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OSU Names Dean for School of Global Studies and Partnerships
The OSU/A&M Board of Regents today approved the hiring of Dr. Alan Randolph “Randy” Kluver as the new dean for the Oklahoma State University School of Global Studies and Partnerships.   “Dr. Kluver is the best person to lead the School of Global Studies and Partnerships and continue OSU’s international engagement while enriching our students’ international experiences and opportunities,” said OSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gary Sandefur. Kluver will oversee the continued development, implementation, and coordination of global education and research projects for the university. His duties include oversight of the Study Abroad/National Student Exchange Office, the Center for International Trade and Development, the English Language Institute, Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, and the academic programs of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships. “I would like to thank the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, President Hargis, and Provost Sandefur for this opportunity, I am very excited to be part of a program with such a rich history of international outreach,” Kluver said.  Oklahoma State University’s international engagement dates from the 1940’s, when U.S. President Harry Truman selected Oklahoma A&M’s President, Henry G. Bennett, to be the first visionary national administrator of the Point 4 Program, known now as the USAID Program. The mission of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships is to develop and implement strategic internationalization strategies and outreach programs that prepare students, faculty, and the community to excel and lead in an increasingly global context. Kluver currently serves as a Global Faculty Ambassador-Asia, Executive Director of the Confucius Institute and Professor of Communications at Texas A&M University. Previously, he was Executive Director of Global Partnerships and Director of the Institute for Pacific Asia at Texas A&M, and has taught at universities in the US, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China. He was the founding Director of the Singapore Internet Research Centre (SIRC) in Singapore, which became the leading research institute focusing on the growth of the Internet in Asia. He has generated nearly $10 million in funding for international education, outreach, and research while at Texas A&M, and has published widely in the fields of new media, Chinese politics, and international communication.  Kluver received his Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, M.A. from California State University and B.A. from the University of Oklahoma. He will assume his position at OSU in August. For other Board of Regents actions:  OSU/A&M Board of Regents approves OSU system budget, tuition for FY2018 OSU Names Dean for School of Global Studies and Partnerships OSU/A&M Regents approve personnel actions OSU Announces Masonic Chair Recipient Regents Approve Name Change for OSU College of Education to Include Health, Aviation
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:58:02 -0500
OSU trombonists earn national recognition
OSU TROMBONE Winners 2017. Left to right: Nick Losos, John Parker, Gabe Smith, Dorien Tate, Noah Roper, Paul Bussert, Jacob Eyler, and Kyle Hunt   A student trombonist at Oklahoma State University recently performed as a soloist on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, accompanied by an elite military band, thanks to his win in national competition.  Dorien J. Tate, a senior bass trombone performance major from Garland, Texas, took home first place honors in the 2017 United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” National Collegiate Instrumental Solo Competition last March, becoming the first bass trombonist to ever win the competition. The honor earned Tate a place on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol Building, where he performed as a soloist with the U.S. Army Concert Band on June 8 and 9.   “Performing with the United States Army Concert Band was unreal.  The entire experience was unforgettable,” said Tate.   Tate also won first prize in the 2017 Texas State Trombone Symposium Bass Trombone Solo Competition held at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas on February 19.   Several more OSU trombonists turned in wins at other competitions this year, including Noah Roper, a freshman bass trombone performance major from Aledo, Texas, who joined Tate in winning first place at the National Finals of the 2017 Music Teachers National Association Senior Brass Solo Competition and Young Artist Brass Solo Competition, March 18-21 in Baltimore, Maryland. Roper won in the 15-18 age group, while Tate won in the 19-25 age division. The students earned a spot in the as finalists in the national competition by going undefeated through the state, division and national rounds of competition.  