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The official magazine of the College of Education, Oklahoma State University


On The CoveR

It’s well known that head football coach Mike Gundy, whose success with his team brought national attention to OSU last season, is an OSU alum. But did you know his degree is from the College of Education? He and his wife Kristen remember their own favorite teachers. Page 20

COE names new dean


Portrait by Phil Shockley

Cowgirl comes close


Dr. Pamela “Sissi” Carroll is coming from Florida State University to lead OSU’s College of Education.

OSU alum a top teacher


Betty Thompson, Miss Oklahoma State turned Miss Oklahoma, was named runner-up to Miss America.

Kristin Shelby, an elementary education alum, has taken top honors as the 2012 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.

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High scorer Chelsea Garcia received the Elite 88 Award,

which honors athletes who have reached the pinnacle of their sports and have excellent academic achievements, when the OSU Cowgirls made the Women’s College World Series in 2011. Page6

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28 Student Notes

29 Alumni Notes

36 In Memory



C. Robert Davis

Ross A Maute

Christy Lang

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Int e r i m D e an , C o l l e g e o f ED u cat i on

C O E C o m m u n i cat i ons S p e c i a l i st

Dorothy L. Pugh E d i to r

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Phil Shockley Gary Lawson

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From the Dean’s Office


Welcome to the 2012 edition of Education magazine. In the pages that

follow, you’ll read about some of the excellent work our students, faculty

and alumni are doing and the tremendous support the college is receiving from alumni and friends.

Do you know a future Cowgirl or Cowboy? Please share with us contact information for any potential students. We will be glad to set up meetings with an academic counselor, tours of the campus or other activities to help them explore majors in the College of Education.

I am particularly excited to introduce you to the new College of Education dean, Dr. Pamela “Sissi” Carroll, who begins her tenure in July. She is a proven leader and administrator with a genuine passion and vision for the integral role the College of Education plays in the university’s landgrant mission. We are fortunate to welcome her to Stillwater. On the cover is a face that all Cowboy fans no doubt recognize. OSU football coach Mike Gundy graduated from the College of Education. He is a tremendous ambassador for the university, and we proudly celebrate his and his team’s success this past season in 2011. Mike and his wife, Kristen, also an OSU education alum, know the difference that educators can make in the lives of their students. In this issue, you’ll read about the experiences of an athletic training student as he completed a summer internship with the Denver Broncos, the college’s urban education partnership with Tulsa Public Schools and a new center that is impacting

teaching and learning in the of Education and that you key areas of science, technology, will stay connected with us. engineering and mathematics. Share your news by emailing We are deeply grateful for the support of so many alumni and If you are not a member of friends as we continue the Brand- the alumni association, please ing Success capital campaign. You consider joining to ensure that can read about inspiring scholar- you’ll receive future publicaship gifts from Ann Phillips tions from the college. Visit and Jill and Jeff Hough in this for magazine. The support we receive information. from donors is vital to the work we do in the College of Education Warmest regards, and makes lasting impact in lives of our students. On a personal note, I appreciate the support I have received C. Robert Davis College of Education interim dean over the last 18 months. I enjoyed my term as interim dean and am equally excited to return to my role as associate dean for undergraduate studies. I have served on the faculty in the College of Education for the last 34 years. In 2013, the college will celebrate 100 years on the OSU campus. It is clear to me that this is an incredibly exciting time in our history. We hope you find our magazine a valuable source of information about the OSU College

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Changing Hands

New dean set to focus on improving lives

photography Phil Shockley

In April, Dr. Pamela “Sissi�

Carroll was named dean of the College of Education. She will also hold a tenured appointment as professor in the School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership and assumes her role as dean July 1.

Carroll currently serves as associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Education at Florida State University and holds two endowed professorships. A faculty member in the College of Education at FSU for 21 years, she has served in various administrative roles including department chair, program coordinator and tenure-track faculty member.

What initially drew you to pursue this opportunity at Oklahoma State University? With one exception, all of my own experiences as a student, faculty member and administrator have been at large, researchoriented universities. I feel comfortable and at home where there is a lot of academic, creative energy. What sets Oklahoma State apart is its real emphasis on the land-grant mission. The university is known for working to fulfill its land-grant mission; that kind of focus on channeling the considerable resources of the university to use for the betterment of a community and society is important to me. When I spoke with Provost [Robert] Sternberg, and heard his enthusiasm for what is happening at OSU, and for the potential to continue to develop programs that serve communities, the state, and the nation through research and instruction that has immediate applications and positive impact, I knew that I had found the kind of university to which I could give all of my professional energy.

Was there anything that surprised you during the interview process? Being raised in the South (Dalton, Ga., is my hometown) and living there for so long, I thought that the South was the friendliest part of the United States. What I learned, when visiting Stillwater, is that we believe that only because too few Southerners have visited Oklahoma. I was not prepared for how kind and gracious everyone would be to me.

In your view, what are the biggest strengths of the OSU College of Education? I have been struck by the amazing array of programs in the OSU College of Education, and the people who populate those programs’ faculty, staff and student bodies. Not only is there variety, but each program, in its own way, contributes to improving people’s lives, and therefore is connected to the whole by that essential theme and value.

In your mind, how does the College of Education fit into the university’s land-grant mission? The College of Education embraces the land-grant mission by serving the youth and families of the communities of Stillwater and Tulsa, and across Oklahoma through outreach and extension projects. Through collaborative teaching and research projects, the COE can address needs including those identified by teachers, principals, coaches, school psychologists and school system assessment and evaluation specialists; aviation managers, security experts and airline pilots; health care providers and fitness experts; community service agencies and counselors; and policymakers in local and state government offices. In short, in the COE, we can be guided by one overarching question when we teach, conduct research or engage in activities beyond our campus walls as we align with the land-grant mission of OSU:

“Is what I am about to do going to improve the life of a child, adolescent, family, the community or the environment?”

Talk about your educational background and career experiences. How did you decide to pursue a degree and career as an educator? As a child, I was rarely inside reading a book or sitting still. Instead, I was outside, wading in a creek near my grandparents’ home or riding bikes with my brothers. We grew up in the country. What that did was give me time to notice the world and develop an interest in it. That experience was part of what generated in me a love of learning. The other part was my sister, Peggy. Born five years before me with severe intellectual disabilities, she could never talk, feed herself or enjoy the kinds of play that my brothers and I enjoyed. As a child, I would sneak into her bedroom and try to teach her simple words and didn’t understand why learning language, which was so natural to me, was impossible for her. As a result, I developed an appreciation for the ability to learn early in life. Teachers are learners, first and always, I believe. When I got to Auburn as an undergraduate, my parents, both pharmacists, were sure I would follow in their footsteps, but I found great happiness in my freshman composition courses, followed by literature and Italian classes. Then I met Dr. Terry C. Ley, an English education professor, who would become a life-long mentor. He introduced me to the idea of teaching English. While my parents were not convinced that a teacher would have as wellfinanced a future as a pharmacist would, they were pleased that I had found a career choice that made me so happy. While teaching and completing a master’s degree in English education concurrently, continues next page

