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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

2018 All-College Basketball Classic

All College Basketball

Did you know the world’s oldest basketball event takes place right here in Oklahoma City? Well you do now. The first All-College Basketball Tournament was held in 1936 and continues to this day. The current format sees Oklahoma State and Oklahoma rotate years hosting a marquee opponent at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

This year Oklahoma will host the Wichita State Shockers Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. You can get tickets here. Some of the greatest players in the history of basketball have participated in the All-College including Pete Maravich, Bob Kurland, Wayman Tisdale and Bill Russell.

basketball, college, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

2018 Greater Grads Career Fair

Greater Grads Career Fair

The 2018 Greater Grads Career Fair is an exciting time of the year. Bright-eyed graduates look to make their mark in the job market and flourishing companies look for graduates to fill the positions they need. Mark your calendars for October 30th folks, here’s all you need to know grads.

The career fair is October 30th from noon to 4 p.m., at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. When you arrive, you will be given a fancy nametag and business casual is recommended. Remember, dress to impress.

See a list of the more than 100 Oklahoma companies that will be present here. You can pre-register here.

college, education, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Higher learning

University Students

As a regular reader of this blog, you’re keeping up to date on all the things to do and see in OKC. As you can tell, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. But what about the rest of your day? If you have a hankerin’ for hustle in the form of college credits, you’re in luck – there are more than 140,000 students just like you here, and 18 public and private colleges and universities in Greater Oklahoma City from which you can choose.

Fancy a law degree? You’re covered, counselor. Medical school? The laughter we get from the question is the best medicine. Musical theater? We sing a six-second affirmative (with full orchestral backing and maybe even a twirl and jazz hands). Liberal arts? No fancy analysis necessary. Veterinarian? You vet you can. Want to do research? Get a Ph.D. and be smarter than that can of Dr. Pepper. We’re running out of ridiculous ways to respond to these questions, but rest assured, whatever you want to do in the world of higher education (even if it’s “become a rock star”,) you can probably do justice to your diploma dream here in OKC.

To learn more about the opportunities in higher education in Oklahoma City, check out the Universities section of this website and our “OKC at a Glance” publication.

education, university, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Boomer Sooner

OU Football Stadium

Coming on the heels of their second College Football Playoff appearance in the last three seasons, expectations remain high for the Oklahoma Sooners football team. The Sooners fell a game short of the National Championship last season after a classic Rose Bowl game against Georgia. With second year head coach Lincoln Riley at the helm, OU has the fourth best odds at making the college football playoff again this year and are once again heavy favorites to win the Big 12 Championship which would be their twelfth in less than two decades.

Former starting QB Baker Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy Winner, was selected #1 overall in this year’s NFL draft. Mayfield’s exit has created an opportunity for another first round draft pick, Kyler Murray. Murray was chosen with the 9th pick in this year’s MLB draft and in an incredibly rare situation, he will play out this year for OU football then begin his MLB career next spring. Murray was a highly coveted recruit coming in and has an incredibly athletic skillset that could create fireworks on the field with Coach Riley. Riley is considered one of the hottest young coach in the country, and a number of NFL teams have sought his advice on his prolific-offensive schemes this offseason.

Beyond Riley and Murray, Oklahoma is bringing in another top-10 recruiting class that includes 15 4-star recruits. Other than incoming recruits, OU also has returning talent that are poised for breakout years. Rodney Anderson was the nation’s most effective running back throughout the second half of the season and running behind what could be the nation’s top offensive line isn’t a bad pairing. Grant Calcaterra was backup behind NFL draftee Mark Andrews last year, but he’s already stepping out of the shadows being nominated to the preseason All-Big 12 team at tight end.

