Today, registration and building tours — along with student interaction — will begin at 8:30 a.m. A JayMac Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony will follow at 10 a.m. Recipients of the award include John Admire, class of ’64, who served 33 years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps; Shane Boyd, class of ’86, who currently serves as the vice president of corporate communications for Devon Energy; and Donna Shirley, class of ’63, who is a well-known manager, educator, speaker, consultant and trainer on the management of creative teams.
After the awards ceremony, a centennial luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. in the Sandy Bell Gallery of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. A faculty panel discussion of the future of media will begin at 1:30 p.m.
“Reflections in the Round” will commence at 3 p.m. and will be moderated by Linda Cavanaugh and Bart Conner. A cocktail reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union will conclude today’s events.
On Saturday, alumni can enjoy Sooner football. Bill Hancock, BCS executive director and journalism college class of ’72 graduate, will speak about the future of the BCS from 3 to 4 p.m. A tailgate party in the eastside courtyard will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. prior to the OU-West Virginia game.
The Gaylord Prize event honoring Tim Brokaw has been postponed until the spring semester.
Throughout the weekend, Gaylord Ambassadors, undergraduate students who serve as liaisons, will have the chance to interact and learn from alumni as they give tours and present videos. One video, “This is My Classroom,” will honor the school itself and focus on the many opportunities the college brings current students.
While enjoying centennial celebration events, alumni should be on the lookout for “University of Oklahoma Journalism: A Centennial History.” Written by three alumni — Bob Burke, class of ’70, Bill Moore, class of ’79 and Andy Rieger, class of ’80 — the centennial book is a narrative history of the journalism college.