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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, March 14, 2013

House Speaker T.W. Shannon to deliver OSU-Tulsa commencement address

ShannonOklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon will be the keynote speaker for Oklahoma State University-Tulsa's graduation ceremony on Monday, May 6 in The Pavilion at Expo Square.

In January, Shannon made history when he became Oklahoma's youngest speaker of the House at age 34. No stranger to firsts, Shannon was elected to the House in 2007 as the first Republican from District 62 and the first African-American elected to the legislature from southern Oklahoma.

More than 600 OSU-Tulsa undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in this year's graduation ceremony. Douglas Henderson, director of the OSU Cowboy Marching Band, will lead the graduation concert at 6:30 p.m. The processional will start at 7 p.m.

For more information about OSU-Tulsa's graduation ceremony, call 918-594-8164 or visit the OSU-Tulsa Graduation Ceremony website. Students planning to participate in the OSU-Tulsa graduation ceremony must RSVP by Monday, April 1.

Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers to host author Margaret Atwood

AtwoodThe Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa will present "An Evening with Margaret Atwood" on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the John H. Williams Theatre at the Performing Arts Center in downtown Tulsa.

The Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers will also present Atwood with the Ambassador Award, which is presented to writers whose words have resonated with readers throughout the world.

Atwood, a Canadian writer, has an extensive literary career that includes novels, short stories, poetry, children's books, non-fiction works and movies. During the course of her career, Atwood has received numerous accolades, including the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author award.

Tickets to the event are $15. Student tickets are available for $5. Tickets may be purchased in person at the PAC box office, online at myticketoffice.com or by calling 918-596-7111. For more information about the event, contact Teresa Miller at 918-594-8215.

President Barnett honored for philanthropy, leadership

OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett and National Council of Nonprofits President and CEO Tim Delaney at the Philbrook Museum of ArtThe Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits honored longtime Tulsa philanthropist and nonprofit leader Howard G. Barnett, Jr., president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences, at a reception at the Philbrook Museum of Art on March 12.

Barnett will soon begin his second year as the chairman of the board for the National Council of Nonprofits, a Washington, D.C.-based agency providing advocacy and policy guidance to state nonprofit associations and nonprofit organizations in communities throughout the country.

Barnett was joined by National Council President and CEO Tim Delaney and hosted Delaney at advocacy events for nonprofits in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Delaney praised Barnett's local, statewide and national leadership in nonprofit advocacy at the reception.

Holmes elected to national higher education procurement board

Kevin Holmes, director of business affairs at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences, has been elected to serve on the National Association of Educational Procurement Board of Directors for District V.

NAEP is a non-profit professional association primarily dedicated to serving higher education purchasing officers in the U.S. and Canada. The organization facilitates the development, exchange and practice of effective and ethical procurement principles and techniques within higher education. Board members are nominated by a committee and voted on by the organization's membership.

Holmes' term on the NAEP board runs from 2013-2016.