Roper also won first prize in the 2017 National Classical Bass Trombone Solo Competition at the American Trombone Workshop in Fort Myer, Virginia, last March, where he won division 1 for bass trombonists ages 18 and under. He placed second in the 2017 Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Instrumental Scholarship Competition, held in Clarinda, Iowa, June 8-11.  This was the 41st annual competition and the finalists involved were from all over the United States and Canada.    Additionally, OSU trombone students won both prizes in the 2017 Chamber Music Tulsa Robert Heckman Memorial Instrumental Solo Competition on March 4.  Nicholas Losos, sophomore trombone performance major from Aledo, Texas, won the first prize, and John Parker, senior trombone performance major from Duncanville, Texas, won second prize.  OSU trombone students have won every prize in this competition since 2012.    OSU trombone students won the first four prizes in the 2017 Ladies Music Club of Oklahoma City Brass Solo Competition on March 12.  Kyle Hunt, sophomore trombone performance major from Wylie, Texas, won first prize; Paul Bussert, junior music education major from Bixby won second prize; Jacob Eyler, junior music business major from Saginaw, Texas, won third prize, and Noah Roper won fourth.    Roper also placed fifth in the International Trombone Association George Roberts Bass Trombone Solo Competition in February.  This was an international competition open to all bass trombonists ages 20 and under.  “Over the last ten years OSU trombone students have placed first in state, regional, national and international competitions more than 40 times, but spring 2017 was one of the best semesters yet.  I am incredibly proud of these dedicated students,”  said Dr. Paul Compton, OSU associate professor of trombone.
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:54:41 -0500
OSU research offers insights on women and breastfeeding
Women with a history of chronic extra weight are more likely to stop breastfeeding their babies earlier than other mothers, according to a new study from Oklahoma State University.  Researchers surveyed 1,901 mothers about breastfeeding their first biological child and found that those who reported a longer history of being overweight or obese, breastfed their children about four months, compared to an average of six months of breastfeeding from mothers who had never been overweight.   Pediatricians recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed their infant for the first six months of life with continued breastfeeding for 12 months. The recommendations are based on benefits for both mothers and infants. Breastfeeding mothers experience reduced risk of breast cancer, heart attacks, and diabetes, while breastfed infants have lower risk of infections, diabetes, and sudden infant death syndrome. “Breastfeeding can be stressful enough on new mothers,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Misty Hawkins, assistant professor of clinical psychology at OSU. “If we know that women who want to breastfeed but have a history of extra weight are at higher risk for breastfeeding difficulties, then we can develop tailored interventions to help these moms succeed.” Nearly 60 percent of women, those who had no history of extra weight or whose weight cycled up and down, met the minimum requirement of 12 months total breastfeeding. However, less than half of the mothers who reported chronic overweight met the minimum. The survey also found that – regardless of weight – 48 percent of mothers in the survey did not meet the exclusive breastfeeding recommendation of six months. Previous research has linked obesity to shorter breastfeeding duration. This study is the first to suggest that the length of time a mother has been in an obese or overweight condition may be an important consideration. However, it does not suggest that becoming overweight or obese before or after puberty makes a difference, though the self-report nature of the study limits firm conclusions. Hawkins heads the Research on Emotions and Cognition in Health (REACH) Lab at OSU.  The lab studies how emotions and cognitive function contribute to the development of poor health and chronic diseases as well as how these diseases and poor health impact people’s emotions, cognition, and behaviors.  Hawkins is currently the principal investigator for two federally-funded research awards examining weight loss treatments.
