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Sky High Ambitions

Oklahoma has a rich history when it comes to the study of architecture and the built environment. The two schools with accredited degree programs in Oklahoma – Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma – bring distinctive perspectives to the discipline. The architecture school at OU started admitting students in 1926, and two decades later, with the arrival of...

The Robust Realm of Sports

A Spotlight onThe Lesser-Known While everyone knows the grueling expectations on the gridiron and get pumped to see athletes on the court, Oklahoma harbors a wealth of other talented athletes in sports you don’t read as much about. We take a look at a few of these programs. The OSU wrestling program is prestigious, holding 34 NCAA team titles. Photo courtesy...

To a Bright Future

All photos courtesy students unless otherwise marked Emma Sloan Classen School of Advanced Studies at NortheastAttending: Oklahoma City University  Intended major: Pre-engineering because of my love for math and science. I have always looked up to engineers because of how brilliant they seem.  Biggest influences: My parents. They always push me to do my best and work as hard as I can. I...

Back to (New) Normal

Getting Back intothe Swing of Things For many institutions, like the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma, this fall marks a full return to in-person learning and campus activities.   “In May 2020, after two months of online instruction and remote work, the university began its phased return to normal operations,” says David A. Surratt, Ed.D., OU’s vice president of...

Empowering Women in Oklahoma

Groups that Inspire Certain inequities are glaring for Oklahoma women, and nonprofits across the state are tackling the problems by providing direct services and fighting for better policies. “Criminal justice reform is one of our big ones,” says Chelsey Branham, interim executive director of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition. “Oklahoma has the highest incarceration rate for women in the world. Nearly 80%...

From Farm to Table

Everyone knows there are unseen forces involved in getting food from the farm to the table. In Oklahoma, one of those is a team of advocates and researchers working to provide the best wheat-based products possible. Established in 1965, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission was founded by wheat producers who knew they’d need a way to adapt to the changing industry....

Reaching the Runway

Fashion is about more than showing off designs on the runway. Combined, the fashion education programs available in Oklahoma offer opportunities in everything from concept to final consumer, including textiles and their designs, forecasting for color and style, pattern making, assembling, marketing, manufacturing, distribution, sales, online visual merchandising and more. “I truly love that everyone can find a niche in...

Shaping the Future

In 2019, at only 24 years old, Luke Wilson was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for his exploration into the way climate change affects specific types of trees. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in forest ecology and management from Oklahoma State University that same year. Now, he’s making a mark in the science...

Cowboy Country

While COVID-19 remains a significant health threat, the travel industry is nevertheless showing a pulse – and Stillwater should be high on anyone’s list of weekend or day-trip destinations in Oklahoma. The Payne County seat of just over 45,000 is brimming with activity, says Cristy Morrison, longtime president and CEO of Visit Stillwater, the city’s official tourism promoter. She says...

Summertime Sowing

With average temperatures in the 90 degree range during the Oklahoma summer, residents trying to keep their lawns and gardens thriving should heed tips from the experts. Kathy Caviness of Caviness Landscape Design in Arcadia has some great pointers for homeowners and renters who take pride in their summer plants. “Soil condition is critical to retain moisture,” she says. “If your...