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Ken Randall, PhD

Assistant Dean & Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Program in Physical Therapy, College of Allied Health

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What’s your favorite thing about OU-Tulsa?
The people. Whether students, faculty or staff, the people of OU-Tulsa are who make our campus such a wonderful environment to learn and grow. Although we have amazing, state-of-the-art facilities, at the end of the day, it is the human element that makes OU-Tulsa a special place to be.

What are you passionate about?
Teaching and helping. My aspiration is to ignite a spark of curiosity in my students to always strive to learn more and understand more, as well as to identify ways to make this world a better place and then do something about it.

What are some of the best things about the physical therapy program?
We have some of the brightest students I have ever encountered and some of the best teachers you’ll meet anywhere. Our students are truly talented and they have a giving spirit. They challenge me and they keep me young. My colleagues in the College of Allied Health are some of the smartest people I’ve ever met. They are wonderful teachers and collaborators. I learn from them every day.  

What's your favorite thing about Tulsa?
I love the growing sense of community that Tulsa is embracing; from its various districts to the emerging public spaces, I love that Tulsans are becoming neighbors with one another again.  My favorite spots include Guthrie Green, the River Trails and the West bank of the river (host to Scotfest, Oktoberfest and many other ‘fests’).

What are you reading, watching or listening to?
I’m re-reading The Tao of Teaching by Greta Nagel and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. And I never miss an episode of Top Chef.


Taylor Potter

Program Manager, OU-Tulsa Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW)

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What’s your favorite thing about OU-Tulsa?
The people! The campus is a community that nurtures people, supports ideas, encourages aspirational thinking and celebrates successes!

What are you passionate about?
Doing. I love turning bright ideas into reality.

What makes CCEW in Tulsa unique?
CCEW is a place where interdisciplinary students can work together on an inspirational process to grow and learn from one other. Imagine the possibilities when you bring OU-Tulsa students with vastly different backgrounds together (think engineering, medicine, physical therapy, and organizational dynamics!) to solve complex problems. If you're a student interested in getting involved, email me!

What's your favorite place in Tulsa?
The Forge is full of interesting people and creative ideas. It's the startup incubator operated by Tulsa's Young Professionals that houses seven Tulsa startup businesses and a large co-working space in downtown Tulsa. It's also the home to The Mine (our new CCEW program)!
What are you reading, watching or listening to?
Reading: Cooked by Michael Pollan - a history of the transformation of food
Watching: Nothing! We cancelled our cable over the summer to enjoy the outdoors
Listening: Radio - it's my family's business & Andy Stanley Leadership Podcasts - practical, digestible and inspirational

Shawn Michael Schaefer

Director, Urban Design Studio

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What’s your favorite thing about OU-Tulsa? It is still a young institution and is in the act of becoming something. It still has a somewhat horizontal organization and you have the opportunity to associate and work with people from different disciplines to explore ideas.

What are you passionate about? I prefer a more intellectual existence where I am free to learn and master new skills.

What makes the Urban Design Studio special? The studio is where our students and the community can come together to collaborate, create and dream about making better places.

What are your favorite places in Tulsa? Too many to count, but I can tell you that I have had some good times riding bikes in the Joe Creek Drainage Channels with my nephews.

What are you reading, watching and listening to? I just finished The Great Inversion by Alan Ehrenhalt about how demographic shifts are reversing the roles of downtowns and suburbs in American cities.  Currently, Toni and I are watching all of the original Star Trek episodes in sequence and right now I am listening to When the Levee Breaks by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie.

April Schweikhard

Reference and instructional Services Librarian, OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library

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What’s your favorite thing about OU-Tulsa? The OU-Tulsa community makes working on this campus so enjoyable and purposeful! You are unlikely to find anyone who is not committed to enhancing the mission and vision of the University.

What are you passionate about? Learning, exploring new places, and music.

What makes working at the library special? The opportunity to interact with people across all departments on campus. The library is a common ground for everyone, and I enjoy the diversity that this creates. One day, I might be teaching a library instruction session for social work students, and the next, I might be helping a nursing student develop a research question.

What are your favorite things in Tulsa? Outdoor spaces like the River Parks Trails and Guthrie Green, local arts organizations like Tulsa Opera and Philbrook Museum, and a vast selection of coffee shops (Double Shot Coffee Company is my current favorite).

What are you currently reading? Last month, I was fortunate enough to be able to take my first trip to Paris. As part of my preparation, I just finished a string of books, both fiction and nonfiction, that all featured France in some way. My favorite was Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore, a sort of humorous take on the impressionist painters.

Lauren McKinney

Staff Assistant, College of Arts and Sciences

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What’s your favorite thing about OU-Tulsa? I love the special opportunities we get on the OU-Tulsa campus. This past semester, I got to enjoy a Tulsa Opera performance at the Schusterman Library. I also got to hear gardening tips from Philbrook's master gardener as well learning about international cuisine from a local food blogger at two of our recent Lunch and Learn events.

What are you passionate about? Music, art, and Oklahoma!
What do you do at OU-Tulsa? I provide administrative and enrollment support to our awesome students and faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. I do a bit of purchasing and I coordinate admissions for our Organizational Dynamics program.
What are your favorite things in Tulsa? I love the little arboretum behind the Tulsa Historical Society, going to summer Starlight Band Concerts on the river, or catching a Drillers game at Oneok Field.
What are you watching or listening to? With Thunder basketball over, I have no idea what to watch on TV now. Suggestions are welcome!