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The Medicine Wheel: Outstanding Community Service Awards


The University of Tulsa seal contains the words “Wisdom, Faith, and Service.” Thus, service to our community and its citizens is recognized as one of the major responsibilities of this academic community.

Service can take many forms: for examples, a long-term effort by one person to assist a community service agency, or a one-day event by a large group involving physical labor, or a brief act of kindness toward a person in need. Service does not have a single definition, but it is probably best defined by the act itself.

To highlight the importance of service, The University of Tulsa has established the Medicine Wheel Awards. These awards recognize those who have provided meritorious service to our community and/or its citizens.

The recommendation form is at the bottom of this page and will be open from March 1st, 2019 to April 1st, 2019


Each year, a faculty member, staff member, student, and organization/team can be named. To be eligible, individual nominees must be full time in their respective category. An organization is defined as a group of individuals bound together by formal association with one another. For example:

  • a team comprising any combination of faculty, staff, and/or students from an academic department;
  • a Greek, cultural, or campus ministry team;
  • a residence hall, athletic, or honor society team.

In the case of organizations and teams, members need not be full time.

Recipients of the Medicine Wheel Award will be selected from among eligible nominees by an independent panel of judges and announced at Commencement. Nominees may be nominated by anyone.


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The Medicine Wheel Awards 2017 Recipients

Steve Denton – Staff

Director of New Student Programs – Student Affairs

Denton is director of new student programs for Student Affairs. He is involved in multiple outreach efforts on and off campus. He is a champion for Tulsa’s homeless community and an avid supporter of the arts. Denton is a remarkable ambassador for TU’s commitment to meaningful service to the community.

John Henshaw, Ph.D. – Faculty

Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Henshaw is department chair of mechanical engineering and Harry H. Rogers Professor of Engineering. Through the years, he has spearheaded local and international engineering clubs that engage TU students, including Make a Difference Engineering (MADE at TU), which provides area disabled residents with assistive devices; and Sustainable Engineering for Needy and Emerging Areas (SENEA) projects, which provide energy solutions to developing countries around the world.

Kieran “Kye” May – Student

Junior, History Major

May is a junior history major and vice president of service for Alpha Phi Omega – Beta Pi. Through his tireless work with APO, May increased chapter service engagement to include nearly 2,600 hours of community service to the Tulsa community in a period of only seven months. Off campus, he is involved with nonprofit organizations that address the academic and social needs of underserved youth.

Association of International Students


Accepting this honor was AIS President Aiken Sujana. AIS has spearheaded high-impact outreach efforts through its community service and philanthropy committee including Project Earth, a universal recycling program, and a successful cultural exchange at Kendall-Whittier Elementary School that delivers a TU student-led curriculum called Around the World in 12 Weeks.

This year’s Medicine Wheel recipients were honored at the spring commencement ceremony. Learn more about TU’s commitment to service at True Blue Neighbors.