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:21:19 -0500
OSU Honors College students hooded at annual ceremony
The Oklahoma State University Honors College presented its degrees and awards to 110 students during a hooding ceremony in May. The degree is the highest that can be presented with the undergraduate degree.  Students were hooded by representatives from their specific college to symbolize the prestigious honor. They also had the opportunity to wear their hood with normal graduation regalia at the OSU commencement ceremony.  The Honors Award designates the completion of all the Honors College Degree requirements with a minimum grade point average of 3.5. It is earned by completing several hours of additional academic requirements for a General Honors Award and a Departmental or College Honors Award. Students involved in the ceremony were also recognized with other special Honors College awards. To view photos of the students in attendance with Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis, visit  For more information contact the Honors College at 405-744-6799 or visit  The students honored are listed below along with their degree and awards they received. OKLAHOMA ALTUS Alex Garrison, mechanical and aerospace engineering ANADARKO Gerardo Rico Cervantes, marketing  ARNETT  Madeline Atha, animal science  BARTLESVILLE  Thomas Wiseman, biochemistry  Gavin Dolsky, chemical engineering BRISTOW  Caitlyn Stice, aerospace engineering  BROKEN ARROW  Christian Ley, biosystems engineering  CHOCTAW  Sidney Ricketts, physics  CLINTON  Jessica Blodgett, psychology  COWETA  Caleb Jones, chemical engineering  DALE  Danielle Dockrey, biochemistry and molecular biology DEL CITY  Tiffany Thurmond, management DUNCAN Allison Christian, animal science  EDMOND  Kelsey Ashwood, health education and promotion Eric Fleet, architectural engineering Vincent Rankin, psychology Kaelynn Knoerschild, multimedia journalism ELGIN  Ryan Neal, chemical engineering ELK CITY Kamrin Coulter, electrical engineering ELMORE CITY Bethany Howard, communication sciences and disorders ENID Blake Burchel, finance  FORGAN  Kayla Ratliff, strategic communication FORT MORGAN  Leighton Gerkin, aerospace administration and operations  HARDESTY  Caitlyn Gilbert, communication sciences and disorders  HYDRO  Kari Payne, marketing  JENKS  Allison Sadler, chemical engineering  Callie Carpenter, mechanical engineering Kayson Howard, mechanical engineering  Alisha DeVore, animal science LAWTON Ashton Patton, English with an emphasis in creative writing  MCALESTER  Marissa Schmidt, human development and family sciences  MOORE  Tam Dang, accounting  MORRISON  Kelsey Provence-Kelly, communication sciences and disorders  NORMAN  Mercedes Harris, architecture OKLAHOMA CITY Collin DeVore, economics Tianna Carter, marketing James Lee, English  OWASSO  Erin Pearce, physiology Rebecca Walters, communication sciences and disorders  Courtney Fryar, management  Trisha Goerlitz, history PONCA CITY Nicole Branstetter, marketing POTEAU  Joshua Midgley, strategic communication  SHAWNEE Mark Diehl, mechanical engineering  TULSA  Hannah Sieler, marketing  Rachel Nichols, management  Sarah Bonk, mechanical engineering  Amanda Brown, management information systems: information assurance  Bailey Chambers, nutritional sciences Cory Bright biochemistry and molecular biology Mariah Nacke, psychology Zackery Fowler, biochemistry with molecular biology Claire Hudak, mechanical engineering  Katherine Dixon, accounting  Amethyst Kelly, biosystems Engineering  Grace Coen, mechanical engineering  Alonzo Johnson, psychology  Nuria Martinez-Keel, multimedia journalism  Addi Freiner, elementary education  WAGONER  Dylan Cannon, chemical engineering  Kelsi Emmons, nutritional sciences  WAUKOMIS Nicholas Denker, finance  WELLSTON  Caitlin snider, secondary science education  WESTVILLE  Tori Coates, business management with option in human resources YUKON  Amber LaFerriere, elementary education  Haley Schantz, international business  Kellie Backhaus, mechanical engineering  Kourtney Backhaus, mechanical engineering  Connor McCurley, electrical engineering  TEXAS  ALLEN  Chelsea Murphy, microbiology  Sean Quintana, biochemistry and molecular biology ARLINGTON  Chelsea Garner, nutritional sciences: allied health  Rachel Campbell, electrical engineering  AUSTIN John MacLaren, international business  Raul Allegre, sports management  CANYON  Codi Demere, nutritional sciences  FLOWER MOUND Jessica