Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
(1.) Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County ~ To purchase "Reality Works" infant simulators to implement in its "Smart Girls" curriculum focused on girls ages 8 - 12 in inner-city Oklahoma City.
(2.) New Hope Camp ~ To implement "Girls Circle" curriculum in providing three 8-week programs in the Tulsa area for girls, ages 12 - 15, who have a parent in prison.
(3.) Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education on behalf of SMART: Single Mothers Academic Resource Team ~ To fund the deliverables (campus handbook production, flier/brochure, mentor recruitment/training materials & campus events) of a comprehensive research project assessing the barriers & challenges faced by single mother students at seven Oklahoma regional universities & community colleges.
(4.) Planned Parenthood of Arkansas & Eastern Oklahoma ~ To purchase equipment necessary to begin providing low income women access to the new, less invasive tubal ligation procedure.
(5.) Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma ~ To improve technology infrastructure with purchase of "Get Active" communication service, two laptop computers, and presentation equipment.
(6.) Rose State College Foundation ~ To purchase distance learning equipment necessary to continue providing educational programming and college classes to women in Mabel Bassett Correctional Center.
Congratualtions to these great programs.
Want to know more about the Women's Foundation? Visit their website at http://www.wfok.org/
Come tonight (December 18) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Full Circle Bookstore in 50 Penn Place, OKC.
Jim Tolbert reports that "Several months ago in response to numerous requests, we asked Pam about reprinting her book of essays American Woman: Lost and Found in Oklahoma. Her response was to deliver an essentially new manuscript that saves the best and most topical essays from the original, most with new epilogues, and adds more than twice as much new material. The result is American Woman Revisited: Still Lost and Found in Oklahoma. You will be delighted as we are by the unique voice, remarkable insight and joyous humor of Oklahoma's "Molly Ivins." This is the last and one of the best books of the Centennial year. Join Full Circle Press in celebrating Pam with a reception, reading and booksigning on Tuesday, December 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For a complete list of future events, click here to go to the Full Circle website."
Monday, December 17, 2007
How great is THAT?!
According to a recent email from Karen, "The Hugs Project was awarded $27,500 most of which has already been spent on our troops for Christmas. We used over $12,500 on postage alone. Each box had nicer gifts than the regular care packages...like disposable cameras, computer flash drives, new release DVD's and CD's and other items to brighten the holiday season for them." Karen sends her thanks to all those who voted for her.
Read more at www.thehugsproject.com - Because every American serving in harm's way deserves the thanks of a grateful nation.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Our all electric household was without electricity until late Saturday night. We also took in our invalid neighbor who called us at 3 AM Monday morning from the Emergency Room of Integris Baptist Medical Center saying she'd been there since noon the day before, they had finally seen her that evening and now they'd given her a prescription, called a taxi, said they'd pay the cab fare and told her that she had to leave. She could go home (impossible since she can't move about on her own), to a shelter (grim) or "somewhere else" - so we became the somewhere else. None of us expected it would turn into a 5 day stay. But the night we got our electricity back, we went to a lovely Christmas party at a friend's home where we got to rub shoulders with lots of great folks including the wonderful and creative Wayne Coyne. Life is good.
Hope you are rebounding. I'm starting a list of things the TV folks didn't tell us to do to prepare for an ice storm - like charge your cell phone and laptop; take a lovely long hot bath, shave your legs and wash your hair; (for those of us with electric water heaters) boil water, fill your thermoses and keep them by your bathroom sinks for washing up; and, when they say "stock up on batteries"and your battery driven little TV set takes 10 D-batteries, buy 30! Got any tips or suggestions you want to add to my list?
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Saja Forum has a nice story on her and Indo Link reports:
University of Oklahoma senior Andrea M. DenHoed is still in shock after being named a 2008 American Rhodes Scholarship recipient Sunday. "I don't think it's sunk in yet. I can't really believe it yet. I'm thinking somebody made a big mistake," the OU letters and international studies major from Aurora, Colo. said.