The Sooners open up an entertaining schedule with Florida Atlantic coached by Lane Kiffin on September 1st; other intriguing home games include UCLA (Sept. 8th), Army (Sept. 22nd), and Kansas State (Oct. 27th).

football, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Ride ‘em Cowboys

Under the leadership of head coach Mike Gundy, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have become a staple in the top-25 rankings. According to the odds makers, the Cowboys have 8/1 odds at making the college football playoff this season, good for 15th best in the nation. All-American running back Justice Hill is returning for another season and it’s sure to be an explosive one behind an eager offensive line that includes preseason All-Big 12 lineman Marcus Keyes.

OSU lost Mason Rudolph, the  winningest Cowboys QB in school history, to the NFL and his departure also opens up a good old fashioned battle for the starting job this season. Two elite QB recruits, Spencer Sanders and Hawaii transfer Dru Brown, are the favorites to fillRudolph’s footsteps. But you better keep an eye on dark-horse candidate Taylor Cornelius due to his veteran status on the team as a senior. Under Coach Gundy’s tenure, the Cowboys have  always delivered on the offensive front.

The Cowboys struggled last year on the defensive front, a common theme from many Big 12 teams over the last several years. In an effort to turn things around and bring balance to the team, OSU announced earlier this year that there would be a big change with the addition of a new defensive coordinator from Duke, Jim Knowles. If the Poke’s defense can lend a hand to its offense, the Cowboys are in line to once again make some noise in the Big 12 and be a dark horse for the college football playoff scenario.

In exciting fan news, new renovations to Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium will give spectators a revamped experience this fall. The plaza level of the west end zone now features a food court that includes both local and national eating options. A 6,160 sq.-ft. ft. video screen towards the east end zone has been highly anticipated and is sure to provide for improved fan engagement. Perhaps the biggest change to the stadium, however, is the recent announcement that alcohol will be sold throughout the stadium. Beforehand, alcohol was only available in restricted areas in the stadium.

The OSU Cowboys open up their schedule against Missouri State (Aug. 30th); other notable home games include Boise State (Sept. 15th), Texas (Oct. 27th), and West Virginia (Nov. 17th).

football, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Don’t strike out and miss the NCAA Softball Championships

ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

One of Oklahoma City’s favorite ways to celebrate the start of summer is at the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) hosted in Oklahoma City. The 2018 WCWS will take place May 31 – June 6 at USA Hall of Fame Stadium in the Adventure District. Get tickets to the games.

This year the hometown Oklahoma Sooners will be gunning for their third-straight NCAA Championship bit will face a tough field including Oregon, Washington, Arizona State, Florida State, Georgia, UCLA and Florida.

During the tournament, those eight teams will be cheered on by around 70,000 spectators. Since 2010, the ASA Hall of Fame complex has welcomed record-setting crowds for the event, and the venue is scheduled as the home of WCWS until at least 2035. The complex is home to four fields and a variety of fan and athlete amenities. While you are cheering on your team of choice, be sure to visit the USA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, a shrine to the growing game of softball and the athletes who have taken the sport to new heights.

Adventure District, college, live sporting events, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Nothing but net

Women\'s Big 12 Championship

The Thunder aren’t the only ones who bring thrilling roundball to Chesapeake Energy Arena. This year you can catch the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship right here in Oklahoma City. This year’s championship will be held March 2 – 5 and tickets are on sale now.

This year marks the third straight year the Big 12 has hosted its championship at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. West Virginia upset top-seeded Baylor to win the title last season. This year Baylor and Texas have two of the top squads in the country, but the home teams of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State aren’t far behind. The championship game will be played Monday, March 5.

college, live sporting events, basketball
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Get the low down on universities

OU Campus in Norman

As a regular reader of this blog, you’re keeping up-to-date on all the things to do and see in OKC. As you can tell, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. But what about the rest of your day? If you have a hankerin’ for hustle in the form of college credits, you’re in luck – there are more than 140,000 students just like you here, and 18 public and private colleges and universities in Greater Oklahoma City from which you can choose.

