Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OU College of Engineering Kicks off Campaign

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OU College of Engineering Kicks off Campaign

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NORMAN (JR) -- The University of Oklahoma College of Engineering has launched a $100 million fund-raising campaign.

The campaign already has $32 million in donations, according to OU President David L. Boren and W. Arthur Porter, engineering dean.

The Campaign for Engineering will focus on building faculty and scholarship endowments, funding for research and programs and a new engineering and technology center.

"The future of the state of Oklahoma is truly linked to the future of the OU College of Engineering and this campaign is critical to that future," Boren said. "Our engineering college plays a critical role in keeping top Oklahoma students in the state and attracting top out-of-state students. Its faculty are not only bringing important national research dollars, but they are developing technology that can become the state's new industries."

Porter said the campaign will continue until the college's centennial anniversary in 2006.

"The fact that the Campaign for Engineering is close to reaching one-third of its $100 million goal is a testament to the commitment of the college's alumni and friends and their belief in the importance of this drive to the University of Oklahoma, the College of Engineering, and the state of Oklahoma," said Porter, who also serves as OU's vice president for technology development.

Leadership gifts to date made during the "silent phase" of the campaign include:

* $6 million from engineering alumnus Charles Stephenson and his wife, Peggy, of Tulsa.

* A $4 million commitment from engineering alumnus William Barkow of Nevada

* A $6 million gift from 1958 petroleum engineering alumnus Curtis Mewbourne and his family of Tyler, Texas, to endow OU's Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering.

With an enrollment of more than 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students, the College of Engineering is ranked in the top five nationally among publicly supported engineering colleges in the enrollment of National Scholars. …

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