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OSU Body Armor Program Saves Iraq War Vets Lives, Limbs
Congressman Ernest Istook (R-Warr Acres) joined representatives from Oklahoma State University and other federal officials in unveiling cutting edge body armor technology designed to save the lives and limbs of American soldiers fighting in the War on Terror.
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-body-armor-program-saves-iraq-war-vets-lives-limbs
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Mechanical engineering junior becomes OSU latest Goldwater Scholar
Melinda Hale, a mechanical and aerospace engineering junior at OSU, has been named a Goldwater Scholar. The national distinction recognizes undergraduates with aspirations in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.
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Mechanical engineering junior becomes OSU latest Goldwater Scholar
STILLWATER - Melinda Hale, a mechanical and aerospace engineering junior at OSU, has been named a Goldwater Scholar. The national distinction recognizes undergraduates with aspirations in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. A native of Fishkill, N.Y., Hale is the 13th OSU student to receive the honor. “There is no better affirmation to the quality of our students and the education they are receiving than for our best to compete successfully with the nation’s best for prestigious scholarships like the Goldwater,” said OSU System CEO and President David Schmidly. “I congratulate Melinda on this special accomplishment and also want to commend her professors, advisers and all those who help our students reach their goals.” At age 18, Hale is also the university’s youngest Goldwater Scholar. “I came to OSU at age 16,” said Hale, who is in her second year in OSU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Home-schooled until she completed high school at age 13, Hale attended Duchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., near her parents’ home before enrolling at OSU. In addition to prerequisite math and science courses, the school afforded her the opportunity to take an array of arts and humanities classes that typically cannot be squeezed into an engineering degree track. The three years there was also enough time for her to turn 16. “The main reason I waited those three years was I had to have a driver’s license before coming to Stillwater,” Hale said. Hale was recruited by a number of prestigious institutions. She maintained a family tradition in opting to attend the state’s university. Originally from Jenks, her parents Michael and Patricia Hale are both alumni. “My dad studied mechanical engineering here and went on a got his master’s and doctorate from MIT,” Hale said. “My mom got her bachelor’s here in management information systems and her master’s from Boston University.” “I had been looking at colleges in the Northeast, but when I came to visit, Dr. [Larry] Hoberock, the head of the mechanical engineering department, gave me a personal tour and showed me around the labs and research facilities,” she said. “Even though OSU is a large state school, they still take the time to show individual attention to students, and I appreciated that.” Selection for the Goldwater Scholarship, which provides up to $7,500 per year, is based on academic potential - an evaluation of transcript, grade point average and reference letters - and research acumen. Hale’s application centered on her internship in summer 2005 at IBM’s Hudson Valley Research Center in Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Assigned to determine the cause of malfunctioning computer chips produced at the plant, she devised and conducted a series of experiments to test an insulation layer upgrade to the chip wafers. Aspects of Hale’s research results, which included proposed potential methods to eliminate the defect, were used to solve the manufacturing problem. She acknowledges that her selection for the Goldwater Scholarship is attributable largely to the quality of education she is receiving at OSU. “The fact OSU has had so many Goldwater winners shows that it competes on the national level with other engineering schools,” Hale said. “The faculty here are very dedicated to what they do, and that dedication produces an education that I think rivals more respected, big-name engineering schools.” Established in 1989 in honor of the late Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, the Goldwater Scholarship program selects just 300 recipients each year from as many as 3,000 applicants. In addition to Hale, Michael Gamble, an OSU junior from Ponca City studying chemical engineering, received an honorable mention in this year’s competition. “Both Michael and Melinda have established exceptional academic resumes and, just as importantly, have challenged themselves to conduct research at a high level during their stays at OSU and on summer assignments,” said Dr. Robert Graalman, director of OSU’s Scholar Development and Recognition office. “Both have the potential to become outstanding professionals in their fields.”
