Welcome to the OU Club of Wichita
Fostering the spirit of The University of Oklahoma among its alumni and fans in the Wichita area.
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.
The day was made even more special with the introduction of the club’s 2016 scholarship winners.
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.
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.
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.
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