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Don't delay your visit to Career Services
Students should be thinking about possible career options the moment they step foot on campus, according to the career advisors who have offices in each college at Oklahoma State University. “Effective career planning involves not only choosing a major but also the activities, part-time jobs, volunteer projects, and internships that a student completes over the course of their time in college. All of this is important to their resume and job potential, that's why it is good to get started now,” says Lindsay Vallaster, coordinator for internships, in the Spears School of Business at OSU. “We take a very individual approach to each student because each one of them brings a unique set of talents and experiences to his or her internship or job search. We want to make sure we capitalize on previous experience and individual strengths,” she adds. The first questions Vallaster and other career advisors want to know is “what initially attracted you to a career in a specific field and where are you in the process of getting there?” “The answer to these questions not only gives me insight into your motivation and aspirations but also allows me to give advice specifically tailored for where you are now in the personal development or job search process. That helps me lead you one step further toward achieving your career goals.” Whether you're just starting to seriously look at career options or you're well advanced in the process, Vallaster and her colleagues can help. “We can point you toward the many internship and leadership opportunities that are available at OSU and eventually help you build a resume that will get a potential employer's attention.” Business majors can contact Vallaster at 744-4465. Others can contact their college's career services office or the main Career Services office at 744-5253 or go to hireosugrads.com.
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Tips to optimize your time at OSU
Here are some tips, based on solid research, which should help you get the best value from your education at OSU. Get to know at least one person on campus who can keep tabs on you.This could be an advisor, part-time employer, minister, counselor, instructor or a fellow student.Be patient, this can take some time.Find out whom to contact to get the educational or personal support services you need. Don’t hesitate to call someone for help (on-campus, dial 4 plus the four digit number, off-campus dial 8 plus the seven digit number). Here’s some numbers you may wish to keep handy: Campus phone operator: dial “0” or 744-5000 (off campus)Student Health Center: 744-7665 Stillwater Medical Center 372-1480 Emergency (Police, Fire, Ambulance) 911 Career Services: 744-5253 or osucareerservices.com (also part-time work/work study) Student Counseling Center: 744-5472 , www.okstate.edu/ucs/Counselingservice.htm Library: 744-9775 or www.library.okstate.edu/ Campus Recreation: 744-5510 or 744-3798 About email/internet access: All active OSU students can sign up for university email using the Orange Key (O-Key) Account Services system. Go to okey.okstate.edu. The OSU “current student” site is my.okstate.edu and the OSU homepage is osu.okstate.edu. If you have a fulltime class schedule, try to limit part-time work to 20 hours a week. Researchers say on-campus jobs are usually the best bet for controlling hours at work but Stillwater merchants should have plenty of practice to help you control your on-the-job hours too. Transportation is often the deciding factor. Answer the question: “Why am I in college?” When you do, you’ll be better able to set specific goals for yourself and make your college years more productive. Make a commitment to attend class and get there on time. Class attendance and participation are often important to your grade. The more you know about what you need to be studying for, the less time you’ll waste “guessing” about it. It might help to consider timely attendance at class as just “good practice” for being at meetings on time once you hit the career world. Don’t hesitate to visit your professor at his/her office if you think you need help or have specific questions that weren’t answered during class or that you’d rather just ask privately.Most professors post the times during the week that they are available to meet with students on their office doors. They usually give their office address on a syllabus or other hand out during the first week of classes. You can also find them in the campus phone book. Visit your professor as often as needed. Most professors appreciate the interaction and your desire to learn. Outline a daily/weekly schedule and try to stick to it. Get a calendar, daily organizer or something similar to help you write it down. Spend some time each week, roughing out a schedule for the next week. Think about your priorities—classes, study time, fun time, work, breakfast, lunch, dinner, organization or group activities, exercise, etc… Scheduling is another practice that’s standard in the