Catlin, chemical engineering Sarah Sauer, nutritional sciences  FORT WORTH  Timothy Alland, mathematics  FRISCO  Catherine Wilson, strategic communication  GEORGETOWN Cameron Patterson, architecture  GODDARD  Tyler Weppler, electrical engineering  Lyndie Simmons, economics LUCAS  Courtney Wolfe, architecture  MCKINNEY Ryan Brinkman, aerospace engineering PLANO  James Darling, industrial engineering and management  PROSPER Payton Jones, psychology RED OAK  Sydney Stewart, animal science  SPRING  Michele Higgins, chemical engineering  WICHTIA FALLS  Connor Presson, accounting  ARKANSAS  FORT SMITH  Rachel Davis, chemical engineering  HAVANA Samantha Gillespie, animal science  LITTLE ROCK Jaime Goolsby, animal science  KANSAS OVERLAND PARK  Katelyn Jarvis, nutritional sciences  WICHITA Benjamin Schwarz, architectural engineering  Emily Henning, architecture  Mitchell Meyer, mathematics  MISSOURI  KANSAS CITY  Kelly Love, management with human resources option  ST. LOUIS  Robert Kurzu, marketing  NEBRASKA OMAHA  Nate Johnson, finance ILLINOIS BARRINGTON    Alexa Schmidt, marketing  COLORADO  HIGHLANDS RANCH  Sarah Rosenkrans, sports management PUEBLO Jacquelyn Lane, chemical engineering  TENNESSEE MEMPHIS      Abigail McFadden, communication sciences and disorders  MINNESOTA COTTONWOOD Chelsey Johnson, political science  DELANO  Ashley Simenson, microbiology and molecular genetics  MICHIGAN  BIRMINGHAM Nona Campbell, management information systems  MAINE BANGOR Dominic Martin, biochemistry and molecular biology
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 08:23:21 -0500
College of Education Launches New Bachelor’s Degree in Sports and Coaching Science
OSU now one of only a few universities with four-year degree to prepare future coaches Oklahoma State University now offers a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Coaching Science. The new degree, housed in the College of Education, makes OSU one of only a few colleges or universities nationwide to offer a four-year degree specifically designed to prepare individuals for coaching careers.   “We are thrilled to be on the forefront of professionalism in training coaches with this new bachelor’s degree in Sports and Coaching Science,” College of Education Dean John Romans said. The mission of the Sports and Coaching Science degree program is to graduate students who possess the knowledge, skills, experience, and passion to successfully model and coach health, fitness, and fundamental motor and sport-based skills that are differentiated to the level of athlete. Students who earn the bachelor’s degree will be will be prepared for work in a variety of settings, including professional, collegiate, or secondary school sport organizations, elite training facilities, athletic league officiating, or other sport-related businesses. The degree builds on a successful minor in coaching science that was first introduced at OSU in 2013. Core classes for the degree are in health and human performance with electives offered from sports management, sports media, nutritional science, and recreation management therapeutic recreation. “This is a significant step forward for coaching education,” associate professor and program coordinator Dr. Tim Baghurst said. “Traditionally, coaches must wait until graduate school to receive any formal coaching education. However, our undergraduate degree allows students to study their passion from their first year in college, which means they will graduate better prepared and more likely to be successful in their chosen profession.”  The degree will seek accreditation from the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE). Learn more about the Sports and Coaching Science program at
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:03:31 -0500
Oklahoma State University students recognized for service
