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Welcome to the spring 2010 issue of STATE magazine, your source of information from the OSU Alumni Association, the OSU Foundation and University Marketing. Our cover mosaic represents the students, faculty, programs and facilities that will benefit from OSU’s $1 billion campaign designed to position OSU as one of the nation’s premier land-grant universities. Read more about this historic undertaking on pages 54-66. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions for future stories.

A Closer Look The new Center for Oklahoma Studies will illuminate the state’s history, culture and current affairs.

Veterans Seize the Day Entrepreneurship program empowers military veterans who dream of starting their own businesses.

Seniors of Significance OSU honors these top seniors for their excellence in scholarship, leadership and community service.

Cowboys on the Move Alumnus teams with the Seretean Wellness Center to advance the late Bud Seretean’s vision of a healthy campus.

Impact Tulsa OSU-Tulsa raises funds to accelerate higher education opportunities for Tulsa-area students.

Orange Door No matter where OSU alumni live, the Orange Door Business Network can connect them with Cowboy professionals and business owners in their vicinity.



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Before the sudden death of creative writing professor Ai Ogawa in March, the internationally known poet discussed her writings and her latest award, the 2009 U.S. Artists Award Ford Fellowship in Literature.

Business Leader CEO and alum Rick Darnaby explains to graduating seniors the importance of the new Conceptual Age.

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Ramona Paul’s love of learning and affection for OSU began when she was just a child.


Back in Class A generous scholarship at just the right time enables this out-of-state student to continue his education.

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24 Dean and Carol Stringer have a soft spot in their hearts

Caring Couple

Behind the Words

A Woman of Consequence If academe were an Olympics event, Regents Professor Barbara Stoecker would wear gold.

Alumni Hall of Fame The OSU Alumni Association honors these outstanding alumni for their social and professional achievements.







STATE Magazine, Spring 2010  

STATE Magazine is the official magazine of Oklahoma State University.