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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
Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:57:13 -0500
Valero gives $1.25 million to support OSU’s new ENDEAVOR lab
College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology facility includes Process and Transport Lab and a technology classroom Oklahoma State University’s new ENDEAVOR undergraduate laboratory facility for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology will feature two prominent enhancements thanks to the generosity of Valero Energy Corporation. The San Antonio-based Fortune 50 company has donated $1.25 million to OSU to support the building’s Process and Transport Laboratory as well as the Pre-Laboratory Instruction Room. “We are proud to partner with Valero in the new ENDEAVOR lab,” said Paul Tikalsky, dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State. “We share the collective values in engineering with safety, environment and community at the top of the list. The extraordinary support which Valero has offered OSU to educate the next generation shows their commitment to interdisciplinary education in the most advanced areas of energy. The ENDEAVOR is a new type of building that is laboratory, entrepreneurial development, and hands-on collaboration all in one.  “It is an innovative hub of learning that shifts the college’s pedagogy from traditional engineering education to a robust combination of theory and systems education with hands-on applications to better prepare the next generation of engineers, architects and technology professionals. Our partners in industry, and especially Valero, are helping us build an inspirational tool that engages the next generation of OSU students and faculty to meet the intellectual capital needs of business and industry throughout the state, region and nation.” The Valero Process and Transport Laboratory will provide students with hands-on learning experiences by affording them access to state-of-the-art equipment and process similar to what is used at modern refineries. It will allow 15 active experiments to run simultaneously and include a high bay space for a distillations, separations and absorption processes to assist in engineering studies. The Valero Pre-Laboratory Instruction classroom will provide advanced teaching technology to prepare students for hands-on lab experiences. “Valero’s investment in the new ENDEAVOR lab is an incredible way to support the next generation of engineers,” said Lane Riggs, Valero Executive Vice President of Refining Operations and Engineering. “This unique learning lab will provide current and future students an opportunity to immerse themselves in an environment similar to Valero refinery operations. The hands-on experience is invaluable and we are proud to be a part of it.” Valero, an independent petroleum refiner and ethanol producer, employs approximately 10,000 people. It markets products in 44 states, six Canadian provinces, the United Kingdom and Ireland. The 72,000-square-foot ENDEAVOR facility will include state-of-the-art design that is reconfigurable so that it meets future educational needs. The structure is designed to be used as a teaching tool for architecture and energy utilization. It will support an estimated 84 courses with approximately 118 laboratory sections. Valero’s gift is a significant step toward completing the $35 million ENDEAVOR building, which will support the college’s changing instruction, while adding value and quality to the degrees earned at OSU. ENDEAVOR will support students’ entrepreneurial ideas with large makerspaces and develop tomorrow’s innovation leaders. This facility will greatly increase the space for multidisciplinary laboratory activities and give OSU students an experience beyond those at peer institutions. ENDEAVOR will help OSU address Oklahoma’s shortage of engineers and technology professionals, who play a vital role in the state’s growing economy. Engineering enrollment at OSU has doubled in the past decade, creating a critical need for modern laboratories that address the challenges of tomorrow and drive economic development in Oklahoma. The facility will enhance academic outcomes through hands-on education, interdisciplinary and collaborative problem-solving and entrepreneurial innovation. Its goals were established by collaboration between industry leaders, faculty and students. These include creating a flagship facility for undergraduate programs; encouraging interaction and cross-pollination among all constituents; creating topic-specific laboratories; exhibiting and utilizing building systems as instructional tools; including an exposed steel structure, meters displaying energy and water usage, and color coding and labeling of utility systems. The building will include areas designed to facilitate specific undergraduate, project-based learning. The chemical and environmental labs will be state-of-the-art facilities that support scaled-unit plant operations, allowing students to understand the design parameters of processing chemicals and industrial materials into usable products.  