Oklahoma State University recognized 150 spring 2017 graduates for their service to the university and the Stillwater community through the Creating Opportunities for Responsible Development program or CORD. CORD recognizes outstanding Cowboy graduates with honorary orange cords for students to wear at graduation to distinguish them for their outstanding community service during their time on campus. Sponsored by OSU’s Service-Learning Volunteer Center and the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, CORD recipients must successfully complete more than 400 volunteer service hours as an undergraduate or 300 service hours as a graduate student. “Helping others and showing love to them through acts of service has helped me grow throughout high school and college,” said Abigail Hood, CORD recipient and management major. “Patience, love, humility and leadership have all been attributes that I’ve been able to build upon while completing this program.” The Service-Learning Volunteer Center has promoted leadership for Oklahoma State University students since 1984, providing service-learning activities, research opportunities and connections with society to promote the general welfare of its citizens. This is the eighth year of the CORD program. The 150 CORD recipients recognized this year included six graduate students and 144 undergraduates who volunteered for a total of 77,782 service hours during their time at OSU. Hours are recorded on CampusLink, which is administered and monitored through the Department of Campus Life at OSU. For more information about the SLVC, visit The following students received CORD recognition at OSU this year: OKLAHOMA ALTUS Carson Vinyard, agribusiness BARTLESVILLE Krista Harris, business management Sarah Alleman, Elementary Education BLANCHARD Austin Micheal Smith, recreational therapy BRISTOW Monica Skaggs, human development and family science BROKEN ARROW Bailey Chambers, nutritional sciences Kylie Shentwu, sports management and marketing CASHION Josie Blosser, human development and family science CEMENT Whitney Wilkinson, animal science CHATTANOOGA Britney Bryan, biological sciences/pre-med CLAREMORE Averey Brace, strategic communications Hayley Lyon, elementary education Sarah Baker, secondary education- social studies COWETA Marc May, microbiology/cellular and molecular biology, microbiology, and molecular genetics DAVIS Maci Slater, hotel and restaurant administration DUNCAN Allison Christian, animal science Ashley Brewer, elementary education Kelsey Bridges, communication sciences and disorders Sarah Kafer, elementary education EDMOND Alexandria Adams, elementary education Brittany Case, human development and family science- early childhood education Carleigh Wood, management information systems Emily Smith, human development and family science Micah Moore, strategic communications Roya Dirven, human development and family science Sayer Patch, multimedia journalism Siera Freeman, university studies Sydney O'Hara, human development and family science Thomas Spadea, environmental science Scott Davey, mechanical engineering technology ELGIN Shana Walch, elementary education ELMORE CITY Bethany Howard, communication sciences and disorders ENID Chelsea Callant, hotel and restaurant administration Maura Loyola, international business and marketing GUTHRIE Abigael Hood, management JENKS Katherine Hursh, elementary education KINGFISHER Maria Ocampo Vizcaino, human development and family science KREMLIN Ricki Schroeder, agribusiness and agricultural leadership LAWTON Ashton Patton, English with a creative writing emphasis Taylor Kennedy, biochemistry and molecular biology LEEDEY Jena Trissel, communication sciences and disorders LOCUST GROVE Garrett Reed, agribusiness/pre-law MANNFORD Kayla Bacon, elementary education MARLOW Kristin Whisenhunt, nutritional science MOORE Heather Moore, elementary education Megan Patten, human development and family science MOORISON Jenna Will, elementary education MUSTANG Jeremy Allen-Freeman, biological science NORMAN Mercedes Harris, architecture OKARCHE Amanda Demackiewicz, microbiology/cell & molecular biology/biochemistry and molecular biology OKLAHOMA CITY James Lee, English Kathryn McCartt, elementary education Raven Crisp, management Ryan McIver, computer engineering Sadia Tasnim, Master’s in business administration OWASSO Courtney Fryar, management Jade Frakes, human development and family science Jessica Blackburn, elementary education Katherine Dzurilla, biochemistry & physics Rebecca Walters, communication sciences and disorders PIEDMONT Kathryn Clonts, elementary education PONCA CITY Jaryd Hinch, geography QUAPAW Sara Buffalo, human development and family science SAPULPA Meghan Causby, human development and family science Philip Boyne, microbiology and biochemistry SKIATOOK Natalie Nemecek, elementary education STILLWATER Katie Klingaman, human development and family science-early childhood education Laurie Fitch, agricultural communications Madison Gunkel, human development and family science-early childhood education Madison Rash, human development and family science Thomas Hall, entrepreneurship