career world. Identify time gaps during the day that you can use for study. There may be gaps of time between classes, gaps between lunch and a part-time job, etc… Use those time gaps as study time when possible. Duck into the library or find a quiet place in the union if there’s not enough time to get back to your room. You may be surprised how much you can accomplish, especially during the day, when you are as alert as possible. At the same time, set regular time aside for study each day. Need some quiet study time? Try the library. It’s not as hard to get around in the library at it may seem and its resources and options for study spaces are hard to beat. As the semester goes along, give yourself a “study assessment.” Ask yourself what is working and what is not as far as your study habits are concerned. Are you using the time gaps (above) wisely? Are you setting aside enough time in the evening or early morning to complete your assignments? Are you involved in too many activities or not enough? Are you working too many hours at that part-time job? Are you having some fun and meeting some people? Consider studying regularly with a friend, joining a study group or even forming one. Surveys show that students who study in groups often make higher grades. < Consider how important professors really are to offering you the best education possible and choose your classes accordingly. You’re investing the time (and money); make sure it’s quality time, even if it doesn’t always fit your schedule perfectly. Save some time for campus activities. Root for the Cowboys, attend an SUAB movie at the Student Union Theatre, or check out OSU’s many cultural activities. For a list of activities, go to my.okstate.edu and ocolly.com Improve your writing skills. Try to write something everyday, maybe keep a journal. Whether you’re going into a field that involves journalism or not, employers appreciate good writers. Take care of yourself. What you eat and drink as well as those extracurricular activities matter to your health. The better you feel, the better you’ll likely perform. Avoid stress as much as possible and keep the Colvin Recreational Center on your “to do” list all the time. Don’t lose sight of your career goals. While your goals may change along with your academic major, keep up with the latest career information. No matter the field you choose, it’s good to know what specific job options are out there. (Contact Career Services on campus.)Keep your expectations realistic. Some people do better in college grade-wise, others struggle more than they did in high school. Do your best and don’t wait to get help whenever you need it.
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Researcher congratulates and challenges faculty
The College of Human Environmental Sciences (HES) at Oklahoma State University used noted researcher, author and consultant Dr. John Gardner to start the new academic year with some sound advice about ways to help new students. Faculty, staff and administrators from across campus were invited to attend Gardner’s presentation held recently at the Wes Watkins Center. Gardner, senior fellow of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina, congratulated HES for its many advances including its new Becky Steen McCaskill Center for Student Success. One of the Center’s stated goals is to “deliver a highly engaging first-year experience for freshman and transfer undergraduates within the College of HES.” Gardner says the latest research shows that’s exactly what new students want. “They are very engaged or motivated by performing some sort of service, especially the kind that includes academic credit. In fact, what we’re finding is that students tend to give up the notion of serving others if they don’t do it in their first year of college.” The formation of Learning Communities that help students develop relationships as well as good study habits by taking two or more classes together is important, according to Gardner. “That’s also why the peer leaders program within the College of HES is critical; the greatest influence on a student is other students,” he said. The HES College pairs upperclassmen from their Ambassadors student leadership organization with first-year students to provide ongoing mentoring and assistance throughout the first year at OSU. Gardner urged faculty to do what they could as individuals to help students through the first year of college by asking themselves a simple question: “What do I control that I can change to improve the learning experience for students?” For instance, Gardner suggested that some faculty might be surprised how much it could help if they were honest with students about their own academic track records. “For instance, I made three Fs, two Ds, and one A as an undergraduate and I am standing here with a doctorate, sharing research. There is hope—and it may help students to know that,” said Gardner. Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the First College Year, which is a collection of 13 case studies of high performing institutions.