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“What sets Oklahoma State apart is its real emphasis on the land-grant mission. The university is known for working to fulfill its land-grant mission; that kind of focus on channeling the considerable resources of the university to use for the betterment of a community and society is important to me.” — Pamela “Sissi” Carroll under the supervision of another I am a fan of “modern” lifelong mentor, John S. Simons, at American literature, with a Florida State University, I became special penchant for literature of interested in finding ways to inject the South. Miss Eudora Welty, more enthusiasm into education Flannery O’Connor and William and in ways to learn more about Faulkner are among my favorites, new pedagogies, assessments, but so, too, are F. Scott Fitzgerald policies and adolescents themand John Steinbeck. (My idea of selves. That quest led me back to a great vacation would be taking complete a doctorate at Auburn a three-week intensive course University, a land-grant university in early 20th-century American that is in many ways similar to literature!) There is one passage OSU. My parents were both AU that I especially love by Steinbeck, graduates, as were my brothers which I try to share with students and their wives. It is a family tradi- every chance I have, and it seems tion; in fact, my mother was both appropriate here: one of two women who graduated from the pharmacy school in 1947, In her classroom our and she was an Auburn cheerspeculations ranged the leader! Family lore has it that my world. She breathed curiosity very first words were the Auburn into us, so that each morning chant: “War Eagle!” we came to her carrying new truths, new facts, new ideas, You have an extensive cupped and shielded in our background teaching literature. hands like captured fireflies. What are some of your When she went away, a favorite genres or works? sadness came over us. But the light did not go out. She My academic area has been, had written her signature primarily, adolescent and young upon us: the literature of adult literature. I have leaned the teacher who writes on toward authors who are artists children’s minds. Many who also address the social and teachers have taught me soon personal issues that speak to teens, forgotten things but only a writers like Sue Ellen Bridgers, few like her created in me a Sharon Creech, Virginia Euwer new direction, a new hunger, Wolff, Jacqueline Woodson, Naomi a new attitude. I suppose Shihab Nye, Adrian Fogelin, T.A. to a large extent I am the Barron, Will Hobbs, Graham Salisbury and Jerry Spinelli.

unsigned manuscript of that teacher. What deathless power lies in the hands of such a person. John Steinbeck, from “A Former Teacher,” an essay originally written for the California Teachers’ Association Journal, then published in 1959 in a collection of Steinbeck’s memoirs about teachers called … like captured fireflies, of which only 12 first-run copies were printed; one is now housed in the Princeton Library’s rare books collection.

When I have limited reading time, though, I usually reach for Anne Lamott or one of many books of poetry that I keep nearby: e.e. cummings, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Naomi Shihab Nye, Wendell Berry.

What advice would you give incoming freshmen to encourage a successful college experience? Ask questions! Don’t be shy about seeking answers. No one can read your mind and know what you don’t understand, so you have to ask. This is important not only in terms of academic issues, but in terms of housing, socializing, eating, advising, visiting home — all of it!

OSU senior finishes as Miss America runner-up photography Phil Shockley

Elementary education senior Betty Thompson finished as runnerup to Miss America at the 2012 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas in January. Thompson earned the Miss Oklahoma crown in June, competing as Miss Oklahoma State. During the Miss America pageant, the Davenport, Okla., native won the talent competition with her Irish step dance routine. She also was selected the top contestant in a Facebook and Miss America online fan poll. Thompson’s platform is “Milk: It really does a body good,” focusing on teaching students to make healthy lifestyle choices. Thompson spent the year speaking and making appearances across the state. She plans to return to OSU in the fall to finish her studies.

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A Winning Year OSU softball shortstop wins academic award as team plays for national championship Interviewed by Christy Lang

photography Phil Shockley

Chelsea Garcia, is the epitome of excellence on the softball field and in the classroom. Garcia recently completed her fourth and final softball season at OSU while maintaining a 3.97 cumulative grade point average. The secondary education/mathematics and Spanish double major set the all-time mark for games played at Oklahoma State with 231. Garcia received the Elite 88 Award in May 2011 at the Women’s College World Series, recognizing both her academic record and her play on the softball field. The Elite 88 Award honors athletes who have reached the pinnacle of their sport. The NCAA presents the award to the student athlete with the highest cumulative GPA of those participating in the NCAA championship for their sport. The Cowgirls were one of eight teams to make the Women’s College World Series. Following her senior season in 2012, Garcia was named the Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar of the Year. The award honors undergraduate students of color who have made academic and athletic achievement a winning combination. Garcia is a two-time Academic All-American and a three-time All-Big 12 selection. The Moore, Okla., native shares her experience at OSU, how she was inspired to become a teacher and her determination to make a difference: continues next page

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saw many kids struggle in math, including me, and I had teachers that pushed me and helped me to understand. I enjoy math, and there are so many kids who don’t understand it or like it. I want to help students understand mathematics better and to show them that everything in life doesn’t come easy. Life requires hard work and problem-solving, just like in mathematics. I chose secondary because junior high and high school can be a difficult time for students. It is the time when they are finding who they are as people, and I want to inspire them to strive to be the best they can be. I want students to learn perseverance and to believe that they can conquer anything that life throws their way.

What or who inspired you to become a teacher?

What led you to Oklahoma State University? Softball led me to Oklahoma State. I had offers from OSU, Tulsa and OCU to play softball, but I wanted to go to a Big 12 school to challenge myself in softball and academically. I had an unofficial visit here my junior year of high school, and I absolutely loved the atmosphere here in Stillwater. The softball team seemed to have a family feel to it,

and I wanted a place where I felt at home while I was away from my family and home.

How did you decide to major in secondary education mathematics? I have always wanted to be a teacher, but the reason I chose secondary education math was because of my eighth-grade algebra teacher, Mrs. Moody, and my trigonometry teacher, Mrs. Nix. I

My late mother, Robin Garcia, inspired me to become a teacher. She was a fourth-grade teacher at the Christian school my younger sister and I attended, and for as long as I can remember I have wanted to be just like her. She is the most amazing woman I have ever known. She was so kind and made such an impact on so many people’s lives. My dad tells me that I am a lot like her, which is awesome to hear because she passed when I was 10 years old, and my memory of her is not as vivid as it used to be. To know I have a lot of her in me gives me the greatest hope for my life.

What are your plans after graduation? I will graduate in spring 2013 … When I graduate, I hope to have a lot of my master’s work in special education completed. I hope to teach in a suburban or urban school district in a middle school or junior high school. It is my ultimate goal to teach in the inner city.

With such an outstanding GPA and on-field success, you obviously do a great job navigating responsibilities. How do you do it? I have always been a pretty responsible person. Like I said before, my mother passed when I was 10 years old, and since then it has just been my dad, younger sister, and older sister with Down syndrome. It was my goal to set the greatest example for my younger sister and to make my dad proud. So taking on a lot of things has been my life for the last 11 years. Being in college and having so much on my plate is never easy, but I make a lot of sacrifices in order to get what I need done, done. Getting up at 5:15 a.m. for workouts most days and being busy with class and practice until 6 or 6:30 p.m. doesn’t leave much room for me to complete homework. Any spare time I have is spent doing homework or studying. I believe if I put everything I have into what I have committed myself to, I will never regret the outcome because I will know that I did the best that I could. I have sacrificed quite a bit in my personal and social life in the past years for my commitments to academics and softball, but I believe that I have been given a great opportunity to receive a scholarship to go to school and I never want to do anything halfway or take my blessings for granted.

Talk about the softball team’s amazing 2011 season. I still do not understand the magnitude of how awesome the season was. It was just our hardworking team doing everything possible to reach our goal. It was such a blessing to make it to the Women’s College World Series and to see all of our hard work pay off was amazing. Any season has

its ups and downs, and last year we just hit the peak of our performance at the right time. Our entire team made the wonderful experience possible. Our coaches, director of operations, strength coach, athletic trainer, sports information director, student managers and all of our players all had a role in making it a great season. Years from now, I will look back at that team, and I will have nothing but a smile on my face. The entire experience of making it to the WCWS is something that I will never forget.

and it meant so much to me. I do everything possible to do well in my classes, and no matter how hard or how tired I get I always try to find a way to excel in academics. My mother always put school first because she told me that one day I might not be able to play ball anymore due to injury or something else, but I would always have my brains. I do my best to make her proud and to never forget what she taught me about life.

Talk about your academic experience at OSU and in the College of Education. I actually started out in the College of Engineering, but two months into my freshman year, I had already changed my major. I have always known the College of Education was where I needed to be. Most everyone I have met in this college has been so great and has a passion for teaching. They show how important education is, and they want us to take pride in our profession.

