ANNUAL REPORT 2012-2013
Letter from the President | 01
Letter from the President
very day when I set foot upon this campus, I am inspired by the ingenuity continuously on display here. From our dedicated faculty and staff, relentless in their pursuit of academic excellence; to our high-performing students, whose precision skills make them extraordinarily competitive; to our industry partners whose generous support of this institution is without equal; I remain convinced that our model for higher education is the one to follow. And we have set the bar high. Over the past year, we have accomplished a vast majority of the goals initiated through our strategic plan as highlighted in the following pages. These examples of excellence comprise our story, and it’s a remarkable narrative of OSU Institute of Technology’s legacy and influence.
A mutually-beneficial partnership between higher education and corporate employers — allowing graduates far greater access to workforce opportunities — this is what higher education should look like.
Today, we are more focused than ever on meeting a critical workforce need in the global economy. We have set our sights on extending OSUIT’s reach beyond the borders of our state. No other university in the region has the caliber of industry support that this institution has developed to ensure a virtual pipeline of success from classroom to career. With that kind of outcome-focused approach, students here have confidence that when they graduate, they will not only find a job, they will be in high demand near and far. What we’re witnessing is a momentum shared through our strategic vision, an energy — a compulsion if you will — to be the change agent needed in what has become an obsolete culture of higher education. Through these continued efforts, we can be the benchmark of progress by which peer institutions will measure themselves. I believe that we’ve only just begun to see the global transformation and economic influence that will result from what is happening at OSU Institute of Technology today.
— Bill R. Path, President, OSU Institute of Technology
Dr. Bill R. Path President of OSU Institute of Technology
President’s Investiture Focused on Mission Last November, a large crowd of community leaders, corporate partners, employees and students filled the auditorium at the investiture ceremony of Dr. Bill R. Path, the fourth president of OSU Institute of Technology. Industry leaders and educational peers were among the speakers, each representing an aspect of OSUIT’s strong partnerships with global corporations, organizations and educational institutions. These partnerships were mentioned in each speaker’s presentation as the key factor that distinguishes OSUIT as a leader in technical education.
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The Symbols of Office The Presidential Medallion displays a triangle representing our relationship to the OSU system which has a three-fold mission: Instruction, Research, and Extension. In the center is a lamp, signifying knowledge. Extending from the triangle is a sixteen point starburst indicative of the directions our graduates go and the far-reaching impact of OSU Institute of Technology. The ceremonial mace is a traditional symbol that represents the authority conferred upon an individual. Used to lead the academic procession on formal occasions, it serves to convey the gravity of circumstance and longevity of purpose that the ceremony holds. Both symbols were handcrafted by members of the campus community and created using materials that have historical significance to the institution and its heritage.
SUPER SATURDAY SUCCESS
Keynote speaker Wayne White, Emmy-award winning artist and puppeteer, discussed his nearly 30-year career with a standing-room only crowd.
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Lineman Rodeo High Voltage Electricity capstone students and alumni raced to complete timed exercises while climbing 40 foot poles.
Fun Run Over 100 participants started the day off right by competing in the Okmulgee County Wellness Coalition Fun Run.
Tulsa Flying Glue Dobbers Radio-controlled aircraft assembled and flown by Tulsaâ€™s Flying Glue Dobbers were on display in the Student Union.
Tom Payne Dedication Glenn Zannotti and President Bill Path unveiled a commemorative marker to honor the contributions of Tom Payne, Jr., to the institution.
Super Saturday, an event designed to reconnect the community with OSUIT and showcase its various degree programs and specialty areas, roared back to campus last April with more than 1,000 community members, current and prospective students and industry leaders in attendance.
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Best Portfolio Category: Photography Place: 2nd Artist: Grant Sweetwood ( recent OSUIT alumni )
Best Portfolio Category: Student Portfolio Place: 3rd Artist: Matthew Taylor ( recent OSUIT alumni )
Raffe Award Artist: John Hammer ( OSUIT alumni )
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The day after a deadly tornado tore through Moore, Okla., the School of Culinary Arts Future Chefs Association prepared and packed more than 1,100 sack lunches for American Red Cross shelters serving victims of the storm in the Oklahoma City area.
