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"Hot Zone" author highlights OSU infectious diseases symposium
A writer whose non-fictional and fictional works about viral and bacterial epidemics helped spur the federal government in the 1990s to assess the nation’s bioterrorism preparedness will highlight the inaugural Sitlington Infectious Diseases Symposium at Oklahoma State University this week.Dr. Richard Preston will present “The Demon in the Freezer: Case Studies in Biological Terrorism,” the symposium’s keynote speech, at 9 a.m., Thursday, April 21 at OSU’s Wes Watkins Center. The author of “The Hot Zone” and “The Cobra Event” kicks off one-and-a-half days of presentations by epidemiologists, microbiologists, virologists, veterinarians and other doctors, researchers and health professionals representing agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and schools of medicine and veterinary medicine throughout the region. Preston, the winner of the American Institute of Physics Award and the National Magazine Award, became interested in the Ebola virus and emerging infectious diseases sometime around 1992. HisNew Yorker article, “Crisis in the Hot Zone,” became the book “The Hot Zone,” and inspired the movie “Outbreak.” He then wrote “The Cobra Event,” a fact-based thriller about a fictional bioterror event in New York City. President Clinton reportedly was so alarmed by the novel that he convened a national security meeting to discuss its plausibility. According to some reports, “The Cobra Event” also upset government intelligence officials who eschewed public discussion of bioterrorism. When anthrax-laced envelopes began to show up in mailrooms in 2001, however, “The Cobra Event,” was called prescient. “The Demon in the Freezer,” the last installment of Preston’s “Dark Trilogy,” was published in 2002. It was non-fictional and detailed the 2001 anthrax incidents as well as the threat of smallpox, considered the most dangerous bioweapon on Earth due to its contagiousness. who has written five books to date, is the only non-physician to receive the Center for Disease Control’s Champion of Prevention Award for public health.   Following Preston’s keynote, Dr. Judith Hewitt from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will describe its role in supporting biodefense. Hewitt is the program officer for the research contract valued at $40 million NIAID awarded last fall to OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Dr. Tracee Treadwell, chief of the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response program within the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will also speak Thursday morning. A 1994 graduate of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, she is an international expert on surveillance and bioterrorism preparedness and response. Treadwell was deployed to New York City immediately after 9/11 to serve as lead for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Epidemiology and Surveillance team. She also served as CDC team lead during its investigation of new cases during the 2001 anthrax attacks.            Dr. David Walker from DHHS Region VI, the Western Regional Center of Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Drs. Nancy and Gerald Jaax will give the Thursday afternoon presentations after participating in the luncheon panel discussion with the morning speakers. The Jaaxes, real-life characters in “The Hot Zone” and veterinary faculty at Kansas State University, will discuss veterinarians’ role in biodefense research. Various biodefense projects at institutions in the region will be described by researchers during the symposium’s Friday morning sessions. Those represented include the Oklahoma Department of Health, OSU, the OU Health Sciences Center, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Texas A&M University. The Sitlington Symposium, themed “Biodefense, Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases,” was the brainchild of Dr. Bill Barrow, Sitlington Chair in Infectious Diseases in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. It serves to provide an overview of biodefense issues as they relate to bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases and introduce research and health care officials to key personnel and institutions involved in biodefense activities in DHHS Region VI. The symposium also seeks to foster cooperative and productive associations and collaborative research within Region VI which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico.  The Sitlington Infectious Diseases Symposium is a presentation of OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences and is sponsored by Nomadics and Beckman Coulter. Also providing support are the Southwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, VWR International and OKAHEC.
