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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Allen, Kollmann named co-chairs of OSU’s A Stately Affair in Tulsa

Allen, Kollmann
Allen, Kollmann

Two Tulsa-area business leaders have been selected to co-chair A Stately Affair in Tulsa, the biennial black-tie gala fundraiser for OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences. Jack Allen, chairman of HUB International CFR, and David Kollmann, division president for Flintco, will lead the committee organizing the fundraiser, set for May 18, 2015 at Southern Hills Country Club.

In addition to supporting student scholarships and programs at OSU Center for Health Sciences and OSU-Tulsa, A Stately Affair in Tulsa also honors the OSU in Tulsa Icons. These individuals and organizations have made significant contributions to the community and the state while advancing the missions of OSU Center for Health Sciences and OSU-Tulsa.

Allen graduated from OSU School of Business in 1969 and has taught as an adjunct instructor at OSU-Tulsa for the Spears School of Business. He is a regular guest speaker at university classes on the topics of diversity, vision and management methodology and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship.  

Kollmann graduated from OSU in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology. He joined Flintco in 1993 as its preconstruction director. Within three years he was named senior vice president for Flintco, and in August 2006 was named division president. Kollmann oversees Flintco’s Tulsa office and Oakridge Builders, Inc. as well as statewide business development initiatives.

For more information, contact the OSU Foundation in Tulsa at 918-594-8500.

STATE Magazine: Giving for a cause

Diem Mai, ’05, recently endowed a scholarship to help OSU-Tulsa students.
Diem Mai, ’05, recently endowed a scholarship to help OSU-Tulsa students.

Diem Mai wants teachers to be passionate about their work. That’s why she established a scholarship to assist elementary education students at OSU-Tulsa.

“Teachers should be able to focus on their students and not have to worry about paying off college debt,” says Mai, the first OSU graduate who took all of her classes on the Tulsa campus before creating a scholarship through the OSU Foundation. “Starting salaries for teachers are not very high, so I worry about losing the best teachers to other professions because they cannot afford to be educators. This scholarship will help college students who have a passion for teaching earn their degree.”

The scholarship funds can also go to single parents.

“Several of my friends are single parents, and I have seen how difficult it can be to go to work, raise kids and go to school,” Mai says. “My hope is that my contribution can help single parents build a good future for their family and create a domino effect that will help their kids go to college.”

A 2005 graduate, Mai knows how challenging it can be to work and attend classes. While she attended Tulsa Community College and OSU-Tulsa, Mai worked full time at West Corp. to pay for her education.

Read the full story from the Fall 2014 issue of STATE Magazine on the OSU-Tulsa website.

OCAST workshop to provide guidance on applying for federal funding

The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) will host a workshop on how to apply for federal research funding on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center.

The workshop, for university researchers and small business owners, will be led by David Sikora, director of the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Ohio. Sikora manages a $300 million budget for the Air Force SBIR/STTR program, which stimulates small business technology research.

Sikora previously served as the Air Force Technology Transfer program manager and is experienced in leveraging industry, academia and private sector research. Before entering government service, he worked as a design/project engineer in the paper machine and environmental equipment industries.

The workshop is free and sponsored by OSU-Tulsa, Meridian Technology Center, the University of Oklahoma, OCAST and i2E. Registration is available online.