KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Dr. Gary Trennepohl

Dr. Gary Trennepohl resigned earlier this year from his position as the first president of Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, assuming the position of the newly designated campus on Aug. 1, 1999.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: AT&T for Community Service

AT&T has increased its social and environmental investments despite the recent economic downturn. In its 2008 Citizenship and Sustainability Report, the company spotlights more than $865 million in multi-year investments for important education, environmental and volunteerism programs to help strengthen communities, stimulate economic growth and ensure America’s global competitiveness.

In Oklahoma, AT&T Aspire grants totaled more than $286,000, with contributions for dropout prevention programs going to four schools or organizations: Blackwell Public Schools, Thunderbird Challenge Inc. in Pryor, Tri-County Technology Center in Bartlesville and Tulsa Public Schools. AT&T also recently announced that the company would add at least 30 Compressed Natural Gas-powered vans to its Oklahoma fleet in 2009.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Tulsa State Fair

The 106th Tulsa State Fair brought excitement, thrills and adventure for the whole family to Expo Square from Oct. 1 through Oct. 11.

Each year, the Tulsa State Fair has a theme and this year’s theme “Flying High” was implemented into everything throughout the fairgrounds. Rides were thrilling and flew patrons high above the ground.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Bishop Kelley High School

Since 1960, a Bishop Kelley education has centered on the Catholic faith and offered outstanding academics. The great majority of students attend college; Kelley students are accepted at outstanding universities across the U.S. Most importantly, the school strives to graduate students who practice the Gospel values of Jesus Christ, or in the words of St. John Baptist de La Salle “have hearts and minds committed to the service of others, especially the poor.” 

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In 1934 in the desk drawer of Linnie B. Wilson at Tulsa’s Central High School, Tulsa Teachers Credit Union was formed. The credit union was formed to serve the teachers of Tulsa Public Schools and primarily offered loans for items such as business suits for teachers.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: TU Tennis Star Arnau Brugues

University of Tulsa tennis star Arnau Brugues was ranked No. 1 in the country five times and spent a total of 11 weeks in the top spot this season. The Barcelona, Spain, native finished the season with a 44-4 record, including 29 wins against nationally ranked opponents. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the Men’s Singles Championships recently for the second time in his career. Brugues was ranked No. 2 in the final national men’s singles poll released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. It is the highest final ranking in Brugues’ career and of any player in Tulsa history. Brugues completed the 2005 and 2007 seasons ranked No. 7 in the nation.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Mollie Williford and Henry Zarrow

The 14th Annual Global Vision Awards, held in May at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tulsa, honors Mollie Williford and the The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: River Spirit Casino

As an active community partner, the $195 million River Spirit Casino at 81st Street and Riverside Drive, which opened March 31, provides a positive economic impact for Tulsa and surrounding towns, adding 650 new jobs to the city for a total of 1,300 employees. Proceeds for gaming operations help to fund a variety of Muscogee (Creek) Nation service programs such as housing, education, elderly assistance and healthcare. The River Spirit Casino also helps to position greater Tulsa as an inviting tourist area, and the facility is an important factor in the continuing development of the Arkansas River.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: American Red Cross

Everybody knows about the American Red Cross because of blood collection and disaster relief after large-scale disasters, such as the Picher tornado.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Oklahoma Heart Institute

Located on the campus of Hillcrest Medical Center, Oklahoma Heart Institute () will be the state’s largest, most advanced cardiac hospital dedicated exclusively to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Opening in March, the 183,000 square foot facility with a capacity of 104 licensed beds, will combine nationally recognized cardiovascular physicians with the region’s most advanced technology, resulting in a regional referral center capable of treating some of the most complex cases.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Tulsa-Based Hilti

The currently capricious economy is hurting business all over the nation and Tulsa is feeling some of that pain. But one company in particular deserves Kudos for its optimism and community support: Hilti.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Junior League of Tulsa

When nearly 800 women get together, they can move mountains. Or at least, move a city towards a brighter future. Doing just that, the Junior League of Tulsa () is celebrating its 85th year of volunteering, developing the potential of women and improving Tulsa communities.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Tulsa Global Alliance

Tulsa Global Alliance () is a non-profit volunteer organization that bridges cultures through awareness, education and opportunities. offers a world of services that connect people, companies, families, organizations and students from Oklahoma with the rest of the world.

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Kudos of the Month: Tulsa State Fair

Voted in the top ten for best fairs by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, the Tulsa State Fair is rolling into its 105th year of fun, entertainment and exhibits.

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KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Vince Westbrook

A decade ago, the west side of the University of Tulsa was just beginning to blossom. Now the entire campus is expanding and many say a major contributor is Vince Westbrook.

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