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/hot-zone-author-highlights-osu-infectious-diseases-symposium
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OSU tops in real-world finance competition
Oklahoma State Universityhas earned top team and individual honors in the New York Mercantile Exchange Magazine Commodities Challenge. The competition is designed to give students a real business world experience by conducting daily trades as a team and by participating as individuals on a trading floor.OSU’s team, advised by Tim Krehbiel, finance professor in the Spears School of Business, left the other competitors far behind with a cumulative profit of realized from trading a crude oil futures contract over the contest period March 1st through April 8th. Each team was given a $100,000 mock account to start trading. Krehbiel, who limited himself to the role of advisor during the competition, is applauding the efforts of OSU’s team, which included Arun Aravind, Michael Benien, Ken DeBell, Gena Duvall, Craig Harryman, Abhishek Hirpara, Russell Knox, Sang Jin Lee, Ramnik Sachar, Michael Wolfe and Jeremy Wright.  OSU was the only university in the competition to earn a profit. The first place finish earned the trading team a $1200 cash prize. “I’m very proud of the way they devised and implemented their trading strategies and managed the necessary record keeping,” says Krehbiel. “The organizational aspects led to many good teaching opportunities for me,” he adds.OSU’s Michael Benien won the second or individual phase, known as open-outcry trading floor competition. Arun Aravind was also among the finalists in this phase of the contest held at the University of Houston April 16. Benien was awarded a $1,000 prize and an internship at the New York Mercantile Exchange for his efforts. Other team members included Gena Duvall, Abhishek Hirpara and classmate Anuj Gupta. The contestants used the techniques of futures market floor traders to complete orders through the open-outcry system.
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-tops-real-world-finance-competition
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Say Hello to Life: OSU Author to Release Highly Anticipated Second Novel
If art is just a snapshot in time, then Oklahoma State University novelist Andrea Koenig has just snapped the shutter on the woes of women that are making today's headlines.In her forthcoming book, "Hello Life," due out May 3, Koenig has her young characters coping with teen pregnancy and cancer in a logging town in the Pacific Northwest.  The novel is Koenig's follow-up to her critically acclaimed first book, "Thumbelina."  Known for her ability to lend her troubled characters a bluntly honest yet endearing voice, Koenig is an acclaimed author winning the praise of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler and nominees Rilla Askew and Douglas Unger.  In "Hello Life," Koenig tells the story of Gwen and Lila, two teenagers confronting adult issues in the kind of bickering tale that Koenig is increasingly making her own, according to Unger.  Although the novel is not an autobiography, Koenig says her fictional town "Columbia" is based on a mill town in southwestern Washington state where she graduated high school.   "It's hard to say what exactly inspires my material.  I only hope readers will be able to relate to these girls, pity them, and perhaps see themselves in their fear and toughness," Koenig said. Published by New York's Soho Press, Koenig will read from "Hello Life" in a gala event at Tulsa's Skelly Mansion and make signing appearances at Borders, Steve's Sundries, Barnes & Noble and Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City.  Her appearances will be tentatively scheduled throughout May.Now in her sixth year at OSU, Koenig teaches courses on both the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses in fiction writing and literature.  
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/say-hello-life-osu-author-release-highly-anticipated-second-novel
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Two Oklahoma State University Seniors Named Gates Cambridge Scholars
Hildebrand, chemical engineering senior from Wichita, and Joel A. Halcomb, history and mathematics senior from Sand Springs, are among only 38 students in the nation to receive this scholarship, which is funded by the Gates Foundation. “We are extremely proud of Ashleigh and Joel, and they are representing OSU very well,” said Dr. David J. Schmidly, OSU System CEO and OSU president. “This kind of thing happens when you have great faculty and student interaction.” Schmidly and the students also praised Dr. Robert Graalman and his Office of Scholar Development and Recognition. “I would attribute our success to all of the people at OSU, and Dr. Graalman is one of the most important people,” Hildebrand said. “We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for his encouragement.  “In talking to the other students while interviewing, I discovered that we get so much more support from our school, from our faculty and administration than just about anybody else I talked to. And through this entire process, it’s been wonderful to have someone to go through this with.” “The network of scholars is a real key to what got us academic scholarships,” said Halcomb, who thanked the faculty for helping them accomplish their goals. “Ashleigh’s and Joel’s stories of determination and success over their undergraduate years are as impressive as any I’ve seen, and from their perspective alone, these awards are significant and gratifying,” Graalman said. “For OSU, recognition at this level means what we’ve known all along—that our faculty and programs are as good as any, anywhere, and all our alumni and students can be proud of the work that goes on here.”   