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OU business school dean leaves for TCU

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 8:20pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma announced on Thursday that the dean of the business school and a one-time candidate to become president is leaving for another college.

Daniel Pullin, who had been dean of the Price College of Business at OU since 2014, will become the next dean of the business school at Texas Christian University next month.

“We are grateful for Dean Pullin’s service to OU and to Price College,” said Kyle Harper, senior vice president and provost at OU. “Under his leadership, Price College has enjoyed a period of dynamism and growth, and he leaves us poised to achieve even higher levels in the future.”

During the search for the next university president last year, Pullin was the only one to publicly disclose he was a finalist to succeed David Boren as OU’s 14th president.

The position eventually went to James Gallogly, who began officially on July 1.

Pullin will head TCU’s diversity and inclusion initiatives while also serving as a liaison between TCU and its business community partners.

Pullin is an OU graduate and he also received an MBA from Harvard Business School before returning to OU for a law degree.

During his tenure at OU, Pullin was credited with boosting graduate program enrollment by 50 percent in five years and helping create entrepreneurship initiatives and established an innovation center on campus.

Pullin also served on many community boards and committees, including the Norman Economic Development Coalition.

Price College of Business is OU’s second-largest college and one of the university’s most well regarded as U.S. News and World Report recently ranked OU’s MBA program at No.

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Maj. Kevin Foster appointed Norman's interim chief of police

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 7:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — Maj. Kevin Foster has been appointed interim police chief of the Norman Police Department.

Interim City Manager Mary Rupp made the appointment after the resignation of Police Chief Keith Humphrey.

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Truman Elementary students win parade float design competition

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 5:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — A Truman Elementary School team won the Design+Do competition at the University of Oklahoma Tom Love Innovation Hub.

The students won the competition with their Sooner Slide concept, a parade float design that would allow people in a crowd to use mini footballs to send someone down a slide.

Design+Do, sponsored by Devon Energy, allowed students at eight Norman Public Schools to use their ingenuity and the latest tools to create never-before-seen projects.

For five weeks, the fifth-graders put their ideas for parade floats on paper.

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Norman Cultural Center to present lecture on weather, climate change

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 5:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — In anticipation of Earth Day, Norman Cultural Connection will host an evening with Robert Rabin, who will present a lecture on "The Value of Indigenous Science: Inupiaq Insights on Weather and Climate Change.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 5:00am

Bethany Animal Control Shelter, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Reenactments, fun-filled moments found at Medieval Fair

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 5:00am

Staff reports

Norman's Medieval Fair brought many fairgoers in fanciful dresses and Gothic costumes, some even reveling in battle reenactments.

And while some might have attended for the historical interest, others enjoyed the frivolity that is always associated with the Medieval Fair.

This past weekend's event was the 43rd Medieval Fair of Norman.



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OU regents hear findings of Boren investigation

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 1:29am

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

University of Oklahoma regents spent more than six hours on Tuesday hearing the findings of an investigation into former President David Boren.

Those findings were not released.

“We have said from the beginning when multiple individuals alleged inappropriate conduct that we wanted an independent investigation to provide us the facts,” OU Regents Chairman Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes said after the meeting.

“We are satisfied the investigation by Jones Day was thorough, fair, nonbiased and objective.

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Learn to cook at these classes around the Oklahoma City metro

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 1:25am

From staff reports

Wednesday

Northern Italy: Chef Ahmad Farnia, International Pantry, 6:30 p.m., $55.

Thursday

Creative Cupcakes: Karen Flores, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Francis Tuttle, $39.

Cookie Decorating: Christina Hopper, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Francis Tuttle, $39.

April 17

Tempura Cooking: Michiko Dowling, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Francis Tuttle, $45.

Spring Dinner Party: Chef Josh Valentine, International Pantry, 6:30 p.m., $45.

April 20

International Cooking Class: Raindrop Turkish American Cultural Center, 2 to 5 p.m., $20.

April 22

Mindful Eating: Chef Jeremiah Caldwell, International Pantry, 6:30 p.m., $45.

April 24

Chef Knife Skills: Vera Cheek, 6:20 to 9:20 p.m., Francis Tuttle, $49.

Garnishing Made Easy: Dennis Moran, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Francis Tuttle, $36.

