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Gaylord Hall, Phase II, dedicated

by Helen Ford Wallace Published: October 14, 2009

Gaylord College Dean Joe Foote greets dignitaries. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

Christy Everest, Molly Shi Boren, William Ross and Bob Ross applaude during the dedication of Phase II of Gaylord Hall. (Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman).

University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications students, faculty members, foundation board members and friends were at the dedication of Gaylord Hall, Phase II, in Norman yesterday.

That place is amazing!

Phase II has a courtyard, a patio, a third floor terrace and a statue of the college’s namesake, Edward L. Gaylord. It also has computer labs, video studio, 180- seat auditorium, an area for the college’s student- run advertising and public relations agency.

Also at Gaylord Hall is a live television studio for student newscasts and cable tv broadcasting;  print and electronic resources for the Edith Kinney Gaylord Library, and  tiered classrooms featuring digital projectors, SMART Boards and wireless internet.

At the ceremony, Gaylord College Dean Joe Foote spoke about the college which has 1400 students and 33 faculty members. He thanked the three foundation contributors for the second phase: The E.L. And Thelma Gaylord Foundation and two foundations founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, the Inasmuch Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism.  OU President David Boren attributed many of the College’s successes to Dean Foote. “He leads this college with such conviction and such energy, “ Boren said. In turn, the speakers which included Christy Everest and Bill Ross, also thanked President David Boren for his leadership in all phases of Gaylord College’s project.

Other thank yous went to the Gaylord family represented by Christy, Jim and Tricia Everest and to the Inasmuch Foundation represented by Bill Ross and Bob Ross.

In closing the ribbon- cutting ceremonies, student Savannah Mobley led the crowd in the OU Chant.

Student interviews Oklahoman Editor Ed Kelley. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

Kristen Lazalier and Heather Spencer enjoy the Gaylord Hall dedication. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

Jeanne Hoffman Smith and Inasmuch Foundation Chairman William J. Ross speak before the dedication of Phase II of Gaylord Hall at The University of Oklahoma College of Journalism in Norman, Okla.  ( Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman).

Student representative Savannah Mobley, Oklahoma City advertising senior, and Dean Joe Foote look at students on the second level during the dedication of Phase II of Gaylord Hall. (Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman).



by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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