Club mourns loss of OU fan and friend Toni Shadid

Toni Shadid

Toni Shadid, owner of Toni D’s deli and catering passed away on December 13, 2015. Toni was born in Oklahoma City and was an avid Sooner fan. Her company catered a number of Wichita Sooner Caravans and Tailgate parties. Attendees could always see evidence of Toni’s allegiance with the presence of her handmade sugar cookies iced with the OU logo. She was 57 years old.

The OU Club of Wichita has lost a true friendĀ and extend its condolences to the Shadid family.

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OU Sugar Cookies by Toni Shadid at 2007 Sooner Caravan

To read Toni’s obituary, click here.

Seam Waugh soars at School of Meteorology

Sean Waugh works on weather lab vehicle

Sean Waugh at work on science lab on wheels, part of his work at the OU school of Meteorology and the National Severe Storms Lab in Norman, Oklahoma

Sean Waugh, a 2005 High School graduate of Arkansas City, was a 2005-06 OU Club of Wichita scholarship recipient. Sean is a Meteorology student at the University of Oklahoma and has so far obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees. He plans to receive his Ph.D. in Meteorology in May of 2016.

As a junior at OU, he received the Outstanding Junior Award in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences for 2007-2008. This award is based on GPA, the number of hours completed and participation in service activities on the OU campus. Sean has been actively involved with the Weather Festival at the National Weather Center and organizes weather balloon launches at the event each year.

He was the recipient of the Lloyd Noble Trailblazer Scholarship Award which is granted to the outstanding junior in college. During his junior year, he was selected as a Hollings Scholarship recipient, a prestigious national recognition. This scholarship included a paid internship at a NOAA office of his choosing, and gave Sean access into the National Severe Storms Lab (NSSL) and started his research career. Since becoming involved with NSSL, he has assisted in many different research projects, including traveling to Galveston, Tx to test new mobile radar equipment during Hurricane Ike.

Sean Waugh working with youngsters at the National Weather Festival.

Sean Waugh working with youngsters at the National Weather Festival.

As a senior at OU, he was an integral part of tornado research project called VORTEX2 (Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment). He designed and built vehicles for the project and drove one of the lead vehicles as the convoy of 100 scientists and 40 specialized vehicles traveled 11 states for over a month, during the 2009 and 2010 severe weather season. Since then, his work at the lab has continued to grow and he has become the foremost point of contact when designing instrumentation for field campaigns.

Sean currently works for the University of Oklahoma in the National Weather Center in Norman and the National Severe Storms Lab, while working on finishing up his Ph.D. studies.

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 hereĀ 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.