Fancy a law degree? You’re covered, counselor. Medical school? The laughter we get from the question is the best medicine. Musical theater? We sing a six-second affirmative (with full orchestral backing and maybe even a twirl and jazz hands). Liberal arts? No fancy analysis necessary. Veterinarian? You vet you can. Want to do research? Get a Ph.D. and be smarter than that can of Dr. Pepper. We’re running out of ridiculous ways to respond to these questions, but rest assured, whatever you want to do in the world of higher education (even if it’s “become a rock star”), you can probably do justice to your diploma dream here in OKC.

To learn more about the opportunities in higher education in Oklahoma City, check out the Universities section of this website and our “OKC At a Glance” publication.

education, university, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Boomer Sooner, Orange Power

OU Football

Bleed Crimson. Orange Power. Boomer Sooner. Pistols firing. Ask any Oklahoman who their favorite college football team is, and there’s a 97% chance one of these phrases will be the response. We’ve been accused of taking college football too seriously before, but if you ever head to Norman or Stillwater on gameday, you’ll see what all the fuss is about. Before you make that drive, though, here are five things to know about college football in Oklahoma to prepare you for the gameday fanfare.

  1. The Oklahoma Sooners have the 4th winningest college football program of all-time, behind only Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State in terms of winning percentage.
  2. Boone Pickens Stadium at Oklahoma State University is the oldest in the Big 12 Conference, with football being played there since 1913.
  3. Oklahoma was named the 2nd best state for college football.
  4. OU and OSU are both ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press’ 2017 preseason poll.
  5. OSU’s first game is Aug. 31 against the University of Tulsa and OU’s first game is Sept. 2 against UTEP.
football, Norman, Stillwater, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Four Small Oklahoma Colleges with Big Time Football

UCO Football

OU and OSU aren’t the only universities in Oklahoma where college football is popular. Programs at a number of smaller colleges are great places to find gridiron action. Here’s just a few:

  1. University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos - The Bronchos have been playing football since 1902 and are currently a NCAA Division II athletic program. UCO has won two national titles (1962, 1982) and has had several players play in the NFL.
  2. Southern Nazarene University Crimson Storm - The Crimson Storm is one of the newest programs in the state, playing its first game in 2000. The team has posted 11 winning seasons in its brief history. SNU is located in Bethany.
  3. Langston University Lions - Located in Langston, the Lions have a strong football history, including producing NFL Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl Champion Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson.
  4. Oklahoma Baptist University Bison - Playing in Shawnee, OBU has fielded a football team for more than 100 years and went 8-3 last season.
college, Edmond, football, Bethany
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

An education on education

Kids using computers

We know just how critical educational opportunities are any time someone relocates to a new community. Here at Better Life HQ we want to help answer any questions you have about education in OKC. Check out the education tab on our website to get more info on everything from public schools, private schools, charter schools, universities and childcare.

With more than 18 public and private schools with 125,000 college students, we believe Greater OKC offers an educational fit for every type of student. Be sure to visit the university section of our website for more information and links on the schools we talked about and more.

If you can’t find the info you are looking for on our website, give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter or the comments below, and we will help you gain more knowledge on the wealth of educational opportunities in our region.

education, school, university, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Up North

If you want to take a road trip north of Oklahoma City you can find history, sports, outdoor fun and more. 

First, let’s start with the history because there is no better way to celebrate Oklahoma’s rich history than to visit the largest Historic Preservation District in the nation. Guthrie is Oklahoma’s territorial capital and home to historic museums, more than a dozen bed and breakfasts and a highly preserved historical downtown district.

After Guthrie, we suggest you keep your caravan moving north to Stillwater, one of Oklahoma’s most famous college towns. Home to the Oklahoma State University Cowboys, Stillwater is sure to show you a good time. Stillwater is home to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, one of the best public golf courses in America, Karsten Creek, three different lakes and a downtown that looks like it belongs on a postcard.