STUART Jesse Belvin, plant and soil science Kylie Parker, zoology (integrative biology) TULSA Addison Freiner, elementary education Amethyst Kelly, biosystems engineering Camille Sokolosky, business marketing and management Cory Bright, biochemintry and molecular biology Gabriela Bair, elementary education Gena McNally, strategic communications Hailey French, elementary education James Pearson, biochemistry Jordan Wisby, human development and family science Kara Rainey, apparel design and production Lindsay Gabler, nutritional sciences Lottie Dungan, human development and family science Mackenzie Moody, nutritional sciences, pre-med Madison Bowden, accounting Marlena Gastineau, elementary education Melanie Meador, human development and family science Mitrah Ghavami, human development and family science Molly McGranahan, marketing Morgan Fowler, recreational therapy Morgan Youngblood, biochemistry & molecular biology/microbiology Ryan Shoemaker, management Sierra Gilkey, sports management and marketing TUTTLE Kyra Reed, industrial engineering and management WESTVILLE Daniel Oliver, physics YUKON Bailee Geries, recreational therapy Brianna Matthews, human development and family science Kaylee Cook, zoology Kendall Reagan, animal science TEXAS ALLEN Ishani Patel, physiology Karli Wheeler, elementary education Lauren Selph, plant and soil science BONHAM Layton Ford, marketing and management BORGER Maggie McMurry, elementary education CANYON Codi Demere, nutritional sciences/human nutrition pre-med Courtney Karr, animal science COPPELL Kaitlyn Chillag, physiology DALLAS Ashley Ferguson, animal science Chandler Choate, human development and family science FLOWER MOUND Kendall Anderson, nutritional sciences Nicole Whyte, marketing GUNTER Rachel Campbell, health education and promotion, exercise and health William Neely, geology HAPPY Mackenzie Odom, aerospace administration & operations/professional pilot HIGHLAND VILLAGE Tara Butler, health education and promotion HOUSTON Samantha Moon, animal science KELLER Amber Leonard, hotel and restaurant administration KERRVILLE Jessica Greenshield, management and marketing LAKE JACKSON Roman Peterson, M.S. Educational Leadership Studies: College Student Development MISSOURI CITY Cydney Crook, animal science pre-vet MURPHY Abbey Dickerson, health education and promotion PLANO Cara Gordon, animal science Kyle Nethers, industrial engineering and management SOUTHLAKE Catherine Berstrom, elementary education THE COLONY Savannah Stout, elementary education THE WOODLANDS Rayeann Boeke, elementary education TYLER Kelsey Deal, zoology KANSAS LEAWOOD Carolyn Hudson, human development and family science PRATT Morgan Strong, nutritional sciences WICHITA Dillon Mitchell, MIS and finance ARKANSAS LITTLE ROCK Jaime Goolsby, animal science & zoology NEW MEXICO ALBUQUERQUE John Pickard, physiology MISSOURI COLUMBIA Abigail Hake, elementary education MINNESOTA APPLE VALLEY Olivia Stankey, M.S. in Educational Leadership Studies:  College Student Development COLORADO HIGHLANDS Danniele Bracken, dietetics Kelsey Ladenburger, human development and family science MONTROSE Sakib Kazi Hossain, fire protection and safety engineering technology NEBRASKA LINCOLN Corinne Simpson, sports media SOUTH SIOUX CITY Madeline Lambing, M.S. Educational Leadership Studies:  College Student Development CALIFORNIA LONG BEACH Stacy Lopez-Guerrero, human development and family science SAN LUIS OBISPO Alexandra Duval, food science, industry WOODLAND Katlyn Brown, animal science pre-vet IDAHO EAGLE Lauren Clark, agribusiness WASHINGTON TACOMA Areanna Handy, apparel merchandising and marketing SAUDI ARABIA DAMAMM Faleh Al-Umairi, fire protection and safety engineering technology INDIA J&K Raghav Nargotra, M.S. in Management Information Systems MALAYSIA KEDAH Chiahau Kee, computer science SINGAPORE Jun Shen, international business
Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:49:02 -0500
Oklahoma State University ranked as one of the best schools of 2017
Oklahoma State University’s main campus ranked number 10 on MSN’s The Best Schools of 2017. After reviewing 1,649 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., the list was narrowed down to 25 schools. Each school was ranked based on affordability, flexibility and other quantitative factors. MSN ranked OSU as number 10 due to the low average in-state tuition, 223 programs offered and a 75.13 percent admissions rate. MSN scored each school on a 100-point scale using the most recent data available. These included in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, estimated cost of books and supplies, number of degree and certificate programs offered and average retention rate for full-time and part-time students. For more information and to see the rankings, visit
