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
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.
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,
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
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
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. …