OKC’s closest neighbor to the north is Edmond. Edmond is home to two colleges, lakes, parks and more. We suggest checking the schedule of the Armstrong Auditorium to experience this architectural gem. You can read more about Edmond in a past post here.

college, day-trip, Edmond, golf, Guthrie, history, museums, Stillwater, water sports, arts and culture
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Down South

OU Campus in Norman

There is nothing like a college town, especially in the fall. Norman, home of the University of Oklahoma, makes a great day getaway from Oklahoma City. The state’s third-largest city channels both the bustle of a big city as well as the quaint charm of a college town. Be sure to check out the University of Oklahoma’s campus and catch a football game with 85,000 close friends.   

Looking to cool off from the hot Oklahoma heat? Continue your journey south to the one and only Lake Murray. Located inside the state park, Lake Murray has some of the clearest blue waters around. You can enjoy the day boating, fishing, swimming or stay the night in one of Lake Murray’s quaint cabins.

fishing, football, Norman, water sports, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

School spirit

Networking with students

Alumni associations are a great way to make new connections when you move to a city. Obviously, the two major state schools, OU and OSU, boast large alumni groups in Oklahoma City, but a quick google search will find that many universities have an alumni presence in OKC.  Not only do alumni associations offer connections to your classmates, but the opportunity to meet new people and share your knowledge with current students. Get connected with your university to learn about what’s going on and take advantage of the many opportunities they offer.

college, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

deadCenter U

deadCenter Film Festival film makers

One of the coolest things to come out of the success of the deadCenter Film Festival (in our humble opinions) is the organization expanding their role to be more than a film festival. deadCenter now works year-round to provide film education all over our great state.

deadCenter offers a variety of education initiatives including film classes, workshops, speaking engagements and more to high schools, colleges and technology centers. The aim is to use movie-making as a way to foster creativity, collaboration and confidence in our state’s students.

deadCenter University is a great opportunity for local high school students to learn from experienced Hollywood pros. Each June the program is offered to 60 students during the festival and they get a chance to meet with filmmakers and participate in panels.

Visit the deadCenter website for more on the amazing educational opportunities the festival provides.

education, festivals, film, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Running the bases

World Cup Softball

One of Oklahoma City’s favorite ways to celebrate the start of summer is at the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) hosted in Oklahoma City. The 2017 WCWS will take place June 1-7 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field in the Adventure District. Get tickets to the games.

During the tournament, eight softball teams will be cheered on by around 70,000 spectators. Since 2010, the ASA Hall of Fame complex has welcomed record-setting crowds for the event, and the venue is scheduled as the home of WCWS until at least 2035. The complex is home to four fields and a variety of fan and athlete amenities. While you are cheering on your team of choice, be sure to visit the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, a shrine to the growing game of softball and the athletes who have taken the sport to new heights.

college, family-friendly, live sporting events, Adventure District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Root for the home team

Big XII Baseball

The Big 12 Baseball Championships are right around the corner and once again the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is the host. This year’s tournament will be held May 24 – 28 and tickets are on sale now.

This will mark the 18th time our city has hosted the tournament since the Big 12 was formed in 1997. In fact, going back to the old Big 8 days, OKC has hosted 39 of the last 42 conference championships.

Basically that was long way of saying our community has done an outstanding job of supporting the tournament and we know that tradition will continue. Whether you root for the guys in Orange, Crimson, another Big 12 school or have no allegiance, this is an Oklahoma City tradition that shouldn’t be missed.

Bricktown, college, baseball
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Higher education

Old North at UCO

With more than 18 public and private schools with 125,000 college students, we believe Greater OKC is the perfect place to start or continue your college experience. Oklahoma City is 20.9 miles from the University of Oklahoma and only 66.9 miles from Oklahoma State University – the two largest universities in the state with a wide variety of educational opportunities.

Students looking for campus life have a number of options for furthering their education in the Greater Oklahoma City area. Nearly 17,000 students attend Edmond’s University of Central Oklahoma, making it the third largest college in the state. On the south side of the metro, students at Oklahoma City Community College can earn associate’s degrees and learn valuable technical skills.

