A tourism marketing campaign touting events and attractions in central Oklahoma's Frontier Country will place more than 2,000 television commercials in five major markets across a three-state region.
Frontier Country Marketing Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes travel and tourism within the 12 central counties of Oklahoma, will begin the campaign in April. The sixth annual Frontier Country Trips on a Tankful campaign will blanket stations in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Amarillo, Sherman/Denison, Texas, and Wichita, Kan., with 30-second commercials promoting central Oklahoma tourism.
Each commercial features a five-second intro and exit encouraging viewers to pick up a free Trips on a Tankful coupon book featuring discounts to events and attractions. The 20-second middle portion of the commercial features various events, attractions, hotels and restaurants in an effort highlight all there is to see and do in central Oklahoma's Frontier Country.
Corporate sponsors of the 2001 Trips on a Tankful campaign are Conoco with 377 in-state locations, and Oklahoma/North Texas Days Inn properties with 38 locations and more than 2,600 rooms. The free Trips on a Tankful coupon books will be available throughout the campaign at all Conoco and Days Inn locations in Oklahoma.
Tony Krabel, director of regional marketing Days Inn Worldwide Inc. says leisure travel accounts for 60 percent of overnight stays at his properties.
Jennings leaving OCU
Oklahoma City University President Stephen G. Jennings is resigning to become president of the University of Evansville in Indiana.
The chairman of the school's board of trustees made the announcement.
"During the two and a half years that Dr. Jennings and I have worked together, I have admired the way he has moved the university forward," chairman Bill Shdeed said. "We are a better institution for his being here, and he will leave OCU in a good position to capitalize on the progress it has made."
The University of Evansville's board of trustees approved Jennings' appointment Saturday morning. It will be the fourth university where Jennings has been president.
The others are Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and The College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.
Oklahoma City University and the University of Evansville are private, United Methodist institutions.
Jennings starts his new job June 1.
On the Internet
Internet usage by Oklahoma's colleges and universities is increasing and could possibly cause problems for the state agencies which use the same network.
Internet usage at college campuses across the nation is up and much of that traffic has been devoted to downloading music files from the controversial Web site Napster.
A court order issued last week shut down Napster, but not before more than 2.2 million MP3 song files were shared among 12,909 users during the site's final weekend.
That kind of traffic could pose problems for the state's network, but none have been reported so far by OneNet, the division of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education responsible for overseeing the state's network.
OneNet serves colleges, hospitals, libraries, state government and a majority of Oklahoma's public schools.
State officials expressed concern last summer that OneNet might buckle under the pressure of heavy Internet usage. The agency doubled its broadband width in response to those concerns.
"Last summer was critical," said James Deaton, OneNet's chief technology officer. "We maxed out, and were flatlining throughout the day, and some evenings, last August."
Deaton said current access is not being threatened because most of the heavy traffic occurs at night when usage by government agencies, hospitals and libraries is down.
"We are seeing continued growth in numbers of people using resources and the amount of resources those applications require," said Phil Moss, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.
"We used to just send text through e-mails. Now we're seeing very large files B graphics and streams that require very large resources. And we don't see that changing."
State officials aren't planning another expansion of OneNet. Officials also aren't planning to place restrictions on students' usage of the network. OneNet and state education officials say they prefer leaving those restrictions up to the individual colleges and universities. Colleges and universities are encouraged to educate students on the proper uses for the Internet, both Moss and Deaton said.
From a technological standpoint, officials are looking at using satellites to relieve broadband congestion and creating a systemwide cache for popular Web pages.
New at United Way
Nina Daylor has been promoted to vice president of campaign for the Metro Oklahoma City United Way. She has been with United Way for 12 years and was senior campaign associate.
Jodana Johnson has joined United Way as a campaign associate. She worked as a United Way loaned executive sponsored by Bank of America from August through Decemeber.
Dan Lawler also joined United Way as a campaign associate. He worked as an executive assistant for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Jacine Arias is the new marketing director. She was a graphic designer for The Batista Group in Oklahoma City.
The University of Oklahoma's Bizzell Memorial Library has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior for its association with a historic lawsuit over segregation.
The library was one of 20 properties across the country receiving the landmark designation, following a review by the National Park System Advisory Board.
