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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Trennepohl honored with OSU’s Loyal and True Award

OSU President Burns Hargis, left, presents Dr. Gary Trennepohl with the Loyal and True Award at the University Awards Convocation in Stillwater.
OSU President Burns Hargis, left, presents Dr. Gary Trennepohl with the Loyal and True Award at the University Awards Convocation in Stillwater.

Dr. Gary Trennepohl, OSU-Tulsa ONEOK chair in finance and regents service professor, was honored Tuesday with the Loyal and True Award at the University Awards Convocation in Stillwater.

“The Loyal and True Award is given to an individual who personifies the spirit of OSU through unwavering devotion, personal sacrifice and commitment of time and talents well above and beyond what is reasonably expected,” said Dr. Gary Sandefur, OSU provost and senior vice president. “During his time at OSU, Dr. Trennepohl has exhibited a true devotion to OSU, working tirelessly in his role as dean, then president and finally finance professor.”

Trennepohl became the first president of OSU-Tulsa in 1999 after serving as dean of the OSU Spears School of Business. In 2009, he returned to a full-time faculty position, teaching finance courses in the Spears School of Business on both the Tulsa and Stillwater campuses.

In recognition of his leadership, Trennepohl was honored as an OSU-Tulsa Founder earlier this year. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2013 for his outstanding service to higher education in the state.

GKFF grant provides funding for OSU Center for Family Resilience programs

Dr. Joseph Grzywacz and Monica Basu, George Kaiser Family Foundation program officer, discuss the work of the Center for Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa at the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees meeting
Monica Basu, right, George Kaiser Family Foundation program officer and Dr. Joseph Grzywacz, discuss the work of the Center for Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa at the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees meeting.

OSU’s Center for Family Resilience has received a $110,000 grant from the George Kaiser Family Foundation to support ongoing programs that benefit families in the Tulsa area.

Monica Basu, George Kaiser Family Foundation program officer, and Dr. Joseph Grzywacz, director of the Center for Family Resilience and the Kaiser Family Endowed Professor of Family Resilience, discussed the grant and the CFR’s work in the community at the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustee’s meeting last week.

The grant will also fund ongoing programs with partner organizations like Tulsa Public Schools, Camp Fire of Green Country, Morton Comprehensive Health Clinics, Community Health Connections, the Tulsa Public Housing Authority, the Community Service Council and the Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

Grzywacz said the grant also will help fund additional research that will ensure community agencies are using evidence-based approaches in delivering services.

OSU-Tulsa librarian receives Oklahoma ACLR chapter service award

Tom Thorisch, left, accepts the Oklahoma chapter of the ACRL Outstanding Service Award from the organization’s president, Dona Davidson. Photo courtesy of Emrys Moreau.
Tom Thorisch, left, accepts the Oklahoma chapter of the ACRL Outstanding Service Award from the organization’s president, Dona Davidson. (Photo courtesy of Emrys Moreau.)

Tom Thorisch, bibliographic and instructional librarian at the OSU-Tulsa Library, was honored with the Outstanding Service Award by the Oklahoma chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries at the organization’s fall conference on Nov. 6 at OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee.

A former president of the state chapter, Thorisch has been involved in the organization for years, including as board member and newsletter editor. Honorees must be nominated by one member with two letters of support, have a minimum four years of service in the organization and have shown extraordinary service to the chapter.

Dona Davidson, state ACRL chapter president and public services and electronics resources librarian at OSU-Tulsa, presented Thorisch with the award at a special ceremony during the conference.

Do your part to help OSU-Tulsa conserve energy during the holiday break

Going Green

OSU in Tulsa has saved close to $3 million in energy costs and the holiday break is a fantastic opportunity to save more. Students, faculty and staff can help conservation efforts during the extended Thanksgiving weekend by taking the following steps:

  • Turn off or unplug electronic equipment such as computers, monitors, speakers and printers.
  • Unplug fans, chargers, radios and appliances such as coffeemakers.
  • Close blinds and tilt the slats upward to reduce heat loss.
  • Turn off all lights when you leave.

Keep in mind that some areas on campus may be cooler than usual during the break due to reduced heating times.

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