OU Dedicates James P. Pappas Administration Building
NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma today dedicated the James P. Pappas University Outreach Administration Building located at 1700 Asp Ave. The building is named in honor of former OU Vice President for University Outreach, Dean of the College of Liberal Studies and Professor in the departments of Educational Psychology and Liberal Studies, James Pappas, who retired in Jan. 2017 after almost 30 years of service to the university.
“The naming of the Administration Building at the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education recognizes the lasting contribution of Jim Pappas as the leader of OU’s educational outreach programs,” said OU President David L. Boren. “His positive influence will be felt for years to come.”
As Vice President for University Outreach, Pappas strengthened the university outreach effort, overseeing programs that serve more than 100,000 participants, have 55,000 credit enrollments and provide 1,000 distance and online courses.
He administered University Outreach Advanced Programs, which during his tenure provided degree programs to more than 50 military bases throughout the world, resulting in the graduation of more than 5,000 master’s and doctoral students who are servicemen and women. Online programs developed under his leadership for active duty military and veterans and also for place-bound and economically-challenged individuals have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top three in the nation.
To date, Pappas is the longest-serving dean in the history of the university, having arrived to OU in 1987. As Dean of the College of Liberal Studies, now the College of Professional and Continuing Studies, he administered a stand-alone academic college that offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in liberal studies with administrative leadership, criminal justice, human and health care, world cultural studies, integrated studies and museum emphases that students can complete in online, on-site and in blended formats.
Pappas was responsible for quadrupling the total number of student enrollments in University Outreach programs, more than tripling the amount of grant funding received and increasing rankings and recognition of the college on a national level.
Pappas has been active in professional associations and has served in leadership roles in many adult and continuing education organizations. He previously served as President of the University Professional Continuing Education Association; President of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies programs; Chair of the Continuing Education, Extension and Engagement Council of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities; Executive Director of the Association for Continuing Higher Education; and Executive Director of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.
Under University Outreach, OU’s College of Continuing Education provides learning opportunities and community services to the state, region and nation. Through its comprehensive, multifaceted services and programs, OCCE offers noncredit courses, seminars, workshops, conferences, public service activities, training and travel study programs. The services available through continuing education provide diverse, high-quality and challenging learning experiences.
The OCCE complex includes the James P. Pappas Administration Building, Pete Kyle McCarter Hall, and Boomer Outreach Building, all of which house administrative offices for both OU Outreach and the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.
To learn more about University Outreach, visit ou.edu/outreach.
OU Looks Forward with Reorganized Administration
NORMAN –The University of Oklahoma announced today an executive restructuring aimed to streamline reporting, bring in fresh, diverse perspectives, and improve its cost structure. The reorganization reduces the number of executives who report to the President from 25 to 17, a 32 percent reduction. The executive staff includes not only Norman campus leaders, but also individuals with Health Sciences Center, Tulsa and university-wide responsibilities.
Climate Warming Affects Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem
NORMAN -A University of Oklahoma professor, Jizhong Zhou, and his team have completed a new study on the effects of climate warming on soil microbes in a long-term climate change experiment at a tallgrass prairie ecosystem. The new study shows that climate warming will affect microbial communities in the future, and future community states will be more predictable under warmed climate. Eventually, microbial communities will produce different functions and feedbacks to climate warming. Read more
OU Biologist Developing Network of Researchers and Data from Intermittent Rivers
NORMAN -A University of Oklahoma professor, Daniel Allen, is developing an intermittent river research coordination network of ecologists and hydrologists to better understand the half of the Earth’s rivers that dry or stop flowing each year. Allen and other participants will compile existing ecological and hydrological data from across the nation for the network with a four-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more
Stephenson Cancer Center Earns National Cancer Institute Designation
NORMAN -National, state and local leaders joined the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma today to celebrate the center’s designation as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center. With this award, the Stephenson Cancer Center joins an elite group of 70 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers nationwide. Read more
OU Research Team Identifies Genetic Structure of Painted Bunting
NORMAN –A University of Oklahoma researcher, Andrea Contina, and his team have identified the genetic structure of the Painted Bunting, a neotropical migratory songbird, using microsatellite DNA and single nucleotide polymorphisms to develop high-resolution markers to differentiate between individual birds breeding in different Oklahoma populations and across the United States. Through this research, Contina and his team now can differentiate between the eastern and western Painted Buntings and identify the species pattern of migration and population of origin. Read More
OU Institute Awarded Grant to Advance the Self, Virtue and Public Life Porject
NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing is the recipient of a $3.9 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to advance the “Self, Virtue and Public Life Project.” The grant will provide funding for new research projects, conferences, edited volumes and community outreach activities. The project is set to begin September 1, 2018, and conclude on August 31, 2021. Read More
OU Professor to Study New Possibilities in Quantum Networking
NORMAN – A University of Oklahoma physics professor, Alberto Marino, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development Program) Award in the amount of $500,000 to study new possibilities for the use of spatial degree of freedom in applications ranging from long-distance quantum communications to quantum imaging. Read More
Eight OU Students, Alumni Receive Fulbright Awards
NORMAN – Eight University of Oklahoma students and alumni were named Fulbright grant recipients, which are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, achievement and leadership potential. Read More
OU Meteorologists Studying Arctic Atmospheric Barriers
NORMAN - A University of Oklahoma meteorology team, led by Steven Cavallo, is studying the role of tropopause polar vortices as a barrier in limiting predictability over the Arctic with three, five-year grants totaling $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research. TPVs occur in the upper troposphere of the Arctic, but the data doesn’t exist from this barren region to improve prediction. The OU team plans to conduct aircraft data-collection experiments during an international field campaign associated with the ‘Year of Polar Prediction.’ Read more
OU Student Receives Udall Scholarship
NORMAN - University of Oklahoma honors student Daniel R. Hayden has been named a 2018 Udall Scholar. The Udall Foundation Scholarship recognizes undergraduate students who demonstrate a commitment to careers related to the environment or to Native American public policy or health care. Hayden is one of 50 nationwide selected for the honor. Read more
OU Professor to Receive IEEE Satellite Communications Technical Contribution Award
Mohammed Atiquzzaman, is the recipient of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Satellite Communications Technical Contribution Award for 2018. The annual award is given to an accomplished, senior-level researcher who has achieved outstanding results in satellite communications and recognizes excellent scientific contributions done by academia and industries. Atiquzzaman will receive the award at the IEEE International Conference on Communications in Kansas City, Missouri, May 20-24. Read more
OU Physicist Developing Quantum-Enhanced Sensors for Real-Life Applications
A University of Oklahoma physicist, Alberto M. Marino, is developing quantum-enhanced sensors that could find their way into applications ranging from biomedical to chemical detection. In a new study, Marino’s team, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, demonstrates the ability of quantum states of light to enhance the sensitivities of state-of-the-art plasmonic sensors. The team presents the first implementation of a sensor with sensitivities considered state-of-the-art and shows how quantum-enhanced sensing can find its way into real-life applications. Read more
OU Class of 2018 Gift to Honor Borens
NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma Class of 2018 will celebrate their time at OU through a dedicated green space that will add to OU’s national reputation as one of America’s most beautiful campuses. Located along Lindsey Street in front of the newly completed Residential Colleges, this year’s class gift will fund a picturesque lawn named The Boren Green. Read more
OU Students Receive National Security Education Program Award for International Study
NORMAN – University of Oklahoma senior James Ratcliff and OU junior Libby Trowbridge recently were selected as recipients of the prestigious Boren Award for International Study, sponsored by the National Security Education Program. Thirty-four OU students have received the award since the program began in 1994. Read more