The Alumni Association will join with 750 alumni in Dallas for the OU/Texas game. Tonight, they will host a reception with special guests Joe Washington, 1975 OU running back, and Patty Gasso, OU softball head coach. Saturday, alumni will be taken to the football game by police escort.
Sandy Kinney, a 1969 OU graduate who will be attending the OU/Texas weekend for the 13th time, said she continues to take part in the weekend because it’s a chance to spend time with friends — new and old.
“We travel with our friends from OU, and we run into people unexpectedly, people that we haven’t seen in years,” Kinney said. “It’s great.”
Additionally, the President’s Associates also will host a Beat Texas Celebration brunch before the game Saturday morning.
The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication will host an alumni and student reception tonight at Moroch Advertising Agency.
The OU College of Business and other entites also will sponsor receptions.
“Something about this time of year just begs to bring alumni together,” said Joe Foote, dean of the Gaylord College of Journalism. “The Moroch Advertising Agency exemplifies what we do and exudes creativity ... combined with OU/Texas excitement, and our alumni are motivated to attend and discuss the college.”
OU alumni clubs will not only join together and reconnect with the state on OU/Texas weekend, but some will use the weekend as an opportunity to raise funds for scholarships. Last academic year, OU alumni clubs raised $700,000 for scholarships, Audas said.
The OU Alumni Club of Denver, for example, hosts football watch parties every weekend that bring about 650 people to each party and raise scholarship money.
The OU Alumni Club of Fort Worth hosts a luncheon before the Red River Rivalry to raise money, too.
“We are so grateful for our alumni who keep the OU spirit alive all over the world,” Audas said.