OSU and Texas Tech, each with two recipients, were the only Big 12 schools where students received this honor. The only other schools with multiple recipients were Ivy League’s Harvard (5), Pennsylvania (4), Yale (4), and Princeton (2). The Gates Cambridge Trust was created through an endowment of $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The sole purpose of the trust is to award scholarships to enable the brightest of the world’s young leaders and scholars to undertake graduate work at the United Kingdom’s top university. The scholarship is a full-cost merit award, with its actual value depending on the level of tuition payable for individual courses, but is on the order of $32,000 a year. Hildebrand, 23, will receive her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with honors, with minors in chemistry, philosophy and an environmental option, in May.  Hildebrand plans to use the scholarship to study three years for her Ph.D. in chemical engineering. The past three summers she has completed internships for ConocoPhillips in Borger as a processing engineering intern in natural gas liquids; at Halliburton Energy Services in Duncan as a chemistry research intern in production enhancement; and at Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita as a materials and process engineering intern in product engineering. She was a Rhodes Scholar semi-finalist in 2004, and has already received graduate offers to the University of Cambridge in England, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California at Berkeley. Among the scholarships she has received are the 2003 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship; a Wentz Research Project Scholarship, a NASA Space Grant Fellowship, and she is an Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Academic Scholar. She plans to do research on using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to look at how water pollutants interact with porous media, and to apply the findings to land remediation.  “In order to reduce greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, they are talking about injecting carbon dioxide into depleted oil and gas reservoirs as a holding tank. We learned a long time ago that you can’t bury a barrel of toxic waste and expect it to stay there. Ideally, I can take this MRI technology and use it to look at how carbon dioxide would behave in the ground.” Hildebrand learned she was selected while sitting on a plane in Dallas. She turned on her cell phone and received a call from Graalman. He put Joel on the phone to tell her he had received an e-mail that he had been selected. “I realized I might have an e-mail to, so I called my house and had my mother and sister log on for me. They actually read it to me over the phone while I sat on a plane in Dallas. After I got off the phone, I called Graalman and he fell flat on the floor. They already had a bunch of people over at his house celebrating for Joel.” She hopes to eventually teach and conduct research at a university. “Pride here at OSU is natural,” Hildebrand wrote in her application. “We are proud of our opportunities, our professors, and our graduates.” She is the daughter of David and Bonnie Hildebrand of Wichita, and is a 2000 graduate of Maize High School. Halcomb, 25, will receive bachelor’s degrees in history and mathematics in May. He began his college career at the age of 21 when he was an electrical apprentice. He stood on a half-built water-cooling tower on the OSU campus in the spring of 2000 and watched students going to class. “Perhaps I had never thought myself able to attend college, or perhaps I thought it was not my place,” he wrote on his Gates application. “Though far from unhappy, thoughts overwhelmed me concerning possibilities unrealized, opportunities not taken, and a future undefined. I decided to shape my future on a college campus rather than a construction site.” Halcomb will probably spend four years at Cambridge, with one year for the master’s program and three years for the Ph.D. program.                                       “I think the most pivotal transition in my career at OSU has been taking Dr. James Cooper’s ‘Survey of American History’ my first semester,” Halcomb said. “I was captivated by history and his teaching style. I developed a great relationship with him and he’s been my mentor and friend ever since. He sent me over to talk to Bob Graalman, and that’s the other pivotal change. The network of students and faculty that he has surrounding his office gave me the ability to branch out past my major and become a broad student.” His future plans include becoming a professor. “I’ve always enjoyed both the research aspect of academic and the teaching,” he said. He was selected as one of 15 history undergraduates nationally to take part in the Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program at Columbia University last summer, where he co-edited a publication on Alexander Hamilton and the Whiskey Rebellion designed to introduce high school students to primary historical sources. He also has been awarded two Wentz Research Scholar projects, and a Bailey Memorial Trust study abroad at the University of York. In 2002, he studied literature at Oxford under OSU Rhodes Scholar Blaine Greteman. He also was a finalist in the Marshall Scholarship competition last fall. For the past two years, he has been a tutor at the Mathematics Learning Resource Center on the OSU campus. He is the son of Virgil and Priscilla Halcomb of Tulsa, and is a 1997 graduate of Charles Page High School in Sand Springs. In establishing the Gates Cambridge Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hoped to create a network of future leaders from around the world who will bring new vision and commitment to effecting change and addressing global problems. The foundation is dedicated to improving people’s lives by sharing advances in health and learning with the global community, and looks for strategic opportunities to extend the benefits of modern technologies around the world, especially where poverty serves as an obstacle to participating in these benefits. For information about this page, send e-mail to Dottie Witter.