Nursing Program Joins Initiative to Support Returning Veterans
Students Build Structures for Okmulgee Community Garden
OSUIT’s nursing program banded with the National League for Nursing to support their “Joining Forces” initiative to assist veterans and current military families in a manner befitting their service to the nation. In a broad effort coordinated by the U.S. Departments of Veteran Affairs and Defense, more than 150 state and national nursing organizations and more than 500 nursing schools have pledged to better educate the nation’s three million nurses and nursing students about the unique health care needs of veterans, including treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.
Inspired to give back to their community in a meaningful way, students and faculty of the Civil Engineering Technologies program partnered with the Okmulgee Community Garden Project for their annual service activity. Students from the American Society of Civil Engineers student club, together with others from the surveying and drafting classes, spent many hours conducting surveys at the garden site near the Okmulgee hospital and creating 3-D topography maps to determine ways to improve drainage. They also constructed raised beds to precise specifications, providing handicap accessibility to gardeners in wheelchairs.
OSUIT Receives Scholarship Donation from Gas Compressor Association The Gas Compressor Association presented a donation check to OSUIT’s Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Institute to provide scholarships for students in its Natural Gas Compression program. The $18,000 check was presented by GCA liaison Kyle Smith, a product development engineer for Dresser-Rand, to Roy Achemire, HEVI division chair. GCA recognizes the critical need for well-trained entry level workers to offset growing industry demand and retirement. The scholarship donation was intended to make the program’s training more affordable to potential students and increase enrollment.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) club provides student members avenues for growth, outreach, fellowship, education and a sense of community. — Gayan Herath, Civil Engineering Technologies instructor
08 | News Briefs
OSUIT was the first Ford ASSET program in the nation to receive a donation of a 2012 Ford 6.7 liter diesel truck and a 2012 Ford Fusion hybrid, the first hybrid vehicle to be donated to the Ford ASSET program. Both vehicles were donated by Ford Motor Company to be used as training vehicles for OSUIT’s ASSET diesel and electrical classes.
OSUIT Receives PSO Rebate for Energy Efficiency Lighting Program OSUIT received a $74,569.80 rebate check from Public Service Company of Oklahoma for participation in their High Performance Businesses program, formerly called Smart Schools. The check represented an initial rebate for energy efficient lighting retrofits completed in five of the 26 facilities on campus. Rebate amounts will continue to increase as retrofits are installed in the rest of the facilities. An additional benefit to the installation of LED lights on campus is a reduction of maintenance costs due to longer bulb life spans. According to Stanley Teague, OSUIT’s energy conservation manager, the lighting rebate is part of a larger energy efficiency improvement project the OSU System has been conducting over the past six years.
Regents Recognize Aggreko as OSUIT Business Partner of the Year Aggreko was recognized as OSUIT’s business partner of the year at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Business Partnership Excellence Award ceremony. The company’s highly successful SelecTech program at OSUIT trains technicians in portable diesel powered electricity generation and temperature control systems. Since 2008, the company has partnered with OSUIT to train technicians capable of providing outstanding customer service while possessing the skills to repair and maintain increasingly advanced equipment. The program has continued to grow and expects to accommodate 50 students per year beginning in 2017.
High Voltage Interns Assist Moore Restoration Five Construction Technologies students stepped up when asked for help and aided in the restoration of power lines in Moore after the May 20, 2013 tornado. Jacoby Shandy, Hilario “JR” Trevino, Kelly Finn, Robert “Ben” Cole, and William “Bill” Coates were working for Win-Sons Poleline Construction in Oklahoma City as part of their internship requirements for the High Voltage Electricity degree program. While each student must complete five internships — gaining on the job training from basic pole climbing techniques to substation operations — this level of community outreach is also a meaningful service-learning experience.
Our relationship with OSUIT for the past five years has been fantastic. The OSUIT staff is superior in their training and molding of our SelecTech students to not only become high quality technicians, but future leaders of our business. — Devin Murphy, Aggreko technical training manager
The School of Culinary Arts alum Chef Kerstin Bellah was featured in a recent episode of Food Network’s popular show “Cupcake Wars.” Her team, Green Goodies, ultimately won the opportunity to serve their winning cupcakes at actress Fran Drescher’s charity gala.
