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Spears inducted into hall of fame
Dr. Greg Mosier, interim dean of the Spears School of Business, presents the 2005 Hall of Fame award to the school’s namesake, Dr. Williams S. Spears during a banquet and ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11. Spears is a successful entrepreneur, who established Energy Education, Inc., in 1986. His copyrighted energy conservation system has saved more than 600 school districts more than $1 billion in energy expenses
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OSU student leads National FFA Organization
By Courtney Hentges Becoming president of a national organization with more than 490,000 members is a lofty goal for a small town Oklahoman who graduated high school with around 30 students.              For Travis Jett, agribusiness, pre-law junior from Laverne, Okla., that goal became a reality on Oct. 29, when he was named president of the National FFA Organization at the 78th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. “When I was a young FFA member, I always knew I wanted to be a state officer,” Jett said.  “I thought that being a national officer was out of reach.  However, after serving as an Oklahoma FFA state officer, I realized that being a national officer was attainable and a great opportunity.” Jett said that his experiences at OSU, where he serves on the Homecoming Steering Committee, Speaker’s Board, President’s Leadership Council, and is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, have helped in prepare for his role at national president. “Interviewing for clubs at OSU has helped me because a large portion of the selection process for national FFA president was interviews,” Jett said. Nominees for national offices must submit an in-depth application to the National FFA Organization, detailing their accomplishments and contributions to the community and complete an essay explaining why they wish to be elected to the position.  Then candidates participate in six rounds of interviews, take an in-depth written test on the organization and agricultural topics and complete a writing exercise.Jett is one of six individuals elected to hold national office from a field of 37 candidates. To begin his presidential duties, Jett said he must finish his schoolwork by Thanksgiving. He will then take a year off of school to travel the country meeting with FFA members, agriculture teachers and FFA supporters, as well as top business, government and education leaders in approximately 40 states.  He will also participate in an international experience tour to Japan. “I really enjoy college, but I realize this is a tremendous opportunity for my personal growth and leadership,” Jett said.  “I’ll miss being at Oklahoma State, but I know there will be plenty of opportunities here when I return.”
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OSU opens first out-of-state office in key Dallas/Fort Worth market
STILLWATER -- With two million more people than the state of Oklahoma, the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area has been selected as the site for the first out-of-state regional office for Oklahoma State University. OSU administrators and area alumni will unveil the Dallas office at opening ceremony and celebration on Nov. 7. “We selected Dallas as the first site for a regional office because Dallas/Fort Worth is our largest out-of-state market for current students and has unlimited potential for growth,” said OSU System CEO and President David J. Schmidly. “We’re excited to offer Texas a ‘brighter orange’. With nearly six million people, and located only 270 miles from Stillwater, the Dallas/ Fort Worth area is a natural market for OSU.” This year’s OSU enrollment includes 1,669 Texas students, including 615 students from the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. The OSU Dallas Regional Office at Dallas Lincoln Centre, located in Suite 390 at 5420 L.B.J. Freeway, will house two full-time recruiters who will work with students who want more information about attending OSU. Also working from the suite will be Kathy Wilson, who will represent the OSU Foundation, OSU Alumni Association and Career Services. “Our regional office will strengthen our recruiting, fund raising, career services and alumni efforts in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area,” Schmidly said. “Various areas of the university will partner to strengthen our ability to show everything OSU has to offer the people of North Texas.” In a letter to OSU, Dallas mayor Laura Miller said, “It is an exciting day for us – we recognize that a world-class city needs to have a strong presence from world-class universities – and I believe that OSU opening recruiting and alumni offices in our city is a step in the right direction.” A reception and brief program will feature Schmidly; Dr. Bill Ivy, interim vice president of enrollment management; Kirk Jewell, president and CEO of the OSU Foundation; and Dr. Jerry Gill, executive director of the OSU Alumni Association. Tours of the new office will be given prior to and after the program. The investment in the Dallas office has been needed for some time, Schmidly said, due to the large numbers of alumni and students in the area. According to the latest figures of the OSU Alumni Association, nearly 11,000 active OSU alumni live in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area, a number that continues to increase each year. OSU also awards a significant amount of scholarship aid to students from the Dallas/ Fort Worth area each year, according to Ivy, with area students averaging approximately $3,455 a year in scholarship funds. Dr. Amjad Ayoubi, director of OSU Career Services, sees this expansion as an opportunity to diversify the employment base for OSU students from Texas who return to their home state after graduation and seek employment in the area. “Our plans include diversifying our employer base in the area, and we have launched an ambitious project to recruit 3,000 new employers to hire our students,” he said. “This office will allow us to continue to expand our relationships with employers in the area, including our long-term relationship with the defense industry.” A new chapter of the OSU Parents Association is set to begin this fall in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. Fran Gragg, coordinator of the association, has been working for several months with parents of OSU students from the Dallas area, many of whom are OSU alumni themselves. “We have had numerous requests from parents of current students and alumni with children who plan to attend OSU in the future, who want a stronger connection to OSU in Texas, and have asked us to set up a chapter,” she said.
