NORMAN, Okla. -- In its first year, Headington Hall has received the President’s Trophy as an outstanding housing center, presented by University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren.
Awards went to students and organizations exhibiting overall excellence in academics, campus activities, volunteerism and multicultural participation. Housing centers, fraternities, sororities and two commuter students were recognized.
The President’s Trophy competition was established by President and Mrs. Boren in 1995, with the first awards presented in the spring of 1996. The purpose of the competition is to encourage students to raise standards for themselves and their organizations in four areas of emphasis. The competition is coordinated by Crimson Club, the university’s ambassador organization composed of OU student leaders.
Winners recognized for superior achievement in the individual categories of academics, campus activities, volunteerism and multicultural participation received $250. Housing, fraternity and sorority runners-up for the President’s Trophy received a $500 cash award. President’s Trophy outstanding commuter student winners were given a trophy and $500, and the President’s Trophy first-place organizational winners received a trophy and $5,000.
Headington Hall, which opened in summer 2013, was privately financed by OU’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The project totaled $75 million, and former OU tennis player Tim Headington gave a $10 million give to benefit it. Headington is president and founder of the Dallas-headquartered Headington Resources Inc., an independent exploration and production operator in south Texas, and also serves on the OU Athletics director’s Executive Advisory Council. In 2005, he was honored with the OU Regents’ Alumni Award.
Of the 380 students housed in Headington Hall, 180 are student-athletes. Located on the corner of Jenkins Avenue and Lindsey Street, southeast and across the street from Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the 230,000-square-foot, six-story residence hall features apartment-style accommodations in two- and four-bedroom units. The building includes central dining, computer labs, study rooms, a theater and a faculty-in-residence unit. The facility replaces the former Sooner Housing Center comprised of Bud Wilkinson, Jefferson, and Jones Halls.
Other major donors whose gifts supported Headington Hall are the Andrews Family Foundation of Oklahoma City; Sam Bradford, 2008 Heisman Trophy winner from OU who now is St. Louis Rams quarterback; Chesapeake Energy of Oklahoma City; the Chickasaw Nation; the Ty T. Hartwig Family of Edmond; the Greathouse Foundation of Abilene, Texas; the J.D. Lewis Family of Healdton; Aubrey McClendon of Oklahoma City; former OU player Adrian Peterson, now Minnesota Vikings running back; the Rippeto Family Foundation of Dallas; the Touchdown Club of Oklahoma; and the late Cy Wagner and Lissa Wagner of Midland, Texas. More than 35 other major donors also have contributed in support of Headington Hall.