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Future Students Become Real Cowboys at "Highly Visual" OSU Summer Camp
• Gaining personal confidence by tackling the famous OSU Ropes Course is only one challenge mastered by incoming OSU students during Camp Cowboy. • Lots of photo ops and good stories are available by covering this unique and popular pre-school orientation that is now in its seventh year. Upcoming camps are scheduled June 17-19, July 8-10, July 15-17 and July 22-24. • The weekend camps teach hundreds of future OSU freshmen how to succeed personally and academically and how to become “real Cowboys” by learning the songs, traditions, and history of the campus they will call home for the next few years. • Sessions include visits by professors, counselors, administrators, coaches, student athletes and cheerleaders. Dancing and money management are also on the agenda. Each night, the freshmen sit around a campfire by the lake and listen to talks from successful OSU alumni. • Camp Cowboy is held at OSU’s Camp Redlands on the north shore of Lake Carl Blackwell. Take Camp Redlands Road north off Highway 51 west of Stillwater. Map available on request. • Check out visual and video possibilities by viewing a movie about Camp Cowboy at http://osunet.okstate.edu/campcowboy/files/campcowboy.mov • Learn more at http://osunet.okstate.edu/campcowboy/default.asp or call Gary Shutt or Sheila Dohmann at (405) 744-6260.
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OSU Students Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi
A total of 162 undergraduate and graduate students were inducted last spring into the Oklahoma State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society. To be invited to join Phi Kappa Phi, a student must be among the top 10 percent of his or her college, according to grade point average, and be within two semesters of graduation. Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and largest collegiate honor society to initiate people from every academic discipline. The main objective of Phi Kappa Phi is to promote academic excellence and achievement through encouragement and recognition. A special inductee this year was Dr. Lionel M. Raff, Regents Professor in the Department of Chemistry. “It is truly an honor to be invited to join Phi Kappa Phi, whose membership represents the best and brightest from all academic disciplines,” said Dr. Mary K. Lawler, president of the OSU chapter. New Oklahoma inductees include: AGRA: Amaris D. Lansford, speech pathology; Joshua R. Hicks, computer science. ARDMORE: Sarah E. Wallis, journalism and broadcasting. BARTLESVILLE: Corey E. Mayo, osteopathic medicine; Harmony L. Cole, marketing and management; Theresa E. Keller, secondary science education; Brett M. Askins, finance and marketing; Jarred C. Schremmer, public relations. BETHANY: Kenneth N. DeBell, quantitative financial economics. BIXBY: Michelle A. Reagan, athletic training. BLACKWELL: Jordan K. Field, finance. BLANCHARD: Mary C. Turner, business management. BROKEN ARROW: Crystina R. Williams, liberal studies; Lindsey M. Tanner, marketing. BURNS FLAT: Hillary J. Lyles, international business. CATOOSA: Rick E. Sevier, technical and industrial education; Randall A. Love, international business; Samantha J. Long, elementary education. CHANDLER: Taylor F. Miller, biosystems engineering. CHICKASHA: Weston W. DeHart, construction management technology. CLAREMORE: Ashley D. Blan, public relations; Lacy Smith Crissup, chemical engineering; Andrew P. Converse, biology. CLEVELAND: Nicholas J. Moffitt, mechanical engineering. COALGATE: Tanner B. Corsini, biological science; April D. Orr, speech pathology. COLLINSVILLE: Joshua J. Wells, aviation management. COVINGTON: Ali L. Peacock, human development and family science. CUSHING: Claire L. Fielding, biology; Jayson W. Evans, journalism and broadcasting. CYRIL: Ashleigh L. Boggs, agribusiness. DEL CITY: Amber S. Harper, elementary education. DUKE: Karlie B. Buntin, aviation science. DUNCAN: Jennifer M. Thompson, human development and family science; Renee M. Caskey, human development and family science; Stefanie L. Sandy, marketing. EDMOND: Dawn M. Gift, English; Sabra A. Burnett, apparel merchandising; Patrick R. Gorman, accounting; Maggie A. Hill, advertising; Shannon K. Lyon, secondary education; Summer Holliday Fillmore, osteopathic medicine; Cari L. Fellers, psychology; Brian K. Woodard, environmental science; Lyndsay A. Henry, psychology.. ELGIN: Courtney A. Hurst, human nutrition. ELMER: Zack V. Winsett, accounting and economics. ENID: Kyla R. Votaw, management information systems; Liesel M. Polwort, civil