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OSU students win case study competition
Left to right, Kunal Bhosale, Swaraj Meher, Kartik Josyula Three industrial engineering and management students from Oklahoma State University won first place in a recent Student Case Study Competition in Oklahoma City, receiving the first perfect score in the four years of the contest, which is sponsored by the Oklahoma City chapter of APICS, an association for supply chain and operations management. The first place team, which included Swaraj Meher, Kunal Bhosale and Kartik Josyula, showcased their skills for potential employers and won a $500 cash prize in the competition, which also serves as a networking opportunity for students.   “Swaraj, Kunal and Kartik worked very well together in making their presentation, and their answers to the judging panel’s questions were outstanding,” said Larry Chadwick, vice president of information for the APICS Oklahoma City chapter. “They’ve set a great precedent for future team competitions, and we hope OSU will continue to participate next year.” A team from the University of Oklahoma placed second in the competition, followed by a team from the University of Central Oklahoma. For more information about the APICS Oklahoma City Chapter, visit PHOTO:
Wed, 10 May 2017 12:12:08 -0500
OSU commencement ceremonies set for May 12 and 13
An estimated 3,600 Oklahoma State University students, in caps and gowns, will participate in one of the six commencement ceremonies set for Gallagher-Iba Arena next week. The graduation exercises will start with veterinary and graduate students on Friday, May 12, and conclude Saturday, May 13,  with four separate ceremonies for undergraduate students, each featuring a different OSU alumnus as commencement speaker. “We are honored that these successful alumni have agreed to share their insights with our students, and very happy to welcome family and friends to campus on this very special occasion in each student’s life,” said President Burns Hargis. “We look forward to celebrating our students’ accomplishments and wishing them the best in all their future endeavors.” The OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will recognize its graduates with a hooding ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday, May 12. Commencement for OSU graduate students will follow at 7 p.m. Larry Bryce, president of Kohler Power Systems, which produces and markets generators and engines on a global basis, will speak at the 9 a.m. undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, which will recognize students from the College of Human Sciences, and College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. Dr. Bob L. Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, will speak at noon during the undergraduate ceremony for students from the College of Arts and Sciences. He has authored 21 books and serves as a constant source of historical information to the media. Joseph Eastin, president and CEO of ISN, a global leader in contractor and supplier management systems, and one of the fastest growing privately-owned companies for the past ten years, will speak to students from the Spears School of Business during the 3 p.m.undergraduate ceremony. Entrepreneur and innovator Piyush Patel, head of Digital Tutors, a leader in online training, will speak to undergraduate students in the College of Education, and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the 6 p.m. ceremony on Saturday. The Oklahoma State University Pipe Band will lead the Saturday processionals into Gallagher-Iba Arena. Candidates for graduation will be announced individually, photographed and presented an OSU Commencement print while crossing the stage All ceremonies will be held in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Each will also be streamed live online at For more information about OSU’s commencement ceremonies, go to
Tue, 09 May 2017 12:45:56 -0500
OSU Summer Art Academy returns
Oklahoma high school students have an opportunity to explore the wide, creative world of art during the third annual Oklahoma State University Summer Art Academy, presented by the Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History in the OSU College of Arts and Sciences. Geared toward students from ages 13-18, the academy is a non-resident commuter camp with a schedule of classes that allow students to attend afternoon blocks under the guidance of master instructors. Classes, which start as early as May 30, cover topics from art history and ancient Greek art; to portraiture, jewelry making, and sculpture; to design thought and creation. Classes in design thinking and design making are new this year, offered as a combination of art and computer-based design projects, which include hands-on experience and a field trip to Tulsa’s Kravis Design Center. Art history is offered as a free course. Remaining courses have a registration fee ranging from $150 to $250, depending on the course. Course fees for the combination Design Making and Thinking is $450. Fees cover costs and supplies, but do not cover meals. For more information or to register for courses, visit PHOTOS: CUTLINE: Master instructors guide students at the OSU Summer Art Academy.
