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November 16, 2013

OU president Boren cuts ribbon on Headington Hall

NORMAN — Freshman pre-med student Kaitlynn Maddox makes her home in the University of Oklahoma’s newest dormitory, Headington Hall.

“The University of Oklahoma is so much more than just an overwhelming number of buildings,” Maddox told gathered crowds on Saturday at the dormitory’s dedication ceremony. 

Maddox said students are not “just a face in the crowd” at  OU and Headington is more than a dorm — it’s her home.

“There’s always something going on here at Headington Hall,” she said.

Headington Hall is a six-story student residence designed in the Cherokee Gothic style consistent with other OU historic buildings. It is home to 380 students, 180 of which are student-athletes, according to a university reports.

Dr. Kelly Damphousse, dean, of the College of Arts & Sciences, serves as a faculty member in residence living, along with his wife, at Headington Hall.

“Welcome to my home,” Dampousse said.

The university started the faculty-in-residence program in 1996. The program allows faculty to interact with students outside of the classroom, he said. Damphousse has two daughters who are OU students, but living at Headington, he said he has gained 380 more.

“These students have become our kids,” he said of Headington Hall residents.

Dampousse described a late night waffle dinner with waffle irons everywhere and students coming into the dining hall in pajamas. Another time a student began playing the piano and the moment turning into a sing-along.

“This is why we’re supposed to be here,” he said.

Headington Hall became a “family in residence,” Dampousse said. “This is home.”

Other speakers at the dedication ceremony on Saturday included OU President David L. Boren, Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione, Chairman of the OU Board of Regents Richard Dunning and Tim Headington, an OU alumnus who gave $10 million toward the student housing facility.

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