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Owasso Educator Always Planned to Teach

By ANNE BOYD

Eighth Grade Center teacher Susan Thompson is Owasso’s 2014 District Teacher of the Year.

Since she was a young child, Thompson hoped to become a teacher. She was inspired to make a difference for students and followed her passion through school at Oklahoma State University.

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Dr. Leigh Goodson is Fourth TCC President

The Tulsa Community College Board of Regents voted to name Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D., as the fourth president to serve the college since it was founded in 1970. Goodson is the first female named to the role in TCC’s history and the first female president of one of the state’s three largest higher education institutions. TCC provides the first two years of a baccalaureate education and key workforce training for the Tulsa area.

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Foundation Awards Grants, Holds Fundraiser

The Union Schools Education Foundation (USEF) recently announced the creative projects and programs that it will fund for Union Public Schools teachers and students. For more than 23 years the foundation has supported teachers’ ideas and passion through a grant process.

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Students Learn to Design

In April, nearly 200 6th-12th grade students at Riverfield Country Day School participated in a pioneering 2-day workshop that serves as an introduction to techniques implemented in product development but has been adapted to be specific to Riverfield. The event was based on the “Lean Start-up” model, which is trending in corporate culture and product development, and was led by Kimberly Hicks, Viacom’s director of product management for TV Everywhere. Based in New York, Kimberly works with Viacom brands and business units as the authenticated content experience expert. Kimberly and her team have integrated TVE into multiplatform experiences for Viacom’s brands including Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon.

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Dear Old Lee School Forging New Paths

By CHARLES CANTRELL

Imagine yourself living back in the 1920s. All around you are autumn colors. It’s late-October and you’re watching a football game between the newly renamed University of Tulsa and some ragamuffin team from down south called Texas Christian University. TCU is the visiting team.

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TCC Names Dr. Leigh Goodson President, Fourth in College's History

The Tulsa Community College Board of Regents voted today to name Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D., as the fourth president to serve the college since it was founded in 1970. Goodson is the first female named to the role in TCC’s history and the first female president of one of the state’s three largest higher education institutions. TCC provides the first two years of a baccalaureate education and key workforce training for the Tulsa area.

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TTCU Offers Free Financial Education

By BLAKE AUSTIN

Tulsa Teachers Credit Union began in 1934 as a way for teachers to help teachers. For that reason, “it’s a natural fit for us to offer financial literacy education,” says Donita Quesnel, TTCU vice president of marketing.

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Tulsa Tech Student Awarded Biomedical Internship

By Dr. STEVE TIGER

Each year, the Tulsa Area Bioscience and Research Consortium (TABERC) selects exceptional students for its summer internship program to provide research opportunities for undergraduates who are interested in bioscience disciplines.

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NSUBA Helps Adults Finish Education

By EMILY RAMSEY

A college degree is a valuable thing. It has the power to impact not just individuals but entire communities. That power of education is the very thing that makes Dr. Eloy Chavez, dean of the College of Extended Learning at Northeastern State University, passionate about his work. Chavez’s work focuses on increasing degrees among working adults.

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OSUIT Names Nine to First Hall of Fame

There was a full house in the state room on April 11 for the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology’s second annual Alumni Homecoming Reception.

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Gilcrease Collection

HELMERICH CENTER LEADER: President of the University of Tulsa Steadman Upham, left, stands with Duane H. King, Ph.D., who was chosen in April to lead the University of Tulsa’s new Helmerich Center for American Research. King served as vice president for museum affairs and executive director of Gilcrease Museum for six years. The 25,000-square-foot Helmerich Center for American Research, located adjacent to Gilcrease, is nearing completion and scheduled to open this fall.

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Sun Life Financial Accepting Grant Applications

The U.S. Business Group of Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE:SLF, TSX:SLF) today announced its Request For Applications for Sun Life Rising Star Awards grants from Tulsa/Oklahoma City Area nonprofit organizations that promote the academic achievement of under-served youth. Applications are available now at sunliferisingstar.com. The deadline for submissions is June 9.

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Kristin Chenoweth Comes Home, Helps Students

Tony and Emmy Award winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth returned to her hometown and alma mater to celebrate the recently-completed construction and renovations at Broken Arrow High School. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held March 13.

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TCC Names Three Candidates for President

Three candidates for president of Tulsa Community College have been selected to visit and meet with employees, students and the public as part of the search to replace current President Thomas K. McKeon before his retirement June 30.

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Cascia Hall Science Research Team Wins State

After a first place team win at the regional science fair, the Cascia Hall science research team, led by Sally Fenska, competed in the 2014 State Science Fair, winning the high school sweepstakes award for the team with the most category and special awards.

Two students won first place division I category awards, two students won first place division II category awards, and four brought home division I second place category awards. An additional 16 special awards and scholarships were given to Cascia Hall students, and senior Gage Holleman was selected for the fourth consecutive year to attend the 2014 International Science and Engineering Fair in May in Los Angeles, Calif.

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