engineering; Chris M. Brett, finance. FAIRVIEW: Trevor R. Zimmerman, secondary education; Andrew M. Martens, mathematics. FORGAN: Tyler W. Dean, agribusiness. FREEDOM: Jordan K. Russell, agribusiness. GEARY: Lauren E. Base, apparel merchandising; GLENPOOL: Rebecca J. Everhart, osteopathic medicine. GOLTRY: Caleb M. Redman, economics. HARRAH: Nicholas R. Webb, journalism and broadcasting. HARTSHORNE: Shalyn J. James, elementary education. JENKS: Erica Snider Ellis, health care administration. KINGFISHER: Michael J. Stock, marketing; Drew R. Hendrix, biological sciences. KINGSTON: Kerry G. Fitch, biology and zoology. LAWTON: Lyndsey R. Price, marketing. LUTHER: David W. Drake, agricultural education; Ashley D. Tate, secondary education. McALESTER: Michael D. Hayes, fire protection and safety engineering; Ashley R. Nichols, animal science. McLOUD: Sarah M. Haynes, management and psychology. MEDFORD: Hillary L. Bramlett, industrial engineering; Caleb C. Van Dolah, accounting. MIDWEST CITY: Matthew L. Gimmel, zoology. NEWCASTLE: Jared M. Janes, journalism and economics. NORMAN: Adesola O. Odunayo, veterinary medicine. OKARCHE: Matthew J. Baustert, electrical engineering. OKLAHOMA CITY: Emily A. Davis, public relations (73112); Amy C. McDonald, communication sciences and disorders (73120); Grant P. Wilson, English (73142); Shaina D. Baskett, management information systems (73162); Angela M. Baker, accounting (73162); Krystal D. Nimmo, marketing (73162); Kaci L. Shipley, accounting (73162); Regina T. Nelson, aviation education (73169); Ashley E. Tidwell, marketing (73170); Nicole R. Oldham, marketing (73170). OWASSO: Cinda K. Lewis, human environmental sciences; Belen Catly-Burkhalter, occupational education studies; Shannon M. O’Connell, public relations. PAWHUSKA: Martin T. Meadows, curriculum studies. PAWNEE: Traci R. Harp, biochemistry and molecular biology. PERKINS: John A. Thompsen III, economics, finance and management. PONCA CITY: Carrie A. Haworth, studio art and psychology; Allison J. Ford, international business; Megan E. Baugh, French. RIPLEY: Carla D. James, accounting. SAND SPRINGS: Jenna R. Hoffman, management. SAPULPA: Julie A. Coulter-Enlow, elementary education; Justin M. Warner, general business; Lauren M. Winstone, nutritional sciences. SEILING: Hailey D. Horn, accounting. SHAWNEE: Kelli L. Howard, marketing. SPIRO: Natalie A. Trent, physics. STILLWATER: Brenda S. Voelkelt, biological sciences; Jodi L. Heisterkamp, accounting; Angela D. Cooper, geography; William J. Eastman, general business; Anita K. Wilhelm, marketing; Matthew D. Krein, biology; Joy L. Kelley, counseling psychology; Chad M. Mitchell, finance and international business. TAHLEQUAH: Jodi R. Green, adult and occupational education; Michelle Slape, journalism and broadcasting. TULSA: Keith D. Proffitt, mechanical engineering; Alison L. Vaughn, interior design; Lauren Keeney-Robertson, marketing; Heather M. Schroeder, educational psychology; Kelly C. Stiller, political science and Spanish; Lauren M. Davis, biochemistry; Victoria Robison-Young, international business; Ashley M. Lallier, biochemistry; Mary K. Whiteneck, nutritional sciences. TUTTLE: Eric B. Burson, electrical engineering; Joe P. Carollo, agribusiness. WAGONER: Sarah L. Greer, sociology. WAUKOMIS: Ashley N. Melvin, hotel and restaurant management. WEATHERFORD: Angela K. Flaming, psychology; WEBBERS FALLS: Justin D. Clay, management information systems. WOODWARD: Carla J. Beckmann, secondary education. Out-of State Inductees: FAYETTEVILLE, AR: Eric P. Goodspeed, osteopathic medicine. LITTLE ROCK, AR: Brooke E. Brander, osteopathic medicine. APPLE VALLEY, CA: Michael J. McGee, animal science. SUMNER, IA: Aimee M. Rueber, animal science. ARKANSAS CITY, KS: Forrest W. Belindo, accounting. MANHATTAN, KS: Christina M. Havlicek, accounting; Ramey P. Clingan, marketing. MANTER, KS: Jennifer E. O’Steen, economics. MOUND VALLEY, KS: Veronica G. Nelson, finance. OVERLAND PARK, KS: Gregory P. Benson, accounting. MESQUITE, NV: Amie B. Weinrich, elementary education and Spanish. TIFFIN, OH: Angela M. Stacklin, hotel and restaurant management. MADRAS, OR: Shilo R. Shaw, clinical psychology. MACUNGIE, PA: Dena M. Hartzell, zoology. AMARILLO, TX: Lindsay B. Pascal, zoology. BRIDGEPORT, TX: Caleb A. Hurd, aerospace engineering. COPPELL, TX: Michael D. Schultz, management information systems. DALLAS, TX: Kimberly M. Wratislaw, psychology. MISSOURI CITY, TX: Leslie A. Young, finance; Amy L. Young, marketing. PAMPA, TX: Abby N. Cavalier, secondary education. TEMPLE, TX: Amanda M. Sonnier, interior design. SANDY, UT: Erik W. Shupe, osteopathic medicine. ESSEX JUNCTION, VT: Katherine J. Finnegan, zoology. CASPER, WY: Christina L. Gangl, civil engineering. LARAMIE, WY: Karen E. Anderson, veterinary medicine. WORLAND, WY: Casey G. Toyne, agricultural economics. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Amit Jain, management information systems; Chor T. Tan, plant and soil sciences; Ambikah Shah, electrical engineering; Kaustubh Chaturvedi, general business; Kaori Uekusa, environmental science; Aya Nakae, aerospace engineering; Masaru Uchida, psychology.
