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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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OSU pair earns $10,000 in competition
OSU students Zack Moore and Matthew Briscoe recently earned $10,000 by placing 2nd in the statewide Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition. The competition encourages students to act on their ideas and talents in order to produce tomorrow’s businesses, according to coordinators with i2E, a not-for-profit corporation focused on growing Oklahoma’s technology-based, and entrepreneurial economy. Moore and Briscoe submitted and presented a business plan that took second place among 26 undergraduate business plans submitted for this first year of competition. Their concept, called “Fit-2-Eat,” involved a quick-serve restaurant and web-based diet management system that addresses today’s need for healthy fast food. Moore is a graduate of Midwest City High School and Briscoe is a graduate of Tulsa Union.Faculty advisor Dr. Jan Wagner, professor, Chemical Engineering, joined the pair during an awards luncheon May 4th at the Nigh University Center on the Campus of the University of Central Oklahoma. First Lady Pam Henry and Greg Main, president and CEO of i2E, Inc., presented the awards, which included a $10,000 cash prize.The winning graduate team was from the University of Tulsa and the winning undergraduate team was from Cameron University. The competition was funded by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. i2E managed the Oklahoma competition in cooperation with the Oklahoma EPSCoR, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education, the Presbyterian Health Foundation, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), and the State Chamber of Commerce.
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$3 Million SBC Foundation Grant Will Fund Major College Transfer Scholarship Program
At the State Capitol today, Oklahoma State University announced that the SBC Foundation has given OSU $3 million to fund one of the largest college student transfer scholarship programs in Oklahoma and to support academic enhancement initiatives at OSU. OSU System CEO and President David J. Schmidly said OSU expects to have more than 120 SBC/OSU Presidential Transfer Scholars enrolled this fall. SBC Oklahoma President Don Cain presented Schmidly with the grant, saying that OSU and SBC “create a natural synergy that addresses head-on our state’s need to increase the number of residents with four-year college degrees to a level at or above the national average.” “A better educated population means a stronger and more competitive Oklahoma,” Cain said. “Citizens with a bachelor’s degree or better will earn more over their lifetimes, be more productive citizens and contribute to a growing and prosperous economy.” President Schmidly said the grant is a major step forward in his President’s Opportunity Scholarship Trust campaign, which is raising $50 million for student scholarships. Schmidly announced the campaign shortly after his arrival at OSU in January 2003. With the SBC grant, the OSU Foundation has received, on behalf of OSU, $37.4 million in scholarship gifts, pledges, and deferred gifts. Of that total, $11.1 million is endowed. “In an era of rising educational costs, I think it is imperative that we do everything we can to help students with their educational expenses,” Schmidly said. “As Oklahoma’s land-grant university, we have an historical mission and a duty to continue providing opportunities and access to higher education at the comprehensive university level. SBC’s forward thinking and willingness to partner for such a noble cause will pay substantial dividends to Oklahoma students and the state for years to come.” Read more about this story at http://www.okstate.edu/sbc
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OSU campus master plan moves forward during charrette
Representatives of The Benham Companies, the consulting firm leading the development of a new master plan for OSU’s Stillwater campus, and university representatives recently participated in a three-day charrette. Approximately 30 faculty, staff and students comprising the master plan stakeholder committee joined Benham planners and engineers at the Wes Watkins Center for the April 20-22 design and planning exercise. An initial stage of the development of the new master plan, the charrette allowed each stakeholder to voice the current and future needs of his or her department and vision for OSU. The first task involved developing guiding principles. These principles (listed below in no specific order of importance) will be used to define and guide the development of the master plan, according to Doug Hartwig, Benham corporate vice president and managing director of its Oklahoma City office. Incorporate Bennett Plan design principles Embrace recognized sustainable principles Enhance core vitality and synergy Value special buildings and spaces Promote safety and security through design Prioritize interdisciplinary interaction on campus Establish campus gateways Incorporate aesthetics and art throughout the campus Improve wayfinding Encourage