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/mechanical-engineering-junior-becomes-osu-latest-goldwater-scholar
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Dallas Engineer Endows $1M Scholarship Through Estate
STILLWATER, OKLA. – Grateful for the experiences he encountered during his 40+ years after graduation, Oklahoma State University alumnus Michael Harris and his wife Patricia provided $1 million for OSU in their estate plan to create the Michael Harris Endowed Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering.  Harris hopes the gift will encourage future OSU students to pursue an excellent education and world-class business opportunities.    “Our gift will not be the largest the Foundation receives by any means, but our hope is that it may help a good student that needs some financial assistance stay in school and finish their degree,” Harris said.  “Scholarships like we are setting up might have helped me if I had encountered financial problems at that point in my education.” Although Harris and his wife included provisions to support OSU in their wills 25 years ago, they only recently designated their planned gift to support a scholarship endowment they believe will have the greatest impact on students.   “We were excited to help the Harris’ put in place an arrangement that will benefit engineering students for generations to come,” said Gary Clark, OSU Foundation Vice President and General Counsel.  “Planned gifts, such as the one provided by the Harris family, are essential to the future of OSU.  We are so grateful for the many OSU alums who have made the decision to give back to the university.” At the encouragement of a coworker, Harris enrolled at OSU in 1960 after serving in the Army Reserve.  After graduating with a mechanical engineering degree in 1966, Harris began working for Phillips Petroleum as a project engineer.  He was stationed in Bartlesville, New York state, the North Sea, Venezuela and Dallas before retiring.  Harris credits his successful career and world travel to time spent at OSU.   “The School of Mechanical Engineering gave me confidence to function as an engineer by applying our newly learned skills before graduating,” Harris said.  “Learning to ask faculty and staff for their help and insights in achieving my own goals established an approach to dealing with projects that I use to this day.” The Michael Harris Endowed Scholarship benefits junior or senior level mechanical engineering students in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.   “We are glad to be in a position to help both individual students and OSU,” Harris said.  “Hopefully the students who benefit from the scholarship will realize the importance of making similar gifts, and will continue to support OSU.”   Mike and Patty Harris reside in the Dallas area, enjoy frequent international travel and actively participate in OSU events.      The OSU Foundation is grateful to the Harris family for their loyal support of Oklahoma State University.  Planned gifts like the Harris’ are vital to OSU’s future and provide lasting support for the university.  Their gift creates a legacy that will endure at OSU in a very prominent way.   The Oklahoma State University Foundation serves as the private fundraising organization for OSU, as designated by the OSU Regents.  Its mission is to unite donor and university passions and priorities to achieve excellence. For more information on the OSU Foundation, log on to www.osuf.org <http://www.osuf.org/> or call 800.622.4678. 
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/dallas-engineer-endows-1m-scholarship-through-estate
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Director of USAID Liberia to speak at OSU Tomorrow
Stillwater, OK – March 29, 2006 – The OSU School of International Studies will host Dr. Wilbur Thomas, Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Liberia, on Thursday, March 30 at 3:30 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center room 108. Dr. Thomas will deliver a lecture entitled “Transformational Diplomacy in Post-Conflict Countries: The Case of Liberia.” Dr. Thomas has served with distinction as USAID’s Office Director for Southern African Affairs, USAID’s Mission Director to Guinea, USAID’s Mission Director to Burkina Faso, and USAID’s Deputy Director to Mali. From 2001-2004, Dr. Thomas served as the Provost for Langston University’s urban campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In September 2004, Dr. Thomas accepted a recall appointment for his second tenure with USAID in his current position as Director of the USAID/Liberia program. He has worked throughout Sub-Saharan Africa on more than 50 major projects and programs including: agricultural sector assistance and famine early warning systems in Niger; basic education sector assistance in Mali and Guinea; community health delivery systems in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea; rural enterprise development in Mali and Guinea; and democracy/governance and election assistance programs in Guinea and Liberia. Dr. Thomas holds an M.A. in Public Administration from Syracuse University (1984), an M.S. and PhD in Animal Science from the University of Illinois (1975 and 1977), and a B.S. in Agriculture from Oklahoma State University (1968). Dr. Thomas speaks French, Vietnamese, and Bambara. The Wes Watkins Center is located at the intersection of Hall of Fame and Washington on the OSU-Stillwater campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. The mission of the School of International Studies is to provide a university-wide focus to expand international opportunities in instruction, research, and outreach for individuals and organizations seeking a greater understanding and involvement in international affairs. The School is part of the Office of International Education and Outreach, which helps carry out the University’s mission of providing educational programs and services beyond traditional campus boundaries. The School of International Studies coordinates academic programs and opportunities with colleges and departments system wide. School components include the International Bureaus, English Language Institute, Study Abroad, a Peace Corps recruiting office, Fulbright Information Center, Mexico Liaison Office, Phi Beta Delta, and a Graduate Program offering an M.S. and Certificate in International Studies and the Master’s International Peace Corps degree. More than 145 OSU faculty members participate in School activities. For information: http://ieo.okstate.edu or Contact: nancy.wilkinson@okstate.edu Phone: (405)744-7693
