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In brief: Oklahoma City metro-area news briefs for May 21.
Oklahoman Modified: May 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014


Banquet raises scholarship money

The Metro Tech Foundation held its student scholarship banquet recently and raised $62,000 to fund student success. Scholarships totaling $30,000 were given to 27 Metro Tech students during the event, honoring them for their academic achievement and outstanding character. Cindy Friedemann, Metro Tech district strategist and foundation director, said success of the annual event is due to the generosity of sponsors and the help of employees and students.

Rose State unveils journal

Rose State College unveiled the 34th volume of its literary journal, Pegasus, in conjunction with a student art show and reception, and honored the literary achievements of two of its faculty. President Jeanie Webb lauded professor Tim Tharp, whose young adult novel “MOJO” won this year’s Oklahoma Book Award, and professor William Bernhardt, whose nonfiction book “Nemesis” is being made into an NBC miniseries. Tharp’s previous novel, “The Spectacular Now,” a finalist for the National Book Award, was made into a movie, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive national distribution. Bernhardt, an author of crime thrillers with several making the The New York Times best-seller list, is executive director of the Rose State College Writing Short Course. Pegasus is on sale through Rose State College’s Humanities Division. For more information, go to

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