What did it mean to you to receive the NCAA’s Elite 88 Award? I actually hadn’t even heard of the award. We were at the WCWS Banquet in Oklahoma City, and I was sitting next to my teammate Sarah Odom. The announcer started making an introduction about the Elite 88 and how it was given to the athlete with the highest GPA, and Sarah leaned over and said, ‘It’s going to be you.’ It’s kind of a joke on the team that I am the nerd and that I am always studying, but I definitely thought maybe one senior out of all the participants would have a 4.0 as well. When they did say my name, I was pretty surprised. I was very honored to receive the award,

What advice would you give someone who is considering majoring in education at OSU? I would explain my experiences here in the College of Education and tell them that the faculty is great and always there to help. I would tell them that it is also hard work, and they need to come prepared to work because majoring in education is important for shaping the generations to come

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Taking care of the football (players) photography Phil Shockley

OSU student chronicles his internship with the Denver Broncos

Many College of Education students participate in undergraduate internships that provide invaluable experience and the opportunity to make contacts in their chosen fields. During the summer of 2011, Martin Caine, an athletic training senior from Del City, Okla., landed a five-week internship with the NFL’s Denver Broncos, serving on the team’s athletic training staff for preseason camp. OSU assistant athletic trainer Erin Ambrose recommended Caine to Josh Hartman, a full-time assistant athletic trainer for the Broncos. Caine jumped at the opportunity to gain experience with an NFL team and agreed to chronicle his experience in Denver for Education magazine. A look at his journal:

Sunday, July 24 For the first time in my life, I flew on an airplane. When I arrived at the Denver International Airport, it seemed crazy busy. I met up with the rest of the other summer interns — seniors Kyle (Indiana University), Destry (Troy University) and J-Mike (University of Northern Iowa). We waited for Josh Hartman, whom I had been in contact with since February. After Josh arrived, he took us to Chipotle for dinner and then to the hotel. I was rooming with Kyle. We entered our room and found boxes on our beds. These boxes contained eight shirts, two pairs of shorts, sweats, a pullover jacket, two hats, socks and a pair of blue-and-white Reebok ZigTech shoes — gear for us to wear during training camp. Each box also included a manual about what to expect during camp. Monday, July 25 Today, we toured the facilities. They were pretty nice. The athletic training room was really nice but smaller than our new athletic training room in the west end zone at OSU. Along the wall are a few pictures of the top players. We were introduced to the athletics training staff — Corey Oshikoya, Vince Garcia and head athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos, whose nickname is “Greek.” Everyone seemed really cool. “Greek” has been the head athletic trainer for the Denver Broncos for 35 years, and Josh told us that knowing him could help us land a position in the NFL.

The players were still locked out but according to the athletic training staff (and ESPN) they will agree to a new collective bargaining agreement later today to end the lockout. I learned I will be working with the offensive line. This will be a different experience because I’ve never worked with offense. I worked with the linebackers on my football rotation at OSU. Offensive linemen have a different body type, and it’s even more important to keep them hydrated during the five weeks of camp. We also learned that we have to work in the “hole cycle” every few days. The “hole” requires you to run out two six-packs of water and Gatorade to another athletic training staffer who is holding six packs on one of the two fields. That job sounds brutal. Tuesday, July 26 As expected, the players approved the agreement, and a few guys came in to start taking physicals. I helped the doctors and staff record measurements for heights and weights. This is also the start of the team providing three meals a day for all staff while we are working. This is going to be nice since it means I don’t have to spend my own money. Tomorrow is another day for physicals. continues next page

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Thursday, July 28 All the players reported for a team run and workout. Surprisingly, about 95 percent of them were in pretty good shape. A few players came up and introduced themselves. Today was the beginning of the 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. work schedule we will have most days. Tonight, the entire athletic training staff, including

been a blast. It’s a lot of work, the interns, took part in the but it has been well worth it. facility meeting. Everyone was introduced, and we talked about Tuesday, Aug. 2 expectations. John Fox, Denver’s First “hole” day! I had to run new head coach, led the meeting. After the meeting, Coach Fox said two six-packs of bottles out to the players more than 20 times the cooks in the cafeteria had a during practice. It killed me. I surprise for dinner — lobster tail and prime rib steaks for everyone! forgot my inhaler at the hotel, This is a lavish life for me and the and the altitude really got to me. Thank goodness for only having other three other interns. one practice today. When the air horn went off to end practice, I Friday, July 29 was very relieved! Hopefully, my It has been a normal day with next “hole” day goes much better. a few treatments. Athletic trainers help the athletes with rehabilitation exercises and stretching. We also prepare ice packs and hot packs and use an electric stimulation machine, which uses low-voltage pulses to stimulate motor nerves that cause muscles to contract and relax, for treatment. We also stock coolers with Gatorade, water and Gatorade shakes for the players. I talked with former OSU player Ryan McBean, who was playing for the Broncos. Some of the other guys like to make fun of me for looking like another player named Darcel McBath. It is all fun and games, and Darcel keeps it going. Today was the first day of practice, and it went pretty well. I had to record weights before and after practice to ensure that players are properly hydrating.

During his 2011 internship with the Denver Broncos, OSU’s Martin Caine explored the team’s home field of Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium (top) as well as Cowboys Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys.

Sunday, July 31 Sundays are nice because they are treatment-only days. We worked with players who needed assistance with stretching, rehab exercises or electronic stimulation treatments from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first week is over, and it has

Friday, Aug. 5 Today, we had about an hour and a half practice. When practice ended, the athletic trainers loaded all of the necessary supplies to take to Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium in advance of tomorrow’s Orange and Blue scrimmage. This is quite an undertaking because we have to be ready for any injury or situation that might arise. We loaded trunks full of medications, bandages, braces, athletic tape and more, and used checklists to make sure that we did not leave anything behind. The athletic training room at the stadium is pretty nice. After setting up the athletic training room and assisting the equipment staff with the locker room, we spent some time at Park Meadows Mall and ate dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. Tomorrow, we get to sleep in. And next week, we get to play our first preseason game in Dallas.

Saturday, Aug. 6 Today was the Orange and Blue scrimmage. More than 20,000 fans showed up. Broncos fans know how to support their team. It was weird because the fans actually started booing (quarterback) Kyle Orton when he came out with the offense. After 12 minutes of play, Tim Tebow came in to lead the second string and the crowd went crazy! When the scrimmage was over, the entire team went over to the crowd and signed autographs for 30 minutes while the interns stood behind the players, holding Gatorade and water. It was funny because after I gave Tim Tebow my Gatorade bottle, a fan started begging for that bottle. After the game, we had to pack up all of our supplies.

Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 10-11 I got to fly for the second time to Dallas for the preseason game. After we unloaded all of our supplies, the athletic trainers and managers went on to the stadium to set up for the game. When our work was done, we had a chance to walk around the stadium and take pictures. On Thursday, we arrived at Cowboys Stadium around 2:30 p.m. to prepare for the game. We had about two hours of down time when we finished so all the summer interns went on to the field and took more pictures and played catch. Before the game we were there to tape ankles and wrists, help players with stretching, make sure they are hydrating and anything else they might need.

Aug. 21-27, Last Week of the Internship This week was sad for the three remaining interns (J-Mike left last week for school). On Friday, we all talked with Greek individually. I left the meeting

really happy because he told me we were his best group in years. He also offered to let me come back as a season intern. Hearing that just made the past five weeks really pay off. In the end, doing this internship was well worth it. The work was very hard, but I made great new friends and contacts, and I have memories that will last forever.

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Opening doors to the College of Education Coordinator has passion for introducing students to OSU photography Phil Shockley

Becky Wilber serves as the College of

Education’s coordinator of Prospective Student Services. She works with OSU’s Admissions Office and is the initial point of contact for prospective undergraduate students who are interested in College of Education programs.

