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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

Oklahoma Legends celebrates state’s music, film and literary heritage

Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers logoThe Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa will host “Oklahoma Legends – A Celebration of Our Heritage” on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium.

“Oklahoma Legends is a new event we’re hosting to honor some of our state’s leading artists,” said Teresa Miller, executive director of the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers. “These legends have spanned the decades and their influence will continue to reverberate with many generations to come.”

The inaugural event will honor musician Roy Clark, and authors S.E. Hinton and N. Scott Momaday, with special appearances by the Tulsa Playboys, Jim Halsey, Michael Wallis and John Wooley.

Tickets for Oklahoma Legends are $15 plus handling charges and may be purchased at myticketoffice.com or by calling 918-596-7109. For more information about Oklahoma Legends, contact Miller at 918-594-8215.

College of Human Sciences honors donors, faculty with medallions

Grzywacz and BarnettThe OSU Foundation hosted a ceremony at OSU-Tulsa last week to honor donors for gifts to endowed faculty positions in the College of Human Sciences and recognize the professors who hold those positions. OSU gave both groups bronze medallions to signify their importance in establishing a standard of excellence in research and education.

The donors honored included Bryan Close, Kent and Margo Dunbar and the George Kaiser Family Foundation, all of Tulsa. Faculty recipients—all from the Department of Human Development and Family Science —  were Joseph Grzywacz, George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa; Whitney Bailey, Bryan Close Professorship in Adulthood and Aging; and Robert Larzelere, Endowed Professorship in Parenting.

Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences, welcomed guests and spoke about the impact these positions are making for the campus and community in Tulsa. Burns Hargis, OSU president, added that endowed faculty positions help the university attract and retain outstanding faculty to teach and conduct research with OSU’s growing student population.

Hargis added that the College of Human Sciences is “a gem” with all four of its departments – Human Development and Family Science; Design, Housing and Merchandising; Nutritional Sciences;  and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration – ranked among the top 10 of their U.S. peers.

OSU-Tulsa professor receives Regents Distinguished Research Award

DelenDr. Dursun Delen, William S. Spears Endowed Chair in Business Administration and professor of management science and information systems in the Spears School of Business at OSU-Tulsa, was recently named one of eight faculty members to receive this year’s Regents Distinguished Research Award winners

The award honors faculty members with a distinguished record of past and continuing excellence in research and who are recognized nationally and internationally for achievements in their respective fields of study. Winners will be honored at the FallConvocation later this year.

Delen is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of data mining and analytics. One of his more popular research projects aims to predict the financial success of Hollywood movies before their theatrical release. This project and others, including improving student retention and discovering knowledge from health care and medical data, use novel techniques based on data mining, text mining and predictive modeling.  Since joining the OSU-Tulsa faculty in 2001, Delen has been PI or co-PI on 17 grant proposals, including one to the Department of Defense worth more than $2.5 million. He has authored or co-authored 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and 16 peer-reviewed conference proceeding articles. He has also authored four textbooks in the last four years.  

OSU-Tulsa entrances affected Saturday morning by John 3:16 Mission Run

Access to OSU-Tulsa will be affected Saturday morning from about 7 a.m. to noon for the John 3:16 Mission Run in downtown Tulsa. Participants will run through campus east on John Hope Franklin Boulevard and south on Greenwood Avenue.

Police officers will be positioned at campus entrances to monitor pedestrian traffic and allow cars to enter as the race permits. To avoid the race course, enter the east side of campus by traveling south on Greenwood Avenue from Pine Street. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to arrive early and anticipate traffic delays.

The Bachelor's Degree Advantage

The Bachelor's Degree AdvantageA recent study by Georgetown University found the number of jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree has increased by 2.2 million since 2008, while those requiring a high school diploma or less have decreased by 5.8 million. OSU-Tulsa has programs and resources available to help you earn a bachelor’s degree to find greater job security.

Learn more at OSU-Tulsa Transfer Days on Nov. 13 and Nov. 27.