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Campus Preparations for August 31 Football
Oklahoma State University will play host to the University of Tulsa Thursday evening, August 31 at Boone Pickens Stadium. The nationally televised game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. In preparation for the game and arrival of Cowboy Football fans, the university has made adjustments to accommodate academic and campus activities. Here are key details: Classes remain in session although faculty members have the discretion to make adjustments Employees who may need special accommodations because of changes to parking should contact their supervisors Students who need special accommodations because of changes to parking should contact Parking and Transit Services Lots adjacent to the stadium will be closed Thursday to faculty, staff, and student parking Faculty, staff and some students will need to vacate various lots at different times beginning Wednesday, August 30 The Monroe St. Garage will be available the entire day for faculty and staff with any current OSU parking permit and students with a Monroe St. Garage permit, busses will be available to transport faculty, staff  and students onto campus. The garage will open to all student permit holders at 2:30 p.m. Hall of Fame Avenue between Washington and Knoblock streets will be closed at 9 a.m. on Thursday; Gallagher-Iba Arena will close at 2 p.m. Fans will be permitted to enter vacated Posse lots in close proximity to academic buildings beginning at 3 p.m. For students coming to campus for late afternoon classes, parking will be available in non-Posse Club campus parking areas with the exception of Wentz Lane Garage, Lot 35, Lot 36, Lot 25, Lot 80, Family Housing and any area noted as enforced 24-7. The Fourth Avenue Garage will require a game day parking pass after 2:30 pm. Monroe St. and Hester St. control gates will open at 3 p.m. On-campus bus routes will begin reduced service at 2 p.m.; off-campus bus routes will run normally For more information, view this Detailed Parking Map.
Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:36:31 -0500
First Day of Classes and Solar Eclipse
The first week of classes was filled with excitement as students headed to Library Lawn to view the moon crossing in front of the sun. This was the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental U.S. since 1979. OState.TV caught the milestone event on camera. The eclipse peaked at 1:06 p.m. and reached nearly 90 percent totality. Students, faculty, staff and the community covered the Stillwater campus with their eyes to the sky.   Have a great year, Cowboys!  To view more photos, click here.
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:17:40 -0500
OSU tops in Native Americans earning bachelor degrees in engineering
Oklahoma State University has the highest number of Native Americans earning bachelor degrees in engineering, as well as engineering technology degrees, among all the engineering schools in North America, according to data from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).  “We’re proud to be leading the way nationally, but what’s really important is that we’re making progress and Native American students are responding to our invitation to earn highly-skilled degrees that offer real promise for success in their chosen fields of engineering,” said Dr. Paul Tikalsky, dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) at OSU.  The statistics show that OSU is tied for the top spot in the category of bachelor of science degrees in engineering with 16 Native American students, the same number as Arizona State University, which has an overall enrollment that is about three times higher than OSU. The data, from the ASEE publication “Profiles in Engineering and Engineering Technology,” also shows that OSU is well ahead of other universities nationally that offer engineering technology degrees, with 12 Native American graduates, compared to Purdue University, which is second with three graduates. In addition, national surveys continue to show that OSU is the leading land grant university for Native American student enrollment in the United States. The university founded the OSU Center for Sovereign Nations in 2015 to build relationships among American Indian Nations and implement initiatives across the OSU system. In 2014,the U.S. Department of Education designated OSU as a Minority Serving Institution, based on its enrollment of Native American students.  “We’re certainly proud to join our partners in recognizing the achievement of our students,” said Elizabeth Payne, director of the Center for Sovereign Nations. “Eight of the American Indian student leaders who work in our center are engineering majors, and we are seeing a positive impact through our innovative student-to-student tutoring/mentoring program, which meets each week in our center.  Our next objective is to engage employers so these students can secure internship opportunities.” According to data from the Office of Institutional Research and Information Management at OSU, the latest undergraduate statistics show that, as of last September, the number of American Indian students enrolled at OSU had grown by 50 percent since 2009 with a total of 2,323 enrolled last fall.
