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OSU Student Disability Services office active on many fronts
Mentoring, tutoring, group study and other amenities of scholar support systems once organized by students themselves have become standard offerings of academic success centers in most OSU colleges to address social and institutional impediments to undergraduate retention and graduation rates. One service unit at the state’s university exists to counter more perceptible barriers to academic achievement that most students never have to confront. “The purpose of our office is to serve student with disabilities with regard to classroom and academic access,” said Michael Shuttic, director OSU Student Disability Services. “Mobility, vision and hearing impairments, heart ailments, fatigue, post traumatic stress disorder, learning disabilities. . . we are here for students with any type of disability.” The office’s effort to ensure accommodations for students with disabilities includes a wide range of activities. “We have a deaf/hard of hearing specialist, Sandie Busby, who’s also a sign language interpreter, and although she does the bulk of classroom interpreting, she also contracts additional interpreters or real-time captionists when we need them,” Shuttic said. “But we can also assist students who need extended exam time, note taking services, access to lecture materials and accessible formats of textbooks such as large print and on tape or compact disc.” “We also work with Information Technology to provide across campus assistive technology hardware and software such as screen readers and magnification devices and voice activated software,” he said. Much like other academic service offerings, the Student Disability Services office can only be effective if sought out by those who require assistance. “We have no way to identify people with needs so we get information out on the website and in publications such as class syllabi so that as students become aware of what we do and how we do it, will self-identify with us,” Shuttic said. “Before we provide any kind of accommodations service, however, we must collect documentation about the disability, its diagnosis and, more importantly, the functional impact of that diagnosis.” While the primary goal of Shuttic’s office is to mitigate barriers to academic achievement, as the university’s coordinator of Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, he collaborates with many other units to address any problems on campus facing disabled individuals. “The kinds of things people stop in and tell us about range from doorknobs needing to be replaced with lever handles and elevators being down to broken sidewalks,” Shuttic said. “I then go to the people able to make decisions about what to do, be they from Parking and Transit Services, Athletics or Physical Plant Services, and work with them to get it done.” Critical areas of concern Shuttic said he has been working to address include the Boone Pickens Stadium renovation, accessibility to Cowboy Mall, parking on campus and the public transit system. “Parking is an ongoing situation I’ve been working on with OSU Parking and Transit Services for the past five years, but we’ve had a really good relationship,” Shuttic said. “Another issue we hear a lot about is the transit system.” “The buses are equipped with lifts, and the drivers are well-trained, but the biggest difficulty is getting to bus stops due to lack of sidewalks, curb cuts and a hard-surface, accessible pad where you can wait,” he said. “OSU provides the system, but most of these kinds of stops where a sign has been put up in the grass next to a street are out in the city so they’re a concern.” The OSU Student Disability Service office is located in 315 Student Union and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. It may be reached by phone at 405-744-7116 v/t.
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Counseling Program Receives National Accreditation
OSU’s master’s degree programs in school counseling and community counseling have received full accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. According to Dr. Al Carlozzi, head of the OSU School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology in the College of Education, OSU is the only university in Oklahoma that has undertaken and successfully completed the extensive self-study process for national accreditation in these graduate programs. “Our faculty has worked diligently to get our programs entirely consistent with the standards established by CACREP, which is the only national accrediting body for the counseling discipline,” Carlozzi said. Seventy-five students are enrolled in the master’s programs offered in Stillwater and at OSU-Tulsa. National accreditation for these programs is important because it underscores their credibility and promotes national visibility, Carlozzi said. “Accreditation is one of the premier ways that an academic program can establish visibility across the country and internationally.” It’s especially important for graduates of the program when they seek employment and state licensure as professional counselors, he said. “Graduating from a nationally accredited program underscores the quality of their master’s degree,” he said. “When you graduate from our community or school counseling master’s program, you can be proud that you have a degree from Oklahoma State University that has met the stringent standards of a highly respected national accrediting body." The programs received accreditation for the maximum number of years allowable by CACREP, an eight-year period through 2013. Students who receive master’s degrees in school counseling work in public schools. Community counseling seeks to understand and treat human problems in social and community settings, and graduates work in places such as college counseling centers, domestic violence centers, youth and family service centers, community mental health clinics, residential treatment centers, and hospital settings. According to Carol L. Bobby, executive director of CACREP, located in Alexandria, Va., “Programs receiving accreditation for an eight-year period deserve to be commended for the work they completed throughout the accreditation process.”
