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OSU/NOC Gateway Students Say Program is Successful
Increasing enrollments, as well as student performance and feedback indicate the OSU/NOC Gateway program is a success. Responding to a recent survey, Gateway students said they were h “We are delighted that students are telling us the Gateway program is preparing them to succeed at the university level,” said OSU System CEO and President David Schmidly. “The primary reason for this partnership was to provide access and success for Oklahoma students who want to come to OSU. Our partnership with Northern Oklahoma College is doing just that.”Students who have applied for freshman admission to OSU, but do not meet current admission requirements are offered provisional admission through the Gateway Program at NOC-Stillwater.Enrollment in the program has been rising steadily since it began in Fall 2003 when 570 students enrolled at NOC/Stillwater. Enrollment increased to 1,076 in Fall 2004 and is projected to surpass 1,500 in Fall 2005. Gateway students pay the same tuition and fees as OSU students and have access to the campus transportation system, computer laboratories, OSU residence halls, the Edmon Low Library, Colvin Recreation Center, the Student Union, Student Counseling Services, Career Center, Student Health Services Dr. Gail Gates, OSU Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education, said telephone interviews with Gateway participants were conducted in March 2004 with students who completed courses taught by NOC in Fall 2003. Surveys were completed by 248 students or 56 percent of the students who began taking courses at NOC in Fall 2003.  Nearly all of the students who participated in the survey (96 percent) had taken remedial math at NOC in Fall 2003.  Students were asked about adequacy of preparation for OSU courses, the advantages and disadvantages of courses, their satisfaction with instruction and recommendations to improve instruction and academic support services.             Of the respondents, 91 percent said they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with overall instruction in the Gateway program. Eighty-eight percent gave the same responses for the quality of self-paced instruction, and 84 percent said the same about computer-based instruction.             Sixty percent of the respondents said they were “well prepared” or “very well prepared” for OSU math courses as a result of taking the NOC courses. Gates said 93 percent of the Gateway students said they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the availability of computers outside class, and 95 percent said they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with academic support, such as tutoring that was available outside the classroom. Gates said the advantages of the Gateway program include the ability of Gateway students to work at their own pace, smaller class sizes, more one-on-one assistance, availability and quality of tutoring, Based on the survey and our experience, we feel the program is very successful,” Gates said. “Gateway students are doing as well or better in NOC- provided courses as they were in OSU remedial classes, and they are doing as well in subsequent university-level courses. Their retention rates are the same or higher in some cases, and they have positive perceptions of their OSU/NOC education.”
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OSU Signs Agreement to Bring Vietnamese Scholars to Campus
Oklahoma State University and the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) have signed an agreement to allow top scholars from Vietnam to enroll at OSU for graduate training in science and technology.  The agreement will take effect immediately to accommodate VEF Fellows, beginning in the Fall of 2005. VEF Fellows will be jointly supported by VEF and OSU. VEF pays the students’ initial expenses and also awards the university a stipend for each student for two years of study. Dr. Gordon Emslie, OSU’s associate vice president for research and dean of the OSU Graduate College, said VEF is a special initiative by the U.S. Congress to bring the United States and Vietnam closer through educational exchanges. The foundation is in its second year of operation and receives the full support of the U.S. National Academies in its fellowship selection process.  Currently, VEF has more than 100 Fellows at 37 top U.S. graduate institutions, mostly for doctoral degrees. All VEF Fellows are required to return to Vietnam after completing their academic programs in the U.S. Oklahoma State University is proud to be a member of the VEF Alliance,” said Emslie. “We are delighted to be able to offer talented Vietnamese students an opportunity to pursue advanced degrees in science and engineering at our ‘Research-Entensive’ university, and we are confident that students who choose to come here will be impressed, both by the strength of our programs and by the highly collegial environment here.”VEF is governed by a Board of Directors whose members include the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Treasury John Snow, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, U.S. Senators John Kerry and Chuck Hagel; U.S. Representatives George Miller and Chris Smith. Directors also include six presidential appointees: Frank Jao, president and CEO of Bridgecreek Development Company; Herbert Allison, Jr., CEO of TIAA-CREF; Dr. Robert Bryant, professor of mathematics, Duke University; Dr. Charles Nguyen, dean of the school of engineering, Catholic University of America; Dr. Marilyn Pattillo, professor of clinical nursing, University of Texas at Austin; and Professor Toi Van Vo, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, Tufts University.This agreement marks the beginning of a new era for Vietnam to send its best and brightest to the U.S. for graduate education,” said Dr. Lynne McNamara, Senior Program Officer of VEF. “These VEF Fellows will become leaders in science and education in Vietnam and will help improve the country in profound ways.  We are very pleased that Oklahoma State University has joined the VEF Alliance.” For additional information about the Vietnam Fellows program, go to
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Get Ready For … 40th Annual Spring Sing Production at OSU
  Oklahoma State University’s annual Spring Sing production, set for April 16 at Gallagher-Iba Arena, has teamed up with Coaches vs. Cancer for the show’s 40 th anniversary. “This is the first year Spring Sing has incorporated philanthropy,” said Clint James, executive director for the show. “We are very excited about working with Coaches vs. Cancer, and we’ve set a goal to raise $5,000 for them by donating a portion of each ticket sale and selling Coaches vs. Cancer wristbands.” The show, scheduled for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. during Mom’s Weekend, includes performances from 11 fraternity and sorority groups. The overall theme for this year’s show is “Get Ready For …” Each group’s act, which lasts 7 minutes and consists of popular songs with rewritten lyrics, will complete the theme’s name with titles like, “Get Ready For A Night in the Jungle.” “Each group develops an original theme, lyrics, choreography and costumes within a two month period,” James said. “The groups have really worked hard to come up with creative ideas.” The Spring Sing steering committee, which is made up of student volunteers, plans and organizes the entire show. Students do everything from designing programs to running the light and sound equipment. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the show, with $1 from each ticket being donated to Coaches vs. Cancer. Advance tickets are available on campus at the Student Union Hub beginning April 11. The day of the show, tickets will be for sale at the north entrance to Gallagher-Iba Arena beginning at 5 p.m.