Wed, 10 May 2017 12:10:55 -0500
Thompson awarded Martin E. Grimes award
Dr. David R. Thompson, former associate dean and emeritus faculty member in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, has posthumously received the Martin E. Grimes award from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). The award was established by IFSAC for the purpose of recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the fire service by elevating the level of professionalism through leadership in the development and improvement of professional qualifications, standards, certification and accreditation. The award’s namesake was known for his extensive background in professional fire service qualifications and training. Family and friends of Thompson accepted the award on his behalf at IFSAC’s spring meeting in Oklahoma City. They included his wife, Janet Thompson, daughter Colleen Allen and husband Kyle, son Darin Thompson and partner Jonathan Antia, daughter-in-law Holly Thompson and granddaughter Lexi Thompson, who is a senior in the fire protection and safety engineering technology program at OSU. For more information, visit the IFSAC website at PHOTO: CUTLINE: Thompson family and friends, (l-r) Jonathan Antia, Darin Thompson, Janet Thompson, Kyle Allen, Colleen Allen, Lexi Thompson, and Holly Thompson.
Tue, 02 May 2017 14:12:23 -0500
OSU rocketry team wins first place in Argonia Cup Competition
An OSU rocketry team earned first place honors when its rocket successfully outperformed those from colleges in Mississippi and Missouri at the first-ever Argonia Cup competition in Argonia, Kansas in late April.  The event was hosted by two clubs of high-power rocketry enthusiasts known as Kloudbusters and the Tripoli Rocketry Association. The OSU American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics High-Power Rocketry Team took the win by coming closest to the goal of sending a payload of golf balls 8,000 feet up, and returning it as close as possible to the launch site. The team developed a rocket-deployed autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) that separated from the rocket upon descent, and flew itself back toward the launch site via GPS. “With our program still in its infancy, having only been founded eight months ago, we are tremendously excited to have come this far and performed as well as we did,” said OSU team member Lucas Utley. St. Louis University placed second in the contest and Mississippi State University was third. Dr. Jamey Jacob, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, and director of the OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute, secured funding for the team to construct the rocket, and its autonomous drone payload hardware. The majority of the parts were 3D printed at OSU. With the help and support of Dr. Andy Arena, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, and a sponsorship from the NASA Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium, the team plans to compete at the Spaceport America Cup in June in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The sponsorship will cover almost all costs associated with the contest, including rocket hardware, motors, registration and travel. PHOTO: CUTLINE: The OSU Rocketry team with its winning rocket. Team members (l-r) are Zhong Thai, Brandon Whitney, Tim Runnels, Andrew Walsh, Lucas Utley, Nicholas George, Bret Valenzuela, Samantha Huckabay, Hunter Billen, and Nicholas Foster. Jim Cooper served as the team’s safety monitor throughout the competition.