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/two-oklahoma-state-university-seniors-named-gates-cambridge-scholars
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OSU Rodeo Team to Hold Benefit
The National Champion OSU Rodeo Team is having a benefit bull riding and barrel race on April 16.  All proceeds will assist the team with facility, travel and competition expenses, allowing the team to compete at nationals in June. The rodeo team’s booster club sponsors the annual event, named Beauty and the Beast, at the OSU Rodeo Arena at the corner of Lakeview and Western in Stillwater, OK.  There will be a performance at 1 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. Many prominent appearances by top rodeo and Oklahoma personalities will be made at the benefit.  Such appearances include Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Queens and Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess, PBR legend Terry Don West and former Pistol Pete Wendell Hicks.In the last 4 years, the women’s rodeo team has won two national championships, an All-Around Individual National Championship, a National Barrel Racing Championship and two Central Plains Regional Championships. The team exists as a club sport, so no athletic money is provided.  The team is responsible for paying for travel, entry fees, feed, stock, arena maintenance, supplies, electricity for the arena, vet bills, and membership fees, yet the Student Government Association only provided $1440 in 2005.  The total approximate cost for the team to stay competitive is $20,000 a year, leaving the members to be responsible for the remaining balance.   Tickets are available per performance for $5 in advance and $8 at the gate and are available for purchase at Stillwater Milling, The Territory in Stillwater, Langston’s in Yukon, National Saddlery in OKC Stockyards or from any OSU Rodeo Association member.For more information contact Lee Ann Alsbaugh LeSueur at (405) 742-8012 or Email beautyandthebeast@okstaterodeo.org  
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-rodeo-team-hold-benefit
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Lemoins Named OSU Student Employee of the Year
Kristoffer Lemoins of Edmond, who is preparing to graduate and begin his dream job as a computer analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, was honored at Oklahoma State University on April 13 when he received the Student Employee of the Year Award.             Lemoins also learned he had won the regional Student Employee of the Year title sponsored by the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators, the first OSU student to ever win the regional award. He competed against students from 19 other universities in the region, and his prize included a plaque and a $200 cash award.              During National Student Employee Appreciation Week April 11-15, the Stillwater City Commission honored Lemoins and the other OSU finalists during the April 11 meeting, and Mayor Bud Lacy proclaimed the week as Student Employee Appreciation Week in Stillwater.   OSU System CEO and President David Schmidly signed a resolution declaring April 11-15 as OSU-Stillwater Student Employee Appreciation Week. “OSU student employees have repeatedly shown their dedication to their jobs, no matter where they work,” he says. “We take great pride in our student employees and certainly appreciate all they do in the classroom and on the job. I congratulate each of them on a job well done.”             The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology’s top-ranked African-American electrical engineering senior has a 3.59 grade point average, in addition to three years experience as a webmaster and technology assistant. He is the son of Michael and Anna Lemoins of Edmond.               Lemoins’ sterling reputation made it difficult for even the CIA to conduct a background check, joked Dr. Lee Bird, OSU vice president for Student Affairs, one of many who nominated him for OSU’s Student Employee of the Year award sponsored by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and OSU Career Services.             “The poor agents found nothing – no parking ticket, no disciplinary record – nothing. Everyone questioned apparently said the same thing: ‘He is smart, kind, loyal, responsible, generous with his many gifts and extremely clean cut.’ In short, he had the shortest background check in the history of the CIA.”   Numerous OSU departments and programs also praised Lemoins for his creation of websites specifically designed to meet their needs and for giving more than was required for the job.              “Kris has the ability to take our ideas and turn them into technological reality,” said Bird, referring to the Student Concerns Database that Lemoins created for the Office of Student Affairs to foster communication between students and the administration.              For three years, Lemoins also has worked as website manager for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Student Academic Services.              “He has made a tremendous impact on how we serve our current and prospective students,” said Virgil Nichols, director of CEAT Student Services. For example, Lemoins’ web design for CEAT Student Academic Services includes flexible features for students with vision disabilities that enable them to change the font size and/or color scheme and save the changes for future use.               Jovette Dew, coordinator of CEAT’s Multicultural Engineering Programs, commended Lemoins for his leadership qualities and scholarship achievements. “His diligence with his studies and love for learning are very important attributes that he has exhibited to all of us who work with him.”              In addition to updating websites for CEAT Career Services and the CEAT Student Services office at OSU-Tulsa, Lemoins also created and designed websites and databases for OSU’s ALPHA program, said coordinator Jill Rucker, taking time to survey new students to find out what they would want to know about the university and ALPHA while building the site.                                       Lemoins is also active in the CEAT Student Council, Eta Kappa Nu honorary society and the Multicultural Advisory Board.   For more information, visit http://www.okstate.edu/finaid/seoty.