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/director-usaid-liberia-speak-osu-tomorrow
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Statement Regarding Student Diagnosed with Meningitis
OSU released the following statement from Tim Eaton regarding his daughter Timber Eaton, Oklahoma State University student diagnosed last week with meningitis:  “Timber is making steady recovery and her doctors tell us she is entering the recovery stage.  Her condition has stabilized but remains critical.  We appreciate the prayers and thoughts so many have offered our family.  Timber has a long road ahead, but we can’t express our joy at her recovery thus far,” Tim Eaton said.  In addition, OSU announced that a fund has been set up for Timber Eaton and her family at BancFirst.  The fund will help the Eaton family with immediate and future financial needs in connection to Timber’s illness and recovery.  Checks should be written to Timber Eaton Fund.  Deposits can be made at any BancFirst location across Oklahoma.  
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/statement-regarding-student-diagnosed-meningitis
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Watkins, Fulbright and Powell honored with Bennett Fellows
Stillwater, OK -- Today at the Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship hosted by the OSU School of International Studies, Former U.S. Representative Wes Watkins was designated a Henry G. Bennett Fellow.  Featured speaker Ms. Harriet Mayor Fulbright, Chair of the Fulbright International Center, was designated an Honorary Henry G. Bennett Fellow. The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows Program provides a source of intellectual capital upon which the colleges of Oklahoma State University can draw to better understand and address global issues.  Fellows are world-renowned individuals who hold or have held high-profile positions, and have made outstanding contributions to the understanding of global issues.  Both the Bennett Fellow and the Honorary Bennett Fellow serve as intellectual assets to Oklahoma State University. Former Congressman Watkins and Ms. Fulbright join a distinguished group of Bennett Fellows including the most recent inductee former U.S. Secretary of State, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.).  On Tuesday, March 21 General Powell gave a lecture entitled, “Leadership: Taking Charge” to audiences in Tulsa and Oklahoma City at the Tulsa Business Forums and the Oklahoma City Executive Management Briefings.  General Powell was presented with the Honorary Henry G. Bennett Fellow certificate and medallion by Dr. Greg Mosier, Interim Dean of the OSU William S. Spears School of Business. Former U.S. Representative Wes Watkins is one of Oklahoma’s most prominent and devoted public servants.  Congressman Watkins, an OSU graduate of the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, is committed to international education, trade, and economic development.  He has also been instrumental in obtaining funding for the Wes Watkins Center, the Advanced Technology Research Center at OSU and the Oklahoma Research and Technology Park in Stillwater. He has established a vocational education system, an agricultural research center and a small business finance center in southeast Oklahoma. Congressman Watkins has received the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award, served on the OSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, and has been president of the Higher Education Alumni Council of Oklahoma.  He is a member of the OSU Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Ms. Fulbright has spent much of her life working in arts education and in the promotion of international peace.  Early in her career, she taught English and art in the U.S., Korea, and Russia.  After her marriage to the late Senator William J. Fulbright of Arkansas she became Cofounder and President of the Center for Arts in the Basic Curriculum, speaking around the country about the importance of the arts and training teachers to incorporate arts into regular curriculum.  In 1997 she was appointed Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts.  Currently, Ms. Fulbright’s highest priority is the establishment of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center to promote world peace and nonviolent means of resolving conflicts through international collaborations and educational programs.  She has a BA from Radcliffe College, an MFA from The George Washington University, and several honorary degrees. The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellows Program is named for the former president of Oklahoma State University who made outstanding contributions to the University, higher education, and people worldwide.  Dr. Bennett served as President of Oklahoma A&M College, now known as Oklahoma State University, from 1928 until 1950.    In January of 1949 U.S. President Harry S. Truman outlined a program for peace and freedom, the fourth point of which was “to embark on a bold new program for making the benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of the underdeveloped areas.”  This idea was incorporated into what became known as the Point Four Program that provided developing nations with technical assistance in education, public health, industry, and agriculture.  On November 4, 1950 President Truman appointed Dr. Bennett to be Assistant Secretary of State in charge of the Point Four Program.  President Bennett traveled extensively throughout the world and established more than 105 projects in 33 nations.  He died tragically in a plane crash while serving on a Point Four Program assignment in Iran in 1951.  Today the Point Four Program is known as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In addition to Congressman Watkins, Ms. Fulbright, and General Powell; inductees of the Program include: Dr. Lawrence L. Boger, OSU Emeritus President; Dr. Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., TIAA-CREF Overseer and Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State; Dr. Dell Felder, Former Provost and Vice President of Zayed University, U.A.E. and Rand Education Associate; Richard L. Boger, Chairman and CEO of Lex-Tek International, Inc.; and Dr. Duck Woo Nam, OSU Alumnus and Former Prime Minister of Korea.    
