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Senior celebrates family’s history of Black women farmers through award-winning artwork

Senior celebrates family’s history of Black women farmers through award-winning artwork

Studio Art senior Shyanne Dickey recently won OSU’s Division of Student Affairs Celebrating Black Lives Art Contest with her piece, “Reigning Black Women Farmers.” Dickey, who hails from Tucson, Arizona, ventured outside her normal medium of oil paints to create the digital print. The collage of edited photos depicts six generations of women from Dickey’s family who have worked farmland in rural west Kansas for more than 150 years.

Debo Web Portal Brings Together Scholar’s Work

Debo Web Portal Brings Together Scholar’s Work

The new Angie Debo web portal, available at debo.library.okstate.edu, pulls together a range of resources on Debo's life including primary source materials, contextual essays, photographs, publications, podcasts and teacher resources.

Black writers, geography and the English professor connecting the dots between them

Black writers, geography and the English professor connecting the dots between them

For his recently published book, Geographies of Flight: Phillis Wheatley to Octavia Butler, English professor Dr. William Decker merged his American Studies expertise with geography to provide unique insights into the works of prominent Black writers.

English Ph.D. candidate named Honorary Graduate Commencement Marshal

English Ph.D. candidate named Honorary Graduate Commencement Marshal

Finishing a Ph.D. is an immense accomplishment in and of itself, but Tomie Bitton gets to add one more accolade to her resume: Honorary Graduate Commencement Marshal. The native Californian, who is graduating in English with an emphasis in creative nonfiction, decided to “put my name in the hat” after reading that the Graduate College was accepting applications earlier this year.

Ethics Club win at regionals sets them up for second nationals appearance in three years

Ethics Club win at regionals sets them up for second nationals appearance in three years

On November 14, OSU’s Ethics Club beat out more than a dozen university teams from Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas to clinch the regional championship title at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics’ Texas Bowl. The win qualifies them for nationals for the second time in the team’s five-year history.

Focus on Native American Art: Jane Osti

Focus on Native American Art: Jane Osti

The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation will showcase more than 100 pieces of Native American art once the facility is completed.

Focus on Native American Art: Joyce Lyle

Focus on Native American Art: Joyce Lyle

The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation will showcase more than 100 pieces of Native American art once the facility is completed.

Department of History series celebrates professors’ books

Department of History series celebrates professors’ books

OSU’s Department of History and the Edmon Low Library are hosting the first of five book talks on Thursday at 4 p.m. via Facebook Live. The series, titled “Why It Matters: Talks on the American Past,” will feature five OSU history professors with books being published in 2020.

Focus on Native American Art: Julie Thornton-Brison

Focus on Native American Art: Julie Thornton-Brison

The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation will showcase more than 100 pieces of Native American art once the facility is completed.

Pandemic sends OSU’s ‘War of the Worlds’ back to the radio

Pandemic sends OSU’s ‘War of the Worlds’ back to the radio

We interrupt this story with breaking news of an alien invasion in Grovers Mill, New Jersey. An unknown number of people are dead, and reports of deadly gas drifting through neighborhoods have created mass panic with residents fleeing from their homes.

Director of Bands leaving a decades-long legacy of learning

Director of Bands leaving a decades-long legacy of learning

After 40 years of collegiate teaching and conducting, Joseph Missal will wrap up that career in May with his retirement from OSU. And to cap it off, he’s being inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society Hall of Fame. The formal, in-person ceremony will be rescheduled from its original November date due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Concert to highlight 2020 First Lady of OSU Distinguished Music Professor Award winner

Concert to highlight 2020 First Lady of OSU Distinguished Music Professor Award winner

Oklahoma State University vocal professor Steve Sanders will perform Sunday afternoon at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, while also being recognized with the 2020 First Lady of OSU Distinguished Music Professor Award.