Wed, 10 May 2017 12:09:41 -0500
Oklahoma State’s Kincade awarded Udall Scholarship
Oklahoma State University student Emma Kincade has earned a Udall Scholarship for her student leadership and health-related accomplishments. She is OSU’s 16th Udall Scholar and the third straight to earn the prestigious national honor in the categories of native health care and tribal policy. Kincade, a junior from Broken Arrow, is majoring in communication sciences and disorders at OSU, with plans to pursue a dual master’s degree in occupational therapy and public health at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the daughter of Mindy and Thomas Kincade of Broken Arrow. “As one rises, we all rise. I am happy to represent both the Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma State University through the Udall Foundation. It is an honor to receive this award,” said Kincade. “My family and mentors have been so kind and uplifting for me as I pursued my goals, and that’s why this is really a collective triumph, since their support has meant so much to me.” While at OSU, Kincade has worked closely with the administration of the Center for Sovereign Nations, assisting in its founding and continuing to work there as a student leader. She has also collaborated with medical students and faculty at the OSU Center for Health Sciences in designing a clinical trial to evaluate the benefits of osteopathic manipulative medicine as a therapy to help diabetics better manage blood glucose levels. Kincade gathered research data for the project during a hike to the Mojave Desert as a member of the Native Explorers program, founded by Dr. Kent Smith. “The team at the center for Sovereign Nations, Dr. John Chaney, Dr. Elizabeth Payne and Sky Rodgers, has been invaluable to me during my time at OSU. I am so grateful that the center exists for students to get connected both on campus and within their tribal communities,” said Kincade. “I have also had the privilege of participating in research under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Messer and Dr. Sheila Kennison, which has strengthened my desire to improve health care for my tribe.” Kincade plans to be at the forefront of collaboration between health care professionals and the Cherokee Nation’s medical directors to implement culturally sensitive occupation therapy. She currently serves as a teaching assistant in the political science department at OSU. This summer, she will serve as an intern for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Another OSU student, Lindsey Hancock was awarded an honorable mention by the Udall Foundation. Hancock, a sophomore from Norman, is a physiology major in the OSU Honors College. She has conducted research with the director of OU’s American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center and on the OSU campus as a freshman research scholar. Lindsey plans to attend medical school and become a physician who treats Native Americans and others in under-served areas. She expects to work primarily as a clinician in the area of diabetes prevention and treatment. The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, whose careers had a significant impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. The Udall Foundation annually awards 60 scholarships nationwide, up to $7,000 each, to college sophomore and juniors.
Tue, 02 May 2017 12:25:51 -0500
OSU pitcher finalist for Senior CLASS Award
Oklahoma State University senior Tyler Buffett is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award for collegiate baseball. The baseball award recognizes student-athletes who excel both on and off the diamond. Candidates must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have outstanding achievements in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. Buffett, who is expected to graduate in May 2017 with degrees in marketing, business administration with an option in management and a minor in sports management, is a three-time Academic All-Big12 performer and a four-time OSU Academic Achievement Award winner. The right-handed pitcher chose to postpone his professional career to return for his senior season after being a 7th-round draft pick of the Houston Astros in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Buffett has spent time volunteering with numerous organizations both in his hometown and in Stillwater. He’s involved with Coaches vs. Cancer and interacts with patients at children’s hospitals. A 2017 Preseason All-American, Buffett has made 10 starts for the Cowboys this season. His five wins lead the team, and  he is second on the club with 52 strikeouts. Finalists were selected by national media from a list of 30 candidates, and nationwide voting is open through June 7. The winner will be announced at the College World Series. Visit the Senior CLASS Award website to vote for OSU’s own Tyler Buffett. Story by Katie Rosebrook
Wed, 10 May 2017 12:04:28 -0500
NSF awards OSU grant for large-scale study
NSF awards $393,000 grant to OSU professor for study on frog evolution The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a three-year, $392,648 grant to Dr. Daniel Moen, assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oklahoma State University, to support a large-scale, international study on the importance of several factors involved in habitat change and the evolution of frogs and toads. The project will also support the training of undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers in a diversity of subjects and will include a summer research program for undergraduates at OSU. The primary goals of the study are to use evolutionary relationships to estimate major shifts between frog habitat types, for example, living in water versus in trees, and to explore the cause of these shifts.  The project will also address the factors that explain large-scale patterns of ecological and morphological evolution across frogs and toads around the world. “A major purpose of estimating evolutionary relationships among organisms is to understand patterns of character evolution such as habitat change, yet relatively little is known about why specific patterns are observed,” said Moen. “Are some ecological strategies – such as those that are more specialized – evolutionary dead ends? Are transitions between others more common? Why are changes between some types many times more frequent than others?” Along with Dr. John Wiens, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, Moen’s lab group will address these questions in frogs and develop statistical tools to examine them in other groups of organisms. The work will include gathering data on frog body forms, from specimens in museum collections around the country, conducting fieldwork in four countries (Cameroon, Madagascar, Spain, and the United States) to collect data on jumping and swimming performance, and estimating a new evolutionary tree of relationships among frog families. Moen will also work with an electronic arts class to develop an outreach video on the project, in collaboration with Andy Mattern, assistant professor in OSU’s Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History. Now in his second year at OSU, Moen earned his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in 2012.  Students in his lab study the evolution of ecology, morphology, and performance, primarily in amphibians.
