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Freedman Selected as Dean of the William S. Spears School of Business at OSU
Dr. Sara M. Freedman, dean and professor of management in the College of Business and Industry at Mississippi State University, has been named the 17th dean of the William S. Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Her appointment was approved and announced during the Jan. 27 meeting of the Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents meeting in Muskogee. “We are very pleased that Dr. Freedman has accepted our offer to become dean of the William S. Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University,” said OSU System CEO and President David J. Schmidly. “With her leadership ability and extensive experience, we look forward to this already outstanding school becoming even more recognized across the nation.” Prior to accepting the deanship at Mississippi State, Freedman served as dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Houston for three years, and was associate dean for Academic and Research Programs for 10 years. She joined the faculty at the University of Houston in 1976, and received the College of Business Administration Distinguished Faculty Award in 1985. She also was a Teaching Fellow and research assistant at the University of North Carolina from 1972-76, and was a Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership in 1974. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University, and her Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the College of Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Freedman has served as president of the board of governors of Beta Gamma Sigma for two years and is on the board of directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. She is a former president of the Southwest Business Deans’ Association and of the University of Houston’s Women’s Network, and was on the board of governors of the Academy of Management. She is the author of numerous publications and has presented papers across the nation. She has served as an associate editor and on the editorial board of “Academy of Management Executive,” and was on the editorial boards of the “Journal of Applied Psychology” and the “Journal of Management.” She holds memberships in the Academy of Management, Southern Academy of Management, Southwest Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Southern Business Administration Association, and Southwest Business Dean’s Association.
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Colom Named OSU Vice President for Enrollment Management
Albert N. Colom of Boynton Beach, Fla., was named the new vice president for Enrollment Management at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater during the Oklahoma A&M Regents meeting in Muskogee on Jan. 27. As vice president for Enrollment Management, Colom will report to the CEO and president of the OSU System for strategic and system issues, and to the provost and senior vice president for operating issues. He will be responsible for the development and implementation of integrated strategies to achieve the enrollment management goals of OSU and the OSU System. Specifically, he will implement the strategic enrollment management plan for the university and the system; develop recruiting strategies and enrollment programs to enhance the student-institution fit and facilitating successful student transition to the university; and enhance divisional service to internal and external publics. Colom has served as director of enrollment management at Florida Atlantic University since 2005, where he also served as director of admissions and community college relations and articulation from 2003-05, as director of admissions from 2000-03, and as director of student retention from 1999-2000. Prior to joining Florida Atlantic, he worked from 1986-1999 at the University of South Florida, including serving as the admissions officer for international students, as assistant director for transfer students, and as assistant director for articulation. As the assistant director of academic support services from 1995-99, he coordinated the establishment of the newly created Office of Adult and Transfer Students Services, and was responsible for the overall direction and management of recruitment and retention of adult and transfer students. Colom received his B.A. in international studies, his M.Ed. in educational leadership, and was a doctoral candidate in higher education administration, all at the University of South Florida. He holds memberships in the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers, Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars, Strategic Enrollment Management, Association of Chief Admission Officers of Public Universities, the College Board, National Association for College Admission Counseling, American Marketing Association-Symposium in Higher Education, and American Association for Community Colleges.