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Admiral who helped with Asian tsunami named OSU homecoming Grand Marshall
STILLWATER, Okla. -- The Oklahoma State University Homecoming Committee has announced that retired Rear Admiral and OSU Alumni Association Hall of Famer William McDaniel will be this year’s homecoming parade grand marshal. Most recently, McDaniel was hired to lead a team into Banda Aceh, and later to Nias Island to help with recovery efforts after the Asian tsunami. The team, which preceded the USNS Mercury, spent several months working on public health and other issues. He also served as the federal liaison for John Hopkins University following the tragedy of 9/11. McDaniel came to OSU on a full wrestling scholarship. After graduating in 1964, he went on to receive his medical degree and had an outstanding medical career with the U.S. Navy. During his time in the Navy, he held several titles. He was commander of both the U.S. Naval Hospital in Charleston, S.C. and the Navy Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. He also served as surgeon of the U.S. Pacific Command in Camp H.M. Smith in Hawaii. In 1984, McDaniel served as a doctor for the U.S. Olympic team and was involved with the Olympics until 2000. He worked with the USA Wrestling Team in 2002. In 1994, McDaniel was inducted into the OSU Alumni Association Hall of Fame. The Homecoming committee also announced that Habitat for Humanity is the 2005 Homecoming celebration’s target philanthropy. Chesapeake Energy Corporation will sponsor OSU’s Homecoming and will partner with OSU to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity through various Homecoming activities. Student groups will donate time to help build the Habitat house. Homecoming week at OSU begins Oct. 23. The Homecoming parade is currently scheduled at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, prior to OSU’s football game with the University of Texas. If the game is changed to 11:30 a.m. due to being televised, the parade will begin at 8 a.m. Updates will be available at OSU’s Homecoming Web site:
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OSU Fire Service Training staffer among initial responders into New Orleans
This weekend the nation will observe the four-year commemoration of an unprecedented incident in which hundreds of New York City’s finest lost their lives answering the call, but first responders charge into extremely perilous situations daily to preserve life. Outside the unspeakable carnage of 9/11, no domestic scenarios compare to the incomprehensible and nightmarish scenes that awaited the responders who went into New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. “Take the total devastation from the movie, ‘The Day After Tomorrow,’ add a little ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ and that’s basically what you had in New Orleans,” said OSU Fire Service Training staff member Jason Louthan. “When you consider 9/11 or even the Oklahoma City bombing, those were also major incidents with thousands of responders, but they had the support of the surrounding city. “ New Orleans was nothing like that.” Louthan, coordinator of the OSU-FST rescue curriculum, and three part-time instructors for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology outreach unit from the Edmond Fire Department were in Shreveport for an 80-hour training course Aug. 27-30. The structural collapse school was cut short on Aug. 29 when its Louisiana State University Fire and Emergency Training Institute instructors were activated through the state emergency management system ahead of the hurricane and called back to Baton Rouge. Well equipped but short on personnel, the LSU instructors asked a number of the students, including the Oklahoma group and firefighters from Bossier City and Jefferson Parish, for assistance. “On Sunday, we packed our bags, checked out of the hotel, met back at the training center to assemble the manpower and trailers and convoyed to the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute in Baton Rouge to wait out the storm,” Louthan said. “Monday morning, after the worst part of the storm had hit, we set out for New Orleans.” Members of the team from the area went despite the knowledge that their own homes had been destroyed. “The Jefferson Parish firefighters and one of the LSU instructors had learned their homes were lost,” he said. “But their families had gotten out ahead of time so they went along anyway hoping to help others.” Deployed in the city just before noon by the Louisiana National Guard 62 nd Civil Support Team, the LSU team initially was charged with finding and clearing a route from I-10 to the Superdome. Removing power lines, tree limbs and debris from flooded but passable streets, the team and its five-vehicle convoy arrived at the Superdome six hours later. There was no time for rest, however. “Ultimately, the plan was for the Superdome to be the staging area for all teams entering the city,” Louthan said. “It was to be the command center from where all teams would be deployed throughout the city. “We waited for other teams to show up, and then command sent us out to assist the rescue recovery effort,” he said. The LSU taskforce convoy included two LSU pickups pulling 40 ft. equipment trailers and an OSU-FST van towing a boat. The