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Former Tech Student Launches NASA Career

News From Tulsa Tech By DR. STEVE TIGER

Lucas Kinion began preparing for his successful launch back in middle school, when his eighth grade class attended a presentation about careers in engineering. He still credits that presentation for starting him on his path to a position with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), the United States government agency responsible for the space program as well as for aeronautics and aerospace research.

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Student Scores Perfect ACT

HIGH ACHIEVEMENT: Bishop Kelley High School senior Anna Roberts recently scored a perfect 36 on the American College Testing (ACT) examination, her first attempt at taking the test.

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OSUIT, TCC Partner for New Education Options

In October, officials from Tulsa Community College and Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology signed an agreement to make it easier for Tulsa-area students to obtain an associate degree, move seamlessly into a bachelor’s degree and complete all the required classes on TCC’s Northeast Campus.

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TU Names Clancy Head of College of Health Sciences

Dr. Gerard P. “Gerry” Clancy has been selected as vice president for health affairs and dean of The University of Tulsa’s new College of Health Sciences, TU President Steadman Upham announced recently.

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Dressing Those Less Fortunate

STUDENT DRIVEN: Seventh graders at Thoreau Demonstration Academy make dresses for girls in Africa. Upon learning of countries such as Malawi, students decided to create a project that provides dresses for young girls living in countries of extreme poverty. Students and parents have donated supplies, with the project being funded completely by Thoreau parents and students. The goal is to send over 200 dresses this year and to make this an annual seventh-grade project at the school.

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Visit Through Tennessee a Highlight of Education Trip

By JOANNE WHITNEY

Editor’s Note: This is the third article in a series about a family’s education venture from Tulsa to Washington, D.C. and places found in between.

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Foundation Gives Donation

The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma through its Masonic Charity Foundation recently donated $50,000 to the Corrections Education Program at Tulsa Community College. The program, called Second Chance, enables faculty to teach college courses to offenders who are incarcerated.

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OSUIT Pipeline Program Meets Industry Needs

Representatives from the Gas Processors Association (GPA) and Gas Processors Suppliers Association (GPSA) visited the OSU Institute of Technology (OSUIT) campus in September for a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the newly-renovated GPA/GPSA Midcontinent Chapter Classroom in the school’s new Pipeline Integrity Technology program.

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Fundraiser Supports School Initiatives

The Union Schools Education Foundation (USEF) announces the return of its annual dinner and auction fundraiser. This year’s theme is “Union-A Sure Bet;” the event will offer attendees a casino night experience, to be held Nov. 1, with tickets on sale now.

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STEM Program Expands

By EMILY RAMSEY

As part of its strategic plan, Union Public Schools has taken on ways to expand its STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs. Playing a key role in instituting those programs has been Associate Superintendent Kathy Dodd.

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TCC, RSU Partner for Seamless Transfers

Tulsa Community College and Rogers State University are joining together to make it easier for students to earn their associate’s degree at one institution and then transfer to complete their bachelor’s degree at the other.

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Jenks School Board Works Together

“Locally elected school board members represent the parents and community in the direction and oversight of the school district,” says Melissa Abdo, a Jenks graduate who joined the Jenks Public Schools Board of Education in 2013.

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Riverfield Welcomes Dr. Jane Goodall to Campus

Riverfield Country Day School hosted Dr. Jane Goodall, world-renowned primatologist and conservationist, Sept. 3. Goodall spoke with students of a variety of ages about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will ultimately solve the problems it has imposed on the earth. Goodall is eager to help the students recognize their personal responsibility and ability to affect change. “Every individual matters,” she says. “Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”

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Bixby School Board in Tune with District

By EMILY RAMSEY

“To me, the school board is the embodiment of ‘local control,’” says Lisa Kramer, who is currently serving in her fifth year as a school board member, “where we have local parents and community members who are vested in our community trying to make the best possible decisions for our youth.”

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TPS School Board is Voice for District

By EMILY RAMSEY

“The school board is a liaison between the public and the Tulsa Public Schools administration and therefore plays an important role in delivering the voice of the community in the decisions Tulsa Public Schools makes for our kids,” says Suzanne Schreiber, who started serving on the school board in February.

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