Oklahoma Students Concurrent Enrolling in College Has Doubled

The number of Oklahoma students enrolling in college has doubled in the past 11 years, and more than 12,000 high school juniors and seniors in Oklahoma enrolled in 108,248 credit hours during the 2016-17 school year.

According to a new report on concurrent enrollment, the pass rate for those college courses was at 92 percent as well. In fact, Oklahoma high schoolers enrolled in 40 percent more hours of college courses than four years ago.

College graduation rates of concurrent students exceed those of other students, according to the report.

Studio Gallery Welcomes New Members, Lafayette and Bridwell

Michael Lafayette is the newest member of the Studio Gallery, a co-op of artists that features original art for every lifestyle, including contemporary, traditional and landscape.

The Gallery also announced the addition of Piper Bridwell as one of its newest members. The Studio Gallery’s Fall Show is Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the studio, located at 2646 W. Britton Road.

SOULFIRE LIVE and TeachRock Tour Hits OKC in November

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul will rev up again this fall to celebrate SOULFIRE LIVE! with the final leg of their Soulfire TeachRock Tour.

The tour will once again benefit TeachRock, Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s national initiative to bring music curriculum into middle and high schools across the country. Soulfire TeachRock is coming to Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City on Nov. 26.  

At each stop of the tour, teachers will get in free to the concert, and TeachRock will host workshops before the show to educate teachers on how to implement music education into their classrooms. For details, visit LittleSteven.com. For more information about TeachRock and the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, visit RockAndRollForever.org.

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul Soulfire TeachRock perform 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City. Tickets are $40 to $35 in advance. 

Visit TowerTheatreOKC.com, call 405.70.TOWER, or visit a Tower Theatre Box Office, located at Citizens Bank of Edmond, Fowler Volkswagen of Norman and Tower Theatre. 


“Boom Town” Spotlights Oklahoma City in Best-Selling Book

Sam Anderson’s Boom Town is a new book from the award-winning and New York Times Magazine journalist that covers Oklahoma City’s 130-year-old history, and it’s selling out at local and national book retailers.

When released earlier this summer, the narrative nonfiction book sold better than local bookstore owners had expected with copies flying off the shelf. The book, which was released in August, was listed on Amazon’s top five best-sellers in sports journalism as well.

Sam was sent to Oklahoma City in 2012 to write about the Thunder’s rise in the NBA, but he also covers the trials, tribulations, tragedies, bad decisions and good decisions of Oklahoma City, bringing the city into the national spotlight. 

Construction Begins on National Fitness Court in OKC Boathouse District

 Construction has begun on the first of 10 new fitness courts to be built in Oklahoma City as a project of the Parks & Recreation Department and the National Fitness Campaign. The campaign is working to install the fitness courts in 300 cities across the country over the next year, and thus far, Oklahoma City has ordered five—the most courts of any city in the country.

The first of Oklahoma City’s fitness courts is currently under construction in the Boathouse District with funding provided by Ronnie and Shahnaaz Irani. Slated to open this month, the Boathouse District Ronnie K. Irani (RKI) Fitness Court will host the National Fitness Campaign kickoff event on Nov. 3.

“These fitness courts will bring free outdoor fitness to all parts of the city,” OKC Parks & Recreation Department Director Doug Kupper said. “We believe it’s important to have these in neighborhoods where kids and adults can get outdoors and be active close to home.”

Best Investment Campaign Highlights Positive Outcomes

All cities invest in police, streets and parks to improve the quality of life. A new campaign from the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools reminds residents education is our best investment.
The launch of the yearlong campaign features community leaders sharing why they strongly support Oklahoma City Public Schools and urging others to get involved.
“It doesn’t matter if you have children in OKCPS or not,” said Mary Mélon, president and CEO of the Foundation for OKCPS. “If you’re part of this community, the district is filled with your kids, and we’ve got to accept responsibility for that.”
The campaign aims to get the community more engaged with schools, promote district success stories and demonstrate how an investment in education benefits all.
For more information, visit OKCKids.com/advocacy.