team was joined by other rescuers and medics and, from an I-610 onramp serving as a boat launch, began the retrieval effort. Approximately 15 boats fanned out across dark neighborhoods in search of residents. “It was so dark we basically had to stop the motor and yell, and if anybody yelled back, we’d go find them,” Louthan said. “We’d take them back to the interstate where our trailers and equipment were set up and leave them.” “When we were deployed from the Superdome, we were told to start rescuing people and the logistics, as far as food, water and transportation for them, would be taken care of. None of it ever came,” he said. Tempers flared and violence erupted within an hour of the operation’s start, as residents transplanted from their flooded homes to the raised expressway began to turn on each other. Without law enforcement support to provide security, the first responders were powerless. “We stopped the boats around 4 a.m. because we had more than 400 people on the interstate demanding to know why no help was coming,” Louthan said. “They were fighting mad, and it got so bad a lot of the guys unhooked trailers and began taking people to the Superdome in their own vehicles.” While some of the responders began transporting victims, others napped on the interstate. At dawn Tuesday, they renewed the rescue operation, but not before returning some of the residents to their homes. “Daylight revealed to us that we were in the middle of a low-income housing project and retrieving residents from one-story, single family houses as well as three story buildings,” Louthan said. “And from the time we had begun the previous evening, the water had risen another six feet.” “We made the decision to concentrate on the single story homes because people in the three-story buildings were actually better off where they were,” he said. Throughout the day Tuesday, the responders found themselves transplanting evacuees from a hopeless situation to another only slightly better, all the while enduring threats from other despairing residents. “We just moved people to the interstate hoping buses would be sent,” Louthan said. “By late afternoon, we had a crowd of more than 600 extremely mad people. They thought we were taking them out of their homes somewhere to get help, and all we could do was put them on the interstate.” “The residents we were bypassing didn’t realize they were better off in their homes, and after a while they started threatening to shoot us,” he said. “They just saw boat after boat after boat go by and not one’s stopping to help.” The team radioed for assistance in late afternoon, and four Blackhawk helicopters landed and retrieved the sick and injured. No more assistance came, and the team eventually had to call for a security escort out of the area. Louthan attributed the escalating rage to a lack of communication and the growing hopelessness of people trapped in the midst of disaster. “If you see your family – your children – dying, you don’t get any news to know what’s happening and you begin to believe nobody cares about your situation, I think most of us would be prepared to do just about anything,” Louthan said. The team was sent to a section of the French Quarter the morning of Aug. 31. Unable to reach it due to flooding, they learned Wildlife and Fisheries Department boat crews were already canvassing the area. The responders were subsequently ordered to renew their rescue and retrieval at the I-610 onramp. “On Wednesday, we were accompanied by a S.W.A.T. team providing security, but as soon as we got back to where we had been on the interstate the day before, they left,” Louthan said. “At that time, we made the decision that it wasn’t safe for us to be there so we came home to Oklahoma.” Louthan says logistics will be an emphasis of any emergency response courses he instructs in the future. “Everybody thinks about operations when you hear ‘search and rescue,’ but you’ve got to have a strong logistics aspect,” Louthan said. “You need food, water, medical help and transportation for the people you’re trying to get out as well as accommodations for your rescue workers.” “You want to help people, but it was very frustrating. You’ve got an elderly person getting off the boat and he says, ‘I have to have oxygen and my bottle’s empty,’ and all you can say is, ‘sit here, sir,’” Louthan said. “Or you’ve got 600 people on a bridge for hours and hours and not a bathroom anywhere.” Louthan found a reprieve from the din in the warm and appreciative spirit of the majority of Louisianans. The worst displays of human nature were countered constantly, he says, from the fire department in Gonzales, La., where members of the LSU taskforce were afforded hot meals, showers and soft beds between forays into New Orleans, to the Crescent City residents themselves. “We picked up a guy, and as soon as he was in the boat, he told us he was a certified lifeguard and a good mechanic and said he’d do anything we needed,” Louthan said. “We picked up 14 more people after him, and he was right up front helping everybody on.” “When we got back to the ramp and started to let people off, he set his dog off the boat and was ready to go back out with us, but we told him we could bring back more people if he’d get off, too,” he said. “Everywhere, there were people desperate to join in and provide help.”