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Texas Couple Pledge $3 Million to OSU Athletics Gift
STILLWATER - Oklahoma State University announced today that alumni Joe and Connie Mitchell of Glen Rose, Texas, have gifted $3 million toward OSU’s Academic Enhancement Center [AEC] and the “Next Level” stadium campaign for Cowboy football. “This is a special gift that touches both academics and athletics,” said OSU System CEO and President David J. Schmidly. “Graduation and success beyond athletics is a top priority for our student-athletes and strengthening our AEC will help us reach that objective. Several of our colleges have student success centers that enhance the learning experience and the AEC is doing the same for our student athletes, allowing them to achieve at the highest level academically. We are extremely grateful to the Mitchells for stepping forward and investing at a significant level in the future of Oklahoma State.” In recognition of the Mitchell’s generous commitment, the AEC will be renamed the Joe and Connie Mitchell Academic Enhancement Center. “This is a far-reaching donation that will directly benefit our facility improvement needs as well as have a positive impact on scholarships, graduation rates and recruitment,” said Craig Clemons, Associate Vice President of Development, Athletics. “It will allow us to truly focus more resources and energies on educational development, which is critically important given the vast majority of student athletes will make a living after college in a field other than professional sports.” The AEC provides the academic resources necessary for Oklahoma State student-athletes to succeed in the classroom, earn a degree and become successful professionals in whatever they pursue. The center contains study rooms, teaching labs and computer centers. "This gift will have immediate benefits, but it will also strengthen the role academics plays in OSU athletics,” said Marilyn Middlebrook, Director of Academic Services for Student Athletes. “We are now able to devote significant attention to the testing and development of student-athletes, and provide more in-depth services, including services for students with learning challenges.” Joe Mitchell earned his bachelor’s degree in architectural studies in 1974, and Connie earned her degree in business education in 1972. The couple was formerly involved in the telecommunication industry and currently operates 10XXX Ranch. 10XXX Ranch, located in Glen Rose, houses the nation’s foremost show cattle operation, breeding champion show calves for customers across the country. The ranch is also home to wildlife and is a corporate recreational facility for tourists to enjoy the best of the outdoors. “We’ve always felt a rich connection to OSU, because we met and married while still students there,” said the Mitchells. “The gift to the AEC appeals to our interests in competitive athletics and, as importantly, a sound educational platform for student athletes. Having family members with special educational needs, we completely understand how mentoring, tutoring and labs can make the difference in a young person achieving graduation and reaching their full potential.” OSU eclipsed the original $86 million Next Level Campaign goal through donor commitments including gifts, pledges, premium seat donations and student activities.
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Healthcare crisis mounts as boomers reach retirement age
The first of more than 78 million baby boomers are turning 60 this month, and the United States will face greater and greater challenges to provide for its elderly. An OSU researcher is urging aging Americans and those who love them to make sure Congress understands their needs. “What I heard over and over again was that Congress readily admits it doesn’t have all the answers and it really wants help deciding priorities on issues that are going to affect a growing number of elderly right away,” said Dr. Kathleen Briggs, professor and head of the Human Development and Family Science department in the College of Human Environmental Sciences. Briggs recently attended the White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C. Appointed by U.S. Senator Tom Coburn to represent Oklahoma, she joined 1,200 other delegates to help develop and approve a “top ten” list that Congress and the president are expected to review as early as March. “The conference is held only once every decade,” Briggs said. “The delegates there represented a wide range of expertise from researchers like me to those providing services directly to the elderly so it was a real privilege to participate.” Issues on the top ten list that emerged from the conference included: greater accessibility to care for rural elderly; strengthening and improving Medicare and Medicaid; better training for healthcare professionals and other elderly care provider; and improved coverage for mental health assessment and treatment, which goes beyond addressing Alzheimer’s and dementia among the aged. “One of the problems we face today is that services for seniors are often concentrated in higher population areas, but Oklahoma is a largely rural state,” Briggs said. “Many in our rural communities won’t be properly served if we don’t do something about making services more accessible for them.” Other critical issues included ensuring that older Americans have transportation options to maintain their mobility and independence while improving state and local delivery systems. Reauthorizing the Older Americans Act, support for public and private sector initiatives and promotion of non-institutional care models also made the list headed for Capitol Hill and the White House. While Briggs was glad to be among those who offered some of the first recommendations on aging issues in the last ten years, she urges others to get involved. “Stay tuned, because this is really going to be important,” she said. “In the meantime, let your congressional delegation know what your needs are because your voice is important, people are listening and you can make a difference.” For more information on aging issues and terminology, visit www.whcoa.gov.
