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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...

Celebrating 75 Years

In 1946, H.G. Bennett purchased a decommissioned military hospital in Okmulgee for just $1. He envisioned turning it into a vocational school, where returning World War II veterans could receive training for workforce reintegration. A few months later, the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT) opened its doors to 456 students under the name of Oklahoma A&M College School...

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...