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David L. Boren Student Union

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 10, 2021
1. David L. Boren Student Union Marker
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Inscription.  Before assuming the presidency of the University of Oklahoma in November of 1994, U.S. Senator David L. Boren met with OU Health Sciences Center students and faculty members. He determined that one of the top priorities for the first year of his administration would be to accelerate the construction of the long-awaited student center on the Oklahoma City campus.

Boren believed that such a facility was "essential to building the spirit of family and community" on the Oklahoma City campus. Some sort of student center had been part of the Campus Master Plan since the late 1970s but had never been funded.

The OU Health Sciences Center Student Association had approved an increase in student fees to help support the project, and through Boren's efforts. Section 13 revenue bonds were secured for the first time in the University's history. These funds were pooled with student fees to finance the building. Construction began on August 1, 1995, just eight months into Boren's administration.

On September 4, 1996, Boren and HSC Student Association President David Kendrick presided over dedication ceremonies for the $4.3 million
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By Jason Voigt, April 10, 2021
2. David L. Boren Student Union Marker
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structure, which included offices for student government, a fitness facility, food court, meeting and study rooms, and computer stations. Kendrick had actively championed the facility on behalf of Health Sciences Center students.

In 2000, the OU Board of Regents approved plans to add a third floor to the building to house Financial Aid and Student Support Services. Funding for the addition was provided largely by student fees earmarked for that purpose. Student support for the addition was led by Robert J. Herman. HSC Student Association president at the time the project was being considered.

In 2004, in honor of the tenth anniversary of his presidency and recognizing his strong support for students, the OU Board of Regents named the building the David L. Boren Student Union.
 
Erected by the University of Oklahoma.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical date for this entry is August 1, 1995.
 
Location. 35° 28.754′ N, 97° 29.573′ W. Marker is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma County. Marker is at the intersection of North Stonewall Avenue and NE Park Place, on the right when traveling north on North Stonewall Avenue. Marker is in front of the Student Union building, which is on the campus of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences
David L. Boren Student Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 10, 2021
3. David L. Boren Student Union Marker
Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1106 N Stonewall Ave, Oklahoma City OK 73117, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. OU College of Nursing (within shouting distance of this marker); OU College of Pharmacy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Robert M. Bird Library and OU Graduate College (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); OU Health Sciences Center (about 300 feet away); Stanton L. Young Walk (about 300 feet away); The Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lloyd E. Rader Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Payne Boomer Campsite (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oklahoma City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 30, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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