Stephen Koranda, Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director, earned the Certified Destination Management Executive designation on July 18 at the Destination Marketing Association International conference in Orlando, Fla.
CDME is the only integrated executive program designed specifically for the destination marketing industry. The program requires participation in three core classes presented by DMAI along with two elective courses and a final exam within a four-year time frame. Koranda was among 23 professionals earning the designation this year.
“The entire CDME process has been enlightening and educational,” Koranda says. “I look forward to applying what I have learned throughout these courses to work with community leaders and city officials to enhance Norman as a premier destination.”
Hez says two areas of the program’s focus will benefit Norman tourism: providing a greater understanding of what makes destinations and destination marketing organizations successful as well as finding solutions to current destination challenges.
See’s Candy opened a store in Penn Square Mall on July 19.
Customers can enjoy free samples, as is the tradition of the chain. The store carries more than 100 varieties of candy made from scratch, including items that are glutenfree and dairy-free. Customers can create custom boxes of chocolates and candies.
“Over the past 92 years, we have remained true to the heritage founded by Mary See,” says Ann Ostrander, spokeswoman. “We are very excited to open our doors to the Oklahoma City community and welcome the residents to be a part of the See’s family.”
The shop features See’s original recipes and is decorated in the company’s signature black-and-white that mirrors Mary See’s original kitchen.
Mo Anderson, vice chairman of Keller Williams Realty International, and her husband, Richard, joined the University of Central Oklahoma in its efforts to restore and renovate the interior of the historic Old North Tower with a $50,000 donation.
Though Anderson now resides in Austin, Texas, she is an Oklahoma native and taught in both Midwest City and Ponca City schools for 10 years before beginning her real-estate career.
The donation is a part of the “Always Central” campaign that seeks to raise $40 million in private funding for projects, including $6 million for the renovation of Old North Tower. University officials plan Old North renovations to be completed in 24 months.
Jeanie S. Webb officially became president of Rose State College on July 1. She replaces retired President Terry D. Britton. She is the college’s seventh president and is the first female president since the school’s founding in 1970.
Webb has served as the vice president of academic affairs at Rose for the past 12 years. She began her career in higher education at Northeastern State University and moved on to become assistant vice president of academic affairs and dean at NSU’s Tulsa, Muskogee and Claremore campuses.
am very honored to be assuming the presidency of Rose State,” she says. “The college is in a solid financial position, providing a great foundation upon which to build our future. At the same time, all of higher education faces numerous challenges, and we will be very focused on how we can best meet the evolving needs of our students and the communities we serve.”
Webb became president just as the college is preparing to launch a dramatic, $22 million campus advancement plan. She will oversee the project, which is expected to be completed within the next two years.
Infant Crisis Services Inc. opened an office at Platt College, 201 N. Eastern in Moore, on July 10 to provide tornado victims with necessities for their infants and toddlers. ICS originally had set up a base in the Platt College parking lot but found it had no way to store supplies. Platt’s President and CEO Michael Pugliese was a former ICS board member and offered the center an office at the Moore location.
The office will be open Wednesdays and continue indefinitely. The Moore location is not currently accepting donations, but cash and in-kind donations are welcome at the main office, 4224 N. Lincoln.
Many of those seeking help from ICS following the tornado are doing so for the first time, and their need is not necessarily the result of poverty. ICS seeks to ease the costs of providing their children with food and clothing.
Since the storm, Jo Lynne Jones, ICS director of development and communications, says they have received more than $50,000 in cash, and in-kind goods valued at more than $500,000 to aid tornado victims.