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October 25, 2012

Regents further projects

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents’ Wednesday meeting was marked by progression of high-dollar additions to the Norman and Tulsa campuses, one of which will be funded through a generous gift announced at the meeting.

OU President David Boren announced that the four-year-old OU-Tulsa School of Community Medicine is the recipient of a $6 million gift from the A.R. and Mary Louise Tandy Foundation, funding the establishment of a simulation center in which students will practice treatments on life-sized robots.

“Simulation training has become an important part of medical training in this country. It improves education, reduces mistakes and improves overall care,” Boren said. “This center will be available to community medical professionals as well, and we anticipate it will bring many professionals from the area to improve their skills and bring their knowledge up to date. We want to thank the Tandy foundation for this generous gift.”

In appreciation of the Tandy Foundation’s gift, foundation trustee Paul Giehm was presented with a small-scale replica of “The Seed Sower,” a statue recreating the image in the OU seal that is visible on all OU campuses.

The regents also approved a price tag of $9 million for Phase IV of improvements to the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the bulk of which will include renovations to the club and suite seating and roof replacements and updates, according to Athletic Director Joe Castiglione.

“We’ve raised funds over the years to have ready for this anticipated renovation,” Castiglione said. “The suites and clubs were developed well over 10 years ago, and most of the work is cosmetic — paint, carpet, etc., based on survey information from fans that use them.”

Other projects advanced by the regents’ approval of maximum-price agreements were:

· Five Partners Place on the south research campus for $24.1 million.

· The Scholars Walk/Asp Avenue reconstruction for $6.1 million.

· A $383,300 facility addition to the Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center.

The next OU Regents meeting will be Dec. 6-7 in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit


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