Thank you to all who attended the Global Vision Awards Gala on October 29th at
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa. A very special night!
Each year, Tulsa Global Alliance recognizes and honors an outstanding organization and outstanding individuals for significant and lasting contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability, religious accord, international trade or cooperative efforts to solve health, social, or environmental challenges.
The 2019 Honorees:
Oklahoma State University School of Global Studies and Partnerships
The Oklahoma State University School of Global Studies and Partnerships (SGSP) serves as the focal
point for OSU’s global engagement and legacy. The School has developed several educational,
research and outreach programs on a global scale and oversees active partnerships in dozens of
countries. SGSP’s students, faculty, and alumni have an impact in more than 55 countries, and the
School is dedicated to creating knowledge and sharing it with the global community, in keeping
with its commitment as a land-grant institution. SGSP consists of the School of Global Studies, which
is celebrating its 20 th anniversary this year, the Study Abroad Office, the Wes Watkins Center for
In International Trade Development, the English Language Institute, the U.S.– UPAEP Liaison Office, the
China Programs Office and the Office of International Students and Scholars.
Cathy Render, co-owner and vice president of RVALLC, a Tulsa-based nationally and internationally
recognized market research firm, became an active and enthusiastic supporter of Tulsa Global
Alliance in the 1990s when her children “discovered” TGA’s International Youth Coalition of Tulsa and
the world-broadening opportunities of Kids’ World, student exchanges, and Sister City visits. For two
decades, she consistently served TGA, including two terms on the Board and multiple leadership
positions, most recently as 2017-2018 Board Chair. She worked tirelessly to strengthen TGA’s
development efforts, board structure, and global education programs, and led the effort to establish
TGA’s Passports to Global Education program in partnership with the Tulsa City-County Library.
General Thomas P. Stafford (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Throughout his career, General Thomas P. Stafford has flown more than 100 different types of aircraft as he pushed the envelope of our achievement in air and space. He flew in space on Gemini VI, Gemini IX, Apollo X, and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975, the first international space docking. The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project promoted goodwill between the United States and Soviet Union and led to a thaw in the Cold War. He has been an advisor to several U.S. Presidents on space policy and a spokesperson about the importance of international space cooperation.