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/lemoins-named-osu-student-employee-year
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OSU's Colvin Center Named One of Six Top Centers in Nation
The National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association has named Oklahoma State University’s Colvin Center one of the top collegiate sports facilities in the nationKent Bunker, Colvin Center director, said the OSU facility received the association’s Facility of Merit Award at a recent national conference. The association represents almost every public and private college and university in the nation.The honorees are chosen by a group of architects and student collegiate recreational professionals,” Bunker said. “The top centers are chosen on the basis of functionality, attractiveness of the architecture and facility, programming, adaptability to student needs and wise use of budget dollars.To be at the very top of a very long list of nominees is quite an honor, especially when you consider that institutions nationwide have been upgrading facilities. Last year, colleges and universities spent close to $3.5 billion to renovate student recreational centers.”The Colvin Center, itself, recently completed a $23-million renovation and upgrade that was funded at the request of students. The project was paid for by a fee approved by students. Our students wanted a bigger and better facility, and they voted to make it happen,” Bunker said. “I think they are very satisfied with the results. Our average use at the center is 4,000 students a day.” The “new” Colvin Center offers students 240,000 square feet of recreational space. The facility is state-of-the-art, with a cardio-theater, indoor running track, indoor golf facility center, dance studies, multiple gyms, weight rooms, a climbing wall, a renovated indoor swimming pool and a new outdoor pool. Bunker said programming at the Colvin Center is offered in six areas: the Intramural program, which is the largest on-campus recreational program for students; an Outdoor Adventure program; a Sports Club program; Adaptive Sports; Aquatics, a “F-I-T First” program, which offers non-credit courses in fitness, instruction, wellness and aerobics; and an open recreation program that allows students to exercise at their convenience. We’re very proud of this facility and so glad that our students enjoy it and use it to stay healthy and well,” Bunker said. “The Colvin Center is bringing national attention to Oklahoma State University.”
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osus-colvin-center-named-one-six-top-centers-nation
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OSU/NOC Gateway Students Say Program is Successful
Increasing enrollments, as well as student performance and feedback indicate the OSU/NOC Gateway program is a success. Responding to a recent survey, Gateway students said they were h “We are delighted that students are telling us the Gateway program is preparing them to succeed at the university level,” said OSU System CEO and President David Schmidly. “The primary reason for this partnership was to provide access and success for Oklahoma students who want to come to OSU. Our partnership with Northern Oklahoma College is doing just that.”Students who have applied for freshman admission to OSU, but do not meet current admission requirements are offered provisional admission through the Gateway Program at NOC-Stillwater.Enrollment in the program has been rising steadily since it began in Fall 2003 when 570 students enrolled at NOC/Stillwater. Enrollment increased to 1,076 in Fall 2004 and is projected to surpass 1,500 in Fall 2005. Gateway students pay the same tuition and fees as OSU students and have access to the campus transportation system, computer laboratories, OSU residence halls, the Edmon Low Library, Colvin Recreation Center, the Student Union, Student Counseling Services, Career Center, Student Health Services Dr. Gail Gates, OSU Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education, said telephone interviews with Gateway participants were conducted in March 2004 with students who completed courses taught by NOC in Fall 2003. Surveys were completed by 248 students or 56 percent of the students who began taking courses at NOC in Fall 2003.  Nearly all of the students who participated in the survey (96 percent) had taken remedial math at NOC in Fall 2003.  Students were asked about adequacy of preparation for OSU courses, the advantages and disadvantages of courses, their satisfaction with instruction and recommendations to improve instruction and academic support services.             Of the respondents, 91 percent said they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with overall instruction in the Gateway program. Eighty-eight percent gave the same responses for the quality of self-paced instruction, and 84 percent said the same about computer-based instruction.             Sixty percent of the respondents said they were “well prepared” or “very well prepared” for OSU math courses as a result of taking the NOC courses. Gates said 93 percent of the Gateway students said they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the availability of computers outside class, and 95 percent said they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with academic support, such as tutoring that was available outside the classroom. Gates said the advantages of the Gateway program include the ability of Gateway students to work at their own pace, smaller class sizes, more one-on-one assistance, availability and quality of tutoring, Based on the survey and our experience, we feel the program is very successful,” Gates said. “Gateway students are doing as well or better in NOC- provided courses as they were in OSU remedial classes, and they are doing as well in subsequent university-level courses. Their retention rates are the same or higher in some cases, and they have positive perceptions of their OSU/NOC education.”   