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Oklahoma State University Receives $2 million Gift from ConocoPhillips
Oklahoma State University announced today gifts totaling $2 million from ConocoPhillips to benefit more than 30 campus units. A check for the amount was presented recently to OSU System CEO and President David Schmidly and other key officials by Gene Batchelder, ConocoPhillips Senior Vice President of Services, Chief Information Officer and ’69 OSU Accounting alumnus. “Students, parents, alumni, and friends of OSU are very aware of the tremendous impact that ConocoPhillips has made on the entire OSU System,” said Schmidly. “We cannot thank everyone at ConocoPhillips enough for their genuine interest in the continued success of OSU.”
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OSU Researchers to Assess Youth Mental Health Service Access
Human development and family science researchers at Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus will begin administering surveys in Tulsa households this month as part of an endeavor to improve the delivery of children’s mental health services. Galvanized by the preponderance of juvenile wards of the criminal justice system who exhibited early signs of antisocial behavior but received no treatment and the system’s repeat failings of youthful offenders, social scientists are exploring ways to more effectively address mental health and behavioral issues during early childhood. According to Department of Human Services’ estimates, as many as two-thirds of children who need mental health services and assistance in Oklahoma aren’t getting them. OSU’s study, funded by a $125,000-grant from the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, seeks to determine why. “It is estimated that as many as one in five children could use or need mental health services, and around 13 percent of children have serious emotional disturbances,” said Glade Topham, assistant professor of human development and family science in OSU’s College of Human Environmental Sciences. “We know that children who exhibit a variety of problems – oppositional behavior, acting out, conduct disorders, stealing things, unresponsiveness to authority – who go untreated will go on to have much greater problems in adolescents and adulthood,” Topham said. “Many will develop antisocial behaviors and end up in the criminal justice system.” “Our motivation is based on the idea that we need to get children into treatment early to prevent greater problems down the line,” he said. The project is focused on uncovering barriers to help-seeking. Because service needs tend to be greatest among underserved populations, information gathering for the study will be concentrated in disadvantaged areas of Tulsa. The researchers will begin polling residents in the coming weeks. “Our interviewers will be going into homes and spending about an hour with parents,” Topham said. “Most of the discussion will be in reference to the things that might hinder parents from getting help for their children, from transportation difficulty and cost of services to social stigmas and the parents’ perceptions of different types of treatments and their effectiveness.” The researchers will develop a comprehensive report to share with several groups. “We’ll be presenting our results to the Zarrow Foundation to help them determine where they might focus their resources in the future,” Topham said. “A broad range of service providers in Tulsa – residential care, outpatient facilities, parent education centers – also should have an interest in these results. “We also hope and believe policy makers would be interested in better understanding these issues so they can appropriately direct resources and policy toward making treatment more accessible to the families that need it the most.” In addition to Topham, the project involves three other members of OSU’s Human Development and Family Science department including associate professor and head Kathleen Briggs, associate professor Charles Hendrix and professor David Fournier, who is assisting as consultant. The research team also features four graduate students.