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:47:30 -0500
OSU professor named outstanding young professional
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has selected Dr. Ashlee N. Ford Versypt as one of its 2017 outstanding young professional members under age 35. An assistant professor of chemical engineering at Oklahoma State University, Ford Versypt won the institute’s 35 Under 35 Award in the education category.  “I love interacting with students, said Ford Versypt. “It is great to witness those moments when the course concepts and research methods I teach click for them.”  Ford Versypt currently directs the Systems Biomedicine and Pharmaceutics Research Laboratory in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU. The lab focuses on projects that integrate chemical engineering, computational science and engineering, applied mathematics, biomedical science, and pharmaceutical science.  She has been teaching since she was an undergraduate student at the University of Oklahoma, where she tutored, provided informal instruction, and outreach. Ford Versypt credits a course in teaching and academic careers during graduate school as a key influence in her decision to pursue higher education as a career. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, adding post-doctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.    “We have known from the start that Ashlee was a gifted educator and that is why we honored her at the college level in 2015 as an outstanding mentor, and just recently, with our teaching excellence award,” said Dr. Paul Tikalsky, dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT). “Her teaching and researching abilities have allowed her to excel at OSU and made us very grateful for her talents as well as the positive national recognition she’s attracted. We’re certain she has an even brighter future ahead.”  One of Ford Versypt’s research projects, aimed at developing a system to predict the onset of diabetic kidney disease so early that it can be treated and slowed before irreversible injury occurs, recently received a Health Research award from the Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology.    She also received the 2014 Joseph J. Martin Award for best research paper in the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.  Ford Versypt tries to balance research and teaching by focusing on her goal “to contribute meaningfully to society through her work and interactions with people.”  In addition to students, those interactions also involve her peers at OSU and across the U.S. Ford Versypt is a senior member of the AIChE, where she works with both the Computing and Systems Technology Division, and the Education Division. She was also recently elected director of the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.  Ford Versypt will receive the AIChE 35 Under 35 Award during the institute’s annual meeting, set for Oct. 29 – Nov. 3 in Minneapolis, Minn. The award is designed to acknowledge the early-career success of institute members and promote the accomplishments of a new generation of chemical engineers. For more information on the award and winners, go to or #AIChEUnder35.
Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:57:01 -0500
Name change for historic OSU program announced
After more than eight decades, Oklahoma State University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration will be known as the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.   The name change is the product of a reorganized academic structure for the school, which will include four specializations: event planning, lodging management, food studies and beverage management.  “The new name also represents the full array of educational opportunities available in our academic program,” said Ben Goh, assistant dean and director of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM).  As one of four academic units in the College of Human Sciences, HTM offers its students a business-focused curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking skills, problem solving and communication techniques with real-world experiences.  College of Human Sciences Dean Stephan Wilson said the new name reflects the evolution of the hospitality industry. “This is certainly a signal that the school is reconfiguring itself to address that latest challenges and opportunities in hospitality and tourism education, and ensure a bright future for its students and alums.”  Established in 1937, the historic and distinguished program enlisted advice and insight from alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and other outside constituents in the decision to change the name. “In order to remain a high caliber academic program, our students need to experience the industry’s newest and brightest options,” Goh said. “The program is well positioned with new facilities, a business-based and industry need-driven curriculum, research capacity and reputation to continue to be a global leader in hospitality and tourism education for another 80 years.”
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:57:37 -0500
OSU scientist leads massive drought research project
As the number of hot droughts increases globally, scientists look to solve the difficulty in creating consistent predictions of what will happen to plants and vegetation in the future.  A new study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution brought together 62 scientists, led by Henry Adams at Oklahoma State University, from across the globe to synthesize all known research from drought manipulation studies that killed trees to develop a more accurate land-surface prediction model. Plants take up a big portion of the CO2 that humans put in the atmosphere.  Therefore, the effect of sudden shifts in plant population at large scales, such as tree die-off observed globally in recent decades, could affect the rate at which climate changes. Current global vegetation models have a hard time producing consistent estimates of plant CO2 uptake, and their predictions vary widely based on the assumptions they use about how plants respond to climate.  “Droughts are simultaneously happening over large regions of the globe, affecting forests with very different trees,” says Liz Blood, director of National Science Foundation’s Macrosystems Biology program. “The discovery of how droughts cause mortality in trees, regardless of the type of tree, allows us to make better regional-scale predictions of droughts’ effects on forests.” Trees and forests are particularly important in this because they take up and store a lot of this CO2, and also affect their environment in other ways. One idea for improving these models, is to base forest responses on how trees die in response to heat, drought, and other climate stresses.  