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Medicine Wheel Awards

Service to our citizens and community is central to the mission of The University of Tulsa, an obligation signified by the word “service” in the university seal. In recognition of community service, the university has established the Medicine Wheel Award honoring faculty, staff, students, and organizations that have provided meritorious contributions toward the well-being of our citizens and community. This year’s Medicine Wheel recipients will be honored at the spring commencement ceremony on May 9, 2015.

BODY-lee-ann-nichols-100Lee Anne Nichols – Faculty

Nichols is an Associate Professor of Nursing in the College of Health Sciences.

Lee Anne Nichols makes significant service contributions to the campus and local, state and national communities, most often serving behind the scenes. Two of Nichols’ favorite activities are providing flu clinics at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless and interventions at the Tulsa VA Outpatient Clinic with her students. She also assists with weekly and holiday dinners at the Mental Health Association, monthly dinners at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless and various activities associated with her church.

As an American Indian nurse, Nichols focuses on improving the health and reducing health disparities of Native Americans. She serves as an official mentor for Native American Nursing students through a program affiliated with the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations. Nichols’ leadership roles include serving as mentor, board member and conference director for the National Alaska Native American Indian Nursing Association and as a board member of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations. She is as an objective reviewer for the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Through her involvement on and off campus, Nichols is making an impact on the health and well-being of many.

BODY-devra-mcmanus-100Devra McManus – Staff

McManus is an Administrative Associate in the Office of the Executive Vice President

Devra McManus volunteers in numerous activities on and off campus. Since 2013, she has been a rescuer, transporter, foster home provider and networker for animals, spending countless hours networking, securing commitment, and coordinating fostering, boarding, vetting and transportation for more than 300 animals. She volunteers with the Tulsa Animal Shelter, Claremore Animal Shelter and Zoi’s Animal Rescue, providing care for dogs and assisting with pet adoption events such as Woofstock, Barktoberfest and Brookside’s annual BooHaHa parade. As part of her Leadership Tulsa internship, she created the successful Rock Your Paws fundraising event.

At TU, McManus has been instrumental in initiatives for the American Heart Association and TU employees. She chaired and organized the campus’s annual AHA HeartWalk event from 2010 thru 2014. In 2010, she created the TU Fit Friendly Program that is designed to keep TU employees active. In collaboration with Sodexo Food Service, McManus initiated a National Eating Healthy Day that promotes healthy eating and provides TU students, staff and faculty the chance to sample healthy food options. She also volunteers as a Reading Partner at Kendall- Whittier Elementary School.

BODY-lauren-stanley-100Lauren Stanley – Student

Stanley is a Senior in the Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences

Lauren Stanley has been involved in a variety of service and philanthropic endeavors during her four years as a student at TU. She consistently pushes herself beyond standard membership and volunteer duties, embracing leadership roles in many organizations. Lauren has served as an executive officer for Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Student Health Advocates Association, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and University Ambassadors. She is an active member of the TU Speech, Language, and Hearing Association and the Future Alumni Council. Since 2011, Lauren has been involved in the TU Dream Project, a mentoring program at Will Rogers High School. This TU student led initiative provides one-on-one mentoring, academic tutoring sessions and college preparatory workshops for the high school students. First becoming involved in the organization as a mentor, Lauren served as vice president in 2012-2013, and currently is president. The success of the TU Dream Project is a testament to her steadfast commitment and strong leadership skills. The True Blue Neighbors Reading Partner initiative and Young life Ministry also have benefitted from Lauren’s passion for service.

After graduation, Lauren plans to pursue a career in law. She will no doubt continue to integrate her philanthropic and professional ambitions to make an impact in the world.

BODY-2014-15WBBTeamTU Women’s Basketball Team – Organization/Team

Represented by Kadan Brady and Mariah Turner

Not only are the student-athletes of the Women’s Basketball Team focused on success in the classroom and the basketball court, they are also determined to make a difference in the Tulsa community.

During the 2014-2015 school year, members of the team engaged in a variety of service-related projects — staffing the booths for Tulsa Zoo’s annual Hallowzooeen event in October, assisting with the holiday dinner at the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges by preparing and serving food to residents and their family members in December, and partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters to “adopt” two children from families in need at Christmas. The kids were invited to campus where they toured TU’s athletic facilities, spent time with team players and opened Christmas gifts that had been purchased for them and their family members.

Other team activities included participating in a Habitat for Humanity build day and sorting and packaging food at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma on multiple occasions.

Realizing the impact they have as role-models and mentors, team members organized activities at three elementary schools. They regularly assisted with reading groups for second grade classes at Sequoyah Elementary, and team leaders spoke to Academy Central and Chouteau elementary school children about their experiences as student-athletes. Team members emphasized the importance of making good grades, practicing good sportsmanship, having a positive attitude and listening to teachers. No doubt, many young lives have been touched by the outstanding members of the Women’s Basketball Team.