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Health Leaders Gather to Improve Health Access in Rural Oklahoma
Government officials, tribal leaders, health care administrators, physicians, and educators will convene to explore ways to improve healthcare delivery and access in rural Oklahoma. Oklahoma currently ranks 46th in the nation in overall health according to the United Health Foundation. Oklahoma’s poor health status can be attributed to the shortage of primary care physicians and to the maldistribution of specialists who prefer to practice medicine in urban areas. Accessing health care is particularly challenging for Oklahomans living in rural and tribal communities. Many small towns do not have a primary care physician much less a specialist physician. OSU Center for Health Sciences has launched Project ECHO, an innovative care model, to bring specialty medicine to rural areas of the state. “We are examining the efficiency of the traditional model of healthcare delivery where the patient travels to the doctor’s office. Some rural Oklahomans may not have the time, money or car to travel to see a specialist in Tulsa or Oklahoma City. Project ECHO lets us flip the model and bring the care to the patient,” says Kayse Shrum, D.O., president of OSU Center for Health Sciences. To address this problem of access to specialty care, Shrum has joined forces with President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz (R-Altus), Speaker Charles McCall (R-Atoka), Senator Kim David (R-Porter) and Representative Leslie Osborn (R-Mustang) to host the OSU-CHS Rural Health Leadership Summit at OSU Oklahoma City on April 12th. Leaders will discuss healthcare issues facing their rural and tribal communities and how innovative solutions such as Project ECHO can address these issues. "We're very excited about Project ECHO and how it can help improve health outcomes in rural Oklahoma. It’s is a great way to allow rural providers to gain access to specialty knowledge at OSU Center for Health Services,” says Dr. Johnny Stephens, chief operating officer at OSU Center for Health Sciences. Featured speakers, panelists and moderators for the event include: President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz, Oklahoma State Senate Speaker Charles McCall, Oklahoma State House of Representatives Senator Kim David, Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee Representative Leslie Osborn, Chair, House Appropriations and Budget Committee Secretary Chris Benge, Chief of Staff and Secretary of Native American Affairs Dr. Judy Goforth Parker, Administrator, Chickasaw Nation Division of Health Todd Hallmark, Executive Director of Health Operations, Choctaw Nation RADM Kevin Meeks, Acting Deputy Director of Field Operations, Indian Health Servic Dr. Doug Nolan, Medical Director, Cherokee Nation Diabetes Program Natalie Shirley, President, OSU-OKC, and Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Dr. Kayse Shrum, President, OSU Center for Health Sciences Dr. Johnny Stephens, Chief Operating Officer, OSU Center for Health Sciences Shawn Terry, Secretary of Health, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Dr. Jason Beaman, Director, OSU-CHS Psychiatry TeleECHO® Clinic Dr. Crystal David, Clinical Pharmacist, OSU Center for Health Sciences Dr. Joseph Johnson, Medical Director, OSU-CHS Project ECHO® Dr. Samuel Martin, Director, OSU-CHS Addiction Medicine TeleECHO® Clinic The event will take place at OSU-OKC. Due to the limited space the event is by invitation only. The conference will be streamed live beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12th at: For more information on the event contact: Dan Threlkeld Director of Media 918-200-2617
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:33:04 -0500
OSU hosts inaugural CADRE conference for advanced digital research
The CADRE conference April 11-12 will cover a variety of computational research tools including data visualization. OSU students work in the McCasland Foundation Data Visualization Studio in Edmon Low Library. The Coalition for Advancing Digital Research and Education (CADRE) will hold its inaugural conference at the Wes Watkins Center on the campus of Oklahoma State University April 11-12. Admission is free for all computational and data-driven researchers, aspiring researchers, faculty, students and staff in higher educational institutions throughout the region as well as K-12 educational facilitators. The conference is the product of an ongoing collaboration between the OSU High Performance Computing Center (HPCC), a division of the OSU Vice President for Research, and OSU Libraries’ Research Data Services to bring additional research computing resources and training to the OSU campus. This successful partnership inspired the formation of CADRE, a multidisciplinary, campus-wide initiative to build a comprehensive and collaborative environment for OSU’s computational and data-intensive researchers. “In the academic research environment, there is a growing reliance on advanced computing and digital resources, but researchers sometimes have difficulty locating these resources, if they even learn of them at all,” said Dr. Dana Brunson, OSU assistant vice president for research cyberinfrastructure and OSU HPCC director. “The CADRE conference provides a prime opportunity for researchers, librarians and cyberinfrastructure professionals to come together and discuss these resources, which can result in better, faster and more thorough research as well as produce new and exciting collaborations.” A networking reception and poster session is set for April 11, with the conference’s main activities on April 12 from 8 a.m.