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Vet-med Scholars Complete Summer Research
Susceptibility to illness after cold-air workouts, immunization against cattle shipping fever and the spread of bacteria throughout the body by its defensive mechanisms were the topics of prize-winning research projects OSU veterinary medicine students completed this summer. Participants in the 2005 OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences Summer Student Research Program recently presented the results of their projects to faculty, staff, other students and guests during a symposium at McElroy Hall. The poster presentations concluded 12 weeks of research study by the first- and second-year College of Veterinary Medicine scholars under the tutelage of faculty mentors. Projects undertaken in the short-term program tend to complement more comprehensive studies at the CVHS, according to Dr. Charlotte Ownby, Regents Professor of physiological sciences and summer research program coordinator. Currently, no vaccines completely protect livestock against shipping fever pneumonia. Quantifying the immune response of mice vaccinated with new synthetic proteins developed at the CVHS, Kyla Stevens demonstrated the potential for an extremely effective inoculation that employs one of the proteins. Stevens, who received the third-place award, worked under the direction of Drs. Anthony Confer and Sahlu Ayalew from the Veterinary Pathobiology department. Deanna Reiber received the second-place award for her project involving the causative agent of bubonic plague. Assisted by Drs. Jeff Blair and Ken Clinkenbeard, she illuminated an avirulent strain of the plague with a green fluorescent protein in order to observe how the bacteria not only survives attack by macrophages but is actually disseminated throughout the body by the white blood cells. The study was an early step toward efforts in the Veterinary Pathobiology department to establish an intracellular infection model for plague and understand how it causes disease in humans and animals. Caroline Williams’ first-place project was rooted in studies at the CVHS equine athletic performance laboratory on the effects of exercise while breathing cold air. The lab’s researchers had previously demonstrated that the effects of compounds secreted by a horse’s immune system to moderate airway inflammation and immune response during cold-air exercise could linger up to five hours. Williams’ study showed the possible viral immunosuppression resulting from the presence of the molecules may persist as long as 48 hours. Williams was advised by Veterinary Physiological department professors including Drs. Mike Davis and Jerry Malayer. She received a cash award as well as a stipend that will cover registration fees, travel and accommodations for an upcoming veterinary conference. Additional students participating in the program this summer included Barbara Braziel, Amy Royse, Joanna Hyland, Tisha Posey, Ryan Royse, Meaghan McMonagle and Kira Kautz. Their faculty mentors were Ownby and Drs. Robert Fulton, Jeff Ko, Lin Liu, Lyndi Gilliam, Todd Holbrook, Charles MacAllister and Ron Erkert. Established initially by Drs. Richard Eberle and Tony Confer, the CVHS Summer Student Research Program was supported its first 11 years through the National Institute of Health’s Short-term Research Training Program, a nationwide endeavor to attract aspiring veterinarians to careers in biomedical research. This year, the CVHS funded the endeavor.
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ConocoPhillips Oklahoma State University Alumni Center Dedicated
It doesn’t get any better for Oklahoma State University alumni - a beautiful new 52,000 square-foot home, brimming with OSU history and traditions and all the Hideaway pizza you can eat. The OSU Alumni Association today thanked donors and dedicated the privately funded $17-million ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center. OSU also announced plans for a spectacular “Housewarming” event before the first home football game on September 3. OSU System CEO and President David J. Schmidly said building an alumni center was one of the university’s top priorities and that a $6-million gift from ConocoPhillips launched the campaign and inspired other donors to help make the center a reality. “It is a fitting tribute that we name our new Alumni Center in recognition and appreciation of ConocoPhillips’ longstanding support of OSU,” Schmidly said. “We are also grateful to all donors who came forward to make this center a reality. The new Alumni Center is one of the finest facilities in the nation and will no doubt become a hub for campus activities for generations to come.” James Mulva, Chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips, spoke at the dedication, saying, “We are especially pleased to have the ConocoPhillips’ name associated with this beautiful facility. It underscores how much OSU and its alumni mean to our company. ConocoPhillips employs more graduates from Oklahoma State than from any other university in the nation. A lmost anywhere in the world where ConocoPhillips is at work, it’s likely you’ll find a Cowboy connection.” The Alumni Center is located in the heart of OSU’s historic district, near the Student Union and Old Central, the university’s oldest building. “It’s a great location, and it’s only fitting that it is next to Old Central, a