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Dean's Letter

What will fall semester 2021 bring for us at Gaylord College and OU? Well, just a few weeks ago we were anticipating one that was normal or at least felt like it. And there's nothing like the start of a fall semester, with returning students and wide-eyed freshmen. The weather is hot but will change soon. 

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Letter from Lee Reynolds

To say my colleagues and I are excited for the fall semester to begin is an understatement.  We are looking forward to being in-person at Gaylord College and to feel the incredible student, staff and faculty energy in our building. Last year brought many changes to our worlds, and my role at Gaylord College has also changed. 

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Letter from the President

READY. A quick Google search defines the word as an adjective – “in a suitable state for an activity, action, or situation; fully prepared.” (You just knew a Gaylord alum had to work in a word and definition in the president’s opening letter, right?) Hi! I’m Sundee, and I am honored and READY to serve as your JayMac Alumni Association president. 

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JayMac Membership Drive Occurring Now!

As an alum of the J-school or Gaylord College, you are one of 11,000+ members of our alumni network using your degree in varied and impressive ways. By joining JayMac, you can introduce Gaylord to prospective students, take a tour of the Gaylord building if you haven’t been home in a while, help current students find internships or jobs and so much more. Annual dues are $50, and a one-time lifetime membership is $1,000.

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Chelsey Kraft

Letter from the Editor

The back-to-school season looks a bit different for me this year.

For the first time since I set foot on campus as an eager freshman in fall 2009, I am not on the University of Oklahoma campus as students return to classes. Thankfully though, I am just across town at Norman Public Schools, where I recently started a new role as a communications specialist. 

Even though I'm now on the K-12 instead of the university side, and even though I am a few years removed from my last first day of school, a new year always brings the same emotions for me. I can't help but reflect about my educational journey, especially my time spent at OU, and I always feel such joy (and a heavy dose of nostalgia) while watching students create their own OU stories. 

I love being involved with JayMac because I want each and every Gaylord student to have a campus experience that was as wonderful as mine, and that feeling is always amplified as the fall semester kicks off. I welcome you to join me in reflecting on what your time at OU meant to you and to consider how you make a difference for the next generation of Sooners.

Chelsey Kraft
Class of 2013

Elanie Steyn

Steyn Named Associate Dean

On July 1, Elanie Steyn assumed the role of associate dean of Gaylord College. She succeeds David Craig, who is stepping down at his request after 14 years in the position.

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OU Esports

Coming Fall 2021: OU's First Esports Course

A partnership between Gaylord College and OU’s Esports and Co-Curricular Innovation Department will provide real-world experiences in a quickly growing realm - esports.

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What Is Home? Project

What Is Home?

Through a digital storytelling project, journalism students at Gaylord College worked with high school students from Norman and Clinton to explore the ever-evolving definition of “home."

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Spotlight on the McMahon Foundation

The McMahon family has deep roots in Lawton. In fact, Eugene P. McMahon arrived in town from Topeka a few days before the auction that opened Lawton to settlement and set up a legal practice. Eugene; his wife, Louise; and their son, Eugene D.; became among the first residents in the town. 

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Covering Indigenous Communities

Gaylord College recently took strides to expand coverage of Indigenous communities through the Bob Burke Native American Reporting Center. Though the need for direct reporting on Native issues and news is not new, it was promptly addressed once recognized by Pulitzer Prize winner John Schmeltzer.

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Student Makes Her Mark — Literally

Thanks to a current student, visitors to Gaylord College will be greeted by a mural that captures the spirit of the building and its people. Lisa Maslovskaya, a rising sophomore creative media production major, recently completed the mural located right outside the Student Services offices. 

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Notable News

Check out notable news to learn about some of the people of Gaylord College, including the 2021 Outstanding Seniors; alumnus Dino Lalli, who was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame; and Tony McCoy, Gaylord's building resource technology coordinator and new adjunct instructor.

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Tell us about your accomplishments since graduating from Gaylord College so we can compile them into Class Notes. Whether it's job changes, marriages, children or career advancements, we want to know everything.

Email your stories to

First, join JayMac and become a part of an outstanding alumni network that goes above and beyond to give back. By joining JayMac, you can introduce Gaylord to prospective students, take a tour of the Gaylord building if you haven’t been home in a while, help current students find internships or jobs and so much more.

Then, visit the JayMac website and social media pages for more information on how to get involved! We can’t wait to hear from you.


Lee Reynolds
Director of Community and Alumni Relations

Sundee Busby
President, JayMac

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