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The Whitten-Newman Foundation was created by Reggie Whitten, his wife Rachelle, and his brother-in-law Robert Newman. Unfortunately, the foundation was born of tragedy. Reggie’s son, Brandon, an “all-American” kid, became addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol. When Brandon died in a motorcycle accident in 2002, at the age of 25, Reggie was devastated. “I was a walking dead man,” he explained. “I was just trying to find a reason to live.” It was his wife, Rachelle Newman Whitten, who helped him find that reason.

Central to the mission of the Whitten-Newman Foundation is helping put a stop to drug and alcohol abuse among young people like Brandon who often consider themselves “bullet proof” and don’t believe they can ever become an addict. “I think the worst problem this country has is drug and alcohol addiction,” Reggie said. “If we had an act of terrorism that killed as many people, we would be quick to launch a war against our enemy. When we formed the foundation, we asked ourselves ‘How can we prevent drug and alcohol abuse?’ One way is to get kids involved in science.”


Whitten Burrage Law Firm is one of the most accomplished and experienced trial law firms in Oklahoma. Whitten Burrage is a full service law firm which provides a wide range of legal services.

The firm handles federal and state litigation and appellate practice in a broad spectrum of legal arenas including insurance law, products liability, wrongful death, professional malpractice, class actions, drug and device litigation, oil & gas, water rights, commercial litigation, tribal law, complex litigation, libel/slander, civil rights, Title VII actions, employment litigation and commercial transactions.

Native Explorers has partnered with The Chickasaw Nation to create the Chickasaw Nation Native Explorers Program for Chickasaw students in Ada and Ardmore. To learn more, please visit the website by clicking here




The Whitten-Newman ExplorOlogy® Program is a series of programs through the Sam Noble Museum forOklahomans of all agesto “do science” by getting outside and experiencing theworld we share.

The Whitten-Newman ExplorOlogy® Program makes science exciting and relevant to Oklahoma youth by engaging them in authentic science experiences. These programs are generously funded by theWhitten-Newman Foundationand are part ofthe Sam Noble Museum’s educational programs.



F.A.T.E. (Fighting Addiction Through Education) is a non profit organization with a mission to educate the general public on substance abuse and addiction in Oklahoma and to significantly reduce the incidence of abuse and addiction in the state. 

We focus our educational efforts through the following mediums: FATE website (for young people, parents, veterans, policy makers and others who want to know more about the issues relating to substance abuse) In mid high and high schools and on college campuses through rallies and other events involving notable sports personalities Through media outlets/billboards/twitter/FB Through personal and group contact with governmental agencies, policy makers and legislators. 

We strive to educate both public and private sector leaders about the issues of substance abuse and addiction so they can thoughtfully address those issues through programs, funding and legislation where appropriate. Through media communications and events involving the general public that will increase awareness of the substance abuse problem in Oklahoma and motivate Oklahomans to do something about it. 

Through programs and research conducted at the Brandon Whitten Institute located at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma FATE is an alliance partner with The Partnership at drugfree.org




Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences is home to the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, which was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as America's Most Popular Medical School. OSU-CHS also houses the School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Forensic Sciences and School of Health Care Administration.




The Sam Noble Museum at The University of Oklahoma inspires minds to understand the world through collection-based research, interpretation, and education.  As one of the finest museums, it is at the heart of our community, collectively working to inspire understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the earth and its peoples.