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Honors College students hooded for fall 2016 semester
The OSU Honors College honored 32 students during a hooding ceremony on Dec. 9, 2016, in the Old Central Assembly Hall. The degree is the highest academic distinction awarded to those receiving an OSU undergraduate degree, and students donned the Honors College hood during the fall 2016 commencement ceremony. This award designates the successful completion of all the Honors College Degree requirements with a minimum grade point average of 3.5. It is earned by completing several hours of additional academic requirements for a General Honors Award and a Departmental or College Honors Award.  To view photos of honorees with President Burns Hargis, visit For more information about the Honors College, contact The Honors College at 405-744-6799 or visit The students honored are listed below along with their degrees. OKLAHOMA BROKEN ARROW Joshua Phillips, environmental science CLAREMORE Avonlea Keenan, geography Ashley Vinson, political science COYLE Heather Sayre, agricultural education ENID Courtney West, English Devyn Lavoie, marketing MCALESTER Lauren Schmidt, biological science MUSTANG Taylor Mastin, industrial engineering and management OKMULGEE Matthew Allen, computer science OWASSO Zadie Cook, agribusiness STILLWATER Erica Crockett, nutritional sciences Logan Sirbaugh, electrical engineering Maggie Knobbe, studio art Morgan Brun, architectural engineering TONKAWA Rachel Reisch, physiology TULSA Annelise Poss, nutritional sciences Evyn Kron, marketing Marshall Earnest, mechanical engineering Rahul Chidurala, computer engineering OUT-OF-STATE ARKANSAS BENTONVILLE Anthony Biamont, architecture CALIFORNIA RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA Andrew Blye, marketing MISSOURI RICHMOND Hannah Hillegas, civil engineering WEBSTER GROVES Abby Hebenstreit, marketing NEW MEXICO QUEMADO Emily Ferranti, animal science TEXAS ALEDO Sara Reding, entrepreneurship and marketing FLOWER MOUND Alexander Smith, political science FRISCO Nick Baril, sports media HONDO Kate McKinney, animal science WISCONSIN RIVER FALLS Erik Dartsch, finance Story by Catherine Wilson CONTACT: OSU Communications | 405-744-9080 | PHOTOS:
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:32:23 -0600
Family Fit means family fun at the Colvin Center
 There are still two Saturdays left in a series of family-friendly group exercise classes at Oklahoma State University, and you just may find there’s no better way to spend time with your kids. “One of the reasons we created the Family Fit program was to appeal to OSU employees or students who wouldn’t otherwise use the facilities,” said Mary Talley, assistant director for employee wellness. Family Fit has been offering a different class format each week, including a Dance Party setting, Strength and Stretch, and still to come—Yoga and Pound. This allows children, 6-years old and up, and their family members to experience several different exercise methods. “I enjoy being able to exercise with my daughter because she sees that it’s something I do and now it’s something we can actually do together,” said Tabi Deal, health educator. Family Fit attendance doubled from the first to second week and has continued to grow. This week’s class will be held on Saturday, March 4, featuring yoga. The last class in this series is scheduled for March 11 and will feature the energizing fun of playing the drums, which is why it’s called Pound. Classes are held from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. in the Colvin Recreational Center on campus. Registration is not required. Family-friendly programs are an ongoing focus for the Department of Wellness. Families & Flashlights, Jack-O-Lantern Jog and Run, and Rabbit Run are just a few of the other events created for children and their families within the Stillwater community. “This is a great time for you and your kids to come have fun together, be active, spend some quality time together and maybe try something new that you haven’t tried before” Deal said. Story by Cassidy Williams PHOTOS:
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:43:21 -0600
Oklahoma State University releases Fall 2016 honor rolls
A total of 6,339 students were named to the 2016 fall semester honor rolls at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, including 2,535 students named to the President's Honor Roll for all “A” grades. Full-time undergraduate students who completed 12 or more hours with a grade point average of 4.00 were placed on the President¹s Honor Roll, and students with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher with no grade below a “C” were placed on the Dean's Honor Roll. A searchable in-state and out-of-state honor roll list is available at: Please note: *** To search Oklahoma State University's Honor Roll listings, enter your search term in the top left field and click the appropriate corresponding search category to locate your results. Note: To search by state, please enter the state abbreviation. For example, to search for Oklahoma students, enter OK.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:51:09 -0600
