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April 8, 2006

OU leaders, coaches inspired by books

For readers who have trouble finding an inspirational book among the thousands available at the University of Oklahoma libraries, a new program may help guide them toward the perfect story.

“Books That Inspire,” an annual feature of the OU libraries returning for its sixth year, has a new list of books provided by athletic coaches and leaders, university administration and faculty. These books will be on display with an overview written by the athletic and university representatives for readers to view, but not check out.

“I cannot believe it’s been six years,” said Sul H. Lee, dean of university libraries. “This event would not have been successful without cooperation around campus.”

Nancy Mergler, senior vice president and provost, said the gloomy weather of the morning seemed to disappear when she arrived at the library Thursday.

“That really provides a wonderful metaphor,” Mergler said. “When you read, the sun comes out, you’re a different person and you’re refreshed.”

Lee credited the exhibit’s success to the help of sponsors Frank and Judy Wang, who have supported the program all six years.

“My wife and I wanted to sponsor education here,” said Frank Wang. “We wanted to do things that help out the community.”

The exhibit includes novels such as “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and even legendary Homer’s “The Odyssey.” The OU athletics participants include women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale, football coach Bob Stoops, athletic director Joe Castiglione and former men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson.

“Every day, they’re involved in inspiring their athletes,” said Gerald Gurney, associate athletic director for academic affairs. “Thank you for allowing the athletic department to make such a significant contribution to our university.”

The display is on the first floor of Bizzell Memorial Library and will be up until May 31. However, interested readers can visit to see the comments and books suggested online.

Althea Peterson


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