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 provide meritorious contributions toward the well-being of our citizens and community.
Steve Denton – Staff
Denton is director of new student programs for Student Affairs. He is involved in multiple outreach efforts on and off campus. He is a champion for Tulsa’s homeless community and an avid supporter of the arts. Denton is a remarkable ambassador for TU’s commitment to meaningful service to the community.
John Henshaw, P.E., Ph.D. – Faculty
Henshaw is department chair of mechanical engineering and Harry H. Rogers Professor of Engineering. Through the years, he has spearheaded local and international engineering clubs that engage TU students, including Make a Difference Engineering (MADE at TU), which provides area disabled residents with assistive devices; and Sustainable Engineering for Needy and Emerging Areas (SENEA) projects, which provide energy solutions to developing countries around the world.
Kieran “Kye” May – Student
May is a junior history major and vice president of service for Alpha Phi Omega – Beta Pi. Through his tireless work with APO, May increased chapter service engagement to include nearly 2,000 hours of community service to the Tulsa community in a period of only seven months. Off campus, he is involved with nonprofit organizations that address the academic and social needs of underserved youth.
Association of International Students at The University of Tulsa – Organization
Accepting this honor was AIS President Aiken Sujana. AIS has spearheaded high-impact outreach efforts through its community service and philanthropy committee including Project Earth, a universal recycling program, and a successful cultural exchange at Kendall-Whittier Elementary School that delivers a TU student-led curriculum called Around the World in 12 Weeks.
This year’s Medicine Wheel recipients were honored at the spring commencement ceremony. Learn more about TU’s commitment to service at True Blue Neighbors.