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Fae Folk and Chicken-Fried Steak

In one sense, Vinita embodies enchantment and make-believe, especially with get-away destinations nearby at Grand Lake. However, the Craig County seat is also a common-sense, down-home place. Vinita embraces both – illustrated by a Depression-era cafe with an international following and two Renaissance festivals that take visitors back to 1540s Scotland. Grant “Sweet Tator” Clanton opened the first Clanton’s Cafe in...

A New Way to Code

Money is often a pressing concern for those wanting a college education. With the student loan debt crisis continuing to worsen, alternatives to traditional higher education have emerged. Holberton School, a tuition-deferred institution for software engineering, may provide academic outlets for some Oklahomans. The San Francisco-based school, which opens its Tulsa campus in early January, allows students to pay tuition...

Sooner Ties to the Cosmos

The dual successes of one of America’s most renowned astrophysicists and science fiction writers are due, in part, to his undergraduate days at the University of Oklahoma. Gregory Benford, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from OU in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in physics, credits his time in Oklahoma for honing his writing and launching a career that has explored...

Sara Ivey

A transplant from New Mexico, Sara Ivey fosters a passion for environmental education that has led her to several jobs in our state. After stints at Oklahoma Kids in Environmental Education and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, Ivey became the education programs and services coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality in 2012. We caught up with Ivey...

Private School Guide

With many quality private schools in Oklahoma, you may find it difficult to choose just one – whether it’s elementary, middle or high school. With Oklahoma Magazine’s Private School Guide, your decision just became easier. Compare and learn the stats of private schools around the state with this guide, which covers important facets of your child’s education, including student/teacher...

High Tech and Common Sense

We are well into the high-pressure digital age and the interconnected global economy, and those realities have affected education and how students learn. However, some non-technological strategies still prevail as young people navigate their ways out of high school and college and into the workforce. We look at a handful of areas that illustrate these dichotomies – from virtual reality and...