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/watkins-fulbright-and-powell-honored-bennett-fellows
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OSU lifts moratorium on black social organizations' events and endorses new safety policies
STILLWATER, OK- After discussions between Oklahoma State University, NAACP representatives and students, OSU has endorsed new standard operating procedures for events held by groups who are part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. One successful event has already taken place under the new policy.  The examination of these procedures outlined by Oklahoma State University was prompted by the shooting death of a University of Oklahoma student and the injury of an OSU and two Langston students earlier this year at an off campus function hosted by an OSU NPHC fraternity.   “Following the January tragedy the university placed a moratorium on the scheduling of dances and stepshows held in the Student Union so that we could examine the operation of these events and improve the safety of the students,” said Lee Bird, OSU Vice President of Student Affairs. OSU also announced that the Oklahoma Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha is taking a leadership role in conducting a “Stop the Violence” campaign across the Big 12 Conference.  The group is coordinating the effort with the Big 12 Council on Black Student Government. “Part of the campaign will include a series of programs and initiatives that will be established on the campus of OSU,” said Mitchell McCowan, Vice President of Alpha Phi Alpha at OSU.  “These programs are going to be designed to educate our campus community and other groups on proactive measures that must be taken in order to reduce violence involving college students.” “Our organization is enthusiastic about working collaboratively with community leaders, students and the university administration to be proactive in developing solutions to the problems that led to the tragic events in January,” said McCowan. During the moratorium, OSU officials discussed with students ways to strengthen the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) procedures for dances and parties.  This document is made-up of 30 criteria these groups must follow before, during and after the events. The Stillwater Chapter of the NAACP joins OSU in supporting the revised policy allowing NPHC parties to return to the Student Union. “The new policy promotes greater safety and accountability,” said William Carter, President of the Stillwater Chapter of the NAACP. There are eight groups associated with the NPHC on the OSU campus. Ival Gregory, OSU Office of Fraternities and Sororities Manager, says six of the groups have signed and agreed to abide by the criteria set out in the new standards and procedures.  “Those organizations that have not signed the agreement will not be allowed to hold events in the OSU Student Union,” Gregory said.  “We are continuing to discuss the issue with those groups.” Bird said, “While it is important these organizations are allowed to keep their independence as individual groups, it is also important they meet academic and behavioral standards and follow procedures set out by the university to ensure the safety of not only the OSU students who are involved but the safety of all those who might attend these functions.”  
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-lifts-moratorium-black-social-organizations-events-and-endorses-new-safety-policies
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Gov. Henry Appoints Calvin Anthony to OSU Board of Regents
Oklahoma City – Gov. Brad Henry today announced the appointment of Calvin Anthony to the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges. The board is the governing body for Oklahoma State University, Langston University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Connors State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, and Northeastern Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, Gov. Henry praised the 61–year-old Anthony, a longtime Stillwater pharmacist and current chairman of the board of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. “Calvin Anthony will be a tremendous addition to the Board of Regents,” the Governor said. “As a longtime champion of excellence in education, he possesses all the qualifications that are certain to make him an outstanding regent. Calvin Anthony has the intellect, experience and bold vision to help the colleges and universities governed by the board to achieve even greater heights.” Anthony served two terms in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives and is a former mayor of Stillwater. A past president of the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in 1968 and has earned recognition as one of the leading independent pharmacists in the nation.