The state capital is also home to a number of private universities that bring quality educations to the local academic field. Oklahoma City University, a liberal arts United Methodist-affiliated school is located in the Uptown district. The university’s OCU School of Law is located downtown and in a renovated 105-year-old building that once operated as the first high school in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Christian University, located in Edmond, is also a top-ranked regional university according to both U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.

Other metro options include:

education, Norman, Stillwater, university, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hey, batter batter

Oklahoma City is known as a place where people are passionate about sports, a trait that is evident at the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) hosted in Oklahoma City, along with the Oklahoma City All Sports Association and the University of Oklahoma. The 2016 WCWS will take place June 2-8 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field in the Adventure District of Oklahoma City. Get tickets to the games.

During the tournament, eight softball teams will be cheered on by around 70,000 spectators. Since 2010, the ASA Hall of Fame complex has welcomed record-setting crowds for the event, and the venue is scheduled as the home of WCWS until at least 2035. The complex is home to four fields and a variety of fan and athlete amenities. While you are cheering on your team of choice, be sure to visit the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, a shrine to the growing game of softball and the athletes who have taken the sport to new heights.

live sporting events, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Resources for retailers

For Sale Sign

What makes OKC a prime place for retailers? It could be that we continue to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the entire country for major metropolitan areas. Or it could be our low cost of living which for us at Better Life headquarters simply means more money for shopping. One thing is for certain, retailers love OKC and we, of course, love the steady stream of new shopping and dining options.

Has all this talk about retail success made you wonder about maybe opening up your own shop and trying your hand? You might be surprised to learn that the graduate entrepreneurship programs at both University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University ranked in the top 25 recently by the Princeton Review. So you can get the skills you need to succeed right here at home.

If you are ready to try your hand at the fast-paced life of a retailer, you’re in luck: okcretail.com is a website dedicated to helping the world know about how easy it is to find retail success in OKC. Scout for locations, pull demographic reports, find out about permitting and even peruse property listings from the literally anywhere. You can also hear success stories from others who are proud to have a retail presence in OKC.

entrepreneur, retail, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Big 12 baseball

Bricktown Ballpark

Oklahoma City will once again host the Big 12 Baseball Championships this spring at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. This year’s tournament will be held May 25 – 29 and tickets are on sale now.

This will mark the 17th time our city has hosted the tournament since the Big 12 was formed in 1997. In fact going back to the old Big 8 days, OKC has hosted 38 of the last 41 conference championships.

Basically that was long way of saying our community has done an outstanding job of supporting the tournament and we know that tradition will continue. Whether you root for the guys in Orange, Crimson, another Big 12 school or have no allegiance, this is an Oklahoma City tradition that shouldn’t be missed.

baseball, college, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Edmond/Arcadia

POPs

Edmond is Oklahoma City’s neighbor to the north and one of Oklahoma’s largest cities, but its location (15.2 miles from downtown and 22.6 miles from Tinker Air Force Base) allows it to be a popular suburb for people who work all across the Oklahoma City area. And thousands of students at Oklahoma Christian University and the University of Central Oklahoma call Edmond home during their academic careers. Even if you don’t live in the area, don’t miss out on all that Edmond has to offer visitors.

If you’re still in the mood for music, enjoy some soul music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Lab. Each week, the Jazz Lab features live entertainment, and visitors can order food and drinks from Hideaway Pizza next door. During the week, across the street, you can learn about Edmond’s history at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum.

Want to spend time outdoors? Edmond offers ways to do that, too, especially with several parks. Arcadia Lake offers trails for bicycling, motorcycles and hiking/running, boat rentals and horseback riding, among other things. Edmond has a range of other parks, as well, but two big ones with lots of trails are Mitch Park and Hafer Park. In warmer weather, you can check out two water parks: The Edmond Y Water Park and Pelican Bay Aquatic Center.