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OSU Students Create a Food Product That Is Out of This World
The Food Science Club at Oklahoma State University won first place in the 2005 NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center Product Development Competition. The team, which included team leader Dharmendra Bangalore, Yee Shyen, Sunita Mcwana, Fadi Al-Jorf, Shamira Fernandes and Dimple Kumar Kundiyana, developed the winning entry, Nutraffin, under the direction of their adviser and OSU food science assistant professor, Margaret Hinds. Nutraffin is a bite-sized carrot muffin snack made from fresh carrots, peanut flour, wheat flour, sugar, low-sodium baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom and soymilk. “I am very happy that we won this competition, and would like to commend the team as well as our team leader,” said Shyen, food product development graduate student. “This activity has given me the opportunity to learn a lot about the food product development process.” With the collaboration of Hinds of the Nutritional Sciences Department and the Food & Agricultural Products Center on the OSU campus, the students had the resources needed to create the award-winning product. “We have an inter-college food science program at OSU," Hinds said. “I feel these accomplishments will reflect positively on the strength of the program.” The objective of the competition was for the students to make a nutritional, beneficial food with only crops that can grow in space. The project started as a brainstorming session with the team discussing various ideas. They decided that they would compete using the carrot-based muffins and set out to fine-tune the recipe. Once the product was completed, the team conducted a sensory panel at the FAPC. Using the feedback received from the sensory panel, the team discovered the recipe needed some changes. “We made the needed changes, and the final batch was perfect,” said Mcwana, food science doctoral student. Deciding on the right name for the product was a challenge for the team. The name, Nutraffin, was created to convey the nutritional value of the muffin. Nutraffin is high in fiber and protein and is a blend of necessary vitamins and essential minerals. Additionally, it is high in calories to provide a boost of energy in a single serving and is low in sodium and iron. The students put in many hours working on the project as a team. “The challenge was the schools that usually win these national-level, product-development competitions have been winning them for the past five to 10 years," said Bangalore, team leader and food science doctoral student. “So, it was really rewarding for us to break the trend.” This is not the Food Science Club's first time to compete in the NASA competition. Last year, the team received a "Certificate of Excellence" for outstanding performance in the competition with the product "Veggie-to-Snack," a handy, spicy space meal. “Having participated last year, we had a better idea of what the judges were looking for in the concept of the product,” said Kumar Kundiyana, food and bioprocessing graduate student. “That prepared us for this year’s entry.” Fernandes, food science graduate student, said being a part of the product development team was a very exciting experience. "I believe a ll the team members were very enthusiastic, and I credit the guidance of our adviser with the success of the product," Fernandes said. Al-Jorf, food science doctoral student, also agreed that working well as a team contributed to the group's success. “I think the main reason our team received this honor is that we were willing to help each other and open for new ideas for suggestion,” Al-Jorf said. “We modified things many times, and everyone was willing to help accomplish the goal.” Nurhan Dunford, FAPC Oil/Oilseed Chemist and last year's Food Science Club adviser, said she is very impressed and pleased to see the Food Science team win such a prestigious competition this year. “With this experience I am sure they will continue to be successful in future competitions," Dunford said. "We are proud of our team.” The team earned a trip to the Institute of Food Technologists 2005 Annual Meeting and Food Expo in New Orleans, La. in July, where they will showcase their new product at the NASA booth. The team will also present their product and research to NASA scientists and officials at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas in August. “I believe this will open doors for them as young scientists and should help to boost their morale and give them confidence,” Hinds said. “By achieving this honor, the students are bringing with them not only hands-on experience but also scientific skills, creative thinking ability, as well as the ability to work on a team. All of these things are important.”