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A Letter from Louisiana
We are seeing respiratory problems.  A COPD patient I sent to the hospital last night went into SVT (rapid heart rate) requiring special drugs.  Another was a chest pain.  At the same time on the night shift, we received 12 ambulances all at once in a convoy.  They had closed a shelter near New Orleans.  These patients were all special needs.... nursing home type patients.We are starting to see some diarrhea.  We saw and quarantined one chicken pox.  All these people that are the refugee's ( if they don't want to go back ) or displaced residents ( if they do want to go back ) are the real hero's.  They are all so glad for ANY help.  They all love a smile and a handshake.  Most want a hug.  They need to know that they are not alone and that they will not be forgotten in two or three weeks.We all still need your prayers. We are all tired.  I guess my triathlon may be on hold.  I'll just be glad to sleep in my own bed and use soft toilet paper.  :)      Greg "Radar" Gray, DO, FACEP Senior Medical Officer FEMA/NDMS/DMAT, OK-1 Department of Homeland Security
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Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship to Feature Former Prime Minister of Korea
The OSU School of International Studies is bringing to Stillwater Dr. Duck-Woo Nam, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, to share his professional experiences and thoughts on U.S. economic principles in relation to his native Korea.  The title of his lecture is “Northeast Asia and the United States: A Korean Perspective.”   Dr. Nam, currently the chairman of the Korea Sanhak Foundation in Seoul, Korea, will be the featured speaker for the Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, 2005 at the Wes Watkins Center. The lectureship and reception is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow. The Wes Watkins Center is located at the intersection of Hall of Fame and Washington on the OSU-Stillwater campus.  Dr. Nam graduated from OSU in 1961 as the second Ph.D. graduate in economics from the Spears School of Business. He was named finance minister of the Republic of Korea in 1969, and from 1974-1979 served as both deputy prime minister and minister of economic planning.  In 1980 he was appointed prime minister of Korea by then President Chun Doo Hwan.  In 1985 Dr. Nam was inducted to the OSU Spears School of Business Hall of Fame and he is a Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award recipient. He has written and published nine books on the history of economic thought, and is widely regarded as the architect of economic recovery in the Republic of Korea.    The lectureship honors one of Oklahoma’s most prominent and devoted public servants, former U.S. Rep. Wes Watkins. Congressman Watkins, an OSU graduate, is committed to outreach, international trade, and the economic development of Oklahoma and the nation. The mission of the School of International Studies is to provide a university-wide focus to synergize and expand international opportunities in instruction, research, and outreach for individuals and organizations seeking a greater understanding and involvement in world trade and international affairs. The school is part of the International Education and Outreach unit, which helps carry out the university’s mission of providing educational programs and services beyond traditional campus boundaries.  The school coordinates academic programs and opportunities with colleges and departments campus wide, such as this event done in coordination with the Spears School of Business. School components include the International Bureaus, English Language Institute, Study Abroad, a Peace Corps recruiting office, and a Graduate Program offering an M.S. and Certificate in International Studies and the Master’s International Peace Corps degree.  More than 140 OSU faculty members participate in the school activities.