--4:30 p.m. at Wes Watkins Center. John Towns, executive director for science and technology at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), will be the featured speaker on April 12. The plenary speaker, Kelly Gaither, serves as director of visualization at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas in Austin.  Other conference events include a series of afternoon breakout sessions from researchers and educational facilitators throughout the region. A breakout session for K-12 facilitators will include two of Oklahoma’s regional STEM alliances and the 2017 National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing awards ceremony for the Oklahoma region, which recognizes high school girls with an interest in computing. The conference also features a vendor exposition to connect regional researchers with industry leaders and resource providers, including Intel, the conference’s Gold sponsor, which has a long history of contributing to community and open-source initiatives benefitting research computing. PHOTO:
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:37:58 -0500
OSU grad student awarded Fulbright to teach in Israel
Candace Square Candace Square, a graduate student at Oklahoma State University, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award that will take her to Israel for the 2017-2018 academic year. The program places recent American graduates in schools around the world where they act as an ambassador for the United States, help improve foreign students’ English language abilities, and learn about the country’s people and culture. Square, a graduate of Broken Arrow High School, is scheduled to graduate from Oklahoma State University in May with a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. She received her bachelor’s degree in health and exercise sciences with a minor in psychology from the University of Oklahoma. “I am very grateful to be selected for a Fulbright award, and truly blessed to have the opportunity to teach English in Israel,” Square said. “I am committed to bridging the gap between American and Israeli cultures, and I certainly expect to gain many insights from this experience, which I will cherish and share throughout my life." Square, who will be teaching at a college in Tel Aviv, explains she was inspired to visit Israel early in life. “I grew up going to an event at my church called A Night to Honor Israel. The first time I attended, it sparked my curiosity, which grew into a fascination for Israeli culture and history. There’s no better way to learn more about the culture than to be immersed in the country.” 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.
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:25:38 -0500
OSU students win at National Trumpet Competition
Dr. Ryan Gardner is flanked by national contest award winners Natalie Upton and Noah Mennenga. The trio is joined by alumnus Nick Doutrich. For the fifth time in four years, Oklahoma State University has earned a first place award at the National Trumpet Competition, held recently in Denver, Colorado. OSU senior Natalie Upton, from Prosper, Texas, won first place in the solo undergraduate division at the contest, held on the campus of Metropolitan State University March 25-26. Sophomore Noah Mennenga, of Cottage Grove, Wis., took third place. OSU alumnus Nick Doutrich finished third in the large ensemble division with Southern Methodist University. With Upton’s win, OSU becomes the only university to win every collegiate category at the competition including undergraduate solo, graduate solo, small ensemble, and large ensemble divisions. Dr. Ryan Gardner, associate professor of trumpet, has been in charge of the trumpet studio and trumpet ensembles in the OSU Department of Music since 2011. PHOTOS:
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:22:18 -0500
CASNR awards more than $300,000 in continuing student scholarships at annual scholarships and awards banquet
The Oklahoma State University College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to nearly 200 students at the annual CASNR Scholarships and Awards Banquet March 30. The scholarships, made possible by the generosity of CASNR alumni, friends, faculty and staff, made up in part the $1.4 million in total scholarships students will receive during the 2017-2018 academic year from both the college and its academic departments. Others also recognized Thursday included students, faculty and staff for their accomplishments and contributions to CASNR, as well as alumni for their success in the industry. “We are fortunate to have many high caliber students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources,” said Dr. Cynda Clary, CASNR associate dean of academic programs. “It is an honor and a privilege to award scholarships to help fund their CASNR experience. The banquet is also our time to congratulate