The flow and thermodynamic lab will support hands-on experimentation of advanced fluid and heat transfer systems. ENDEAVOR will have mechanical and physical properties testing labs to allow students to characterize materials by physically testing the engineering properties. The electronics and communications labs will be a hands-on environment that allows students to put theory to practice and develop innovative devices that measure, evaluate and control electrical systems. Finally, ENDEAVOR will support a large Venture lab that will provide additive manufacturing (3D Printing), automated machine manufacturing, robotic control and coding for control systems. The building will house 14 undergraduate research laboratories spread strategically throughout its three floors along with a lecture hall and student-project space. It will be at the corner of Hester Street and Athletic Avenue, bridging architecture, engineering, entrepreneurship, and industry interactions. For more information, visit
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:05:26 -0500
Media invited to multi-university testing of drones for weather forecasting Tuesday morning
More than 60 engineers and scientists from Oklahoma State University and partner universities are meeting this week in Stillwater to test drone technology for weather forecasting. On Tuesday morning, June 27, experts from OSU, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Nebraska will be available for interviews as they test-fly drone systems at the OSU Unmanned Aircraft Flight Station east of Stillwater. Flights take place until approximately noon. The CLOUD-MAP project is studying the use of unmanned aerial systems to measure weather and atmospheric data to improve storm warnings and save lives and property.  For more information and directions to the Unmanned Aircraft Flight Station, contact Jeff Joiner at 405-744-5827.
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:01:35 -0500
NEA grant to promote the works of late OSU artist
OSU art historian and curator Dr. Louise Siddons The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a $20,000 grant to Oklahoma State University art historian, Dr. Louise Siddons, to support a traveling retrospective exhibition of Oklahoma modernist painter, sculptor, and printmaker J. Jay McVicker. The grant will also fund the first scholarly book to survey McVicker’s career. Born in rural Oklahoma, McVicker (1911-2004) spent his entire career at OSU. Siddons’ goal is to revive the critical praise he received, particularly during the period from 1945-65, and to elevate his historical status.  She notes most of the criticism and academic evaluations of American post-modern art after World War II focus almost exclusively on artists in New York and Los Angeles.    “My interest started because I thought we needed to do some shows to exhibit McVicker’s work,” Siddons said. “Then I realized his story was a bigger story and it became a book about post-modern art.”   The exhibition, “J. Jay McVicker: Oklahoma Modernist,” will debut at the OSU Museum of Art in September 2018. The NEA grant allows Siddons to take the show outside of the region.     “We can offer the show to other audiences and I hope it persuades them that this is fascinating work and we can tell the story of postwar American art in a different way,” Siddons said.   Totally unfamiliar with McVicker’s work before arriving in Stillwater in 2009, Siddons was immediately drawn to his prints and paintings while cataloguing artwork across campus for the museum. It was that type of discovery she imagined would give the OSU Museum of Art an identity.    “One of the things that makes us unique is our amazing faculty artists,” Siddons said.   Since “discovering” McVicker, Siddons has curated several exhibitions of Oklahoma modernism that included his work in the broader field of mid-century art production. She has also participated in programs such as the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Leadership Arts fellowship. With the support of the NEA grant, Siddons hopes a broad audience will share her excitement for the work of one of OSU’s most talented faculty artists.   Siddons graduated with a doctorate in art history from Stanford University, and taught at San Francisco State University and Michigan State University prior to joining the OSU faculty.    About the National Endowment for the Arts  Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:26:54 -0500
OSU art takes Stillwater youth around the world in 10 days