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Transit Systems Commemorate Rosa Parks on Wednesday, Nov. 2
Stillwater, Okla. – Public transit systems throughout the United States will recognize the passing of Rosa Parks on Wednesday, November 2, 2005, by placing a black ribbon on the first seat in all of THE BUS vehicles. This action is in keeping with efforts coordinated by the American Public Transit Association and the NAACP to recognize Ms. Parks’ contribution to racial equality in public transportation. Rosa Parks, 92, whose refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in Montgomery, Ala., on Dec. 1, 1955, sparked a year-long bus boycott in the city and propelled her to prominence as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement," died Oct. 24 in Detroit, where she had lived since 1957. THE BUS (the OSU/Stillwater community transit system) is free for OSU students, faculty and staff. Fares for Stillwater residents range from $0.50 for the general public to $0.25 for elderly, disabled and persons under 18 for a one-way trips. Currently, nine transit routes are serving locations on the OSU campus and throughout the Stillwater community. Seven day-time routes run from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and two night-time routes run from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Service operates Monday through Friday. For more information about the transit system, route schedules and maps, visit or call 744-2832.
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Economic growth projected from improvements at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
STILLWATER – A climb in national rankings combined with an aggressive marketing campaign, clinic expansion and hospital stability equals an economic boom for Oklahoma, according to Dr. John Fernandes, president and dean of the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. Fernandes outlined a five-year campus growth plan today for the OSU A&M Board of Regents. Fernandes highlighted key factors for economic success including building on the medical school’s 2,000 plus physician graduates with an assertive recruitment and retention campaign. Fulfilling the needs of the millennial generation was noted essential by creating an optimal learning environment where technology and faculty are readily accessible. Fernandes also emphasized consistent “best of” rankings from US News & World Report – challenging alumni, students and faculty to be in the top five for rural health and top ten for family medicine by the year 2010. Stabilization of Tulsa Regional Medical Center was touted a top priority. A state legislative commission is currently looking at recommendations for a long-term purchase/lease agreement for the hospital where the majority of OSU doctors train. “Studies show that a physician generates $1 million annually in his or her community,” said Fernandes. “Keeping the rural physician pipeline open in Oklahoma is imperative for a healthy future.” Fernandes said the Center for Health Sciences currently operates four clinics in Tulsa treating more than 100,000 patients, mainly the sick and poor. That number is expected to reach 175,000 lives treated within the next five years. Tobacco tax receipts along with expanding practice plan revenue will produce new growth for the campus which currently generates $123 million annually for Tulsa’s economy. OSU medical resident training programs bring an additional $28 million per year to our state.
