Class Notes

Philip McCoy (MBA ’15) married Hali Mayfield in May 2017. Philip and his dad, Tom McCoy (BPE ’84, MSE ’87), are pictured with their TU class rings.

Alexandra Ott (BA ’14) published her debut children’s novel, Rules for Thieves, with Aladdin, a division of Simon and Schuster. Alexandra plans to publish a sequel in 2018.

Jamie Hall (Sampayo) (BPE ’11) was promoted to Completions Engineering Team Lead at WPX Energy. Jamie has been with WPX for over eight years.

Adrienne Lalli Hills (BFA ’09) was recently promoted to Senior Interpretive Planner at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. She was instrumental in developing content-rich digital interpretation elements for the recently-renovated Bloch Galleries.

Calvin Michael Moniz (BSBA ’06, MBA ’08, JD ’15) recently accepted the role as Senior Advisor for University Relations and Recruiting at Phillips 66.

Allison Ann Davis (BSBA ’06, MBA ’07) married Erik Walker Runnels on October 9, 2016 in New Orleans. TU alumni in attendance included: Lesli Lewis Dinsmore (BA ’06), bridesmaid, Molly Grelle Mason (former student), bridesmaid, Lindsey Rapp Carlie (BA ’06), and Kelly Saviers Marconi (BSP ’06). Allison and Erik live in Washington, D.C. where Allison is an attorney with CACI International and Erik is a library associate with the D.C. Public Library.

Michael Kitces (MTX ’06) received the Richard J. Davis Ethics, Legal and Regulatory Insight Award from the Investment Managements Consultants Association in May 2017. Michael is a partner and director of wealth management for Pinnacle Advisory Group.

Kamaal Zaidi (JD ’04) hosted a book signing in Calgary for his new book Renewable Energy in Canada.

Britney Grayson (BS ’04) completed her residency training in General Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in June 2017 and began fellowship training in Pediatric Surgery at Indiana University’s Riley Children’s Hospital in August 2017.

RJ Lasek (BSBA ’01) was recently appointed to General Manager at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. RJ and his family relocated to Portugal to accept the appointment.

Daniel H. Wilson (BS ’00) published his book The Clockwork Dynasty. Daniel’s book is available for purchase on Amazon.

In June 2017, Steve Nelson (Newman Center Campus Minister ’00-’08), Matthew Pepper (BS ’00), Jerry Suva(BEE ’99, BCS ’99) and John White (BA ’00) celebrated their birthdays by riding 165 miles while visiting Trappist monasteries across southern Belgium.

Melissa Ausbrooks (BDE ’98) temporarily joined the TU faculty this summer as an adjunct professor teaching American Sign Language III. Melissa is an assistant professor of Special Education at Jackson State University.

Brian Sendker (BBA ’97) traveled to Tanzania and summited the tallest freestanding peak in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Melissa “Missy” Gelner (BSBA ’97) was appointed to the Start Board of Education for Missouri. Melissa is the chief kinship officer at the Missouri-based Askinosie Chocolate Company and executive director of Chocolate University, a nonprofit of Askinosie that educates local students about the international production and direct trade of chocolate.

Teresa Wood (BA ’96) authored two books, In Her Own Native Tongue and Saint Somebody. Teresa’s husband, John Wood, has been employed at TU for 36 years.

Rodney Nichols (JD ’96) became a partner at Spencer Fane in Springfield, MO. Rodney is the former chairman and vice chairman of the Bank Counsel Section of the Missouri Bankers Association.

Ron Walker (BST ’95, MA ’96) was inducted into the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in May 2017. Ron is the Associate Dean of the Oxley College of Health Sciences.

Reggie Tucker-Seeley (BSBA ’95) accepted an assistant professorship position at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Reggie’s research focus is on financial well-being across the cancer continuum, from prevention to end-of-life care.

Sidney “Sid” Chapon (BA ’92) was promoted to vice president for learning, organizational development and HR systems at Publicis Groupe. Publicis Groupe is the world’s third largest communications company. Sid has worked for Leo Burnett Worldwide, one of Publicis’s creative agencies since 2003, and was recently elevated to a new holding company position.

David Castiglioni (BA ’92) was appointed as vice president of sales at Fortimedix Surgical, an international medical device company. David has over 17 years of experiences in the medical device and biotech industries.

Jenny Griebenow (BA ’89, MA ’91) has been a homeschooling mom now for 17 years. She has been an advocate for her three children who all either have learning disabilities or Asperger syndrome or both. Her oldest has just graduated from the Ohio State University and is headed to grad school in the fall, her middle will be a senior and is an amazing artist and archer, and her youngest just performed in the musical Beauty and the Beast as Monsieur D’Arque. She and husband Greg (BS ‘86) live in the Louisville, Kentucky area where Greg is a project engineer for Chemical and Industrial Engineering.

Lois Harper (BMG ’86) was selected as Dean of Capital and Northeast Region of the Defense Acquisition University. Lois moved to Ft. Belvoir, VA from San Diego, CA to accept the position.

Terry Ragsdale (BPE ’84) was recently named by Chambers USA to its list of Leaders in Their Field. Terry was honored for his work in Energy & Natural Resources.

Erick Contag (BEE ’84) was appointed as executive chairman at GlobeNet. Erick previously served as CEO at GlobeNet for nine years.

Barry Lewis (BA ’83) was honored as the Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Barry has been a writer with the Tulsa World and the statistician on The University of Tulsa’s football radio broadcasts since 1993.

Ken McQueen (BPE ’82) was appointed to the New Mexico Senate as cabinet secretary to energy minerals and natural resources.

Janine Barnett Pride (BED ’81) celebrated 20 years with Happy Hands Education Center, a non-profit organization educating deaf children in Tulsa.

Bill Marshall (BS ’79) won the Leventritt Silver Ribbon Pairs bridge tournament. This was Bill’s first North American Bridge Championship win.

Craig Gaines (BPE ’75) had a new revised edition of his first book, The Confederate Cherokees, John Drew’s Regiment of Mounted Rifles, published in May 2017 by LSU Press.  LSU Press had also previously published Craig’s third book, Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks.

Paul Caldron (BS ’73) completed a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis at Maastricht University, United Nations University – MERIT in the Netherlands after defending his dissertation regarding motivations, economic and manpower inputs into short-term medical missions by US physicians.

Peter Bernhardt (BA ’73, JD ’76) has recently translated his third novel, Red Romeo, into German. The German edition was published in the summer of 2017.

James “Jim” Pool (BS ’68) was awarded Sigma Chi’s Significant Sig Award. James is a professor of medicine and pharmacology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Robert “Bob” Odle (BS ’67) was awarded Outstanding Speech, Debate and Theatre Teacher in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

Robert “Hap” Fry (JD ’67) was awarded Sigma Chi’s “Significant Sig” award. Hap is a divorce attorney in Tulsa and has been selected as an Oklahoma Super Lawyer every year since 2007.

Terry West (JD ’66), founder of The West Law Firm, celebrated the firm’s 50th anniversary. Terry is also a lifetime trustee of the Sarkeys Foundation with over 20 years of service.

Sidney “Sid” Dunagan (BA ’65, JD ’68) was recently named by Chambers USA to its list of “Leaders in Their Field.” Sidney was honored for his work in Litigation – General Commercial.

John Moore (BA ’62, MA ’64) is coauthor of The New United Nations: International Organization in the Twenty-First Century. This is John’s 14th book.

Lynette Bennett (BA ’59) recently published her book Broadway Dreamer, a New York Actor’s Memoir.  Lynette is an award-winning Broadway, film and television actress.