.She received her juris doctorate in 1981 from the OU College of Law.She currently serves as executive director of the Sarkeys Foundation in Norman, Okla., where she has been employed since 1979.She also is an adjunct professor at the university, where she helped the college develop the nonprofit leadership minor and teaches courses in nonprofit management.

Jackson earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from OU in 1987.He played football at OU from 1985 to 1987, and in 1988, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.He continued his career in professional football for nine years, earning a Super Bowl championship as tight end with the Green Bay Packers in 1997.

In 1992 Jackson incorporated Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids in his hometown of Little Rock, Ark.P.A.R.K. is a nonprofit agency that serves junior and senior high school students who appear to be at risk of dropping out of school and/or succumbing to the pressures of drugs, alcohol, sex and/or gangs.It provides tutoring, recreation, summer programs and community service.Jackson serves as the president of the board.

Wiens earned his bachelor of science degree in zoology from OU in 1961, then went on to earn his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before serving as a member of the faculty at Oregon State University, the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University.His research in landscape ecology and the ecology of birds and insects in arid environments has led to more than 200 scientific papers and seven books.

In 2002, Wiens joined The Nature Conservancy as a lead scientist. There, his work addresses the critical issue of conservation in a changing world.This involves assessing how areas may change with predicted climate changes and how to manage usage practices to help adjust to the changes.Wiens also is leading a project to evaluate how land uses can affect the value of protected areas and landscapes for the safeguarding of the biodiversity of those areas.In addition to working on the challenges of climate change, he works with federal agencies and multinational institutions to help catalog, coordinate and lead scientific collaborations outside of the conservancy.

Evatt is being recognized for his service to the College of Arts and Sciences.A native of Norman, Okla., he received his bachelor of arts degree in history from the OU in 1974.In addition to working with OU’s Center for Student Development from 1975 to 1977, he has been in the employ of AT&T and its successors, and ran the team that provided all telecommunication services for the 1984 Republican National Convention.Currently, Evatt owns Corporate Performance Group, a consulting firm in Tulsa that specializes in helping privately owned businesses grow their existing business or to buy/sell businesses.Evatt is being recognized for his leadership of the college’s Board of Visitors over the past three years, during which more than $2 million in scholarship was raised for students in the college.

Elizabeth Garrett, Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Law at the University of Southern California, has been named a 2007 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumna. She represents the social sciences in the college. Garrett graduated Phi Beta Kappa from OU with special distinction in 1985 with a bachelor of arts in history.While at OU, she also was active in student government, PE-ET, Omicron Delta Kappa and Chi Omega Sorority.She attended the University of Virginia School of Law and clerked for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and for Judge Stephen Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.Garrett also worked as legislative director and tax and budget counsel for David L. Boren while he served as a U.S. senator.

Dick Lowry, film and television producer and director, has been named a 2007 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus. He represents the humanities in the college. Lowry is a 1967 graduate from OU with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish.Following his graduation, Lowry attended the American Film Institute and received a Master of Fine Arts in 1976. He began his career producing and directing such projects as The Gambler with Kenny Rogers; In the Line of Duty; NYPD Blue; Crossing Jordan; and Last Stand at Saber River, which won the Wrangler award for best western movie. More recently he has directed the Hallmark Hall of Fame productions of Silver Bells, Follow the Stars Home and Little John.

Lindy Ritz, director of the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, has been named a 2007 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumna. She represents the professional programs in the college. Ritz earned her bachelor of science degree in fashion merchandising/marketing from OU in 1971.She received a master’s degree in aviation and space science from Oklahoma State University in 1999.She began her career in government in 1971 with the U.S. Forestry Service and joined the Federal Aviation Administration in 1979.In 1997, Ritz became the first woman to serve as director of the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City.

John W. Saunders Jr., a leader in the field of developmental biology, has been named a 2007 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus.He represents the natural science fields in the college.

Saunders graduated from OU in 1940 with a bachelor of science degree and in 1941 with a master of science degree in zoology.He also received the Phi Sigma Scholarship Medal, Omega Chapter, and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa.He then attended Johns Hopkins University until 1943, when he put his studies on hold to serve in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater.Saunders returned to Johns Hopkins in 1946 and received a doctorate in 1948.He has made many notable contributions to the field of developmental biology and has written many textbooks on the subject.

The University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences recently named GEICO Insurance the 2007 Distinguished Service Award recipient for their contributions to the college’s students and programs.The award will be presented at the college’s annual Kaleidoscope Evening, set for Friday, Feb. 23.

The company has teamed with the college to provide students valuable information on career planning, founding scholarships for OU students and placing OU graduates in its employ.

GEICO was established in 1936 as the Government Employees Insurance Company and has been a leader in online auto insurance services.

