NORMAN — The University Club, tucked inside the Oklahoma Memorial Union, was a place where town and gown mingled. It replaced the faculty club which existed for many years west of Boyd House.
The late novelist and professor Jack Bickham wrote about it “Murder at Oklahoma.”
Inside the union, faculty were recruited over lunches.
Students were made to feel appreciated and staff rewarded for exemplary performance.
That venue has been closed for many months while craftsmen worked behind closed doors. President David L. Boren cut the ribbon and re-opened the Jan Marie and Richard J. Crawford University Club this past week.
The beautiful, expanded club reopens for lunch Monday. It was designed similar to the Union’s Beaird Lounge and the Great Reading Room inside Bizzell Memorial Library.
The club has a new director and chef, one coming from Oklahoma City and the other from Santa Fe.
Artwork from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and Frankoma pottery add to the club’s decor.
The tables have been replaced with booths, red leather seats, stained glass light fixtures, a fireplace, lots of wood and an expanded wine bar. A private dining room looks like just the right place to put the hard rush on a faculty recruit.
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A day later and just a few blocks north, inside the new S&B Burger Joint, more than a dozen cyclists were feeling fairly relaxed Wednesday evening. They are part of R4WH (Ride for World Health), a cross-section of medical students and professionals making a 3,400 mile cross-country journey.
They left San Diego March 20 and will end up in Washington, D.C. May 12.
They are passionate about the need for change in both international and domestic health care. Some of the riders are medical students who will begin residency programs soon.