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OSU and OU partner to bring awareness to opioid addiction
In an effort to draw attention to the opioid addiction crisis in Oklahoma and across the nation players for both Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma football teams will wear a helmet decal that reads “Stop Opioids” during the Bedlam match-up Saturday. The football helmet stickers have been designed in the university’s respective orange and crimson.  Oklahoma is first in the nation in the non-medical use of prescriptions drugs called opioids. More than 2,100 Oklahomans died of an unintentional prescription opioid overdose from 2011-2015. The OSU Center for Health Sciences in partnership with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office, the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse, TSET and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics will be holding an Addiction in Rural Oklahoma Summit from Nov. 7 – 9 in targeted rural cities to bring awareness to the opioid epidemic in Oklahoma.  For more information about those events visit http://healthsciences.okstate.edu/addiction/. For more information about opioid abuse visit  http://takeasprescribed.org/.
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-and-ou-partner-bring-awareness-opioid-addiction
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:15:19 -0500
Flag display to kick off the week leading to Veterans Day at OSU
An emotionally-moving flag display that represents our fallen military heroes will start a week of appreciation and recognition on Tuesday, Nov. 7, that will continue through Veterans Day and beyond at Oklahoma State University.  “Because the sweeping flag display, on OSU’s Edmon Low Library lawn, has touched so many since it started three years ago, it will remain in place this year from Tuesday evening until Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m.,” said Rick Hansen, retired Marine Corps captain and coordinator of Veteran Student Academic Services at OSU. “Last year, several veterans, students and others who visited the display offered their thanks, including a lady who brought her father, a World War II veteran, to take some photos with his great-grandchildren.” Volunteers will begin placing the more than 6,900 flags on the library lawn on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Each flag represents a military service member who gave his or her life in our nation’s defense during the Global War on Terror. On Wednesday, Nov. 8, students, faculty, staff and friends of OSU are being invited to help place a dog tag on each flag starting at 9 a.m. The dog tags are embossed with the name, rank, branch of service and home of record for each of the fallen military service members.  “We have found this to be an extremely moving experience, putting a name to the flag representing one of our fallen comrades,” said Hansen. “A list of those who have sacrificed all, will also be available on the Edmon Low Library Plaza overlooking the flag display. The flags, dog tags, and lists will be available until 3 p.m. on Sunday.” Purple Heart honoree and retired Sergeant First Class James Battles Jr., United States Army, will be the guest speaker for a short ceremony honoring veterans, which will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, on the Edmon Low Library Plaza. Battles retired after 23 years of military service due to injuries he received during a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2011-2012. In addition to being awarded the Purple Heart Medal, he received the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. Battles is currently the commander of Chapter 820 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. OSU’s annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.  For the second year in a row, the evening will serve as a “welcome home” for our Vietnam era veterans as part of the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.  Colonel Robert S. Cox, US Army, Ret., will present a copy of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Proclamation and a lapel pin to each Vietnam era veteran not previously recognized.   The final event of the week is the induction of four Oklahoma A&M College/OSU alumni to the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame wall outside the Veteran Success Center at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. Three posthumous inductions will include Col. Lee Gilstrap, United States Army; Col. Tom J. Rounsaville, United States Army, and Lt. Col. Karl K. Dittmer, United States Air Force. Retired Col. William A. Ahrberg, United States Army, the only living alumnus who will be added to the wall this year, plans to be in attendance for the event with several members of his family. Family members will be on hand to represent Gilstrap, Rounsaville, and Dittmer. Eighteen veterans and the OSU ROTC were previously recognized on the wall. Please join us in the North Classroom Building to recognize these heroic alumni.   The primary task of the Veteran Student Academic Services office at OSU is to coordinate with campus, community, state and federal organizations to provide services to more than 850 veterans and military-affiliated students in Stillwater. The office is also in charge of the Veterans Success Center on campus, which offers veteran students a place to study, interact and seek academic assistance in transitioning to college life. For more information, contact Rick Hansen by emailing richard.hansen@okstate.edu or calling (405) 744-1390.