George W. Counts, retired professor of medicine, graduated from OU with a bachelor of science degree in bacteriology in 1957 and master of science degree in bacteriology in 1960. Throughout his career, Counts has received numerous honors and awards, most recently including the 2006 American Society for Microbiology Founders Distinguished Service Award. In 1985, after training in internal medicine and infectious diseases, Counts became a professor of medicine at the University of Washington. Later, he served at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. In 2002, he became senior adviser on special populations in the HIV Vaccine Trials Network at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, where he retired in 2004.

David Hall, law professor at Northeastern University who specializes in constitutional law and racism, contracts and legal ethics, received his master of arts in human relations and juris doctorate degrees from OU in 1975 and 1978. Hall served as an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission’s regional office in Chicago before entering academia as a professor of law at the universities of Mississippi and Oklahoma, and acting as associate dean, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Northeastern University School of Law. He lectures nationally and writes on issues of social justice, diversity, affirmative action, and equal justice and educational transformation. Of his many honors and awards, in 2003, Hall was appointed by President Bush to serve on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corp.

Clara Sue Kidwell, professor of history and director of Native American Studies at OU, received her bachelor of arts degree in letters in 1962, and her master of arts and doctoral degrees in history of science in 1966 and 1970, all from OU. Over the past 10 years, Kidwell has overseen the growth and development of the Native American Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has helped raise the program to a nationally recognized level and is an authority on native systems of knowledge and on the history of the Choctaw Indians of Mississippi. Before joining the faculty in 1995, Kidwell held appointments at the Kansas City Art Institute, Haskell Indian Junior College, University of Minnesota, Dartmouth College, University of California-Berkeley and the Smithsonian Institute, where she was associate director of cultural resources at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Gary D. Sandefur, dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has led a distinguished career in academics for nearly 30 years. He received his bachelor of arts degree in sociology from OU in 1974 and became an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology in 1978. Soon after being promoted to associate professor in 1984 he left for a position at the University of Wisconsin, where he has held positions as director of the American Indian Studies Program; chair of the Department of Sociology; provost, associate vice chancellor and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; and most recently, dean of the College of Letters and Science. Sandefur has published four books and over 50 research articles, funded by numerous national agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Human Services.

Jeanne Hoffman Smith, Oklahoma City social worker, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oklahoma City University and graduate degrees from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and the Colorado Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. From 1977 to 1981, Smith worked at the Central Oklahoma Mental Health Center, before going into private practice in clinical social work. Smith has contributed generously to OU and the College of Arts and Sciences by funding an endowment for the film program and establishing the biennial, $40,000 Creativity in Motion Thatcher Hoffman Smith prize, which rewards individuals in the process of developing creative ideas. Smith has served on numerous boards, including the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma County, Oklahoma State Film Commission, World Literature Today, Presbyterian Health Foundation Grants Committee and the Inasmuch Foundation.

Jon R. Withrow, owner of Sundance Oil Co. in Oklahoma City, graduated from OU with his bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering in 1954 and master of science degree in geological engineering in 1963. Withrow worked with Humble Oil Co., Montgomery Oil Co. and Sarkeys Inc. before establishing Sundance Oil in 1968. Withrow is an active contributor to the OU community. From 2004-2005, he served as chair of the alumni advisory council in the School of Geology and Geophysics, and in 1999, he funded a scholarship endowment that established the Jon R. Withrow Arts and Sciences Scholarship in the College of Arts and Sciences. This scholarship, given annually to up to five undergraduate students, provides a minimum of $1,200 in funding for the academic year. Last year, four students received this scholarship, benefiting from Withrow’s generous support of the college.

('54 BS Math, '60 MD, '63 Ph.D.), representing the natural sciences; Dr. Brandt has established his career in public health policy and administration. He is Regents' Professor Emeritus at OU's Health Sciences Center and has served there as chair of the Department of Health Administration and Policy and the director of the Center for Health Policy.

('52 BA Political Science/History), representing the social sciences; Harris served in the Oklahoma State Senate from 1956 to 1964, while acting as senior partner in his private law practice. From 1964 to 1973 he continued service in the United States Senate and was a member of the President's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. In 1976, he sought the Democratic Party's presidential nomination for president of the United States. Since 1976, Harris has served on the political science faculty at the University of New Mexico.

('74 BA Letters, '93 MLS), representing the humanities; Loy is the creator of Oklahoma's MetaFund Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization which functions as a catalyst for building trust, cooperation, and creating stakeholders among historically underserved populations and in distressed regions of Oklahoma.

('72 BA Journalism, '73 MHR, '89 Ph.D., Psychology), representing the professional schools; Wanser has had a full career working for a number of major mental health organizations. He has held several key positions in the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, including director of NorthSTAR Managed Care, a $100 million program for making mental health care accessible to more citizens.

('71 BA Latin), will receive the 2005 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Service Award. President of First Bethany Bancorp, he also helped found MetaFund with Loy in 1999.