A new summer youth art program will introduce students to arts, culture, history, and cuisine of the world in a hands-on, two-week tour from the Multi Arts Building in downtown Stillwater. Led by instructor Liz Dueck, students will receive daily instruction in visual art and work on their writing skills while gaining awareness and appreciation for global culture. The class is open to ages 9-12 (or 8-year olds who have completed 3rd grade) and runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 10-14 and July 17-21. “The international theme of this art enrichment camp was created to inform students about the art and culture of countries they may not be familiar with,” said Dueck, who earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a minor in art history and teacher certification at Oklahoma State University. “I wanted students to get a good overview of art and culture not only in faraway places, but in relation to Stillwater’s large international community. I firmly believe in using art to connect people, so even if a student has never left the U.S., they will get a chance to travel around the world through art this summer.” Activities include visual arts, cooking, music, history, social sciences, and geography and each day will focus on a different culture. Local international markets will prepare a unique snack for each class. Students will also keep a sketchbook/journal to write and reflect on what they learn each day. “We believe that intertwining all of these subjects will strengthen the depth of learning students will take away from this program,” Dueck said. Classes will be held at the Multi Arts Building (1001 S. Duck St. in Stillwater) over two sessions: July 10-14 and July 17-21. The cost for one session is $250 or $450 for both sessions.  Additional details are available at or by contacting program coordinator Christine Nichols at (405) 744-8459 or
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:41:15 -0500
OSU-OKC President Natalie Shirley announces resignation
Natalie Shirley Natalie Shirley, president of Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) since 2011, has announced plans to step down from her position effective Dec. 31, 2017. Shirley is the fourth president in OSU-OKC’s 56-year history, and the first female president in the OSU system. In addition to her role as president, she concurrently serves as Oklahoma Secretary of Education and Workforce Development, a position appointed by Governor Mary Fallin in 2015.  “We are all sorry to see Natalie retire as she has done an excellent job leading OSU-OKC and increasing its impact and presence in Oklahoma City,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “She was guided by an unwavering commitment to students and the community. We appreciate and applaud her service to OSU and wish her all the best.” “I have absolutely loved being at OSU-OKC. For me, this role has always been about our students,” Shirley said. “My goal has been to ensure OSU-OKC provides them with the very best opportunities and resources to reach their educational and economic dreams. They inspire me every day.” During Shirley’s tenure, OSU-OKC opened a new Allied Health Building in 2016 featuring the advanced simulation training and an embedded Variety Care community health center; opened the Engineering Technology Center in 2011; introduced the Paint This Town Orange fundraising event generating a total of $600,000 for student scholarships; enhanced services to veteran students; and increased efforts to build business and community partnerships that resulted in $1.68 million in corporate, private and grant funding to benefit student scholarships and programs last year alone. Under her leadership, OSU-OKC recently partnered with Dove Science Academy to offer high school students the chance to earn an associate degree upon high school graduation, and initiated campus lease agreements with Cristo Rey High School and OSU-Center for Health Sciences. “I am grateful for the amazing faculty and staff who made our progress over the last few years possible. In the face of budget cuts and other challenges, I know it hasn’t always been easy, but it has certainly been worth it when you see how far we’ve come. It has been an honor to work alongside them to move OSU-OKC and our students forward,” Shirley said. From 2007 to 2011, Shirley served in Governor Brad Henry’s cabinet as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Commerce and Tourism. Prior to returning to Oklahoma, Shirley held leadership roles including president of Investment Company Institute Mutual (ICIM) Insurance Group in Washington, D.C. She graduated from OSU and earned a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. OSU-OKC is a two-year public higher education institution with a total annual enrollment of approximately 13,000, and offers more than 50 degrees and certificates. A national search will be launched to choose a new president.
