In 2018, professor of special education Joyce Brandes retired from the University of Oklahoma. To celebrate her career, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education established the Joyce Brandes Special Education Support Fund.
The primary purpose of the fund is to continue the prom event which Dr. Brandes and the special education teaching students have organized each year for adults with special needs. The prom is free for attendees and includes music, food, crafts, and games. This fund also helps pay for the dues for students in the Student Council for Exceptional Children, the student organization for which Joyce served as advisor for many years. The student organization organizes the prom each year, receives professional development in areas specific to special education, and provides connections for the students with current educators and administrators.