Wed, 10 May 2017 12:01:58 -0500
OSU CEAT recognizes diversity in engineering
CEAT Diversity Programs (CDP) hosted the 17th annual Diversity Awards banquet to recognize the achievements of the diverse student population in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University.  Raye J. Montague, a humble, pioneering, real-life engineer that was typified in the recent movie “Hidden Figures,” served as the keynote speaker. She is credited with the rough draft of the first U.S. Naval ship design using a computer, which revolutionized naval ship design from that point on. She was also the first female program manager (equivalent to a CEO) of ships in the Navy, where she initially got her start as a typist. “It was a true inspiration to have Raye share how she faced obstacles and challenging situations, and ultimately overcame the barrier to becoming a professional engineer,” says Yokolanda Speight, CDP coordinator. Students were recognized for their service, leadership and achievements from various CDP organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, National Society of Black Engineers and more. “It was great to see all of the organizations come together to honor their most outstanding members, and to have all this support from industry representatives,” says Speight. Over 180 students and 10 industry sponsors attended the banquet. Sponsors included: Cheseapeake Energy ChevronPhillps Chemical Company ConocoPhillips ExxonMobil FES Michelin National Instruments ONE Gas ONEOK Phillips 66 About CEAT Diversity Programs CEAT Diversity Programs (CDP) provides services to support, retain and graduate all CEAT students, which includes underrepresented populations such as Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Women, First-Generation, Non-Traditional, Disabled, Veterans and LGBTQ+. All students are welcome to participate, learn and celebrate the value of a diverse CEAT community. To learn more about CDP, visit PHOTOS:
Wed, 10 May 2017 12:00:10 -0500
OSU student awarded Fulbright for research in Estonia
Jaryd Hinch 200 Jaryd Hinch, a geography major at Oklahoma State University, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to conduct research in Estonia during the 2017-2018 academic year. The Fulbright program places U.S. students in countries around the world where they act as an ambassador for the United States, work with research advisers, and learn about the country’s people and culture. Hinch, a graduate of Ponca City High School, expects to graduate with a degree in geography and minors in art history and microbiology in May and is currently on track to finish college with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He is the son of Neil and Lisa Hinch of Ponca City. “I chose Estonia because the duality of their culture is astounding. On one hand, they are a society deeply connected with their traditional roots in nature, on the other hand, they are the world's most digital and technologically-advanced country,” said Hinch. “Upon returning to the U.S., I expect to share what I’ve learned about this synergy of technology and nature in hopes of bringing these apparent polar-opposite concepts together in my own society.” Hinch was recently honored as Outstanding Senior in the geography department at OSU. He is president of the Geography Club and currently serves as a remote sensing research assistant for Drs. Amy Frazier and Peter Kedron. Hinch also tutors at OSU’s Writing Center, teaches violin lessons, and is the principal violinist for the Ponca City String Quartet. “In my spare time, I enjoy seeking new knowledge, whether it be independent art history research (chiefly 19th Century European art), perfecting new violin solos, or hiking and seeing new corners of Oklahoma’s physical landscape,” said Hinch. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the country’s largest student exchange program, offering opportunities to students and young professionals for graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. Funded by an annual congressional appropriation to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program was initiated by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 for the promotion of international goodwill through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science. Story by Jim Mitchell PHOTO:
Wed, 10 May 2017 11:59:43 -0500