Sherry Walkabout Receives 2000 Velda Staves Award for Public Service

Thursday, August 10, 2000

Published on 8/10/00

The Tulsa County Bar Association Board of Directors announced that Sherry Walkabout has been named 2000 recipient of the Velda Staves Award for Public Service.

Walkabout was hired by The University of Tulsa College of Law in January of 1994. Prior to coming to the TU College of Law, she worked as executive secretary for the Vice President and General Counsel of Fluor Daniel Williams Brothers. One of Walkabout’s desires was to complete her college education. With only six hours left to complete a B.A., she plans on graduating in December of this year. She is currently carrying a 3.8 GPA. Future plans are to take the LSAT and hopefully begin Law School in the Fall of 2001.

Walkabout has been involved with the Walk to Cure Diabetes for Juvenile Diabetes for the last couple of years and is a Team Captain for TU for this year’s fund raiser. She has been the Law School coordinator for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer fund raiser for the last two years. She is also a member of Psi Chi, the honor society for Psychology.

“This award represents and supports the best elements of any university community. The Velda Staves Award for Public Service, which was so thoughtfully created by former TU Law Dean John Makdisi and his wife June Mary, is a way for us to recognize the backbone of the College of Law, our staff,” said Dean Martin H. Belsky. “Having had the opportunity to witness Sherry Walkabout’s interactions with students, staff and faculty on a daily basis, I know first hand of the important role she plays in many people’s lives. She is a great asset to the college and I am personally very grateful to her.”

The Velda Staves Award for Public Service is awarded each year to the staff member at the TU College of Law who has been most caring of students, faculty and other staff during the previous year. The award was named for Velda Staves, former Director of Admissions at the College of Law, who, according to Makdisi, is a model of the caring approach that the award honors. The first award was presented in 1997.