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MBA Student Earns Scholarship to Marketing Conference
An Oklahoma State University graduate student, Jenfu “D.K.” Yeh, has landed a scholarship that will take him to New York for an intense 5-day training program in direct and interactive marketing. Yeh, a second year graduate student in the Masters in Business Administration program in the Spears School of Business, will join only 10 to 12 other graduate students from around the country who’ve been selected for the specialized training, according to Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, associate professor of marketing. “This is a high-profile conference that will also include 15 to 20 corporate practitioners as well as the graduate students. We are fortunate that we have been able to send a student to the conference the last five of the six times it has been held,” says Chakraborty. Yeh’s scholarship will cover expenses to attend the conference, entitled “Direct Marketing: Managing the Interactive Future,” June 6-10, in Tarrytown, New York, a suburb of New York City. He will be in good company at the conference, according to Chakraborty, Yeh will join fellow graduate students from schools such as Harvard, Yale, Northwestern, NYU, Columbia, Virginia, Duke and Wharton. “It’s a real honor for me to attend the conference and work with other talented students and professionals. I know I’ll come back with the latest in marketing knowledge and hands on business practices that will benefit my career,” says Yeh. “I want to thank Dr. Chakraborty for introducing me to this fantastic field and for providing his guidance and support. I also want to thank all the faculty members who commit their time to teaching, academic advising and career counseling,” he adds. Yeh, who earned his B.S. in International Trade and Finance from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan, expects to graduate with an MBA degree this year. He plans to pursue a career in direct and interactive marketing. The conference is hosted by the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation at the John D. Yeck Center for Advanced Studies in Direct & Interactive Marketing. It is sponsored by L.L. Bean and Target. Caught between Iraq's instability and China's mounting political tensions, Central Asia has erupted as a source of political unrest. Now, one Oklahoma State University researcher will have a chance to do something about it.
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OSU Prof First American Chosen for International Professorship
Theodore Vestal, professor of political science, is the first American honored with the Hiob Ludolf Endowed Professorship, which improves Ethiopian education on current issues, including their influences on the oil industry. Ethiopia holds a valuable geographic position to transport oil from the Middle East to the United States. The professorship takes place at the Institute for Asian and African Studies of Hamburg University. A number of qualified scholars for this professorship were considered, including many American Ethiopianist. “I am humbled to be included in their ranks as a candidate for this position,” said Vestal. Vestal’s summer professorship takes place in Hamburg, Germany. He will teach a graduate course, and give a public address on the diplomacy of Emperor Selassie in the United States. Vestal will also lend some time to working on cultural and social factors that underlie the present political situations in the Ethio-Eritrean area in the Ethiopian Studies Research Unit at Hamburg University. His work, along with other professorship collaborations, will be included in the Encyclopaedia Aethiopica. “This honor is simply part of a string of international marks of distinction garnered by OSU faculty during the past few years,” said Vestal. “Too often these honors do not receive the recognition they deserve on campus and off campus.” Vestal’s professorship continues the partnership with OSU and Ethiopia to improve education, as they did 51 years ago with the establishment of Alemaya University in eastern Ethiopia. “Given the long history of OSU’s connections to Ethiopia, I am honored to be a part of this grand tradition,” said Vestal. “OSU continues to be represented at the highest levels of research and instruction in Ethiopian Studies—all part of the university’s rich heritage in this field.” Professor Vestal has served as the associate director of the Peace Corps in Ethiopia and in the African regional office of Peace Corps in Washington D.C. He has been a consultant to the Ethiopian parliament and testified before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, subcommittee on Africa, U.S. House of Representatives on the changes ahead for Ethiopia. As a Yale, Stanford and Harvard alumnus, Vestal joined OSU in 1988. The Hiob Ludolf Professorship was created in 2003 and founded by the Foundation for the Support of Ethiopian Studies of Hamburg University.