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OSU senior wins prestigious scholarship
TILLWATER, OK -- Oklahoma State University senior Kara Cook of Stillwater has been named one of 12 national recipients of the coveted 2006-2007 George J. Mitchell Scholarship. Cook, the first OSU student ever to receive the Mitchell award, will use the fellowship to study for a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Literature at University College in Dublin, Ireland. “I want to congratulate Kara on this tremendous achievement,” said OSU System CEO and President David Schmidly. “The Mitchell has, in its eight-year history, become a highly prestigious award, due to the limited number of awards they give out and the large number of applications. Kara’s success once again shows the quality of the education and campus experience at OSU. I also congratulate the faculty who taught her, and the many students who worked alongside her.” Dr. Bob Graalman, director of Scholar Development and Recognition, said, “Kara came to OSU with a lot of ambition and talent, and the Mitchell Scholarship was clearly a perfect match for her interests and abilities. Everyone who worked with her felt she was a perfect candidate, and evidently the Mitchell selection committee felt the same.” Launched in 1998, the Mitchell Scholarship recognizes outstanding young Americans who exhibit the highest standards of academic excellence, leadership and community service. Administered by the US-Ireland Alliance, a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., the Scholarship is named in honor of the pivotal role the former U.S. Senator played in the Northern Ireland peace process. The Mitchell Scholarship program links future American leaders to the island of Ireland by a year of graduate study at a university in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Although still relatively new, the Mitchell Scholarships have become one of the most prestigious, intensely competed fellowship programs in the United States. Recipients have withdrawn from the long-established Rhodes, Marshall and Fulbright competitions to pursue a Mitchell Scholarship. There were 236 applicants from 171 colleges and universities for this year’s 12 awards. As part of the interview process, Cook traveled to two interviews in Washington, D.C., in late fall. According to Graalman, one of the primary reasons Cook was so competitive was her balance between academics and public service at a very high level. “Not only is she a fantastic scholar, she is a great public servant who wants to help improve the condition of society,” he said. He also cited the wonderful job that OSU faculty from several disciplines did in describing her attributes for the required letters of recommendation. Dr. Bob Darcy, OSU Regents Professor of Political Science and a dual citizen of Ireland and the U.S., carried the Mitchell Fellowship information to the OSU Office of Scholar Development and Recognition a few years ago. He has served as a teacher and mentor for Cook. “I’m excited about Kara and that the Mitchell Fellowship is something that OSU is adding to its history of achieving for its students,” Darcy said. “ Ireland is an interesting and exciting place with ancient universities, and Kara is going to have a wonderful and stimulating time there.” On Jan. 26, “The Oklahoma Women’s Almanac,” a book authored by Darcy and co-authored by Cook, will be available. It is being published by OPSA Press, and is a project of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, and the Women’s Archives at OSU. OSU James Joyce scholar, Dr. Ed Walkiewicz, mentored Cook’s proposals and played the lead role in helping her organize the ideas for her application, Graalman said. “Kara's scholarship is creative, adventurous, and thorough. I have had the pleasure of directing her fascinating Honors thesis on James Joyce and America,” Walkiewicz said. “Going by what she has told me, the ambitiousness and appropriateness of her project greatly impressed the Mitchell selection committee, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon.” Cook, a graduate of Stillwater High School, will receive her bachelor’s degree in English and political science this spring. She is the daughter of Lones Frank Cook and Debra Givray, now of Highlands Ranch, Colo. She currently is chair of the Student Government Association Senate, and was chair of the budget committee. She serves as a student representative on the OSU Diversity Task Force, and founded and directs the Committee on African Americans to study and make recommendations on remedying the historically low minority presence at the university. Cook was president of the ECO-OSU organization, an umbrella group to unify and coordinate university environmental advocacy groups, and was recycling chair of the OSU student government. To promote reading literature, she inaugurated what is now an annual university event, the OSU Literary Awareness Week. The Mitchell Scholarship program was inaugurated in 1998 with an endowment from the Government of Ireland. Other significant financial support is provided by the Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, BD (Becton Dickinson & Company), Bombardier Aerospace (NI) Foundation, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, The Crucible Corporation, and the McDonnell Charitable Foundation. USIT, Ireland’s premier student travel organization, provides a travel stipend to each scholar, and universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland contribute housing and tuition to the Mitchell Scholars. The Mitchell Scholarship Selection Committee included Dr. Ian Brick, a retired senior business executive born in Belfast; Mark Ein, founder and CEO of Venturehouse Group; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon; William F. Harris, Executive Director of Science Foundation Ireland; Kenton Keith, vice president of the Meridian International Center; Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute; Orla O’Hanrahan, counselor of the Embassy of Ireland; and Tim Losty, director of the Northern Ireland Bureau in Washington, DC. Corporate sponsors of the US-Ireland Alliance include CRH, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, Diageo Ireland, IONA Technologies, and the Jurys Doyle Hotel Group.