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:46:17 -0500
U.S. Coast Guard Band to offer free performance
The United States Coast Guard Band will present a free concert on Tuesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. The premier band of the U.S. Coast Guard will be performing as a service to the Stillwater community, and while the event is free, those who plan to attend are asked to request tickets to the event in advance by July 11. Based at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, the 55-member band frequently appears in Washington, D.C., at presidential and cabinet level functions on formal and informal occasions. It has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the nation, as well as abroad with tours of Russia, Japan and Taiwan. The band’s mission is to promote public goodwill and pride in the U.S. Coast Guard while honoring the heritage, traditions and history of our nation. A number of notable vocal artists have appeared with the Coast Guard Band, including Placido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, B.B. King, Elizabeth Futral, Andy Williams, Roberta Flack, Lee Greenwood, Lorrie Morgan, Shirley Jones, and the Boys Choir of Harlem. For tickets, please contact Holli Stevens in the OSU Music Department by email at or send a self-addressed stamped envelope with the number of tickets requested to: OSU Department of Music, c/o Holli Stevens, Coast Guard Band Tickets, 132 Seretean Center for the Performing Arts, Stillwater, OK, 74078. There is no limit on the number of tickets you may request, small and large groups are welcome. For more information, e-mail
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:16:17 -0500
NASA awards OSU College of Education, partners $25 million grant
Oklahoma State University and several partner organizations have been awarded a $25 million NASA grant to support education programs. One of those programs is the NASA Micro-g NExT program where undergraduate students work with divers at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab near Johnson Space Center in Houston. The divers test prototype tools designed and made by the students for use in space. The Oklahoma State University College of Education has been awarded a $25 million grant from NASA Johnson Space Center’s Office of Education. The five-year grant will fund a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities for under-represented students in grades kindergarten through 12, as well as higher education, across eight states in the central U.S. and nationally. The $25 million NASA grant awarded to Oklahoma State University and its partner organizations will support a wide variety of education programs at the space agency including the High School Aerospace Scholars program at Johnson Space Center in Houston. The grant from the NASA STEM Pathway Activities-Consortium for Education, or NSPACE, marks the latest award the College of Education has received in a nearly 50-year continuous collaboration with NASA Education Projects that began in 1968. “This highlights our expertise in instructional design and facilitating projects for increasing student participation in STEM,” said Dr. John Romans, dean of the College of Education. “We’re a national leader in this.” OSU is the lead institution in activities supporting NASA’s goal to improve STEM instruction; increase youth and public engagement in STEM; enhance the STEM experience of undergraduate students; better serve historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields; and design education for a needed STEM workforce. “NASA has confidence in Oklahoma State University to implement their programs,” said Dr. Steven Marks, director for OSU’s NASA Education Projects, and principal investigator for the NSPACE grant. “Their emphasis has been to get more minorities involved in STEM. It’s a national priority and a priority of Oklahoma State.” Marks will be assisted by NSPACE co-investigator Dr. Susan Stansberry. The OSU College of Education has worked with NASA Centers across the country on several NASA Education Projects, including Teacher in Space and Teaching from Space, Explorer Schools, Digital Learning