Also in far north Edmond is another architectural marvel, the Armstrong Auditorium. It is a luxury venue that hosts premier concerts and performing arts, ranging from the Russian National Ballet to classical, jazz or even bluegrass music, depending on the season.

Further north and east of Edmond, the community of Arcadia will allow you to get your kicks on Route 66 here, starting with POPS, a restaurant and gas station celebrating the original interstate highway – U.S. Route 66 – and all its history as the “Main Street of America” or the “Mother Road.” You can’t miss POPS because of the 66-foot-tall soda bottle and straw that at night lights up in a dazzling show of different colors. POPS is part future, with a bold architectural design, and part past.

Just down the road from POPS is another can’t-miss landmark, the Arcadia Round Barn, which is literally a round red barn that was built in 1898 and restored in 1992. It was used as a barn for livestock and hay storage and for dances around the turn-of-the-century, and today the 45-foot-tall barn again hosts community events.

college, day-trip, Edmond, live music, museums, outdoor recreation, parks, restaurants, Route 66, water sports, Arcadia
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Stillwater

OSU

Home of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater is just an hour or so up the road from OKC and features plenty of diverse activities. Read on for more ideas on how to spend your time in Stillwater.

  • The National Wrestling Hall of Fame – this “shrine to the sport of wrestling” should definitely be on your Stillwater to-do list. Full of memorabilia and history, “mankind’s oldest and most basic form of recreational combat” is celebrated here. Learn about the sport’s pioneers, African-American and Latino wrestling history, America’s Olympic heroes, and more.
  • Main Street ShoppingDowntown Stillwater features that classic Main Street feel, with lots of local flavor and things to see and eat. Bike nights, Food Truck nights, and the Car and Bike Show augment the experience. Check the calendar at the link above to see what’s going down Downtown, or just head out and get your shop on.
  • Lake Fun – Stillwater’s three area reservoirs of regalement stand ready for you to visit any time of year. Lakes Blackwell, McMurtry, and Boomer offer all the typical lake fun you can stand and then some, including bird watching, mountain biking, hunting, disc golf, camping, horseback riding and trails for fitness, among other features.
  • Golf at Karsten Creek – The Stillwater area in general offers plenty for the duffers out there, but you may want to pay a special visit to Karsten Creek. Considered one of the best public courses in the nation, this Tom Fazio-designed course is the home of Oklahoma State’s golf teams, and you can play there too! Take the opportunity to grab your clubs and experience a demanding course you’re sure not to forget.

For more info, just hop over to www.visitstillwater.org.

college, day-trip, food, golf, mountain biking, museums, outdoor recreation, retail, Stillwater, water sports, camping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What are we thankful for? Sports

OKC Energy Player [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

[Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

Crimson and Cream, Orange and Black, Blue and “Sunset” … no matter what color you pledge alliance to, it has been a year to be thankful for in the Sooner State (or Cowboy Nation). The football teams are making national waves, the Thunder just tipped off an exciting year and our local pro baseball and soccer teams got a taste of deep post-season runs. Check out some recent blog posts if you need a quick refresher on the joy (and sometimes agony) our local teams provide.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder- Injuries derailed an exciting Thunder team last season but a new coach and healthy team (knocking on all the wood in the world) has this looking like a year we won’t soon forget.
  • Oklahoma City Dodgers- The Dodgers wrapped up their inaugural season in OKC with a division title.
  • Oklahoma City Energy- In just two short years OKC’s soccer team has already developed a rabid fan base. The fan base was rewarded with a great season as the Energy advanced to the Western Conference finals.
  • Oklahoma City Blue- The Blue are starting their second season in Oklahoma City and the games are a great place to get a preview of future NBA talent.
  • Oklahoma Sooners- The Sooners have one of the most storied football programs in the country and are looking to add to their impressive trophy case this season. The basketball team is also nationally ranked to start the season.
  • Oklahoma State Cowboys- The Cowboys are in the winningest era in the program’s history. OSU will play OU this weekend with a potential conference championship on the line.
  • Small-College Football- The Sooners and Cowboys are not the only local colleges who play big-time football.
Dodgers, football, OKC Energy, soccer, Thunder, baseball, basketball, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hop on the Sooner Schooner

University of Oklahoma

Did you know that The University of Oklahoma is one of the top public schools in the country, ranking No. 1 in enrollment of National Merit Scholars and is among the top 10 in the graduation of Rhodes Scholars? OU serves more than 30,000 students with campuses in Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

The university encourages students to strive for academic excellence, but also provides plenty of opportunities for local involvement and extracurricular leadership. OU offers more than 150 majors – including the popular degree fields of business, engineering, health professions, international studies, journalism and marketing. Recognized nationally as an excellent research university, OU provides both undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to work closely with innovative faculty mentors.

In addition to their academic interests, many students participate in the university’s active campus life through Greek fraternities and sororities, student government, campus activities or the varsity and intermural sports teams. The Big Event, a university-sponsored community service venture, demonstrates the Sooners’ annual effort to make a positive local impact.

While OU is a great place to earn a top-notch degree, its sports programs have a rich history and the football team consistently competes on the national stage (with seven national championships).

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Orange you glad we mentioned OSU?

Oklahoma State University (OSU around these parts) is located in Stillwater about an hour north of OKC. OSU boasts more than 35,000 students system-wide with campuses in Stillwater, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Okmulgee. OSU has been named among the top values in public education, according to Kiplinger and others, and it boasts a presence in all 77 of Oklahoma’s counties, thanks to the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

When OSU was originally established in 1890, it was named Oklahoma A&M. True to its heritage, even today OSU boasts top-notch programs in the fields of agriculture, horticulture and engineering.

Having grown far beyond its historic roots as an A&M (agriculture and mechanical) school, OSU offers todays’ students nearly 200 major fields of study. The College of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Engineering and the School of Entrepreneurship are all renowned for excellence.

The university is home to the largest student union building in the world, complete with a movie theatre, restaurants, student lounges, art exhibitions and an 81-room hotel that gives hospitality students an opportunity for first-hand experience in the industry. No wonder OSU’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration consistently ranks in the top 25 nationally.

OSU is also known for its annual Homecoming celebration. Each year, more than 40,000 alumni and 70,000 spectators fill Boone Pickens Stadium for a spectacle that supporters claim is the best homecoming celebration in the country. And Cowboy fans have plenty of reasons for school pride, OSU boasts 51 NCAA titles across its sports, the fourth-most team championships in the country.

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Education options closer to home

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Students looking for a slightly smaller campus life have a number of options for furthering their education in the Greater Oklahoma City area. Nearly 17,000 students attend Edmond’s University of Central Oklahoma, making it the third largest college in the state. On the south side of the metro, students at Oklahoma City Community College can earn associate’s degrees and learn valuable technical skills.

The state capital is also home to a number of private universities that bring quality educations to the local academic field. Forbes has listed Oklahoma City University, a liberal arts United Methodist-affiliated school in the Uptown district, on its list of “Best Christian Colleges” and “100 Best College Buys,” according to OCU’s website. The university also recently moved its OCU School of Law downtown and opened in a renovated 105-year-old building that once operated as the first high school in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Christian University, located in Edmond, is also a top-ranked regional university according to both U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.

Other metro options include:

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Greater Grads is Great for Both Grads and OKC

Greater Grads is the Chamber’s program to help build the talent base in Oklahoma City – that’s you – and to connect that base with OKC’s employers. There are two main areas of the Greater Grads program you should know about. The first is our Greater Grads Career Fair. If you’re a new graduate, you should be at the Cox Convention Center on Thursday, March 5, from noon to 4 p.m. suited and booted with that resume ready to roll. Last year more almost 100 Oklahoma employers connected with more than 650 students, and this year’s fair promises to be even better. Free parking and shuttles are available at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center. To find out more, including a list of exhibiting employers, and/or to register, just hop on over to greatergrads.com.