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Boone Pickens donates $165 million to OSU athletics
STILLWATER, OK – Oklahoma State University officials announced today that legendary oilman Boone Pickens has donated $165 million to be used to fund one of the nation’s most comprehensive collegiate athletic complexes during the next five to 10 years. Pickens’ gift is the largest single donation for athletics to an institution of higher education in U.S. history. “My passion for OSU has only intensified over the years as I recognize the link between my education and my success,” said Pickens, 77. “I believe that developing teams that are competitive in all sports requires the best facilities possible. Developing those facilities will help move the university into a new era, both in athletics and academics. Athletics have proven to be a significant contributor in the academic success of an institution, both from a fundraising and a performance perspective.” A key element of long-term success, Pickens said, is a broader base of alumni financial support for OSU. “We are in a new era and I want to see all alums be a part of it,” he said. Pickens earned a degree in geology from OSU in 1951. He went on to found Mesa Petroleum, which he grew into one of the nation’s largest independent oil and gas firms in his four decades of leadership there. He left the company in 1996 to found BP Capital, an energy investment firm that has consistently ranked as one of the most successful hedge funds in the U.S. Pickens’ gift will help build the west end zone at Boone Pickens Stadium, a multi-purpose indoor practice complex, new soccer, track and tennis facilities, a new equestrian center, a new baseball stadium and new outdoor practice fields. OSU System CEO and President David Schmidly says the gift is an important complement to the school’s strategic plan, “Achieving Greatness,” that calls for the spending of about $500 million on various academic, student life and related initiatives. “This is a truly remarkable gift,” said Schmidly. “Mr. Pickens’ $165 million donation to our athletic program is a critical component of our three-pronged approach to developing a top-tier university. Athletics, academics, and student life must all fit together to build a competitive institution. “We’re pleased with Boone’s confidence in the leadership of the athletic program and the university, and that he believes so strongly in the overall direction of our institution.” Pickens has been a generous supporter of OSU athletics and academics, having previously contributed and pledged more than $100 million. In recognition of his academic and athletic gifts, the OSU School of Geology and the university’s football stadium are named in his honor. Pickens is rapidly earning status as one of America’s greatest philanthropists. His non-profit gifts in 2005, including his latest OSU contribution, total about $230 million. Of that, OSU giving in 2005 was $190 million. Other major recipients of his giving include the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins and UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Boone is a winner with a vision and high expectations,” OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder said. “It’s now up to us to deliver. His gifts are an inspiration to all Cowboy followers. It is imperative that all Cowboy alumni contribute at a greater level than ever before, and we are dedicating ourselves to making that happen.” “This is indeed a historic day for Oklahoma State,” said OSU Board of Regents Chairman Burns Hargis. “On behalf of OSU and the OSU Board of Regents we want to say thank you to Mr. Pickens for his indescribable generosity and commitment to OSU. His example the past few years has inspired others to support OSU’s academic and athletic initiatives.” Big 12 Conference Commissioner Kevin Weiberg said, “We congratulate Oklahoma State and commend the leadership of the university and athletic department for this historic announcement today. The Big 12 Conference enjoys celebrating success whenever one of our member institutions achieves a significant goal. We are pleased a Big 12 institution is the recipient of the largest single gift ever given to an NCAA collegiate athletic program. Big 12 institutions are fortunate to have committed donors who generously support their programs. You cannot be a championship program on a consistent basis without solid financial support. Oklahoma State is blessed to have a donor like Boone Pickens who is willing to invest at an extraordinary level.” “I cannot say enough about how much we as coaches appreciate Mr. Pickens’ generous support of OSU’s total athletic program,” commented OSU soccer’s coach Karen Hancock. “This gift means a lot to me personally because it will enable us to build the championship soccer facilities to support our student athletes. On behalf of the coaches, we say thank you, Mr. Pickens, and we hope this unprecedented gift will lead to more OSU supporters giving to academic and athletic programs.” OSU’s athletic projects The total cost of the proposed OSU athletic facilities is currently projected to be about $300 million, which includes architectural fees and land acquisition. Those projects, their estimated costs and proposed timelines, include: · New outdoor practice fields; $6 million; completed by 2007. · Closing in of the west end zone at Boone Pickens Stadium; $120 million; completed by 2008. · A new equestrian center; $4 million; completed by 2008. · Construction of a multi-purpose indoor practice complex; $50 million; completed by 2009. · A new soccer/track complex; $30 million; completed by 2009. · New tennis facilities; $15 million; completed by 2009. · A new baseball stadium; $30 million; completed by 2011.
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OSU Veterinary Hospital Releases Premature, Miracle Calf
STILLWATER, Okla. -- A calf that spent months in the care of veterinarians at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences after it was born two months premature was returned to its owners this week. The calf’s release Tuesday from the Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital concludes a miraculous medical case and a unique learning experience for more than 50 students. Affectionately nicknamed “Norman,” the purebred Hereford calf owned by Poteau cattleman Monte Shockley Jr. was admitted to the teaching hospital on Sept. 1. One day old and not due to be born until October 30, the calf weighed just 26 pounds and was hairless except on its head and lower legs. “To have much of a chance to survive, a calf should be born within two weeks of its due date, and he was born two months early,” said Dr. John Gilliam, Food Animal Medicine resident at the hospital’s Large Animal Clinic. “He was bright and aware of his surroundings but was unable to stand. “Amazingly, he would nurse from a bottle, and his owners had been feeding him colostrum from his mother,” Gilliam said. With round-the-clock care for the first 30 days and additional, subsequent treatments, the teaching hospital doctors, technical staff and students were able to stave off numerous ailments that should have done in the calf. Initially, Norman was quarantined and administered intravenous fluids and antibiotics, nasal oxygen therapy and a blood transfusion from one of the hospital’s donor cows. The performance of the calf’s underdeveloped lungs was monitored by checking oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in its blood. “The two biggest threats to his life were the risk of infection and the fact his lungs were so immature,” Gilliam said. “The risk of infection was managed by providing the transfusion and antibiotics and keeping him isolated from other animals in the hospital. “The only treatment we had for his lungs was supplemental oxygen, but we were able to monitor his pulmonary function several times daily using an arterial blood gas analysis,” he said. So small it had to be fed from a bottle for baby lambs, the calf stopped nursing after a few days. The veterinarians attributed its inability to nurse to stomach ulcers and the onset of pneumonia and treated both afflictions by switching to intravenous feeding. When it returned to nursing, the calf developed scours and a persistently low white blood cell count. With time and modifications to his treatments, both conditions improved as well as Norman’s underdeveloped coat and skeleton. “His skin became crusty and dry so we applied a moisturizing spray several times daily until his hair coat grew in,” Gilliam said. “We initially made a sling to support him so that he could stand while he nursed, but he had to be confined because the bones in his joints were very immature and might have been crushed if he walked too much.” “We radiographed his joints every other week to see how the bones were maturing, and after about ten weeks, it was safe for him to be active,” Gilliam said. Eventually, Norman was penned with a nurse cow and also began to eat hay and grain. When released to Shockley this week, 15 weeks after entering the hospital, the healthy and active calf weighed more than 90 pounds. “Everyday Dr. Gilliam would call and tell us how things were going, and it was up and down for a long time,” Shockley said. “We never expected this calf to make it so we’re very pleased how he’s turned out.” Shockley said he had little reason to be hopeful about the calf’s prospects, from discovering Norman to the initial diagnosis by his local veterinarian, Dr. Joe Dubois, an OSU College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus who, incidentally, was a classmate of Gilliam’s. “I was walking the dog in the pasture and came across this lifeless and small animal with no hair, and it was a baby calf,” Shockley said. “My local veterinarian came out, and he didn’t have any hope for it, but he knew Dr. Gilliam at OSU and recommended we call him.” “Dr. Gilliam sounded doubtful on the phone, but we took a chance and brought the calf and the mother up here,” Shockley said. “Dr. Gilliam said it would be hit and miss, but every