Remember the 10 Run, upholding a promise
Remember the 10 Run, upholding a promise Coordinators of the Remember the 10 Run presented a $20,000 donation to Oklahoma State University Counseling Services in late January. The money from the run is donated annually to honor a promise to never forget the 10 people who lost their lives in a plane crash 16 years ago while returning from an OSU basketball game, but it’s accomplished much more. Over the last decade, the event has provided over $200,000 to OSU Counseling Services to fund a variety of resources centered on grief counseling for students as well as specialty training for the counseling services staff. “Being able to go out and give educational-type outreach after the parade tragedy, the plane crash, the second plane crash, and after deaths on campus—I think it’s a lot more efficient now that we have those materials we can provide,” said Trevor Richardson, director of University Counseling Services. “Unfortunately, we have had several things happen since we started the race, and the hundreds of other situations where grieving students have been helped that no one else will ever know about,” said Jason Pogue, Remember the 10 Run Co-Chair. Because of the overwhelming support from donors across the country, the annual run has also been able to support the establishment of a scholarship program for OSU masters and doctoral students pursuing counseling, psychology and family therapies. Ten graduate students annually receive $1,000 scholarships, which are announced at the annual run in April. The 11th annual Remember the 10 Run will be held April 15, at 9 a.m., on the south side of Boone Pickens Stadium. Participants can choose between three race options: a 1-mile fun run for $20, a 5K for $35 or a 10K for $35. Runners and volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and commemorative medallion at the race. “Shortly after the plane crash, OSU officials made the promise, to the families of those 10 men, that we would never forget them so our main purpose is to get everybody together to ensure the memory of those 10 live on,” Pogue said. The 10 individuals included Kendall C. Durfey, television and radio engineer; Bjorn G. Fahlstrom, corporate aviation pilot; Nathan Z. Fleming, scholar and athlete; William R. Hancock III, media relations coordinator; Daniel P. Lawson, Jr., scholar and athlete; Brian W. Luinstra, athletic trainer; Denver Mills, CPA and pilot; Pat Noyes, director of basketball operations, William B. Tietgens (Teegins), sportscaster, and Jared G. Weiberg, student assistant. To volunteer or register for the event, visit Story by Cassidy Williams PHOTOS:
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:17:21 -0600
OSU partnership gives visitors new engineering experience
Three visiting student interns from South Korea enjoyed new hands-on engineering experiences, thanks to their school’s partnership with the Division of Engineering Technology at Oklahoma State University.  Hochul Noh, Jinho Jung and Jaein Lee, junior students in the department of mechanical engineering at Kumoh National Institute of Technology (KIT), recently participated in a five-week program that allowed them to take advantage of the state-of-the-art labs at OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT). The students designed an electro-pneumatic system controlled by an embedded program named Arduino for the final phase of their internship. “One of the benefits of the projects is that we learned new things,” says Noh. “It was our first time to control a pneumatic system, and we had to learn how to regulate things like the air pressure.” The Division of Engineering Technology is focused on sustaining its partnerships with international institutions. Other programs, such as electrical and computer engineering, and fire protection and safety engineering technology, also foster relationships with universities in China and Vietnam. “We hope to strengthen the relationship between the CEAT and KIT,” says Tim Huff, international students and scholars manager. “It’s a good opportunity for our academic units to become closely involved.” PHOTOS:
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:30:15 -0600
Visiting artist crosses boundaries with her works