OSU Opera presents The Wonderful World of Sondheim

OSU Opera presents The Wonderful World of Sondheim

The Oklahoma State University Opera will present The Wonderful World of Sondheim, featuring musical selections by Stephen Sondheim, on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts Recital Hall in Stillwater. The cast is comprised of students from the Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music and the Department of Theatre. Admission is free. The performance will also be live-streamed and can be viewed by going to ostate.tv.

Design, Housing and Merchandising student to study in London

Design, Housing and Merchandising student to study in London

Calli Cooper, an Oklahoma State University design, housing and merchandising junior is set to study at Regent’s University London with a prestigious scholarship from the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA).

NEH Awards OSU Library nearly $70,000

NEH Awards OSU Library nearly $70,000

The Oklahoma State University Library was recently awarded $69,820 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant was part of $40.3 million in new CARES Act economic stabilization grants to support essential operations at more than 300 cultural institutions across the country.

Internet Sensation “Melodica Men” to Perform Socially Distanced Concert at The McKnight Center

Internet Sensation “Melodica Men” to Perform Socially Distanced Concert at The McKnight Center

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts will re-open with its first concert of the 2020-2021 season with a performance by the Melodica Men on September 20.

OSU Museum of Art features an interdisciplinary experience in arts and science

OSU Museum of Art features an interdisciplinary experience in arts and science

The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art presents The State We’re In Water: Constructing a Sense of Place in the Hydrosphere, running through May 29, 2021. This exhibition is an interdisciplinary art experience delving into the humanities’ relationship with water and how its impact is felt regionally and globally. The OSU Museum of Art partnered with socially engaged and national artistic team Marguerite Perret, Robin Lasser and Bruce Scherting for the exhibition rooted in scientific arts-based research.

Music major to microbrewery owner

Music major to microbrewery owner

Craig Wensell graduated from Oklahoma State in 1998 with a music performance degree before embarking on a journey that included a master’s in music performance, teaching at both the high school and collegiate level, and a tour with the Army in Afghanistan. Upon returning from Afghanistan, Wensell decided to go into home-brewing and has since started two successful businesses.

Alumnus can tell you how to get to Sesame Street

Alumnus can tell you how to get to Sesame Street

OSU theatre alumnus Tyler Bunch has worked as a puppeteer, voice-over artist, director, producer, actor and writer. He has worked for the Jim Henson Company, Disney, Sesame Street, Pokemon and more.

OSU Museum of Art receives $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts

OSU Museum of Art receives $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts through the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security). The OSU Museum of Art is one of 855 institutions receiving a total of $44.5 million.

McKnight Center Extends ‘Orange Plate Special’

McKnight Center Extends ‘Orange Plate Special’

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts is extending its “Orange Plate Special” artist series, exclusive livestream interviews with artists from its upcoming 2020-2021 season. The interviews will take place at noon every Wednesday in July.

Art history alum shares experiences of staying in Italy amid COVID-19 outbreak

Art history alum shares experiences of staying in Italy amid COVID-19 outbreak

In November 2018, OSU art history graduate and Stanford Ph.D. candidate Lora Webb moved to Rome to study Byzantine art and manuscripts for two years. But when COVID-19 began to rapidly spread through the country in February and March of this year, Webb had to make a decision: stay put or come back to the U.S. She ultimately decided to remain in Italy.

Music education grad sings for virtual Spring Commencement

Music education grad sings for virtual Spring Commencement

If the school year was ending like any other, Dustin Boatright would be performing the songs live at graduation for his fellow College of Arts and Sciences classmates and other attendees. But due to COVID-19, the ceremony has been moved online. The Edmond, Oklahoma, native said the situation is disappointing but unavoidable and ultimately “not the end of the world.”

Cherished Possessions community art project sweeps through Stillwater

Cherished Possessions community art project sweeps through Stillwater

Ever discover something near and dear to your heart? Most likely, yes — we all have Cherished Possessions. And a new community project at the Oklahoma State Museum of Art is offering you the opportunity to share and experience these heartfelt items.