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/flag-display-kick-week-leading-veterans-day-osu
Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:33:09 -0600
OSU names six Cowboy Parents Scholarship recipients 
Oklahoma State University has announced the six recipients of the 2017 Cowboy Parents Scholarship, which is awarded to students based on academics, campus involvement, community service and leadership. The fund was started with donations from thousands of Cowboy parents, over a 10-year period, and became an annual cash scholarship in 2004. The OSU Foundation started receiving donations for the fund in 2010. Taylor Hadwiger, junior marketing major from Alva and Cowboy Parents Scholarship recipient, is a fourth generation Cowboy, who said she applied after her father received an email about the scholarship. “I thought it was really cool that OSU offered a scholarship for students who have a legacy here at Oklahoma State,” Hadwiger said, adding that the application process was much easier than she expected. Students must submit a resume and an essay with completed applications to be considered for the $1,000 award. “It was nice to just fill out something simple and to the point,” Hadwiger said. In addition to Hadwiger, this year’s scholarship recipients include Karlee Cotter from Guymon, Aaron Davis, Muenster, Texas; Alexander St. Onge-Cooper, Lakeway, Texas; Sarah Lynn Riley, Grove, and Alyson Smith from Tulsa. The Cowboy Parents Scholarship program is managed by Fran Gragg, assistant director of OSU Leadership and Campus Life, as well as coordinator of Parent and Family Relations at the university. “The best part of my job is getting to work with all our amazing student organizations and the leaders in those groups,” Gragg said. “Seeing students receive the Cowboy Parents Scholarship each year is truly rewarding.” A new application for the scholarship becomes available on the first day of each fall semester and can be found at http://parents.okstate.edu/. Story by Shayla Terrel
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-names-six-cowboy-parents-scholarship-recipients
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:15:19 -0500
OSU researcher focuses on disaster recovery
From hurricanes in New Jersey to earthquakes in Oklahoma, Dr. Alex Greer has taken his research on disaster recovery in a different direction to Oklahoma State University. Greer, an assistant professor of political science in his third year at OSU, now teaches students emergency management skills and how to research the effects of different types of natural disasters. He first visited Oklahoma as part of his research following the Moore tornado of 2013. It was not the first time Greer had dealt with the aftermath of a major disaster. Six months after Japan’s 2011 tsunami, which killed nearly 16,000 people, he spent five weeks there studying the country’s restructuring and recovery efforts. “A woman brought out tea for us, and the only possessions she owned were her two teacups,” Greer said. “She had lost her husband, her daughter and her daughter-in-law in the tsunami. I hear those kinds of things, and I think to myself, ‘Now I have to do something about it.’” As a doctoral student at the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware, Greer also got a first-hand look at the devastation from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. “I saw the government was looking to buy back properties, and it struck me as an interesting and novel thing that they don’t do a lot,” Greer said. “I was interested in how people made the decision to accept that offer or stay in place.”  Greer has since published several recent papers on the effects of home buyouts after a disaster. His research focus has shifted to include victims’ priorities in recovery and relocation, such as access to transportation, proximity to work or potential neighbors and natural landscape. “Seeing what kinds of things people prioritize is important because then you can set up policies and programs to prioritize those same pieces to influence people’s decision-making in the long term,” Greer said. Greer works with OSU colleague Dr. Tristan Wu, assistant professor of political science, who is an expert on natural disaster response and preparedness. Greer and Wu joined the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, which disseminates information about earthquake risk and earthquake engineering research, on a visit to Cushing to study the damage of the 5.0 magnitude Cushing, Okla., earthquake and interview businesses and households about their responses to the earth tremor. “If you don’t know what to do in an earthquake, sometimes you make yourself more exposed,” Greer said. “A number of residents I spoke with either ran out of buildings or stood under doorways because they thought that would protect them, but more modern guidance says to get under shelter such as a piece of furniture until the shaking stops.” Wu, who differs from Greer’s focus on recovery by specializing in response, said they discovered Oklahoma citizens have a long