symbol of OSU’s proud history and heritage,” said Jerry Gill, Alumni Association Executive Director. “There is a connection between our Association and Old Central that has only grown stronger with time. The first gathering of our alumni in 1897 was in Old Central. The Association was housed there from 1930-1955 and since then, the love and appreciation of our alumni have for their heritage has not diminished. We are looking forward to the synergy our proximity will allow us. We will be able to continue to strengthen our connection by sharing our exhibits and resources with Old Central.” Gill said the crown jewel of the Alumni Center is the Southwestern Legacy Hall, which features photographs, electronic exhibits and interactive demonstrations that provide a glimpse into OSU’s rich history and traditions. Southwestern Legacy Hall also features a “Wall of Fame” to recognize alumni that the Association and the University have honored over the years. “The goal of Southwestern Legacy Hall is to represent the people, places and events that have shaped our university. I think it truly captures the traditions, heritage and personality of this institution,” he said. The Alumni Center also features the Click Family Alumni Hall, a spacious facility for alumni banquets, meetings and other events. It also includes offices for Alumni Association staff, a new home for the OSU Emeriti Association of retired faculty and staff and an OSU Visitor Center for prospective students, their families and other visitors to the campus. Meeting rooms for student and faculty organizations also will be available. The center will rent conference facilities to on- and off-campus clients. Leonard Court, Alumni Center Project Chairman and past national president of the OSU Alumni Association, said the center will bring the OSU family together and provide a connection for life. “We now have a place to honor our alumni, a place to celebrate our history and heritage and a place to call home," Court said. Sean Kouplen, president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, said the facility is a dream come true for alumni and friends of OSU. “The center is going to make a dramatic difference in the experience alumni have when they come back to campus,” Kouplen said. Gill said one unique attraction is a kitchen with an Italian-made Hideaway pizza oven donated by Stillwater’s legendary restaurant. The oven was delivered from Italy and installed by two Italian workmen. Pizzas will be prepared at the restaurant, but baked at the Alumni Center during game days and other special events. “The OSU experience wouldn’t be complete without a slice of Hideaway Pizza,” Gill said. “We’ll have plenty of freshly baked pizza at all our game day celebrations.” Gill said the Sept. 3 Housewarming and future game days will feature pep rallies with Pistol Pete, the OSU Spirit Squad and the Pep Band. The Spirit Walk -- an OSU tradition in which OSU Coach Mike Gundy and the team walk to Boone Pickens Stadium as thousands of fans line Hester Street -- will begin right across from the center. During the Housewarming event, the first 1,000 visitors will receive gifts, and door prizes will be given away every hour. Inside the Alumni Center, visitors will be able to watch two 15-foot projection television screens that will carry ESPN GameDay programs, as well as Big 12 and other games. Frankfurt Short Bruza of Oklahoma City was lead architect for the project. Boldt Construction of Oklahoma City was general contractor. Founded in 1897, the OSU Alumni Association has more then 32,000 active members and represents 180,000 alumni living throughout the world.
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OSU's Personal Touch Convinced Korean Student to Become a Cowboy
2005 master's graduate from OSU's environmental sciences program, chose OSU from his pick of several big East schools because of his experience with a friendly and caring professor, Dr. Will Focht. Lee stands with his wife, Soondong Han, and sons Hyuk, 4, and Heechang, 8 recently at Theta Pond. Even though the family will return to South Korea, Lee says they will never forget the warm hearts, like Focht's, that they met while he was studying in the environmental sciences program. A major in the South Korean Air Force, 33 year old Byoungwoo Lee had a promising career, a beautiful wife, two young sons and his pick of several American universities, including George Mason, Ohio and Texas A&M universities. In the end, it was Oklahoma State University’s academic programs, its personal touch and a caring professor that convinced him to become a “Cowboy for life.” "After finding OSU's Environmental Sciences graduate program on the Web, I contacted Dr. Will Focht the director through e-mail," Lee recalls. "I remember being really impressed because, even with his busy schedule as an administrator, he took care of me like an old friend." He says it was this family feeling that sold him on OSU. "I got admitted to several other schools in the East, but after talking to Dr. Focht I realized all the other schools paled in comparison," Lee says. "I felt wanted, and that felt good." Feeling wanted was just one of the factors that drew him to OSU. Growing up in the urban South Korean city of Gangneung-si, Lee said OSU and Stillwater also offered him a chance for a more balanced lifestyle for himself and his family. "I believed Stillwater was a place that would give me peace and energy to concentrate on my studies," he says. Achieving balance and making good grades is not an easy task when juggling family and school. For Lee it wasn’t a problem. Graduating with a 4.0 GPA, Lee was active in the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and served as treasurer for the Society of Environmental Scientists (SES). During the summer of 2004, Lee fulfilled his internship requirements at DynCorp at Vance Air Force Base (AFB) in Enid. While there he worked as an environmental coordinator, where he developed an environmental management system (EMS). Lee says his time at Vance helped cultivate skills that will allow him to implement an EMS for the Korean military. His career goals include building EMS systems for Korean and U.S. military bases. Lee says Focht and another professor, Dr. Sarah Kimball, introduced him to DynCorp and helped him get his internship. "It gave me a precious chance to understand EMS in the practical sense so I can adapt EMS to a real military base," said Lee. "I am still very thankful for their kindness and will not forget their warm hearts." Before beginning his academic career, Lee had established himself as an officer in the South Korean military. Graduating from the Korean Air Force Academy in 1994, Lee served as a personnel officer until 1997 and then changed directions when he became a Special Agent of the Defense Security Command (DSC). As a Special Agent, he supported the Korean military by facilitating its operations efficiency. Similar to most international students, Lee has plenty of culture shock stories. Coming from a Confucian-based culture, Lee said it took him a while to adjust to a few American customs. "The relationship between professors and students was very strange for me at first. It looked like a relationship between friends," he said. "In my country, the relationship between a professor and student is very strict. Students would not step in the professor's shadow out of respect to their dignity. So yes, it certainly took me a while to adjust to these kinds of relationships." Lee said his time in the military helped him adapt to American culture. "When I first came to the United States, I spent time at the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigation (OSI) school at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. While there I became accustomed to American culture and language," he said. "This experience was tremendously helpful because as an international student it is important for me to not only have academic knowledge but to also be knowledgeable about the country I am studying in. Without this understanding, it would have been impossible for me to complete my studies." As a military person, Lee says that academic opportunities can be limited because serving full-time in the military tends to be isolating from the academic world. However, he recommends for those pursuing a similar path to find an understanding adviser who will help bridge the gap between the two worlds. "An adviser who understands the person's specific situation is essential for those transitioning from the military to the academic environment," Lee said. According to Focht, a student with Lee's work ethic certainly makes things easier for an adviser. "He is perhaps the hardest working and most interesting student with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working with," said Focht. "I feel as if I learned just as much from him as he has from me." Serving as an example of both military and academic success, Lee's future is bright. "With the education and training I've received, I now have an abundance of opportunities that await me," he says. "Even though I am returning to South Korea, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Oklahoma State."
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Aloha ALPHA Set for Aug. 18-21
Approximately 1,600 new students, along with 400 student or faculty/staff volunteers, will take part in Oklahoma State University’s Aloha ALPHA 2005, a four-day orientation Aug. 18-21. The purpose of ALPHA is to provide opportunities for new freshmen to meet faculty, staff and other students, and to learn about what is expected of them as OSU students, according to Jill Rucker, ALPHA coordinator in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. “Aloha ALPHA 2005 is a great way for new students to come and get connected with current students, faculty and staff before the academic year begins,” Rucker said. This year’s theme was selected to emphasize OSU’s welcoming atmosphere, she said. “Our program committee has worked hard to develop a slate of workshops and events that will not only appeal to students, but will prepare them for being an active member of the OSU family.” Residence halls will open at 8 a.m. on Aug. 18 to receive students moving into the facilities. ALPHA check-in will be in the Student Union Atrium Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., where students can pick up their ALPHA packets, schedules, and a lei that is required for admission to ALPHA events. A New Student Resources Fair will held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Student Union Atrium. New students will be able to find all of the services and information they need in a “one-stop shopping” atmosphere, including picking up copies of their class schedule, purchasing parking permits, signing up for the All Sports Ticket, obtaining long distance phone service, buying special events’ tickets, and much more. Transfer student orientation is set for 2-4 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. Living group meetings will be from 5:30-6 p.m. on Thursday to allow students to meet their ALPHA leaders/facilitators, Student Academic Mentors, faculty associates and other students in their living area. Groups will meet on residence hall floors, and off-campus students will meet in the Student Union Atrium. The traditional opening ceremony and dinner at Gallagher-Iba Arena is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, and students will receive their free T-shirts, learn about OSU traditions, and meet faculty, staff, students and alumni. The student lei is required for dinner admission, and parents will be admitted free. Immediately following the dinner, Mark Sterner will speak to college students and alcohol abuse. Sterner has received the “Campus Speaker of the Year Award” for the past three years. From 9 p.m. until midnight, the old OSU tradition of the Howdy Dance has been revived and is set for the Starlight Terrace in the Student Union. Non-Traditional Student Orientation is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday in Student Union Case Study 2. A big brunch will be served in the Student Union Food Court and on the West Porch from 9-10:15 a.m. Friday. From 9:30-10:30 a.m., “Getting the Most Out of Your College Experience” will be presented by the Monster.com Road Crew in the Student Union Theater. All students are invited to attend “Appreciating Differences,” presented by the Multicultural Student Center, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in 301 Student Union. Library tours are set for Friday from 2-4:45 p.m. Students should stop by the Edmon Low Library front desk to begin the tour. Student Academic Mentors, or SAMs, will meet their groups of students on the library lawn at 2:15 p.m. to take them to their colleges for welcome sessions from 2:30-4 p.m. Students enrolled through University Academic Services or who are undecided about a major or college may attend the college session of their choice. A scavenger hunt in downtown Stillwater is scheduled for 3:45-6 p.m. on Friday. Teams of up to 10 students will depart from the Student Union portico on one of the OSU buses to search for correct answers on places to shop downtown. Prizes will be awarded to the team that returns first with all the correct answers. A Las Vegas-style Student Union night will be open to students from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, with dinner, casino games two hypnotist shows and karaoke. Saturday events will begin with lunch served in the Student Union Court and West Porch from noon to 1:15 p.m. From 1:30-3:30 p.m., student can learn about life beyond the books at an interactive event in the student Union Ballroom, and go to the Career Resource Center in 308 Student Union to explore possible careers, receive career counseling, learn how to improve study skills, and lots more. It will be winter in August with winterfest tubing from 2-7 p.m. in the lot across from the Colvin Center. A ski slope, complete with snow, will be set up for free tubing to kick off pre-Colvin Center festivities that will start with a pizza dinner from 6-7 p.m. The Colvin Center Gala will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with virtually any recreational activity imaginable. “The Longest Yard” starring Adam Sandler will be shown on the library lawn at 9:30 p.m. Popcorn will be provided by the Stillwater National Bank and soft drinks will be provided by OSU Vending and Residential Life. Many OSU offices will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be Residential Life, Computing and Information Services, Telephone Services, ID Services, Admissions, Bursar, Undergraduate Admissions, International Students, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Sectioning, and Registrar. Academic advisers will be available to meet with students in each of the colleges on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Student Union Bookstore will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Lunch on Sunday will be in the Student Union Food Court from 1-2 p.m., and classroom tours will begin in the Student Union Atrium from 1-3 p.m. At 6 p.m., students can board OSU buses for the ride to the President’s Luau on the lawn of the president’s home, where they will be joined for dinner by OSU President Dr. David Schmidly and his wife Janet, OSU vice presidents and college deans, and other OSU leaders.
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OSU's Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) Technique Takes Flight
Researchers at Oklahoma State University (OSU) have been working for the past few years to develop a technique called Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) as a method to measure radiation exposure to astronauts during space flight. NASA funded the research led by Dr. Stephen W. S. McKeever, vice president for research and technology transfer, along with Dr. Eduardo Yukihara, assistant professor of physics, and Dr. Ramona Gaza, former graduate student now working for NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The result of these efforts is that the OSL technique developed by OSU was used by NASA in badges (know as a “dosimeter”) worn by astronauts aboard the latest Discovery mission, STS-114. Research results presented by the OSU team at international meetings and in discussions with NASA convinced the NASA Space Radiation Analysis Group (SRAG) to use OSU’s OSL technique as part of the radiation measurement “badges” worn by astronauts on the Discovery mission. Gaza is currently setting up OSL facilities for SRAG at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The OSL technique uses luminescence emitted from a radiation-sensitive material to measure the radiation exposure. The material used by the OSU group was aluminum oxide and NASA needed to make modifications to current astronaut dosimeter badges to accommodate the aluminum oxide materials. The radiation-sensitive aluminum oxide is made in Stillwater, Oklahoma at the Crystal Growth Division of Landauer, a Chicago-based company, who mass produces aluminum oxide crystals for about 1.5 million customers. NASA accepted the first prototype modifications made to the badges by OSU’s Physics Department using OSU’s design. Mike Lucas, OSU Physics Department, made additional component parts for NASA to include in the radiation dosimeter badges as part of the OSL system. Parts shipped to NASA for the new badges were assembled by NASA for use by astronauts on Shuttle mission STS-114. NASA will use OSL and aluminum oxide as part of their astronaut dosimeter badge in future flights. In addition, as part of a large multi-national consortium to estimate radiation doses inside the human body while in space, the OSU team is taking part in an experiment called MATROSHKA, which is currently flying on the International Space Station. Later this year, samples from MATROSHKA will return to earth on the Soyuz spacecraft for analysis. For more information about OSU’s research programs, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer at 405-744-6501 or visit our website at www.vpr.okstate.edu
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"Next Level" Campaign Eclipses Original $86M Goal
STILLWATER , OKLA. – With an original fundraising goal of $86 million by June 30, 2006, Cowboy fans have already surpassed that initial goal and are stepping up to the “Next Level” in OSU’s largest single campaign to date with the renovation of Boone Pickens Stadium. “Many positive things are happening across all our campuses,” stated OSU System CEO and President David Schmidly. “The successful stadium renovation project is a special point of pride. In addition to our donor’s important support of OSU academics and scholarships, the stadium campaign remains an institutional priority. We appreciate the incredible response of our fans to date and are now extending our stadium campaign to thousands more.” In an effort to remain competitive among the nation’s top football venues, The Next Level campaign kicked off in fall 2002 to raise $86 million to renovate and reinvent OSU’s 85 year old stadium; a cherished tradition with a spectacular new setting. From the beginning, OSU leadership sought to fund the project through private philanthropy rather than burdening the athletic department budget with debt that would linger decades into the future. With $86 million raised, identification of 300 newly committed major gift donors, and well into Phase II (north side) completion, Cowboy Faithful have amazed those on the sidelines by surpassing the original goal with almost a year of fundraising to go in creating the front porch to Oklahoma State University. “This is truly one of the most successful, well-run athletic campaigns I’ve ever seen in 30 years of consultations for more than 100 universities,” remarked Bruce Flessner, Principal with Bentz, Whaley, Flessner, a nationally renowned development consulting firm. While there has been a phenomenal response to date, OSU is still $16 million away from covering all of the construction costs associated with the south and north renovation. “We are sincerely grateful for the thousands of supporters who have become involved through gifts, five-year pledges and new premium seating. To help raise final campaign funds, we will execute the ‘grassroots effort’ soliciting more than 100,000 alumni and friends of the university” remarked Craig Clemons, Associate Vice President of Development for Athletics. As a special thank you, a glass panel Wall of Honor is currently under bid for the south stadium plaza; it will feature the names of supporters in lights that contribute $1,000 or more. This permanent structure will welcome thousands of loyal Cowboy football fans to one of the nation’s prime collegiate athletic facilities: Boone Pickens Stadium. Today, OSU continues to field its teams with a budget that ranks tenth in the Big 12 Conference while the university ranks fourth overall in NCAA championships among all universities. Funding for The Next Level ensures additional revenue for all athletic programs and showcases a world-class image to the Big 12 and the entire country. The goal is in sight; the last few yards are hard, but with the help of Cowboys fans across the country, this dream will become a reality. OSU is on the way to The Next Level, thanks to OSU fans and friends around the world. To learn more about The Next Level Campaign for Cowboy Football, call (405) 744-1234 or toll-free 877-OSU ATHL. You may also read more about our progress or make a gift online at www.okstatenextlevel.com . Donations are tax deductible.
