Notebook: June 2016

Topics of interest to Tulsans



Courtesy Beck Design

Girl Scouts make a move

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma moved into their new building, the Hardesty Leadership Center, on May 23. 

The 30,000-square-foot facility at 4810 S. 129th E. Ave. houses the GSEOK offices, a meeting place for troops, volunteer and training rooms and a warehouse to store program equipment and Girl Scout cookies, according to Roberta D. Preston, GSEOK CEO.

A retail store will sell Girl Scout merchandise and a museum will tell the history of Girl Scouts and GSEOK.

Iconic Girl Scout symbols, such as the exterior “sash,” can be seen throughout the building, which was designed by Beck Design and constructed by Flintco.

 

Rotary Club honors three Tulsa athletes

The Rotary Club of Tulsa will honor three Tulsa athletes June 27 at the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards.

Male Iba Award recipient Tyler Lockett was one of the top wide receivers and all-purpose players in Kansas State University history, setting 17 school records. During his rookie year with the Seattle Seahawks, Lockett became the second player in NFL history with at least five receiving touchdowns, a kickoff return TD and a punt return TD in a single season. He is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School.

Female award recipient Madeline Manning Mims was the first American woman to capture the gold medal in the 800-meter race in the 1968 Olympics. The Tulsan holds numerous American and world records and represented the U.S. at four Olympic Games.

Amy Wollmershauser is only the fourth person to receive the Iba Chairman’s Award. It recognizes a person with a serious disability who expresses courage in the face of adversity by achieving a significant accomplishment in sports.

Since 1990, Wollmershauser has competed in Special Olympics Oklahoma events such as bowling, basketball, bocce, speed walking and snowshoeing. A graduate of Union High School, Wollmershauser lives and works in Tulsa.

The Rotary Club of Tulsa created the Iba Awards in 1994 to recognize an influential male and female athlete for their success in their sports and for being positive role models who give back to their communities.

The 2016 awards ceremony keynote speaker will be Emmitt Smith, former NFL Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals star running back, eight-time Pro Bowler, three-time Super Bowl champion and Pro Football and College Hall of Famer. 

 

June 27

Rotary Club of Tulsa 2016 Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards

6 p.m. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa. $175-$300, individual tickets; $2,500, table of 10; $4,000-$25,000, sponsorships. Benefits Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation, The Little Light House and Special Olympics Oklahoma. Visit www.ibaawards.com or call 918-584-7642.

 

Exhibit breaks ‘rules’ of art

“Please Touch the Art” artist Sumpa Akhter is a 22-year-old University of Tulsa student. Her ceramic pieces incorporate texture so people with visual impairments can understand her designs. Courtesy Tulsa Community College.

Tulsa Community College’s “Please Touch the Art” from June 3-July 30 is breaking the rules of traditional art exhibits. Visitors will be encouraged to explore the art on display using their senses, including touch. 

Twelve Oklahoma artists, including two who are blind, have created work in a wide range of media for the free exhibit at the Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity, 910 S. Boston Ave.

The goal is to make art more accessible, especially for visitors who are visually impaired, according to exhibit organizers.

The free opening reception is 5-9 p.m. Friday, June 3, in conjunction with the First Friday Art Crawl.

 

 

Voices of Oklahoma

www.voicesofoklahoma.com

Vida Culvern

“Voices of Oklahoma” is an oral history project supported by the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at the University of Tulsa.

“We lost everything we owned, even our home, so it was a very definite troublesome time. Very hard for my dad. I can see him the night that we happened to be invited to friends’ for dinner. And he said, ‘Bill, I’m sorry to tell you the bank won’t open tomorrow.’”

Vida Culvern, Oklahoma centenarian on the Great Depression

 

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