McClendons Donate $5.5 Million to Duke University

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McClendons Donate $5.5 Million to Duke University


The chairman of Chesapeake Energy of Oklahoma City and his wife have donated $5.5 million to Duke University.

Aubrey K. McClendon and Kathleen Byrns McClendon graduated from Duke in 1981 and 1980, respectively. Aubrey McClendon has been chairman and chief executive officer of Chesapeake Energy, which produces oil and natural gas.

The contribution will support improvements to undergraduate residence halls, financial aid for students and the Fuqua School of Business, Duke said.

Patents and trademarks

A patents and trademark seminar is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday in the Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno Ave.

Patents and trademarks will be covered during the first hour by Julia Crawford, assistant professor and patent and trademark librarian with Oklahoma State University.

Bill Baker, president of the Oklahoma Inventors Congress, is to discuss that organization, its purpose and activities.

Oklahoma City patent attorney Neal Kennedy, with MacAfee and Taft, is to discussion legal implications of patent and intellectual property issues during the session starting at 1 p.m.

Baker and Crawford both are to make additional presentations during the afternoon sessions. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Low-calorie manufacturing

Lean manufacturing, its ramifications and principles, is to be the subject of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Resource Network meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the seminar room of the Business and Industry Service Center of the Francis Tuttle Technology Center, 12777 N. Rockwell Ave.

Because different companies have different needs and driving markets are different, services providers must be flexible to work with these individual companies, according to Sharon Brittain, program coordinator.

A roundtable panel is discuss this topic, she said.

Scheduled panel members are Bill Sherwood, director of manufacturing for Unit Parts; John Carnuccio, plant manager at International Environmental; Ken Groth, performance improvement department at Francis Tuttle; and Perry Ramsey, retired plant manager for Gabriel Ride Control.

Ron Holmes, manufacturing extension agent with the Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence, is to moderate the panel. Employees and executives of both manufacturing and service provider companies are invited to attend the free meeting.

"The OMRN (Oklahoma Manufacturing Resource Network) extends the opportunity to collaborate with other service providers, manufacturers and the manufacturing extension agents," Brittain said.

Trucking honor

A unit of the Oklahoma Trucking Association has been honored for its work in promoting highway safety.

The Oklahoma Safety Management Council received the Summa Cum Laude Award by the American Trucking Associations for the fourth consecutive year.

Superior safety activity and maximum effort to advance highway safety were cited as reasons the council was honored through the State Association Awards Program.

This program recognizes state trucking associations affiliated with the national organization that effectively foster "and promote highway programs within their borders for the greater good of the trucking industry and all highway users."

Retained to save money

Meyers-Reynolds & Associates has been retained as risk management consultant for the Long Island Power Authority.

Oklahoma City-based Meyers-Reynolds will assist the authority in managing insurance and identifying other risk-reduction approaches, said Paul Brown, corporate counsel for the company.

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