Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics' Awesome Friends

By Gilmore, Joan | THE JOURNAL RECORD, October 11, 2002 | Go to article overview
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Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics' Awesome Friends


The Awesome Friends of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics know that life must be a blend of brains and beauty. That's why the "Friends" are bringing author and interior designer Alexandra Stoddard to town this month. She will speak at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 23 at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club and to students at the school.

The fund-raising luncheon is $75 per person and tables seat eight guests. Donors of $1,000 or more will receive invitations to a cocktail reception in Stoddard's honor at the home of Christy and Jimmy Everest the evening before the luncheon as well as a yearlong membership in Awesome Friends. The support group for the school contributes money from its benefits to a faculty fund. Because the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is a state agency, salaries are regulated by the Legislature. Faculty members have seen very little change in their salaries since the founding of the school 12 years ago. More than 80 percent of the professors hold Ph.D. degrees in their fields but are making less per diem than those in public school systems. In addition, the professors are required to work 12 months instead of the usual nine. The Faculty Endowment and the Awesome Friends Faculty Award were established to provide additional income to the faculty members.

Oklahoma's first lady Cathy Keating is honorary chairman of the luncheon and co-chairs are Connie Fuller, Sarah Hogan, Ann Lee and Anna Noel Williams, a long-time friend of Stoddard, who is based in New York. Co-chairmen include Joan Frates, Connie Givens, Julie Hall, Bette Jo Hill, Carolyn Mee, Karen Samis and Pam Shdeed.

She has written more than 20 books covering topics ranging from interior decor to letter writing. Stoddard's latest book, Choosing Happiness: Keys to a Joyful Life, was published earlier this year.

Her suggestions to readers and clients range from having a pretty bowl of lemons on your kitchen counter to the importance of the personal touch of handwritten notes, as opposed to non-personal e- mail.

She will be signing her books at the luncheon and at Full Circle Bookstore Oct. 23. For additional information, call 521-6436. Checks payable to the OSSM Foundation may be mailed to her at the school, 1141 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, 73104.

Canterbury to sing

Kicking off its season with a nautical theme, Canterbury Choral Society, 170 voices strong, will present Ralph Vaughan Williams' classic masterwork, A Sea Symphony, on Oct. 19 at Civic Center Music Hall. Accompanying the singers at the 8 p.m. concert will be the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Constantina Tsolainou is artistic director of Canterbury. Season tickets, priced from $74 to $31, are available as well as individual tickets. For additional information or tickets, call 232-7464.

"Christmas Sing" is next up for Canterbury and will be presented at 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8. The third concert will feature "Pirates to Pinafores" and will feature the chorus singing music from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, H.M.S. Pinafore. The final musical voyage will be at 8 p.m. May 3 and bears the title of "Hollywood on the High Seas."

Phil's big weekend

This is a big, big football weekend for many folks but this also will be a big weekend for fans of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

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