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OSU Student recognized for community engagement
An Oklahoma State University student has been recognized for her commitment to community engagement. Shelbi Gambrell, an elementary education sophomore from Shawnee, was among 10 Oklahoma students to be recognized as 2017-2018 Newman Civic Fellows.  The Newman Civic Fellows program was established by Campus Compact in honor of co-founder Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating opportunities for student civic learning and engagement. The award is designed to recognize college students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for the challenges faced by communities across the nation through service, research and advocacy. Each of Oklahoma’s fellows will receive a $500 scholarship from Oklahoma Campus Compact. Gambrell’s project, Letters of Gratitude, involves a system of personal emails from former students and colleagues to teachers who made an impact on their lives, with the goal of bestowing honor and helping teachers realize the magnitude of their work. Also receiving the honor was OSU-Oklahoma City nursing student Jessica Villar. A first-generation college student from Oklahoma City, Villar completed more than 700 hours of service as a tutor at a local elementary school through AmeriCorps. The 10 students from Oklahoma are among 273 from 36 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico named Newman Civic Fellows. To read more go to:
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:38:34 -0500
Remember the Ten Scholarship recipients announced
The Remember the Ten steering committee has announced nine Oklahoma State University students as scholarship recipients, who were also publicly recognized during the annual Remember the Ten Run April 15. Created in 2012, the scholarship program supports graduate students who are seeking an OSU master’s degree or doctorate in one of the following specialties: clinical psychology, counseling psychology, community counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Each recipient receives a $1,000 cash scholarship, with $500 being awarded per semester. The first Remember the Ten Run was held on April 21, 2007, and is now an annual tradition held on the third Saturday of April. The memorial run honors the 10 members of the OSU family who died in a plane crash on January 27, 2001. The scholarship focuses on degree specialties that provide counseling following tragedies like the plane crash. For more information on the scholarship or how to donate, visit the Remember the Ten Scholarship Program page at This year’s beneficiaries are: Jamie Bechtelheimer, marriage and family therapy graduate student, Corpus Christie, Texas Jamie Bechtelheimer graduated from OSU in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. In Fall 2016, she led a team in designing and presenting an entrepreneurial idea at the Rural Health Innovation Weekend, where her team won third place and the People's Choice award.  Bechtelheimer’s long-term goal is to provide therapy to children and adolescents in Tulsa public schools or in a Tulsa nonprofit agency.  She wants to specialize in helping children overcome trauma and thrive in school, with an emphasis on providing culturally relevant therapy to Hispanic and multi-ethnic kids Hannah Espeleta, clinical psychology doctoral student, Dayton, Ohio Hannah Espeleta, who graduated from Miami University in Ohio, studies under the supervision of Dr. Larry Mullins. Her research interests address physical and mental health interventions for youth with childhood adversity, including experiences of child abuse and neglect. Espeleta’s long-term goals include working in an academic setting where she can continue to conduct research and disseminate findings on interventions for children and families affected by trauma. “I am very humbled and honored to be a recipient of the 2017-2018 Remember the Ten Run Scholarship. This award will allow me to continue my clinical training in evidenced-based treatments for children and families experiencing trauma and grief. I am thankful for the Remember the Ten committee and to be part of the supportive and resilient community at OSU.” Kristen Frosio, clinical psychology doctoral student, San Diego Kristen Frosio studies under the supervision of Dr. DeMond Grant and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University. She plans to work at a VA Medical Center and provide evidence-based clinical intervention for those suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.   “I am grateful to be a recipient of the 2017-2018 Remember the Ten Run Scholarship. This award will allow me to continue my clinical training and education in order to better serve those whom have suffered great loss and tragedy. I believe it is important to give back to those who have sacrificed so much." Ashley Hadwiger, counseling psychology doctoral student, Stillwater Ashley Hadwiger, a Stillwater native, received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from OSU in May 2016. OSU has been a big part of her childhood and continues to impact her as an adult. “I am honored to be a recipient of the 2017-2018 Remember the Ten Scholarship. This scholarship will aid me in my development as a counselor-in-training and serve as a reminder, a source of inspiration, and an appreciation of our community’s resilience.” Jacob Kraft, clinical psychology graduate student, Minneapolis, Minnesota Jacob Kraft studies under the supervision of Dr. DeMond Grant. He enjoys being pushed beyond his comfort zone to gain experience and insight into how individual differences lead to different mental health responses. “Receiving the 2017-2018 Remember the Ten Scholarship is a great honor and will allow me to further my clinical training to better serve those going through difficult times.”  