way to go before being as prepared as possible for a major disaster. “People are concerned about earthquake risk in Oklahoma, but they don’t see it as an immediate threat,” Wu said. “Based on our surveys, preparedness is still very low, and people still don’t really know what’s going on.” The two are working on an early warning system similar to what Japan, Mexico and Taiwan use to detect early signs of earthquakes before they hit. “Dr. Greer studies more of the recovery side of things, and I do more preparedness and response, but it’s all connected,” Wu said. “When people understand what to do, the response is better. We want to persuade people to learn how to take care of themselves because at the end of the day, the first responders aren’t firefighters or emergency managers; they’re the neighbors and people who happen to be near a disaster.” Greer said he hopes his research has practical applications and effects on the way people handle disaster recovery. “I want to make sure I use that knowledge to make the process better for people who are already dealing with disasters,” Greer said. “That’s the big focus and end goal of what I do.” Story by Aubrie Bowlan PHOTOS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ostatenews/albums/72157687746662900
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-researcher-focuses-disaster-recovery
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:15:19 -0500
OSU App Center creates HUD app to identify home health hazards
The Oklahoma State University App Center has developed a mobile app for information about household health risks that professionals can share with individuals who want help in identifying indoor environmental hazards. OSU designed the Healthy Homes Partners app for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD, which is among the key federal agencies and national sources for information about household hazards such as mold contamination, carbon monoxide poisoning, lead exposure, asthma triggers and other risks. Rather than a consumer guide, the Healthy Homes Partners app puts technical information and guidance in the hands of housing experts and health care providers who advise people living with dangerous health conditions. “It allows indoor environmental health professionals to help their clients navigate common residential health hazards and identify sources, find mitigation and removal recommendations and find more information from federal agencies,” said Dr. Michael Goldschmidt, national director of the Healthy Homes Partnership and associate teaching professor and state extension housing specialist at the University of Missouri in Columbia. “The app provides the stakeholder with specific action steps to use with their clients and a room-by-room checklist.” Participants in app testing said the checklist is one of its most valuable features. During home visits, housing experts will use the app to advise clients while inspecting each room of the home. The app then generates a report with recommendations. Until now, that information was only available in online or in printed publications, but updating material was slow. The mobile app makes updating the information faster. For example, the app can be revised rapidly as recommendations change for what is considered dangerous blood lead levels in children. “We were able to take feedback from beta testing and add improvements that the partners really liked, such as the checklist,” said Jai Rajendran, head of the OSU App Center and technology and business development manager for the university’s Technology Development Center. “Working with a large government agency like HUD was valuable for the developers because they got to know how to interact with a large client and manage a project this size.” For OSU App Center student interns, who work as developers and designers, experience working with mobile apps of varying complexities, both with university and off-campus projects, provides valuable career training and grows the center’s abilities. “The App Center is a good resource for projects from any size organization,” said Rajendran. Funding to develop the informational app was awarded to OSU through a competitive grant from the HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, its Healthy Homes Partnership, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The Healthy Homes Partnership is made up of university extension services and federal agencies. “Based on our resources at the App Center, I knew we had a good chance of securing the grant,” said Dr. Gina Peek, OSU associate professor and housing and consumer specialist and the grant applicant. “The App Center worked with HUD partners to developed something that many people today prefer to use to receive information.” The free Healthy Homes Partnership app is available for iOS smartphones and tablets and can be downloaded from the Apple Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/healthy-homes-partners/id1244368357?mt=8. Consumer information about home health risks is available at http://extensionhealthyhomes.org/ccontent.html.
