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Focus Extra: Fall 2017

Gabrielle Ruiz - the full interview

Click here to read the full interview with dance alumna Gabrielle Ruiz.

More Class Notes


Enoch Kelly Haney (BA ’65) gave a motivational presentation to middle school students in Grand Coulee, Washington.


The Woodward News included a story about David Beal’s (BSB ’68, JD ’74) support of the Circle of Care.

The Oklahoman published a Q&A with Mark Kelly (BSB ’77), CEO of Oklahoma Employees Credit Union.


Bama CEO Paula Marshall (BS ’83) was the special guest speaker for the 2017 P.E.O. Book Review Series at Rogers State University.

Kay Van Wey (JD '83) was a guest speaker for the Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series. 

Oklahoma County Special Judge Howard Roy Haralson (JD ’85) was appointed to a vacant district judge’s position.

The Small Wars Journal posted a piece co-authored by Charles Barham (MBA ’86) titled “Combating Corruption.”

The Science Vibe website ran a story about alumnus R. Ken Johnston Sr. (BS ’87) and his “secret stash of lunar base photos.”


Alee Reed (BPA ’90) was featured in a news story on KFOR about her work with the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.

Sonya Hagler (MBA ’92) joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties as a residential real estate sales associate.

Rev. Deborah C. Suddarth (BA '93), executive pastor at Collierville United Methodist Church in Memphis, was the guest speaker at the Martin Methodist College commencement ceremony. 

Scott D. Meaders (JD ’95), Lawton’s deputy city attorney, was appointed to fill a district judge vacancy in Comanche County, Oklahoma.

Nona M. Lee (JD ’95) was nominated for the National Sports Law Institute board of advisors.

Chris "C.T." Young (BSB '95) joined Mabrey Bank in Tulsa as senior vice president of commercial lending. 

Sarah Miller (JD '97) was hired by the Hall Estill firm's energy law practice in the Tulsa office.  Samonia Byford (BA '98) was elected treasurer of the Friends of the Oklahoma History Center board of directors.

Kelli O’Hara (BM ’98, DHL ’15) participated in the #Ham4All singing fundraiser for the Hispanic Federation after receiving the challenge from Phillipa Soo, who originated the role of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton in the Broadway-hit “Hamilton.”

Terry Stowers (JD ’98) was the guest speaker for the Woods County Mineral Owners Association annual meeting.


Leslie Barrows (JD ’00) was featured on Blog Talk Radio in a show titled “What happens if you must serve time in jail or prison?”

The Southern Utah University alumni association ran a feature story on Anna Ables (BA ’01), director of marketing and public relations at the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.

Bluegrass Today ran a feature story about Horseshoe Road, featuring alumni Kyle Dillingham (BM ’02) and Peter Markes (BME ’03).

Shannon Ferrell (JD '03) was a guest on the Ag Law Podcast for an episode titled "Family Farm: 5 Steps to a Farm/Ranch Transition Plan."

Gisela Rodriguez (JD ’04) wrote an op-ed for the Tallahassee Democrat titled “Army forced Monroy to torture when he was a young man.”

Independent Media included Tyrone van Aswegen (BSB ’04) in its list of South Africans who could win the Players golf championship. The Toronto Observer in Canada ran a feature story about him.

Todd Lamb (JD ’05) was a featured speaker at the formal grand opening and dedication ceremonies for Shangri-La’s new resort hotel at Grand Lake.

The Domain Industry News Magazine featured Riccardo Soff (MBA ’06), former domain manager at Marchex and co-founder of Enqos.

Jesse Chapel (JD ’08) was elected as a shareholder of the Andrews Davis firm.

Jetset magazine ran a feature story about professional golfer Sydney Cox (BS ’09).


Photographer Zachary Burns (BPA ’10) was named Current Studio’s Artist of the Month for February. KFOR did a special report about his talents.

Chaz Wolcott (BPA ’10) auditioned for the Fox TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” and received a standing ovation.

Zach Morrison (MSA ’11) was promoted to manager of BKD CPAs & Advisors.

Heather Botts (MM ’12) performed in the Hanover Theatre preview party production in Massachusetts.

Monique Abry (BM ’13) performed at WaterTower Theatre’s Community Cast Party in Addison, Texas.

April Nelson (BM ’14) was a contestant on the TV game show “EMOGENIUS.”

Curtis Little Sun (JD ’15), coordinating attorney for Veteran’s Services for Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, spoke to Kiwanis/Senior Citizens’ about services offered to help veterans.

The Chickasaw Times ran a feature story about Katie Barrick (BM ’15).

The Young Adult Review Network posted a story by creative writing alumna Jannessa Cruzan (MFA ’16) titled “Beneath the Call of the Sea.”

Jenefar DeLeon (MA ’16), event manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, was named to the Sunbeam Family Services Young Professionals Board.

Michael Horn (BA ’16) was named director of Youth Ministries at First United Methodist Church Yukon in Oklahoma.

Ali Bradley (BFA ’17) was crowned Miss Fountain Inn and qualified to compete for Miss South Carolina.

Bert Seabourn video

Click here to watch a video about visual artist and alumnus Bert Seabourn.