and recognize our outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni for their hard work and accomplishments each year.” Dillon Johnson was named the 2017 Louis and Betty Gardner Outstanding Senior. Johnson is an agribusiness and plant and soil sciences major from Afton, Oklahoma. Additionally, Clay Daily was recognized as the 2017 Charles and Magda Browning Outstanding Freshman. Daily is an animal science major from Mayville, Michigan. CASNR also recognized 15 Seniors of Distinction. Of the 15, five were honored with the Dean’s Award of Excellence (indicated by an * in the list below). Their names, hometown and major include: OKLAHOMA Afton Dillon Johnson*, Afton, Oklahoma, agribusiness/plant and soil sciences Duncan Allison Christian, Duncan, Oklahoma, animal science Locust Grove Garrett Reed, Locust Grove, Oklahoma, agribusiness Nash Ricki Schroeder*, Nash, Oklahoma, agricultural leadership Oklahoma City Anna O’Hare, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, natural resource ecology and management Stillwater Laurie Fitch, Stillwater, Oklahoma, agricultural communications Stuart Jesse Belvin, Stuart, Oklahoma, plant and soil sciences COLORADO Colorado Springs Christian Ley*, Colorado Springs, Colorado, biosystems engineering IDAHO Eagle Lauren Clark*, Eagle, Idaho, agribusiness ILLINOIS Danvers Klair Hartzold, Danvers, Illinois, animal science/agribusiness MICHIGAN Midland Chandler Steele, Midland, Michigan, animal science MISSOURI Carthage Will Shaffer, Carthage, Missouri, animal science OREGON Clackamas Jason Wetzler, Clackamas, Oregon, agricultural education TEXAS Canyon Courtney Karr, Canyon, Texas, animal science WASHINGTON Creston JD Rosman*, Creston, Washington, agricultural communications Four CASNR faculty members were recognized for their teaching, advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. Their names, award and academic department include: Angel Riggs, Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership Don Ruhl, Excellence in Undergraduate Student Advising and Mentoring Award, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Chanjin Chung, Excellence in Graduate Student Advising and Mentoring Award, Department of Agricultural Economics Dan Stein, Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Animal Science Finally, two CASNR alumni were recognized for their outstanding achievement and early success in their careers within the agricultural and natural resources industries. Their names, hometowns and current careers include: KANSAS Wichita Shannon Angle, Wichita, Kansas, agricultural economics/accounting ’02, Koch Fertilizer LLC finance director TEXAS Midlothian John Marc Holt, Midlothian, Texas, agribusiness ’03, Target Corporation senior operations manager The Oklahoma State University College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources believes in the value of hands-on education and the importance of having a well-rounded student experience. Our award-winning faculty members are dedicated to developing students and are passionate about adding value to the total educational experience. With 16 majors and 59 study options, plus more than 60 student organizations, the college is committed to expanding minds and inspiring purpose. Learn more at Story by Rachel Metzger
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:53:16 -0500
OSU recognized as Certified Healthy Campus
Pictured in photo are (left to right) Tabi Deal, Mary Talley, Jason Vlastaras, Jamie Payne, Rachel Shreffler, Todd Misener Oklahoma State University has been recognized as a Certified Healthy Campus for its outstanding efforts in health and wellness programming in 2016. It also earned recognition as a Certified Healthy Business. Altogether, OSU was honored in three of seven categories during a recent annual luncheon hosted by the Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program. Five campus dining facilities, including the Natural and Zest in North Dining, Country Barbeque and Which Wich in Kerr Drummond, and Bread and Beyond in the Student Union, were also recognized as Certified Healthy Restaurants. “Certified Healthy Restaurant criteria is about creating a healthy environment for our customers and our staff,” University Dining Services Dietitian Patty Anson said. “Throughout our operation, we place an emphasis on fresh foods and wellness to help our customers pursue a healthier lifestyle.” This is the sixth-year OSU has been recognized as a Certified Healthy Campus. Because it is 100 percent tobacco free, the university was recognized for the highest level of certification as a healthy campus and healthy business. Four of the five campus restaurants that were recognized also received the highest level of certification. The three levels include basic, merit and excellence. “This is just more proof that what we are doing here at OSU matters and it is making an impact,” said Mary Talley, assistant director for the Department of Wellness. “If we make an impact here, we can be sure that our students will go out into the world and spread it far beyond our campus.” Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program is a free, statewide certification effort that began in 2003. The program showcases organizations that are committed to improving the health of Oklahomans by implementing programs to improve their health.  Representatives from the OSU Department of Wellness, University Dining Services and Human Resources attended the annual luncheon in Norman. About 2,000 applicants were recognized as healthy businesses, campuses, communities, congregations, schools, early childhood programs, and restaurants this year. By: Cassidy Williams PHOTO:
