TU Celebrates 2015 Homecoming Oct. 21-25

The University of Tulsa will commemorate Homecoming 2015 with five days of events planned for Oct. 21-25. “OklaHOMECOMING,” hosted by the Alumni Association, celebrates TU’s pride in the city, state and on campus.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni – Bill Carmody (JD ‘88), Marcia Mott MacLeod (BS ‘75, JD ‘80) and Wayne Rumley (BS ‘60) – will be honored Oct. 21 in the Lorton Performance Center. TU also will recognize Susie Collins Hentschel, recipient of the J. Paschal Twyman Award, and Ms. Homecoming Vicki Hendrickson.

Annual events include a pep rally and bonfire at Dietler Commons, formerly known as “The U,” on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to join the TU community for this campus tradition celebrating Golden Hurricane pride with the lighting of the bonfire, music from the TU marching band and fireworks.

TU’s colleges and many departments will hold open house events Oct. 22-23. Campus walking tours will be available for alumni and friends, and all alumni will receive free admission to Gilcrease Museum Oct. 21-25.

Game day moves to Friday evening this year, as the Golden Hurricane faces the University of Memphis Tigers at 7 p.m. at H.A. Chapman Stadium. Distinguished Alumni, the J. Paschal Twyman Award winner, Ms. Homecoming, Top Ten Freshmen, Jess Chouteau Outstanding Seniors and the homecoming court will be honored at halftime.

The Young Alumni Committee of the TU Alumni Association will host its annual TU on Tap event from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 24 at Tulsa’s Linde Oktoberfest. Admission is free to a limited number of alumni who register in advance.

For a complete list of homecoming events, visit www.tualumni.com.

2015 Homecoming Honorees:

Bill Carmody (JD ‘88), Distinguished Alumnus
Carmody, managing partner of Susman Godfrey’s New York City office and a permanent member of the firm’s executive committee, is one of the nation’s top litigators. A native New Yorker, he was a cadet at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy while earning his bachelor’s degree in engineering. Carmody later moved to Tulsa to attend TU’s College of Law. His career highlights include securing millions of dollars of judgments and settlements for his clients, feature profiles in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes magazine, and providing expert commentary on national television.

Marcia Mott MacLeod (BS ‘75, JD ‘80), Distinguished Alumna
MacLeod is among the highest ranking women in the national energy scene. Currently senior vice president of human resources and administration at Energy and an owner of Mott Production , a privately-held company holding various oil and gas interests, she has held leadership posts in several companies, including Grocery Co., Electronic Data Systems and JC Penney before returning to Tulsa’s Williams Cos. 15 years ago. In 2011, she was handpicked to help spin off from Williams and become a stand-alone, publicly traded corporation.

Wayne Rumley (BS ‘60), Distinguished Alumnus
An alumnus of TU’s College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Rumley’s career began as a junior processing engineer at Champlin Oil Refinery in Enid. Later, when he and his family returned to Tulsa, he launched his first company, Air Cooled Exchangers. In 1968, Rumley founded R&R Engineering, and the company thrives today as a leading expert in the engineering, design and fabrication of air-cooled heat exchangers for the chemical, petrochemical and natural gas transmission industries.

Susie Collins Hentschel, J. Paschal Twyman Award Winner
For more than 30 years, Hentschel and her family have supported the university as generous donors and loyal friends. A vibrant presence on campus, she is a member of the university’s Board of Trustees who has established herself as one of TU’s most spirited advocates. Hentschel carried on the vision of her late husband, Fulton Collins, who, before passing away in 2008, made a generous donation that helped expand and advance the university they loved.

Vicki Hendrickson, Ms. Homecoming
Hendrickson, director of TU Student Financial Services, guides students and their parents down the financial path to graduation. During the past 16 years, she has dedicated her career to improving TU’s financial aid process with unwavering enthusiasm. In her role overseeing the Office of Financial Aid, Hendrickson is respected for her talents as a compassionate mentor and supportive financial aid expert. In addition to traveling and volunteering at her church, Hendrickson is a devoted Golden Hurricane sports fan and enjoys watching football, basketball and soccer.

Updated 09-28-2015

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