complementary land uses on the perimeter of campus Coordinate campus and community development Each principle has objectives that will be identified throughout the planning process. Additions or clarifications to these principles may be made at subsequent planning exercises. On the charrette’s first day, stakeholders’ expressed their current and future needs as well as their vision for OSU as a whole. Much of the time was spent listening and trying to understand everyone’s needs and objectives, according to Hartwig. The discourse grew more specific on Thursday, with discussions focusing on design elements, traffic, parking and other ideas for the overall campus. Other issues that surfaced and were discussed included: Core campus Housing Vision of future campus and surrounding community Campus aesthetics Building locations Building uses Campus atmosphere Growth Traffic, internal and external to campus Parking Pedestrian traffic Implementation and management strategies Citing traffic patterns, land uses and commercial development in and around campus and the impact they have on campus life, the stakeholders expressed their desire to see campus master planning efforts coordinated with the City of Stillwater’s master plan. According to Hartwig, the stakeholders are committed to working with the city to develop land use plans specifically for these areas in an effort to add value to the university setting. Benham developed a draft of the campus plan in an effort to validate ideas collected from the two previous days and to begin to focus the multitude of ideas into one all encompassing plan. On the final day of the charrette, the stakeholder committee reviewed the initial concept, and, individually, each member discussed his or her initial reaction to the plan. Clarifications to previous comments were made and additional items, not discussed prior, were offered. It was a very important review and discussion time in the development of the plan, Hartwig said. Collaboration between stakeholders quickly provided a clearer picture for the needs of OSU. As anticipated, the initial plan did not meet the complete needs or ideas of the Stakeholders. This was expected and is typical for this master planning process, according to Hartwig. The stakeholders determined the plan had undeveloped issues and decided it would be premature to offer the plan for review to those outside of the stakeholder committee. Though eager to share the ideas and concepts with others, they felt it to be prudent not to issue a plan at this time. All stakeholders anticipate that an additional two or three iterations of the concept must occur before the picture is sufficiently clear to share with others outside the planning team. As a result of the charrette, the following future actions were developed: All departments will provide information relating to current occupied building area and future required space to meet their five-year and 20-year projections for the size of their department. Benham will take the ideas from the third day and develop Concept Plan 2. The Stakeholders and Benham will meet on May 11 to review Concept Plan 2. A general, flexible timeline for the planning process also emanated from the charrette. Public meetings will be held on campus and with the City of Stillwater during the process to allow additional comments from interested parties outside of the stakeholder committee. Additional dates may be added as future activities are developed. May 11 – Stakeholders meeting to review Concept Plan 2 May, June – Benham develops Concept Plan 3 July – Meeting with OSU Regents in work session to review Concept Plan 3 August – Benham develops Concept Plan 4 September – Stakeholders review Concept Plan 4 October - Benham develops final Master Plan and stakeholders review Master Plan November – Benham writes Master Plan December – Master Plan presented to OSU Regents for approval
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OSU Outstanding Seniors Announced
STILLWATER, OKLA. – Thirteen Oklahoma State University Seniors have been selected as OSU Outstanding Seniors for the class of 2005. This award recognizes students who distinguish themselves through academic achievement; campus and community activities; academic, athletic or extra-curricular honors or awards; scholarships and work ethic during their time at Oklahoma State University. After reviewing their applications, the Alumni Association Awards and Selection Committee met with the top 20 candidates and selected 13 of them to receive this honor. A public reception honoring the OSU Outstanding Seniors will be held April 27 in the Centennial Lounge at 6 p.m. Cheyene Charles will graduate in May 2005 with an honors degree in accounting and a minor in finance. He is the son of Greg and Gwenna Charles of Vinita, Oklahoma. Amber Elliott will graduate in May 2005 with an honors degree in marketing and a minor in Spanish. She is the daughter of Phil and Susan Elliott of Enid, Oklahoma. Macey Hedges will graduate in May 2005 with an honors degree in agricultural communications and a minor in agricultural economics. She is the daughter of Bob and Marian Hedges of Burden, Kansas. Cole Marshall will graduate in May 