Oklahoma State University - Tulsa
Oklahoma State University - Tulsa

Oklahoma Academy Town Hall Conference

  • Date: Oct. 27-30, 2013 (Sunday evening through Wednesday at noon)
  • Location: NCED, Norman, OK
  • Topic: Oklahoma's Transportation Infrastructure
  • Cost: Registration fee, lodging and meals are free of cost to scholarship recipients.
  • Submit applications no later than Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 for consideration.

The Oklahoma Academy is a private, non-partisan membership organization that identifies critical issues facing Oklahoma’s future. Through its culturally and politically inclusive process, the Academy promotes public consideration of the issues, provides quality research, builds consensus, develops findings and recommendations and supports their implementation.

Each fall the Oklahoma Academy gathers citizens from across the state to engage in highly collaborative discussions that directly shape and develop public policy recommendations addressing the issue under focus. Approximately 150 participants are carefully selected to comprise a group that is socio-demographically representative of the state. The careful consideration and selection of participants ensures an opportunity for Oklahoma’s diverse citizenry to be heard.

2013 Town Hall Conference:
Oklahoma's Transportation Infrastructure

The 2013 Oklahoma Academy Town Hall topic is transportation infrastructure, with special emphasis on alternative sources of funding. For the purpose of this Town Hall, the Oklahoma Academy has defined "transportation infrastructure" in broad but impactful terms, to include the movement of people, products, data/images, and molecules (as in water). Thus, how we plan for, prioritize, maintain, build and finance: roads and highways, rail, aviation, telecommunications, pipelines, transmission lines, and waterways, and the resultant environmental implications of each.

Get involved

As future leaders and decision-makers, the Academy is looking for university students to participate in the collaborative discussion. Participants will be working with business, education, community, and government leaders from across the state. Importantly, the students have an equal role in the collaborative discussion.

The Town Hall conference process is dynamic; it allows for excellent discussion and, importantly, collaborative development of sound recommendations that can significantly improve the topic under focus. The report and recommendations will be fully developed by the close of the Town Hall Wednesday noon. By mid-December, the research and documented findings and recommendations are provided to each participant and to the Academy membership.

The Academy is interested in awarding full scholarships to one or two students from OSU-Tulsa. These students will participate in the Town Hall meetings and will attend free of cost.

The Academy is looking for:

  • Upper level students – junior or senior year; or graduate students in a master’s level program
  • Sound academic performance
  • Interested in sociology, law, political science, public administration, psychology, economics, business or city planning
  • Responsible attitude – willing and eager to participate in the discussion

How to appLy

If you are interested, download and complete the Student Application Form and the Student Profile Form (both are Microsoft Word documents) and submit them to OSU-Tulsa Campus Life, North Hall 130 or tulsa.campuslife@okstate.edu no later than Friday, Aug. 30 for consideration.