May 14, 2003

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Ground broken for Gaylord Hall at OU

Groundbreaking for Gaylord Hall, the $17 million future home of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Michael F. Price Hall, the 55,000-square-foot, $19 million addition to Adams Hall for the Michael F. Price College of Business, was held recently on the OU Norman campus.

Funding for construction of the new journalism and mass communication building comes from the Edward L. Gaylord family of Oklahoma City, which in 2000 presented to OU a $22 million gift, $14 million of which was earmarked for the structure. The gift is one of the largest single gifts in OU history and among the largest single gifts to a public university in state history. This historic gift enabled the School of Journalism to be elevated to college status.

OU President David L. Boren said, "The construction of the new home for OU's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication simply would not have been possible without the generosity and support of the late Edward L. Gaylord. His strong commitment to building an outstanding journalism program at the University of Oklahoma will enable us to have a College of Journalism of truly national and international stature.

"His generosity will affect the lives of students for years to come," Boren said.

In addition to supporting programs in journalism, Edward L. Gaylord has made major gifts to the expansion of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium; the OU Health Sciences Center, including programs for children's medical care; the OU Library; and to the Sarkeys Energy Center. He has been one of the most generous supporters of the university in its entire history.

The 61,000-square-foot Gaylord Hall, to be completed in 2004, will feature the traditional collegiate gothic elements of OU's most historic buildings. It is being designed to incorporate the latest in technology for teaching print and broadcast journalists and to accommodate future technological developments.

Gaylord Hall will include a multimedia lab, four computer labs, audio and video editing suites and a television studio on the first floor; lecture and seminar rooms, library space and student services on the second floor; and the dean's and faculty offices on the third floor. A focus of the new building will be the Edith Kinney Gaylord Library and Resource Center on the third floor.

The new addition to Adams Hall will be named in honor of Wall Street investor Michael F. Price, whose support and involvement has helped the college initiate innovative programs. The college already bears his name, after a historic $18 million gift in 1997. Price, a 1973 alumnus, is managing partner of MFP Investors LLC.

OU President David L. Boren said, "Michael Price is one of the most generous donors in the university's history. He has given not only of his financial resources but also of his time and energy in teaching our business students in the classroom and in arranging internships to give them practical business experience." Boren said, "The entire university family is deeply grateful to Michael Price for all that he has done to provide enhanced opportunities for our students."

To be located just east of Adams Hall, the addition is designed to meet the demand created by a 41 percent increase in student enrollment over the past six years. The building will be dedicated entirely to student use, including 10 new classrooms, advising offices, computer labs, a student services area, and study spaces.

To accommodate the college's team-oriented approach to learning, a number of special gathering spaces will be created in and around the new building, including meeting rooms, a large commons area and connecting courtyard, and a coffee shop. The development also will produce a pedestrian mall with the conversion of Asp Avenue from Buchanan Hall to Brooks Street and on east to Jenkins.

Story Contact: OU Public Affairs