Andrea DenHoed's mother Nancy, who is from India, home-schooled her and three siblings in their Aurora home. Her dream of attending Oxford University began when she was 12 and learned that one of her favorite authors, C.S. Lewis, had gone there. Her mother didn't want to dampen her enthusiasm but was realistic. "I told her if she wanted to go to Oxford, the only way she could is if she was a Rhodes Scholar," recalled her mother.
"It's amazing," Andrea Denhoed said Sunday. "It's something I've wanted for a decade."
Her mother, a native of India, met her father, Jeffrey Denhoed, when she was a student English teacher at the University of Wyoming. Nancy Denhoed's biggest achievement may be teaching her own kids. Andrea's older sister went to the U.S. Air Force Academy. One brother is a mechanical engineer. Her youngest brother is in high school.
"She is extraordinary," Andrea said of her mother. "She taught us to be extremely hard workers. She taught us to be intellectually curious. She made us read a lot."
Although the Rhodes Scholarships have a reputation for a grueling, complex application and interview process, "it was all right," DenHoed said about her experience. "I got the campus nomination and then that was sent off. From the whole region they select the top 16 and I didn't expect even to make it into that but I did ... I'm really competitive but I didn't feel like I was a shoo-in at all. I thought I really messed up one of the interviews at one point. Obviously, the judges felt otherwise and that's good."
DenHoed plans to pursue a B.A. in English language and literature at Oxford.
"We are very proud that Andrea DenHoed is carrying on the great OU Rhodes Scholarship tradition," OU President David Boren said. "She meets the highest standards of academic excellence and personal integrity."
DenHoed is a National Merit Scholar and expected to graduate with honors Summa cum Laude in May 2008. She participated in the OU Honors College Honors at Oxford program in 2005 where she worked with Dr. Duncan Wu of St. Catherine's College, Oxford. In her international studies curriculum at OU, DenHoed has focused on South Asia. Her interests in literature have been wide-ranging, from the classics to modern English. She is active in campus life as a bi-weekly opinion columnist for The Oklahoma Daily, OU's student newspaper, and rows for the OU Crew team. She also co-founded and edits a new student publication, works as a tutor, and taught
English to elementary school students in Bangalore, India.
When asked about the newspaper, DenHoed was excited and optimistic. "It's actually a new one we're in the process of getting advertisers and contributors lined up for. It's set to go next year and it's called 'The Mouth,'" she said. "The goal of 'The Mouth' is to fill the gaps we see among the existing publications on campus. We want it to be smart and entertaining and intelligent but accessible to all of the student body as well. It's more of a commentary and review thing, it's not news exactly -- more like 'Harper's' and 'The New Yorker.
"She was pretty excited," her father said about the scholarship. "She had a vision. But you never expect it to be you."
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
The third annual Oklahoma, Ink., book fair will take place from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, at Harwelden, home of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, 2210 S. Main. This special event features a diverse array of Oklahoma authors (novelists, journalists, historians, children’s book writers and illustrators, among others) for a free public appearance and signing.
Glenda Silvey, anchor of The News on 6 noon news, is the honorary chair of this annual event.
This year’s authors are:
Carl R. Bartholomew, Plane Phenomenon
Bart Borsky, Passing Gas and Getting Paid For It: The Musings of a Comic Anesthesiologist
P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, Betrayed: A House of Night Novel
Connie Cronley, Mr. Ambassador: Warrior for Peace
David Dary, True Tails of the Prairies and Plains
David Halpern, Pilgrim Eye and Tulsa Art Deco
Carolyn Hart, Set Sail for Murder
Davis D. Joyce, Alternative Oklahoma: Contrarian Views of the Sooner State
Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa’s Daily World: The Story of a Newspaper and its Town
Constance Murray (wife of the late Danny Goble), Tulsa! The Biography of an American City
Mel Odom, Exodus
Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Life
Will Thomas, The Hellfire Conspiracy
Michael Wallis, Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride
Laurence Yadon, 100 Oklahoma Outlaws, Gangsters and Lawmen
Sponsors of this year’s Oklahoma, Ink., are the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation Enterprises, Krumme Oil Company and Tulsa Technology Center.
