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OSU Rodeo Team to Hold Benefit
The National Champion OSU Rodeo Team is having a benefit bull riding and barrel race on April 16.  All proceeds will assist the team with facility, travel and competition expenses, allowing the team to compete at nationals in June. The rodeo team’s booster club sponsors the annual event, named Beauty and the Beast, at the OSU Rodeo Arena at the corner of Lakeview and Western in Stillwater, OK.  There will be a performance at 1 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. Many prominent appearances by top rodeo and Oklahoma personalities will be made at the benefit.  Such appearances include Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Queens and Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess, PBR legend Terry Don West and former Pistol Pete Wendell Hicks.In the last 4 years, the women’s rodeo team has won two national championships, an All-Around Individual National Championship, a National Barrel Racing Championship and two Central Plains Regional Championships. The team exists as a club sport, so no athletic money is provided.  The team is responsible for paying for travel, entry fees, feed, stock, arena maintenance, supplies, electricity for the arena, vet bills, and membership fees, yet the Student Government Association only provided $1440 in 2005.  The total approximate cost for the team to stay competitive is $20,000 a year, leaving the members to be responsible for the remaining balance.   Tickets are available per performance for $5 in advance and $8 at the gate and are available for purchase at Stillwater Milling, The Territory in Stillwater, Langston’s in Yukon, National Saddlery in OKC Stockyards or from any OSU Rodeo Association member.For more information contact Lee Ann Alsbaugh LeSueur at (405) 742-8012 or Email
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Lemoins Named OSU Student Employee of the Year
Kristoffer Lemoins of Edmond, who is preparing to graduate and begin his dream job as a computer analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, was honored at Oklahoma State University on April 13 when he received the Student Employee of the Year Award.             Lemoins also learned he had won the regional Student Employee of the Year title sponsored by the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators, the first OSU student to ever win the regional award. He competed against students from 19 other universities in the region, and his prize included a plaque and a $200 cash award.              During National Student Employee Appreciation Week April 11-15, the Stillwater City Commission honored Lemoins and the other OSU finalists during the April 11 meeting, and Mayor Bud Lacy proclaimed the week as Student Employee Appreciation Week in Stillwater.   OSU System CEO and President David Schmidly signed a resolution declaring April 11-15 as OSU-Stillwater Student Employee Appreciation Week. “OSU student employees have repeatedly shown their dedication to their jobs, no matter where they work,” he says. “We take great pride in our student employees and certainly appreciate all they do in the classroom and on the job. I congratulate each of them on a job well done.”             The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology’s top-ranked African-American electrical engineering senior has a 3.59 grade point average, in addition to three years experience as a webmaster and technology assistant. He is the son of Michael and Anna Lemoins of Edmond.               Lemoins’ sterling reputation made it difficult for even the CIA to conduct a background check, joked Dr. Lee Bird, OSU vice president for Student Affairs, one of many who nominated him for OSU’s Student Employee of the Year award sponsored by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and OSU Career Services.             “The poor agents found nothing – no parking ticket, no disciplinary record – nothing. Everyone questioned apparently said the same thing: ‘He is smart, kind, loyal, responsible, generous with his many gifts and extremely clean cut.’ In short, he had the shortest background check in the history of the CIA.”   Numerous OSU departments and programs also praised Lemoins for his creation of websites specifically designed to meet their needs and for giving more than was required for the job.              “Kris has the ability to take our ideas and turn them into technological reality,” said Bird, referring to the Student Concerns Database that Lemoins created for the Office of Student Affairs to foster communication between students and the administration.              For three years, Lemoins also has worked as website manager for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Student Academic Services.              “He has made a tremendous impact on how we serve our current and prospective students,” said Virgil Nichols, director of CEAT Student Services. For example, Lemoins’ web design for CEAT Student Academic Services includes flexible features for students with vision disabilities that enable them to change the font size and/or color scheme and save the changes for future use.               Jovette Dew, coordinator of CEAT’s Multicultural Engineering Programs, commended Lemoins for his leadership qualities and scholarship achievements. “His diligence with his studies and love for learning are very important attributes that he has exhibited to all of us who work with him.”              In addition to updating websites for CEAT Career Services and the CEAT Student Services office at OSU-Tulsa, Lemoins also created and designed websites and databases for OSU’s ALPHA program, said coordinator Jill Rucker, taking time to survey new students to find out what they would want to know about the university and ALPHA while building the site.                                       Lemoins is also active in the CEAT Student Council, Eta Kappa Nu honorary society and the Multicultural Advisory Board.   For more information, visit
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OSU's Colvin Center Named One of Six Top Centers in Nation
The National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association has named Oklahoma State University’s Colvin Center one of the top collegiate sports facilities in the nationKent Bunker, Colvin Center director, said the OSU facility received the association’s Facility of Merit Award at a recent national conference. The association represents almost every public and private college and university in the nation.The honorees are chosen by a group of architects and student collegiate recreational professionals,” Bunker said. “The top centers are chosen on the basis of functionality, attractiveness of the architecture and facility, programming, adaptability to student needs and wise use of budget dollars.To be at the very top of a very long list of nominees is quite an honor, especially when you consider that institutions nationwide have been upgrading facilities. Last year, colleges and universities spent close to $3.5 billion to renovate student recreational centers.”The Colvin Center, itself, recently completed a $23-million renovation and upgrade that was funded at the request of students. The project was paid for by a fee approved by students. Our students wanted a bigger and better facility, and they voted to make it happen,” Bunker said. “I think they are very satisfied with the results. Our average use at the center is 4,000 students a day.” The “new” Colvin Center offers students 240,000 square feet of recreational space. The facility is state-of-the-art, with a cardio-theater, indoor running track, indoor golf facility center, dance studies, multiple gyms, weight rooms, a climbing wall, a renovated indoor swimming pool and a new outdoor pool. Bunker said programming at the Colvin Center is offered in six areas: the Intramural program, which is the largest on-campus recreational program for students; an Outdoor Adventure program; a Sports Club program; Adaptive Sports; Aquatics, a “F-I-T First” program, which offers non-credit courses in fitness, instruction, wellness and aerobics; and an open recreation program that allows students to exercise at their convenience. We’re very proud of this facility and so glad that our students enjoy it and use it to stay healthy and well,” Bunker said. “The Colvin Center is bringing national attention to Oklahoma State University.”
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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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