ORU announces 2015 class of Graduate Quest Fellows

Oral Roberts University named its 2015 class of Graduate Quest Fellows and Scholarship Program winners as Oluwatosin Noiki, Dean’s Fellow in the Graduate School of Business; Carolyn Stubbs, President’s Fellow; Amanda Wilson, Dean’s Fellow in the Graduate School of Education, and Heather Wright, Dean’s Fellow in the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry.

Fellows will have the opportunity to enhance professional skills in their field and work on special projects for the ORU Provost and the deans of the College of Business, College of Education and College of Theology and Ministry. Fellows will receive full tuition and a $15,000 stipend. The scholarship is renewable for up to three years toward a full-time graduate degree at the university.

Noiki, from Abuja, Nigeria, graduated from Covenant University with a degree in chemical engineering and has taught high school chemistry in Nigeria. Noiki also worked as a unit administrator for Cadbury Nigeria PLC and a product supervisor for PZ Cussons Nigeria PLC.

Stubbs, originally from the Bahamas, earned a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature education with a minor in religion from Lee College. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as the co-founder and principal of The Remnant MiniVersity & Academy.

Wilson, from Broken Arrow, earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education from ORU and a masters of education in reading from Northeastern State University. She has taught at ORU, Bacone College, Oklahoma State University and Lincoln Christian School.

Wright earned an undergraduate degree in music education from ORU. She served as a vocal music teacher at Metro Christian Academy and Evangelistic Temple School and also served in Jesus Inn Ministries and at Heart Sounds International. She currently serves on the worship team at Tulsa Christian Fellowship.

Fallin names Claremore mayor to board of education

Governor Mary Fallin appointed Claremore Mayor William E. “Bill” Flanagan to the State Board of Education to replace Amy Ford.

Flanagan will serve on an interim basis pending Senate confirmation next year. He represents the 2nd Congressional District on the board and serves at the pleasure of the governor.

Flanagan, a retired CPA and personal financial specialist, has been mayor since 2013. He served 18 years on the Claremore Park Board and previously served on the city council there. In 2004, he was named Claremore’s Citizen of the Year.

Holland Hall names new members to institutional advancement team

Holland Hall named four new members to its institutional advancement team: Heather Brasel, director of communications and marketing; Monica Champ, director of annual fund; Beth Goddard, interim director of institutional advancement; Margie Harned Warren, campaign director.

Brasel worked in the full-service marketing industry in Tulsa for more than 13 years, most recently as creative director at BlueView Agency. She will lead the communications team and tactical partners to ensure effective and consistent communications.

Champ comes to Holland Hall with more than 10 years of development and fundraising experience. She worked for the American Red Cross as a Major Gifts Officer and was the executive director of the Rejoice Foundation from 2004-2013.

Goddard is a 1986 graduate of Holland Hall and a former Director of Annual Fund, 2009-2011. With a background in advertising and marketing and 20 years of non-profit experience, Goddard brings to her leadership role a deep knowledge of the school and a highly organized, relational approach to the office. She will serve in a part-time capacity while the school conducts a national search for a permanent I. Director.

Warren is a former member of the school’s board of trustees and former co-chair of the board of visitors and will oversee the strategic and tactical needs of the Enhancing our Common Ground Campaign. With a background in sales, significant philanthropic experience, and important perspectives as a former board member, alumna, and parent, she brings exacting standards to a role designed to ensure the future of Holland Hall’s mission and impact on children and families throughout Tulsa.

HeartLine receives OG&E grant

HeartLine received a $5,000 grant for phone-based services from OG&E, allowing Oklahomans to be connected to help, hope and information 24 hours a day.

OG&E extends this grant opportunity to organizations that enhance the quality of life and economic well-being in the communities where OG&E operates. HeartLine seeks funding from diverse revenue sources so that HeartLine’s helplines are staffed by highly trained, compassionate call specialists, 24 hours a day.

HeartLine connects Oklahomans to help, hope, and information 24 hours a day through two main program areas, phone and web based services and suicide prevention outreach. Phone and web based services includes 211 information and referral, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the Oklahoma Problem Gambling Helpline 1-800-522-4700, and the Careline 848-CARE.

MCN employee nominated to Child Death Review Board

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Children and Family Services Administration Director Carmin Tecumseh-Williams was chosen by the State of Oklahoma Native American Liaison’s Office to fill the tribal representative seat for the Oklahoma Child Death Review Board (OCDRB).

Tecumseh-Williams received the nomination from Oklahoma Native American Liaison and Secretary of State Chris Benge and Deputy Assistant of Native American Affairs Brian Hendrix.

Tecumseh-Williams will serve on OCDRB for two years. This will be Tecumeh-Williams’ second term to sit on the board.

Tulsa-based B+T Group names executives at headquarters

B+T Group, a leading full-service engineering, construction and technical services firm specializing in the wireless industry, named two executives at its corporate headquarters.

Noah Roberts joined the company as vice president of sales after serving as a management adviser to the executive leadership at B+T Group and Charles Machine Works, the parent company of Ditch Witch. For 20 years, Noah has been instrumental in managing new ventures and leading national and international sales and business development efforts for several Tulsa-based privately held companies including BSW International, New Medio and ICEdot.org.

Peter Smith, PE, was promoted to vice president of engineering and will lead development services for the company, including site acquisition and architectural and engineering services. Smith joined B+T Group in 2008 and spent time leading the structural services team as well as starting a DAS/Small Cell division. Peter graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in architectural engineering and has more than 18 years of experience in structural engineering.

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