What advice would you give a high school student or the family member of a high school student interested in pursuing a degree in the College of Education? First, I would encourage them to spend some time on the prospective student services website, where they will find valuable information regarding College of Education degrees and links to resources that may be beneficial to transfer and high school students. I also would encourage them to sign up with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to tour campus. I feel strongly that once a prospective student steps foot on campus, the immediate impact of our traditions, campus culture and family feel is apparent. The tour also includes the possibility of scheduling an academic appointment with me. Do it. We’ll spend an hour exploring the degree or degrees a student may be interested in pursuing. We also talk about housing, Greek life, student organizations and much more. Lastly, contact me if a student wants to meet one-on-one or has questions that could be answered over the phone. I’m available and very flexible to accommodate many students’ needs. I love visiting with students and their parents about opportunities our college offers. My passion is being an advocate for the College of Education and representing Oklahoma State University.

How can alumni help you recruit students to OSU? Talk to prospective students about doors that were opened by graduating with a degree from the College of Education at OSU. Elaborate on personal experiences while sitting in class at Willard Hall, the Colvin Center, OSU-Tulsa, the flight center or other buildings on campus. Share about a faculty member who not only was your professor but also became a professional mentor. These are parts of our Cowboy family and something students find they want to be part of from the beginning. OSU’s rich traditions are valuable for recruiting students. Last, but not least, talk about how great it is to be an OSU alum.

What message do you want to convey about OSU’s College of Education? The College of Education is such a warm and welcoming college with many diverse programs. From our administrative leadership team to the faculty and staff, we have a great group of people who desire to provide the best college experience for our students. We take pride in developing students who aspire to be highachieving professionals in their field through research, academics and outreach. The College of Education is an environment where students feel at home.

For more information To learn more about what the College of Education offers students: Becky Wilber Prospective Student Services Coordinator College of Education 102C Willard Hall Stillwater, OK 74078 405-744-6614 prospective-students College of Education undergraduate programs • Aerospace administration and operations • Athletic training • Career and technical education • Elementary education • Health education and promotion • Recreation management and therapeutic recreation • Physical education • Secondary education

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Teaching for the city STORY by MATT ELLIOTT

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OSU institute and Tulsa schools partner in program to better prepare student educators for urban classrooms.


ach Lehnus started at OSU in business management. But something about it didn’t click. “Then, I got into tutoring kids, and I just loved it,” Lehnus says. “I thought education would be a good field for me to get into. I like the willingness and the eagerness of the kids to learn.” Lehnus, with a wife and two children of his own at home in Cleveland, Okla., decided he wanted to teach history. That’s because, he says, no matter what happens, history repeats itself one way or another. In January, Lehnus and his classmates began their student teaching experiences at Nathan Hale High School, thanks to an innovative partnership between OSU’s Urban Teaching Institute and Tulsa Public Schools. It allows OSU students interested in urban education to complete their field experiences (similar to being a teacher’s assistant) in inner-city Tulsa schools. They work alongside the best teachers the schools have. They teach in the schools, too, and once they graduate, they’ll be extremely good candidates for teaching positions in the 40,000-student district and any other urban district’s schools.

Ten OSU students participate in the program, which is expected to expand in coming years. “The Urban Institute partnership with Oklahoma State University is an unprecedented revolutionary initiative,” Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard says. “It is bringing the considerable talent of OSU to TPS and assuring there is an effective teacher in every classroom. In order for a teacher to be prepared to teach in the urban setting, they must understand the challenge. The Urban Teaching Institute prepares teachers in a new and thorough way. We are fortunate to have this partnership.” OSU students begin their teaching experiences during their junior year. After that, they take their certification exams and begin their careers as educators. Research has shown the importance of those first teaching experiences before graduation, says the partnership’s chief architect, Christine Ormsbee, interim director of the

university’s Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence. “They’re pivotal,” Ormsbee says. “We pick very carefully what our student teaching experiences are going to be.” The program came out of an unfunded grant proposal of Ormsbee’s to the U.S. Department of Education. Undaunted by the department’s rejection, Ormsbee, looking for new ways to give her students the latest in field experience options, approached Ballard about the project. Ballard accepted, and they began working with the Urban Teaching Institute to create a pipeline of effective teachers for the Tulsa area. Ormsbee is excited about the project’s future. “Our students are really interested in working with communities that have high poverty,” she says. “They’re interested in diversity and the challenges that environment presents.” Teaching future teachers, the skills they need to work with inner-city students is critically important. In addition to the skills all teachers need, urban teachers STORY CONTINUES

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DEBORAH HOLLAND is student teaching at Cella Clinton Elementary School as part of the OSU’s Urban Teaching Institute initiative with Tulsa Public Schools.

the family into that process. You need their own special blend of persistence, energy and patience. have to realize they’re going to give what they can give, and you When confronted with students have to help them do that.” who don’t do their homework, Lehnus, who began his field teachers in inner-city schools experience last fall, is up for the can’t throw up their hands and challenge. Urban schools have admit failure. high teacher turnover, he says. “You don’t give up,” Ormsbee That makes it easier for students says. “You think, ‘I’ve got to find a way to motivate that child to try out their ideas. He starts student teaching in the spring to learn.’ You have to keep on at the same school. Around them, keep finding ways to get 70 percent of his students are them interested. You have to black, and he tries to make his recognize your job as a teacher history courses relevant to their is not just in the four walls of experiences. that classroom. You have to be Although he hasn’t started engaged in that child’s community. You have to understand that his teaching yet, he says the program has already given him community. You have to bring

skills to work with students in the classroom. He has gotten to know many of the kids through his field experience. “The fact that I know a lot of their backgrounds, whether they come from a poor background, helps,” Lehnus says. “I grew up with that in the same way. I know what they’re going through. I can relate to them. But it also shows me how to interact with them in an educational setting, as opposed to outside the school, and I can incorporate it all into one approach.”

W H O W I L L YO U R E M E M B E R ? Without a valid will or plan, the distribution of your assets is determined by the government. Your last will and testament provides an opportunity to avoid that by documenting your wishes. It is a lasting expression of support and affection for the people and causes you wish to remember. After taking care of your loved ones, please consider including the OSU Foundation in your will or living trust. It can provide a visible and enduring tribute for our students, faculty and programs. For more information on creating a bequest, exploring other charitable estate opportunities, or using gifts of securities or mineral rights and royalties to benefit the College of Education, contact Dr. Brenda Solomon at 405-385-5156 or visit


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Preparing to Win

OSU’s Gundy and his wife remember the impact of influential teachers.

It would be difficult to

find an OSU College of Education alum who enjoyed a more successful year on a larger stage than Mike Gundy. The 1990 secondary education (social studies emphasis) graduate led Oklahoma State University’s football team to the best season in school history.

The Cowboys finished with a 12-1 record and a No. 3 national ranking after winning the 2011 Big 12 Conference Championship and 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. To be certain, it was a thrilling ride for Oklahoma State alumni and fans and a tremendous source of pride for the university.

“It was an unbelievable season,” Gundy says. “I don’t know that Oklahoma State’s ever been perceived the way we are now, from coast to coast all through the country. I’m so proud of our team and the administration and coaches for getting to this level and continuing to work hard.”

In recognition of his efforts and that of his team, Gundy was the recipient of three national coach of the year awards — the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year, the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year and the American Football Monthly magazine National Coach of the Year. continues next page

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Gundy, the 2010 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year, became the Cowboys’ head coach in 2005 and has steadily built the program. He points to the importance of recruiting quality students who want to be at OSU as a key to success. “We want guys that can make plays,” says Gundy. “We want guys who want to graduate from college, but they also have to have character. If we’re going to have to give in any of those three areas, it isn’t going to be in character. Guys have to have the mental makeup that they want to do the right thing, and they care about the team before we look at their athleticism.” At its core, Gundy’s job as OSU football coach is about teaching and leading OSU’s football student-athletes to be the best they can be on and off the field. He fully understands the importance of educators and the impact they make. Mike and his wife Kristen, a 1990 elementary education graduate, have shared about teachers who made a lasting impact on their lives.

