Stealth Police

Police officer Jennifer Mansell poses outside the new Tulsa Police Downtown Safety Liaison office at 507 S. Main St. Mansell will be the only officer assigned to the office and then for only about five hours a day four days a week, but it will offer six bicycles that officers can ride throughout downtown making their presence known.

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Honoring Veterans

Members of the Tulsa Central High School Junior ROTC “sailed” their boat in honor of America’s veterans in the Veterans Day parade. They joined a number of high school groups who mixed with actual veterans of conflicts stretching back to World War II in the annual tribute to the men and women who sacrificed to keep America free.

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Signature Project

Saint Francis Health System President and CEO Jake Henry Jr. accepts a $25,000 check from several members of the Junior League of Tulsa. The donation is equivalent to the 12,000 volunteer hours JLT volunteers will commit to the Family Resource Center and is JLT’s 2008 Signature Project.

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National Preservation

Mike Cooper, director of external affairs for AT&T, shows his enthusiasm for his company’s support as the principal sponsor of the National Preservation Conference to be held in Tulsa Oct. 21-25 2008. The conference will highlight the importance of historic preservation and the progressive impact for cities such as Tulsa.

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Oklahoman Donald W. Reynolds Leaves National Legacy


A recent trip to Washington, D.C. led to the discovery of information that should be of interest and engender some feeling of pride to and in Oklahomans.

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2008 Heart Ball Theme Announced

The American Heart Association’s Heart Ball kicked off its 37th year as Tulsa’s oldest medical fundraising event during a special evening hosted by Saint Francis Health System. The theme and logo for the 2008 Heart Ball were unveiled by representatives from Fair Isaac. The 2008 Heart Ball is the “Route 66 Roundup” and will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at the Tulsa Convention Center. Saint Francis Health System is the presenting sponsor.

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Arvest Stadium

The Wichita Wranglers will soon be known as the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and will have a new home in Springdale, Ark. at the Arvest Ballpark, currently under construction as shown above.

The Double-A team will serve as an affiliate to the Kansas City Royals and will play the Tulsa Drillers among other Texas League teams.

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Small Business Retreat

PASSING THE GAVEL: The owner of The Sign Post, Dave Grim, left, and CEO of TPI Billing Solutions LLC Ray Thomas “pass the gavel” at the annual Tulsa Metro Chamber Small Business Council Retreat. Grim is the incoming chair for 2008. The Council retreat was held at the Central Park Meeting Center. The retreat was facilitated by speaker and consultant Dr. Leo Presley. The planning meeting helps the Small Business Council strategically determine the initiatives and goals for the upcoming year.

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Trust Co. of Oklahoma Providing Personal IRA Services


The jargon surrounding retirement accounts is enough to confuse anyone attempting to manage their post-career finances. Add to the mix that companies sometimes lose their customers’ personal interests in the shuffle of cookie cutter investment programs, and the process becomes seemingly impossible. Then there is that BIG question: “Have I/we saved enough for retirement?”

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Edward Jones Branch Receives Client Service Excellence Award

Financial Advisors Joseph Kidwell and Branch Office Administrator Cindy Taylor of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Tulsa recently received the firm’s first-ever Client Service Excellence award.

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Business People & Notes

The University of Tulsa College of Business Administration announced the hiring of Kaci Kegler as its new marketing and communication manager for Graduate Business Programs. In this position, Kegler will plan and implement marketing and student recruitment strategies for all graduate business programs. Prior to coming to TU, Kegler was the director of development in the College of Technology at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

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TU 2007 Homecoming One Hundred Years in the Making


On May 14, 1907, a mere six months before Oklahoma statehood, Tulsans picked up the Daily World or the Daily Democrat to read the headline, TULSA GETS $200,000 COLLEGE. The announcement was a bit premature due to several legal hurdles remaining before Henry Kendall College could be relocated to the “cowtown” destined to become the Oil Capital of the World. The college was a Presbyterian mission school, originally for Creek Indian girls, turned private college and located in the larger city of Muskogee. Nonetheless, at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 18, 1907, Tulsa’s first college opened its doors to an enrollment of 35 students with a faculty of seven.

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Big Brothers and Big Sisters CEO Visits Tulsa Chapter


After eight years, America’s BIG big sister made it to the Sooner State. Judy Vredenburgh, president and chief executive officer for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, came to Tulsa to look at the local chapter of BBBS of Oklahoma and was impressed by what she saw.

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Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor kicked off Mayor’s Mentoring Month: Mentoring to the Max Aug. 22 at Hawthorne Elementary.

Mayor Taylor, the Mayor’s office and other key supporters of the mentoring initiative include Bank of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, Camp Fire USA, Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, Junior Achievement, Junior League of Tulsa, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, Partners in Education, Resonance, Tulsa Public Schools and Union Public Schools. The Mayor’s Mentoring to the Max initiative is dedicated toward raising public awareness about the need for 100 or more mentors during the month of September. Mayor Taylor is challenging Tulsans to become mentors and make a positive difference in the lives of Tulsa’s kids and build a safer city.

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Spears Travel Announces Annual Honors

Spears Travel recently held its annual Employee Appreciation Banquet to recognize exceptional performances.

Brad Johnson of the Tulsa Eton Square office earned the “Employee of the Year ‘Spirit’ Award.” Susan Julian from the downtown Bartlesville office received “Branch Manager of the Year.” The Corporate Sales Award went to Cathy McNamara of the Tulsa Williams office. Terri Yee of the Tulsa Plaza office received the Leisure Sales Award and Tom Reynolds of the Tulsa Williams earned the Sales Increase Award.

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