Paulette Pogue -- 100 Alumni You Should Know

Paulette Pogue

Paulette Pogue -- 100 Alumni You Should Know


Oklahoma College for Women graduate Paulette Pogue never intended to attend college, but a summer at Girls State on the OCW campus changed her mind.

“I never intended on going to college until I was honoured to be selected to attend Girls State held on the OCW campus,” Pogue said. “It was the only school that I ever considered. I arrived in 1956, made long lasting friends and sisters, and stayed to graduate in 1960.

“My education was like no other. I had the opportunity to have private lessons in speech and performance unlike any other. Two professors, who were my biggest role models, were Ruth Ball and Sam Evans. Each of them left a lasting mark on my heart and life. I am who I am because of that opportunity. God guided and OCW provided,” she said.

Pogue’s association with the university didn’t end at her graduation. She has been an advocate for the school and active in the alumni association. She served several years on the USAO Alumni Association Board of Directors – including serving as its leader. “I had the opportunity to serve as president of the USAO Alumni Association for two years during major changes in the association and many firsts." She has established several scholarships at the university honoring professors and classmates. Pogue also has maintained lasting relationships with her classmates.

“OCW was like a sisterhood. All those women who crossed my path helped me grow. Many of us are still meeting, corresponding and loving. At no other college would I have ever experienced this wonderful bond. Fifty years later, we still are in touch. Where on any other campus would you find that family feeling?”

In addition to serving on the alumni association board, Pogue said that her family, church life and teaching career are her greatest life accomplishments. As far as her career accomplishments, Pogue said “I've written no great works, but I hope that my life has inspired or influenced the lives of people I have come in contact with in teaching and in the business world -- Michael Turpin being one of them.”

She is retired from Tulsa Community College, taught for Tulsa Public Schools for eight years and was a leader, trainer and director of leaders for 15 years with Weight Watchers. Pogue has been a member of NEA, OEA, Emmaus Community, Emmaus Board of Directors, was a church board chair, church ministry leadership team moderator and worked with the Bible Study Fellowship. She was involved with many organizations while at OCW.

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