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:29:10 -0500
Student Union Marketing continues winning tradition
Three department members recognized at international conference The Student Union marketing department was recently recognized for its hard work with five awards at the annual Association of College Unions International (ACUI) conference, March 19-22. The department won the awards in the annual Steal This Idea competition, which recognizes exceptional work in college union and student activity marketing materials. Entries are judged on strength of concept, design, editorial content and effectiveness. This year’s awards recognize the team spirit within the Student Union marketing department, as three staff members received recognition for their work. The 2016-2017 Allied Arts brochure, designed by Shane Lansdown, won first place in the brochures category. The brochure highlights the Allied Arts performance season. Coleton Gambill’s “Why Do You Vote?” video received third place in the video category. The video, released a day before the presidential election, highlighted reasons people in the Stillwater community vote. The video also encouraged everyone to visit the polls and cast their vote. Kailey Bookout came home with three awards for her work. The 2016 Mortar Board, an annual calendar and planner for OSU students, received third place in the calendar/schedule category. Bookout’s GameDay is Coming poster, reminiscent of the popular TV show “Game of Thrones,” received second place in the miscellaneous category. Bookout also received honorable mention for her Hispanic Awareness Week poster. “It is truly gratifying getting the opportunity to work as a graphic designer in the Student Union,” said Bookout. “It not only challenges me to be better, but also allows me to grow in ways I couldn’t anywhere else. I feel honored and humbled to be nationally-recognized for the work I’ve had the pleasure to do.” Founded in 1914, ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activity professionals from more than 550 schools in 34 countries. Its members work on urban and rural campuses, in two-year and four-year institutions, and at large and small schools. For more information about ACUI, visit
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:25:02 -0500
OSU’s CEAT climbs U.S. News rankings
New 2018 statistics from U.S. News show Oklahoma State University’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) up again in the rankings, sustaining a three-year increase that has moved it ahead more than 30 spots. CEAT is currently ranked 104 among peer institutions and 67 among public institutions, a significant upsurge from the college’s ranking of 140 in 2016 and 112 in 2017.   CEAT administrators credit the continuous rise in the rankings to ample opportunities in both the student experience and research, in addition to new faculty hires and a focus on innovation. “I am very pleased to see that OSU is being recognized for our outstanding programs and the ongoing improvements that are being made within the college,” says Randy Seitsinger, associate dean of academic affairs for CEAT. “I am especially proud of our success in expanding the size and capability of our faculty, upgrading our facilities to provide state-of-the-art labs, offices and classrooms, and the outstanding students that continue to graduate from CEAT with the education and abilities necessary to transform society.” The creation of a new living learning program (LLP) in Parker Hall, and a new undergraduate lab building are two ways the college is focused on expanding and improving.  The newly-renovated Parker Hall will emphasize academic success for incoming freshmen who want to pursue an engineering degree. “The LLP will make a significant impact on next year’s freshman class when nearly one in four of our new freshmen will live in the same building with upperclassmen for guidance,” says Lance Millis, director of CEAT’s student academic services. “Extensive programming and academic opportunities will be the focus for students in this building.” The college’s newest endeavor — an undergraduate lab building — will also enhance the student experience, offering interdisciplinary opportunities in a facility tailored specifically for engineering undergraduates. Set for completion in the fall of 2018, the building will house 14 undergraduate research labs, as well as a lecture hall, student project spaces and sticky spaces. “This facility will make CEAT the only place in the United States where engineers, architects and technologists can come together in an academic setting,” says Seitsinger. “This venue will help students understand how important collaboration is and how vital the other disciplines are to the big picture.” For more information on the new undergraduate lab building, visit
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:00:49 -0500