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OSU Board Approves Personnel Actions
The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents approved several personnel actions during its Oct. 28 meeting at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Dr. Jonathan V. Edelson, professor and interim head, was named head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. He joined the OSU faculty in 1989 as an associate professor of entomology and director of the Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Lane. Prior to that, he served seven years on the entomology faculty at Texas A&M. He is president of the Society of Southwestern Entomologists, serves on the advisory panel of the Southern Region Pest Management Center, and is active in the Entomological Society of America and the Southern Region Education/Extension and Research Activity-Information Exchange Group. He received his B.S. degree in fisheries from the University of Missouri, and his M.S. and Ph.D in entomology from Auburn University. In other regents’ action, Gregory A. Campbell was named associate professor and chief pathologist, action grants tenure, for the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab; Perry J. Gethner, professor and head of the Department of Foreign Languages, was appointed Norris Professor; and Sue L. Bonner had a title change from personnel specialist to director, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources human resources. Damona Doye, Regents Professor and Extension economist in agricultural economics, was approved for a sabbatical from Jan. 1-June 30, 2006. The 100 percent sabbatical will be used to survey literature and current research, adapt/interpret results for Oklahoma production systems, evaluate feasibility of alternative production systems and develop material for a website, at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. For the OSU Center for Health Sciences, appointments were approved for Gary L. Slick as vice president for academic affairs, senior associate dean and professor, obstetrics and gynecology; Larry L. Ellis Jr., clinical assistant professor, osteopathic manipulative medicine; and Adolfo Garnica, clinical associate professor, pediatrics.
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Dr. Gary Slick named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma State University Center for He
STILLWATER -- Longtime physician and educator Dr. Gary Slick has been appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs and Senior Associate Dean at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. The announcement was made today at the meeting of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents. Dr. Slick, who comes from Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM), has extensive experience in the day-to-day operations of a medical school and residency programs. During his 20-year tenure at CCOM, he served as Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, Program Director of the Residency Program and Associate Dean of Medical Education. A 1969 graduate of the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Slick completed his internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital, now named Tulsa Regional Medical Center (TRMC). He then completed a Fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Iowa. In 1974 he joined Michigan State University as Associate Clinical Professor and became Director of the Clinical Clerkship Program at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital. “Dr. Slick’s vast knowledge of teaching medical students and managing residency programs will be invaluable for OSU as we work with the state legislature to stabilize our physician training programs at TRMC,” says Dr. John Fernandes, president and dean of the Center for Health Sciences. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Slick’s skills and passion to help produce outstanding physicians for Oklahoma and beyond.” On the national level, Dr. Slick served as Executive Director and Chairman of the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and President of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. He was editorial reviewer for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association for more than 16 years.
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New Don Nickles Fellowship Program Allows OSU Students to Intern on Capitol Hill
STILLWATER -- A fellowship program that honors former Oklahoma senator and Oklahoma State University graduate Don Nickles will make Congressional internships attainable for students at his alma mater, it was announced at today’s OSU/A&M Board of Regents meeting. The Don Nickles Fellowship Program has been established to give OSU scholars the opportunity to experience the political and legislative landscape in Washington, D.C. Fellowship recipients will intern in one of the Oklahoma congressional offices. “This program has graciously been established through the Don Nickles Fellowship Program to give students the learning experience of a lifetime,” said OSU System CEO and President David Schmidly. “We are extremely proud of what Sen. Nickles has accomplished in his career and what he means to OSU. “We truly appreciate the leadership and education experience Sen. Nickles is providing our students,” Schmidly said. “It is another opportunity for the world to see the quality students Oklahoma State University is producing everyday.” In this inaugural year for the program, seven internship positions are offered in the fall, summer and spring semesters. Full-time sophomores and juniors with diverse academic and career interests and a minimum 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply. In addition to the experience of working on Capitol Hill, fellowship recipients will receive a stipend for travel and living expenses and may earn academic credit. The program is enthusiastically supported by the OSU administration, and a task force of administrators has been organized to promote the program to students and help identify potential fellows. The program is an opportunity for students to proudly represent OSU and the state of Oklahoma, according to Joe Alexander, who leads OSU federal initiatives and is director of the Don Nickles Fellowship Program. “There is no greater place to learn about our nation and our government than in the nation’s capital,” Alexander said. “This program will allow our fellows to see the day-to-day workings of our government and provide them the chance to rub shoulders with America’s leaders. And it is a fabulous way to showcase our students to the rest of the nation.” The Don Nickles Fellowship Program is funded by the Don Nickles Fellowship Endowment, managed by the