The second cool thing you should know about in the Greater Grads universe is the InternOKC Internship Program. Every summer, more than 400 OKC-area interns participate in this five-week program that gives participants a chance to connect with their peers while getting a unique, in-depth look at all the reasons to stay, work and play in Oklahoma City post-graduation. To find out more info, get your interns enrolled in the program, or do a little more digging, head over to greatergrads.com or contact:

Elisa Milbourn
Manager, Education & Outreach Programs
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
123 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 297-8951

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Your Mom Goes to College

As a regular reader of this blog, you’re keeping up to date on all the things to do and see in OKC. As you can tell, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. But what about the rest of your day? After all, all leisure all the time can’t be good for anybody (just look what it’s done to Garfield the cat). So if you have a hankerin’ for hustle in the form of college credits, you’re in luck – there are 125,000 students just like you here, and 18 public and private colleges and universities in Greater Oklahoma City from which you can choose.

Fancy a law degree? You’re covered, counselor. Medical school? The laughter we get from the question is the best medicine. Musical theater? We sing a six-second affirmative (with full orchestral backing and maybe even a twirl and jazz hands). Liberal arts? No fancy analysis necessary. Veterinarian? You vet your can. Want to do research? Get a Ph.D. and be smarter than that can of Dr. Pepper. We’re running out of ridiculous ways to respond to these questions, but rest assured, whatever you want to do in the world of higher education (even if it’s “become a rock star”), you can probably do justice to your diploma dream here in OKC.

To learn more about the opportunities in higher education in Oklahoma City, check out the Universities section of this website and our “OKC At a Glance” publication.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Visit Norman

Speaking of colleges, the home of the University of Oklahoma is less than 30 minutes south and makes for a quick escape to a leafy collegiate locale. You can even take the train there from downtown OKC if you want. Whether it’s nightlife you’re after, family fun, learning about weather at the National Weather Center or even hanging out with real-life gamblers, Norman knows when to hold ‘em and fold ‘em, and, as a bonus, never counts its money at the table. The other thing that Norman knows when to hold is its Main Street Christmas Parade, hitting the streets this year on Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. Also, don’t miss:

  • Dino-mite Museums – Norman has some of the coolest museums in the state, and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is a family favorite. Taking you through 4 billion years of history, the museum features the world’s largest Apatosauraus and Pentaceratops, among other dinosaurs. Learn about the people that lived in Oklahoma before us and other world cultures, and get your photo taken with the big mammoth.
  • One of the nation’s finest university art museums, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art features works by Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas, Hopper, Gauguin, Ansel Adams, O’Keefe, Houser, and others, in addition to works and objects by Taos artists and Native American works. Current exhibits include Picasso’s Woman in the Studio (1956), on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum, displayed alongside some of the Fred’s own Picassos from its permanent collection. The best part? Taking in all this culture is easy on the pocketbook: admission is always free!
  • The Norman Music Festival, also free, happens every April in and around downtown Norman on Main Street. 21 stages offered more than 60,000 people music and merriment over three days in 2014. Featuring headliners like The Walkmen, Portugal. The Man, of Montreal, The Octopus Project, British Sea Power and more, it is also a great time to see all your favorite local bands in one spot and purchase all manner of foods and goods from local and national vendors.
  • For the oenophiles out there, Norman boasts three wineries you can tour and taste: Canadian River Winery, Native Spirits Winery, and Redbud Ridge Vineyard & Winery. All offer wines made from their own Oklahoma-grown grapes. Like Paul wrote to Timothy, “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.” Wine: it’s good for you.

For more info about visiting Norman, simply visit the appropriately-named www.visitnorman.com.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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