Homecoming 2017

Alumni News

TU Uncorked Raises Over $90,000 for the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund

Photo of people laughing at the TU Uncorked event

The annual fundraiser for the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund raised more than $90,000 on June 9, 2017. Each year the TU Uncorked Wine Festival raises much needed funds for Tulsa-based TU students with a financial need.

The event touted three generous presenting sponsors, including David and Leslie Lawson and the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust. Julie and Sanjay (’92) Meshri served as Presenting Sponsors as well as the Honorary Event Chairs. The event was chaired by Anna (’02) and Michael (’00, ’03) Krupka, and the event Cochairs were Jennifer (’01) and John (’01) Laeger.

Attendees were invited to sample food and drinks from local restaurants and wineries that generously donated their offerings. Newly opened Bread and Butter Kitchen, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar and In The Raw joined this year’s restaurant sponsors.

TU Uncorked annually includes a wine pull and silent and live auctions, featuring items such as a TU football game package, custom paintings by John Hammer and Chris Mantle and an exotic vacation of your choosing. Rustic Cuff, a local fine jewelry boutique owned and operated by Jill Donovan (JD ’03) created a set of 27 custom TU bracelets for the auction.

2017 Alumni Tent Parties at the TU Beer Garden

The TU Alumni Association is pleased to announce that tent parties will once again be held before every home football game during the 2017 football season.

The TU Beer Garden, located in the heart of Chapman Commons, will be home to the Alumni Association tent parties 2.5 hours before kickoff each game day. The Beer Garden will feature a full cash bar and hot dogs (credit cards not accepted). Look for the Alumni Association banners and wear blue. Mark your calendars now!

Alumni Association Tent Parties at the TU Beer Garden
Saturday, September 9, 12:30 p.m. before Tulsa vs. Louisiana 3:00 p.m. kickoff
Saturday, September 23, Time TBA before Tulsa vs. New Mexico
Saturday, September 30, Time TBA before Tulsa vs. Navy
Saturday, October 14, Time TBA before Tulsa vs. Houston at TU Homecoming
Friday, November 3, 4:30 p.m. before Tulsa vs. Memphis 7:00 p.m. kickoff
Saturday, November 25, Time TBA before Tulsa vs. Temple

Game times are based on TV schedules and are generally announced 12 days in advance. Tent parties will begin at 9:00 a.m. for games with an 11:00 a.m. start time.

We look forward to seeing you in your blue on game day! Visit www.TUAlumni.com for the latest information and follow the @utulsaalumni on social media. To buy game tickets, visit www.tulsahurricane.com.

Alumni Association Board Welcomes New Leadership

Katie Neville Ahrens (BS ’01, MS ’02) concluded her two-year term as Alumni Association president on June 30, 2017. Under her leadership the Alumni Association Board of Directors created and implemented a comprehensive strategic plan as well as a new presidential mentoring program. Over the past two years, the annual TU Day event garnered more than 500 volunteer hours across the country, and alumni chapters and clubs hosted more than 250 events annually. Katie also served as a dedicated member of the TU Board of Trustees during her tenure.

On July 1, 2017, Andrew Comstock (BSBA ’00) assumed the role of Alumni Association president. Andrew lives in Kansas City, MO and is President at Castlebar Asset Management, LLC. He previously served as the President of the Kansas City Chapter of the TU Alumni Association.

The Board of Directors appointed the following new members for the 2017-18 year: Amanda Aragon (BIL ’09) from Albuquerque, NM, Ashley Lewis Jackson (BSBA ’08) from the Houston Chapter, Alison Stailey (BSBA ’03, MS ’05) from the Kansas City Chapter, Brian Surratt (BA ’98) from the Seattle Club and Sarah Taylor (BS ’78) from the Tulsa Chapter. The new president representing the Houston Chapter is Leslie Boyd Mullin (BA ’02, MBA ’07), and the new president representing the Oklahoma City Chapter is Matt Warren (BA ’06, MA ’09).

New chapter presidents who have recently joined the board include Sarah Hartley (BA ’15), Washington, D.C.; Chris Lastrapes (BA ’04, MA ’05), Los Angeles; Leslie Boyd Mullin (BA ’02, MBA ’07), Houston; and Andrea Knoll (BSN ’09), Oklahoma City.

Albuquerque, NM Becomes the Newest TU Alumni Club

Albuquerque, NM is the newest addition to the list of chapters of clubs of the TU Alumni Association. The newly formed club is led by Alison McGough-Maduena (BEX ’09). The TU Alumni Association features 12 chapters and 22 clubs across the United States and India. For details about upcoming events, visit www.TUAlumni.utulsa.edu/ABQ, or to find a chapter or club in your area, visit www.TUAlumni.com.

Alumni Relations Welcomes New Team Members

Alumnus Leon Wunsch (MBA ’16) has joined the Office of Alumni Relations as the Coordinator of Alumni Relations. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2012 and worked in public relations and event planning before joining the MBA program at TU.

Christy Blystone has also joined the Alumni staff as the new Coordinator of Alumni and Special Constituent Relations, working closely with the College of Law Board of Directors. An OSU alumna, her background includes volunteer management and non-profit development.

Stay Connected

Be sure to follow @utulsaalumni on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and LinkedIn. Visit www.TUAlumni.com to link to the social networking sites or search for “The University of Tulsa Alumni Association”.

Upcoming Events

September 30 – Alumni Tent Party at the TU Beer Garden before TU vs. Navy

September 30 – Chicago Chapter Football Watch Party

September 30 – Dallas Chapter Football Watch Party

September 30 – Denver Chapter Football Watch Party

September 30 – Fort Worth/Arlington Chapter Football Watch Party

September 30 – Houston Chapter Football Watch Party

September 30 – Kansas City Football Watch Party

September 30 – Los Angeles Chapter Football Watch Party

September 30 – Minneapolis/St. Paul Club Football Watch Party

September 30 – Nashville Club Football Watch Party

September 30 – Phoenix Chapter Football Watch Party

September 30 – Washington, D.C. Chapter Football Watch Party

October 12-15 – TU Homecoming

October 27 – Dallas Chapter Pregame Party before TU at SMU

November 3 – Alumni Tent Party at the TU Beer Garden before TU vs. Memphis

November 11 – Houston Chapter Pinot’s Palette Brunch

November 25 – Alumni Tent Party at the TU Beer Garden before TU vs. Temple

December 16 – TU Commencement