Network and INSPIRE. At the core of OSU’s work is creating curriculum support materials and sharing NASA’s STEM research with educators and students across the country in an effort to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals and NASA employees. For NSPACE, the OSU College of Education will leverage the skills and expertise of a group of innovative partners, including 13 institutions within the Texas A&M University System, Langston University, OSU’s Center for Sovereign Nations, Northern Oklahoma College, the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation and the Technology for Learning Consortium. In addition, the OSU Research Foundation has historically assisted in administering these cooperative agreements and provided proposal development assistance for this award. The College of Education will use NASA funding to support STEM activities at the Johnson Space Center for K-12 students, educators, and community college and undergraduate students. OSU will base a team of education specialists at the center, led by assistant director Richard Adams, to implement NSPACE. Activities will involve both online and onsite learning experiences at the center in Houston, as well as the STEM on Station program for students to learn about the International Space Station and human space exploration. Students will also benefit from the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program, an interactive online learning opportunity for students highlighted by a three-day experience at NASA, and Microgravity University, which gives educators and students the opportunity to visit the space center and conduct students’ experiments in a weightless environment. “Oklahoma State University is the trusted overseer of this entire array of programs because NASA has traditionally connected with our known space education expertise,” said OSU Vice President for Research Kenneth Sewell. NSPACE will officially launch on August 19, 2017. PHOTO:
Wed, 31 May 2017 13:58:44 -0500
Niblack scholarships create career opportunities
Katherine Janike, a 2014-15 Niblack Research Scholar, works on her research project in a nutritional sciences lab at Oklahoma State University. Niblack scholars have been named for 2017-18. Undergraduate students at Oklahoma State University have been named 2017-18 Niblack Research Scholars. The Division of the Vice President for Research awarded scholarships to 13 students who receive $8,000 scholarships and the opportunity to conduct research guided by faculty sponsors and graduate student mentors. The Niblack Research Scholars program is an eye-opening experience that can jumpstart the careers of student researchers. Many Niblack scholars continue cutting-edge research in graduate programs at OSU and elsewhere while working with some of the nation’s most respected scientist, engineers and scholars. “For the vast majority of undergraduates involved in research, the experience forms a vital part of their university education, regardless of their career paths,” said OSU Vice President for Research Kenneth Sewell. “But for those who pursue graduate degrees and research-oriented careers, this type of intensive undergraduate research experience is a potent accelerator for their success.” The annual program is funded by OSU alumnus John Niblack and his wife, Heidi Niblack. As an undergraduate at OSU, Niblack says his research experience impacted the direction of his life. Niblack graduated from OSU in 1960 and, after graduate studies, conducted research and managed the development of many well-known pharmaceuticals for Pfizer Inc., the $34 billion global company. He was eventually named Pfizer vice chairman and, following retirement, founded the Niblack Research Scholarship to offer OSU undergraduates the same research opportunity he had. 2017-18 scholars, research areas and hometowns: OKLAHOMA Rendi Rogers, microbiology Adair Kylie Hagerdon, chemistry Choctaw Matthew Hart, nutritional sciences Edmond Caroline Graham, microbiology Midwest City Grace Ogden, plant and soil sciences Muskogee Kassidy Ford, microbiology Oklahoma City Emily Gietzen, microbiology Pryor Victoria Pickens, entomology and plant pathology Sand Springs Savannah Morris, biochemistry Stillwater ARKANSAS Taylor Walton, integrative biology Hot Springs CALIFORNIA Jeffrey Krall, integrative biology Mission Viejo ILLINOIS Erin Heilman, geology Third Lake IOWA Sage Becker, animal science Keota Visit for program information.
Thu, 25 May 2017 09:35:40 -0500