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Innovation and Incubation Entrepreneurial Center Dedicated at OSU-Okmulgee/MidAmerica Industrial Par
First Tenant to Conduct Research Projects to Develop New Polymers OSU-Okmulgee and MidAmerica Industrial Park launched a major project aimed at building the industry base in northeastern Oklahoma. The college and commerce group dedicated a new Innovation and Incubation Entrepreneurial Center near Pryor today. More than a hundred area community, government, business and education leaders attended the dedication ceremony. The event was hosted by the MidAmerica Industrial Park Administration and Trustees and educators from OSU-Okmulgee. Speakers at the dedication included: Sanders Mitchell, MidAmerica Industrial Park Administrator; Dan Boren (D), U.S. House of Representatives; Chancellor Paul Risser, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; Jerry Efurd, Northeastern Oklahoma Area Director for USDA Rural Development; Chuck Woodson, President of Non-Metallic Sciences, Inc., and first client of the Small Business Innovation and Incubation Center; and Dr. Robert Klabenes, President of OSU-Okmulgee. Boren told the group that technology and attitude are now the two major factors in changing and preparing rural Oklahoma to successfully perform in a globally competitive environment. "This collaboration between OSU-Okmulgee and the MidAmerica Industrial Park in the development of technology- and manufacturing-based companies will result in high-tech and high-wage jobs in this geographic area." Located halfway between Chouteau and Pryor just east of Highway 69, the 11,000 square foot Innovation and Incubation Entrepreneurial Center contains four business incubators. Two have 2,600 square feet, one has 1,800 square feet, and the other has 1,500 square feet. Each of the four spaces has an office with a private door and window onto a lab or shop area. Two spaces have 12-foot ceilings; and two spaces have 22-foot ceilings. All four spaces feature overhead doors as well as traditional entryways. Mitchell noted that the collaboration between the MidAmerica Industrial Park and OSU-Okmulgee in the creation and support of a small business incubator represents a positive strategic shift in economic development and job creation in the Northeast Oklahoma region. "This collaboration leverages an extensive array of assets from OSU such as basic and applied research, workforce development, technical assistance, and expertise with respect to product commercialization. The Park contributes assets such as the facility, initial operating capital, comprehensive infrastructure, web presence, industrial park environment, and a reputation for job creation." "The prosperity of our area is crucial to the prosperity of Oklahoma," Mitchell continued. "Nearly 35 percent of Oklahoma residents live in rural areas compared to 20 percent nationwide. With cooperation and collaboration, we believe the opportunities that are available to us are well beyond the scope of our imagination at this time. The Center represents an initiative that will facilitate research and spawn industries focused on new and emerging technologies." The OSU-Okmulgee/MidAmerica Industrial Park Innovation and Incubation Entrepreneurial Center is an addition to the existing OSU-Okmulgee extension at MidAmerica Industrial Park. The MidAmerica Industrial Park and OSU-Okmulgee will work as partners to provide a process and capabilities to help clients grow their business to an independent and viable stage, including: Mentoring from other entrepreneurs and business owners, Consultation with accounting / tax / legal specialists, Strategic planning and marketing support, Access to OSU-Okmulgee faculty for technical guidance, Shared reception, office equipment, conference rooms, distance learning and teleconferencing capabilities and other services. Access to the Advisory Committee comprised of area business leaders and educators. According to Leann Burger, the recently appointed Manager of the Innovation and Incubation Entrepreneurial Center, the priority job creation sectors for this incubator are technology and light manufacturing. Examples include bioscience, nanotechnology, hardware/software development and engineering, non-metallic sciences, and other related technologies. "Centers like this are 'starter homes' for technology-based business," said Burger. "Our clients will contribute to the economic vitality of the area and ultimately be leaders in developing 21st century innovations for rural Oklahoma." Burger outlined the criteria for prospective clients interested in applying for space at the center. They should have: a unique, technology-driven idea, an idea in the area of light manufacturing, a solid business plan, their own financial resources, either in the form of entrepreneurial funding or some venture capital. A complete listing of the criteria for the Innovation and Incubation Entrepreneurial Center is online at http://www.maip.com/criteria.htm . Dr. Bob Klabenes, president of OSU-Okmulgee, said, "The name of this center was very carefully selected to reflect the criteria we will look for when accepting clients. The title - Innovation and Incubation Entrepreneurial Center - specifies that the entrepreneurial spirit will be important and the product will need to be innovative to be selected as a client for this incubation center. In today's world, partnering is crucial; companies and organizations will have to be quick, innovative, respond to the needs of the public, and develop products of high quality in order to be competitive. This Innovation and Incubation Entrepreneurial Center will guide its clients to be competitive and to have a positive impact on the economic development of Northeast Oklahoma." Business incubator projects typically produce enterprises that become vital in the communities in which they are located. Small firms that are fostered in an incubator setting have an 85% success rate. They often grow at a rate that is seven to 22 times faster than a business started otherwise.
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:20:24 -0500