Oklahoma State University Foundation. The endowment is funded through generous contributions by friends of former Sen. Nickles and university alumni and supporters. Fellowship application packets are available at the OSU Center for Innovation and Economic Development in the Wes Watkins Center on OSU’s Stillwater campus. Applicants must have two letters of recommendation, including one from an OSU faculty member. The deadline for the upcoming spring session is Nov. 1. Former Sen. Nickles, a proud OSU alumnus, served as an Oklahoma senator for 24 years. In that time, he served as the chairman of the Republican Senatorial Committee, chairman of the Republican Policy Committee and as Assistant Republican Leader for eight years. Nickles retired from the Senate in January 2005 and now heads up The Nickles Group, which provides strategic advice, policy development and political execution for clients seeking to engage in the federal legislative or executive process. In other action, the Regents approved naming the Stillwater residence of OSU System CEO and President David J. Schmidly “The Willham House” in honor of former President Oliver S. Willham. The recommendation was made by President and Mrs. Schmidly. No funding needs have been required for this request. The Willham House is only the second official university-owned home for the president in the history of OSU. The university’s first president’s home was built in 1917 on the site that now holds the Bennett Memorial Chapel. That home was torn down in 1952, and the university did not own a residence for the first family until 1962, when the current home was built at 1600 N. Washington. At the time the home on Washington was built, the estimated cost of the house was $60,000. Three-fourths of the cost of constructing that home was considered a personal contribution from President and Mrs. Willham. The Willhams had lived in their own home since he had been named president in January 1952, and had never used the $400 set aside each month by the board for operating expenses of his official residence, nor had he used the maintenance funds.
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CEAT Hall of Fame to Welcome Computer, Construction Entrepreneurs
The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University will induct a pair of entrepreneurial icons into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 28. Oklahoma construction magnate James Cummins and Gordon E. Eubanks Jr., a Silicon Valley pioneer and software industry guru, will be honored during a ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center. They bring to 76 the number of distinguished professionals recognized by the CEAT since its Hall of Fame was established in 1954. H. E. Cummins and Sons Construction Co., originally a commercial, industrial and public building firm in Enid, became a reputable heavy contractor during the post-war era with a series of monumental projects. Work on Tulsa’s Keystone expressway and the Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam on the Arkansas River preceded construction of the largest bridges in Oklahoma at the time, including spans across the Arkansas and Red Rivers and the overhead I-40 expressway in Oklahoma City. Arrowhead Dam southeast of Wichita Falls – stretching 3.2 miles from one abutment to the other and featuring a spillway the width of four football fields – was the largest, earth-filled dam in the southwest when the company built it in 1965-66. With Jim, the oldest of the brothers, as its president, H.E. Cummins and Sons developed subsidiary concrete and asphalt plant operations throughout the state and a steel fabrication facility on the Arkansas near Muskogee to support its projects. The Muskogee terminal became the site for a family holding involved in the storage and marketing of residual oil and, ultimately, Jim Cummins’ ongoing interests in the manufacture and marketing of residual oil-based products. Cummins has been owner, president, founding shareholder or held a controlling interest in 15 different companies. At 83, he currently heads Northern Equipment Co., Keystone Equipment Co., Cummins Investment Corporation and CIC Frontier Corporation. Cummins completed a bachelor’s degree in arts and sciences at OSU in 1943 before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. He returned to Stillwater and completed his bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering in 1947. Eubanks authored C-Basic, one of the first successful languages for personal computers, after completing his master’s degree in computer science at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. His graduate adviser was Gary Kildall, a founding father of desktop computing and author of the first mainstream desktop operating system. Eubanks founded his first company, Compiler Systems, in 1976 to market C-Basic while still an officer in the U.S. Navy. His mother ran the company out of her home in Sierra Madre. Later, as president and CEO of Symantec Corporation, Eubanks oversaw the development of the popular productivity packages Timeline and Q & A Write. He also initiated an aggressive policy of mergers and acquisitions as a strategic engine for growth, making Symantec the first software company to do so. The company acquired Norton in 1990 to gain a foothold in security and utility software and is now recognized as a leader in the business. During Eubanks’ tenure from 1984 to 1999, the company swelled from fewer than 20 employees to more than 5,000 with net revenues in excess of $500 million. Today, it employs 14,000 people worldwide in 40 countries. Eubanks joined Oblix Inc. as president and CEO in 1999. The electronic identity management and secure Web access software provider was named among the Hot 100 Companies of 2000 by Upside and the 21st Century Infrastructure Companies for 2000 by PC Week. Established as a leading developer of identity-based security solutions for e-business networks, Oblix was acquired by Oracle this year. A 1964 graduate of Tulsa Edison High School, Eubanks completed a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at OSU in 1968. He completed one year of graduate school at OSU and spent six months working for IBM’s branch office in Tulsa before his draft induction into the Navy. The CEAT Hall of Fame recognizes both distinguished OSU graduates and individuals who have enhanced the reputation of the college through association. Inductees - which have included legends in engineering, architecture and technology education, industry and policy formation - share a common set of qualities including modesty and integrity, dignity and quiet leadership, aspiration and perseverance and sound judgment and vision, according to Dr. Karl Reid, dean of the college.