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/gov-henry-appoints-calvin-anthony-osu-board-regents
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OSU fields half the semifinalists in statewide Governor's Cup competition
Six OSU teams have earned a place among the 12 undergraduate semifinalists vying for $104,000 in cash prizes in the statewide Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition.      Dr. Joe Wilkie, associate professor of business administration, OSU-OKC, is faculty adviser for four of the six teams, which will make their oral presentations in the final phase of the competition on April 7 in Oklahoma City. Dr. Tom Brown, Ardmore professor of business administration and associate professor of marketing, OSU-Stillwater, and Eve Dobkins-Ash, OSU-Tulsa are the advisers for the other semifinalist teams. To reach the semifinals, each team submits a business plan for seed, start-up or early-stage venture and addresses all phases of the plan, including implementation. The plan is evaluated by a panel of judges representing a wide array of industries including successful entrepreneurs, professional services providers, venture capitalists and angel investors.       The following is a list of OSU semifinalist teams with the title of their business plan along with a short description of their start-up.   Undergraduate Division Semifinalists from OSU APF : Oklahoma State University – OKC; faculty adviser: Joe Wilkie; students:  Sean E. Choate, team leader; and James D. Clanahan. American Pet Finders offers the safest and most innovative GPS tracking for animals, which includes an implant, hand held devices, and services offered with product. Backhouse Professionals: Oklahoma State University – Tulsa; faculty adviser: Eve Dobkins-Ash; student:  Daniel Regan, team leader. Backhouse Professionals was created with the intent of helping home owners generate long-term positive cash flow as well as help blighted neighborhoods clean up and reinvent their image. Cold Bottle Designs: Oklahoma State University – Stillwater; faculty adviser: Dr. Tom Brown; students: Joseph Pruitt, team leader; and Blake Ferrell. Cold Bottle Designs unique technology offers an environmentally friendly disposable bottle for the beverage industry that provides up to 150 percent added insulation with no additional manufacturing costs.   Detect First, Inc.: Oklahoma State University – OKC; faculty adviser: Joe Wilkie; students:  Robert W. Kuester, team leader; and Brett Beesley. Detect First, Inc. was formed to develop processes for production of next generation infrared detection components used in military, biomedical, safety, and quality control equipments. Enhanced Optics, Inc.: Oklahoma State University – OKC; faculty adviser: Joe Wilkie; students:  Dustin White, team leader; Cody Haddock, and Brian Collier. Enhanced Optics, Inc. provides an innovative and technologically superior optic device for the United States Department of Defense and the law enforcement community.  Accu-Shot is a combination range finder and rifle scope in one innovative unit capable of calculating distance, wind direction and speed to ensure accuracy. Intellitech: Oklahoma State University – OKC; faculty adviser:  Joe Wilkie; student:  Jeffrey Johnson, team leader. Intellitech has developed the concept of an Electronic Personal Fitness Training Device (iFitness), which is an iPod personal fitness trainer with heart rate monitor. This software and peripheral device will replace conventional fitness instructors with personalized exercise workouts on the Apple iPod mp3 player. In the upcoming final phase of the competition, each team will have 20 minutes to present its business plan and another 20 minutes fielding questions from the judges. The undergraduate finalists will be announced during the Governor’s Cup reception to be held at the Presbyterian Health Foundation Conference Center the evening of April 7.      An awards gala, honoring the winning teams in both undergraduate and graduate divisions will be held April 20. The first place team in each division will receive $20,000 cash, second place $10,000, and third place $5,000. Advisers also will receive a cash award.       For reservation information for the April 7 reception or to purchase tickets for the April 20 awards gala, contact Sarah Seagraves, director of marketing, i2E, Inc., at (405) 235-2305 or e-mail sseagraves@i2E.org. Complete program information can be found at www.dwrgovernorscup.org.  
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-fields-half-semifinalists-statewide-governors-cup-competition
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