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-app-center-creates-hud-app-identify-home-health-hazards
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:15:19 -0500
New wellness program benefits facilities management employees
Oklahoma State University Facilities Management and the OSU Department of Wellness have collaborated to implement a program called Work Readiness, which involves stretch training to improve employees’ safety and wellness. Facilities management has one of the largest staffs at OSU with 35 shops under six departments. For most of its employees, the workday includes physically demanding tasks that require a lot of movement and heavy lifting. Work Readiness was developed to prepare employees for daily work activities, emphasize safety, improve communication and promote wellness. “My hope is that this program demonstrates how we truly care about our employees’ overall health and wellbeing and are serious enough to try to help,” Joey Keel, senior human resources generalist, said. Work Readiness begins in the morning during a daily meeting within each department or shop. The stretch-training sessions last about four minutes and rotate throughout the week from upper to lower body or any specific stretch that applies to the unique movements workers in different departments perform. While employees warm up and stretch, the meeting is also used to discuss human resources updates, facilities management announcements and specific work duties. All personnel are required to attend the meeting, but participating in the physical activity is voluntary. The idea for the program began in a facilities management advisory committee, which listens and addresses employees concerns and recommendations. Chief Wellness Officer Todd Misener and Mary Talley, who retired from employee wellness assistant director in August, were interested in how the department of wellness could give more support to facilities management. While discussing ideas, an FMAC chairman recalled an employee mentioning how he would stretch every day before a shift at a previous company. The committee added the specifics to this basic idea to develop Work Readiness. Twenty shops within three departments currently participate in the program. Facilities management hopes to eventually implement Work Readiness throughout its departments. “We are committed to growing our outreach and collaboration efforts throughout our campuses,” Misener said. “This program represents the fruit that can grow from outreach efforts to campus employee groups. Facilities management and our employee wellness staff are to be commended for their collaboration efforts.” Staff from facilities management and the department of wellness have been attending employee meetings to help implement Work Readiness. Their role is to inform workers why the stretches are beneficial to their daily routines and demonstrate how to correctly perform the movements. To ensure everyone is doing the stretches appropriately, an employee is selected as the “champion” and taught how to lead the stretches. In addition to instruction, there are posters hung in the meeting areas displaying correct form. Facilities management conducted anonymous surveys within departments and shops two to three weeks after the Work Readiness program’s implementation in April. The survey consists of scale-questions such as very satisfied to very dissatisfied and a free-response question to better understand the employee’s feelings toward Work Readiness. “Not only have we received mostly positive feedback, but the employees want to do more exercises or perform them more times a day,” Daniel Alexander, facilities support services manager, said. “Overall, Work Readiness has been highly effective based on the surveys that have been conducted so far.” Because the majority of employees have enjoyed the program and its results, some shops have chosen to add additional stretches or movements such as squats or, in one case, Tai Chi. Employees have told Keel they’re more flexible and awake while on the job. “Some of my older employees have said they’re not as stiff throughout the day,” said Chad Tucker, assistant supervisor of recycling. “This program seems to be working.” In addition to the program’s active sessions, the participation in morning meetings has improved team morale and social interaction. Prior to Work Readiness, group meetings did not occur every day; the staff would be given their orders individually at the start of their shift. Dave Brown, landscape services design, has noticed the daily meetings add organization and consistency within each department. “As a supervisor, we use these meetings for human resources, wellness or any campus-wide announcements,” Tucker said. “It’s an easy way to make sure the employees are getting information they may have missed in an email.” PHOTOS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ostatenews/albums/72157687742704170 By Michaela Gleason
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/new-wellness-program-benefits-facilities-management-employees
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:15:19 -0500
Oklahoma State names Dr. Carlos Risco Center for Veterinary Health Sciences dean