OSU student awarded Fulbright for research in Ethiopia
colton flynn Colton Flynn, a doctoral student at Oklahoma State University, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to conduct research in Ethiopia 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 people and culture. Flynn, a graduate of Farmington High School in Farmington, Arkansas, is working toward a doctorate in geography at OSU, where his research focuses on the development of remote sensing techniques to predict in-field nutrition levels of grains and grasses for livestock and other agricultural applications. He will be working with the Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute. “I’ve always wanted to help others and what better way than by battling hunger and malnutrition in Ethiopia, a country currently struggling with these issues,” said Flynn. “The crop I’m studying is a staple in the Ethiopian diet, and I plan to use remote sensing methods to quickly identify iron, calcium and protein levels in the crop, during its growing periods, so action can be taken to increase these levels.”  Flynn currently serves as a graduate teaching assistant in the geography department at OSU and as a biological science aid at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in El Reno, Oklahoma. He earned his bachelor’s in Earth science, and master’s degree in geography from the University of Arkansas, where he developed and fostered an interest in agriculture and food geography. Flynn taught at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, before starting his work toward a doctorate. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, biking, and running in preparation for collegiate-level triathlons. In addition to the Fulbright award, Flynn is the recipient of the OSU Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, and the Robert and Lucy Fite Scholarship for Outstanding First Year Doctoral Student. 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 in 1946 by Senator J. William Fulbright for the promotion of international goodwill through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science. PHOTO: Colton Flynn
Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:23:47 -0500
OSU announces plans for Core Research Facility
Estella Atekwana The Oklahoma State University Boone Pickens School of Geology has announced it will break ground on a $3 million, 6,500-square foot Core Research Facility as early as this fall.  Financing for the building is made possible by generous donations from alumni and corporate partnerships.  The facility will serve as a “one-stop-shop” for treatment, storage and analysis of core samples (cylindrical rock samples obtained by drilling), which is a needed service in the region. The building will include a grinding and polishing lab, thin section preparation, an area designated for coloring, porosity and permeability, significant layout and review space, as well as office space and a conference room.  More than a repository, the facility will house active research, which already exceeds $3 million in funding.  It will be located in the northwest section of campus, near the corner of McElroy Road and N. Willis Street.  “The Core Facility will give our faculty and students new research opportunities, which will better prepare students for their careers while also allowing OSU to fulfill its land-grant mission,” said Dr. Estella Atekwana, Regents Professor of Geology and Sun Chair Professor and Head of the Boone Pickens School of Geology.  “We are grateful to the donors for supporting this important addition to the campus.” The facility will allow OSU to host geology professionals from around the world for industry short-courses and core workshops in reservoir characterization and other topics.  It will also support OSU’s public outreach mission, as a land-grant institution.  Additionally, new undergraduate and graduate programming opportunities will emerge, including reservoir rock analysis, which will contribute to petroleum geoscience research.  As a result, OSU students will have a better and more comprehensive understanding of core samples and their extensive uses.  “Rocks are the foundation of the geosciences, and their study can unlock a multitude of diverse understanding and resources for the world,” said Mike Kuykendall, geoscience manager at Felix Energy.  “Applied core research is integral to achieving this potential.”  The $3 million total cost to build, equip, and endow the Core Research Facility, includes $2 million in construction, $500,000 in equipment, and a $500,000 endowment for maintenance and technology support. The Boone Pickens School of Geology has a strong and growing national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching in the applied geosciences.  The Core Research Facility is expected to grow grant revenue and establish a technological infrastructure to allow the School to be leader in emerging research.  Major contributions for the facility are provided by: Mike and Karen Kuykendall, Lawrence and Patty Walker, John A. Brett III, Kent A. Bowker, Dr. Dale E. Fitz and Mrs. Anne Kuah, Mike and Sue Gaskins, Chesapeake Energy, Inc., and Charles Taufest. PHOTO: Dr. Estella Atekwana
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:21:35 -0500