Laughs and cheers mark annual awards dinner


Dennis Gosnell

Assistant Editor

Dr. Britton presents Dr. Thomas and his wife Julia with one of the nights Tower awards.
Photo by Josi Weaver

CORRECTION: In this article, names were misspelled. This was a mistake on our part that we did not catch them. The names have been amended  in this online publication.

The Child Laboratory Development Center was rechristened the Susan Catlett Loveless Child Development Center. The Tower award recipients for this year were Joe and Charlene Cole, and Dr. Tony and Julia Thomas.

At the 2012 – 2013 Annual RSC Foundation Recognition Dinner, three awardees were recognized for their contributions to the college and students, and the Child Laboratory Development Center was rechristened the Susan Catlett Loveless Child Development Center.

This years Tower Awards went to Joe and Charlene Cole, Midwest Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Tony and Julia Thomas.

The Thomas’s gave perhaps the most memorable speech of the night.  While Tony was speaking from the heart about experiences from his youth, Julie would come in to supply comedic relief that brought big smiles and laughter to attendees.

A night of speeches and thanks

The chairman of the Foundation Mr. Bill Croak gave the welcome address, thanking the Regents, other member of the Foundation, Justice Noma Gurich, and Sen. Jim Howell.

The invocation speech was given by Sen. Howell in which he told a story about a florist mixing up a bouquet of flowers between his law office and a funeral home.

After dinner, Lisa Pitsiri took the stage to thank everyone for attending and gave a special thanks to the RSC Jazz band for playing before the evening officially started, and to those who helped with the event. Two scholarship awardees were also recognized for their hardwork and determination. Jeanie Webb, Vice President of Student Affairs, introduced Justin Scrimshire and Ben Roland.

Scrimshire, political science major, has been married for two years, loves the news, is part of the student senate, will be participating in this years mock senate at the Oklahoma State Capitol this semester, and hopes to provide a positive outlook for his children to follow.

“College is a time when we truly discover who we are, I never go a day without learning something new,” Roland, nursing major said.

Scrimshire and Roland both imparted words of wisdom to those in attendance to inspire other students and attendees to work with enthusiasm and spirit toward whatever goals and obstacles they worked toward or through.

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