The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents approved Oct. 20 the appointment of Dr. Carlos A. Risco as dean of the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. He is expected to assume his position in March. Risco is currently at the University of Florida where he serves as a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.  “I am excited for the opportunity to serve as dean,” Risco said. “The strong culture of scholarship, outstanding curriculum and the multidisciplinary approach to improve both animal and human health has led to the excellent reputation of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.  “This reputation makes Oklahoma State a place where students want to attend,” Risco said. “As dean, I look forward to working with our talented faculty and staff to continue progress in the center’s role as a regional, national and international leader in veterinary medical education, research, and service.” OSU Provost and Senior Vice President Gary Sandefur said, “We are pleased to have Dr. Risco join the OSU team. He will provide strong vision and leadership for our excellent veterinary program. I want to thank Vice President Thomas Coon and members of the search and screening committee for leading our national search and identifying an outstanding pool of candidates. I also appreciate Chris Ross and his solid leadership as interim dean.” Risco received his DVM degree in 1980 from the University of Florida and advanced clinical training as an intern in private dairy practice at the Chino Valley Veterinary Associates in California. He is a diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists. From 1982 to 1990, he was a full partner at Chino Valley Veterinary Associates, a nine-veterinarian dairy practice. In 1990, he joined the faculty at the University of Florida as an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Risco’s main research focus pertains to metabolic disorders and reproductive management of dairy cows.  For other Board of Regents actions: OSU/A&M Regents approve personnel actions
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/oklahoma-state-names-dr-carlos-risco-center-veterinary-health-sciences-dean
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:15:19 -0500
OSU/A&M Regents approve personnel actions
Numerous Oklahoma State University personnel actions were approved during the OSU/A&M Board of Regents meeting Oct. 20 in Stillwater. NEW APPOINTMENTS: Curtis Moore, appointment to Jordan Chair in Entrepreneurship and associate professor (action grants tenure), Entrepreneurship; Kunal Mishra, research assistant professor, Materials Science and Engineering. From the Center for Veterinary Health Science – Cara Blake, assistant professor, Clinical Sciences. From the Center for Health Sciences – Charles Amlaner, professor and vice president of research (action grants tenure), Behavioral Sciences; Tessa Chesher, clinical assistant professor, Behavioral Sciences; Mary Moore, clinical assistant professor, Emergency Medicine; Matthew Stiger, clinical assistant professor, Emergency Medicine; Bavette Miller, assistant professor, Health Care Administration; Shane Yamane, assistant professor, Internal Medicine. CHANGES: Chris Richards, appointment to director of the Field and Research Unit, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; James Trapp, appointment as Regents Service Professor, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Juliana Nykolaiszyn, appointment to the assistant department head, Digital Innovation, Library. RETIREMENT: Steven O’Hara, architecture, May 15, 2018; Martin Hagan, electrical and computer engineering, Dec. 31, 2017; Karl Reid, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Jan. 1, 2018. For other Board of Regents actions: Oklahoma State names Dr. Carlos Risco Center for Veterinary Health Sciences dean
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osuam-regents-approve-personnel-actions-50
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OSU Diversity Hall of Fame honors seven new inductees and two rising stars
Individuals accepting awards during the third annual event included (l-r) Dr. Claud Evans, Sam Combs III, Andre Storey, Burns Hargis, Huey Battle (Dr. Battle’s son), Sandra (Battle) Graham (Dr. Battle’s daughter), Dr. Jason Kirksey, Michael Battle (Dr. Battle’s son), Randi Jackson (the Ransoms’ granddaughter), Sheryl Crockett (the Ransoms’ daughter), Stan Ransom (Lloyd Ransoms’ nephew), and Dr. Krystal Beamon. The Oklahoma State University Diversity Hall of Fame recently inducted seven new honorees and two Rising Star Award recipients during a live broadcast of the ceremonies held in the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center, Oct. 12. The event, which included the Afro-Am Homecoming Gala and hall of fame honors, was sold out for the third year in a row. The OSU Diversity Hall of Fame recognizes alumni and university supporters who have significantly contributed to the advancement of diversity and inclusion at Oklahoma State University and who have distinguished themselves through their particular field or profession and the betterment of their community. The hall of fame was established by the Division of Institutional Diversity at OSU. “OSU is proud to honor this year’s class of inductees and Rising Star Award recipients