The library was where George McLaurin, who in 1948 was admitted to OU on a segregated basis, was forced to study at a designated desk rather than being allowed in a reading room with white students.
McLaurin filed a successful lawsuit in U.S. Supreme Court against the unequal segregationist policies he faced at OU. The lawsuit was cited in the historic Brown vs. Board of Education decision in 1954 that ruled separate but equal schools unconstitutional.
Bizzell Library more closely resembles its appearance in the late 1940s than other buildings on campus, with no alterations to the reading room from which McLaurin was barred, the school said.
The Interior Department noted that the library "stands as a milestone in the history of school desegregation for its association with the Supreme Court decision in the McLaurin case."
The library is the 19th National Historic Landmark in Oklahoma. It will automatically be placed on the National Register of Historic Places along with 970 other such locations in the state.
The fifth annual Economic Development Conference on Indian Tourism is scheduled Feb. 28-March 2 at the Ramada Inn in McAlester. It is sponsored by the Five Civilized Tribes Tourism and Marketing Association. Workshop presenters include tourism professionals, economic development specialists, and tribal leaders. Conference registration for two days is $150. Registration for one day is $90. Booth space is $100 for commercial/government organizations and $50 for individual/small businesses. For registration or booth space information contact the Chickasaw Nation Department of Tourism at (800) 593-3356 or (405) 527-6667.
McGill to head ORA
Greg McGill of McGill's in Tulsa has been installed as chairman of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.
Bill Shapard of Pioneer Pies in Oklahoma City is first vice chairman and Loretta Pollman of T-Bone Steakhouse in Weatherford is second vice president. Also serving on the board will be Joe Prichard, Pete's Place in Krebs, immediate past president, and Jim Sellers, Sellers Marking Co. in Oklahoma City, as the ORA delegate to the National Restaurant Association.
Nine new directors have been elected to the board -- Jim Burkett, Varsity Sports Grill, Oklahoma City; Jim Cowan, Bricktown Brewery, Oklahoma City; Zena Dater, Oswalt Restaurant Supply, Oklahoma City; Randy Earhart, Taco Mayo Franchise Systems, Oklahoma City; Ward Harrison, Bourbon Street Cafe, Tulsa; Hank Kraft, Charlston's Restaurants, Oklahoma City; Robert Merrifield, Polo Grill, Tulsa; Jane Mitchell, Harry Bears Grill, Moore; and Donna Ragozzino, TerraLuna Grille, Oklahoma City.
Re-elected directors include Bill Biard, Hammett House Restaurant, Claremore; Tad Blood, Tad's Catering Co., Oklahoma City; Craig Bothwell, Mazzio's Corp., Tulsa; Keith Bowen, U.S. Foodservice, Oklahoma City; Brad Brown, Charleston's, Norman; Bob Busby, Hideaway Pizza, Oklahoma City; Michel Buthion, La Baguette Bistro, Oklahoma City; Tuck Curren, Bodean Seafood Restaurant, Tulsa; Jeff Davis, Arby's Roast Beef, Tulsa; Greg Gawey, Jamil's Steakhouse, Oklahoma City; David Haynes, Johnnie's Charcoal Grill, Oklahoma City; Wayne Hirst, Hirst Imports, Oklahoma City; Peter Holloway, Boulevard Steakhouse, Edmond; Ed Hosier, Eddie's Steak & Seafood, Guymon; Richard Hunt, Ricardo's Restaurant, Tulsa; Gary Jackson, Fireside Dining, Ardmore; Verej Jazirvar, Petroleum Club, Oklahoma City; Joseph Naifeh, Joseph's Fine Foods, Drumright; Mike Perry, Sonic Industries, Oklahoma City; Pat Ponder, Ponder's Restaurant, Ardmore; Kirk Purnell, Ben E. Keith Foods, Oklahoma City; Bill Ricks, Braum's Ice Cream Stores, Oklahoma City; Mike Samara, Celebrity Club, Tulsa; Ed Slyman, Freddie's BBQ & Steakhouse, Sapulpa; Tom Trimpa, Fisherman's Cove Restaurant, Lawton; Mike Turek, Old Germany Restaurant, Choctaw; Wes Turner, Valley Cafe & Restaurant, Pauls Valley; and Hal Walker, Food & Beverage Inc., Tulsa.…