For more information, contact Heather Ann Hope, 918-607-2923 or Arlene Johnson, 918-493-1994
If we did an Oklahoma "50 Women to Watch," who would YOU put on the list?
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Upon Her Induction Into the
Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Nov 2007
They say the young person looks forward, the older person looks back and the middle aged person looks startled.
This award is a bit startling; I am so overwhelmed by this honor and by the generosity of others . . . certainly those at the Oklahoma Heritage Association.
You know, I’ve had a lot of unexpected things happen in my life. Certainly the most unlikely was becoming Miss America. But as I’ve had the chance to glance back, I’m so impressed by the goodness of God’s grace to cover me---in good times and bad.
It was surely grace to be born in America and in Oklahoma, where the red earth holds you close and stains your soul, the wind teaches you to grow with deep roots and bend with hard times, and the sense of open space makes you believe in opportunities as big as the sky.
It was grace to be born to Pete, Helene and Judy and a whole pack of joyful aunts, uncles and cousins. What a gift!
To be raised in small rural communities, where every time you stepped up to the line, so to speak, you only had to glance over your shoulder to see a whole host of folks there applauding, urging you on, encouraging your success.
How grateful I am to have played basketball, grown up in the Church, entered pageants, sung on stages, studied with caring teachers, given the news, promoted Oklahoma and shared a friendship with so many of you.
It was grace to win a contest years ago that lifted up Oklahoma to a national spotlight for a moment in time. The greater grace was to share that honor with so many others who even today remind me of how that moment changed them in some small way.
I’m so grateful for a family that has always kept me grounded in life. I’ll never forget one Christmas when I came home following the Miss America year and commented to my family about how great it was to have main street in Laverne renamed Jane Jayroe Blvd. My nephew who was a senior at Laverne High School remarked, “Yeah, it’s really neat. Now, on Sat. night instead of dragging main, we drag Jane.”
I’m so grateful to my mother Helene Grace, who has taught by example the great joy that comes from living a life that values others more than self.
To my sister, Judy, who learned that lesson better than anyone and her family of sons and their families. They are mine as well.
To my son Tyler and Elaine and their children. He has been my greatest joy.
To my husband, Jerry; I’m so grateful for the person he is. This honor truly belongs to both of us.
To my OCU family, my Church of the Servant family, my family of precious girlfriends, my Esther Women family, and my family of volunteer organizations who have taught me leadership and service.
I have such a grateful heart . . . for all of life’s journey. Grateful, not in a superficial, cheery cheerleader kind of way, but in a faithful, trusting way that believes there’s more at work in the world than what the eye sees and that underneath the surface of circumstances is an anchor that holds firm.
So, tonight, I am especially thrilled to accept another moment of grace . . . an undeserved gift--- but so appreciated.
I accept it on behalf of Oklahoma girls from small towns with big dreams.
On behalf of those who fall down in life and by the grace of God stand tall again.
And on behalf of all of us who are crazy in love with Oklahoma.
You know, God created us with a need to belong . . . to each other and to a place. . A land . . . home. . Oklahoma.
Happy Birthday, sweet Oklahoma, God bless us all.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Join us for a book signing and reception in honor of this thought provoking collection of essays on life and living featuring fifty remarkable Oklahoma women. We will have the editors on hand, many contributors, as well as wine and cheese for this very special occasion.
From former Cherokee principal chief Wilma Mankiller, First Lady Kim Henry, novelist Billie Letts, and prima ballerina Maria Tallchief, to OU basketball coach Sherri Coale, the authors share their personal reflections on finding balance as they look back on defining moments in their lives, mull over what they wish they had learned sooner, and convey the wisdom they've unearthed on their journeys thus far.Other contributors include Carolyn Hart, Jean Gumerson, Betty Price, Pam Fleischaker, Jane Jayroe, Anita May and Jean Richardson, all Oklahoma City residents.