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Industry Week Unites Construction Students, Professionals
Construction management students at Oklahoma State University recently had the opportunity to learn the details of daunting projects including the Oklahoma Capitol dome and repair of the Arkansas River bridge on I-40 from the professionals who completed them. Representatives of the region’s top firms spent five days on OSU’s Stillwater campus for the 2005 Construction Industry Week. Now in its fourth year, the event allows students at the state’s university to discuss construction issues, practices and career options with industry leaders. “Having industry representatives present insights into industry workings is greatly beneficial to our students, as every viewpoint outside the school curriculum is a new viewpoint,” said Dr. Dana Hobson, professor and head of OSU’s Construction Management Technology department. “This ‘real-world’ information about joining the workforce gives students an early opportunity to see where and how they will apply their knowledge and skills following graduation. “Another reason we host this event is so students can learn about real-world scenarios from experienced professionals,” he said. This year themed, “ Life of a Project from Cradle to Grave,” Construction Industry Week presentations focus on management of projects from estimation to closeout by firms at the local, regional and national level. Symposium topics also include building and safety statutes, ethics and the future of the industry. Hensel Phelps employees kicked off the week with a symposium on procurement, and managers from Lippert Brothers described project administration. Scheduling, quality control, project commissioning and job interview strategies were detailed by representatives of Turner Casualty & Surety, Nabholz, Crossland Construction and Boldt. And the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Flintco respectively presented case studies on the capitol dome and the I-40, Arkansas River bridge. “Both the dome and the I-40 bridge project were extremely large and complex,” said Brent Jenkins, a junior in construction management and secretary of OSU’s Construction Management Society. “They are the kind of high-profile projects you dream about working on after graduation because the companies that complete them become well known and, as an individual, you can make a name for yourself in the industry. “It was also great for us to hear about all stages of the projects from the beginning to the very end and get a sense of the experience,” he said. As part of the “Day in the Life of…..” series, representatives of the firms McCarthy, Sherwood, Home Creations, Younger Electric and Kinnunen alternately discussed specialization in general, heavy-civil, residential and trades contracting as well as subcontracting. OSU Physical Plant Services representatives provided the perspective of a project owner. An evening presentation on business ethics was made by David Walls, and AUI, Turner Casualty & Surety, Flintco and Boldt managers described employment outlooks. Lambert Construction representatives gave the session on community involvement, and members of the Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma provided insights on the overall state of the industry. In addition to the aforementioned firms, 2005 Construction Industry Week sponsors included Atlas General Contractors, Bob Moore Construction, Thomas S. Byrne, Cantera Concrete Company, Centennial Contractors, Clinart Construction Management, Jim Cooley Construction, Dolese Bros. and Lithko Contracting. The OSU Construction Management Technology department’s advisory board also provides funding for the event. “Our department is very well represented out in industry by our alumni, and they’re the main reason Construction Industry Week enjoys such strong support from so many companies,” Jenkins said. “The Construction Management Society officers and all the students appreciate the time the industry people spend with us and hope that this event is as beneficial for them as it is for us.” OSU Construction Industry Week 2006 is scheduled for Sept. 25 – 29. Individuals or companies interested in participating as presenters, moderators or in any other capacity may contact Hobson at or 405-744-5712.
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