Megan Perez, clinical psychology doctoral student Megan Perez, who is a member of the Pediatric and Health Psychology Lab, studies under the mentorship of Dr. Larry Mullins. She is interested in parent and child adjustment to severe and life-threatening illnesses, particularly pediatric cancer, as well as improving end-of-life care for children and their families.  “It is an honor to receive the Remember the Ten Run Scholarship. This scholarship will aid in my ability to continue clinical training, helping families through illness and grief, and will serve as a reminder of the importance of my work.” Jennifer Shields, clinical psychology doctoral student, Tulsa "I am truly humbled to be a recipient of the Remember the Ten Scholarship. Human pain and suffering is unavoidable; however, I wholeheartedly believe in the hope that counseling can provide individuals facing grief and bereavement. It is one of the greatest privileges of my life to serve others in times of need. I appreciate OSU's tireless devotion to this cause and hope to represent the mission of this scholarship well." Logan Shuping, mental health counseling graduate student, Pawhuska, Oklahoma Logan Shuping received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University, and his two sisters are also OSU alumni. “It is an honor to receive this scholarship, and I am very grateful that I was chosen by the selection committee. The Oklahoma State University Family is a tight-knit one that always rises together when faced with adversity, and the annual Remember the Ten Run is perhaps the most shining example of this community; having my application chosen by a committee representing such a noble cause is truly humbling. This scholarship will allow me to continue down the path of becoming a licensed professional counselor, and I know that I will remember this award when counseling those who have been struck by grief.” Stephanie J. Tarle, clinical psychology Doctoral student, San Juan Capistrano, California Stephanie Tarle, who received her bachelor’s degree in neuropsychology from Pennsylvania State University, studies under the supervision of Dr. Matt Alderson. Her research interests focus on understanding the underlying neurocognitive deficits among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and her clinical work focuses on helping children and their families to cope with difficult situations. “I am honored and humbled to be a recipient of the 2017-2018 Remember the Ten Scholarship. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be recognized by this organization and to help raise awareness for grief counseling. This scholarship will assist in continuing my pursuit towards a doctoral degree.”
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:27:20 -0500
OSU Receives Zarrow Grant to Expand Healthcare in Rural Oklahoma
The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) was awarded $500,000 from The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation to expand the Rural Oklahoma Network (ROK-Net). The program joins nearly 200 research networks in an effort to improve health care across the nation. “We are honored to receive support from the Trustees of The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation,” said CHSI’s Director Dr. William Paiva. “They share our vision for a healthier rural Oklahoma, one that can be achieved through tight connections to the needs of rural health care.” ROK-Net is a joint effort with the OSU Center for Health Sciences, including its Department of Family Medicine and Center for Rural Health. ROK-Net is an alliance of rural primary care providers and researchers studying health problems as well as issues related to clinic efficiency in rural Oklahoma communities. Nearly every county in Oklahoma has a shortage of medical care with rural areas having higher rates of chronic diseases. Specialists are largely absent, and mental health care is woefully limited. Further compounding problems are aging physicians in rural areas.  “While much health care innovation occurs in urban areas today, ROK-Net allows us to be involved in rural communities,” said Bill Major, Executive Director of The Zarrow Family Foundations. “We recognize that rural communities have their own unique health disparity challenges, and these challenges are getting more difficult to address given increasingly limited resources. The timing of ROK-Net is perfect as it is exactly what the state needs right now.” The grant will allow ROK-Net to expand into 10 additional counties, with the goal to be in every rural county in the state. CHSI is positioned between the OSU Spears School of Business and the OSU Center for Health Sciences. CHSI aims to transform rural and Native American health through the implementation of innovative care delivery and information technology solutions. The Center’s Institute for Predictive Medicine leverages one of the nation’s largest HIPAA-compliant data bases of electronic medical records to discover new insights into health care delivery and health disparities. Based in Tulsa, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation is committed to supporting housing and shelter resources, social services and basic human needs, and mental health and indigent health care initiatives.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:35:35 -0500
Higher education is vital to Oklahoma’s economy