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:47:17 -0500
OSU’s design and merchandising majors earn top-10 rankings
The apparel design and merchandising degree options at Oklahoma State University are among the highest ranked programs in the country, according to, which is offering several national and regional surveys for 2017. OSU’s apparel design program ranked sixth nationally among public schools and colleges offering fashion design, while OSU’s fashion merchandising program is ranked eighth nationally among both public and private schools.  In the southwest region, the OSU programs are ranked first and second respectively among fashion design and merchandising schools. In addition to Oklahoma, the southwest region includes Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Nevada.   The rankings are the result of surveys conducted using criteria on academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty and value related to tuition. The schools were able to provide information on their specific programs and offer their perspective on programs they considered ‘best’ nationally and regionally.  The high-ranking programs are offered through the design, housing and merchandising (DHM) department in the College of Human Sciences at OSU. Courses in the apparel design and production program are taught by nationally and internationally recognized faculty in fully-equipped design studios. The Gerber Technology FashionTech lab features digitizers for pattern making, industrial plotters and cutters which students use in the actual production of their design projects. With an emphasis on product development, sustainability and the use of technology in the retail context, OSU merchandising students often begin their careers at corporate levels of major retail and wholesale firms.  Dr. Jane Swinney, DHM department head and president of the American Collegiate Retail Association, said the rankings parallel what industry reports about OSU students.  “Our graduates compete exceptionally well with nationally known design-focused schools,” Swinney said. “Design and merchandising companies report that our students are well prepared to move into management positions because of their internship experiences and the curriculum, which is based on current industry standards.”  Students in DHM experience state-of-the-art technologies in the department’s new VR Mixed Reality lab and “Our partners have provided DHM students with the tools that are used every day at world class companies,” Swinney said. “Who wouldn’t want employees with the expertise our students have when they graduate?”  The Apparel Design and Production program at OSU is one of only thirteen apparel programs in North America to receive the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) approval, which assures that the curriculum and facilities have met the rigorous standards of this important industry organization.
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:27:14 -0500
OSU advertising students place at national competition
Oklahoma State University advertising students take second place at national competition   A team of Oklahoma State University advertising students took on more than 150 teams from across the country and earned second place honors at the National Student Advertising Competition June 9 in New Orleans. “This competition gives students a taste of real-world agency advertising before they leave the university,” said Dr. Cynthia Nichols, associate professor for the OSU School of Media and Strategic Communications. “I am so proud of these students. I have never seen students with as much poise, dedication and passion as these. It was the honor of my life to work with them on this.”   Hosted annually by the American Advertising Federation, each team at the competition is given an assignment or case study by the corporate sponsor (client) of the contest outlining the history of its products and current marketing challenges. Students must research the product and its competition, identify potential problem areas and develop a completely integrated ad campaign for the client. The team must then sell a panel of judges on its campaign.     The OSU team’s client was Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc.’s Tai Pei Frozen Entrees and Appetizers. The campaign titled “Tai Pei, it’s what you want” centered around 1990s nostalgia that connects the product line to the target audience of millennials, many of whom grew up in that decade. The creative strategy combined modern aesthetics and quirky throwbacks to make the sell.  “To represent OSU at nationals was an incredible experience,” said Brandon Havens, strategic communications and multimedia journalism senior. “We put in the hard work and to see it really pay off with a top honor was a huge reward.”   OSU’s team was advised by Nichols and Dr. Jami Fullerton, professor and Endowed Research Chair for the OSU School of Media and Strategic Communication.  OSU team members were: OKLAHOMA  ARDMORE  Maddy Oaks  BROKEN ARROW  Andrew Burnett   EDMOND  Michelle MacLean  ELGIN  Tiffany Gebhart  GUTHRIE  Mallory Fulks  MUSKOGEE  Jeffrey Grey Denton   NORMAN Rylie Carter  OKLAHOMA CITY Brandon Havens  TEXHOMA  Ann E. Freeman   TULSA  Britain Drennan Sydnie Hill Leanna Smith Adriana Ware   ILLINOIS   AURORA  Tom Carlson   KANSAS   LEAWOOD  Paige Hess  MARYLAND  TOWSON  Kendall Treece   MINNESOTA  COTTONWOOD  Chelsey Johnson  TEXAS   ARLINGTON  Sarah Rothschild  CANADIAN  Allie Collier   FLOWER MOUND  Jessie Brandt   RICHARDSON  K.J. Leu Jessica Wedge SAN ANTONIO Alexis Gliedt THE COLONY  Devon Post FLORIDA LAKEWOOD RANCH Maddie Duffy