for demonstrating a desire to exceed all expectations and achieve excellence at OSU and beyond. Their legacies remain embedded in the fabric of the institution,” said Dr. Jason F. Kirksey, vice president and chief diversity officer for the OSU Division of Institutional Diversity. This year’s inductees include Dr. Huey Jefferson Battle (posthumously), Samuel Combs III, Dr. Claud Evans, Brenda D. Neal, Archie Ransom and Lloyd Ransom, with special recognition of OSU President Burns Hargis as a member of this class, as well as rising star honorees Dr. Krystal Beamon and Andre I. Storey. The late Huey Jefferson Battle served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II before returning to civilian life and graduating from Langston University in 1947. He received a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, and he earned his doctorate in agricultural economics from OSU in 1954, making him the first African American in Oklahoma to earn a doctoral degree. He directed the division of agriculture at Langston University for a decade before starting a distinguished 23-year career at Virginia State University, where he founded the Bureau of Economic Research and Development, strengthening numerous international ties, including links with colleges in East and West Africa. He retired in 1985 as vice president of research and development at VSU. Samuel Combs III is CEO and founding partner of COMSTAR Advisors, a consulting and private investment firm. He recently retired from ONEOK where Combs served as president of ONEOK Distribution Companies with financial responsibilities for its natural gas distribution segment. Prior positions included various engineering, operating and executive roles with Oklahoma Natural Gas Company, a ONEOK subsidiary. He received a degree in industrial engineering and management from OSU and graduated from the University of Michigan executive program. He also completed studies at Harvard, Colombia and Stanford Universities. Dr. Claud Evans is the owner and operator of the Okfuskee County Veterinary Clinic in Okemah. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural biochemistry from Oklahoma State University and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Prior to opening his practice 34 years ago, he worked in management with Ralston Purina Company’s Veterinary Services, Consumer Products, and Chicken of the Sea divisions. Evans served two eight-year terms on the OSU Board of Regents and chaired the board twice during that time. The support of OSU President Burns Hargis in advancing diversity and inclusion at OSU has been vital to the progress and national recognition the university now enjoys. Hargis has also guided OSU to record enrollment and fundraising since taking office in March of 2008. He holds degrees in accounting from OSU and law from OU and is the second OSU graduate to lead the university as president. A former OSU Regent, Hargis also served 11 years in banking and practiced law for 28 years in Oklahoma City. He is the former president of the Oklahoma and Oklahoma County Bar Association and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Hargis was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2009. Brenda D. Neal is a senior vice-president of investments, and financial advisor in global wealth management at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in New York City. She has 38 years of experience in planning and managing investment assets. She is an arbitrator with oversight over all securities firms that do business with the public and she is also an activist for women and underserved minority youth with a focus on upgrading their education and job skills. The Oklahoma City native graduated from OSU and received a master’s degree from New York University. Archie (Stevenson) Ransom graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1958 with a degree in food nutrition and institutional management, which served her well as a dietitian with the Los Angeles County Hospital and later as an instructor with the Los Angeles County School System. She took a six-year leave from her career to manage a family of three growing children, but returned to work as a dietary director for a mental health center in Denver which produced about 300,000 meals a year. While Ransom remembers tense racial times on the OSU campus, she has dedicated her life to ensure that was not reality for her children and grandchildren. She met her husband Lloyd while at OSU. Despite a stellar academic and extracurricular record at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Lloyd Ransom was denied acceptance to the major universities in Oklahoma in 1952. While he did attend a college out of state for a time, he had to leave due to financial constraints. He served an overseas tour of duty in the U.S. Army before returning to the classroom, where he earned a chemistry degree from OSU in 1958. He started work in the aviation industry, first as a research chemist, then chemical engineer and later as a research materials manager before co-founding his own business. While in California, Ransom battled for fair housing and equal employment. This year’s Rising Star Award winners are Dr. Krystal K. Beamon and Andre I. Story. Krystal Beamon serves as an associate