Many people don’t realize that higher education in Oklahoma is a bargain compared to other institutions around the country. With the focus being on education across the state, it is more important than ever to have all the facts regarding the cost and impact of higher education. “Oklahoma State University ranks as one of the nation’s best in most affordability measures,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “The affordability and efficiency of OSU helps Oklahoma’s economy by attracting students and faculty to the state and by providing an educated workforce ready to help their local communities. And as a premier land-grant university, we also support the state through wide-ranging research and our extension efforts in every Oklahoma county.” Information regarding the cost of higher education can be broken down into four main categories: growth, efficiency, affordability and funding. Growth With meeting the goals of record enrollment and record fundraising, OSU has been able to partially offset the decreases in state funding. In fact, OSU has hit record highs in system-wide, Stillwater-campus and freshman enrollment in the last five years. Of course, a lot of OSU’s success can be attributed to the growth of undergraduate enrollment. Over the past six years alone, undergraduate enrollment at OSU-Stillwater has grown by 3,707 students — an average increase of more than 600 students per year.   Efficiency OSU has continued to be efficient in managing and reducing costs, while still offering a great value to students. This diligence in efficiency has kept OSU’s institutional support cost per student at just over $1,000 — 41 percent of the national average for four-year public institutions. OSU has also been an innovator in establishing an energy management program. The behavioral-based program has served as a model for the state and has saved OSU more than $35 million since July 2007. Affordability Did you know nearly 50% of OSU Students graduate with no debt? The average amount is $22,591, well below the national average and the lowest in the Big 12 Affordability is one of the most vital parts of OSU in attracting prospective students. OSU is even named to a variety of national lists for its value — including the Princeton Review, which named OSU as providing its students the “best bang for their tuition buck.” Oklahoma is just as big of a player in making OSU affordable. Oklahoma is the third lowest state in average student cost for public four-year universities. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks Oklahoma fifth in the nation in overall affordability. The average tuition and fees for a land-grant university is $11,312 and the average for schools in the Big 12 is $8,748. OSU’s average tuition and fees is $7,778 — nearly $1,000 in savings per year for students. But the affordability of OSU goes beyond graduation day. Nearly 50 percent of OSU students graduate with no debt and the average amount of debt for an OSU student is $22,591 — well below the national average and the lowest in the Big 12. Funding The state appropriations to OSU this year account for only 15 percent of the revenue for all the agencies that carry out OSU’s land-grant mission. This includes all Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service offices in all Oklahoma counties. This is a decrease from 18 percent the previous year and 38 percent 15 years ago. Despite these decreases, OSU has still been able to rank among the most affordable institutions in the region, Big 12 and among land-grant institutions. “In the end, higher education is an investment in the future of our state,” Hargis said. “It is vital to Oklahoma’s economy by providing world-class research, an educated workforce and improved learning opportunities for our citizens. No state with a small percentage of college graduates is as prosperous as those with a large number of college graduates.” For more information on OSU’s growth and affordability, visit
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:03:22 -0500
American Airlines to resume early, late Stillwater flights in August
The City of Stillwater and Oklahoma State University are pleased to announce that starting Aug. 22, 2017, American Airlines will resume its non-summer commercial flight schedule from Stillwater Regional Airport. This schedule features an early morning departure time of approximately 7 a.m. to DFW and a late evening arrival time in Stillwater. City Manager Norman McNickle and OSU President Burns Hargis are grateful that American Airlines addressed the community’s concerns about flight times. McNickle said, “Commercial flight from Stillwater Regional Airport has been a game changer for our business community and for the University. We appreciate the support we received from Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley as the airport continues to develop.” Hargis agreed, “You can see how important this service has become to Stillwater and to the University since it began last August. Our elected officials also understand this. Governor Mary Fallin, Senator James Inhofe and Congressman Frank Lucas have been invested in the Airport from the beginning and have continued to show their support for its success.” Airport Director Gary Johnson said that bookings since August had been well above what had been projected. “We discovered that the early flight time was part of that success, and our customers let us know how much that time was a major factor in choosing to fly from Stillwater.” Customers took to social media to express how much they appreciated the early flight time. Many said they loved flying from Stillwater because of the ease of meeting connecting flights from DFW. Mayor Gina J. Noble said, “I love that so many residents have benefited from commercial flight out of our airport. It’s so easy when you can make your connecting flight. We are grateful that American Airlines understands this and continues to serve our community.” “We have had a wonderful experience working with our partner American Airlines, and we look forward to our future successes together,” Johnson said. “If you have not flown out of Stillwater yet, now is a great time to do so.” Stillwater Regional Airport offers two direct American Airlines flights both to and from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) every day. The airport features free parking, shorter security lines and competitive rates.   For a full flight schedule or to book a flight from Stillwater Regional Airport, go to and use airport code SWO. American has announced a summer flight schedule that starts June 4 and will run through Aug. 21.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:31:02 -0500
