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First veteran scholarship fund established at OSU
An anonymous alumna and her husband have created the Veteran Appreciation Scholarship Fund at Oklahoma State University to benefit veterans and other military-affiliated students on campus. This is the first scholarship fund established specifically to help the veterans or a dependent that qualifies to receive the veteran’s GI Bill benefits. “What many don’t realize is that GI Bill benefits are limited to 36 months of study, whether they’re used by a veteran or one of the veteran’s dependents,” said Rick Hansen, coordinator of Veteran Student Academic Services at OSU. “This limitation does not always allow our student veterans to reach their educational goals, so this scholarship fund represents a critical first step to help overcome that limitation.” The largest number of veterans on campus are enrolled in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology seeking degrees that often require more than four years of study, explained Hansen. Additionally, many exhaust their benefits while earning their undergraduate degrees and less than 10 percent have benefits available for their continued education. That often means taking a full or part-time job and extending their college stay. In some cases, such as students studying with the help of the National Guard, tuition is covered, but help is needed in meeting the cost of fees, books and supplies. Scholarship recipients can be either undergraduate or graduate students at OSU with documented financial need. They must be a U.S. military veteran, reservist, National Guardsman or the dependent of a U.S. military veteran or active duty service member. “The establishing donors have invited everyone to join in helping build this scholarship so it can serve as many as possible and every donation of any size will be greatly appreciated,” Hansen said. The scholarship will be funded on a non-endowed basis and that means every donation is especially important to help OSU veterans or other military-affiliated students on campus. You may give online at www.osugiving.com or mail a check to OSU Foundation, 400 S. Monroe, Stillwater OK 74074. Please designate fund #20-00380 VETERAN APPRECIATION SCHOLARSHIP or give online at: https://osugiving.com/veteranscholarships
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:17:03 -0500
OSU Brings Piano Class to Stillwater Community
An Oklahoma State University music professor is offering a new, non-credit piano class for Stillwater-area adults. Aimed at beginners and those who wish to brush up on their skills, Introduction to Piano will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5:30 and 6:20 p.m. from Aug. 22 – Dec. 8 inside the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts at OSU. Instructor Nataša Kaurin-Karača has taught Class Piano at OSU since 2006 and has 15 years overall of delivering piano instruction. She plans to take the fundamentals of that class and adapt them for beginning students in the community. “Perhaps they always wanted to learn to play, but were reluctant to start with individual lessons or they thought it would take years of lessons to be able to play confidently,” Kaurin-Karača said. “Taking Class Piano is a wonderful way to make that first step and may start a new, highly-rewarding hobby.” Over the course of 16 weeks, students will learn the basics of piano, but will soon move to both classical and popular music repertoire. Assignments may also be tailored to the interest of individual students. No experience is necessary to enroll in the class. “If a student played a different instrument and already knows some basics of notation, that will only speed up the process for them but even students with no experience are welcome,” Kaurin-Karača said. A typical lesson includes several activities introducing new repertoire, harmonization of folk and popular tunes, ensemble playing, sight-reading, and technical exercises. It is a non-credit course, so no quizzes or tests will be administered and grades will not be assigned. There will be a final performance, which is open to the public. Registration is $350 for the 16-week class and is due by Aug. 8. To register online or for more information, visit http://asoutreach.okstate.edu/community/piano or contact Program Coordinator Christine Nichols at Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 744-8459.
Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:22:52 -0500
Oklahoma State University Native American sorority nabs national honors
Gamma Chapter at Oklahoma State University was named the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Chapter of the Year during Alpha Pi Omega’s national award ceremony July 15 in Oklahoma City. To be considered for the award, the chapter submitted a portfolio, highlighting its members’ campus involvement, individual awards and commitment to academics and community service. In addition to volunteering at the Stillwater Humane Society and the annual Remember The 10 run, chapter members regularly co-hosted social stickball and other events for the benefit of the OSU community. With its members averaging more than five hours of community service per month each, the chapter also earned the Busy Bees of the Year award. “Gamma Chapter is honored to receive not one, but two awards,” Gamma Chapter President Marly Fixico-Hardison said. “We are thankful for the recognition from our sisters and the Grand Keepers of the Circle. We have put in a fair amount of work this past year to get Gamma Chapter to where it is today. Our success comes from love and determination, not only from us, but from our sisters.” Fixico-Hardison was also named Honeycomb of the Year, presented to the most outstanding new member nationally. A citizen of the Seminole Nation and a graduate of Seminole High School, Fixico-Hardison is majoring in chemical engineering with an option in biochemistry. Choctaw Nation citizen Twauna Williams was named PI of the Year. A resident of Durant, Oklahoma, Williams is president of the Delta Pi Chapter, serves on the sorority’s national board and was named to the 2016 NextGen Under 30 Oklahoma list. She is also on the board of directors for the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association’s American Indian Alumni Society. With more than 100 tribes represented nationwide, Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc., is the country’s largest and oldest Native American Greek-letter organization. Founded on Sept. 1, 1994 at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the sorority strives to provide a support network for collegiate and professional Native women in contemporary society while embracing traditional cultural practices. The chapter at Oklahoma State University was established in November 2002.
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:12:31 -0500
African leaders conclude Mandela Fellowship stay in Stillwater; available for interviews
African community leaders get business and civic lessons during fellowship on OSU campus. Twenty-five African community leaders are spending part of the summer taking part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. OSU was one of 40 institutions selected to host the international program. The program is designed to empower young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa through academic coursework, leadership training and networking opportunities. The group will be in Stillwater for the rest of the week before ending their time in the US with a trip to Washington D. C. next week. Interview, video and photo opportunities will be available during the group's scheduled service projects or while shadowing local business leaders in the Stillwater and Payne County area. To get more information or schedule an interview, contact Sean Hubbard at 405.744.4490 or email@example.com
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:01:16 -0500
Oklahoma State University named regional winner, vies for national community engagement honor
Recognizing extraordinary community outreach, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced today that Oklahoma State University is a regional winner of the 2017 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award. OSU now competes with three other regional winners -- East Carolina University, the University of New Hampshire and Purdue University -- for the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award, which will be announced during the APLU Annual Meeting November 12-14 in Washington, D.C. The C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award includes a sculpture and $20,000 prize. The three other regional winners will each receive a cash prize of $5,000. “This is a wonderful honor and exciting recognition of Oklahoma State’s health initiative with the Chickasaw Nation,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “It also is a recognition of OSU’s long-standing commitment to serve and engage in our communities. I want to thank and congratulate the many OSU employees and students who carry out our land-grant mission in countless ways.” OSU’s Solutions-based Health Innovations and Nutrition Excellence (SHINE) was created in 2006 as a collaboration with the Chickasaw Nation to study nutrition and public health issues identified by Chickasaw citizens – combining cultural, historical and programming knowledge with nutrition and public health expertise. The partnership developed the Eagle Adventure program for children in the first through third grades. Since 2007, APLU and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, have partnered to honor the engagement, scholarship, and partnerships of four-year public universities. The award recognizes programs that demonstrate how colleges and universities have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities. The national award is named for C. Peter Magrath, APLU president from 1992 to 2005. “This year’s Magrath Awards have demonstrated exceptional cultural, civic and economic contributions to their communities, states and regions,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “They’re tackling some of the most urgent challenges facing our country by elevating the importance of student and faculty service, deepening connections to their communities, and reorienting their engagement work to ensure it employs a comprehensive approach that address every angle of these challenges.” A team of community engagement professionals judged this round of the award. A second team will pick the national winner following presentations at the 2017 National Engagement Scholarship Conference in September.
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:56:10 -0500
Mary Malaska to direct OSU’s online bachelor’s degree program in nursing
Mary Malaska is the new director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) online degree program at Oklahoma State University, where she will also serve as an assistant professor on the Stillwater campus. The new RN to BSN program offers registered nurses who have completed an accredited associate’s degree or diploma program the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing to enrich and expand their careers. Malaska, who holds a doctorate in nursing practice from Duquesne University, received her associate’s degree in nursing from OSU-OKC in 1978 and is a certified nurse instructor. She was named Nurse of the Year in 2011 at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, where she provided care to new mothers, infants and female surgical patients as a staff nurse from 1997-2016. Malaska has served in several positions at the OSU-OKC campus, including associate professor and division head of health sciences. She was also the team leader of the Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations teaching team, which assisted nursing students and provided clinical supervision. She received the Dean Stringer Excellence in Teaching Award from OSU-OKC in 2007. Malaska earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1993, and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1996. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, the National League of Nursing, the Oklahoma League of Nursing, the Oklahoma Nurses Association, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Theta Tau. The first cohort of OSU’s RN to BSN program will begin coursework this fall. The application deadline for Spring 2018 is September 1, 2017. Learn more at http://education.okstate.edu/bsn.
Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:58:08 -0500
Longtime OSU supporter Neal Patterson passes away
Oklahoma State University has expressed its sorrow and condolences on the passing of one of the university and athletic department's top alumni and donors. Neal Patterson died July 9 at the age of 67 from unexpected complications from a soft-tissue cancer that was diagnosed in January 2016. His funeral service was held today in Leawood, Ks. “The OSU family extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Neal Patterson,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “Neal was one of OSU’s most successful graduates. He was a passionate visionary who helped revolutionize the computerization of hospital records. His generosity and support of OSU extended across many interests. We will miss him dearly.” Patterson grew up near his family's farm in Manchester, Okla. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's degree in business from Oklahoma State. He co-founded Cerner Corporation with two colleagues in 1979. Today, Cerner is the world's largest publicly traded health information technology company. FORTUNE recently named Cerner one of the world's most admired companies. Patterson was instrumental in the creation of the OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation with gifts totaling $6 million. The Center for Health Systems Innovation, a collaborative effort of the Spears School and the OSU Center for Health Sciences, focuses on creating a comprehensive and coherent vision for health care problem-solving through market-based solutions. Most recently, Patterson made a major gift to completely renovate the OSU Cowgirl Soccer Complex. The new facility will be a showcase for college soccer with club seats, plaza and upper bowl gathering areas and a north end zone terrace area and seating designed specifically for OSU students. The new facility will be named after Patterson. He also made major contributions to OSU’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. “A little over three years ago, the Center for Health Systems Innovation was initiated through the generous financial support of Neal Patterson,” William Paiva, executive director for the Center, says. “Growing up in Manchester, Oklahoma, he believed passionately and personally about the need to improve rural health care through innovation and information technology. He also knew his alma mater, Oklahoma State University, could be a national player addressing this critical market segment of the health care industry. “During that brief period and building off his initial support, the Center has grown to over 30 full-time employees and over 10 graduate students working every day to transform rural and Native American health. Mr. Patterson was always generous with his time, passion, and both personal and business connections to make this effort a success and making Oklahoma State a national player in rural and Native American health innovation. We will always be grateful for all he’s done for OSU and the Center for Health Systems Innovation.” Earlier this year, Patterson was announced as the main benefactor for the construction of a new stadium for the OSU Cowgirl soccer program, a $20 million project scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2018. “Neal’s passing is a tremendous loss on multiple levels,” Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder said. “He challenged everyone to reach for the stars and set an example of what can be accomplished by working hard and dreaming big. He’s given generously to athletics in an effort to inspire the next generation of students to change the world. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Holder said. “His passing leaves a void for all us who loved and admired him. One can only imagine what he would have done given a few more years. There is never enough time for the great ones.” Cowgirl soccer head coach Colin Carmichael said, “We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Neal Patterson. Neal’s love and passion for OSU and our soccer program were very evident, and the generosity of he and his family will leave a lasting legacy on our program for years to come. He will be sorely missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with Neal’s family at this time.”
Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:50:26 -0500
2017 Oklahoma Firefighters Association State Fire School
Record numbers of fire safety professionals participated in the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association State Fire School. More than 200 departments from 18 states were represented by 691 participants who learned new techniques and theories at the four-day training class. Hosted annually each May, the training is a collaborative effort put on by OSU Fire Service Training and the following partners: Oklahoma Firefighters Memorial, the Oklahoma Retired Firefighters Association, the Oklahoma Fire Chiefs Association and the Oklahoma Fire Chaplins Association.
Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:53:49 -0500
Rickie Fowler Endows Fund to Support OSU’s Participation in National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program
PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler proudly displays his love for Oklahoma State University by wearing orange on Sundays as he competes against the best golfers in the world. Now he is proudly putting his money where his heart is by establishing the Rickie Fowler Grand Challenge Scholars Program at OSU. An inaugural gift of $100,000 through the Rickie Fowler Foundation will establish the scholars program in the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. His plan is to continue contributing to the fund so that it grows to $1 million. “My home away from home will always be Stillwater, Oklahoma,” Fowler said. “Although I only spent two years there, its impact on me is everlasting. It’s important to me to treat my adopted state with the same respect they’ve given to me.” His gift to OSU has roots in the 2015 announcement that Cobra Golf, Fowler’s equipment sponsor, had designed a new equipment line in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, which facilitated research on the International Space Station. That partnership inspired Fowler to create a scholarship supporting initiatives in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Fowler reached out to Dr. Paul Tikalsky, dean of the college, to ask where his gift would be most effective. Tikalsky told him about OSU’s participation in the NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program, which features more than 45 engineering schools around the world addressing some of society’s most pressing issues. The National Academy of Engineering has identified 14 goals for the Grand Challenge, such as engineering better medicines and providing worldwide access to affordable clean water. “Rickie Fowler’s support expands OSU’s effort to engage more young women and men in the greatest challenges of the millennial generation,” Tikalsky said. “I look forward to Rickie meeting some of these extraordinary entrepreneurs.” Fowler’s gift reflects his passion for helping OSU students, especially those with financial need, and supporting efforts to solve global challenges. That is why the endowment benefits engineering and technology students in undergraduate research and entrepreneurial projects that address the world’s most pressing needs. Fowler has four PGA Tour victories since turning pro in 2009. He studied economics at OSU and played two seasons for the Cowboys, earning All-America honors and becoming the first freshman to win the Ben Hogan Award, which recognizes the outstanding male amateur and collegiate golfer of the year. This year, he is leading the PGA Tour with a 69.161 scoring average, and he ranks sixth in the FedExCup standings. He has represented the United States in three Ryder Cups, two Walker Cups, the Olympics, World Cup, and The Presidents Cup. About the OSU Foundation: The Oklahoma State University Foundation serves as the private fundraising organization for OSU, as designated by the OSU Regents. Its mission is to unite donor and university passions and priorities to achieve excellence.
Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:04:06 -0500
OSU hosts Show N’ Go event to support, assist statewide inventors
Oklahoma State University’s New Product Development Center (NPDC) will host a statewide inventor Show N’ Go event at the OSU Helmerich Research Center in Tulsa on July 18 starting at 10 a.m. The event supports OSU’s land-grant mission to extend its skills and knowledge to the state. “We’re excited to host this event again,” NPDC’s Program Manager Jessica Stewart says. “We hope Oklahoma’s inventor community will seize this opportunity to take the next step and receive feedback on their products. We also are looking forward to seeing the innovations our state has to offer.” NPDC is an Oklahoma State University College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology outreach unit founded in 2003. The NPDC serves Oklahoma manufacturers, businesses and inventors. The NPDC provides education, guidance, technical engineering assistance, resources and referrals through multiple programs. Programs include the Inventor Assistance Service, the Small Business Development Center and the Engineering Development Service. The network of the unit has expanded within the past five years from its single location in Stillwater, Oklahoma, to adding a second office in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Inventor Assistance Service program will sponsor the Show N’ Go and information about the other programs will be available. The Oklahoma Inventor Assistance Service receives state appropriations from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology and is an integral part of Oklahoma’s Innovation Model. Inventors from all across Oklahoma are encouraged to register. The Show N’ Go will consist of time slots in 30-minute increments. Individual inventors will have the opportunity during that time to present their invention to a panel of experienced business and engineering professionals. Inventors are asked to include in their presentation their goals for the product, how the product will benefit the market, the product’s specifications and any visual aids the inventor feels are important. Providing as much information as possible will assist the NPDC in best serving inventors’ needs. The OSU Helmerich Research Center, located at 526 N. Elgin Ave., will open its doors to inventors on July 18 at 10 a.m. with appointments available until 3 p.m. There is no cost for this evaluation. Registration is required prior to the event. Inventors can register and have any questions answered by contacting Tammy at 405-744-8727. More information can be found on the New Product Development Center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/okstateNPDC/.
Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:57:13 -0500