singleton papermaking taos A visiting artist whose ecology-based work crosses artistic boundaries will offer a talk at the Student Union on Thursday, Feb. 23, followed by a free workshop the next day at the Multi-Arts Center in Stillwater. “The investigation of ecological relationships within society and the landscape is the basis of my work, which intertwines sculpture, handmade paper, found objects, printmaking, photography, and books arts,” said Megan Singleton. “I utilize my expertise in the historic craft of papermaking to create work in a contemporary context that transforms invasive plant fibers into works of art.” Megan Singleton At the same time, Singleton said, she hopes her works help underline the importance of invasive-species awareness and the impact of such plants on the natural environment. “I am interested in how art can address and engage people with the natural world, and connect with the physical actions of a growing, living environment. This, in turn, can inspire communities and individuals to care and foster the growth and revitalization of our landscapes and their natural systems.” Singleton, whose work is exhibited both nationally and internationally, will present “Rio: An Exploration of New Mexico Landscapes through Hand Papermaking,” at an opening reception that will start at 5 p.m. on Thursday in the Cowboy Underground (basement) of the Student Union. Her talk, scheduled to start at 6 p.m., will focus on the work Singleton accomplished as the Smelser-Vallion Visiting Artist for 2016 at OSU’s Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, New Mexico. She will hold a free hand papermaking workshop on Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Multi-Arts Center, 1001, S. Duck St. in Stillwater. Singleton holds an adjunct position at Saint Louis University, teaching fiber arts. She serves as vice president for development on the board of directors for the hand papermaking organization known as The Friends of Dard Hunter. She is also a member of the International Art Collective Expanded Draught, based in Galway, Ireland. Singleton received a master’s degree in sculpture from Louisiana State University, and bachelor’s in photography from Webster University. She was the recipient of a $20,000 Artist Fellowship from the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission in 2015. View several of Singleton’s works online at PHOTOS:
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:03:52 -0600
Bird honored by national association
Dr. Lee Bird Dr. Lee Bird, vice president for student affairs at Oklahoma State University, was recently awarded a lifetime honorary membership in the Association for Student Conduct Administration during its 29th annual international conference. Bird has been an active and long-term contributing member of the association and has served in various capacities. Her leadership capacities within the organization include president of the Raymond Goldstone (ASCA) Foundation and Gehrig Academy Faculty. Bird also co-authored the book “The First Amendment on Campus” with Mary Beth Mackin and Saundra K. Schuster. The book has served as a handbook for college and university administrators on how to handle First Amendment issues. Bird previously received the Donald G. Gehring Award in recognition of her leadership, service and contribution to the body of knowledge for the field of student conduct. Story by Catherine Wilson
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:17:36 -0600
OSU Phi Beta Kappa lecture features Robert Henry
The Phi Beta Kappa Society at Oklahoma State University, Gamma Chapter, will host Robert Henry, president of Oklahoma City University, for its annual spring lecture on Feb. 21. Henry will speak at 7 p.m., Feb. 21, at the Assembly Hall of Old Central (3rd Floor), home of the OSU Honors College. The Phi Beta Kappa event celebrates the roles of the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities in the contemporary university. OSU’s involvement with Phi Beta Kappa began four years ago and places OSU among the elite universities involved in providing well-rounded studies in the liberal arts. As a land-grant university with an original focus on engineering, technology, and agriculture, OSU’s Phi Beta Kappa membership recognizes the growth and diversified programming that characterize a broad-based educational experience. “President Henry is well-known for his public speaking,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “He is the perfect person to reflect the values of Phi Beta Kappa due to his numerous achievements as an Oklahoma public figure, jurist, and now president of OCU.”   Born in Shawnee, Henry graduated from the University of Oklahoma with high honors as an undergraduate and from the OU Law School. He has served as Attorney General for Oklahoma and as a judge for the United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit. He has lectured widely, won numerous awards for his accomplishments and public service, and is well-known as a legal scholar, with numerous publications to his name. Before being named to his present position, Henry served as Dean of the OCU law school. The event is free and open to the campus and public.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:29:54 -0600
Celebrate the breadth of OSU research and scholarly activity during Research Week 2017
