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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...

Operatic Ambitions

Opera, a flourishing art form in Oklahoma, is supported by performing arts companies and competitive collegiate programs. Those passionate about this mixture of singing, acting, music and dance work diligently to appeal to young generations.  “At Tulsa Opera, we have programs for all levels of students,” says Aaron Beck, the company’s artistic administrator and director of education. “Young children might...

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...

The Rise of Esports

E sports have booted up in a big way in Oklahoma. As pandemic-related restrictions limited the state’s traditional high school and college sports outlets, esports — already an activity played remotely — used the opportunity to gain further traction around the state. Last fall, Oklahoma City University unveiled its new Esports Management degree program, the first in the state. Elsewhere, the...

A Look to the Future

It’s been a tumultuous year for higher education, and students, professors and administrators have felt the heat. We talk to some of Oklahoma’s universities about the last year of virtual learning, ways to drum up motivation for at-home instruction, study tips and lucrative degree programs.

Part of NBA Royalty, Sooner Than Most

In three years, sharp-shooting Trae Young has gone from lighting up the gym at Norman North High School to being one of the National Basketball Association’s best players. The 6-foot-1 point guard, a starter in February’s NBA All-Star Game, has averaged around 30 points and 9 assists per game in his second season with the Atlanta Hawks. That’s up from...

Preventive Maintenance

Like a motor vehicle, train or an airplane, your body must undergo preparation and maintenance before any fitness journey begins, be it a simple, twice-a-week gym routine or grueling, long-term training for a marathon. Proper warmups, hydration and nutrition are all part of any pre-workout plan. “I like to compare it to a car,” says John Jackson, a trainer at Tulsa’s...

Developing Entrepreneurs

Those with a passion for forging unique paths, taking risks or diving into new ventures go by many labels. Mavericks. Pioneers. Individualists. Gamblers. Perhaps the most common umbrella term is entrepreneur, which defines thousands of business owners in Oklahoma. Behind them are various resources to get their dreams off the ground. By utilizing courses and majors at universities, community...

Breea Clark

Breea Clark was elected mayor of Norman, Oklahoma’s third-largest city, in February. She is the youngest woman and the first millennial in the post. She is also director of the J.C. Penney Leadership Program at the University of Oklahoma. She earned her juris doctor at OU and served on Norman’s city council. We caught up with Clark and got...