“He told me to get ready and that he’d be here to help me,” Hall said. “He also said to call him Alan. It took me about three years to get used to that.”
Beyond teaching, Velie has been a longtime supporter of the OU rugby team. In fact, Velie is the founding faculty advisor and was a member of the OU Rugby team. Rugby has been a club sport at OU for more than 30 years. OU’s field is one of the top collegiate fields in the country allowing the team to host a number of major collegiate tournaments and is named after Velie, the Al Velie Rugby Football Complex. Velie also has been taking students to the best pubs in London since 1999 as part of OU’s Honors at Oxford summer program.
“The university has changed quite a bit over the years. The students have gotten markedly better due to the recruitment of national merit scholars. It’s been a very satisfying career,” Velie said. “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
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