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Don Tomkalski Retires from TU

Senior Associate Athletic Director for Communications Don Tomkalski has announced his retirement from The University of Tulsa after a 40-year career. Tomkalski’s final day will be May 31. He will be missed by many for his skill, grace, and good humor.

“I am forever grateful to The University of Tulsa for giving a young kid back in 1984 the opportunity of a lifetime,” Tomkalski said. “I never could have imagined spending 40 years at one school but have thoroughly enjoyed my time at TU. I have witnessed so many great games, fierce competitions, outstanding individual and team performances and have had a lot of laughs that will always be etched in my memory. It was also because of this job that I met my wife Gary Ann, and I thank her for the patience and understanding of the long hours and time away.

“I thank the communication staff members who have worked with me thru the years for all their hard work and dedication. It has been a pleasure to work with them as well as the many coaches, student-athletes, athletic staff, media members and the numerous campus departments. The people make the place, and Tulsa is a tremendous place.”

Don Tomkalski
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Wildcatters Make Two Blockbuster Trades

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – At the first-ever PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Teams Expansion Draft Wednesday evening in Oklahoma City at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma Wildcatters, one of two new expansion teams for the PBR Teams League, assembled their initial seven-rider roster during six rounds of exhilarating selections punctuated with a blockbuster trade of the No. 1 overall pick.

“Out of the six guys on my list, I literally didn’t get one, and that was Vitor Losnake,” said Brandon Bates, General Manager of the Oklahoma Wildcatters. “He was really high on my talent board, so kudos to New York for making a great pick there.”

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World of Outlaws: Thunderbird Debut

Oklahoma and Kansas will welcome The Greatest Show on Dirt this weekend for two nights in the country’s heartland.

First up is the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ debut at Thunderbird Speedway (Muskogee, OK) on Friday, March 29. The half mile will become the seventh “Sooner State” track visited by the World of Outlaws. Then, Kansas’ 81 Speedway (Wichita, KS) awaits to host the Series for the 15th time on Saturday the organizations shared in a release today.

The 2024 campaign has already been full of action in 2024, and this weekend promises to deliver more of the same. The World of Outlaws roll into the weekend with a tie atop the standings, no repeat winners, and story-lines that have set the stage for another can’t-miss two nights of racing.

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Big XII Adds Tulsa Women Rowing

The University of Tulsa is one of two schools the Big 12 Conference has added as an affiliate member for the sport of rowing beginning with the 2024-25 academic year, the league announced today.

Tulsa and Old Dominion will join UCF, Kansas, Kansas State and West Virginia in the Big 12 Conference.

“We are excited to announce Tulsa as an affiliate member in rowing,” Big 12 Vice President for Women’s Basketball & Competition Dayna Scherf said. “The addition of Golden Hurricane rowing supports the continued growth of women’s sports across our Conference. We look forward to welcoming the Tulsa rowing coaches, student-athletes and fans to Big 12 competition.”

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Tulsa Rally with Riley Gaines on February 9

In a stirring display of determination and advocacy, Women for Tulsa is set to galvanize the community with an event that’s more than just a gathering—it’s a movement. The group is hosting a noteworthy event featuring Riley Gaines, Ambassador at the Independent Women’s Forum and a celebrated 12-time NCAA All-American Swimmer.

This event, which is free to all ages and the public, is scheduled for February 9, 2024, at the Cove at River Spirit Casino in Tulsa and represents a clarion call for action.

Gaines, a symbol of determination and perseverance, is the group’s chosen face to inspire young women and men to stand for their beliefs. According to Julie Woolslayer, co-spokeswoman of Women for Tulsa, Riley’s message is clear and universal: “Protect women’s sports, protect women’s spaces. This message transcends political boundaries and should resonate with liberals, conservatives, and moderates alike.”

Riley Gaines at a recent rally
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