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:21:27 -0500
OSU/A&M Board of Regents approves OSU system budget, tuition for FY2018
The OSU/A&M Board of Regents approved the fiscal year 2018 operating budget for the Oklahoma State University system during its regularly scheduled meeting today on the OSU Center for Health Sciences campus. This year’s $1.3 billion budget includes state appropriations of $183.7 million, a 6.08 percent or $11.9 million decrease from FY2017. Beginning FY2015, the total amount of state appropriations allocated to the OSU system has decreased by more than $57.4 million or 23.8 percent.   State appropriations now account for 14 percent of OSU’s overall agency-wide budget, down from 20 percent three years ago. And, state appropriations now account for 25 percent of OSU’s total education and general budget, down from 34 percent three years ago.  “Our board and administrators are committed to keeping the cost of a college education at all our institutions affordable,” said OSU/A&M Board of Regents Chair Lou Watkins. “Following another challenging state budget year and another year of cuts in state appropriations, the OSU/A&M member institutions have taken difficult but necessary steps to maintain high educational standards and provide value to students and our state. We appreciate the work of our campus leaders.” As a result of the continued cuts in state appropriations, the budget for the Oklahoma State University system will include tuition and mandatory fee increases for the nearly 35,000 students at its five branch campuses: OSU-Stillwater/Tulsa, OSU Center for Health Sciences, OSU-Oklahoma City and OSU Institute of Technology.   “Raising the cost of our tuition is never the preferred choice,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “We realize the financial burden a tuition increase puts on our students and their families. We have increased scholarship dollars and offer other options to assist our students as we respond to our state’s economic reality. Even with these increases, Oklahoma State remains one of the best values in the nation.”   OSU tuition and mandatory fees are among the lowest in the Big 12 and well below the national average for land-grant institutions. OSU cost of attendance also is among the most affordable. In addition, only half of OSU graduates have student loan debt and the average debt amount is $24,095, significantly lower than the average nationally.  For the upcoming fall 2017 academic year, OSU-Stillwater tuition and mandatory fees will increase as follows (the annual dollar figure is based on 30 credit hours for undergraduate rates and 24 credit hours for graduate students):  Undergraduate – Tuition and Mandatory Fees Oklahoma residents – 5 percent ($417 annually) Non-residents – 5.9 percent ($1,332 annually)  Graduate -- Tuition and Mandatory Fees Oklahoma residents – 6 percent ($462 annually) Non-residents – 3.2 percent ($715 annually)   Oklahoma State will focus on finding new revenue to restore and sustain academic programs and lost faculty positions, student services, student/faculty/staff recruitment and retention, and campus infrastructure and operations.  As a public institution, OSU continues to be diligent in finding ways of reducing costs and being financially responsible. Since July 2007, OSU’s energy management program has saved more than $44.9 million. The OSU system also has reduced costs by changing its purchasing card program, adding a self-insured health plan and outsourcing some services.  OSU’s budget must now receive final approval from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. For full budget presentation, click here 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
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:30:25 -0500
Regents Approve Name Change for OSU College of Education to Include Health, Aviation
The OSU/A&M Board of Regents Friday approved changing the name of Oklahoma State University’s College of Education to the College of Education, Health and Aviation. “In addition to strong teacher preparation and educational leadership programs, we have a growing array of health-related programs as well as aviation and space degrees in our college,” said John Romans, Dean of the College of Education, Health and Aviation. “The new name represents the breadth of academic programs and research in our college, and provides important visibility to prospective students and other partners,” Romans said. Along with the name change, the college will reorganize its academic structure, shifting from three to four schools. The new academic units are: •           School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences •           School of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Aviation •           School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling, and Counseling Psychology •           School of Kinesiology, Applied Health, and Recreation The request for a name change and reorganization followed strategic planning activities with input from faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and other outside constituents. OSU’s College of Education has expanded its offerings to better serve students, education and industry. Over the last 18 months, it has introduced a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Exercise Science, a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Coaching Science and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN baccalaureate degree program. 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 17:57:11 -0500