10 | Military Friendly
Proudly Serving Those Who Have Served At OSU Institute of Technology, serving the military is in our blood. G.I. Jobs Magazine recognized our ongoing commitment in 2013 by naming OSUIT to its Military Friendly Schools® list. The university was founded in 1946 specifically to provide returning World War II veterans with vocational-technical training under the G.I. Bill preparing them for immediate employment in a short period of time.
At OSUIT, our commitment to veterans and their families goes well beyond the basics. “Our mission of serving veterans after World War II is still the same today,” says Ina Agnew, OSUIT’s vice president of Student Services. “Beyond military-friendly, we are a military-committed university. We offer technical degrees for veterans that are direct-to-workforce degrees, which make our graduates more competitive in their search for employment. And our 99 percent overall job placement rate bears that out.” OSUIT works closely with service men and women to discover how their military skills and experiences can transfer into college credits and helps them determine the degree program that will best suit their needs and experiences. The staff includes a full-time VA Coordinator/Scholarship
Coordinator responsible for making sure veterans and family members are aware of benefits they are eligible for and the requirements for maintaining eligibility. Yellow-Ribbon Qualified As a yellow-ribbon designated institution, OSUIT contributes funds toward tuition and fees that exceed the amounts payable under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. MyCAA Benefit Eligible The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides up to $4,000 (over 2 years) of financial assistance for military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses or credentials leading to employment in portable career fields.
“After the military, I researched colleges and decided OSUIT would be the best investment for my G.I. Bill education dollars because it taught me applied technology and gave me an advantage over graduates of other universities.” — Nyckey Heath, ‘09 Bachelor of Technology Civil Engineering Technologies “I chose OSUIT because they allowed my military experience to transfer to college credits, so I earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in Information Assurance and Forensics in only two years and immediately entered a lucrative career.” — David Barnet, ‘12 Bachelor of Technology Information Assurance and Forensics “OSUIT has a good reputation for providing a high quality education, and earning a degree in high voltage electricity will provide me with great career opportunities in a field that pays extremely well.” — Joshua Jones, current student Associate in Applied Science High Voltage Electricity
OSUIT campus c. 1962. The campus, originally Glennan Military Hospital, served the U.S. military and eventually POWs held in the region until 1946. Afterward, the barracks served as classrooms and student residences for the burgeoning technical school. The newly built Covelle Hall can be seen in the lower right hand corner.
12 | Dedicated Donors
Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center
A first of its kind in the industry, the 24,000 square foot Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center will provide access to world-class instruction and applied research spaces where students will learn to diagnose, service and maintain gas compression equipment.
Architectural rendering of the new Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center scheduled for opening in Fall 2013.
he state-of-the-art Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center will open its doors this fall thanks in part to a $2 million commitment from Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Chesapeake’s gift for the center builds on its longstanding relationship with OSUIT, including support for the university’s scholarship program. Major gifts from industry partners Devon Energy, ONEOK and Energy Transfer Partners were instrumental in making the promise of this unique facility become a reality. The center will feature advanced learning environments, including classrooms equipped with SMART boards and dedicated areas for practical skills training. Beyond the classroom, the Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center will also facilitate training to upgrade the skills and abilities of technicians already in the workforce. The center’s conference rooms will enable the university to host seminars linked to the natural gas industry. One of the most impressive features of the new building is the dual rail overhead cranes – each with a 30 ton capacity—to safely lift and maneuver compression skids. OSUIT offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Natural Gas Compression, in which students complete four semesters of coursework and two semesters of paid internships. Although natural gas compression training has been part of the OSUIT
curriculum since 1979, the program started as an independent course in 2000. In its first three years, program enrollment remained steady, with a majority of students coming from rural Oklahoma. Enrollment has since quadrupled, attracting students from all over the nation. Following the opening of the Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center, enrollment numbers are expected to continue to climb, and the program plans to graduate 50 to 55 skilled individuals each year.
As our company continues to grow, our need for these technicians will continue to increase as well. The Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center will ensure that we will have a steady stream of qualified technicians to fill the new jobs our company is creating every day. â€” Al Lavenue, President MidCon Compression, a Chesapeake subsidiary
OSUIT natural gas compression students and faculty stand in front of the structural framework of the Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center at the topping-out ceremony.
14 | Faculty Excellence
Scott Newman Named American Council on Education Fellow Dr. Scott Newman, chair of the Division of Information Technologies at OSU Institute of Technology, is among 50 senior faculty and administrators selected from throughout the country for the 2013-14 class of American Council on Education Fellows Program.
