TU to honor alumni and celebrate Homecoming

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The University of Tulsa is pleased to announce its schedule of events for Homecoming 2012, Oct. 18-21.

Headlining Homecoming events include the celebration and induction of this year’s Distinguished Alumni: Sharon Bell (JD ’85), Chet Cadieux III (BSBA ’89), Roger Jarvis (BS ’76) and Jake Jorishie (BS ’71, BA ’09). TU also will recognize J. Paschal Twyman Award winner Bill Hinkle (BS ’69) and Mr. Homecoming 2012 Tommy Hudspeth (BS ’53). These alumni will be honored Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in TU’s Lorton Performance Center.

Annual weekend events include TU’s pep rally and bonfire scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Oct. 19, at Dietler Commons, formerly known as “The U.” A campus tradition, students, alumni, faculty and staff will celebrate Golden Hurricane pride with the lighting of the bonfire, the TU band and fireworks. Following the bonfire, the TU Alumni Association will hold its annual TU on Tap event from 9 to 11 p.m. at Tulsa’s Oktoberfest. Admission is free for the first 500 TU alumni who register.

Other planned Friday events include the class reunions of 1962 and 1992 as well as TU’s School of Art. A walking campus tour is set for 3 p.m., and open house receptions will take place in McFarlin Library, the Collins College of Business and the Psychology Department.

Saturday, Oct. 20, is gameday for the Golden Hurricane. TU faces the Rice Owls in a 2:30 p.m. match-up at H.A. Chapman Stadium. Prior to the game, a walking tour will be offered along with other open house events across campus. See the complete schedule of Homecoming 2012 events at www.tualumni.com/homecoming.

Alumni members can take advantage of free admission to the Gilcrease Museum during Homecoming weekend. A free tour of the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education will be offered in conjunction with a family-friendly outdoor concert in the Brady Arts District’s new Guthrie Green park on Sunday, Oct. 21. Visit www.facebook.com/guthriegreentulsa for more details.

Presenting sponsors for Homecoming 2012 are BancFirst and Cox.

About the 2012 Alumni Honorees

Sharon Bell (JD ’85), Distinguished Alumna

Sharon BellSharon Bell’s TU family ties are part of a longstanding tradition that began with her father, the late William H. Bell (JD ’54). He administered the James A. and Leta M. Chapman Trusts before turning them over to his daughter in 1988. Today, Sharon works as a managing partner at Tulsa’s Rogers & Bell law firm and continues to oversee the Chapman Trusts as its individual trustee. She is responsible for overseeing trust funds for TU and several other beneficiaries. The trusts fund a wide range of TU projects ranging from utility repairs to the university’s scholarship program.

In addition to her Chapman Trusts duties, Bell is a member of the TU Board of Trustees and joins her husband, Greg Gray (BS ’76, JD ’85), and son, John Gray (BS ’10), in supporting events and activities around campus.

Chet Cadieux III (BSBA ’89), Distinguished Alumnus

Chet Cadieux IIIChet Cadieux is president and CEO of QuikTrip, Oklahoma’s largest private company with more than 600 stores and 13,000 employees in 11 states. The $10 billion company has been named among the 100 “Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune magazine for 10 straight years. Cadieux began his QuikTrip career as a part-time clerk at age 16 and continued to advance within the company after college.

He is currently a TU trustee and serves on the university’s Executive Advisory Board for the Collins College of Business. Cadieux is a member of the TU President’s Council and Circle Society and is active in local community organizations including the Tulsa Community Foundation.

Roger Jarvis (BS ’76), Distinguished Alumnus

Roger JarvisRoger Jarvis is a Missouri native who attended TU on a Kermit Brown Engineering Scholarship. During his summers as a student, he worked several internships at companies within the energy industry including Amoco, Chevron and Sun Oil. After graduation, he accepted a job with Amoco but soon discovered his entrepreneurial spirit.

At the age of 24, he launched an engineering and geological consulting business – the first of at least five oil- and-gas-related companies he would establish and later sell. One particular company sale resulted in a seven-year employment with Texas powerhouse King Ranch. Jarvis oversaw the company’s oil and gas affiliate and eventually managed the ranch’s overall operations. Jarvis was inducted into TU’s Engineering Hall of Fame in 2010.

Jake Jorishie (BS ’71, BA ’09), Distinguished Alumnus

Jake JorishieTulsa dentist Jake Jorishie is an avid supporter of the TU School of Music who returned to campus later in his career for a bachelor’s degree in music. For more than 30 years, he has supported TU’s music school and helped establish annual scholarships in music and jazz studies. Jorishie is a member of the TU Circle Society and was awarded the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Service Award in 2004. He also is a 2008 recipient of the J. Paschal Twyman Award and a former Golden Hurricane Club president.

Jorishie enjoys serving as an accompanist for TU’s jazz camp and devotes time to his faith. As a devout Maronite Catholic, he helped establish the St. Therese Eastern Catholic Maronite Church in Tulsa.

Bill Hinkle (BS ’69), J. Paschal Twyman Award Winner

Bill HinkleWell-known Tulsa advertising executive Bill Hinkle is an adjunct instructor at TU who encourages his students to step out of the classroom and into the real world long before graduation. With more than 40 years of advertising experience, he owns Hinkle Creative Services Inc., a creative resource company serving direct clients and their respective marketing departments throughout the region.

For the past two decades, he has mentored TU advertising students and helped them establish themselves as invaluable members of the communications industry. Hinkle sponsored the TU advertising program’s Hinkle Creative Resource Center where students are free to explore new and creative marketing ideas in an informal teaching environment.

Tommy Hudspeth, (BS ’53), Mr. Homecoming 2012

Tommy HudspethTU letterman Tommy Hudspeth cherishes every minute he can get on his alma mater’s campus. After running track and playing football for the Golden Hurricane, he embarked on a coaching career that led all the way to head coach of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, 1976-77.

After more than 20 years of coaching, working with the Golden Hurricane Club and volunteering with the Letterman’s Association, Hudspeth currently works as TU’s assistant director of development. In his role, he reaches out to Golden Hurricane Club donors and athletic prospects and also maintains relations with TU alumni lettermen. In honor of his devotion to TU’s sports programs, he was inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.

Gail Banzet