OSU head football coach Mike Gundy and his wife Kristen spend time with Boone Pickens (left) and his wife Madeleine.

For Mike, it was Frances Hadden, his sixth-grade teacher at Ridgecrest Elementary in Midwest City, Okla. “I reflect back on how much effort she put into keeping me focused on learning and absorbing the information,” he says. “She could have let me slide and barely get by. Instead, she insisted that I reach my potential

REMEMBERING TEACHERS Do you remember a special teacher who made a difference in your life? The Gundys encourage you to take the time to recognize a teacher whose imprint remains in your life. Share your story with us at, and consider honoring that teacher with a scholarship gift of $1,000, $500 or $100. Your story could appear in the next issue of Education magazine. For additional information about honoring a teacher through your estate, with an endowment or with the donation of mineral rights, contact Dr. Brenda Solomon, Senior Director of Development, or 405-385-5156.

in the classroom. She was always enthusiastic about her job and had an approach that was very positive and encouraging.” Hadden is an OSU alum, graduating in 1961 with a family relations and child development degree. For Kristen, the influence of Brenda Bodenheimer, a teacher at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, has remained with her. “She was always so encouraging, supportive and kind. She never gave up on any of her students and always walked into the classroom with a smile on her face.” Bodenheimer earned an education degree from OSU in 1963.

Alumni board celebrates Educators Day

For the second straight year, the College of Education Alumni Board celebrated the work of all educators and alumni with a special tailgate event before the season-opening OSU football game. More than 400 alumni and friends invaded the lawn next to Willard Hall on Sept. 3, 2011, for free barbecue, inflatables and activities for children, a silent auction and door prize drawings prior to the Cowboys’ win over the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Attendees could meet Miss Oklahoma 2011 Betty Thompson, an OSU and College of Education (COE) student, and mascots Joe and Buffy from COE partner Eskimo Joe’s. All proceeds benefited student scholarships in the COE. Special thanks to members of the College of Education Alumni Board for their work in planning and staffing the event and to students from the OSU Student Foundation and Education Student Council for their assistance. The third annual Educators Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 1. Visit for updated information.

College of Education alumni board Officers Susan States, president Beth White, secretary Martha Hadsall, treasurer Members Karen Anderson Lisa Bliss N. Jo Campbell Maribeth Dean Alan Foley Greg Graffman Susan Havens Keela Humphrey Christopher Nerio Pam O’Halloran-Blevins

Rebecca Parrack Lynn Peacher Josh Pulver Patty Ramsey Brad Robison Rick Rogers Susan States Sabra Tucker Suzanne Wiese

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With a new center, Oklahoma State University is poised to become a leader in the key educational areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Steering in a new direction Center focuses on improving teaching and learning in math, science and more.

The Center for Research on STEM Teaching and Learning, in the College of Education, aspires to provide opportunities for university faculty, pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, school administrators, informal educators and community leaders to improve student learning at all levels, teacher preparation and teacher professional development in science and mathematics. The center uniquely focuses on transformative research that can help address challenges in science, mathematics, engineering and innovation. It engages in a range of collaborative projects that promise extraordinary outcomes, such as revolutionizing the STEM teacher education continuum or disrupting accepted theories, procedures and perspectives.

Developing a concept Julie Thomas, the Frank and Carol Morsani Endowed Chair in Science Education, spearheaded the planning efforts to establish the center and serves as its director. Its official launch in 2011 marked a major step for Thomas, who began dreaming about and planning for a STEM education center when she arrived at OSU in 2007. “Science teachers meet at their own conferences and read their own journals. The same is true for math teachers and researchers. In order for there to be collaboration, there needed to

be some infrastructure or vehicle or resource to enable it,” Thomas says. Thomas worked with other faculty and the administration in the College of Education and across campus to develop a proposal for the center. In the spring of 2011, that proposal was presented to the OSU Deans Council, where it was met with great enthusiasm. The deans recognized that the center could position OSU as a leader. There are many STEM centers across the country, but Oklahoma State’s focus on teaching and learning research sets it apart. “That focus is partly generated by who we are as a College of Education and partly by my interest,” Thomas says. “That interest, on how to improve STEM Education PK-20, is what makes us unique nationwide. “At OSU, we have a willingness of faculty to collaborate. We don’t have people who only want to work in their lab or only with others in their field. People are friendly and open to the idea of collaborative effort. That makes this a wonderful place to work, and it makes for endless possibilities with the center.”

Educational hub CRSTL serves as a hub for STEM educators at OSU, encouraging and promoting research. Faculty from the College of Education, from areas such as physics, chemistry,

geology and mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences, from the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are invested in the center as they work on STEM-related research projects. “In the time I’ve been dreaming about the center, I have assembled a variety of partners and income sources that have helped to fund small projects. They were STEM education research projects and because we now have a center, they have a home within the center,” Thomas explains. Projects are focused on finding out more about learners and identifying ways to improve instruction. One project provided a research experience in environmental engineering or biotechnology for middle school science and math teachers and undergraduate engineering students. The teachers developed curricula that translated their research into engaging experiments that could be used in their classrooms. Another project addressed the lack of geosciences taught at the high school level by giving high school teachers the opportunity to participate in geoscience activities that could be easily integrated into biology, chemistry or physics lessons. Faculty members from Education and Arts and Sciences have worked together to participate in National Lab Day on the OSU campus the last two years. The event is part of a nationwide initiative to bring discoverybased science experiences to K-12 student groups and expose

them to real scientists, lab experiences and future job choices. Thomas is also working on a project to develop dissemination materials for teachers, parents and children in rural, low socioeconomic and largely American Indian populations in Oklahoma. Her research has shown that there is little opportunity for children from remote areas to know about STEM careers. All of the center’s projects will be showcased online in an effort to connect researchers and display each project as part of a universitywide initiative.

Potential for impact Consistent with Oklahoma State’s land-grant mission, center projects aim to improve teaching and learning in STEM education in Oklahoma and the nation. The center will focus on research related to problems and challenges in STEM education, including the STEM career pipeline. Results will be disseminated to the appropriate audiences such as guidance counselors and STEM educators through professional meetings, publications and workshops. “We want to make sure that students not only know about STEM careers, but are prepared for those careers in the best way possible through education,” Thomas says. CRSTL is headquartered on the third floor of Willard Hall. By design, the center does not have its own budget. All projects are externally funded, and

the center does not take percentages of grants. Thomas is confident that CRSTL will continue to develop and grow.

“As the center becomes public knowledge, I think additional faculty will present themselves and propose ideas. We want to let the center grow in ways that make sense to the people who work at OSU and for it to become what the faculty here want,” she says. “I’m excited about the potential for research initiatives to be born and develop. I’m hoping the center will allow conversations and connections that might not happen otherwise. It could have a huge impact on the way students are educated at OSU and in K-12 schools.”

Want to know more? For more information about the center, visit or contact: Dr. Julie Thomas CRSTL director Email Center phone (405) 744-3840 Location 327 Willard Hall,

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078

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OSU alumna is Oklahoma’s top teacher

Several OSU alumni

Kristin Shelby, an OSU elementary education alum, is the

2012 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. Shelby teaches fourth grade at Sallie Gillentine Elementary in Hollis and is a National Board Certified Teacher with more than 16 years of experience. Shelby was the keynote speaker at the Celebration of Teaching recently hosted by the College of Education. “We are in the business of preparing our students for their futures,” Shelby told the audience of current and future teachers. Shelby shares that effective teachers “have passion, motivate students, are reflective and build relationships.” Shelby represented Oklahoma in the National Teacher of the Year competition and served as the state’s Ambassador of Teaching while speaking to civic groups throughout the year.

have scored Teacher of the Year honors, including Stephen Smallwood (from left), Sherry Morgan, Kristin Shelby and Lynn Peacher.

