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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

Trennephol named inaugural ONEOK Chair in Finance at OSU-Tulsa

John Polonchek  (left), head of the department of finance in the Spears School of Business, Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School of Business, Gary Trennepohl,  Gary Clark, vice president and general counsel of OSU and Ron Bussert, vice president for administration and finance of OSU-TulsaDr. Gary Trennepohl, former president of OSU-Tulsa and current professor of finance, was named the inaugural ONEOK Chair in Finance at a Medallion Ceremony held by the OSU Foundation on Monday.

The ONEOK Chair in Finance was established through a $1 million gift by the Tulsa-based company to encourage excellence in teaching and scholarship, enabling the university to attract and retain faculty of the highest quality and reputation. Professorships and chairs are academic designations whose privately funded endowments provide support for faculty salary, graduate assistantships, equipment and research needs, as well as other support.

Trennepohl originally joined OSU in 1995 as the dean of the College of Business where he quickly distinguished himself, leading to his appointment as the first president of OSU-Tulsa, a position he held for 10 years. Under his leadership, OSU-Tulsa increased enrollment from 870 to almost 2,700 students and saw the addition of the Helmerich Research Center.

Financial Aid Awareness Week highlights higher education funding options

The OSU-Tulsa Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will host Financial Aid Awareness Week Jan. 30-Feb. 3 to help students find solutions to fund their college education.

“We host Financial Aid Awareness Week each semester to educate current and prospective students on federal, state and institutional funding opportunities available,” said Megan Voss, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid advisor. “Securing financial aid is a vital step for many students in funding their higher education endeavors.”

An information table will be located in the North Hall Lobby all week, offering guidance on scholarships and other forms of financial aid available for students.

Graduate Student Services will present Graduate Funding on Monday, Jan. 30 in North Hall 140 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Several graduate education funding resources will be presented, including university scholarships, external resources, grants, graduate assistantships, fellowships and graduate funding databases.

OSU-Tulsa financial aid counselors will be available Jan. 31-Feb. 1 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the North Hall Lobby to answer questions about higher education funding.

OSU Financial Aid 101 will be held Thursday, Feb. 2 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in North Hall 150 and again from 6-7 p.m. in North Hall 150. The presentation covers the basics of applying for federal and state aid, as well as, scholarships and tuition waivers.

For more information on Financial Aid Awareness Week, contact the OSU-Tulsa Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at tulsa.financialaid@okstate.edu or (918) 594-8273.

Spring workshops to help those considering graduate school

Graduate Students at a workshop.Graduate Student Services Center will host a series of workshops to help graduate students gain the resources necessary to successfully complete their studies.

The workshops begin Monday, Jan. 30 and run through March and cover a variety of topics, including entrance exams, funding opportunities, research strategies and thesis reviews.

Visit the GSSC website to view a full calendar of events. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the OSU-Tulsa Graduate Student Services Center at 918-594-8445 or osutgssc@okstate.edu.