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First Oklahoma State University Miss American Indian Pageant Scheduled April 16
The first Miss American Indian Oklahoma State University Scholarship Pageant is scheduled Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU campus.  The Watkins center is located at the corner of North Washington and Hall of Fame Avenue. Admission is $5. Tickets may be purchased in 320 Student Union at OSU-Stillwater or at the door before the pageant. The Miss American Indian OSU Pageant is sponsored by the Native American Student Association and the Multicultural Student Center at OSU.Pageant coordinator Jessica Moore said the mission of the Miss American Indian OSU Scholarship Pageant is to further develop the leadership, confidence and creativity of American Indian students on the OSU-Stillwater campus, while selecting an outstanding student to represent OSU, the Native American Student Association and its American Indian community as a role model and ambassador. said the pageant is not just an OSU event, but a community event.  The Native American Student Association hopes to make the community more aware of Native American culture and its issues. Contestants will be judged on their knowledge of Native American issues.The newly crowned Miss American Indian OSU will receive a $1,000 scholarship and represent OSU and the Native American Student Association at  campus functions and activities across Oklahoma.  She also will be responsible for coordinating next year’s scholarship pageant. The first runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship, with the second runner-up receiving a $250 scholarship.  The three contestants: Krisha Blevins of Stillwater, Hidatsa Nation; Julie Bogart of Broken Arrow, Cherokee Nation; and Kristie LeRoy of Pawnee, Ponca, Pawnee, Iowa, Omaha Nations, will be interviewed by judges at a reception before the pageant.  The interview accounts for 30 points.  The contestants will present a platform issue and model traditional American Indian dress for a combined 35 points. The remaining 35 points are based on extemporaneous questioning and modeling of evening wear.The contestants are required to be full-time undergraduate students during their Miss American Indian OSU reign, have an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher and be at least 18 years of age. For more information about the pageant, call Jessica Moore or Pete Coser at (405) 744-5481.
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OSU program named nation's top fire service organization
The Congressional Fire Services Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan policy think tank that advises Congress on fire and life safety issues, has named the International Fire Service Training Association/Oklahoma State University Fire Protection Publications the 2005 Fire Service Organization of the Year. National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner April 7 in Washington, D.C.  Approximately 2,500 fire service leaders from across the country and senior officials from the administration and Congress attend the annual event to discuss federal programs and legislation that affect first responders. It is hosted by the institute and leadership of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, the largest in Congress with more than 340 members. CFSI each year recognizes one federal lawmaker, fire service professional and fire service organization for distinguished contributions to improving the readiness of the fire and emergency services. Previous notable recipients of the organization award include the Fire Department of the City of New York, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. This is another feather in the cap of OSU fire programs,” said OSU System CEO and President David Schmidly. “The university is recognized worldwide for its fire service expertise and contributions, and this award is a testament to the members of the OSU family and their many collaborators who work to improve the effectiveness of fire and emergency response professionals.”“We are certainly proud of their dedication and achievement,” he said. OSU Fire Protection Publications is the world’s leading publisher of fire and emergency services training materials and the headquarters for its publishing partner IFSTA, an invitation-only association comprised by fire service professionals from around the world. All OSU-FPP operations, including the development of new products, capital improvements and research, are funded solely by revenues generated through the sales of its materials. Its customers include Department of Defense agencies and the fire academies throughout the United States and 35 other countries, and its materials have been translated in 13 different languages. Formed in 1934 by a group of fire training directors in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas to develop and validate high-quality training materials for the fire service, IFSTA subsequently expanded to include dozens of countries. In 2004, the association convened abroad for the first time, and the Ireland conference welcomed fire service professionals from throughout Europe, including the former Soviet bloc nations, to Israel and a number of countries on the Arabian Peninsula. Since its inception, the association has partnered with OSU Fire Protection Publications to produce and distribute the materials, the first of which was released in 1937. Written by firefighters for firefighters, the IFSTA manuals include “The Essentials of Fire Fighting,” considered the bible of firefighting textbooks.  For fire service organizations, the CFSI award is our Heisman” said Chris Neal, executive director of IFSTA and director of OSU-FPP. “What an honor for the thousands who have played active roles in IFSTA over so many years, and equally a tribute to both the incredible staff at FPP and the unwavering support of OSU leadership.” Together, we have served and continue to serve the fire service in a way that is unparalleled and in a way that could never be accomplished individually,” Neal said. IFSTA/OSU-FPP’s longtime assistance to CSFI includes producing an array of its printed materials. The award additionally acknowledged the outreach unit of OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology for its guidance in enhancing the institute’s marketing and strategic plans. Since the institute was founded in 1989, IFSTA/OSU-FPP has also been a member of its National Advisory Committee, joining other member organizations in developing CFSI white papers and legislative initiatives addressing fire and life safety. “IFSTA/OSU Fire Protection Publications certainly has made many outstanding contributions not only to our organization, but also to our nation’s fire and emergency services,” said Bill Webb, executive director of the institute. “On the paramount issues facing our nation’s fire service, IFSTA/OSU Fire Protection Publications has gained the respect and appreciation of both CFSI and the Fire Caucus for its insight and important contributions to the development of federal legislation and policy.”
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