The Sooner Story

The Sooner Story

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David Ross Boyd stepped off the train in Norman, Oklahoma, on August 6, 1892, and looked toward the southwest. a€œThere was not a tree or shrub in sight, a€ wrote the former Kansas school superintendent just hired to serve as the University of Oklahomaa€™s first president. a€œBehind me was a crude little town of 1, 500 people, and before me was a stretch of prairie on which my helpers and I were to build an institution of culture.a€ By 1895, five years after the Universitya€™s official founding, the school boasted four faculty members (three men and one woman) and 100 students. Today the campus is home to more than 30, 000 students and 2, 700 full-time faculty and is one of the most respected public universities in the nation, with twenty-one colleges offering hundreds of majors at the bachelora€™s, mastera€™s, and doctoral level. OUa€™s remarkable journey from that treeless prairie to its present standing as a world-class institution of learning unfolds in The Sooner Story. Arriving upon the universitya€™s 125th anniversary, the book updates a history that last left off in 1980, when William Slater Banowsky was at the helm. Author Anne Barajas Harp examines the schoola€™s history through the lens of each presidential administration from the beginning of David Ross Boyda€™s tenure to the present moment in David Lyle Borena€™s presidency, now in its third decade. In describing what each president encountered in his turn, she captures the unique character, challenges, and accomplishments of each administration, as these reflect the universitya€™s growth and progress through the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. a€œDiscouraged?a€ Boyd wrote at his arrival in 1892. a€œNot a bit. The sight was a challenge.a€ The Sooner Story conveys the inspiration and excitement of meeting and renewing that challenge over the past 125 years.He would resign within the year, citing the unfavorable publicity that had followed him from New York. ... of the $3.5 million Basic Sciences Education building, followed by the 1971 opening of the OU College of Dentistry. ... housed OUa#39;s Department of Ophthalmology; Presbyterian Hospital; and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. ... Costs had been cut in every possible area, to the point that OU and Oklahoma State University chose to consolidate several graduate programs.

Title:The Sooner Story
Author:Anne Barajas Harp
Publisher:University of Oklahoma Press - 2015-07-08


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