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OU-Tulsa Dedicates New Outdoor Learning Space

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September 2, 2020

OU-Tulsa Dedicates New Outdoor Learning Space

The University of Oklahoma–Tulsa will dedicate a new outdoor learning and recreation space funded by a generous gift from the Stuart Family Foundation of Tulsa on Sept 2. President Joseph Harroz, Jr. along with former regent Jon Stuart and wife Dee Dee will be present to speak and officially dedicate the space for use. OU-Tulsa President John H. Schumann and Student Government President Saralyn O’Donnell will also give comments.

“Virtually every area of the University of Oklahoma has been enhanced by the generosity of Dee Dee and Jon Stuart,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr.  “Their most recent support beautifies and improves the grounds of our Tulsa campus, providing an engaging and functional gathering space for our community. We are deeply grateful for the Stuarts and their enduring commitment to OU.”     

“Research shows that having an outdoor space for teaching, learning and relaxation is extremely beneficial and conducive for lifelong learning. We all need fresh air to restore concentration and lessen stress. Stuart Square provides a space, right in the middle of the OU-Tulsa campus, where we can go to rest, rejuvenate, or just eat lunch,” says OU-Tulsa President John H. Schumann. 

Stuart Square provides a cultivated, relaxing place for OU-Tulsa students, faculty, staff and the neighboring community to enjoy campus. A verdant central garden is surrounded by welcoming benches, as well as tables and chairs with festive crimson umbrellas. Wireless internet and campus network access allows this space to be used for outdoor learning and studying. 

The Stuarts are avid supporters of OU and have also provided funds for the Stuart Wing in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art; Stuart Landing, a focal point of Oklahoma Memorial Union; the Seed Sower statue, which stands at the gates of the South Oval; and numerous other gifts, including a challenge grant to replace OU trees lost in a significant ice storm in 2007.

Jon Stuart served as an OU Regent for 14 years, including two terms as Chairman of the Board. He is president and chief executive officer of First Stuart Corporation, a Tulsa-based family investment company, as well as managing partner of Jon R. Stuart Interests, L.L.C., principally in the energy business. He is the royal Norwegian Consul for Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas, as appointed by His Royal Highness King Harald VI of Norway. He currently serves as chairman of the Gilcrease Museum National Advisory Council. Jon Stuart has served as a trustee of the Lew Wentz Foundation and has been on seven bank boards, as well as the New York and American stock exchanges.

Dee Dee Stuart, who has served on the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Board of Visitors since 2002, also served as a member of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts Board of Visitors from 2005 to 2010. She has been actively involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors and events in Tulsa and throughout Oklahoma for more than two decades.

Together Dee Dee and Jon Stuart are Honorary OU Associates, lifetime members of the OU Alumni Association and have served as committee members of OU’s Campaign for Scholarships, Reach for Excellence Campaign and the Commitment of Fifty Campaign. The Stuarts are also members of the OU Seed Sower Society, which honors donors who have contributed more than $1 million to the university. In 2018, the Stuarts were presented with honorary degrees from OU – the highest award bestowed by the university.

OU-Tulsa offers a wide range of 30+ undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctorate level degrees, as well as graduate certificates. Programs include architecture, engineering, education, nursing, sonography, public health, occupational and physical therapy, human relations, library and information studies, organizational dynamics, public administration, social work, as well as medicine through the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. Since 1957, OU-Tulsa has provided higher education to NE Oklahoma and moved to the 60-acre Schusterman Campus in 1999.  For more information, visit