Club names scholarship recipients

2017-2018 OU Club of Wichita Scholarship Winners

The OU Club of Wichita is proud to announce the recipients of the club’s annual scholarships. Funds for the scholarships come from membership dues and other club activities. The board reviews applications from Wichita-area students who have been accepted at OU and recipients are selected based on academic performance and need.

Riley Sanders

Riley Sanders

Riley Sanders

Riley Sanders is our Sheridan Drowatzky Memorial Scholarship recipient. Riley is a graduate of Wichita Collegiate School where she was a prestigious Malone Scholar. Riley has a close relationship with her grandmother and younger sister and is described by a former teacher as being “an amazing young lady whose diligence, perseverance, intellectual and collaborative ability and positive attitude will guide her to future success.” Riley is the daughter of Jarrett & Allison Sander and plans to major in International Business at OU.

Sheridan Drowatzky was a teacher in Wichita and for many years served as the Membership Chair of the OU Club of Wichita.

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah Reed

Hannah Reed

At the tender age of 8, Hannah Reed created a tree house in her family’s back yard and says, “Learning how to draft, build and create something that existed only in my imagination a few days before remains one of my favorite childhood lessons.” The Maize South graduate credits her former summer vacation home as the starting point of her career in architecture, which will be her major at OU. Hannah is the daughter of Joseph and Teresa Reed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conner Coughlin

Connor Coughlin

From a shy 5th-grader who chose band because he hated to sing, to starring in musicals and concerts, Wichita Collegiate School graduate Conner Coughlin says “Music helped me out of my shell and opened many doors for me to showcase its various forms.” Conner’s second fascination is weather, which led to his decision to attend OU and its school of meteorology. Conner grew up watching the Weather Channel and hopes one day to be able to report from storms and warn the public. Conner is the son of Lisa Coughlin.

Scholarship program deadline announced

March 15, 2017 (Wichita, KAN) — The OU Club of Wichita board officially announced the application deadline for its annual scholarship program. Those admitted to OU for the first tine in the Fall 2017 semester are eligible. Click on the SCHOLARSHIPS TAB to get full details. Deadline for applications is APRIL 15, 2017.

 

Special Guest

Cari Anne Cashon at OU Board March 15, 2017

Cari Anne Cashon at OU Board March 15, 2017

Former OU cheerleader and now Miss Augusta 2017, Cari Anne Cashon attended the board meeting as a guest, Cari Anne expressed support for the club’s efforts and asked for the club to support her campaign which could propel her to Miss America.

Learn more at http://www.missaugusta2017.com/

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Thank you letters arrive.

 Last spring, the board awarded scholarships to local high school students from the Wichita area. After an exciting enrollment and orientation, the students are encouraged to write letters of thanks to the club. This week letters from Scott Tesser, Ashley Lesser and Alison Heeren arrived. Half of your dues to the club support our scholarship program.

 

 

 

 

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Blarney Stone Pub to host watch parties

Board members Brian Latta, Lori Ellison-Zuercher and Bryce Matteson flash O-U in front of Blarney Stone Pub

Board members Brian Latta, Lori Ellison-Zuercher and Bryce Matteson flash O-U in front of Blarney Stone Pub

The OU Club of Wichita will have its watch parties at the Blarney Stone Pub, 2120 N Woodlawn in Wichita. The first watch party will be on Saturday, September 3, 11 a.m.when OU travels to Houston to take on the Cougars.

The watch parties had been scheduled at Fox and Hound until news broke of the closing of that establishment. Blarney Stone Pub owner Michelle Lindgren welcomed the opportunity to host loyal OU fans. It turns out Blarney Stone Pub is a very popular place for college watch parties. Most of our events will be in a private party room. On the occasion that room may have been reserved, we’ll be in the main room.

Party room at Blarney Stone Pub

Party room at Blarney Stone Pub

Special thanks to Gretchen Weber who did a great job for us at Fox and Hound and helped introduce us to the team at Blarney Stone Pub.