Voices from the Heartland is a celebration of women's contributions to Oklahoma's recent past. It records defining moments in women's lives whether surviving the Oklahoma City bombing or surviving abuse and represents a wide range of professions, lifestyles, and backgrounds to show how extraordinary lives have grown from the seeds of ordinary girlhoods. This is an important event...and will be great fun...join us Friday at 6:30 p.m.For a complete list of future events, click here to go to the Full Circle website.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
One of OWLC's tasks will be to lobby the Oklahoma Legislature on behalf of Oklahoma women and girls. For that reason, I’m thrilled that Terry Neese’s WIPP Institute is offering an extraordinary advocacy training workshop in Oklahoma on Oct. 23, 2007. WIPP stands for Women Impacting Public Policy and the WIPP Institute is a non profit public charity dedicated to the economic empowerment of women.
This one-day training (9:00 am to 4:00pm) will be held at the Financial District of Oklahoma’s Conference Center at 1725 E. 15th Street, Edmond, OK. The workshop features excellent national trainers so the cost of $50 (which includes lunch) is a real bargain. WIPP's target audience is women business owners but everyone can benefit from this training!
I hope you will consider attending this workshop yourself. Also please help spread the word about this workshop by telling your friends and colleagues.
You can read more about the workshop and register for the event at http://www.wipp.org/institute/events.htm or by contacting Lin Weigel at 405-943-4474 ● firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Are there any other Oklahoma women out there blogging? Send me a comment or email!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
This time I am part of a "mission team" of just two women. Katie McLain plans to work in Meru for three months while I will be there just short of a month.
We are both maintaining trip blogs. Add us to your aggregator, check out our progress occasionally, don't expect many posts while I'm in Kenya -- and say a prayer for us occasionally please!
Katie's blog is http://kenyakatie.livejournal.com/
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Dow Aerospace Inc
Terry Neese Personnel Services
Hyde & Company CPAs
Crossland Real Estate
The Dominion Group LLC
Oklahoma City Gynecological & Obstetrics Inc.
Cher A. Bumps & Associates
NRG – Network Resource Group Inc.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Mike McCarville has a nice analysis on the election here.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
1.) About.com's page about Women's Equality Day.
2.) The White House's 2007 Women's Equality Day Proclamation.
3.) A 34 page report on women's equality published by the Directorate of Research, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. (Hats off to our women in the military!) Were you familiar with Kate Millett (who Time Magazine called "the Mao Tse-tung of Women’s liberation") or her book Sexual Politics?
Friday, August 24, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
The program recognizes and celebrates women who “do the right thing” to make a difference in the lives of people and communities in America and around the globe. There are three levels of awards -- local, national and global. One winner will be chosen in each award category and receive $10,000 for her chosen charity. One of those three will be the Grand Prize recipient receiving $25,000 for her chosen charity. One woman, chosen by online voting, will receive the “Your Better World Award” and $10,000 for her chosen charity. Winners will be announced in October 2007, with the awards ceremony held Nov. 15 in Philadelphia.
So cast your vote for either Deana Frank who helped found and now run a battered women's shelter in Tahlequah or Miki Farris who founded the Infant Crisis Center in Oklahoma City. Check out the program and cast your vote here. Voting ends on September 7, 2007.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Norman Eagleton was the first woman elected to statewide office in Oklahoma who could have voted for herself.
Yeah, Norma. Thank you, Senator.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Here are The Oklahoman's picks and their rank plus The Oklahoman's explanation (in quotes) for the women athletes they included:
#5 Shannon Miller - "(Edmond) The most decorated American gymnast ever, with two world all-around championships and an Olympic all-around silver medal that would have been gold if not for dubious judging."
#20 Nancy Lopez - "(University of Tulsa) LPGA's Sam Sneed. Big winner, but never won U.S. Open"
#26 Susie Maxwell Berning - "(Oklahoma City, OCU) Three-time U.S. Open golf winner; four of her 11 LPGA Tour wins were in majors."
#33 Crystal Robinson - "(Atoka, Southeastern State) ABL rookie of the year in 1996, then jumped to the WNBA in 1999 and the New York Liberty."
