Fall 2010 Enrollment: 7,647 34% Full-time 66% Part-time 41% Male 59% Female Ethnicity: 15% African American 3% Asian 63% Caucasian 7% Hispanic 5% Native American 3% Multiracial 3% Unknown Age: 48% 15-24 32% 25-34 20% 35 and over 42% of students take at least one online course Primary Service Districts: Counties: Canadian, Cleveland, Oklahoma Top 10 High Schools 1. Putnam City 2. Putnam City North 3. Putnam City West 4. Northwest Classen 5. Edmond Santa Fe 6. Edmond Memorial 7. Yukon 8. Moore 9. Mustang 10. Midwest City
Advisory Board Mr. L.E. “Dean” Stringer Chairman, Retired Ms. Rhonda Hooper President/CEO, Jordan Associates Dr. James Branscum Superintendent, Metro Tech Mr. R. Rex Lawrence Retired Mr. JoeVan Bullard Executive Director Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority Mr. Jesse B. Langston Vice President Utility Commercial Operations OGE Energy Corp. Mr. C. Michael Carolina Executive Director Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology
Mr. Rodd Moesel President American Plant Products & Services, Inc. Mr. Tim O’Toole President & General Manager Oklahoma State Fair Board Mr. Cary DeHart President Willowbrook Construction Company, Inc. Ms. Phyllis Stough Community Leader Mr. David Woods CEO Giant Partners Mr. Terry L. Peach Farmer/Rancher
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Electronics Department Head James Saunders, Science & Engineering Division Head Michael Eckart and Surveying Department Head Danny Swain stand at the Engineering Technology Center construction site. The state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to open in fall 2011. Story on page 16.
Contents 1 2 4 6 7 8 10 12
Letter from the President Tribute to Dr. Jerry Carroll Fiscal Year 2010 The Gift of Education Branding Success Employee Perspectives Farmers Market: In Bloom All Year The Future Looks Bright
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Priceless Internship Health Services: New Program Equipment Business & Industry Engineering: Changing Foundation Reach Higher 2010 Top Stories For the Troops
A Letter from our President OSU-Oklahoma City is proud to be an important part of the Oklahoma State University system. OSU-OKC has a statewide mission to provide technical education and service to our community. Our focus on this mission has resulted in exceptional enrollment growth in recent years, the initiation of new programs such as Wind Turbine Technology and the strengthening of our ties to the community through participation in groups such as â€œFriends of Northwest 10th Street.â€? As we move through the current period of transition, OSUOKC is poised to impact even more educational development of its students and the economic development of Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma. Our campus is enhancing the skills and expertise of our students, faculty and staff through the increasing use of technology, both inside and outside the classroom. New facilities such as the Engineering Technology Center are being completed, while existing facilities are constantly being upgraded to provide our students with the programs and support services that will help them achieve their educational and career goals. Building on the solid foundation that Dr. Jerry Carroll and others have established, OSU-OKC looks forward to moving ahead in the 21st century and continuing to be the first choice of students seeking the very best in career and technical education. Please take a few minutes to review how our campus has made an impact on our community. Please accept my personal invitation to visit our campus and let us know how we can serve you.
Larry G. Edwards, Ph.D.
The entire OSU family is deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Carroll. He did a wonderful job leading OSU-OKC through an exciting period of growth. - V. Burns Hargis, OSU President
Dr. Jerry D. Carroll
Upward January 2, 1940 - October 29, 2010
Dr. Jerry Carroll will
be remembered as a devout family man and visionary community leader. For the hundreds of faculty, staff and students whose lives he touched and paths he crossed, he will be remembered as someone who made a difference in higher education. Dr. Carroll was born January 2, 1940, in Prairie Grove, Arkansas. He graduated from Muskogee High School in 1958 and attended Connors State College, Warner, Oklahoma. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma and earned his Bachelor of Arts and his Masters of Counseling. Always an advocate of lifelong learning, he graduated from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma with his Doctorate of Education. He married Janice Hays in Tulsa on February 9, 1973. He began his four-decade journey toward excellence in higher education at Tulsa Junior College. He served in a number of positions—Director of
Counseling, Director of Admissions, Dean of Student Personnel Services, Dean of Instruction and as provost of the Metro Campus (1990-1992). Dr. Carroll served as President of Northeastern A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma, from 1992 to 1997. There he instituted new systems of financial management, increased enrollment, built the endowment and guided the school through a successful North Central Association Accreditation.
duties was to listen, talk to others, and seek input. He could be seen strolling throughout campus, chatting with students, giving directions and advice to parents, and interacting with faculty and staff. Through his ability to match the needs of employers with educational programs for students, he grew enrollment from 4,000 to 8,000 in his 13-year tenure at OSUOKC. He was also responsible for the institution offering its first four-year
Dr. Carroll was named provost of OSU-Oklahoma City in 1997, and was later named president. He was the third provost and the first president of OSU-OKC in its 49-year history. He described his own leadership style as “management by walking around,” as he believed one of his most important
bachelor degree in 2007. Dr. Carroll passed away October 29, 2010, at Integris Hospice House in Oklahoma City. He had an optimistic attitude about life and throughout his 16-month battle with cancer, and encouraged friends and co-workers to move “onward and upward!” R eport
E xpenses by Function 2010-2011
2010 - 2011 E xpense by Function 57.08% 6.00% 9.17% 11.53% 13.05% 3.17%
$15,075,424 $1,586,959 $2,411,403 $3,046,791 $3,448,481 $840,000
6.00% Instruction Academic Support S tudent Services Institutional Support Operation and Maintenance of Plant S cholarships and Fellowships
Total E xpenditures by Activity/Function
Revenue D escription 2010-2011
2.92% 0.04% 0.87% 6.81% 3.07% 41.87%
2010 - 2011 Revenue D escription 41.87% 44.42% 3.07% 6.81% 0.04% 0.87% 2.92%
$11,057,546 $11,732,100 $809,992 $1,798,385 $9,600 $229,864 $771,571
S tate Appropriated Funds Resident Tuition (includes tuition waivers) N on- resident Tuition (includes tuition waivers) S tudent Fees Other Grants, Contracts and Reimbursements Other Sources F ederal Stimulus Funds
Total Projected FY2011 Receipts
W estwood Supply D rive
OSU-OKC delivered more than ten large boxes of school supplies to Westwood Elementary School in September. The much needed school supplies were donated by university staff, faculty and students.
OSU-OKC awarded 30 Westwood Elementary School fifth graders a supplemental scholarship to attend the university. The scholarship covers tuition, fees and books. “As a campus with strong ties to our community— both local and statewide—OSU-OKC felt the obligation to reach out to one of our neighborhood schools,” said Dr. Larry Edwards, OSU-OKC interim president. “My hope is that each of these children realize that she or he can be successful in their lives if they make the right choices and don’t squander the opportunities they have.” OSU-OKC will continue communication with the students throughout their educational journey to college by sending them birthday and holiday cards. Once students enter eighth grade, OSU-OKC will host seminars and classes for students and their parents. Events include OHLAP and FAFSA workshops. OSU-OKC plans to collaborate with Westwood on the scholarship project for at least one more year. The university’s goal is to send 100 students to OSU-OKC for free.
F inancial Aid
$31,582,495 Bessie Carter
Director, OSU-OKC Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Work Study Program
OSU-OKC’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships awarded more than $31.5 million in funds to deserving students in 2010. “Financial aid is a powerful tool that provides students with an opportunity that will enhance both their personal and professional lives,” said Bessie Carter, OSU-OKC Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships director. “These funds help thousands of our students focus on their education by reducing some of the concerns with how to finance their education.”
klahoma ity resident Martha Burger, OSU alumna and senior vice president of human and corporate resources at Chesapeake Energy Corporation, pledged a transformational $500,000 for scholarships at Oklahoma State University. Half of the gift benefits OSU-OKC, while the other half benefits FFA leadership officers attending OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The OSU-OKC portion represents the largest scholarship gift made in the campus’ nearly 50year history. “Hopefully someone will shatter that record someday soon,” said Burger, a 1973 medical technology graduate. “OSU-OKC’s enrollment is growing and they are really doing some great things there, so I just felt like it was time. “I live in Oklahoma City, so I thought recognizing OSU-OKC’s presence here would be a great way for me to support the university and the community in which I live. To me, that was an easy choice.” OSU-OKC Student Services Vice President Dr. Jay Kinzer noted the importance of Burger’s generosity to the campus. “The far-reaching benefit of Ms. Burger’s gift is phenomenal. We will be able to award scholarships now and well into the future to the most deserving students on our campus. Receiving a scholarship is often a game-changer for students and will ultimately help so many reach their graduation goal.”
The Gift of Education
$2.3 million Amount OSU-OKC raised for the Branding Success campaign in 2010.
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lot of things have changed about OSU-OKC since 1965. The university has relocated, developed unique degree programs and seen record-setting enrollment numbers. Up until 1990, the university was known as Oklahoma State University Technical Institute (OSUTI). Looking back at OSU-OKC’s past, math specialist Don Connel says the most exciting change in the university’s history is happening now. “I am more excited today than ever before about the future of OSUOKC,” Connel says. “The selection of the new president of OSU-OKC is the most critical event in the history of this institution.” Connel came to OSU-OKC in 1965, four years after the institution’s opening in 1961. He has held around eight positions with OSU-OKC ranging from division head to Assistant Director for Instruction, now known as Vice President of Academic Affairs. Looking back, Connel says he was drawn to higher education after OSUTI CEO Phil Chandler attended Career Day at Choctaw High School. CEO Chandler, comparable to the title of president today, convinced Connel to visit the campus. “From the beginning, I have felt I have been able to directly impact the lives of many students, as well as indirectly, due to my involvement in various programs at OSU-OKC,” Connel said. Connel currently works for Project SOAR, a federally-funded program aimed to improve the retention and graduation rate of disadvantaged college students. Through the
I am more excited today than ever before about the future of OSU-OKC...
program, he holds more than 80 group sessions each year for Project SOAR students. Many of Connel’s students and peers say he always has a positive attitude and time to spare in order to help them with a problem – whether it is algebraic or personal. Throughout the 46 years he has been with OSU-OKC, Connel says some of the biggest changes he has witnessed on campus are the university being accredited in 1979 to the approval of cooperative agreements with other institutions. Looking to the future, Connel would like to see OSU-OKC become the institution for innovative and highly specialized Bachelor of Science degree programs for the state of Oklahoma and surrounding areas. He would also like to see seamless transferability to and from OSU-OKC, along with distance learning being more than 50 percent of total enrollment.
Perspective Perspectives When Sharon Fitzpatrick came to OSU-OKC in 1980, she never
anticipated the university would be her second home for 31 years and counting. Throughout the years, she has seen the campus develop new buildings, programs and technology – but what she enjoys most is the priceless relationships. “What has kept me at OSU-OKC for 31 years is the feeling of being
I have enjoyed being a part of the growing campus... I have seen the growth in students, degrees and employees.
a part of a team within Finance and Operations,” said Fitzpatrick, who is currently the director of Purchasing. “I have had great bosses and worked with many co-workers that I have stayed friends with even though they have moved on.” Fitzpatrick came to OSU-OKC from a small dental office. What drew her to higher education was the opportunity for advancement while utilizing the skills she acquired in the business setting. When she came to OSU-OKC, there were only two buildings on campus – Business Technologies and Health Technologies. “I have enjoyed being a part of the growing campus,” she says. “I never thought we would grow so rapidly. I have seen the growth in students, degrees and employees.” For the future, Fitzpatrick hopes to see a powerful president take the reins of a growing university and cater to its growth. She would also like to see OSU-OKC provide technology for the community in order to develop the local job market and produce more degree programs with streamlined transfer capability. “OSU-OKC is my home away from home,” Fitzpatrick says. “We all spend more time at our jobs than with our family, but working at OSU-OKC is my second family.”
Poinsettia Sale Spreads Cheer To ring in the holiday season, the OSU-OKC Agriculture Technologies Division presented its annual Poinsettia Sale. “This year’s poinsettia crop has been very successful,” said Barry Fox, OSU-OKC Greenhouse and Gardens manager. “We have an assortment of beautiful, healthy plants ready for the holidays.” There were around 1,700 poinsettias of different colors, sizes and prices available for sale to the public. “Other than supporting our community, purchasing a poinsettia from OSU-OKC helps support agriculture education in Oklahoma,” Fox said. “All proceeds from our plant sales benefit OSU-OKC horticulture students and help support our programs.” Two new additions to this year’s sale is a variety named ‘Classic Pink’ and a smaller, single stem poinsettia that stands two inches tall.
Vendors Raise Funds for Loyal Family OSU-OKC Farmers’ Market vendors raised more than $800 for the Adam & Avery Stutts Memorial Support Trust during a March Market. The vendors banded together to raise funds for the Stutts family who suffered the loss of their 5-year-old son, Adam. At the Market, customers could purchase beautiful, fresh clover plants with all proceeds donated to the trust. Adam and Avery Stutts, along with their parents, frequented the Farmers’ Market until a February 26 car accident claimed the life of 5-year-old Adam and seriously injured 3-year-old Avery. Avery underwent recovery at The Children’s Center in Bethany. “The vendors set out to raise $500 from donations for the clovers,” said Cheryl Camp, OSU-OKC Farmers’ Market manager. “When the plants sold out, people continued donating money and by the end of the Market we had raised $800. We are thrilled to give this generous donation from the community to the Stutts family.” R eport
The Future is Looking OSU-OKC’s Child Development Center-Lab School has come a long way since being converted into a nationally accredited school from a local restaurant in August 1991. In 2010, the CDC-LS underwent numerous structural changes adding to the extensive offerings at the center. Just in time for Oklahoma’s unpredictable tornado season in May, the CDC-LS opened its aboveground, state-of-the-art safe room that has the capability to meet the needs of the school’s children and staff in inclement weather. The room also serves as a secure place for lockdown drills and a multi-purpose room for extracurricular activities such as yoga, dance, music, and the facility’s upcoming intergenerational program. Prior to having the safe room, the CDC-LS staff would have to transport
children in their personal vehicles from the school to the main campus in order to relocate to a safe location. In addition to adding the safe room, the CDC-LS now has a refurbished playground area that boasts a new sandbox and an age-appropriate swing set. The largest and most exciting addition was the artificial turf. The new “grass” will allow the children and staff to play outside year-round on safe impact material that will last for years to come. The small school serves the OSUOKC faculty, staff and students, along with the community, with five classrooms caring for children ages six weeks old up to a private, prekindergarten class. As a developmental school, the CDC-LS staff focuses on each child’s individual learning style, and writes curriculum for each child
according to how they learn and where the children are developmentally. The CDC-LS is proudly accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The staff has dedicated its mission and goals to upholding the highest standards to maintain the auspicious recognition by being completely staffed by experienced professionals. The staff is comprised of Master Teachers, early childhood education graduates and early childhood education degreeseeking students. The CDC-LS staff looks to the future with positive thoughts hoping to see the school continue to thrive, to see the love and knowledge they provide children and families, and to see the students grow up to be responsible, respectful members of society.
Student Interns at Disney, Gains Priceless Experience
Through my studies at OSU-OKC, I have learned exactly what part of horticulture I want to go into.
o pursue his dream of becoming a horticulturist, OSU-OKC student Lance Swearengin is expanding his knowledge in the field by interning at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. He says this opportunity of a lifetime would not have been possible without the support of OSU-OKC. To prepare for the internship, Swearengin studied hard and sought advice from OSU-OKC Agriculture Technologies Division Head Dave Edwards and Horticulture Department Head Julia Laughlin. “I was interested in working with world-renowned professionals in the horticulture field,” the Midwest City native says. “Julia Laughlin and Dave Edwards have been instrumental in my success concerning the Disney internship, and my success overall regarding my horticulture studies. Both of these individuals are very dedicated and have extended their commitment to help me succeed in and out of OSU.” Swearengin’s duties were similar to a full time job at Disney World. He takes care of the gardens, plants and flowers and attends classes geared toward studying horticulture principles. “The internship is helping me gain valuable work experience in the field of public horticulture,” he says. “Working with such a large company is preparing me for a wonderful career in Oklahoma City.” Upon completion of his internship, Swearengin will pursue a degree in public horticulture from OSUStillwater. He aspires to work at the Oklahoma City Zoo or Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens as a horticulturist, in addition to teaching and promoting horticulture. “I’m very blessed to have had this opportunity and to have had the support from the horticulture team at OSU-OKC,” Swearengin says. “Without Julia Laughlin and Dave Edwards, none of this would have been possible for me. As I travel on to Stillwater, I know that I will be able to succeed in my studies and my career from what I have learned from the dedicated professionals at OSUOKC.” R eport
Health Health Sciences
D ietetic Technology
Adding another program in the burgeoning healthcare field, OSU-OKC developed the state’s only Dietetic Technology Associate in Applied Science degree. The degree will be offered to students in spring 2011. The program was granted Candidacy for Accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the CDR Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians. “OSU-OKC continues to demonstrate its education leadership with this Dietetic Technology degree,” said Dr. Jay Kinzer, OSU-OKC Student Services vice president. “The new dietetic technician program gives our students a fifth job-ready career path in the healthcare field, joining Echocardiography Technology, Vascular Technology, Nurse Science and Radiologic Technology.”
S imulation M odels
The OSU-OKC Nurse Science Department obtained seven new, stateof-the-art simulation models for their human patient simulation laboratories. The simulation labs provide real-life patient situations for all nursing students that might otherwise be missed in the clinical setting. Simulation models include one wireless 3G SimMan, one regular SimMan, a SimBaby and four VitalSims. OSU-OKC is one of the first nursing programs in the Oklahoma City area to purchase a 3G wireless simulator, which was funded by a $100,000 grant from the Inasmuch Foundation.
Business Business & Industry
S tudent Center OSU-OKC’s Business & Industry department added a new conference room in the Student Center. The new addition was reserved 288 times with a total of 8,748 in attendance. More than 52,300 people used OSU-OKC’s Student Center in 2010.
TEducation echnology Center
OSU-OKC’s Technology Education Center trained nearly 900 participants through various workshops and seminars in 2010. In addition, TEC created six new training sessions that include: Water & Wastewater Levels A/B, D, C; Bullying in the Workplace; Blogging for Jobs; and a Leadership Series.
F ood Service
OSU-OKC Food Service Assistant Manager Samantha Martinez competed and placed third in the Southern Regional Round-Up Culinary Challenge. The challenge took place in April at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. The challenge was conducted by the National Association of College and University Food Service. Thirteen states had the opportunity to submit recipes and she was one of the six chefs chosen from across the nation to compete in the challenge. Food Service Manager Jonathan Kleman encouraged Martinez to enter the challenge after she created several tasty dishes with the main ingredient, Portobello mushrooms. This was Martinez’s first competition and she enjoyed the opportunity to expand her culinary arts experience.
E ngineering Building
Because of a 70 percent increase in OSU-OKC engineering programs in the last five years, the university began construction of a new, innovative engineering building in March. OSU-OKC added several new engineering programs including Electrical Power Technology and Wind Turbine Technology, which attributed to the need of a new building. “The recent growth in this area, the new degrees and certificates that are being added and the new building will ensure that OSU-OKC further enhances its leadership in engineering programs and technical education in general,” said Dr. Larry Edwards, OSU-OKC interim president. The building will house all of the OSU-OKC Science & Engineering Division degree programs. “In addition to accommodating the recent growth, students will benefit from specialized laboratories dedicated and designed to house specific academic programs,” Dr. Edwards said.
“Students in the Renewable Sustainable Energy program have already taken the first step outside of school to lead a more sustainable lifestyle,” said Terry Clinefelter, OSU-OKC Renewable Sustainable Energy instructor. “Their choice to choose such a degree is proof of their commitment to the green movement.”
New Program Renews, Sustains To prepare for one of the most important fields of study for the next century, OSU-OKC began offering the Renewable/Sustainable Energy Associate in Applied Science degree to students in fall 2010. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in a number of different related fields ranging from onsite solar and wind energy systems, to geothermal heating and cooling systems, residential energy auditing and advanced green building systems including an understanding of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. “OSU-OKC is proud to build on its leadership in 21st century energy education by adding the Renewable/ Sustainable Energy degree,” said Dr. Larry Edwards, OSU-OKC interim president. “The new program gives students another option in the engineering field where they can currently choose from job-ready career paths such as Wind Turbine Technology, Electrical Power Technology and Construction Technology.” The Renewable/Sustainable degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and hands-on experience they will need to enter and excel in their chosen career path. “Programs like this will fill the demand for educated and skilled individuals for the rapidly evolving renewable energy industry,” Dr. Edwards said. Striving to provide training opportunities for students looking to enter the energy workforce, OSU-OKC is leading the way in Oklahoma to provide an educated workforce that will be able to meet the demands of tomorrow’s industry.
OSU-OKC Wind Turbine Technology students Robert Etheridge, Jason Stull, Andrew Kline and Ondraye Swanegan, pictured in the hatch, smile from the top of a wind turbine.
Catering to working adults who want to complete their degree, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education developed Reach Higher. Through the program, anyone with existing college credits can develop a personalized degree completion plan at OSU-OKC that works with their unique schedules. Participants can pursue an Associate in Science in Enterprise Development with a Business Administration option or a General Studies option. The requirements include having at least 18 hours of college credit, having a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the previous college credit and having completed any required remedial work. The benefits to â€œreaching higherâ€? and completing a degree at OSU-OKC are simple: why not complete a degree that is already started? The easy transferability means no loss of credits and participants get to take classes on their time â€“ in person on campus and/or online, weekdays, weeknights and weekends. With a Reach Higher degree, students will have the leadership training, communication skills and business knowledge they need to get ahead. Upon graduation, they will enjoy enhanced career opportunities and even greater earning power.
