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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Gov. Fallin serving as Honorary Chair for OSU in Tulsa ‘A Stately Affair’


Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will serve as the Honorary Chair for “A Stately Affair in Tulsa,” the biennial black-tie gala fundraiser set for OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences.

“We are pleased to have Gov. Fallin supporting our event and her alma mater as the honorary chair of ‘A Stately Affair in Tulsa,’” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “Gov. Fallin has proven to be a champion of OSU and our efforts to increase higher education opportunities in Tulsa and Oklahoma.”

A 1977 OSU graduate, Fallin was the first woman elected to Oklahoma’s highest office in 2012. She served in the Oklahoma House before being elected the first female Lieutenant Governor in 1995. She was re-elected to a second term as governor in 2014.

Fallin and the state legislature have provided $3.08 million in funding for rural residency training programs and additional funding for the OSU Medical Center to ensure the hospital will continue to thrive and provide an exceptional level of care for patients from across the state. As the former chairman of the National Governors Association, Gov. Fallin lead a nationwide initiative --"America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs" -- seeking to better align education with 21st century workforce needs.

“A Stately Affair in Tulsa,” which is set for May 18 at Southern Hills Country Club, will honor the 2015 Icons for OSU in Tulsa: Bryan Close, president of CloseBend, Inc., Peggy Helmerich, philanthropist, Bob Jones, former executive director of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, and Bishop Edward J. Slattery of the Catholic Dioceses of Tulsa

Graduate Programs Showcase to highlight master’s, doctoral programs

Prospective graduate students get information about the variety of graduate programs offered at OSU-Tulsa during the Master’s and Doctoral Degree Programs Showcase last year.
Prospective graduate students get information about the variety of graduate programs offered at OSU-Tulsa during the Master’s and Doctoral Degree Programs Showcase last year.

Students can learn more about graduate program options offered at OSU-Tulsa during the Master’s and Doctoral Degree Programs Showcase on Tuesday, March 24 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. in the North Hall Student Lounge.

Program representatives and Graduate Student Services Center staff will be on hand to answer questions from individuals interested in exploring degree options.

Information about admissions and degree requirements and how to get assistance with the application process also will be available. To learn more about OSU-Tulsa’s graduate degrees, visit the Graduate Student Services Center website.

OSU-Tulsa hosts Heels for Words Walk to benefit Cowboy Aphasia Camp

OSU-Tulsa will host the 2015 Heels for Words Walk on April 25 to raise money for the Cowboy Aphasia Camp, which provides treatment for those with the language disorder.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. in Lot A at OSU-Tulsa. Aphasia affects the ability to use and understand words after a stroke, brain tumor or other head injury.

The event features a 1.5-mile walk and a half-mile walk. Participants who complete the 1.5-mile trail in high heels will be eligible for a prize. All Heels for Words participants are encouraged, but not required, to walk in high heels. The concept is to demonstrate how much harder it is for people with aphasia to say their own name than to walk a mile in high heels.

For more information or to register online, visit the event website. To learn more about aphasia, visit the National Aphasia Association.

Orange Pride


The Orange Pride award was established to recognize employee excellence among the OSU-Tulsa staff. The inaugural recipient is Jamie Edford, web manager in Marketing and Communications Services. This monthly series spotlights Orange Pride recipients and lets you learn more about OSU-Tulsa’s outstanding employees.

What do you like best about working at OSU-Tulsa?
I like that I get to push myself creatively and professionally while knowing my work makes a difference for so many people, whether it’s our students or the people who benefit from the research conducted here. It’s inspiring and challenging.

What drives you to do your best work?
Helping others accomplish their goals.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?
“The Life and Times of an Incurable Optimist”

To nominate an OSU-Tulsa staff member for the Orange Pride award, complete the nomination form. Orange Pride recipients are selected each month and receive a framed certificate and $100.