Restoration of the State Capitol

Update on the Restoration of the State Capitol – Trait Thompson Trait Thompson was named Project Manager of the State Capitol Restoration Project in July 2014 by Preston Doerflinger, Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. Prior to that, Trait served since 2010 as Legislative Director and Senior Policy Advisor to President Pro […]

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James Pepper Henry-AICCF Director-CEO

James Pepper Henry (Kaw Citizen, Muscogee Creek) Director/CEO American Indian Cultural Center Foundation (AICCF) James Pepper Henry has been involved in The American Indian Center’s development since 2004 when he helped inform the conceptual design. In 2007, as associate director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, he signed the Memorandum of […]

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MAPS 3

“MAPS 3” Tom McDaniel became the sixteenth president of Oklahoma City University, a position he held from 2001 to 2010. The construction and dedication of the Meinders School of Business, the Wanda L. Bass Music Center, the Ann Lacy Visitors and Admissions Center and the Norick Art Center all occurred during his tenure. The capital […]

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Reflections from Abroad

Reflections from Abroad Fr. Rick Stansberry   As I write this reflection I am in Jerusalem on a pilgrimage with a group of Oklahomans including fellow Rotarian Robert Klabzuba and his wife Ruth. It is also the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. While that day will forever be in many of our memories, I […]

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Review of Oklahoma’s Education Quality and Funding

Rotary Article 21 Review of Oklahoma’s Education Quality and Funding Bart Binning, Ed.D. This article is a continuation of the theme of a series of articles written in the Rotary Newsletter over the past few years that dealt with “Change in Education” and were summaries of open discussions held by the Thursday Morning “Club 29 […]

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The 89er Trail

  “The 89er Trail” At the sound of a bugle, Oklahoma City was settled in a land run on April 22, 1889. One of the most colorful stories in the history of the American west is all but invisible in today’s thriving downtown area. The purpose of the ‘89er Trail is to tell the story […]

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Leaping into a Virtual Future

Leaping in to a Virtual Future – Lance McDaniel Digital technology has taken over entertainment. Digital downloads and streaming services make up a larger segment of the film and music business than all physical manifestations combined, including albums, DVDs, and even trips to the movie theater. Movie cameras capture footage to digital cards that are […]

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Mike Gundy – Head Football coach – OSU

Mike Gundy is currently the head football coach at Okla. State University.  He played college football at OSU, and became Okla. State’s coach in January of 2005. In 2008, Gundy led the OSU Cowboys to their best season in 20 years, but nothing is more important to the OSU athletic department than their student-athletes. With […]

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George Kaiser – Kaiser Family Fund

George B. Kaiser George B. Kaiser is President, CEO and owner of GBK Corporation, parent of Kaiser-Francis Oil Company, which he has managed for approximately 50 years. He is Chairman of the Board and majority shareholder of BOK Financial Corporation, the 23rd largest U.S. bank holding company, and controlling shareholder of several oil and gas, […]

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Connect Higher Education and Business

Connecting Higher Education and Business – Fred Morgan I’ve written numerous times about the importance of fostering mutually beneficial relationships between the business community and higher education. With ever-evolving workforce needs and years of cuts to our state’s higher education funding, such collaborations are more critical than ever. I recently had the opportunity to tour […]

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