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Former Cowboy standout earns new distance-learning degree
Former Cowboy football standout and academic All-American Kyle Eaton continues to count his accomplishments off the field. The six-foot, eight-inch former offensive lineman is among the first students at Oklahoma State University to receive a distance-learning master’s degree in Family Financial Planning from the College of Human Environmental Sciences (CHES).“One of the things that kept me with the program was the fact that you could take it anywhere,” says Eaton, who has made several moves since he graduated from OSU in 2002. He currently works for Rench and Muir Financial Advisors, Inc., in Denton, Texas.“It took a while to adjust to the lack of face-to-face interaction, but the professors went out of their way to make sure students understood the concepts being taught,” say Eaton.He points to flexibility as another plus for the new distance-learning degree program, which is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA) a consortium of ten universities that includes OSU. “It’s obvious the professors who teach the Family Financial Planning courses realize students have lives and families outside the discussion boards and homework assignments,” says Eaton. “When I first started working full-time, it was tough at times to keep going, but it certainly gave me a lot of admiration and respect for those who are trying to balance a job and family life while earning a degree.”The Zabcikville, Texas native, who graduated in 2002 with a degree in Management Science Information Systems (MSIS), expects his new degree to compliment the skills he gained in data management as an undergrad. “MSIS focuses on organizing raw data to make it useful to the client. The same is generally true for financial planning since we use bank accounts, mortgage, income tax and other information to come up with a financial plan that makes sense for the client. In a nutshell, we evaluate where people are, where they want to go and what they need to do financially to get there.”Eaton hopes to serve as a family financial planner, eventually work his way into financial counseling on a full-time basis and the NFL is not out of the question. Yes, the NFL! Eaton recently read a news report that said, seventy-eight pro football players lost more than $42 million in a recent three-year period. “Many athletes become instant millionaires who are trying to keep their focus on their performance in the sport and not researching investment tips,” says Eaton. There’s a growing push on for certified financial planners for athletes and I think my own athletic background could be a big benefit in that area someday,” he adds. That’s just one possible option for Eaton, who was an academic All-American both his sophomore and senior years in college with a perfect grade-point average all four years. Aside from his athletic and scholastic backgrounds, another advantage for Eaton is the fact that he’s been surrounded by financial wisdom all of his life. Both his grandfather and father are professional financial advisors and his mother is a shrewd money manager. “She’s a kindergarten teacher who put both me and my sister through college, built her first home and paid for it in cash while I was in my sophomore year at OSU,” says Eaton, adding, “she taught me the value of not getting something you want until you have the money to be able to pay for it.”For more information about the new distance learning degrees available through OSU and the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, please contact the Academic Programs and Services Office at CHES at 405-744-9386.
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Governor commends OSU faculty council chairman
During its May 10 meeting, the Oklahoma State University Faculty Council recognized departing members for their years of distinguished service. The honorees included outgoing chairman Lionel Raff, who was awarded a special commendation from Gov. Brad Henry, and former chairwoman Carol Moder. OSU System CEO and President David J. Schmidly presented Raff the governor’s commendation. Raff has admirably served his fellow faculty since being elected council vice chairman in 2003 and becoming chairman one year later, according to Schmidly. Lionel has been presented with many interesting and challenging issues during his tenure,” Schmidly said. “Each time a new issue arose, he very carefully considered all aspects and views, which was evidenced by his thorough responses. appreciated Lionel’s calm and rationale approach throughout all sorts of discussions and am especially pleased to present him this commendation on behalf of Governor Henry,” he said. Raff spearheaded Faculty Council efforts to bring about changes to the retirement benefits program for OSU faculty and staff. The council’s work to improve program options led ultimately to passage of House Bill 2226, the Alternative Retirement Plan for Comprehensive Universities Act. The 2004 legislation was hailed for bringing needed flexibility to retirement investment programs for university employees and allowing the state’s major schools to recruit competitively top faculty and staff. Henry acknowledged Raff as an outstanding Oklahoma scientist and commended his chairmanship of the Faculty Council at OSU, writing, “Your distinguished service is a true reflection of your commitment and dedication to higher education.” Raff, a Regents Professor of chemistry, has been a member of the OSU faculty since 1964. His honors include the Award of Merit from the Oklahoma Academy of Science and the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Award for teaching at a college or university. In 2002, OSU alumni founded an eponymous scholarship in physical chemistry in his honor. The author of the essential textbook, “Principles of Physical Chemistry,” Raff’s research interests include theoretical studies of reaction dynamics and mechanisms and theoretical investigations of gas-solid interactions, gas-phase energy transfer and reaction dynamics in the solid state. Of late, he has collaborated with Ranga Komanduri, Nelson Chair in mechanical engineering, on materials surface polishing and cutting at the nanometric level. Moder, associate professor and head of OSU’s English department, served as vice chairwoman of the Faculty Council from 2002-2003 and chairwoman from 2003-2004. She held the position of past chairwoman this year. Other council members completing posts in 2005 who were recognized during the meeting included Shida Henneberry, Don Murray, Dale Toetz, Alyson Greiner, Dennis Mott, Suzanne Bilbeisi, Andrea Arquitt, Terry Lehenbauer and Jami Fullerton.