But progress on this has been limited by disagreement over whether carbon starvation or hydraulic failure, the inability of a plant to move water from roots to leaves, is the true cause of death in trees.   Adams and his fellow researchers found hydraulic failure to be universal when trees died, while carbon starvation was a contributing factor roughly half of the time.   “Understanding drought is critical to managing our nation’s forests,” says Lina Patino, section head in the NSF’s Division of Earth Sciences, which funded the study through its Critical Zone Observatories program. “This research will help us more accurately predict how different plant species respond to different types of environmental stress such as drought, insect damage or disease.” Funding and support was also provided by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. Adams explains that 99 percent of the water moving through a tree is used to keep stomata open, the pores that let in CO2, allowing it to carry out photosynthesis.  Trees respond to the stress of drought by closing those pores that let in CO2. At that point, they need to rely on their stored sugars and starches to stay alive, and could die from carbon starvation if they run out before the drought is over.  On the other hand, if the tree loses too much water too quickly, an air bubble (embolism) will form and the tree has hydraulic failure, it cannot transport water from the roots to the leaves, which becomes lethal as the whole tree dries out.  Adams and his colleagues saw that in many cases, both carbon starvation and hydraulic failure appeared to occur as trees died.  This makes sense, because the stored sugars and starches that could be reduced in carbon starvation are also important for preventing hydraulic failure.  When converted to sugar, these can act as “osmoprotectants,” increasing the tree’s ability to hold on to its water.  “It’s kind of like antifreeze in a car that keeps the engine from overheating,” Adams says.   The study’s results help link together the theories of carbon starvation and hydraulic failure, and provides a strong suggestion for how to go about improving vegetation models. “It produced a powerful consensus view by bringing together a lot of different people with different perspectives,” Adams says.   The interdisciplinary approach served the purpose of the NSF’s “macrosystems biology” grant program.  Funding from this project supports, “predictive understanding of large-scale biological responses to climate, land-use change.”  By forging a unified theory of the most basic question – what actually kills a tree in a drought? – scientists may now focus on effective solutions.  */
Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:06:50 -0500
Veterans and their families invited to take advantage of mobile office visit
The DAV Mobile Service Office is coming to the Oklahoma State University campus to provide free assistance to veterans and their families in filing for veteran benefits claims on Thursday, August 17, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The mobile office will be parked at the upper level of the Student Union North Plaza.  The van is staffed by veteran services officers, supplied by the Oklahoma Department of Disable American Veterans (DAV), who can answer questions and assist in filing claims for benefits with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  “These officers are well-versed in providing counseling, completing and filing benefit forms, they simply ask that you bring any related information you may have, including medical records, DD214s, and prior correspondence with the VA to help them along,” said Rick Hansen, coordinator of Veteran Student Academic Services at OSU. According to DAV statistics, benefit claims representing more than 292,000 veterans and family members were filed in 2016. The primary task of Veterans Student Academic Services is to coordinate with campus, community, state and federal organizations and agencies to provide services to more than 850 veterans and military-affiliated students at OSU. The office is also in charge of the Veterans Success Center on campus, which offers student veterans a place to study, seek academic assistance, and interact as they transition to college life. For more information, contact Rick Hansen by emailing or calling (405) 744-1390.
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:13:54 -0500
Veterans groups partner with Walmart for Veterans Awareness Days
Veterans organizations on the Oklahoma State University campus and locally are partnering with the Walmart Supercenter in west Stillwater to hold Veterans Awareness Days on Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12, at the same time students are moving back to campus. “We appreciate Walmart’s General Manager Jose Lopez for suggesting this, which coincides with campus move-in time and should allow us to reach the largest number of veterans possible,” said Rick Hansen, coordinator for Veterans Student Academic Services at OSU. “Representatives from veterans organizations and related state and federal support agencies will be available in front of Walmart both days from noon until 6 p.m. to assist veterans and connect them to the services and organizations available.” Hansen invites veterans to stop by, have a soda and a hotdog, and meet representatives from the various groups planning to participate, which include: OSU Veteran Student Academic Services, OSU Peer Advisors for Veteran Education, the Student Veterans Organization at OSU, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and the Tulsa Vet Center. “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr.  Lopez and his employees at Walmart Supercenter 4241, at 4545 W. 6th Avenue, for their continued support of veterans programs at Oklahoma State University and veterans in our community,” said Hansen.  “In addition to hosting this event, Walmart has awarded the Office of Veteran Student Academic Services a $2,500 grant to support the Women Veterans Symposium on March 10th, 2018, through Walmart’s Community Grant Program.” The primary task of Veterans Student Academic Services is to coordinate with campus, community, state and federal organizations and agencies to provide services to more than 850 veterans and military-affiliated students at OSU. The office is also in charge of the Veterans Success Center on campus, which offers student veterans a place to study, seek academic assistance, and interact as they transition to college life.
Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:41:56 -0500
Oklahoma State University names 2017 CEAT Scholars
The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology has selected 23 students to participate in its CEAT Scholars Program at Oklahoma State University.   As CEAT Scholars, each will receive national and international travel opportunities, as well as other educational experiences designed to develop their technical competence and leadership abilities while broadening their worldview. The program provides each scholar an estimated $15,000 in added benefits to their college education.  The names of the scholars selected for the program, their intended majors and hometowns are listed below. ·         Miranda Almen, Industrial Engineering and Management, Edmond ·         Courtney Andrews, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Stillwater ·         Moraad Bilbeisi, Mechanical Engineering, Stillwater ·         Lauren Brown, Electrical Engineering, Smithville ·         Kevin Bruggemeyer, Aerospace Engineering, Topeka, Kan. ·         Keaton Carter, Industrial Engineering and Management, Stillwater ·         Erin Cope, Aerospace Engineering, Bartlesville ·         Ansel Emerson, Aerospace Engineering, Stillwater ·         Bailey Hackler, Mechanical Engineering, Jenks ·         Katherine Hahn, Chemical Engineering, Hindsville, Ark. ·         Natalie Hodde, Environmental Engineering, Richardson, Texas ·         Ryan Horton, Electrical Engineering, Springfield, Mo. ·         Jaden Kasitz, Mechanical Engineering, Wichita, Kan. ·         Daniel Lienhard, Chemical Engineering, Wichita, Kan. ·         Olivia Long, Electrical Engineering, Elgin ·         Brendan Martin, Electrical Engineering, Muskogee ·         Raymond Morgan, Architecture, Edmond ·         Dixie Poteet, Civil Engineering, Grand Junction, Colo. ·         Riley Randolph, Chemical Engineering, Stillwater ·         Jessica Slavick, Mechanical Engineering, Midwest City ·         Cameryn Taylor, Environmental Engineering, Grove ·         Emily Tran, Architecture, Carrollton, Texas ·         Samuel Willhoite, Mechanical Engineering, Edmond  Incoming freshmen must meet the following criteria to be invited to the CEAT Scholars interview day, held annually in November, in order to be considered for the program.  Qualifications: ·         Acceptance to Oklahoma State University by Nov. 1 ·         3.75+ GPA (unweighted) ·         31+ ACT or 1420+ SAT ·         Demonstrated leadership/community involvement For more information on the CEAT Scholars program, visit  For more information on the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU, visit
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:42:55 -0500
OSU Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering members earn national recognition
Students, faculty and alumni from Oklahoma State University’s Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering program brought home several awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Conference in Spokane, Wash. “These awards not only give the program and those involved pride but show how we here at Oklahoma State are continually striving for excellence,” said Dr. John Veenstra, biosystems and agricultural engineering department head. “We are extremely proud of our students, faculty and alumni’s achievements and their dedication to continually serving in their field.” Christian Ley, ’17 B.S. biosystems engineering, received the Roger R. and Laura Yoerger Preprofessional Engineer of the Year Award. This award was established to honor an outstanding ASABE preprofessional member of the society. The award seeks to recognize an outstanding preprofessional undergraduate student member who has excelled scholastically and has been a leader in the local, regional and international communities as demonstrated by activities and offices held at each level. First awarded in 2009, OSU-BAE students have been selected four of the last seven years. Other student awards include: ·         Montanta Wells, biosystems engineering senior, elected second vice president of the International Preprofessional Council. ·         OSU Student Chapter selected as the AEM Student Chapter of the Year. ·         Cowboy Waterworks placed first place in Fountain Wars, a hands-on design competition. Using only water power, the team must move eggs through a cycle and return the egg to the starting position unbroken. They must also launch a beach ball into three randomized zones. The OSU ·         team outscored their opponents in the beach ball task and was the only team to return unbroken eggs.   Other awards: ·         Blue Ribbon Winner for Electronic and Web-based delivery – team included: Collin Craige (’13 B.S. biosystems engineering), Dr. Michael Buser, biosystems and agricultural engineering professor, Craig Woods, senior television producer for agricultural communications services at OSU, Amanda (Erichsen) Tomlinson (’08 M.S. agricultural engineering) and Dr. Brian Adam, agricultural economics professor. ·         Dr. Carol Jones, biosystems and engineering professor, elected to ASABE Nominating Committee. ·         Dr. Sherry Hunt, (’99 B.S. biosystems engineering) elected to ASABE Foundation Board of Trustees. ·         Dr. Steve Searcy, biological and agricultural engineering professor and department head, elected as ASAE president. ·         Dr. Ed Barnes (’96 Ph.D. biosystems engineering) elected as an ASABE fellow. ·         Dr. Indrajeet Chaubey (’97 Ph.D. biosystems engineering) elected as an ASABE fellow. ·         Dr. Danny Rogers (’88 Ph.D. agricultural engineering) received the Heerman Sprinkler Irrigation Award and Outstanding Reviewer Award. ·         Dr. Laura Kennedy (’05 B.S. biosystems engineering) received the Blue Ribbon for Publications, Comprehensive. ·         Candice (Johnson) Engler (’04 B.S. biosystems engineering) received the ASABE Presidential Citation.  More on the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers: ASABE is an educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food and biological systems. Engineers in this field strive to develop efficient and environmentally sensitive methods of producing food, fiber, timber and renewable energy sources for an increasing world population.
Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:21:47 -0500