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OSU Welcomes Stellar Freshman Class; Reaches Out to Victims of Katrina
STILLWATER, Oklahoma -- Oklahoma State University’s Class of 2009, all 3,302 of them, has already shattered several academic records, according to OSU System CEO and President David J. Schmidly. “Academically, this is one of the most exciting entering classes in years,” he said. “Our freshmen are well prepared and have earned numerous prestigious scholarships. We look forward to them accomplishing great things.” Included in this year’s total enrollment are eight students who have enrolled or plan to enroll as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Tuition and fees for the fall are being waived for currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students who want to transfer to OSU from universities in New Orleans. “Everyone in the Oklahoma State University community is shocked and saddened by the destruction and displacement caused by Hurricane Katrina,” said Schmidly. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrible disaster, and we have taken several steps to assist them and their families as they struggle to continue with their educational goals.” Total enrollment on the Stillwater campus has reached approximately 20,804 students, a slight drop from 20,978 a year ago due to fewer graduate students. OSU’s undergraduate enrollment is up by a few students to 17,457 students, while total graduate enrollment has dropped 5 percent. The drop is due primarily to the high number of students who graduated last year, including international students. Across the OSU System – OSU-Stillwater, OSU-Okmulgee, OSU-Oklahoma City, OSU-Tulsa, and the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, which includes the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine – enrollment numbers are not final due to different start dates. OSU’s system-wide enrollment last fall was 32,672. At its main Stillwater campus, OSU’s freshman class arrived with impressive credentials, with more than half earning some form of merit-based scholarship. “We continue to lead the state in number of valedictorians enrolling at OSU,” Schmidly said. “We’ve doubled our number of National Merit Scholars and our freshmen have qualified for many other academic scholarships.” In all, 1,730, or 52 percent, of the freshman class, earned a merit-based scholarship. Of those, 468 had grade point averages of 4.0 or higher. More than one-fourth of OSU’s entering freshmen, 27.5 percent or 793 students, were ranked in the Top 10 percent of their high school class. Last year, 691 entering freshmen, or 23.9 percent, were in the top 10 percent of their high school class. This freshman class was admitted under the first year of a three-year increase in admission standards at OSU, Schmidly said. This year the ACT score for admission was raised from 22 to 23. “The average OSU freshman composite ACT score for this class is 24.6, which is the highest on record,” Schmidly said. “The average ACT is nearly a full point higher than 10 years ago and is another indication of the caliber of this year’s class.” The number of Oklahoma high school graduates is the lowest in six years, contributing to a larger increase this year in out-of-state students. The number of Oklahoma freshmen admitted to OSU increased by 2 percent, while the number of freshmen entering from other states has increased 11 percent. In-state students make up 77 percent of this year’s freshman class, while 22 percent are out-of-state and 1 percent are international. Here are highlights from this year’s freshman class: An all-time high of 369 new freshmen actively participating in OSU’s Honors College. Admission is based on ACT composite scores of 27 or higher with a high school GPA of 3.75 or higher, and active status requires a minimum of six honors credit hours in the fall semester. 151 Regents Distinguished Four-Year Scholarship recipients 260 Regents Distinguished Freshman Scholarship recipients 56 automatic qualifiers as Academic Scholars by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education who receive an annual award of $5,500 in cash per academic year plus a full waiver of resident tuition 80 State Regents institutional nominees for an annual award of $2,800 in cash plus an OSU tuition waiver 380 non-resident freshmen qualified for scholarships based upon academic achievement OSU saw increases in enrollment for Hispanic, Native American and African American students, with Hispanic students leading the way with a jump of 14.3 percent. At this time, there are 1,532 total international students enrolled at OSU, down 250 students on the Stillwater campus primarily because of the graduation of students from the larger entering classes of pre-September 11, 2001. “But it appears international enrollment is recovering somewhat after a drop in recent years,” Schmidly said. “New international student enrollment is up by 8.5 percent.”