More OSU honorees Three other teachers with OSU degrees were among the 12 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year finalists: Jill Steeley, a second-grade teacher at Central Elementary School in Coweta, holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from OSU. Trina Evans, an English and mathematics teacher at Liberty High School in Mounds, graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s in secondary education. Mark Thomas is a mathematics teacher at Stillwater High School. He has a bachelor’s in secondary mathematics education and a master’s degree in applied mathematics from OSU.

College of Education

News & Notes

6 faculty named to endowed positions

Elementary education program wins honor

Oklahoma State University’s elementary education student teaching program was recognized by the National Council on Teaching Quality as one of a handful of model programs from around the United States. The recognition followed an exhaustive review of the elementary education student teaching program. The elementary education program gave the national council an extensive collection of information including the student

COLLEGE NOTES The OSU NASA Education Projects Office was selected as the implementation partner for the NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Educators Resource Center for the next five years. Currently, the OSU NASA Education Project Office manages four grants from NASA Education Projects, totaling almost $40 million. These grants include NASA’s Teaching from Space Project, the NASA Explorer Schools Project, the NASA Digital Learning Network Project and the NASA INSPIRE Project.

teacher handbook, syllabi, cooperating teacher selection criteria and written procedures detailing how quality cooperating teachers are selected to serve as mentors for these new teacher candidates. The elementary education program was also given the opportunity to respond to an early evaluation to clarify any judgments that were considered inaccurate. The final council report was released in late 2011.

The Aerospace Administration and Operations program gained accreditation from the Aviation Accreditation Board International for its aviation management and professional pilot degree. The process took more than two years. OSU is now one of 32 institutions that hold the accreditation. The College of Education recently established the Educational Research and Evaluation Center to provide expertise in research, evaluation, statistics and psychometrics. Faculty will manage the center and work with Oklahoma schools as well as business, industry and government sectors to provide evaluation services.

Six College of Education faculty were confirmed to hold endowed positions in 2012, bringing the total in the college to 17: Hugh Crethar, associate professor in the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology, is now the Jacques Flannery Community Counseling Professor. Bridget Miller, associate professor in the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology, is the new Donelson Jacques Health Promotions Professor. Bert Jacobson, interim associate dean and professor, has been named the Seretean Professor in Wellness. Jesse Mendez, associate professor in the School of Educational Studies, has been named to the Brock Professorship in educational leadership and policy. Sue Parsons, associate professor in the School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership, is now the Jacques Munroe professor in reading and literacy education. Juliana Utley, associate professor in the School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership, has been named Alice Phillips Professor in Elementary Education.

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The Educational Research and Evaluation Center was recently established in the College of Education. The center provides methodological expertise in research, evaluation, statistics and psychometrics for schools, as well as business, industry and government sectors. The Occupational Education graduate program is No. 6 in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The program has consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally. Rankings are based on factors such as research record and reputation of faculty and graduate students.



Lucy Bailey, associate professor in the School of Educational Studies, received the OSU Regents Distinguished Research Award for 2011. The award recognizes research excellence and is based on evidence of outstanding and meritorious achievements, a distinguished record of past and



continuing excellence in research, and national and international recognition. Bridget Miller, associate professor in the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology, received the OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award for 2011. The award is given to full-time faculty who have evidenced unusually significant and meritorious serve in the instruction of students. Diane Montgomery, Regents Professor in the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology, is the recipient of the College of Education’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2012. Montgomery’s program area is educational psychology.



Ji Hoon Song won the prestigious 2012 Outstanding Assistant Professor Award from the national University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education. Song, an assistant professor in occupational education, was cited for his excellent record of professional service at national and international levels. Susan Stansberry, associate professor in the School of Educational Studies and associate director of professional education, was recognized with the College of Education’s Leadership and Service Excellence Award for 2012. Stansberry teaches in the area of education technology.

STUDENT NOTES College of Education students participated in a nationwide movement sponsored by Special Olympics International called “Spread the Word to End the Word” in an effort to raise awareness about the dehumanizing and hurtful affects of using versions of “retard” or “retarded.” OSU students teamed with school-age students to lead presentations on campus.

Sherry Been, a doctoral student in education: curriculum studies, received the Oklahoma Association of Early Childhood Educators Doctoral Student Fellowship Award and the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Foundation Doctoral Scholarship, based on academic record and dissertation proposal. Michael Bradley, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s health, leisure and human performance program, received the 2011 Young Professional Network Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the National Recreation and Park Association. The Network Awards honor group members who have made significant contributions to advancing their field through professional service, volunteerism and education. Kayla Jean Davis, a physical education major with a teacher education option, was awarded the Karen J. Dowd Undergraduate Scholarship by the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, based on her outstanding academic achievement, professional service and community work. Becky Hammack, a doctoral student in education, received a national award and $2,500 from the National Science Teachers Association. A Stillwater Middle School science teacher, Hammack coordinates a program designed to improve performance and attitudes toward math and science, while introducing students to engineering and its impact on the world around them. Karen High, a member of the chemical engineering faculty at OSU, serves as engineering adviser. Education faculty partners include Julie Thomas, Morsani Endowed Chair in science education, and Adrienne Redmond, assistant professor in mathematics education.

Madison McGolden, a health education and promotions sophomore from Fairview, Okla., and Blair Hanebaum, an education sophomore from Oklahoma City, were both selected as part of the Top 20 Freshmen Women in Fall 2011. The selections were made by OSU’s Mortar Board Honor Society based upon scholastic achievement, leadership and participation in campus activities, service and university awareness. Julie Swagerty, a third-year doctoral student in counseling psychology, received a Robberson Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship from the OSU Graduate College. Swagerty’s research examines women’s levels of self-compassion in relation to their psychological well-being and healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Sarah Vann, who received her master’s degree in educational technology, was awarded the $25,000 Milken Educator Award for 2012 and was also named a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2011. Laurel Wilson, a secondary education mathematics major from Tulsa, was selected an OSU Outstanding Senior. The award recognizes seniors who excel through academic achievement; campus and community activities; academic, athletic or extracurricular honors or awards; scholarships and work ethic during their time at OSU.

ALUMNI NOTES The OSU Alumni Association inducted Malinda Berry Fischer, who received her bachelor’s degree in education from OSU in 1960, into the OSU Alumni Hall of Fame on Feb. 17. The OSU Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes alumni and former students for their outstanding lifetime achievements in society and professional life. Kandace Bell, an OSU alum with a degree in physical education, was named Teacher of the Year at John Glenn Elementary School in Oklahoma City on Nov. 21 for the 2012 school year. Kandace was selected by a group of 50 professional staff members based on her demonstration of creative teaching, her influence on the school and within the community and recognition from students, parents and peers. Prof. Dr. Teravuti Boonyasopon, President of King Mongkut’s University of Technology, received France’s Officier de Legion d’ Honneur Award. Boonyasopon earned an Ed.D. in occupational and adult education in 1983.


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Interim Dean C. Robert Davis (left) and Marilyn Middlebrook, associate athletics directors for academic affairs pose with Stephen Graham (second from left) and Joey Graham, recipients of the College of Education’s Rising Star Award.