The ACE Fellows program represents a unique opportunity for me to increase my leadership capacities and contribute to OSUIT and those it serves in new and more significant ways.
he ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing future leaders for the nation’s colleges and universities. It combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year. “The ACE Fellowship program is extremely competitive,” said Dr. Greg Mosier, OSUIT vice president of Academic Affairs. “As this program provides the opportunity for Scott to spend time at a host university, experiences from that time will provide great insights for initiatives we desire to implement at OSUIT as we plan our future growth and advancement.” Each ACE Fellow will focus on an issue of concern to his or her nominating institution while working with a president and other senior officers at another college or university to learn best practices and creative solutions from outside their current sphere of knowledge. Dr. Newman is currently the Executive Board Chair of the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges and serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. He is a former Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Fellow and an alumnus of Leadership Oklahoma. Newman has served as division chair of Information Technologies at OSUIT since 2001 and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top technology leaders by “Computerworld”. He holds master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Oxford as well as a doctorate from Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Maria Christianâ€™s outstanding teaching and leadership skills were recognized with a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award in Austin, Texas.
2013 Outstanding Faculty Member, as selected by the OSUIT Faculty/Staff Association, Chef Ron Lâ€™Heureux
2013 Outstanding Staff Member, as selected by the OSUIT Faculty/Staff Association, Bruce Force
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology faculty member Robert C. Walker was recognized for 40 years of service at the annual employee banquet.
The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning was officially unveiled as a professional development resource for faculty during its grand opening in June. The Center promotes teaching and learning excellence by inspiring a culture of collaboration and shared leadership that engages all visitors in the pursuit of academic excellence and continuous improvement.
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Mark Hays Selected as Marano Fellow for Aspen Institute’s Sector Skills Academy RE T I RE ME N T S
Hays was one of only 25 individuals chosen for the academy after a rigorous selection process. He will focus on the advanced manufacturing industry during his tenure at the academy. Glenda Orosco Wins G.I.F.T. Award Glenda Orosco, business instructor, is one of five recipients of the 2012 Great Ideas for Teaching (G.I.F.T.) award from the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC). She presented her project — “Making Economics Relevant through Student Produced Videos” — at the OACC conference.
32 Years of Service Lawrence Wilson Arts & Sciences
22 Years of Service Valorie Kennedy Custodial Services
Dr. Jennifer Smith Receives 2012 OSU / A&M Regents Distinguished Teaching Award
20 Years of Service
Math instructor Dr. Jennifer Smith recently received the 2012 Oklahoma State University / A&M Regents Distinguished Teaching Award. Smith leads mathematics faculty in the Division of Arts and Sciences, a position she has held since July 2011. She has served as an instructor and math tutor in the university’s College Readiness Center since 2002.
Stephen Rodriquez Public Safety
Gayan Herath Named ASCE Outstanding Faculty Advisor Instructor Gayan Herath is on a mission to put OSUIT’s Civil Engineering Technology program and American Society of Civil Engineers student club on the map. Herath was recently awarded the 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for Region 6 for his passion and student leadership. Jennifer Block Honored for Orthotic and Prosthetic Program Enrollment Efforts Orthotic and Prosthetic Technologies Program Director Jennifer Block earned the National Outstanding Member Award from the Career Technical Education Equity Council, recognizing her efforts in doubling the program’s number of female students and total enrollment. Block had previously won the Oklahoma chapter award in 2012.
10 Years of Service Rex Daugherty Jr. Comm. Services
09 Years of Service Patricia Morton Arts & Sciences
18 | Student Excellence
Tami Gorton Named Newman Civic Fellow for Leadership & Philanthropy Where others see a problem, Tami Gorton recognizes an opportunity to help those in need. Gorton was one of three students in the OSU system this year selected as a Newman Civic Fellow for her student leadership and efforts to resolve social challenges in her community. In total, only 181 students throughout the U.S. were honored as a Fellow by the organization Campus Compact.
