Visit Logistics

Originally posted at, the now-discontinued blog of the OU History of Science Collections. Neither this post nor any of its content should be taken as an official communication of the University of Oklahoma.

Emergency | Weather

  • Emergency: dial 911 on or off campus (police, fire, ambulance)
  • Security/emergency red phone booths and blue kiosks are available all over campus.
  • OU Police: 325-1717
  • OUPD Tornado Information Sheet:
  • Weather forecasts for Norman from the National Weather Service
  • In Sooner Suites, take cover in a bathroom.
  • Television/online weather alerts: channel 5; channel 9; channel 4
  • Oklahoma Mesonet (weather data)
  • Goddard Health Center: 405/325-4611. On campus: 5-4611
  • Norman Regional Hospital: | Map
  • How to dress: Apart from common sense and common decency, no academic dress code is required for research in the History of Science Collections. Dress for the weather: Thunderstorms can occur at any time of year, and nights are cooler than daytime temperatures.

    Telephone info

    • History of Science Department, 6th floor, PHSC (Physical Sciences) building.
      Sam Fellows (office admin): 405/325-2213
    • History of Science Collections: 405/325-2760
      5th floor, BL (Bizzell Library);

      • Kerry Magruder, Curator (cell): _____________
      • Kristina Southwell, Head of Operations
      • JoAnn Palmeri, Research Coordinator (cell): ______________
      • Melissa Rickman, Registrar (cell): ______________

    When calling a campus phone number from another on-campus phone (e.g., from your Sooner Suites apartment), dial “5-” instead of “325-”. For example, to dial the Collections use the following numbers:

    • 405/325-2760 (from out of state)
    • 325-2760 (from off campus)
    • 5-2760 (from on campus)
    • To place an off-campus call from a campus phone, first dial 8 and wait for a dial tone.

    University of Oklahoma

    • OU Information:
    • Visiting scholars will obtain an OU Network account and Sooner Card upon arrival.
      • Sooner Card:
      • OU Network account management:
        OU offers two different wi-fi networks:
        • “OU WiFi” – requires an OU Network account; available over nearly all of campus, the only wi fi available at Sooner Suites. Required for OU web mail.
        • “OU Guest” – OU Network account not needed; available in the heart of the campus only. Not compatible with OU mail.



    • Sooner Suites (on campus):
      • Mike or Denise Upchurch (Email:
        405/325-2270 or toll free: 888/777-0477
        1775 Maple Ave., Suite 402, Norman, OK 73072
        Visiting scholars stay in special furnished units in the Kraettli Apartment complex. Each unit has two queen bedrooms (use one for an office), bath, living/dining area, and kitchen. The apartment is fully furnished including linens, and basic cooking and eating utensils, refrigerator and stove. Guests are responsible for their own personal use supplies. Apartments are cleaned once weekly including changing out the linens. A laundry mat is located at the Kraettli Apartment Complex. Amenities include cable television, local phone, and wireless internet. The campus swimming pool is nearby. Available with a month-to-month lease, housekeeping once a week, $860/mo.
    • OU Housing and Food Services – Kraettli Apartments
    • Hotel options:
      • Embassy Suites:
      • Marriott Conference Center, over 900 rooms with multiple dining options, meeting space, airport shuttle, free parking, internet access, a 24-Hour Fitness Center, 2 Outdoor Walking Tracks and an Indoor Track (above the gym), Oklahoma’s Largest Saline Outdoor Swimming Pool, Whirlpool & Sauna, Softball Field, Billiards, Tennis, Volleyball, Racquetball Court, Indoor and Outdoor Basketball Court, Golf (Driving Range), Massage and a Ropes Course:
    • Camping ($30/night):
        Lake Thunderbird State Park, located just 5 miles east of the heart of downtown, offers economical camping for RVs and tents, along with opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, and using the archery range and equestrian trails. There is a small restaurant, a nature center and a naturalist who gives programs on site.
    • Bed and Breakfast options:

    Getting around with CART

    CART: Cleveland County Area Rapid Transit,


    Cost of living calculator
    Your money may stretch a bit further in Oklahoma than you expect.

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