April 27

Tex-Mex Fiesta: Carolyn Pendley, 10 a.m.

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David Boren answers investigators' questions about allegations

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 3:06pm

By Nolan Clay
Staff writer
nclay@oklahoman.com

Former University of Oklahoma President David Boren on Friday fully and candidly answered all questions from investigators looking into allegations against him of inappropriate conduct, his attorney said.

Boren, 77, spoke for more than two hours with the investigators hired by the university, attorney Clark Brewster told The Oklahoman.

"The questions covered, essentially, the full period of his presidency.

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Neighbors, artist cope with arrest of accused vandal

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 1:40am

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Robin Hood Lane residents expressed disbelief Friday at the arrest of a neighbor accused by police of spray-painting racist graffiti in Norman and Oklahoma City over the past two weeks, while the artist behind a defaced sculpture tried to come to terms with the vandalism.

Allison Christine Johnson, 45, was arrested Thursday afternoon by Norman police on a complaint of making "terroristic threats," officials said.

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Medieval Fair underway in Norman

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 1:39am

Staff reports

NORMAN — Knights battling and jesters juggling are on display at Norman’s annual Medieval Fair.

Held annually since 1977, the free fair is at Reaves Park and continues 10 a.m.

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Racist graffiti in Norman similar to OKC incident

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 1:25am

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Racist graffiti found Wednesday morning at three buildings, including an elementary school and the county's Democratic Party office, brought a city councilwoman to tears.

"I’d like to say that it’s surprising to me that this kind of thing still happens in 2019, but it is not," said Norman councilwoman Kate Bierman, who is Jewish.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Medieval Fair a Gothic, good time

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 1:25am

We are running a #Throwback​Thursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @TheOklahoman, and “Like” us at Facebook.com/​The​Oklahoman for more historical photos.

Linda Lynn, News Research Editor



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Norman police release images of woman wanted for questioning in racist graffiti incidents

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 4:42pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Police on Wednesday released images taken from a surveillance camera that shows a woman wanted for questioning in connection to racist graffiti found at three locations.

Police began receiving reports about the graffiti just after 7 a.m.

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Racist graffiti found at Norman school and Democratic office

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 3:40pm

By Ben Felder

Racist graffiti was found Wednesday morning at three buildings in Norman, including an elementary school and the county's Democratic Party office. 

Last week similar graffiti messages were found at the Oklahoma Democratic Party and Chickasaw Nation buildings in Oklahoma City

The Norman Transcript reported Wednesday morning that spray-painted swastikas, ethnic slurs, and other racist graffiti was found at Norman's Firehouse Art Center, McKinley Elementary and the Cleveland County Democratic Party Headquarters. 

Norman police are investigating racist symbols and messages spray-painted at three locations overnight | https://t.co/KPMRzyJfzdpic.twitter.com/RDjXyOUFYM

— Norman Transcript (@NormanNews) April 3, 2019

A note was found at the Democratic Party office that said, "White men have built this civilization.

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Achievers

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 5:00am

Three metro-area teens have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank within the Boy Scouts of America program.

Talon Michael Mead, 16, of Oklahoma City, is a member of Troop 168 chartered to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, under the direction of Scoutmaster Daniel Kemp.

Talon demonstrated leadership to others in a service project benefiting White Fields Boys Home, where he oversaw the construction and installation of a Lifeguard chair for the indoor pool.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 5:00am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Bethany Animal Control Shelter, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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OKC Cat Club Allbreed Cat Show expects 150 contenders

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 5:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — Hit pause on that internet cat video. About 150 felines will be competing for prizes from 9 a.m.

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Eagles sightings continue in Oklahoma City

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 1:27am

By Robert Medley
Staff writer rmedley@oklahoman.com

In a tree bare of leaves, an eagle family is thriving in northeast Oklahoma City. And across central Oklahoma, other eagles are being sighted.

An eagle with two eaglets was spotted recently near Hefner Road and Midwest Boulevard.

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Boren accuser praised him to investigators hired by OU

Sat, 03/30/2019 - 1:45am

By Nolan Clay
Staff writer nclay@oklahoman.com

The OU graduate now accusing retired President David Boren of sexual battery told investigators in February "that never happened.

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