orton served in the United States Air Force and has been active in civic organization throughout much of her life. She has volunteered and served on the board of directors of Camp Fire USA for more than 13 years, participated in Cowboy Ministries to provide horseback riding lessons to children in DHS custody, conducted anti-drug and violence conferences for children with the Tulsa Police Department and through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Jerry’s Kids, raised approximately $50,000 for childhood disease research. Nominated by their college and university presidents, Newman Civic Fellows are recognized by each school’s leadership as students working to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. “I nominated Tami because of her excellent GPA and work ethic as a student,” said Dr. Bill Path, OSUIT president. “However, I also wanted to recognize Tami for her service to our country and dedication to giving back to the community where she lives. Tami exemplifies the type of student we want to be a part of OSUIT.” Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. At the core of Dr. Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Gorton was selected as the OSUIT student respondent for the 2013 spring commencement after completing her Associate Degree in Pre-Education Secondary with a 3.81 GPA. During her response, she encouraged her fellow graduates to do one thing every day that scares them, to learn something new every day and to make the most of their lives.
There are so many opportunities waiting for each and every one of us. All you need to do is have the courage and the bravery to stand up and take hold of those moments before they pass you by. — Tami Gorton
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Michael Groeneveld Recognized Nationally Information Technologies sophomore Michael Groeneveld was named a George Nigh Leadership Academic Scholar and a Coca Cola Foundation Scholar. In addition, he was also named to the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges All Oklahoma/All USA academic team. Groeneveld learned of these opportunities through his active service with the OSUIT chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, a Five Star Chapter, serving as the vice president of scholarship.
Automotive Freshman Earns Tool Grants and Scholarship Tyler Hardin received three separate awards from the I-CAR Education Foundation, including the $1,000 Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Lon Baudoux Legacy Scholarship for education expenses, the 2013 Sherwin Williams Tool Grant and the 2013 Chicago Pneumatic Tool Grant. All of these accomplishments are pretty remarkable for the student from Heavener, Okla. Hardin became interested in body work during high school when he worked at a shop during summer breaks and experimented by customizing his own pickup. The tool grant awards included a ½” impact wrench, air hammer, die grinder, reversible air drill, air sander and HVLP primer pack. Hardin has immediate plans on how best to utilize these gifts as a new employee of Tulsa’s largest collision center.
Students Win Tools Scholarships from TV’s “Dirty Jobs” Host Two students in the CAT® Dealer Prep program at OSUIT, Mike Parks from Fort Smith, Ark., and Daniel Gower from Bristow, Okla., recently received $1,000 tools scholarships from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation. Mike Rowe is the host of the television program “Dirty Jobs,” which promotes awareness of the excellent opportunities in professional technical occupations. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation gives the scholarships to promote his “boots on the ground” approach to developing the technical workforce.
20 | OSUIT Programs
Bachelor of Technology Degrees A Bachelor of Technology degree includes both classroom and technical training for careers that require a comprehensive education. Upperlevel coursework using industry-caliber technology prepares students for lifelong careers with a high market demand. Civil Engineering Technology Instrumentation Engineering Technology Information Technologies Software Development Network Infrastructure Information Assurance and Forensics IT Enterprise Management Associate in Science Degrees An Associate in Science degree provides the required foundational education for future advanced degrees in a wide range of disciplines. Business Elementary / Secondary Pre-Education
Enterprise Development Information Technologies Nursing & Health Sciences
Associate in Applied Science Degrees An Associate in Applied Science degree includes classroom education as well as practical training with industry equipment. Two-year programs prepare students for immediate career opportunities or for further advanced education. Select programs are aligned with OSUITâ€™s Bachelor of Technology degrees. Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology Arts & Sciences Division Office Information Systems Automotive Technologies Automotive Collision Repair Technology Chrysler College Automotive Program (CAP) Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) General Motors Automotive Student Educational Program (ASEP) Toyota Technical Education Network (TTEN) Independent Service Center (Pro-Tech)
Construction Technologies Construction Management Technology Electrical High Voltage Electricity Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technologies Aggreko CAT Dealer Prep Komatsu ACT MHC Kenworth Truck Technology Natural Gas Compression SouthWestern Association Engineering Technologies Civil / Surveying Technology Instrumentation Engineering Graphics & Design Drafting Manufacturing Technologies Pipeline Integrity Power Plant Technologies Information Technologies Nursing & Health Sciences Nursing Orthotics and Prosthetics Visual Communications Graphic Design Technology Multimedia Technology Photography Technology School of Culinary Arts School of Watchmaking