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OSU Collects $44,000 for Hurricane Relief
Oklahoma State University student and faculty volunteers at Saturday’s football game at Boone Pickens Stadium collected $44,000 in donations for the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Like the rest of the world, we are shocked and saddened by the destruction and displacement caused by Hurricane Katrina,” said OSU System CEO and President David Schmidly.  “We thank our OSU family and fans for their generous support and we are pleased we can help in any way possible.”
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Memories For Sale from Old Willham Hall
Oklahoma State University’s Department of Residential Life is offering alumni of Willham Hall the chance to own a piece of their history. Starting Thursday, September 8 and running for the next seven weeks, alumni will have the opportunity to purchase memorabilia from Willham Hall on the on-line auction site Ebay.  Items for sale include the door numbers, the mailbox doors, and door knobs that have been converted into paperweights. Because Willham had two towers – North and South Willham – many of the door numbers and mailbox doors have two items available for each number. “Not all of the items have doubles,” explains Shannon Baughman, Marketing Coordinator for Residential Life. “Unfortunately, some of the numbers broke when they were removed from the doors, and some of the mailbox doors have broken glass so they are not usable, but we are able to offer many of the door numbers and many mailbox numbers twice.” Different floor numbers will be offered each week, while the number of door knobs offered each week will remain the same. The door numbers are a limited series of 400, and will be numbered. The silver knobs are mounted on black acrylic and feature a silver faceplate with the OSU logo, Willham Hall, and 1966-2004. Why Ebay? “This method allows us to reach alumni no matter where they live, and it is the fairest way to offer these types of items,” said Dr. Bob Huss, Director of Residential Life. “For example, over the 38 years that Willham was in use, many, many people lived in room 523, and if they all wanted the room number, how would we decide who gets it? This just seemed the fairest way to equalize the playing field.” Six new residence halls are being constructed in the area where Willham North and South once stood. Proceeds from the sale of these items will be spent by the residents of these new buildings. They will decide what they money will be spent on. It might include artwork, furniture, or even permanent lawn ornamentation. The choices are theirs. Interested bidders can find the auction items available by following the link at the Residential Life website at Or go to Ebay and conduct a search for “Oklahoma State University Willham” or go to this link:
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Orange Peel Pays it Forward
STILLWATER , Okla. – September 1, 2005 – The State of Oklahoma is no stranger to disasters and emergency situations.  From countless destructive tornadoes to the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Building, Oklahomans have depended on the generosity and good will of others.  With the recent Gulf Coast area devastation, the 2005 Orange Peel committee sought a way to “pay it forward” to the people of the Gulf Coast area. The Orange Peel committee proudly announced Thursday that proceeds from the 2005 Orange Peel will benefit the American Red Cross, one of the many agencies helping with the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. “This is a great opportunity for the OSU community and the state of Oklahoma to help our friends and families affected by the storm get back on their feet” said Emily Grober, assistant marketing director. One of those people who has been directly effected by Hurricane Katrina is Oklahoma State junior offensive lineman Corey Hilliard.  Hilliard’s family, originally from New Orleans, La., has fled the city and sought refuge in neighboring Baton Rouge.  The 2005 Orange Peel will begin at 6:30 p.m., Friday, September 16 at Boone Pickens Stadium on the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater, Okla. The show features Jason Mraz, Lit, comedian Pablo Francisco and emcee Mr. Orange Power. Now in its 10th year, Orange Peel is the largest student-run and managed event in Oklahoma, with more than 250 OSU students donating their time and energy to producing the university’s largest pep rally and concert event. For tickets, visit or call 1-877-OSU-PEEL.
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