Memorial Robotics Team Wins Chairman’s Award

The FIRST Robotics Competition team at Memorial High School’s Tulsa Engineering Academy was supposed to build a robot capable of scoring on a super slick surface, but it did an even slicker job of bringing home the bulk of the honors from the regional competitions.
Team No. 932, the Circuit Chargers, headed by robotics teaching team Lane and Joe Matheson, won the Chairman’s Award, the highest honor at the regional level, for the second year in a row, securing them a spot in the 2009 FIRST Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta April 15-18.
The team also won the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurial Award and the Underwriters Laboratories Industrial Safety Award, while Joe Matheson earned the Woodie Flowers Award, which is “kind of like coach of the year,” said Lane Matheson, who was awarded the honor last year.
The Memorial team is one of 1,686 from 23 countries participating including more than a dozen from northeast Oklahoma.
“The judges were very impressed with them,” Lane Matheson said. “One of the judges came up and told them afterwards, ‘I have judged a lot of these, including at nationals, and this is one of the best I have ever seen. If you can make that presentation again, you ought to win it.’”
Oklahoma City played host to the Oklahoma Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the Cox Convention Center Feb. 26-28.
Student leaders for the robotics team are senior Brent Anthony, president; senior Roy Dayan, vice president of robotic design; senior Victoria Stiles, VP of marketing, and junior Russell Shook, VP of production.
The Memorial team’s sponsors include Nordam, AEP-PSO, Allied Fence Co., HE&M Saw, APSCO, Memorial Robotics Booster Club and Tulsa Engineering Academy at Memorial High School. Nordam and APSCO are Memorial Partners in Education.
The Tulsa Tech Robotics Team 2004 took the Regional Winner 3 slot, and the Claremore PS Robotics Team 2779 won the Rookie All Star Award, moving both into the nationals competition.
Tulsa CVB Fills Tall Order
We hear there is a reason to be forewarned if the Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau joins any 3-on-3 basketball leagues.
The Tulsa CVB recently hired former Harlem Globetrotter Eric Lee as senior sales manager, confirmed TCVB Senior Vice President Suzann Stewart, and at 6’9”, he makes an impression when he walks into a room.
The result of a national search, Lee will represent Tulsa in working with national organizations, said Stewart.
“My primary duties will be to go out and bring in some really good business for the city from the convention and trade show side of things,” Lee said.
Lee relocated here from Memphis, where he worked for the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau and recently as director of sales and marketing for the Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel. He has also worked in St. Louis and Oklahoma City.
“He has come to us with a really good, strong background in hospitality, but he also has this other side, which is basketball,” Stewart said.
An Indianola, Miss., native, Lee played basketball at UNLV before transferring to Southern Mississippi where he earned his degree in hospitality management.
After his senior season, he got the call from the Globetrotters. Based in Phoenix, he played for the Globetrotters in 1999-2000.
His strong hospitality background as well as his Globetrotters history are all plusses in the Tulsa position, said Stewart.
“He certainly understands the sports market well. He brings a lot to our team,” Stewart said.
IDL Rehabilitation Begins in Spring
Work begins in weeks on a $66 million reconstruction project of the west leg of the Inner Dispersal Loop.
The cash comes from the massive economic stimulus package signed into law in February. In all, Oklahoma will receive $464 billion for roads and bridges from the package.
The initial project involves 2.9 miles but eventually the project will rehabilitate 41 bridges and reconstruct about 23 miles of deteriorated interstate pavement on the west and north segments of the IDL.
The section of I-244 was originally built in the 1970s. These sections of the interstate carry an average 61,500 vehicles a day including an average 6,800 trucks.
Ford Hybrid Coming to Tulsa
Ford Motor Co. is bringing Ford Fusion hybrid, a fuel-efficient mid-size sedan, to the Tulsa Auto Show. It’s the first opportunity for Tulsans to see the Fusion hybrid, which gets 41 miles per gallon in the city.
Ford is also bringing the 2010 Mustang and the 2010 Taurus Sedan, which is an upscale, tech-savvy new Taurus flagship that delivers style and substance for full-size sedan buyers.
Boyd Cited in Magazine
Robert Boyd, president of Boston Street Advisors, was quoted in the most recent edition of Wharton Alumni Magazine in a story entitled ‘Riding It Out’ in regards to the recent events on Wall Street.
The complete article is at http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/infodocs/alum_mag/am09win.pdf.
Boston Street Advisors is an independent financial advisory services firm founded in 1995.



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