Oklahoma State University celebrates scientific discovery and scholarly activity Feb. 20-24 during Research Week 2017. Join OSU faculty and students representing the breadth of research activity at OSU for a week of events highlighting the impact of research that reaches far beyond the Oklahoma State campus. The OSU Office of the Vice President for Research will again sponsor a series of faculty discussions to provide an overview of disciplinary research strengths at Oklahoma State. Each of the three VPR Panel Series discussions focuses on expanding areas of research at OSU. All panels take place in 416 Student Union, Case Study 2. The Microbiome: Monday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. Research efforts across OSU have laid the foundation for the expansion of existing microbiome-related research through a broad, interdisciplinary base. OSU Research on Fire: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1 pm. Protecting people and property is an important focus of research and outreach at Oklahoma State University. The Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA): Tuesday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. Adverse childhood experiences and the mechanisms through which they exert lifelong effects on health and functioning is the focus of the newly funded Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA).  A special performance by artist and storyteller Susan Marie Frontczak portraying the life and work of scientist Marie Curie takes place Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. Other events include: OSU Microscopy Open House:  Monday, Feb. 20 The Kamm Lecture in Higher Education:  Tuesday, Feb. 21 Science Café OSU program on forensic science and food safety:  Tuesday, Feb. 21 The OSU Sociology Bradford Gray Lecture:  Tuesday, Feb. 21 Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Disease Seminar:  Wednesday. Feb. 22 Research Days at the Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa: Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23-24 OSU Theatre Department production of Shipwrecked!:  Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23-24 Research Week features speakers, symposiums, musical and theater performances and presentations that provide a comprehensive look at research and scholarly activity central to OSU’s mission. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:16:18 -0600
Second annual Women Veterans Symposium is March 9
Veteran Student Academic Services at Oklahoma State University will host the second annual Women Veterans Symposium on Thursday, March 9, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  in the Wes Watkins Center. This year’s theme, Get Involved, Impact Your Community, focuses on helping female veterans make the transition to civilian life. Open to all women veterans and women active-duty military, reservists, and National Guard members, the free symposium is an opportunity to meet and build relationships with your sister veterans, hear advice from those who have successfully transitioned from military service, and explore programs and benefits available to women veterans. Bring your resume to have it critiqued. The keynote speaker, Lt. Commander Dee Woolridge, US Naval Reserves, is the founder of The Heart Centered Institute, LLC, where the teaching is focused on new thought, personal growth, transformation and positive change. She holds an MBA and credentials in hypnotherapy and counseling.  An intuitive people-person, Woolridge has spent over 28 years in public service to her country and community. Retired Army Specialist Eleanor McDaniel, the military’s most highly-decorated Comanche female veteran, will also be a featured speaker at the conference. McDaniel, a full-blooded member of the Comanche Nation, was the first woman from her tribe to serve in combat. She currently serves as the commander of the Comanche Tribal Veterans Association, where she has dedicated more than 20 years and served in several positions. Morning and afternoon breakout sessions are scheduled, along with a panel of women veterans who have successfully transitioned from the military into the public and/or private sectors. Each will share their personal experiences and insights, and follow up by answering questions from those in attendance. Several organizations will also be present to provide information about services and benefits available to women veterans, including the Women’s Clinic at the VA Regional Medical Center in Oklahoma City; Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs; outreach coordinators from the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Vet Centers; Oklahoma National Guard Family Programs; the local veterans employment representative from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission; Women Veterans’ Organization; Disabled American Veterans; Veterans of Foreign Wars; the Office of Student Disability Services, and Veteran Entrepreneur Program from OSU. Please RSVP for the conference by Wednesday, March 1, via email at
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:07:35 -0600