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OSU Spears School continues to impress with No. 2 ranking for online MIS master’s degree
Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business has been recognized as having the No. 2 most affordable Management Information Systems (MIS) master’s degree program among the nation’s Top 30 degree programs as judged by Spears’ MS in MIS program focuses on preparing students to be problem solvers using unique and state-of-the-art technology and analytic solutions in today’s business world. This is done through an engaging and cross disciplinary combination of development, analytic and data focused classes providing technical and business knowledge and skills to its students.    The MS in MIS program has a long history of appearing in program rankings. In 2015-16, the program was also recognized by Eduniversal as a top institution for MIS degrees and more recently was recognized as a top 10 online program by in its 2016-17 rankings. “OSU’s MS in MIS program continues to provides a top-notch online experience for its students, providing them with relevant hands-on educational in technology and the data science field,” said Rick Wilson, head of OSU’s Department of Management Science and Information Systems. “Our graduates are positioned to excel in our globally interconnected technology-enhanced business world. This ranking reflects on the talents of our faculty and their commitment toward instructional excellence.” wrote the following about OSU’s master’s degree in MIS: Oklahoma State University offers one of the most affordable MIS online programs on our list. This 33-credit hour program prepares students with advanced knowledge and skills needed to work in a rapidly changing computing systems environment. The program may be completed entirely online, with classes taught by university professors who regularly teach at the Stillwater campus. Courses include advanced database management, advanced systems analysis and design, descriptive analytics and visualization, MIS in business, and programming for analytics. Two specialization areas are also available to allow students to tailor their degree. These specializations include application development and data science. Major publications like U.S. News and World Report rank Oklahoma State as the 152nd best national university and the 78th top public school. To learn more about the master’s in MIS program at Spears Business, visit To view the complete list as ranked by, visit
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:21:14 -0600
OSU Theatre offering free tickets to all Payne County first responders
The Oklahoma State University Department of Theatre is offering two free tickets to all first responders in Stillwater and Payne County for its upcoming production of “Shipwrecked!” in February. “The first responders of Stillwater and Payne County are integral to the safety and security of the Stillwater and the OSU community. As a member of this community, the OSU Department of Theatre hopes to show its gratitude and appreciation with complimentary tickets to its next production,” said Dr. Andrew Kimbrough, professor and head of the department. “Shipwrecked!” tells the true story of Louis de Rougemont, a 19th-century British explorer, stranded on a South Pacific island inhabited with exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. The family-friendly show is a high energy and entertaining comedy that will be sure to amuse audience members of all ages. The show relies on physical comedy and acrobatic stunts to bring to life Louis’s outrageous exploits. A member of any first responder organization in Payne County, such as police departments, fire departments, the sheriff’s department, and E.M.T.s can receive two free tickets to any performance of “Shipwrecked!” with a valid ID from their organization. “Shipwrecked!” will run February 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. and February 26 at 2:30 p.m. in the Vivia Locke Theatre in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. Additional tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors (65+) and $7 for students. For more information about the free ticket promotion, contact the OSU Theatre Department at (405) 744-6094 or visit the website at
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:02:32 -0600
Van Cliburn gold medalist, Alexander Kobrin, to perform at OSU
Renowned pianist Alexander Kobrin, gold medal winner of the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, will visit the OSU campus to play a solo recital featuring works by Beethoven and Schumann at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Concert Hall of the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. On Friday, Jan. 27, Kobrin will present a master class with OSU student performers in the Seretean Center Choir Room 123 from 4 - 6 p.m. Alexander Kobrin Called the “Van Cliburn of today” by the BBC, Kobrin has earned a place at the forefront of today's performing musicians. His prize-winning performances have been praised for their brilliant technique, musicality, and emotional engagement with the audience. The New York Times has called Kobrin a “fastidious guide to Schumann’s otherworldly visions, pointing out hunters, flowers, haunted corners and friendly bowers, all captured in richly characterized vignettes.” Following Kobrin’s performance of Second Piano Concerto by Johannes Brahms with the Syracuse Symphony, a critic wrote, “This was a performance that will be revered and remembered as a landmark of the regeneration of exceptional classical music in Central New York.” In addition to Kobrin’s Cliburn competition win, his numerous successes in competitions include top prizes at the Busoni International Piano Competition, Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow, and third prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Kobrin has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Moscow Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Berliner Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Swedish Radio Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with celebrated conductors, including Mikhail Pletnev, Mikhail Jurovsky, Mark Elder, Vassiliy Sinaisky, James Conlon, Claus Peter Flor, Alexander Lazarev, Vassiliy Petrenko and Yuri