 

 

 

 

Watch Party dates and captains:

  • September 3, Houston  – Lori Ellison-Zuercher and Mark Chamberlin
  • September 10, ULM (PPV) – Lori Ellison-Zuercher and Mark Chamberlin
  • September 17, Ohio State – Mark Chamberlin
  • October 1, TCU – Patti Phillips
  • October 8, Texas – Mark Chamberlin
  • October 22, Texas Tech – Brian Latta
  • November 3, Iowa State – Bryce Matteson
  • November 19, West Virginia – Clay Stoldt

Bill Sims spends the day with fans in Newton

Former OU running back and now restauranteur, Billy Sims spent the day meeting fans at his new Billy Sims BBQ restaurant in Newton on Saturday, July 16. Sims spent four hours signing autographs and posing for pictures as folks from the area dined on great food.

Club scholarship chair Bryce Matteson poses with Billy Sims

Club Scholarship chair Bryce Matteson poses with Bill Sims

Chris Zeurcher and Lori Ellison-Zeurcher strike a familiar pose with Bill Sims

Chris Zeurcher and Lori Ellison-Zeurcher strike a familiar pose with Bill Sims

Billy Sims and Bill Wilson from the Wichita Business Journal.

Billy Sims and Bill Wilson from the Wichita Business Journal.

Brain Latta and David Dunn

Board member Brian Latta and franchise owner David Dunn take a moment during the grand opening.

OU Club of Wichita board members flying the colors.

OU Club of Wichita board members flying the colors.

The day was made even more special with the introduction of the club’s 2016 scholarship winners.

Scholarship Winners

Shown here with Billy are Ashley Lesser (Kapaun Mt. Carmel), Mary (Molly) Wallace (Kapaun Mt. Carmel), Scott Tesser (Rose Hill), and Allison Herreen (Andover).

OU gynmastics make history. Men and Women capture national titles

NCAA  Gymnastics trophiesThe Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team won their second national title in program history with a score of 197.6750 Saturday night.

Following Oklahoma’s men’s gymnastics’ 10th National Championship earlier Saturday night, Oklahoma became the first school in NCAA history to have both teams win the national title in the same season.

Oklahoma coach K.J. Kindler said the team worked harder for this win than they did for their first national title.

Orange Bowl Watch Party 2015

Orange Bowl Watch Party

Orange Bowl Watch Party 2015
Orange Bowl Watch Party 2015

Orange Bowl Watch Party 2015

Orange Bowl Watch Party 2015

Orange Bowl Watch Party 2015

Orange Bowl Watch Party 2015

Orange Bowl Watch Party 2015

Orange Bowl Watch Party 2015

Orange Bowl Watch Party 2015

Club scholarship deadline moved up to March 1

Teddy_Bear_GraduateWichita-area high school seniors1 who plan on attending OU in the Spring of 2016 are eligible to apply for an OU Club of Wichita scholarship. The deadline for receiving the application has been moved up to MARCH 1, 2016. The application for can be downloaded here Scholarship-App-2015-16

The OU Club Board of Directors will award the scholarship(s) in early April and recipients will be notified by scholarship chair Bryce Matteson.

Click on the Scholarship tab on the Home page to learn more about the scholarship program.

  1. Transfer students enrolling in OU for the first time are also eligible to apply.

Blake Bell makes 49er roster

NFL teams made their mandatory roster cuts and former Sooner and Wichitan Blake Bell is now officially a player for the San Francisco 49ers.  Congratulations Blake Bell on 49er Rosterto Blake and his parents, Mark and Sherry.

Reconnecting with scholarship recipients

Our club’s legacy is the wonderful students supported by the scholarship program. One regret is that we rarely know what becomes of them. There are exceptions. Today (September 1, 2015) Rachel Macari paid a surprise visit to Rotary Club of West Wichita, where OU Club president Mark Chamberlin is a member. Macari was a 2011 scholarship recipient and has completed her degree in pharmacy. She is taking a year off to decide what path to follow next. She was the guest of Dr. Michael Ludlow of West Wichita Family Physicians.  Rachel is the daughter of Steve and Brenda Macari and is a graduate of Andale High School where she finished 8th in her class of 112 students and a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Rachel Macari and Dr Michael Ludlow

Rachel Macari and Dr Michael Ludlow