Archives for: April 2015

Apr 14th
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Music at the Mansion

Thursday, April 16th, 1:30 PM

University of Tulsa Chamber Groups with Harp

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Apr 8th
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Oklahoma Military Academy

Documentary Showing, Panel Discussion, and Exhibit Opening

Saturday, May 16th, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM


Schedule of Events:

10:00  Oklahoma Military Academy exhibit opens
11:00   Showing of the documentary OMA: West Point of the Southwest
12:05   Opening ceremony
12:15   Panel Discussion with Phil Goldfarb, Gene Little, John Wooley, Shawnee Brittan, and Danette Boyle
1:30     Second showing of the documentary OMA: West Point of the Southwest

Oklahoma Military AcademyOMA(Color)

From 1919-1971, the Oklahoma Military Academy enjoyed a hard-earned reputation for excellence, becoming known as the “West Point of the South West.” Today, the campus operates as Rogers State University, but the OMA tradition has not been forgotten.

Life on “The Hill” for an OMA cadet was one of discipline and self control. The schools core values-Courage, Loyalty and Honor-were instilled in the life of every cadet. Over 10,000 young men attended OMA with 80% having served our country in time of war as well as peace…the highest percent of any school in Oklahoma.

Documentary OMA: West Point of the Southwest

RSU Public TV, in conjuction with the OMA Alumni Association and Rogers State University, has produced a documentary telling the unique story of the Oklahoma Military Academy.

The documentary features the narration of national award-winning journalist Bill Kurtis and was written by author John Wooley, who has extensively researched OMA’s history. OMA alumnus Shawnee Brittan ’53, who has received more than 40 international film award, served as the producer/director.


Dr. Danette Boyle –  Danette Boyle graduated from Chelsea High School and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northeastern State University and her doctorate from Oklahoma State University.  She began working at Claremore Jr. College, now Rogers State University in 1973 as the Director of Admissions/Counseling. In 1977, Boyle was promoted to Vice President for Development and served in that capacity until July 2011 at which point, she decided to serve as the Executive Director of the OMA Alumni Association.

Among Danette Boyle’s numerous awards and achievements as the Vice President at RSU, her number one accomplishment was the development of the OMA Alumni Association.  She has led the efforts in many fundraising efforts of the OMA Alumni, including efforts last year to partner with RSU TV to make the made for television movie: Oklahoma Military Academy: West Point of the Southwest.

Shawnee Brittan – Shawnee Brittan came to OMA in the fall of 1950 and graduated from high school in 1953. Brittan has received international acclaim in a career that has spanned many years in film and video production. He worked in Hollywood throughout the 1960s, where he was vice president of Celebrity News Service. In 1967, he co-founded Media Research Associates.

He served as Filmmaker-in-Residence and Visiting Professor at the University of Oklahoma from 2001 to 2011. At OU he created the Independent Film Project, an independent motion picture production program.  He currently serves as vice president of Hollymount Pictures, and is a consultant to the History Media Foundation. Brittan served as the producer and director for Oklahoma Military Academy: West Point of the Southwest. 

Phil Goldfarb – Phil Goldfarb graduated from the Oklahoma Military Academy and then received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from Oklahoma State University. A history and biography buff since he could first read, Phil’s hobby for over 30 years has been history and genealogy as he is the Founding and current President of  a local Genealogical Society.  He has lectured extensively on various topics in genealogy and has written two books titled “A Page of History: Passport Applications 1851-1914” which came out in 2014 and a second book “A Page of History: Passport Applications Volume II 1915-1925″

In 2014 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Military Academy Hall of Fame and is the President of the OMA Alumni Association. He sits on the Board of Trustees for several non-profit organizations in the Tulsa area. Phil and his wife of 39 years have two children and two grandchildren.

Gene Little – Gene little attended three years of High School and two Years of College at Oklahoma Military Academy. After Classes at Oklahoma A & M and Tulsa University, Little was offered Navy “A” School in Electronics and Enlisted. At Navy Boot Camp in San Diego, Little won the American Spirit Honor Award at Final Parade. Little finished his Navy tour in 1962 and spent his career at Philips Semiconductor as a Fabrication Planning Manager. Little Retired after 21 Years and moved Back to Oklahoma in 2003.

In 2004 Little took over as Curator of the O.M.A Museum in Claremore. With the help of his wife Charlotte, helped renovate the Museum. Little received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008 and the Lt. Gen. William E. Potts Award for Excellence in 2011.

John Wooley – John Wooley is a writer, lecturer, and radio host who specializes in the movies, literature, and music of the 1930s and ‘40s as well as other pop-culture history. He has written, co-written, or edited more than 30 books and  has scripted a number of documentaries, including Oklahoma Military Academy: The West Point of the Southwest.

He currently hosts the public-radio series Swing on This, co-hosts the Forgotten Horrors podcasts, and serves as a contributing editor and columnist for Oklahoma Magazine. Wooley’s writing has earned him induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Cartoonists Hall of Fame, and, most recently, the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame.