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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

OSU-Tulsa celebrates 15th anniversary with Founders event

OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, left, with OSU-Tulsa’s Founders who were honored Wednesday, Gary Trennepohl, Ph.D., Oklahoma State Sen. Jim Halligan, Penny Williams, Charles Ford and Frank Keating, and OSU President Burns Hargis.
OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, left, with OSU-Tulsa’s Founders who were honored Wednesday, Gary Trennepohl, Ph.D., Oklahoma State Sen. Jim Halligan, Penny Williams, Charles Ford and Frank Keating, and OSU President Burns Hargis.

OSU-Tulsa is marking a major milestone this spring, celebrating 15 years of providing quality higher education in downtown Tulsa and making a degree from a comprehensive research university more accessible to thousands of graduates. OSU-Tulsa hosted a special event on Wednesday to commemorate the past 15 years and the university’s impact on Tulsa. 

Since OSU-Tulsa first opened, enrollment has grown from 870 to more than 3,000. The campus offers more than 80 degree options for students in the Tulsa area, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Students earn the same OSU degrees as students on the Stillwater campus. More than 30,000 students have taken courses at OSU-Tulsa since the summer of 1999 through fall 2013, comprising some 534,758 student credit hours. Those 30,000 students have earned 17,479 OSU degrees, including 11,150 bachelor’s degrees, 5,489 master’s degrees and 840 doctoral degrees, with some students earning multiple degrees from OSU. Of those earning degrees, more than 7,200 have taken the majority of their classes at OSU-Tulsa.

The university also honored five founders who played a critical role in the establishment and early development of OSU-Tulsa. The OSU-Tulsa Founders include former OSU President Jim Halligan, former Oklahoma Sen. Charles Ford, former Oklahoma Sen. Penny Williams, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and founding OSU-Tulsa President Gary Trennepohl.

Engineering Design Challenge teaches students basic engineering principles

Students test their boats during the 2013 Engineering Design Challenge.
Students test their boats during the 2013 Engineering Design Challenge.

A record number of Tulsa-area elementary, middle and high school students will test their boat building skills at OSU-Tulsa's Engineering Design Challenge on Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Main Hall Commons.

During the challenge, teams of students design, build and race a self-propelled, motorized watercraft. The challenge, part of National Engineering Week, provides an opportunity for students to learn the basic principles of engineering design, problem-solving and teamwork.

Volunteers are needed to assist with boat construction, testing and race timing. A variety of shifts are available and engineering skills are not required. Student volunteers are welcomed. To volunteer, visit the OSU-Tulsa website. Volunteers receive a free T-shirt to wear the day of the event.

The Engineering Design Challenge is sponsored by Spirit AeroSystems of Tulsa.

OSU-Tulsa Career Fair open to OSU students, recent alumni

Participants meet with employers during the fall semester Career Fair.
Participants meet with employers during the fall semester Career Fair.

Students and recent alumni will have the opportunity to connect with employers at the OSU-Tulsa Career Fair on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 3-5 p.m. in the Main Hall Commons.

The Career Fair offers full-time, part-time and intern opportunities for students in all majors. Participants should come professionally dressed, bring résumés and be prepared to meet potential employers. Participants can also have a free digital photo taken for use on professional websites, blogs and social networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

View a complete list of employers and graduate schools attending the career fair and the degrees they are seeking at hireosugrads.com. Pre-registration is not required.

OSU-Tulsa alumna appointed to Oklahoma Environmental Quality Board

Hammon
Hammon

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin recently announced the appointment OSU-Tulsa alumna Tracy Hammon to a five-year term on the Oklahoma Environmental Quality Board.

The Oklahoma Legislature established the board to provide guidance to the Department of Environmental Quality. Board members have a variety of backgrounds including manufacturing, waste management, agricultural and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate.

Hammon is the manager of industrial hygiene and toxicology for Phillips 66. She received a bachelor's degree in microbiology and a master's degree in environmental health from Colorado State University and a doctorate in environmental science from OSU-Tulsa. 

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