2005 with degrees in agricultural economics and accounting. He is the son of Loy and Linda Marshall of Enid, Oklahoma. Ashleigh Hildebrand will graduate in May 2005 with an honors degree in chemical engineering and minors in chemistry and philosophy with an environmental option. She is the daughter of Bonnie Hildebrand of Wichita, Kansas. Ryan Jenlink will graduate in May 2005 with degrees in plant and soil science biotechnology, and cell and molecular biology. He is the son of Gary and Launa Jenlink of Cherokee, Oklahoma. Cristin O’Connor will graduate in May 2005 with an honors international business degree and a minor in Spanish. She is the daughter of John and Lucia O’Connor of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Maggie Hill will graduate in May 2005 with an honors degree in advertising and a minor in marketing. She is the daughter of Gary and M.L. Hill of Edmond, Oklahoma. Nicole Milton will graduate in May 2005 with a degree in human nutrition and premedical sciences. She is the daughter of Mike and Jan Milton of Empire, Oklahoma. Matthew Panach will graduate in May 2005 with a degree in agricultural communications and a minor in agricultural economics. He is the son of Jim and Beverly Panach of Braman, Oklahoma. Bill Shelby will graduate in May 2005 with a degree in agricultural business and a minor in finance. He is the son of Rick and Peggy Shelby of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. Joel Halcomb will graduate in May 2005 with degrees in history and mathematics and a minor in English. He is the son of Leon and Priscilla of Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Libby Shinn will graduate in May 2005 with a degree in marketing and a minor in accounting. She is the daughter of Tony and Kelly Shinn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Clerico Gift to Oklahoma State University Will Renovate Library Plaza
To honor his late wife who was an alumna of Oklahoma State University, Tulsa businessman John Clerico has donated $500,000 to renovate the original 1953 South Plaza of the OSU Edmon Low Library in Stillwater. The new plaza will be named the Beverly Clerico Plaza in her honor, according to OSU System CEO and President David J. Schmidly, and construction will take place this summer. The gift equals the largest single donation ever made to the library. “The library is a cherished visual and academic symbol of the campus, and the plaza should reflect this,” Schmidly said. “With this extraordinary gift, the plaza will become the proper ‘front porch’ for one of the university’s most recognized and important buildings. The library is the heart of a university, a facility used by all students and faculty, and this gift is meeting an important need.” Schmidly said, “We are deeply grateful to the Clericos for their long-time support of OSU and for this gift. Beverly loved OSU and we’re honored to recognize her with this lasting tribute. OSU has a special place in its heart for Beverly and John Clerico.” The Clericos met at OSU, where John received his B.S. degree in general business in 1963. “It’s up to those of us who enjoyed this campus and benefited from a wonderful education to give back for students today and in the future,” Clerico said. “I know Beverly would have appreciated this opportunity to beautify the campus that she loved and which played such a meaningful part in our life together. Our family is proud to know that her name will forever be a part of our alma mater.” Schmidly said gifts from valued donors such as the Clericos are more important than ever in today’s challenging economic environment. “The funds we receive from the state, which 20 years ago were close to half of our total budget, are less than a third today. Donor gifts are critical to the future health of OSU.” Sheila Grant Johnson, dean of the OSU library, said, "The Edmon Low Library has served students and faculty for 50 years as a place to meet, study and work. Our goal is to ensure that this wonderful building is preserved for generations to come. Thanks to the generous gift of the Clerico family, the front of the Library will be beautifully restored and will be ready to welcome students, faculty, staff and alumni this fall." The OSU library is one of the finest in the nation, housing nearly 2.6 million volumes. It welcomes nearly a million visitors a year and has expanded its services with its web site and online catalog. The Clerico’s support of the university has been on-going for more than two decades. Clerico is chairman and a registered financial adviser at ChartMark Investments, Inc., in Tulsa, which he co-founded in 2000. He serves on the board of directors of Community Health Systems, Inc., headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., which operates more than 70 hospitals in more than 20 states. From 1983-92 he was an executive officer in various financial and accounting areas of Union Carbide Corporation, and when Praxair, Inc., was spun-off in 1992, he served as its executive vice president and the chief financial officer and a director until 2000. Mrs. Clerico passed away in Tulsa on Aug. 18, 2004. They are the parents of one daughter, Diane Clerico Deakin of Newtown, Conn.