#37 Doll Harris - "(Cement) Led Durant's Presbyterian College to 1932 AAU women's basketball title."
#61 Michele Smith - "(OSU) Two-time Olympic softball gold medalist is a celebrity in Japan, where she played 14 seasons in the Japanese Pro League. Screaming fans clamor for her autograph; maybe it's the hair. Time Magazine voted Smith "best hair" of the Atlanta Olympics." [I am not making this up; that is what the boys who wrote this elected to focus on!]
#66 Stacey Dales "(OU) Past WNBA all-star, returned to league in 2006 but still a college broadcaster."
#84 Courtney Paris "(OU) Let's assume she'll keep moving up the list."
#86 Kelly Garrison "(Altus, OU) 1988 Olympian placed 16th in gymnastics all-around."
#95 Cindy Yan Fang "(OCU) During her prime, greatest softball second baseman in the world." (NOTE: I'm having trouble finding information on Cindy but, according to an old Oklahoman article, in 1998 she was 29 years old, born in Beijing, 5-8, 136 pounds. She batted .414 with 64 runs in 69 games in 1997 and batted .448 with 76 runs in 63 games in 1998. According to OCU's Rich Tortorelli, "She helped China win the silver medal in the 1996 Olympics. She holds the OCU career record for average (.463). She was All-Tournament at the NAIA Championships in 1997 and 1998, NAIA first-team all-American in 1997, 1998 and 1999 and NAIA player of the year in 1998 and 1999.")
In the The Oklahoman's March 2007 educational supplement "Generations of Oklahoma Women Moving History Forward" (funded by the Oklahoma Women's Network and Girl Scouts Red Lands and Sooner Councils and written predominantly by OSU professors Bob Darcy and Jennifer Paustenbuagh), we also listed Val Skinner and Kelli Litsch.
Val Skinner was an OSU golfer who in 1980 and 1982 was the Big Eight Conference Women's Golf Champion, in 1982 was Big Eight Conference Outstanding Female Athlete, and in 1982 was NCAA All-American. Skinner has earned over $2.4 million as a professional golfer and has raised more than $2.5 million for breast cancer research. She works as analyst for Golf Channel and CBS.
Here is what Bob Darcy said about Kelli Litsch: "From Fay, Oklahoma, Kelli Litsch is considered one of the best to have ever played the game of basketball. She led Thomas high School to two straight six-on-six state high school championships in 1980 and 1981. Turning down scholarships to play at Division I schools, she went to Southwestern Oklahoma State university wherre she powered the lady Bulldogs to three NIAA national championships going 129-5 and becoming the first female athlete to be named a first-team All-American four years in a row."
What women would YOU have included in the top 100 Oklahoma Athletes List? Tell Berry Tramel at email@example.com. He will run comments in The Oklahoman.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
(a) Produce a Kids Count-like annual report on the status of women in Oklahoma
(b) Establish a coalition of groups committed to protecting the rights of and improving the status of women and girls in Oklahoma
(c) Select four or five issues to be addressed in the 2008 legislative session and get authors to introduce bills -- and let legislators know about our support for these bills
(d) Raise funds to hire a part-time lobbyist to keep coalition members informed on the status of these bills during the session
(e) Use the Internet and area meetings to encourage coalition members to lobby their legislators and the Governor on these bills
(f) At the close of the 2008 legislative session, produce a “report card” that identifies which legislators voted for these bills
If you belong to an organization that has a legislative agenda that addressess women's issues and you think it might like to participate in this coalition, please let me know (see my profile for contact information). I especially want to include women's groups from all across the state.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
A lot of people have been asking what happened to Tulsa author, Billie Letts, who was arrested when she demonstrated against the Bush Administration's war policy in Iraq when Dick Cheney was in Tulsa several weeks ago. Billie went to court on Thursday, June 7; and the case was dismissed because the policeman who arrested her did not show up as a witness for the prosecution. So, Billie is free as a bird and working on her next novel! By the way, be sure to see her son's (Tracy Lett's) movie, Bug, showing at the AMC. It is an amazing experience!