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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

OSU-Tulsa student named OSU Senior of Significance


Cat Rockholt, president of OSU-Tulsa Phi Beta Lambda, was named one of 44 OSU Seniors of Significance for the 2014-15 academic year. The Seniors of Significance Award recognizes students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to campus and community and have brought distinction to OSU.

During her time at OSU-Tulsa, Rockholt has won the Make A Difference award at the Oklahoma Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference and been recognized with a Who’s Who Award for completing the most volunteer service of all OSU-Tulsa club members. She is also the four-year university vice president of the state PBL chapter.

The Seniors of Significance represent the top one percent of the Class of 2015, including all six OSU undergraduate colleges. A public reception to recognize the winners will be on Monday at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater.

CFR director to receive award for work with Tulsa Latino community


The Coalition of Hispanic Organizations will honor Dr. Joseph Grzywacz, director of OSU Center for Family Resilience and George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair of Family Resilience, for his outreach to Tulsa’s Hispanic community at a special event today.

The coalition will present Grzywacz with an award at the annual Gracias Luncheon for his work through the Center for Family Resilience with Tulsa-area Latino families.

“He has greatly improved the lives of the Hispanic community in Tulsa, particularly in the aspect of health,” said Irma Chajecki, president of the coalition. Under Grzywacz’s direction, the Center for Family Resilience recently coordinated a health fair targeting the Latino community that assisted more than 400 people.

Grzywacz is an interdisciplinary social scientist who specializes in human health and work and family life. He joined the College of Human Sciences faculty at OSU-Tulsa in 2012 as the director of the Center for Family Resilience.

New doctoral program in materials science and engineering launched

OSU-Tulsa is now enrolling students in a new doctoral program that will provide advanced training in materials science and engineering for industry and university professionals.

“Students, faculty and staff at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center are conducting research that could dramatically impact our state’s leading industries,” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “The doctoral program will provide advanced training in materials science for engineers and scientists and help produce innovative research that will benefit our economy.”

The materials sciences and engineering program trains students to design materials for use in a variety of industries, including aerospace, electronics, transportation, medicine and defense. Materials science and engineering focuses on the structure, properties and performance of metals, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, composites and biomaterials.

OSU also offers a master’s degree in materials science and engineering at OSU-Tulsa. The program was launched in fall 2013 as an expansion of the research and engineering training opportunities offered by OSU-Tulsa. Students in both programs work with OSU’s faculty on advanced research projects in the field of materials science and engineering.

Tickets on sale for 'An Evening with Neil Gaiman'


The Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa will present “An Evening with Neil Gaiman” on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

The British author will share insights into his work and answer audience questions. He also will receive the Center’s Ambassador award.

Gaiman is the author of the landmark graphic novel series “Sandman” as well as short fiction, novels, comic books, radio theater and films. His dark fantasy novel “Coraline” was adapted into a 2009 stop-motion film and his 2013 novel “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” won the British National Book Award. Gaiman’s latest book is “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains.”

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at myticketoffice.com or by calling 918-596-7111. Discounts are available for teachers, students and Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers members. For more information, contact Teresa Miller at 918-594-8215.

Tulsa School Pride Race will close campus main entry Saturday

The main entrance to campus, located at the intersection of Detroit Avenue and John Hope Franklin Boulevard, will be closed for about an hour Saturday morning for the Tulsa School Pride Race.

The race begins at 8 a.m. at Carver Middle School and runs south along Greenwood Avenue to John Hope Franklin Boulevard and then to Boston Avenue before ending at Guthrie Green.

Those visiting campus will be able to enter from the south on Elgin or Greenwood Avenues and park in Lots A, C and D. 

Oranging up Tulsa’s skyline

Oranging up Tulsa's skyline

OSU-Tulsa is ‘oranging up’ the downtown skyline. The Signature Gateway welcomes visitors and establishes the campus as Cowboy country. OSU-Tulsa helps students make lifelong connections and build strong networks to achieve their goals while earning an OSU degree in Tulsa. The gateway is a symbol of the vital role OSU-Tulsa plays in creating a brighter future for Tulsa.