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OSU aerospace students repeat as international champs
OklahomaState University again ruled the skies in the nation’s largest aerospace engineering student contest. Independent teams representing OSU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering captured first and second places in the AIAA Student Design/Build/Fly Competition for the second consecutive year. Sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Cessna and the Office of Naval Research, the contest at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., featured 44 university teams from the United States, Canada, Italy, Israel and Turkey. OSU teams have participated in the competition for eight of its nine years, placing first and third in 2001 and first and second in 2004. Simultaneously taking first and second in this contest is an accomplishment no other university can claim, and OSU has now done it two years in a row,” said Dr. Andy Arena, Maciula Professor of engineering at OSU and the teams’ faculty adviser. “Our students’ performance is all the more impressive considering the level of competition and the fact there are 66 accredited aerospace engineering programs in the United States.” The contest requires students to design and fabricate an unmanned, electric-powered, radio-controlled aircraft to accomplish specified flight mission objectives and then demonstrate its capabilities. The missions are updated each year, but the goal remains a design that balances quality handling with high performance and may be manufactured practically and affordably. This year you could choose from three separate missions, but your plane had to perform two of them,” said mechanical and aerospace engineering senior Nick Wilson, chief engineer for the first-place team, OSU Black. “Both of our teams decided to focus on the categories that offered the most potential points, the internal and external payload missions.” The payload was two lengths of plastic pipe, each weighted to three pounds and carried within the plane’s fuselage or on its wingtips. The timed, internal mission was divided into four flight segments. Between each loaded and unloaded sortie, a flight crew scrambled out onto the tarmac and removed or restored the cargo with the aircraft remaining grounded until they all returned to a designated area. The clock ultimately stopped following the final, unloaded sortie when the flight crew ran onto the runway, disassembled the aircraft and stowed it in a case. Payloads were carried on the plane’s wingtips during the external mission. As the aircraft taxied on the runway between a loaded and unloaded sortie, the pipes had to be released by remote and dropped in respective, designated zones. The mission was also timed and concluded when a flight crew disassembled its plane. “The technical difficulty is significant because the payload almost weighs as much as your aircraft,” Wilson said. “Especially challenging this year was carrying the payload on the wingtips because that introduced flight handling problems and made it really hard to taxi after you released one of the pipes.”Final scores were determined with a formula that combined flight mission scores; a rated aircraft cost assessment based on plane size and design and construction man-hours; and a technical report score. OSU Black took first with 301 points, and OSU Orange scored 298. Third-place Washington State University scored 253 points.While differing in shape, propulsion specifications, undercarriage design and payload carrying, handling and release capability, OSU’s entries were both fiber composite, conventional body planes weighing approximately 7.5 pounds. Both teams used the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology’s Design and Manufacturing Laboratory and wind tunnel and the Perry airfield of The Charles Machine Works Inc. “Even though he lives in Guthrie, our pilot Dan Bierly comes up and flies our planes for us at Ditch Witch’s runway, and all the extra practice probably gives us a big advantage over a lot of teams,” said Wilson, who has accepted a job with Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth. “Much of our success can also be attributed to the work Professor Arena’s done to make sure we have top-notch facilities here.” “The DML is our biggest resource in terms of what we can produce. It’s where we do all of our fabrication, construction and assembly, and both teams have separate design rooms where we do the majority of our work,” he said. The students complete their entries as semester-long projects in the aerospace engineering senior design course. Headed by a chief engineer and divided among aerodynamics, structures and propulsion groups, the teams act as small companies.“Few of us have experienced anything that will prepare us for professional employment like this class and competition,” said mechanical and aerospace engineering senior and OSU Orange chief engineer Ronya Rolen. “We’ve had to go back and reference everything we’ve learned and put it to work on one major project.”“We designed a plane for a competition, built it and placed second. You really can’t get better preparation to go out into industry than that,” said Rolen, who will work in Tulsa for American Airlines. OSU’s success hasn’t gone unnoticed by the aerospace industry. North Texas-based L-3 hired five students from OSU’s 2004 first- and second-place teams, including both chief engineers. Several firms have become team sponsors, and recruiters for others spend evenings with students at the DML, sharing pizza and their company pitches. By February or March most students are weighing a number of employment offers from the competitive companies, while others are waiting at the contest, according to Arena. “They weren’t sponsors, but people from NAVAIR were at the competition watching, and when it was over, they came up and asked our students if any of them wanted to interview for jobs,” Arena said.
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