Summer Bringing Football, Baseball, Jazz and More!
By HENRY PRIMEAUX III
FUN NIGHT: We appreciate the support the Tulsa Talons are receiving this year from Tulsa area fans, including from Mayor Bill LaFortune and his wife, Dr. Kathy LaFortune.
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As usual, there’s a lot of action going on throughout the region. In sports, as of this writing we have two first place teams, the Tulsa Drillers and our Tulsa Talons. The Drillers have a young team, which gives hope to the parent Colorado Rockies. Some day in the future we will see some of our Drillers helping the Rockies to a National League championship. Went Hubbard, Chuck Lamson and all the Drillers staff do an excellent job in bringing us exciting Texas League baseball.
Our Tulsa Talons are playing very good arena football behind the coaching of David Alexander and the quarterbacking of Josh Blankenship, both home-grown products. We want to bring our fans the best in arena football, which means a championship season every year if possible. We have home games coming up June 18 with San Diego and June 25 against Arkansas. Come on out and support your home team and have lots of fun! Arena football is action packed and very entertaining. If you can’t make it to the game, tune in to the live television broadcasts on KWHB TV47 (Channel 7 on cable).
TCC Breaks Ground
Thanks to the passage of Vision 2025, Tulsa Community College recently broke ground for the new Medical and Biotechnology Learning Center, a 47,000-square foot, $8 million project. I have the honor of serving as Chair of the TCC Board of Trustees, and we are looking forward to the new facility, which consists primarily of two additions to the newly completed Southeast Campus Mathematics and Science Building, which was completed in 2004. The South Addition will contain classroom and laboratory facilities for the biotechnology, medical laboratory technology, and nursing programs. The Center is scheduled for completion in August 2006 and classes will be held in the beginning in the 2007 Spring Semester.
Other important projects are being planned for the growing TCC, with construction of $43 million in new instruction space on its four campus locations, including the Center for the Advancement of Learning at the Metro Campus to accommodate the College’s rapidly growing on-line learning programs, a mathematics and science center on the West Campus, and the Fire Training Center to be built on the Northeast Campus by the City of Tulsa on land donated by TCC.
We are very happy to have Dr. Thomas McKeon as the president and CEO of TCC. He has performed an excellent job in his first year. Please see page 15 of this issue for an interesting feature article about Dr. McKeon, which was written by D. J. Morrow.
RSVP Presents “Moonlight Supper Club”
It will be a trip down memory lane when RSVP supporters (that’s the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Tulsa) gather Sunday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for their annual “Moonlight” event. Jane and I are honored to be the Presenting Sponsor along with our Crown Bristow.
I understand that the event will have lighting to transform the hotel ballroom and take everybody back to those “supper club” days. Music will be provided by the Ruth Harrison Band with Janet “forever Patsy Cline” Rutland and special entertainment by the Ballroom Dancers of Tulsa, who will not only show off their dancing skills, but will even be available to take a few swirls across the dance floor with members of the crowd!
The event emcee will be well-known television personality Karen Larsen. There will also be a silent auction with many fine items.
Shondel Herald of Senior Star Living is chair of the Moonlight Supper Club committee. For more information, contact Pam Dose at 280-8656.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
We are also looking forward to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s 17th Annual Induction Banquet Gala that will be held on Wednesday evening, June 15 at the Jazz Hall’s current location at 322 North Greenwood Avenue in the Greenwood Cultural Center. Tulsa’s own Jazz Hall Inductee, the incredible Pat Moore and Co., will provide music for the Gala.
Among those to be honored are Steve Wilkerson, Andrea Baker, and Freddy Cole. The event runs through June 19 with top jazz artists playing each night.
Chuck Cissel has performed excellently in his leadership role at the Jazz Hall of Fame. It is my honor to serve on the board of directors, and we look forward to the move to the old Union Depot Building, again thanks to Vision 2025 funding.
For more information on these Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame events, contact 918-596-1001
And remember, when you are out and about, drive on down the Old Route 66 or I-44 and visit us at Crown Bristow at 910 South Roland. We will be happy to see you and show you some bargains!