Oklahoma ABLE Tech Honored at State Capitol
Brenda Dawes, representing Oklahoma ABLE Tech, accepted the 2016 DRS Access for All Partner of the Year Award on behalf of the agency from DRS Interim Director Noel Tyler during the People with Disabilities Awareness Day attended by nearly 800 people at the state capitol. Oklahoma ABLE Tech, the state’s assistive technology program, was honored with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ 2016 Access for All Partner of the Year Award in a ceremony at the state capitol. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin opened the award ceremonies with a keynote address during People with Disabilities Awareness Day attended by nearly 800 people. DRS Interim Director Noel Tyler presented the award to program manager Brenda Dawes of ABLE Tech, representing Linda Jaco, director of ABLE Tech, and Rob Carr, accessibility coordinator. Tyler cited examples of how DRS and ABLE Tech have repeatedly partnered to aid Oklahomans with disabilities. “DRS is honored to partner with Oklahoma ABLE Tech,” Tyler said. “They produce and deliver results, as well as demonstrating an unwavering commitment to quality. ABLE Tech staff is extremely dedicated to ensuring Access for All, which is critical in creating an environment where people with disabilities have the same opportunities to participate in the workforce as people without disabilities.” The People with Disabilities Awareness Day theme “Engage and Empower” was a call to Oklahomans with disabilities, their families and supporters to share their own disability stories. Their visits with legislators help them understand the impact of services that lead to employment and independence. ABLE Tech is based at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and is led by Linda Jaco. OSU Chief Wellness Officer Todd Misener is thankful to have a program that improves access to assistive technology; devices used to aid individuals with disabilities. He believes this program is key in the university’s goal of becoming America’s Healthiest Campus. “Bridging barriers to an active, productive, healthy, and fulfilling life is a vital component of OSU’s Wellness mission,” Misener said. “I am thrilled to have ABLE Tech as part of OSU’s Department of Wellness and applaud their tireless efforts to enable those with disabilities to live a productive and fulfilling life.  This award is well deserved!” As the employment agency for Oklahomans with disabilities, DRS’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Visual Services staff provided career preparation and employment services for 12,954 jobseekers with disabilities last year. The 2,125 who became employed earned $20,952 in average annual wages and paid $3,144 in average taxes. PHOTO:
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:16:42 -0500
Oklahoma State University civil engineering students win American Concrete Institute Fellowship awards
Oklahoma State University civil engineering students Bret Robertson and Katelyn Oquin have received prestigious American Concrete Institute (ACI) Fellowship awards. Robertson, a graduate student from Inola, Oklahoma, and Oquin, class of 2016 from Burneyville, Oklahoma, will each receive a $7,000 stipend, an all-expenses paid trip to the next two ACI conventions, assistance in finding an industry mentor and assistance in finding a summer internship. “This is a great honor for Oklahoma State University and our students,” says Tyler Ley, Ph.D. and associate civil engineering professor. “It showcases the high quality of students we have here and it’s great that they’re recognized by such a prestigious group.” Over 1,000 students apply for this award each year, and Oquin and Robertson are the first from OSU to receive it. There have only been two previous universities that have had students win the ACI Fellowship award in the same year. “We have professors who invest in their students not only in the classroom, but in their well-being and success,” says Oquin. “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities that I was provided by Dr. Ley, and for his ability to teach with a passion and to inspire his students.” For more information about the ACI Fellowship award, visit PHOTO:
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:14:40 -0500
OSU/A&M Regents approve personnel actions
The OSU/A&M Board of Regents approved several Oklahoma State University personnel actions during its meeting on Friday in Goodwell, Oklahoma. APPOINTMENTS: John O’Hara, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering; Juan Borrero, assistant professor, industrial engineering and management; Imraan Faraque, assistant professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering; and Hadi Noori, assistant professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering. CHANGES: Julie Koch, title change from associate professor and interim head to associate professor and head, applied health and education psychology; and Susan Stansberry, title change from associate professor and interim head to associate professor and head, educational studies. RETIREMENTS: Lester Moses, history, June 1, 2017; Michael Smith, history, June 1, 2017; Heidi Hoffer, theatre, June 1, 2017; Charlotte Wright, accounting, June 10, 2017; Margaret White, management, August 31, 2017; John Nazemetz, industrial engineering and management, June 10, 2017; Jerrold Leong, hotel and restaurant administration, July 1, 2017; and Nancy Betts, nutritional sciences, July 1, 2017. Story by Katie Rosebrook
