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Distinguished Alumni - 2014

Ina Javellas

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

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

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.

Vance W. Raye

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.

Joe Castiglione

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.