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    Jess Chouteau Outstanding Seniors honored by The University of Tulsa

    The University of Tulsa will present 10 students with the Jess Chouteau Outstanding Senior award during the university’s 2013 Homecoming celebration, October 31 to November 3, on the TU campus. For more information about Homecoming events, visit or call (918) 631-2555.

    The Jess Chouteau Outstanding Senior honor is granted to TU seniors who demonstrate exceptional achievement in both academic and service endeavors. No more than 10 seniors receive the award each year.

    Requirements for the award include completion of 90 credit hours (at least 30 of which must be completed at TU), a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and involvement in campus and off-campus activities.

    The TU 2013 Jess Chouteau Outstanding Seniors are:  Adriann Anderson of Bartlesville, Okla., Casey Fitzgerald of St. Louis, Mo., Curtis French of Bartlesville, Okla., Abby Greenhaw of Tulsa, Jordan Hendrickson of Owasso, Stephanie Hice of Milwaukee, Wisc., Kelly Lacey of St. Louis, Mo., Thomas Porter of St. Louis, Mo., Valerie Roarty of Overland Park, Kan., and Alec Wright of Columbia, Mo.

    Adriann Anderson is the daughter of Jim and Marilyn Anderson of Bartlesville, Okla. A double major in art and art history, Adriann is currently president of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Mortar Board director of communications, and serves on Student Association Senate. During her time at TU, she served as Lantern Honor Society president, Student Association Cabinet member and Student Association executive director of graphic design. Adriann volunteered as a camp counselor and lifeguard for Shepherd’s Fold Ranch Christian Camp and Retreat Center for two summers. She studied abroad in Siena, Italy, at the Siena School for Liberal Arts and currently interns at the Philbrook Museum of Art. Upon graduation, she hopes to teach English abroad before applying to graduate school for a master’s in art history.  

    Casey Fitzgerald is the son of Michael and Diane Fitzgerald of St. Louis, Mo. A double major in biochemistry and psychology, Casey is a member of TU’s cross country and track & field team, Alpha Epsilon Delta president, University Ambassadors overnight host cochair, American Chemical Society president and past president of Habitat for Humanity. He volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Aberdeen Heights Assisted Living, and the OU Bedlam Free Health Clinic. Casey is an Amgen Scholar who conducted research both at The University of California-San Francisco and at TU as a part of the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge. Upon graduation, Casey plans to attend medical school.

    Curtis French is the son of alumna Anita French (BSBA ’83) of Bartlesville, Okla. An accounting major, Curtis is currently serving as president of Beta Alpha Psi, president of Mortar Board and purser of Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity. He is currently a member of Order of Omega, Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Curtis has volunteered with many organizations in Tulsa including the Day Center for the Homeless, Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank and Mary Martha Outreach. Upon graduation, Curtis plans to attend The University of Tulsa to obtain his master’s of accountancy before sitting for the CPA exam.


    Abby Greenhaw is the daughter of Jon and Amy Greenhaw of Tulsa. A speech-language pathology major, Abby is currently vice president of Student Health Advocates Association, president of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, a board member of True Blue Crew and Panhellenic Council vice president of finance. Abby volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and is the coordinator of TU Dream Project at Will Rogers High School. Upon graduation, Abby will attend graduate school to obtain her master’s in speech-language pathology.

    Jordan Hendrickson is the daughter of Steve and Vicki Hendrickson of Owasso. A biology major, Jordan is an Orientation Leader, a University Ambassador, Student Association chief of staff and the vice president of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-medical honor society. She serves as ritualist and development committee member for Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, where she was the Panhellenic delegate and community service chair. She has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Manor at Blue Water Bay, Laura Dester Children’s Shelter and Reading Partners. Upon graduation, Jordan plans to attend medical school.

    Stephanie Hice is the daughter of alumnus Keith (BA ’77) and Denise Hice of Milwaukee, Wisc. Stephanie is a biology major involved in University Ambassadors and an undergraduate biofuel research project. She is Biological Honor Society president, Beta Beta Beta, and is the variety editor of The Collegian. As a printmaking minor, Stephanie’s silkscreen prints have been featured in art shows and The Stylus, TU’s student journal of art and writing. Stephanie volunteered as a docent at the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust in Oak Park, Ill., and with Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin giving tours in the region. Following graduation, Stephanie plans to attend a graduate program in food science and technology.

    Kelly Lacey is the daughter of Ron and Diana Lacey of St. Louis, Mo. A biology major, Kelly is currently Future Alumni Council president, Student Health Advocates Association president, Mortar Board vice president, Kappa Alpha Theta chief administrative officer and Order of Omega external secretary. Kelly works as a chemistry teaching assistant, an office assistant at Sharp Chapel and a research assistant in microbiology. She serves as a University Ambassador and volunteers at the Laura Dester Emergency Shelter for Children. Upon graduation, Kelly plans to attend medical school.


    Thomas Porter is the son of Raymond and Denise Porter of St. Louis, Mo. A double major in energy management and finance, Thomas is the mentor chair for Tulsa Energy Management Students Association, president of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators Tulsa Student Club, past president of Leaders Incorporated and an Orientation Leader. Thomas studied abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland, as part of the energy management program where he interned with the company Decom North Sea. He volunteered with Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank, Youth at Heart and Make-a-Wish Foundation. Upon graduation, Thomas will be working as a landman with ConocoPhillips in Houston.

    Valerie Roarty is the daughter of James and Rita Roarty of Overland Park, Kan. A double major in finance and economics, Valerie serves as the current president of the Student Finance Association, the special events chair for University Ambassadors, and an Orientation Leader. She is also heavily involved in volunteerism, serving as a director for the TU Dream Project, service coordinator for both her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Mortar Board, as well as a member of the executive committee for Relay for Life. Upon graduation, Valerie will work for Williams Companies as a business analyst in the Professional Development Program.

    Alec Wright is the son of Jamey Wright and Terri Wright both of Columbia, Mo. A biology major, Alec is an Orientation Leader, a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Kappa Sigma fraternity judicial chair and a volunteer with Good Samaritan Health Services. He has worked as a chemistry laboratory teaching assistant, phytopathology research assistant, and a molecular ecology research assistant during his time at TU. Upon graduation, Alec plans to attend medical school.