School Supply Drive. The University of Tulsa will host a school supply drive in support of the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences during TU's home football game on Sept. 15. According to a university release, "The TU family is committed to helping TSAS students and teachers as they regroup following this week's devastating fire."
The drive will take place at H.A. Chapman Stadium as the Golden Hurricane hosts Nicholls State. Student volunteers will be stationed at the stadium's entrance prior to the 6pm game to collect monetary and school supply donations.
A list of items needed by TSAS is available at tsas.org. For more information about TU's assistance efforts, please contact Mike Mills, associate dean for communityrelations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-631-2510.
Raising the Bars. There will be a book signing for the newly released Life Sentence, Life Purpose by local writer Kim Whiting, co-authored with maximum security prison lifer Mickey Owens, Sept. 22 from 1-3pm at Steve's Sundry, 2612 S. Harvard Ave. All of the author's proceeds will go to the HOW Foundation, an organization that helps keep men out of prison through in-house chemical dependency treatment and steady work in a supportive environment.
Now in prison in San Diego, Mickey Owens was born and raised in Oklahoma and entered prison just after his eighteenth birthday and just a couple days before the great Oklahoma prison riot of 1973. He has been in prison for most of the intervening 40 years and, according to Whiting, "has developed a gentleness and light that defies the steely gray landscape in which he lives."
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