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.

OU Basketball can be heard on local radio

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KGSO Radio (1410 AM) will carry Oklahoma basketball coverage from (1-27-16) now through the Big XII tournament and the NCCA tournament. KGSO general Manager Chris Knight is offering a special advertising package for area businesses who want to reach local OU fans. Just $11 per spot and even better for a long-term sponsorship. Call Chris at 316-721-8484. Email him at CKnight@maanradio.com

 

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 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 friend 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 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

Meet the 2015 Scholarship Recipients

Thank you notes from scholarship recipients

Thank you notes from scholarship recipients

Four Wichita-area students awarded scholarships from the OU Club of Wichita.
All begin their OU careers in the fall of 2015.

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They are Hannah Day from Wichita Northwest, Garrett Holmes from Maize South, Kyndal Pistotnik and Zachary Seabrook, both from Andover.

Hannah Day graduated first in her class with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She intends to study architectural engineering.

What Hannah says, “”I realize that I could take out a loan, but I hope to be able to graduate with little or no debt so I can put all my future income towards graduate school rather than paying off old school debt. The less money I have to pay back, the sooner I will be able to afford graduate school and pursue my dream career.”

What others say about Hannah –
“Hannah is not only a joy to work with but a wonderful example, hard worker and determined to succeed. Quitting is not in her vocabulary.” Gail Starns, Bethel Life Center.

“Hannah is amazingly gifted in mathematics…she is a brilliant student.” Roger Powell, NW Mathematics Teacher

“In my 26 years of teaching, I have encountered few students who have the many talents and outstanding character that Hannah exhibits.” Jim Woody, Gifted Facilitator, NW High School

Garrett Holmes is a football player and swimmer who graduated 7th is his class at Maize South. He finished at Maize South with a 4.0 grade point average and will study Biology and pre-med at OU.

What Garrett says, “”I have always had an interest in the human body and in science, but until then, I did not know which career path I would follow.
My family members’ cancer diagnosis triggered my drive to assist others. Seeing disease strip away my dad and sister’s goals made me realize my own fortune.”
What other say about Garrett
“Leader among his peers.” Brady Berman, Church Pastor

“Teachers, not just his peers, have recognized him for his leadership abilities and athletic excellence.” Greg Shelly, Teacher

Kyndal Pistotnik takes a 4.0 grade point average to OU where she’ll study Mechanical Engineering and Pre-Med. She is well rounded in school participation. She is a student athlete (tennis & swimming), student government representative and a volunteer with the American Heart Association.
What Kyndal says, “”I do not just want to make an impact in one person’s life, but change the world. I plan to be an innovator, using abstract thinking to find cures and better outcomes for previously unbeaten problems.”

What others say about Kyndal
“Kyndal is one of the hardest working and most focused students that I have ever had in class.” Cathy McGuire, Math Teacher

“She has exhibited reliability, care and responsibility.” Pam Meyers, Animal Foster Care Coordinator

Zachary Seabrook claims to have been an OU fan since the days he was born. The high school basketball and football player is undecided as to his course of study. He graduated 20th in his class at Andover.

What Zach says, “My parents have generously offered to cover my in state expenses but out of state expenses is my responsibility, this scholarship would go a long way in helping me reach my goal.”

What others say about Zach

“I can say without reservation that he is a commendable student who exhibits strong leadership qualities. He is an admirable representative of Andover High School and a worthy candidate for scholarship recognition.” Jon M. Lee, English Instructor and Head Football Coach, Andover High School.