The Norman Transcript

Headlines

May 7, 2013

Convention bureau celebrates 20 years of tourism in Norman

NORMAN — Dinosaurs, medieval knights, lords and ladies, musicians, a renowned painter, OU ponies Boomer and Sooner and other friends helped celebrate 20 years of tourism Monday in Norman.

The Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau’s 20-year anniversary celebration included a gala luncheon commemorating National Tourism Week.

“Staycations are in this year in 2013,” Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said after officially proclaiming May 5-11 as National Tourism Week in Norman.

Rosenthal said Norman offers everything a traveler could want.

NCVB Executive Director Stephen Koranda, after removing the head of a dinosaur costume he had worn while welcoming guests incognito, said lots of jobs depend on tourism in Norman.

Koranda commended his staff and recognized the efforts of the three directors who had preceded him since the Convention and Visitors Bureau was established 20 years ago. Former executive directors Danna Fowble and Marcy Jarrett were on hand for the anniversary celebration. Former director Sherri Rogers was unable to attend.

The celebration was in conjunction with the CVB’s annual year in review. A slideshow of accomplishments indicated that 17 of 18 key indicators of the bureau’s success are up this year compared to last year’s numbers, and Koranda pledged those numbers will continue to grow.

“What we call results are just beginnings,” he said.

Joyce Pitchlynn of the Norman Parks Foundation made a special presentation along with the announcement of a new landscaping award to be given annually in an effort to encourage landscape excellence in the community.

Pitchlynn said the University of Oklahoma provided the inspiration for the award with its great landscaping. The Foundation kicked off the recognition this year by recognizing OU with a special Inspiration award.

In particular, Pitchlynn said the Foundation wanted to honor President David Boren and OU First Lady Molly Shi Boren, who have been particularly active in promoting landscaping and the planting of trees at the university.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Water Reclamation Wastewater upgrade under way

    Norman’s $63 million water reclamation facility upgrade is under way. Once known as a sewer plant, the facility’s moniker reflects the current trend in water reuse and treatment that’s crossing the United States....

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Okla. City museum shows pigeons in positive light

    OKLAHOMA CITY — It wasn’t long after Lorrie Monteiro started her new gig as curator of the American Pigeon Museum that she started to wonder, “What have I done?” Monteiro had experience working at museums but knew almost nothing about the ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Bicycle Racks Five more bike racks installed downtown

    Public art was installed Thursday along east Main Street in historic downtown Norman. Five colorful art pieces aren’t just for looks. The musical notes, dream catcher, fork and spoon, scissortail flycatcher and a bent arrow also are bike ...

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meet the Sooners on Saturday

    Meet the Sooners Day will be Saturday at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The annual, free event kicks off preseason practice and gives University of Oklahoma fans an opportunity to interact with their favorite players and ...

    August 1, 2014

  • OKC man charged with rape

    After being brutally raped and kidnapped for four days, a woman escaped and called 911 last week, which led to charges against an Oklahoma City man. Zohaib Sahibzada Dastgir, 28, was charged with three counts of first-degree rape, two ...

    August 1, 2014

  • One killed when shipping container falls onto vehicle

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City police say one person was killed when a shipping container was knocked from an Oklahoma National Guard vehicle and landed on a pickup truck....

    August 1, 2014

  • Target taps outsider as CEO for shakeup

    NEW YORK — Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers....

    August 1, 2014

  • Parks officials set to fog for mosquitoes in Norman

    Norman parks and recreation officials will fog for mosquitoes Saturday night in northeast Norman....

    August 1, 2014

  • New natural gas plant coming to south central area

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A new plant projected to process 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day is coming to the Grady/Stephens county area....

    August 1, 2014

  • Motorists should watch for pedestrians

    With another school year approaching, the Norman Police Department wants motorists to be mindful of the increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic. During the month of August, the Norman Police Department will concentrate resources in the ...

    August 1, 2014