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:59:54 -0500
Safety is key when using a home fire extinguisher
Knowing how to properly operate a home fire extinguisher can minimize damage in the event of a fire. (Photo by sezer66/ Homeowners are pretty savvy when it comes to keeping their home safe. They lock their doors and windows and store harmful chemicals out of reach. They also change the batteries in their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms on a regular basis. Safety is always on the mind of a homeowner. That is why it is important to have an essential safety tool in your home – a fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers are a critical component of saving property and lives, said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension housing and consumer specialist. “In the event of a small fire in your home, a fire extinguisher can make the difference of saving your home or the home sustaining a lot of damage,” Peek said. “However, homeowners should only try to put out small fires. If you can’t quickly douse the flames, call 9-1-1 and evacuate the home immediately. It’s far too dangerous to try to fight a bigger fire with a fire extinguisher designed for home use.” Most hardware and discount stores sell fire extinguishers. They are categorized using an A, B, C or D letter rating system. A good choice for the home is a multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher which combines one or more classes of extinguishers. Class A is for ordinary combustibles such as paper and wood; Class B is used for grease, gasoline, oil and oil-based paints; Class C is used for electrical fires; and Class D is for flammable metals. Fire extinguishers are useful only if they can be found and used properly while the fire is still small. Store the extinguisher in a highly visible area. It will not do a homeowner any good if the extinguisher is up on a high shelf or tucked behind items in a cabinet. “The majority of home fires begin in the kitchen. It’s a good ideas to keep an extinguisher close and handy,” she said. In the event of a fire, the first priority is to get everyone out of the house. When using a fire extinguisher on a small fire, remember the acronym PASS. This stands for pull the pin, aim at the base of the fire, squeeze the handle and sweep back and forth. “When you purchase your fire extinguisher, take the time to examine it and learn how to operate it at that time,” Peek said. “You don’t want to lose valuable time trying to read the directions when you have a small fire in your home.” In the event of a small fire, keep in mind the fire can continue to smolder even if you think it is out. Call the fire department to inspect your house after you have put out a fire. Be sure to check your extinguisher every month to make sure the pressure gauge shows a full charge. Nonrechargeable units are good for about 12 years. Rechargeable ones should be serviced after six years. “Keep in mind fires can spread quickly, so always give yourself an escape route,” she said. “If you have any doubt in your ability to get the fire under control, leave your house immediately and call the fire department.”
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:18:10 -0500
Masterpiece Moments: Artist at the table to celebrate community commitment to the arts
Masterpiece Moments: Artist at the Table will combine artists’ talents and the community’s commitment to the arts in a fun-filled night on Saturday, May 6, at 6 pm. The premier event, held in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center, will include wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent and live auction, and entertainment, with proceeds supporting the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art’s exhibitions and educational programming. Famous artwork and artists – Warhol, van Gogh, and Degas, for example – will be the inspiration behind a gallery of tablescape creations. These interpretive works of art will be constructed by friends and advocates of the OSU Museum of Art. “Masterpiece Moments will be an evening to honor and promote what the OSU Museum of Art is all about: education and community outreach,” said Shawn Howell, Masterpiece Moments co-chair and OSU Museum of Art Advocate. “The evening will be a vivid, colorful walk into the magical world of many different artists, with a sample of their style displayed by our talented tablescape designers.” Since opening its doors in 2013, the museum has had more than 16,000 visitors. It houses OSU’s permanent collection of art, and hosts a variety of exhibitions, educational programs, and community events each year. “As an Advocate, I am passionate about the role of the museum in our community,” said Brenda Spaulding, Masterpiece Moments co-chair and OSU Museum of Art Advocate. “Because it is becoming increasingly more difficult to provide art within our public schools, I think these types of educational programming and resources can help bridge that gap.” Howell and Spaulding belong to a group of OSU Museum of Art Advocates who support the museum and its outreach to the community through their advocacy, volunteer work, and various contributions. The Art Advocates play a vital role in expanding the museum’s reach in the community, helping provide transformational art experiences to as many people as possible. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at More information is also available at About the OSU Museum of Art For more information about the OSU Museum of Art, visit or call 405-744-2780.   All exhibitions are free and open to the public. The museum is located at 720 S. Husband Street in downtown Stillwater. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:01:37 -0500