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-
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. …