Top Stories Top Stories OSU-OKC
OSU-OKC hosted the successful 2010 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation “Walk to Cure Diabetes” on June 5.
In the midst of an evolving campus environment, there is one deep-rooted landmark OSU-OKC seeks to preserve. The unique mainstay is a Golden Lacebark elm that was grafted onto an American elm root stock. The union of the two trees and the origin of the Golden Lacebark are the unique aspects that make the tree a precious campus landmark with local historic significance.
OSU-OKC celebrated a record 732 students graduating from fall, spring and summer semesters at its 2010 Commencement Ceremony, 20 percent more than last year. Driven by a critical national need for RNs, the Nurse Science associate program celebrated its largest graduating class in 24 years. OSU-OKC’s spring 2010 semester had the largest number of students on record. As of the first day of school, OSU-OKC has more than 7,089 students enrolled, which is a 20 percent increase from the spring 2009 semester. Seventy-four percent of the university’s first time full-time degree seeking students enrolled in fall 2009 returned to campus in the spring semester.
The OSU-OKC Agriculture Technologies Division hosted the All-American Showcase on June 19 at the John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center.
OSU-OKC’s GoGreen student organization planted 19 trees around campus June 4, as part of their spring semester service project. The trees were generously donated by Deep Fork Tree Farm in Arcadia.
OSU-OKC student Joanna Ramos’ hard work is paying off. She is in her second year at OSU-OKC studying nursing and was recently named Outstanding Student Leader for her involvement in Student Leaders of Tomorrow.
To combat the rise of bullying, OSU-OKC’s Upward Bound students are “standing up for the silent.” OSU-OKC experienced a 5.8 percent increase in its fall 2010 enrollment, the largest number of students in the university’s nearly 50-year history. This increase can be attributed to Cooperative Alliance Agreements with area technology centers, and an increased emphasis on computer-based programs and energy programs. Nearly 100 students have taken advantage of the Cooperative Alliance Agreements with Metro Technology Center, which includes Radiologic Technology and Restaurant Management programs.
Each division on the OSU-OKC campus selected one student to receive the Alumni & Friends’ Outstanding Graduate Award during Faculty Senate on December 9. Van Hollen, an OSU-OKC civil engineering graduate of the class of 1976, presented each student with a plaque.
G.I. Jobs Magazine named OSU-OKC as a Military Friendly School for 2010. OSU-OKC ranks in the magazine’s top 15 percent of colleges and trade schools nationwide who are doing the most to embrace America’s military and veterans as students.
OSU-OKC is one of only seven schools nationwide training baby boomers on how to instruct college courses. The Encore Career Grant is a unique training opportunity possible through a generous grant provided by the MetLife Foundation and administered by The Civic Ventures Foundation.
The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents approved OSUOKC’s request to launch a Bachelor of Technology in Sign Language Interpretation. The degree program will be unique to Oklahoma as there are currently no bachelor degrees offered in sign language interpretation and there are only two institutions offering associate degrees in interpretation. The program request will now go to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for final approval.
Veteran Services Office, Campus Comes
Together for the Troops The OSU-OKC Veteran Services Office had a successful holiday season with outpouring support from across campus and Oklahoma City. Faculty, staff and community members came together to donate a whopping seven boxes of donations for Remember the Troops, a national campaign dedicated to honoring all military service members, veterans and their families. Agriculture Technologies Division Head Dave Edwards donated multiple items including blankets, socks, clothing, playing cards, snacks,
notepads, pens and disposable cameras. An OSU-OKC studentâ€™s Sunday School class made 70 stockings using all army-related material covering all branches of the military. Once the stockings were completed, the class filled them with candy. A local elementary school class also created handmade holiday cards. Girl Scout Troop 256 donated items as part of their service project. The Girl Scouts donated handmade neck pillows and holiday cards, games, notebooks, pens,
snacks and Girl Scout cookies. OSU-OKCâ€™s donations went to troops deployed in Afghanistan. In addition to sending packages overseas, several items were donated to community veterans. Admissions Assistant Director Melissa Garner purchased materials to make fleece blankets for local hospitalized veterans. Once the material was cut and tied, the Veteran Services work studies delivered the blankets to the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center.
Girl Scout Troop 256 was elated to deliver their donations to the Veteran Services Office. The troop donated handmade neck pillows, games and Girl Scout cookies among other things.
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