GIVING CHALLENGE: The Tulsa Community Foundation representatives announced at Guthrie Green on Sept. 11 its plan to award $1 million in grants to 44 qualifying eastern Oklahoma nonprofits as part of its planned giving agreements.
The University of Tulsa Board of Trustees has named TU President Emeritus Steadman Upham as the university’s president effective Oct. 1, 2012.
Oral Roberts University President Mark Rutland was given the Defender of Israel Award during a chapel service on the campus. The award was presented by Richard A. Hellman, founder and president of the Christians’ Israel Public Action Campaign, otherwise known as CIPAC. CIPAC is the only lobby registered with the United States Congress that supports the biblical position of Israel as the homeland of the Jews.
On Wednesday, September 19, at 3:15 p.m., Bishop Kelley will rename the art building, the Dee Anne Short Art Center. 3:15 p.m.
Mrs. Short taught for 40 years and retired in May, when the school was only 52 years old. One of her former students, Anna Sullivan Kallstrom ’99, was hired for the art position. Mrs. Short has taught many students who became professional artists, such as painter Eileen Bryce and mosaic artist Linda Allen. Ellen Medlock, who recently opened Medlock Designs at 101st and Memorial was one of Dee Anne Short’s students.
The Doors: Live At The Bowl ’68 will play at Circle Cinema twice: Friday, Nov. 9 and Sat., November 10. Both showings are at 9:30 p.m. The film runs 91-minutes. The footage from The Doors historic ’68 Bowl performance has been painstakingly restored using the original camera negatives. The audio has been remixed and mastered from original multi-tracks by the group’s engineer Bruce Botnick. This new restoration offers a stunning visual upgrade from earlier versions and will give fans the closest experience to being there live along side Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, who opined, “You can hear it as if you were at the Hollywood Bowl, on stage with us.”
Tulsa Community Foundation () has awarded a grant that will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations up to $93,750 to assist Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences. The grant will assist with immediate operating expenses resulting from the recent fire at Barnard Elementary School. The grant was announced Friday morning, Sept. 14 at a meeting that included Phil Lakin, ceo of , Kenny Rodreguez, executive assistant to associate superintendent for Secondary Schools Eric Doss and Kurt Kraus, Foundation for Academic Excellence.
The University of Tulsa has announced the termination of Geoffrey Orsak as president of the institution effective immediately. TU spokeswoman Mona Chamberlain could not provide further comment.
The announcement of seven internationally-known speakers to appear for “The Gathering at Oral Roberts University” has sparked growing excitement. The Gathering will air live on America DirecTV Channel 363, Tulsa TV 53 and gebamerica.com on September 23-29, from 6 to 8 p.m. Central time.
The 26th annual College Connection will take place on Sunday, September 9, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central Park Hall, Expo Square Fairgrounds in Tulsa. The event is an outstanding free opportunity for area high school students and their parents to learn about all aspects of college life. Representatives from more than 115 colleges and universities, and financial and educational advisers from across the nation will be meeting with high school students and their parents from Northeastern Oklahoma. The will answer prospective students’ questions, and literature will be available at each college’s display for prospective students to take home.More than 14,000 invitations are being mailed to area students.
The 13th annual Tulsa Community College Foundation Vision in Education Leadership Award dinner honoring Dr. Keith Ballard will feature his work addressing community education needs and efforts to implement education models focused on excellence. The annual dinner supports scholarship programs and academic programs for students at . The Vision Dinner is Sept. 13 at the Tulsa Convention Center and annually recognizes individuals who have contributed to the pursuit of excellence in education.
Cascia Hall Preparatory School, a Catholic Augustinian college preparatory school for grades 6-12, was founded in 1926 by the Order of Saint Augustine. The school is open to Catholic and non-Catholic students. The liberal arts curriculum is taught in an environment that embodies the Augustinian values of Truth, Unity and Love. Students in the middle school (grades 6-8) and upper school (grades 9-12) together number nearly 600. Every student is required each year to take courses in English, math, science, social studies and theology. Additionally, courses in the arts and foreign languages are required. Preparation for college academics is a primary goal. In addition to a challenging curriculum, Cascia Hall has a dynamic extensive athletic program that includes football, soccer, cross country, tennis, baseball, golf, cheer, basketball, wrestling, volleyball and track.
Rebecca Warnken was both surprised and nervous when she discovered that she had been selected to participate in this year’s Odyssey de Culinaire. The 10th annual event was hosted on July 26 by the Oklahoma Restaurant Association at the Doubletree Hotel at Warren Place in Tulsa. This unique and entertaining evening allowed a few lucky students the opportunity to work alongside some of Oklahoma’s finest chefs as they prepared their delicious creations.
Summer temperatures can drown thoughts of heading back to school, yet students return to Tulsa Public Schools classrooms Aug. 20. Beginning this year, every student in every school will be required to wear uniforms. “I’m sure there are some schools that won’t benefit as much as others from regulated school wear,” says Dr. Keith Ballard, superintendent for Tulsa Schools. “But how do you single out one or two schools? So, we made uniforms mandatory for everyone, and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback towards the safety and security of our students.”
The heat is on but summertime draws to a close as students head back to school. Classes begin Aug. 16 for Jenks Public Schools. The kindergarten through fourth grade school day is scheduled from 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The school day for grades 5 – 12 is from 7:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Normally at this time of year, Jackson Elementary School is an empty, quiet place gathering dust waiting for the return of students in late August. But this year things are much different.