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OSU Regents Hear about Preparations for Institutional Accreditation Visit
OKLAHOMA CITY – Members of the Oklahoma State University Board of Regents were briefed today about the university’s extensive preparations for an accreditation site visit this fall from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Dr. Brenda Masters, an associate professor of statistics and director of university accreditation, told board members that OSU undergoes a comprehensive accreditation review every ten years and that the university has earned continuous institutional accreditation since 1916. She said a team from the commission, formerly called the North Central Association, will visit OSU Sept. 26-28. The accreditation review will cover OSU-Stillwater, OSU-Tulsa and two graduate degree programs at the OSU Center for Health Sciences. “The team will evaluate the university and review a comprehensive self-study report, which is currently being finalized by faculty teams and university staff,” Masters said. “The accreditation is crucial because it assures the university community, our constituencies and our educational peers that OSU is providing a quality education that meets strict national standards.” Masters added that institutional accreditation also is a requirement for student eligibility to obtain government-backed student loans. She told regents that HLC grants accreditation based on several criteria. The first is that the university should operate with integrity to ensure the fulfillment of its mission through structures and processes that involve the regents, administration, faculty, staff and students. The commission also examines whether the university allocates resources in a way that helps fulfill its mission, improves the quality of its educational programs and gives it the ability to respond to future challenges and opportunities. Universities also must demonstrate that they are doing an excellent job of teaching and that they have mechanisms in place to evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching programs. Masters said the university must provide evidence that it promotes a life of learning for its students, faculty, administration and staff by fostering and supporting inquiry, creativity and social responsibility. An institution also must demonstrate that it does a good job of engaging and serving its statewide constituency. “The self-study process is almost over, and the report is being finalized,” Masters said. “Our faculty teams have given their input, and we are currently taking comments from other members of the university community. We are focusing on achieving maximum participation by giving the community and our constituents every opportunity to voice their comments and concerns. The next step is to finish the final draft, take additional input and prepare the final report for the commission’s review.” Masters said persons can visit http://accreditation.okstate.edu to review the various documents and reports concerning the accreditation process.
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OSU Board Approves Personnel Actions
The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents approved several personnel actions during its April 22 meeting on the campus of Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City. Dr. Gail E. Gates, professor and interim associate vice president for Academic Affairs since 2002, was named professor and associate vice president for Undergraduate Education. She received her B.S. degree in food and nutrition and her M.S. degree in nutrition, both from Texas Tech University, and her Ph.D. in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the OSU nutritional sciences faculty in 1996, she was an associate professor and directed the coordinated program in dietetics at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she also had served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Health Related Professional; was coordinator of the Nutrition Peer Education Program at Penn State University; and was a coordinator and assistant professor of dietetics at South Dakota State University. Gates was named the 2004 Distinguished Alumna in the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University, and in 2000 received an OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of Human Environmental Sciences. She is a member of Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Upsilon Omicron honoraries. Dr. James P. Wicksted, interim head of the Department of Physics and professor and Noble Research Fellow in Optical Materials, was named head of the department. He received his B.A. cum laude from New York University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the City University of New York, all in physics. He joined the OSU faculty in 1985, and was named a Noble Research Fellow in 1987. He has served as associate director of EPSCoR an as director of the Department of Energy EPSCoR Program since February 2004. His research interests include using noninvasive confocal Raman spectroscopy to detect hydration changes of ocular tissue as well as to sense the pharmacokinetic behavior associated with ophthalmic drugs applied topically to the eye, and he also is working on developing Bragg gratings for applications in wavelength division filtering, optical storage, and for fiber optic temperature and pressure sensor applications. The Board approved a title change for Dr. Robert E. Whitson from professor, dean and director of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources to vice president of Agricultural Programs, dean of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and