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A Mixed Bag of Play

Basketball still has a stronghold on Oklahoma sports this February.  Catch the TU women’s team at home at the Reynolds Center Feb. 1, 12 and 18, and the men’s team on Feb. 5, 15, 21 and 26. The Sooners play at the Lloyd Noble Center on Feb. 1, 11, 14 and 21 for men, and Feb. 4, 15 and 25...

Brent Kisling

Executive Director of Oklahoma’s Department of Commerce, Brent Kisling has dedicated his professional life to the state’s economic development. Before he came to Commerce in 2019, Kisling led the Enid Regional Development Alliance for nearly a decade. An Oklahoma native, he graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s in Agribusiness. We caught up with Kisling and got his thoughts on...

(Studying) A Bug’s Life

You may think of bugs as a nuisance – but they provide the world with $70 billion in services and account for 85% of Earth’s animal life. About 35% of the world’s food crops depend on pollinators to reproduce, with 100,000 insects pollinating 250,000 kinds of flowering plants. And some insects are natural predators, eliminating pests that harm food...

Season Openers and Closers

September presents a beautiful melange of sporting activities as some seasons end and others begin. You can view the final games and matches of the baseball and soccer seasons for the Tulsa Drillers, Tulsa FC and OKC Dodgers this month. The Drillers play at home Sept. 1-4, 13-18 and 22-23 and the Tulsa FC play Sept. 7 at ONEOK Field....

Fostering Success for Collegiate Athletes

Creating Camaraderie A team on the field needs to be a team off the field, too, so coaches and support staff work to ensure athletes have a sense of camaraderie ‘round the clock.  Don Tomkalski, University of Tulsa’s senior associate athletic director for communications, says that “it starts with recruiting good people and creating a family-type atmosphere within the team framework....

Women in the Workforce

The Educational Sector The transition from the practice of medicine to educational leadership came naturally to Oklahoma State University President Kayse Shrum, DO. “I chose medicine because I wanted to make a difference, and I felt that through health and development I could,” she says. “As I moved into education, going into medical school was a way to invest in future...

Casey Hentges

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Oklahoma State University, Casey Hentges did commercial landscaping in Dallas. There, she noticed that she enjoyed public discourse surrounding horticulture topics, and decided to return to school to get her master’s in public garden management from the University of Delaware. Hentges then got connected with the OSU Extension office in Canadian...

Great Companies to Work For 2021

By Mary Willa Allen and Tracy LeGrand All photos courtesy the businesses unless otherwise marked. Keeping it Simple Utilizing the Golden Rule, Wallace Design Collective and its CEO, Tom Hendrick, attract and retain top talent through an absence of micromanagement and extra doses of respect, creativity, professionalism and flexibility. Creating a great workplace environment “is not rocket science, in my opinion,” says Tom...

The Sweet Sounds of Success

Although some professional musicians are just naturally gifted, most spend years perfecting their crafts. Music education plays a vital role in developing those abilities, and Oklahoma is home to over 25 collegiate music programs. Every semester, hundreds of prospective students seek admission to one of them. Virtually all collegiate music programs require students to go through a two-part admissions process....

Adam Soltani

Working day in and day out to advocate for religious freedoms for all Oklahomans and improve the lives of Muslims in the state, Adam Soltani is the executive director of CAIR – the Council on American-Islamic Relations. With a master’s degree in human relations with a certificate in organizational diversity and development, along with a degree in sociology, Soltani...