day the calf got a little better. We didn’t expect him to live, but we thought we’d give it a try.” Gilliam said Shockley’s commitment to saving the calf made for an extremely rare opportunity for more than 50 veterinary medicine students to learn about neonatal care. Typically, such intensive care for a food animal is cost prohibitive. “To treat Norman we had to borrow equipment normally used in the care of patients in the equine and small animal clinics of the teaching hospital,” Gilliam said. “Combined efforts throughout the teaching hospital of several doctors, many students and our technical staff made this case successful, but only because of the investment and commitment of the owner were we able to do it.” “We’re grateful to the owner because this was an outstanding opportunity for upwards of 50 students on rotations, and maybe more, to learn how to evaluate blood work and radiographs and make decisions about changing medications and therapies on a daily basis to adjust to an animal’s changing conditions,” Gilliam said. “And more importantly, we’ve learned from this case that it’s possible for a calf to be born this prematurely and survive.” Norman’s addition to the annals of veterinary medical journals remains to be seen, but the calf is already famous. “Everybody in town we know is dying to see him,” Shockley said. “We’ll continue to keep him tame and break him to lead, and he’s out of a great sire so he may even become a show animal someday.”
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Pickens tells OSU graduates age should never be a barrier to success
STILLWATER , Okla. -- Speaking at Oklahoma State University’s commencement ceremony Saturday, highly successful alum Boone Pickens told graduates not to let age stand in the way of achievement. “You are young, and you have fresh ideas,” said the 77-year-old Dallas businessman, who now runs BP Capital, one of the nation’s most successful energy-focused investment funds. “You live in a new world and can teach all of us a thing or two.” Pickens, a 1951 OSU geology graduate who previously spoke at OSU’s 1984 commencement, addressed an estimated 1,000 OSU graduates in two ceremonies at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Recalling his Depression-era upbringing in Holdenville, Pickens described a few of his recent honors, including receiving the Horatio Alger Award, a national entrepreneurial honor, and being named to Forbes’ 2005 list of the 400 richest Americans with a net worth estimated at $1.5 billion. “I tell you this not to brag but to dispel something I hear over and over,” Pickens said. “‘Mr. Pickens, America has changed. I’ll never be able to accomplish what you have.’ “If that’s what you’re thinking, you’re dead wrong. There’s more opportunity for success today than ever,” said Pickens, who founded and led Mesa Petroleum, which he grew into one of the nation’s largest independent oil and gas companies. He told the students that perseverance and adaptability are required for accomplishment in any endeavor. “Learn from mistakes. Remember the doors that smashed your fingers the first time and be more careful the next trip through.” Pickens’ final advice to OSU graduates “may be the most important: Be happy and satisfied with what you are doing. Life is too short. If you’re not happy, find something else to do.” A lifelong philanthropist, Pickens described the joy he has received in giving to worthy causes. Citing goals for the university where the School of Geology and the football stadium bear his name, he asked the future alumni to start thinking about their own contributions. “What will it take to move us to the next level and make this a world-class institution, both in academics and athletics? OSU alumni, people just like you and me,” Pickens said, who has pledged more than $100 million to OSU. “This takes a team approach, and I want you on the team.” “You’ll be hearing from me. I promise.” Oklahoma State University is a five-campus, public land-grant educational system that improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research and outreach. Established in 1890, the Stillwater campus is the home of the OSU System. OSU boasts students from all 50 states and 116 nations, and has 185,000 alumni throughout the world. Current enrollment across the OSU System is nearly 33,000.
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Pickens to Deliver OSU Commencement
STILLWATER , Okla. – Dallas businessman and Oklahoma State University alumnus Boone Pickens will be the featured speaker for Oklahoma State University’s Commencement Ceremony on Dec. 17 in Stillwater. The Graduate College commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Pickens will speak at the two undergraduate commencement ceremonies Saturday, also in Gallagher-Iba Arena. The 10:30 a.m. Saturday ceremony will honor students from the Spears School of Business, the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, and the College of Human Environmental Sciences. The second ceremony, scheduled for 1:30 p.m., will feature students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, and the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. “We are honored to have Boone Pickens deliver this year’s commencement addresses,” said OSU System CEO and President David J. Schmidly. “Mr. Pickens has achieved much success since leaving his alma mater and has been a tremendous friend to the university and a strong supporter of academics and athletics.” Pickens, who spoke at OSU’s 1984 commencement, received his B.S. degree in geology in 1951. He worked for Phillips Petroleum for three years before striking out on his own, founding Petroleum Exploration, Inc. and Altair Oil & Gas Co., both predecessor companies to Mesa Petroleum, which he built into one of America’s largest independent natural gas and oil companies. In 1986, he founded the non-profit United Shareholders Association to help shareholders and to inform them of corporate abuses. Today, Pickens operates BP Capital, which manages successful energy-oriented investment funds, and he is pursuing a wide range of business interests, including water marketing and ranch development initiatives to Clean Energy, a company he founded that is advancing the use of natural gas as a cleaner-burning and more cost-effective fuel alternative. Pickens has been a lifelong generous philanthropist, including gifting more than $100 million to a variety of OSU academic and athletic programs, and the OSU football stadium and School of Geology bear his name. His generosity has extended to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, to the American Red Cross for hurricane disaster operations, and to the Oklahoma Heritage Association, in addition to numerous medical research institutions and treatment centers nationwide. Earlier this year, Pickens was selected to receive the Horatio Alger Award, one of the most distinguished entrepreneurial honors in America.
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Oklahoma State University software predicts a movie's fate before its release
STILLWATER , Okla. -- Oklahoma State University professors have developed a system for predicting the box office success of movies before they hit the theatres that could revolutionize the industry. Research by Drs. Ramesh Sharda and Dursun Delen shows their computer-based system can predict exactly how much revenue a movie will generate 37 percent of the time and provide a prediction accuracy rate of at least 75 percent most of the time. The software offers seven types of perameters that are used to determine the revenue range of a movie before its release. Once the revenue range is determined the movie is classified in one of nine categories from ‘super flops’ that take in less than $1 million to ‘super blockbusters’ that gross more than $200 million. “All the variables we use are factors you can usually consider as you are deciding whether to make a movie, so we expect this to be a powerful decision aide for potential investors,” said Sharda with the Spears School of Business at OSU. The OSU Regents professor of management science and information systems and his colleague Delen picked seven factors to help their so-called “neural network” decide on a revenue range for an upcoming movie. The seven variables include the star value of the cast, the movie’s age rating, the time of release against that of competitive movies, the film’s genre, the degree of special effects used, whether it is a sequel or not, and the number of screens it is expected to appear on at its opening. “The wonder of our system is that it takes each variable that can be either positive or negative alone and joins them together to build a model with solid information,” said Sharda. Sharda and Delen have been testing their neural network by using data from actual movies. The pair has input data from 834 movies released between 1998 and 2002 to ensure the system’s reliability. The Oklahoma State University researchers have been working on the project for seven years. “Comparison of our neural network to the models proposed in the recent research literature shows that the neural network does a much better job in this setting,” said Sharda, who adds that future plans include expanding the system for use through a website as well as on DVD. The system is expected to receive a welcome reception from the movie industry which is in a slump this year compared to last. Oklahoma State University is a five-campus, public land-grant educational system that improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research and outreach. Established in 1890, the Stillwater campus is the home of the OSU System. OSU boasts students from all 50 states and 116 nations, and has 185,000 alumni throughout the world. Current enrollment across the OSU System is nearly 33,000.
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