Bashmet. Kobrin has appeared in recital at major halls worldwide, including the Louvre Auditorium and Salle Cortot in Paris, Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Munich Herkulesaal and Berliner Filarmonia Hall in Germany, the Kennedy Centre in Washington, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatoire, Sheung Wan Civic Centre in Hong Kong, as well as Sala Verdi in Milan and many others. His past recital performances have included Bass Hall for the Cliburn Series, the Washington Performing Arts Society, La Roque d'Antheron, the Ravinia Festival, the Beethoven Easter Festival, Busoni Festival, the renowned Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the Festival Musique dans le Grésivaudan, the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, annual concert tours in Japan, China and Taiwan. Though widely acclaimed as a performer, Kobrin’s teaching has been an inspiration to many students through his passion for music. He served on the faculty of the Gnessin's Academy of Music from 2003 to 2010. He is currently the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. In 2013, he joined the Artist Faculty of the Steinhardt School of Piano Studies at New York University. In fall 2017, he will join the piano faculty at the renowned Eastman School of Music in New York. Kobrin has released recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Quartz, and Centaur labels, covering a wide swath of piano literature. Gramophone Magazine raved about his Cliburn competition release on Harmonia Mundi, writing that …“in (Rachmaninoff’s) Second Sonata (played in the 1931 revision), despite fire-storms of virtuosity, there is always room for everything to tell and Kobrin achieves a hypnotic sense of the music’s dark necromancy.” Born in 1980 in Moscow, Korbrin was enrolled in the world-famous Gnessin Special School of Music at the age of five, after which he attended the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. Admission to the recital is $10 for adults and $7 for students. The master class is free and open to the public. Kobrin’s visit was made possible through the generosity of the Fae Rawdon Norris Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about this event, please call the OSU Music Department office at 405-744-8998.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:02:18 -0600
Book offers photo history of OSU’s campus
Filled with historical photos and illustrations of the Stillwater campus, a new book, "Oklahoma State University," takes the reader on a 125-year tour of familiar buildings and places with brief descriptions of the people and the plans that resulted in one of the most attractive college settings in the nation. “I thought showing the campus master plans would be an interesting way to demonstrate how OSU has been continuously using them to guide its physical development from the very beginning, 1889 to the present” said Dr. Charles L.W. Leider, professor and director emeritus in landscape architecture. “The book showcases the landscape architecture and building results of professional OSU designers and students through the years.” The book also offers brief descriptions of the architectural periods on campus starting with the Prairie Victorian Period to the present Millennial Period, including the Neo-Georgian Period, developed under the administration of President Henry Bennett from 1930 to 1959, which gave the campus core its current dominate Neo-Georgian appearance. The landscape architecture students in Dr. Leider's historic landscape preservation course helped commemorate the OSU Centennial by recreating the historic 1930 Neo-Georgian Master Plan, which had become fragmented and partly lost. The students were able to reconstruct the entire plan, as line and interpretive drawings, to present to the university on its 100th anniversary. These drawings are now on file in the U.S Library of Congress and Edmon Low Library on the OSU campus. Copies of the drawings from the 1930 master plan are included in the book. "Oklahoma State University" is available in paperback from the University Store at OSU and major online distributors for $22.  It is published by Arcadia Publishing, a leading local history publisher in the United States.  For more information, go to
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:34:04 -0600
OSU’s online MBA, online business programs excel in U.S. News & World Report rankings
Thanks to a revised curriculum and efficient upgrades, Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business has been ranked No. 1 among universities in the Big 12 Conference for its online MBA program and online business program (non-MBA) by U.S. News & World Report. Spears Business’s online MBA program is tied for 29th place in the Best Online MBA Programs rankings. This ranking makes OSU the best choice for an online MBA program in the Big 12 Conference, with West Virginia University coming in second with a ranking of 47th. Only five of the ten Big 12 Conference schools made it in to the U.S. News & World Report rankings for this category. Spears’ other online business programs are tied for 32nd place for the Best Online Business (non-MBA) Programs. This ranking also places OSU No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference for online business graduate programs, with only West Virginia University included in the rankings for this category at 66th. “We have made significant strides in improving our MBA program offering and experiences – online as well as in our Stillwater and Tulsa programs,” said Ramesh Sharda, vice dean for the Watson Graduate School of Management at Spears Business. “We have added several additional specializations for our MBA program and have rebuilt our MBA Advisory Board, which consists of MBA program alumni who are working to enhance our MBA students’ experiences and opportunities. “Our students are winning in national case competitions and data challenges. Our professional development class is becoming a major value addition to the students. With all the exciting changes that we are bringing forward in our MBA program offerings, it is heartening to note that major rankings organizations such as the U.S. News and World Report are taking note.” OSU’s Watson Graduate School offers degree programs via distance learning in: MBA (full