Education Hall of Fame inducts 4 members On June 1, the College of Education inducted four members into its Hall of Fame: alumni Steve Farris, Ann Phillips and Henry Kirkland Jr. and longtime faculty member Kenneth Wiggins. Farris, a 1971 secondary education graduate, is the chairman and CEO of Houston-based Apache Corp. Phillips, a retired educator and philanthropist, graduated from Oklahoma A&M in 1943. Kirkland, who earned his Ed.D. in 1979, is an education trailblazer who spent his career as an influential teacher and professor. Wiggins served on the OSU faculty for 30 years and initiated the university’s strong relationship with NASA education projects. In addition, 2005 aviation management graduates Joey Graham and Stephen Graham received the college’s Rising Star Award, given to young alumni whose lives and achievements demonstrate the promise of future leadership and bring distinction to the College of Education.

Ste ve Fa rris

Henry Kirkland Jr.

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Dr. Paul Kroutter was runner-up for the University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education’s Outstanding Dissertation. Jill Martin received the John Laska Distinguished Dissertation in Teaching Award from the American Association for Curriculum and Teaching. Martin graduated with a doctorate in education, curriculum and social foundations option, in May 2010. Her dissertation is entitled “Voice of Border Crossing: Life Histories of Women Elementary Teachers Negotiating Identity and Self.”

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Educator’s latest gift to support 3 areas The pursuit of education and the difference

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it has made in her life has led Ann Phillips to inspire and support a new generation of faculty and students in the College of

Education at Oklahoma State University.

In the last three years, Phillips has given two significant gifts to the College of Education at OSU. Ann comes from a family of educators. Her mother, Alice, was a teacher, as were both of her sisters, Lena and Davida. Her father, who served on the local school board when the girls were growing up, was determined that his daughters would receive an education. The family came upon tough times during the Great Depression in the 1930s. When Ann’s father was unable to work, her mother made the necessary sacrifices to ensure that the girls had the opportunity to attend college at OSU. Alice found a job on campus, serving as a housekeeper at Murray Hall. According to Ann, Alice was a special mother to many of the girls and eventually became a housemother at Stout Hall. Thanks to Alice’s sacrifice, Ann and her sisters earned bachelor’s degrees at OSU. Ann went on to teach at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she was the head of the foreign language department for many years.

OSU President Burns Hargis presented Ann Phillips with a

“OSU did a wonderful job preparing me,” she says. Beginning in the 1960s, Ann led many study trips to other countries, providing valuable experiences for her students. She remains close to many of those students today, often being called upon for advice or to share in their successes. In 2008, Ann learned about OSU’s campaign to raise funds for professorships and chairs and Boone Pickens’ generous commitment to match those funds. Ann and her sister Lena Schenk were intrigued and excited about the opportunity to honor their mother through a gift and make a lasting difference at OSU. The sisters gave $250,000 to establish the Alice Phillips Endowed Professorship in Elementary Education. Ann took advantage of another gift match from Pickens in 2011, providing support for ten student scholarships as part of the university’s Branding Success Campaign. The David Elroy Phillips Family Endowed

medallion in May 2011.

Scholarship supports three areas near and dear to Ann: educational administration, international student teaching and science education. Because of her father’s work with school administration as part of the school board, Ann understands the importance of strong educational leaders. Her extensive background as a foreign language educator and her experiences with traveling abroad led to her desire to support opportunities for teacher education students to complete student teaching internships overseas. The support for science education scholarships honors her late sister, Davida, who was a passionate and inspiring science teacher. In all, Ann is leaving $1 million to the university through her estate. The future educators who receive financial support and the thousands of children they will influence and inspire are part of the Phillips family’s legacy. C o l l e g e  o f E d u c a t i o n O k l a h o m a

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Willard Living Room named for Anderson family

The Willard Hall Living Room has been named for a

family with deep ties and great loyalty to Oklahoma State University and the College of Education. Bill and Karen Anderson of Holdenville made a generous gift to the College of Education to maintain and enhance the iconic room. The living room hosts dozens of events for both the college and the entire campus every year, as well as wedding receptions. It also serves as a place for students to meet and study. “The living room in Willard Hall is a beautiful and historical space. The Andersons’ gift will provide resources to ensure that the room will permanently live up to its legacy and allow us to add state-of-the-art technology, lighting and sound to the room,” College of Education interim Dean Robert Davis said. “I can think of

no better family to recognize with naming this space.” The Andersons are both alumni and longtime supporters of the university and the College of Education. Karen’s relationship with Oklahoma State began through her parents, Veldo and Daisy Brewer. Her father

graduated from Oklahoma A&M in 1930. He served as the OSU Alumni Association’s national president and is a member of the association’s Alumni Hall of Fame and the OSU Engineering Hall of Fame. Brewer also served on the OSU Athletic Council, the OSU

Willard Hall history

Willard, the building that serves as the home of the College of Education, was originally a women’s residence hall built as part of the Works Projects Administration act in 1939. Willard was rededicated in 1996 following a major renovation, which allowed it to transition from a dormitory into the collection of classrooms, labs and offices it is today. During the restoration, OSU worked to retain the traditional modified Georgian architecture, which can be seen in the features of the front of the building. The building is named for feminist, temperance leader and teacher Frances E. Willard, who was the second president of the national Women’s Christian Temperance Union and was a prominent figure in the fight for women’s suffrage. Willard was an extremely distinguished woman in the late 19th century, widely known for her work with Susan B. Anthony and May Wright Sewall to found the National Council of Women. She was also the first female college president to confer degrees upon women in 1872 at the Evanston College for Ladies in Illinois.

Foundation Board of Governors and as an A&M regent. Bill’s father, Will, also graduated from Oklahoma A&M in 1940. Karen, a member of the College of Education’s Hall of Fame, is a 1963 secondary English education graduate. Bill received a civil engineering

degree that same year. Both of their sons and daughters-inlaw are OSU alumni. Bill IV and his wife, Dana, have a son, McKinzie, and a daughter, Mikaela. Mike and his wife, Debbie, who both have College of Education degrees, have two daughters, Kaitlyn and Shelby.

Kaitlyn is currently a freshman at OSU, representing the third generation of the family to study in the College of Education. In addition, Bill’s twin sisters lived in Willard Hall while attending OSU, and one of Karen’s cousins lived in Willard, as well.

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A tradition of support

Hough family’s scholarship follows a long history of giving

“We as educators are only partly responsible for our many advancements or success. … Our success is based upon a partnership between educators, students and the community.” Jill Hough found those words in the files of her late father, Thomas J. Smith. Smith dedicated his life to what he believed to be the most important business in Oklahoma: public education. The two-time graduate of the OSU College of Education was a highly

respected K-12 teacher and administrator. He also served as a faculty member and administrator at OSU. Smith’s career accomplishments were recognized in 2011 with his posthumous

induction into the College of Education Hall of Fame. His passion for education has been a lasting inspiration to many, including Hough and her husband, Jeff. In 1955, Smith earned a master’s degree in education administration from OSU. He accepted a position as assistant principal of Oklahoma City’s U.S. Grant High School. Later, Smith became director of central purchasing for the Oklahoma City Public Schools District, which led to his appointment as assistant business manager for the district. He returned to OSU and earned a doctorate in education in 1966 while still working in the Oklahoma City schools. Smith’s continued dedication to education led to his appointment as director of research and statistics for the district. After two years, he accepted the responsibility as assistant superintendent for administrative services, serving in a key position during a volatile time when Oklahoma City public schools implemented court orders for quicker racial integration of its district. Smith’s duties included coordinating the development of the desegregation plan and serving as the liaison between the school district and the federal courts. Smith was superintendent of Oklahoma City public schools for three years. He then joined the OSU faculty as director of education extension and provided leadership for University Center at Tulsa for 10 years before retiring. For many years, Smith supported an alumni scholarship for College of Education students.