professor. The new title is more in line with the scope and duties at one of the nation’s premier land-grant universities in one of the nation’s top agricultural states. Whitson, who was named to head OSU’s agriculture division at the March regents meeting, comes to OSU from Texas A&M. He brings vast experience and outstanding leadership skills to OSU and his hiring has been widely praised by Oklahoma agricultural leaders. APPOINTMENTS: Jayson L. Lusk, Willard R. Sparks Endowed Chair and professor, agricultural economics; Hongbo Yu, assistant professor, geography; Anne-Marie Condacse, Refugia L. Lopez Compton, Richard A. Novak II, and George M. Speed Jr., assistant professors, music; David M. Neal, professor, political science; Scott Johnson, assistant professor, management; Susan E. Little, Krull Endowed Chair and professor, pathobiology; and Kurt J. Budke, head coach, women’s basketball. CHANGES IN TITLE: David K. Lewis, from associate professor, adjunct professor and director, environmental science undergraduate program, to associate professor and adjunct professor, forestry; Jeffory A. Hattey, from professor to professor and director, environmental sciences program, plant and soil sciences; Preston S. Carrier, from manager to director, software services. LEAVE OF ABSENCE: Eduardo A. Misawa, mechanical and aerospace engineering, to complete a temporary assignment as program director in the Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va., May 16, 2005, to May 15, 2006. SABBATICALS: Kathleen Kelsen, agricultural education, communication and 4-H, 100 percent sabbatical to study and gain experience in quantitative and evaluative research methodologies at the Division of the Bureau of Educational Research, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, July 1-Dec. 31; Marcella Sirhandi, art, 50 percent sabbatical to complete research for the book “Contemporary Miniature Painting in Pakistan” at the Spencer Art Reference Library at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Mo.; H.K. Dai, computer science, 50 percent sabbatical to research theoretical computer science with an emphasis on computational complexity and resource complexity tradeoffs, with the attempt to identify and analyze the mathematical structures embedded in the problems, from Sept. 1, 2005, to May 31, 2006; Edward Jones, English, 100 percent sabbatical to begin editorial work on a volume of the state papers of John Milton, which has been commissioned by Oxford University Press at the Butler Library of Columbia University, Missouri, from Jan. 17-May 31, 2006; Martin Wallen, English, 100 percent sabbatical to conduct research on dogs portrayed in the art and literature of England from 1650 to 1840 and their relation to social and cultural history in England, Jan. 17-May 31, 2006; Dennis L. Seager, foreign languages, 100 percent sabbatical to research ambivalence as a trope of resistance in the context of postcolonial narrative in the English, French, and Spanish speaking Caribbean at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Jan. 17-May 31, 2006; James F. Cooper, history, 100 percent sabbatical to conduct research in the unpublished works of the early American theologian Jonathan Edwards at the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University, Sept. 1, 2005, to Jan. 16, 2006; Richard C. Rohrs, history, 100 percent sabbatical to complete his monograph comparing the Antebellum political culture in Wilmington, N.C., and Newport, R.I., Jan. 17-May 31, 2006; Jami A. Fullerton, journalism and broadcasting, 100 percent sabbatical to complete the research and writing of a book that broadly examines new approaches to U.S. public diplomacy since Sept. 11, 2001, from Sept. 1, 2005, to Jan. 16, 2006; Leticia Barchini, mathematics, 100 percent sabbatical to conduct irreducible unitary representations geometrically and to describe representations via their invariants at Cornell University and the Institut fuer Mathematik, Bochum Universitaet, Germany, from Sept. 1, 2005, to Jan. 16, 2006; William H. Jaco, mathematics, 50 percent sabbatical to research low-dimensional topology, in particular toward the understand and ultimate classification of 3-manifolds at The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J., from Sept. 1, 2005, to May 31, 2006; D. Allen Scott, music, 100 percent sabbatical to conduct qualitative archival research in Poland as part of a study of the history and development of Reformation and Counter-Reformation liturgies and sacred music in the duchy of Silesia from c. 1520 to 1648, from Sept. 1, 2005, to Jan. 16, 2006; Xincheng Xie, physics, 100 percent sabbatical to carry out joint research in spintronics, a promising field for quantum information and quantum computing at University of Texas at Austin and Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sept. 1, 2005, to Jan. 16, 2006; Robert E. England, political science, 100 percent sabbatical to gather and analyze data focusing on women and minority representation in local, state, and national institutions at Loyola University in Chicago, Sept. 1, 2005, to Jan. 16, 2006; Charles I. Abramson, psychology, 100 percent sabbatical to create a new program of research investigating the plastic behavior of the vectors of Chagas’ disease in Venezuela, Jan. 17-May 31, 2006. RETIREMENT: Nicholas W. Bormann, art, May 9; George E. Arquitt, sociology, May 31; Wayne C. Turner, industrial engineering, June 1. For the OSU-Center for Health Sciences, a change in title was approved for Sherril M. Stone from director of research to director of research and assistant professor, family medicine.
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