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osunoc-gateway-students-say-program-successful
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OSU Signs Agreement to Bring Vietnamese Scholars to Campus
Oklahoma State University and the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) have signed an agreement to allow top scholars from Vietnam to enroll at OSU for graduate training in science and technology.  The agreement will take effect immediately to accommodate VEF Fellows, beginning in the Fall of 2005. VEF Fellows will be jointly supported by VEF and OSU. VEF pays the students’ initial expenses and also awards the university a stipend for each student for two years of study. Dr. Gordon Emslie, OSU’s associate vice president for research and dean of the OSU Graduate College, said VEF is a special initiative by the U.S. Congress to bring the United States and Vietnam closer through educational exchanges. The foundation is in its second year of operation and receives the full support of the U.S. National Academies in its fellowship selection process.  Currently, VEF has more than 100 Fellows at 37 top U.S. graduate institutions, mostly for doctoral degrees. All VEF Fellows are required to return to Vietnam after completing their academic programs in the U.S. Oklahoma State University is proud to be a member of the VEF Alliance,” said Emslie. “We are delighted to be able to offer talented Vietnamese students an opportunity to pursue advanced degrees in science and engineering at our ‘Research-Entensive’ university, and we are confident that students who choose to come here will be impressed, both by the strength of our programs and by the highly collegial environment here.”VEF is governed by a Board of Directors whose members include the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Treasury John Snow, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, U.S. Senators John Kerry and Chuck Hagel; U.S. Representatives George Miller and Chris Smith. Directors also include six presidential appointees: Frank Jao, president and CEO of Bridgecreek Development Company; Herbert Allison, Jr., CEO of TIAA-CREF; Dr. Robert Bryant, professor of mathematics, Duke University; Dr. Charles Nguyen, dean of the school of engineering, Catholic University of America; Dr. Marilyn Pattillo, professor of clinical nursing, University of Texas at Austin; and Professor Toi Van Vo, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, Tufts University.This agreement marks the beginning of a new era for Vietnam to send its best and brightest to the U.S. for graduate education,” said Dr. Lynne McNamara, Senior Program Officer of VEF. “These VEF Fellows will become leaders in science and education in Vietnam and will help improve the country in profound ways.  We are very pleased that Oklahoma State University has joined the VEF Alliance.” For additional information about the Vietnam Fellows program, go to http://www.vef.gov
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-signs-agreement-bring-vietnamese-scholars-campus
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Get Ready For … 40th Annual Spring Sing Production at OSU
  Oklahoma State University’s annual Spring Sing production, set for April 16 at Gallagher-Iba Arena, has teamed up with Coaches vs. Cancer for the show’s 40 th anniversary. “This is the first year Spring Sing has incorporated philanthropy,” said Clint James, executive director for the show. “We are very excited about working with Coaches vs. Cancer, and we’ve set a goal to raise $5,000 for them by donating a portion of each ticket sale and selling Coaches vs. Cancer wristbands.” The show, scheduled for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. during Mom’s Weekend, includes performances from 11 fraternity and sorority groups. The overall theme for this year’s show is “Get Ready For …” Each group’s act, which lasts 7 minutes and consists of popular songs with rewritten lyrics, will complete the theme’s name with titles like, “Get Ready For A Night in the Jungle.” “Each group develops an original theme, lyrics, choreography and costumes within a two month period,” James said. “The groups have really worked hard to come up with creative ideas.” The Spring Sing steering committee, which is made up of student volunteers, plans and organizes the entire show. Students do everything from designing programs to running the light and sound equipment. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the show, with $1 from each ticket being donated to Coaches vs. Cancer. Advance tickets are available on campus at the Student Union Hub beginning April 11. The day of the show, tickets will be for sale at the north entrance to Gallagher-Iba Arena beginning at 5 p.m.
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/get-ready-133-40th-annual-spring-sing-production-osu
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