After he died in 2007, his wife, Betty, established a scholarship in educational administration to honor her husband. “Mother wanted to provide a gift that would be a lasting testament to the importance that they both attached to education,” Jill Hough says. “A College of Education scholarship would not only provide educational opportunities for future teachers and administrators, it would touch the lives of thousands of future students through the work of those recipients.” Jill and Jeff Hough have followed her mother’s lead. They recognized the tremendous need for scholarships and made the decision to give to education. The Houghs asked interim Dean Bob Davis and development director Brenda Solomon about the college’s needs and learned about the focus on attracting high school students who want to become teachers. Eager to support this enthusiasm, the couple provided a major gift to establish a series of attractive scholarships for incoming freshmen. Their gift was eligible for the Boone Pickens scholarship match, doubling its impact. “We were thrilled to expand our support. Whether they have admired a family member who is a teacher or had a teacher who made a difference in their life, these students are excited about their own education, about teaching and about OSU,” Jill Hough says. The Houghs are Oklahoma State alumni who met on campus. Jill is a business professor at the University of Tulsa, and Jeff is the deputy director of

engineering and facilities at the Tulsa International Airport. “As the homecoming theme from last year said, ‘OSU is where our story began.’ Though we are not graduates of the COE, the college has been a wonderful friend to us,” Jill Hough says. “Many of the people my dad worked with are still there, and they all care deeply about their students, past, present and future. We are honored to help support those students and future teachers.”

Throughout his career, Thomas Smith gave many speeches to civic groups, parentteacher organizations and others. He often said: “If I could give you but one bit of advice, I would urge that you do all within your power to keep the child in the foreground.” By supporting future teachers, Jill and Jeff Hough are doing just that. C o l l e g e  o f E d u c a t i o n O k l a h o m a

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Sandra Goetze was the Alice Phillips Endowed

Professor in elementary education at OSU. She was featured in a story about her sabbatical

experience at UCLA that appeared in the 20102011 issue of this magazine. Goetze died in April 2011 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Sandra Kay Goetze died April 10, 2011, in Stillwater, Okla. She was 47. She was born on March 19, 1964, in Monroe, Mich., to Verne Tiffany and Edna Visnic. She graduated from Monroe High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Michigan State University in 1987, her master’s in reading and literacy education in 1989 from the University of Central Oklahoma and her doctorate in education from the University of Oklahoma in 1996. She married Gail William Goetze in East Lansing, Mich., in

December 1987. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Stillwater and an avid member of the Stillwater Tennis Association. Goetze’s professional affiliations included membership and working with the International Reading Association and the National Reading Conference. Besides her husband, she is survived by her son, Taylor William Goetze of Stillwater; her father, Verne Tiffany of Punta Gorda, Fla.; mother, Edna Visnic of Stillwater; brother, Matt Tiffany of Nashville, Tenn.; and brother, Bryan Tiffany of Washington Township, Mich.

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Katie Womack died in August 2011. She was nearly finished with a master’s degree in library science. OSU conferred that degree to

her at the December 2011 commencement.

Katherine Charlotte Reavis As an undergraduate in Womack died of severe heart elementary education at OSU, complications on Aug. 14, 2011. Womack studied abroad in She was 29. Germany and Japan. She was born Sept. 15, 1981, “She believed you can learn a in Shattuck, Okla., to Gary and lot by listening and observing, Elodie Reavis. She grew up in and that leads to a better underWoodward and graduated from standing of others’ way of life,” Woodward High School in 2000. David Womack says. “When you She graduated from Oklahoma take these experiences back home, State University summa cum you can explain to children how laude in 2005 with a bachelor’s other people live and why they do degree in education. things in different ways.” “Katie believed literacy is the Katie Womack loved meeting cornerstone of a good educaand observing people from other tion. She always said if you can countries and being with them read, you can learn. That is why in their own, natural settings. library media was very imporShe and her husband spent two tant to her,” says her husband, weeks visiting Scotland, Ireland David Womack. and London, a trip he describes She was a member of the First as one of their best times. Presbyterian Church, Alpha Chi Teachers can have positive Omega social sorority and many lasting impact on all of their campus organizations. students. David Womack has On July 23, 2010, she married chosen to designate contributions David Womack in Cancun, Mexico. to the OSU Foundation in Katie’s Katie Womack began working memory toward a scholarship for for the OSU Foundation in 2006. students to complete their student In 2009, she moved to the presiteaching internship abroad in dent’s office as the scheduler. Costa Rica, England or Germany. She was passionate about expe“Katie loved to learn, and riencing new cultures and meeting God gave her a gift to teach people, believing that it was impor- others what she had learned. I tant to expand one’s horizons. hope this scholarship will give

OSU students the opportunity to share what they learn with their students,” he says. She is survived by her husband and his family; her parents of Woodward; her brother, Dustin Reavis, and his wife, Melody, of Stillwater; and her grandmother, Ella May Reavis of Edmond. She also is survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Preceding her in death were her grandparents, James and Joel Trout of Ponca City and Jess Reavis of Tulsa.

To make a contribution to the Katie Womack Endowed Scholarship Fund, checks can be made payable to the Oklahoma State University Foundation and sent to P.O. Box 1749, Stillwater, OK 74076.

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Research on Aging & Physical Abilities photography GARY LAWSON

Brennan Thompson, Eric Sobolewski and Eric Conchola, doctoral students in health and human performance, are in the midst of analyzing data from a large study they conducted about the influence of aging and occupation on physical health and abilities. “The two major risks of occupational injury are falling and being struck by something,” Thompson says. “We are trying to develop a test to predict a person’s reactive agility. (Manual laborers) are an understudied population, which makes our data quite valuable.” The students developed the concept for the study with former faculty member Eric Ryan (now at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) and conducted the research in the A.B. Harrison Applied Musculoskeletal & Human Physiology Research Laboratory in the academic wing of the Colvin Center.

Eric Conchola (left) and Brennan Thompson conducted research for their study at the Colvin Center. Brennan Thompson discusses the study with a volunteer subject.

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Eskimo Joe’s T-shirts hike up the volume

The OSU College of Education and Eskimo Joe’s are again teaming up to celebrate the important work of educators and support current and future teachers. Eskimo Joe’s is selling a T-shirt with a “Teachers are Rock Stars” theme. Not only do the shirts make a great gift for any teacher in your life, it’s a visible way to show appreciation and support for teachers and the differences they make. A percentage of the proceeds from each shirt sold are split between a scholarship endowment in the College of Education and to the Stillwater Public Education Foundation, which awards to grants to teachers for creative classroom projects. Since the project’s inception in 2007, T-shirt sales have generated more than $53,000, divided equally between the college and the foundation. The sixth edition of the shirt is available in adult sizes at all Eskimo Joe’s locations, including Stillwater, Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City and Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa, and online at


am proud to be the first in my family to attend college, but my doctoral degree from the OSU College of Education makes me even prouder. Our family bleeds orange. My husband and oldest son have degrees from OSU, my middle son is currently an Oklahoma State student, and my youngest son is bound to be a future Cowboy. I am passionate about OSU and the College of Education. Let me help you match your orange passion with our orange priorities. Your gift will impact faculty and students for generations to come and make a difference in the lives of others.

Dr. Brenda Solomon Senior Director of Development 405-385-5156 |

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Oklahoma State University College of Education 339 Willard Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-4033

A glimpse of


The display case, located on the first floor of Willard Hall,

represents the College of Education’s longstanding relationship with NASA Education Projects.

Currently, OSU and the College of Education manage $40 million in grants, including NASA’s Teaching from

Space Project at NASA Johnson Space Center; the NASA

Explorer Schools Project at NASA Glenn Research Center; the NASA Digital Learning Network Project at NASA Langley Research Center; and the NASA INSPIRE Project and Educator Resource Center, both at NASA Kennedy Space Center. OSU offers experiences and resources to

help educators make science, technology, engineering and mathematics come alive for learners. In 2011-12, the five projects together have conducted hundreds of NASA education activities, reaching thousands of educators and students across the country and at international Defense or State department schools.

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