and part-time) M.S. in Accounting M.S. in Business Analytics M.S. in Economics M.S. in Entrepreneurship M.S. in Information Assurance M.S. in Management Information Systems M.S. in Quantitative Financial Economics Graduate Certificate in Business Data Mining Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance Graduate Certificate in Non-profit Management Graduate Certificate in Business Sustainability Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate in Marketing Analytics “We were delighted to see the high ranking of our online master’s programs,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “We have very dedicated faculty and staff who work diligently to ensure that we provide a high quality online education. Spears Business was a pioneer in distance learning with programs dating back over 30 years. We are proud to have the highest ranked online master’s programs in business in the state and the Big 12. It is always great to see your hard work recognized by the ranking agencies, and it motivates us to work even harder to improve our programs.” U.S. News & World Report has been ranking colleges and universities for more than 30 years. The organization ranks degree-granting online programs at accredited institutions by evaluating student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and student services and technology. U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs ranking are available at
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:56:00 -0600
OSU’s online master's engineering programs rise to top 25
U.S. News has ranked the OSU College of Engineering Architecture and Technology’s (CEAT) online master's engineering programs 25th among public institutions and 31st among other regionally accredited institutions, a significant increase from 56th in the 2014-2015 rankings. "The goal in our strategic plan was to have our program recognized in the top-50 public engineering schools, and we are now in the top 25," says CEAT Dean Paul Tikalsky. "We give a lot of credit to Kristi Wheeler, CEAT distance education manager, for leading our continued efforts to deliver HD quality programs, and the new leadership of Tim Hardin, director of the masters of engineering and technology management program, in helping to improve the assessment of our programs." CEAT currently offers three online graduate degree programs, including Electrical and Computer Engineering, under the leadership of Jeffrey Young, while Sunderesh Heragu leads Engineering and Technology Management, and Industrial Engineering and Management. To view OSU CEAT’s ranking, visit For more information on CEAT's online master's of engineering programs, visit About the rankings The U.S. News rankings evaluate degree-granting online programs at regionally accredited institutions. U.S. News ranked schools using five categories: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology and admissions selectivity. For more information about how the rankings are calculated, visit here. To see the full list of rankings, visit
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:51:31 -0600
OSU repeats top 100 Kiplinger ranking for best value
Oklahoma State University has been named a 2017 Best College Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance for the 14th time since 2000. OSU is ranked 82 among the top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for providing a quality education at an affordable price, according to the annual survey from Kiplinger, which is based on criteria that includes admission rate, student-faculty ratio, financial aid availability, low average student debt at graduation, and overall great value. “We are especially proud to be ranked nationally for our value,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “Our repeated appearance in this annual survey demonstrates our ongoing commitment to provide students access to an outstanding higher education degree.” Compared to both public and private colleges, the report ranked OSU 227th among the top 300 colleges chosen from an initial pool of more than 1,200 colleges nationwide. “Our rankings weigh affordability alongside academic quality to help students and their parents understand what’s really worth the price,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “While some may have ranked higher than others, all 300 schools on the list are of extraordinary value.” The annual public school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s February 2017 issue—on newsstands and online now at:
Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:48:57 -0600
Critically-Acclaimed Theatre company set to perform
A theatre group known for its brilliant use of imagination, text and movement to create landscapes, vivid characters and epic stories, is making a stop in Stillwater.  Split Knuckle Theatre with its cast of four dynamic actors will hit the Seretean Center Concert Hall stage on Friday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m. for a performance of their play “Endurance.” Split Knuckle Theatre is a critically-acclaimed company that creates dynamic, physical, visually striking theatre from simple materials. They strive to make powerful theatre by engaging the audience and performers in collective acts of imagination. Using the expressive power of the human voice and body, they tell stories confronting the wonders and challenges of life in our world. “Endurance” recounts the story of the great British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who kept 27 men alive for two years in the most inhospitable climate on earth—Antartica. Ninety-five years later, in the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression, Hartford insurance man Walter Spivey struggles to justify his recent promotion and save his employees’ jobs, with only Shackleton’s journal as a guide. “I saw Split Knuckle Theatre perform in NYC last year and the audience was clearly mesmerized,” said Brandon Mitts, Arts, Culture and Entertainment manager. “They are an impressive and versatile group of actors that are really physical and funny.” Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults and $10 for OSU students and children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 405-744-7509. Tickets will also be available at the Seretean Center Concert Hall the evening of the performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The Split Knuckle Theatre performance is the fifth installment in the 2016-2017 OSU Allied Arts series. For decades, the OSU Allied Arts office has brought top-notch talent to the Oklahoma State University campus, enriching the lives of students and the community through the arts. Allied Arts hosts a total of eight performances during the year. For more information about Allied Arts and Split Knuckle Theatre, visit PHOTOS:
Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:54:28 -0600
OSU announces summer 2016 honor rolls
A total of 1,112 students were named to the summer semester honor rolls at Oklahoma State University, and 853 students were awarded degrees at the end of the summer session, according to the OSU Office of the Registrar. Full-time undergraduate students, who completed six or more hours with a grade point average of 4.00, earned a place on the OSU President’s Honor Roll, and students with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher, with no grade below a C, were added to the OSU Dean’s Honor Roll. All honor roll students are listed by their designated hometowns online, along with degree or major, as appropriate. Degrees earned with distinction, including summa cum laude (s), magna cum lade (m) or cum lade (c), are designated to the right of the degree earned. For the searchable in-state and out-of-state honor roll list, go to . A complete list of Oklahoma, out-of-state, and international graduates is available at
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:38:05 -0600
Edmond Natives Go Above and Beyond as Cowboys
Three students from Edmond are selected as OSU’s 2015-16 Top 10 Freshman Men Front Row - Peyton Hillery, Bailey Thornburg, Savannah Martin, Rebecca Lane, Dalacy Dockrey, Summer Stevens, Taylor Copeland, Vanessa Wiebe, Averie Hinchey, Shelbi Gambrell Back Row - Luke MacNaughton, Mason Russell, Cardin Hart, Kolton Kardokus, Partick Steichen, Haden Comstock, Clay Daily, Blake Giles, Mason Martin, Vishnu Patel “I hear it all the time when people talk about OSU, but it’s so true — the people,” says Blake Giles, a freshman electrical and computing engineering major at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. “My college experience has been made a thousand times better because I picked a university where I can walk around knowing complete strangers will always treat me with kindness, and it’s something that amazes me every day I’m here.”  Giles, along with Cardin Hart and Luke Macnaughton, both chemical engineering majors, are among OSU’s 2015-16 Top 10 Freshman Men — and they’re all three Edmond, Oklahoma, natives. The three students’ parents are OSU alumni, so for them, the often daunting college search was made fairly simple. From attending countless Cowboy football and basketball games to the famed yearly homecoming celebration and more, they’ve been immersed in orange since they can remember. “I chose Oklahoma State University because it had always been home to me,” Cardin says. “Every fall of my childhood was spent making the trip to Stillwater for home football games. When it became time for me to apply for college, I knew that I wanted to be in Stillwater. Even with an opportunity to go to universities out of state, I chose to only apply to Oklahoma State and have no regrets about that decision. I've loved the past year and a half I've been able to spend here.” On top of their unstoppable work ethic, the three students share common views toward OSU, especially when it comes to people — fellow students, professors, advisers and just about everybody else. “The people at OSU are unlike people anywhere else,” says Macnaughton. “They love you and encourage you and push you to reach your full potential. The people here make OSU the amazing university that it is.”  Along with the family like community, one can’t forget about the gorgeous campus, adds Hart. Also, the three agree that so far their OSU experience has pushed them to be better friends, students and leaders. “My experience at OSU has been everything I hoped it would be and more,” Giles says. The three stay pretty busy on campus. Giles participates in Student Government Association, Greek Life, and the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology. Hart too participates in SGA, serves as a CEAT senator, and holds a spot in the Greek Honor Society, Order of Omega, as well as on the student governing board for the Student Alumni Association. And Macnaughton is involved in the CEAT Student Council, the Wells Project, Greekwide and Beta Theta Pi. “Coming into college, I knew that I only had four years here, and I wanted to make the absolute most of them, so I searched for a variety of activities in the interest of expanding my horizons,” Giles says. “Through getting involved in organizations on campus and involvement within my fraternity, I have made countless friends in just over a year — something that I would have found quite difficult to believe in high school,” Hart says. “I have had the opportunity to foster a passion for service, and I have also gotten more experience with leading groups of people. Freshman year of college is truly a year of growth.” While the three students are still on the brink of their college experiences, they’ve each already made so many memories. The next three years or so are limitless. “My most memorable moment here was being on the field after being chosen as a top ten freshman,” Macnaughton says. “What made it so awesome was looking out into the stands at so many classmates and alumni, and feeling the energy in the building and the excitement for the thing that connected us all — that we were Cowboys and Cowgirls. It was awesome.” Students honored as 2015-16 Top 10 Freshman Men and Top 10 Freshman Women were chosen based on scholarship, community service, campus involvement and leadership during their freshmen year. They were selected through an extensive interview process held by the Achafoa Chapter of Mortar Board of OSU, during which the group was narrowed down to Top 20 and then Top 10 lists. The students were formally recognized during a ceremony on Oct. 8 in the Browsing Room of Edmon Low Library and then during halftime of the OSU-Iowa State football game.
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:23:16 -0600