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Oklahoma City metro achievers for July 10

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BY NASREEN IQBAL niqbal@opubco.com Published: July 10, 2012
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Oklahoma City University's Gamma Phi Beta's Omicron chapter won several awards at a recent convention in Denver. Gamma Phi Beta is one of three active National Panhellenic sororities at OCU. The chapter won the Mary A. Bingham Award for overall excellence. The Chancellor E.O. Haven Excellence Award was presented to the sorority for having the highest grade-point average, with a spring semester overall GPA of 3.71. Several alumna were given the Carnation Award, which recognizes members whose achievements outside the sorority have brought them honor or distinction. Tony-nominated actress Kelli O'Hara received the award, along with violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn, Canadian Olympian Nikola Girke and Alabama Supreme Court Associate, Justice Jacquelyn Stuart.

Terran Manning, director of youth services for Crossroads Youth and Family Services, was awarded the Carmel Bland Award by the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services. The award is given annually for service in Oklahoma's youth service system. The award is named for Carmel Bland, a former superintendent at the now defunct Helena State School for Boys. Manning was chosen for his dedication while heading Crossroads' residential programs, including its emergency youth shelter and juvenile intervention center. He has worked for the agency since 1998. “I am definitely appreciative of this honor, and I am also grateful to the people I work with who come to work every day to help kids,” Manning said. Manning holds degrees in social work from the University of Oklahoma. He lives in Norman with his wife, Felicia, and their three children.

Moore Fire Department's previous deputy fire chief, Gary Bird, has been appointed fire chief by City Manager Steve Eddy. “I am proud to appoint Chief Bird to the position. Over the past several years, I have had the privilege to work with Gary, and I recognize his outstanding service to the City of Moore,” Eddy said. Bird filled the position vacated by Charles Stephens, who retired June 29 after 32 years of service. Bird began working at the department in 1985.

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