professor of sociology and faculty associate with the Center for African American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she was recently named outstanding faculty member. She received her bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude), as well as her master’s and doctoral degrees from Oklahoma State University, where she was an All-American track and field athlete. Her research interests are race and ethnicity, the sociology of sport and the contemporary African-American experience. She is the author of several related publications and the recipient of the University of Texas Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, Dean’s Accolade Endowment Award for teaching excellence. Andre Storey is the regional vice president of ancillary services at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Health System, a subsidiary of CHRISTUS Health. He has overseen hospital operations and joint ventures that support the organization’s mission in Lake Charles, La. since 2014. Earlier, he served as the first director of population health management for CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texas, focusing on improving health care access and the overall health of those who are often underserved. Storey founded the Greater Texarkana Young Professionals and is board certified in health care management. He graduated from OSU with a degree in business administration and earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University. For more information about the Division of Institutional Diversity at OSU, as well as related activities and departments, go to https://diversity.okstate.edu/.   VIDEO: https://ostate.tv/?play=73C2041C-7B48-FF42-3581-16DD9FC03405 */
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-diversity-hall-fame-honors-seven-new-inductees-and-two-rising-stars
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:15:19 -0500
OSU celebrates 50 years of advancing technologies at Frontiers of Power Conference
The 50th Annual Frontiers of Power Conference will feature five highly regarded engineers from academia to industry who will address topics that include cutting edge research and what the future holds for the field of electric power and energy at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center Oct. 30-31. Presented by the Engineering Energy Laboratory and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the conference is an educational event aimed at professionals such as engineers, engineering managers, planners and economists in the electric power industry. Students, faculty and researchers in the field are strongly encouraged to participate and the public is welcome, but registration is required. OSU students register for free. For the last 30 years, Dr. R. Ramakumar, Regents Professor, PSO/Naeter Professor and director of the Engineering Energy Laboratory, has organized and directed the Frontiers of Power Conference, which he recommends as a great opportunity for students to connect with practicing engineers. “Students rarely get to go to big conferences,” Ramakumar said. “Here, they can talk to well-known keynote speakers and authors at one of the longest running conferences in this area.” Ramakumar, who personally recruited each keynote speaker, said he is most excited about seeing presentations that discuss where electrical engineering is heading and how industry professionals should prepare for the future. “Things are changing rapidly in the energy-power industry,” Ramakumar said, “The topics dealt with at the Frontiers of Power Conference have changed over the years to reflect new technologies, such as the entry of variable (renewable) generation, the need for very high reliability, and smart grid concepts, to name just a few.” Ramakumar wants people to realize the status of the energy-power industry through this conference, and he said this is a great opportunity for OSU. “Many companies don’t want to spend a lot of money sending their employees to big conferences in other areas of the country,” Ramakumar said. “This is a great chance for them to visit OSU and get a feel for what is going on.” Professionals from large power companies such as Oklahoma Gas and Electric, Public Service Company of Oklahoma and American Electric Power are expected to participate in the conference, along with students and faculty from neighboring universities and other organizations in the industry. OSU President Burns Hargis is scheduled to welcome Conference participants on the morning of Monday, Oct. 30. Ramakumar, who just celebrated 50 years as a faculty member at OSU, was honored in 2008 as a Regents Professor, one of the most prestigious positions an OSU faculty member can receive. To register, email nancy.crenshaw@okstate.edu or call 405-744-9912 weekday afternoons.  Registration forms and information may also be found at https://osu-eel.okstate.edu/. Registrations should be received by noon on Friday, Oct. 20 in order to be guaranteed conference meals.  PHOTOS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ostatenews/albums/72157689506441146 Story by Shayla Terrel
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-celebrates-50-years-advancing-technologies-frontiers-power-conference
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