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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Grand Marshals selected for OSU-Tulsa Graduation

Barnes and FangDr. Laura Barnes and Dr. Xiang Fang have been selected as grand marshals for OSU-Tulsa's 2013 Graduation Ceremony on May 6. The honored faculty members will lead the faculty and student procession during the ceremony.

Barnes, associate professor of research and evaluation, completed her bachelor's degree in criminal justice at the University of Nebraska. She continued her education at Nebraska and earned her master's degree in counseling psychology and her doctorate in educational statistics and measurement. Her research interests include psychometric theory, multi-level construct measurement and educational assessment. Barnes is a senior research scientist with the Center for Educational Research and Evaluation at OSU and is a member of the American Educational Research Association, National Council on Measurement in Education, OSU Faculty Council, OSU Institutional Review Board, OSU-Tulsa Library Committee and is chair of the School of Educational Studies Student Affairs Committee.

Fang, an associate professor of marketing in the Spears School of Business, earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Eastern China Normal University and master's in international marketing from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He completed his doctorate in marketing at the University of Kansas. Fang, who joined the faculty at OSU in 2003, conducts research in brand extension and alliance, emotion, public policy issues and cross-cultural consumer research. He has received the Spears School of Business Richard W. Poole Research Excellence Award and is a member of the American Marketing Association and the Association for Consumer Research.

OSU-Tulsa's graduation ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. with the Graduation Concert at The Pavilion at Expo Square. Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon will serve as the keynote speaker.

Be prepared for severe weather

Storm Ready CampusDuring severe weather season, OSU in Tulsa Safety Manager Matt Sharpe is encouraging everyone to be prepared for possible tornadoes. Sharpe recommends reviewing the OSU-Tulsa guidelines to determine what action to take in the event of severe weather.

The National Weather Service may issue either a tornado watch or tornado warning. A watch means that storms capable of producing a tornado may develop. A warning means that either a tornado has been sighted or it is highly probable that one will develop. A warning will be signaled by the storm warning sirens.

In the event of a tornado, follow these guidelines:

  • Seek immediate shelter in a designated campus location.
  • Stay away from windows and exterior doors, crouch down against a wall and protect your head with your arms.
  • If you are caught outside of a building, lie flat on the ground, face down, preferably in a ditch or depression, but be alert for flash floods.
  • OSU-Tulsa University Police will provide direction and issue the "All Clear" signal using the campus-wide intercom system.

Remember, it is generally too risky to go to another building once tornado sirens have sounded, so be aware of storm shelter locations.

Large crowds expected around campus for Tulsa Drillers home opener tonight

ONEOK FieldThe Tulsa Drillers play their home opener at ONEOK Field tonight against the San Antonio Missions at 7:05 p.m. The Opening Night Parade, which kicks off at 6:15 p.m. at OETA Tulsa, adjacent to parking lot A, will travel south on Greenwood Avenue to Archer Street.

Crowds of 6,500 people are expected to attend the pre-game parade and traffic around campus will be heavy. Students are asked to schedule extra time to find parking when coming to class or to catch BOB, the Big Orange Bus, for the ride to Stillwater.

Drillers fans are only permitted to park at OSU-Tulsa for Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday games. No fan parking is allowed Monday through Thursday.