University of Tulsa Honors Distinguished Alumni

Three University of Tulsa alumni noted for their achievements in law, business and medicine will be honored during Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 23, at this year’s Distinguished Alumni Dinner. The event, recognizing 2005 Distinguished Alumni Charles Owens, James McGill and Dr. John Forrest, will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on the TU campus.

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U. of Phoenix Offers New MBA

The University of Phoenix, the largest accredited private university in the country, announced a new degree program that has recently launched at its Tulsa campus. UOP’s new MBA Program is founded on the concept of problem-based learning, which will offer prospective students a very unique educational experience. The MBA degree program entails 39 hours and is offered with specializations ranging from marketing to public administration to health care management.

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TTCU, Cox, KXOJ Donate School Supplies to the Needy

Do you remember the first day of school? You set out in your new school clothes with your new backpack filled with new spirals, pencils and pens. But, have you ever thought what it might be like to start school without the most basic necessities you need to learn? Many children in northeast Oklahoma face this problem each fall, but you can help. TTCU is teaming up for its fourth year with Cox Communications and KXOJ, 100.9 FM, to furnish new school supplies to northeast Oklahoma children who are in need. Last year in conjunction with local charities, TTCU members and area viewers helped more than 3,000 children start the school year with the supplies they needed, which was valued at more than $65,000. The goal is higher this year. We know with your help we can meet the needs of even more children. Project School Supply boxes will be in each of our seven lobbies beginning July 18 to August 12 to allow our members to bring in new school supplies for the children. When you shop for your child’s school supplies remember to pick up a few extra items to help these children in need. If you are unable to purchase supplies we will also accept monetary donations for the project. The monies will then be donated to the charities to purchase needed supplies. The supplies will be distributed to the children of northeast Oklahoma. Please take time to help northeast Oklahoma school children succeed!

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TCC Makes Significant Jump in National Graduation Rankings

Tulsa Community College jumped to its highest mark ever, ranking 18th in the nation among community colleges in the number of graduates according to an annual poll by Community College Week.

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PR Awards Presented to Area Colleges

Four Tulsa colleges and universities, led by Tulsa Community College, won awards at 2005 Oklahoma College Public Relations Association (OCPRA) Competition and Show.

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OSU-Okmulgee Student Designs Carrie Billboard

An OSU-Okmulgee graphic design student is helping her hometown call attention to its most well-known native, Fox TV show “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood. Town Mayor Jay Hayes told visual communications student Jennifer LeMasters – also a Checotah native—he wanted travelers on the two major highways near Checotah to know exactly where Underwood’s hometown was. His idea was to put Underwood’s picture on a billboard at the edge of town.

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TU a Technology Leader with Patent Sale

The University of Tulsa has sold U.S. Patent No. 6,732,180 to Overpeer, Inc., a leading provider of anti-piracy services to majorrecord labels, film studios, game publishers and software companies.

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Holland Hall Academic Team Vies for National Honors

The Holland Hall Academic Team has prepared for the semifinals of the National Academic Championship tournament in Chicago in late June. The group qualified for the tournament by winning the New Orleans phase of the competition at the end of May, beating out a field of 39 schools from across the country. They will now compete with three other teams for the National Academic Championship Title.

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Youth Leadership Tulsa Graduates Talented Class 9

Youth Leadership Tulsa has graduated the 2004-2005 Class. The 9th class, including the representative schools, includes Berryhill: Sarah Wesel. Bishop Kelley: Kathryn Fox, Justin Jaskowiak and Ryan O’Sullivan. Bixby: Hannah Morelli and Hunter Ochsner. Booker T. Washington: Chris Harris, Collin Kent, Elizabeth McCrary and Holly Roe. Broken Arrow: Kat Rabe, Kristin Segura, Nikki Snider and Joseph Tygart. Cascia Hall: Karl Graham, Holly Payne and Trent Wood. Charles Page: Molly Miller. Collinsville: Kelsey Hewlett. East Central: Bilal Haroon. Edison: Ashlie Jones and Katey Schumacher. Glenpool: Rhea Woodcock. Holland Hall: Steven Berklacy, Marc Bullock and Emilie Strom. Homeschool: Cheyenne Karimi. Jenks: Ashley Allison, Peige Davis and Laura Reinhardt. Memorial: Lori Lindsey. Metro Christian: Katie Carpenter and Michelle Kerkstra. Union, Marissa Hill. Will Rogers, Raven Ross.

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TCC’s Landscape Bright Under Thomas McKeon


The search committee for Tulsa Community College last year apparently took note of the ending of the movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” that “….if you go out looking for happiness [or leadership] you don’t have to go any further than your own backyard.” Following a five-month, national search effort the community-wide selection committee last June chose Thomas McKeon, Ed.D. as president and chief executive officer – the third in the college’s 35-year-old history.

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Osage Language Stays Alive


Dr. Carolyn Quintero is a linguist who holds a Ph. D. from the University of Massachusetts. She created a system to write the language of the Osage Indians and published books about it. Her last achievement is a dictionary of the Osage language, which is almost ready to be published. Before, two other books by Dr. Quintero were issued: Osage Grammar and First Course in Osage. And both have been actively used in church groups and in schools of Osage Indians.

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OU Regents Approve Rogers Degree

Rogers State University has received initial approval to offer a new human resources option for its bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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TCC Receives Grant for Students

Tulsa Community College (TCC) has received a five-year, $1.1 million TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide academic support for educationally and economically disadvantaged TCC students and students with disabilities by creating learning communities that will incorporate traditional developmental education curriculum in core areas with an innovative approach using the study of humanities to help students realize their potential.

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