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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, April 23, 2015

OSU-Tulsa mentor program making a difference for Academy Central students

Dayonshay Commander, left, and Priscilla Rodriguez learn about team building by working together to design an outfit they would like to model during Fashion Week using only newspapers, scissors and tape.
Dayonshay Commander, left, and Priscilla Rodriguez learn about team building by working together to design an outfit using only newspaper, scissors and tape that they would like to model during Fashion Week.

Melanie McClain and Jerry Moore are making a difference in the lives of about 30 sixth-graders at Academy Central Elementary through a mentoring program launched by Oklahoma State University-Tulsa.

McClain and Moore, both program specialists at OSU-Tulsa, volunteer each week with groups of students at the school to lead round-table discussions on team building, leadership, social skills, fears, friendship and setting goals.

McClain said sixth grade is a crucial time to help students realize that college is a reachable goal before Academy Central students move to middle school next year. Since the program started, McClain and Moore have seen the students become more self-confident and display more self-control.

To read the full story, visit the OSU-Tulsa webpage.

OSU-Tulsa to host unveiling of 2015 Mayfest poster

Mayfest Logo

Tulsa artist Matthew Moffett will unveil his original artwork for the 2015 Tulsa International Mayfest poster during an event beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center.

Moffett is director and co-founder of a nonprofit after-school program called “The Tulsa Girls Art School Project,” which provides visual arts training to underserved elementary school girls in urban Tulsa. He is a former elementary art teacher at Eugene Field Elementary and Zarrow International schools.

Moffett is known for his work in painting pet portraits across the United States and in several foreign countries. In his 16-year painting career, he has branched out to painting landscapes and cityscapes in addition to the pet portraits. Moffett describes his style as magical realism and full of symbols. To view some of Moffett’s work, visit his website.

Mayfest is set for May 14-17 in downtown Tulsa. OSU-Tulsa is a longtime community partner of the event. More than 350,000 people are expected to attend the free downtown art and music festival.

OSU-Tulsa Graduation Ceremony honors Class of 2015

The OSU-Tulsa Class of 2015 will graduate during a ceremony set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 11 at The Pavilion at Expo Square. Dr. Leigh Goodson, Tulsa Community College president, will serve as the keynote speaker for the institution’s 16th graduation ceremony.

Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. and graduate check-in will be from 5:30-6:20 p.m. OSU-Tulsa’s ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a concert led by Dr. Douglas Henderson, director of the OSU Cowboy Marching Band, followed by the processional at 7 p.m. The ceremony will be streamed live on OState.TV.

Graduates who have ordered graduation regalia may pick it up at the OSU-Tulsa Bookstore. For more details about graduation, visit the OSU-Tulsa graduation website.

Strength of oxide glass through history to be explored at MSE seminar


Charles Kurkjian, Sc.D., widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in glass mechanics, will discuss the history of the strength of oxide glasses at the Materials Science and Engineering Seminar at 2 p.m. on April 30 in Helmerich Research Center 153.

He has studied various aspects of inorganic glasses and was involved in the development of glass lightguide fibers used in fiber optics technology. His current focus is on the mechanical properties of oxide glasses.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the Society of Glass Technology, a fellow of the American Ceramic Society and a former Distinguished Member at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He has been a visiting scholar and adjunct professor at Princeton, Rutgers and the University of Southern Maine and received the Morey Award of Glass Division of the American Ceramic Society and Rutgers University Distinguished Engineers Award.

The seminar, presented by the OSU School of Materials Science and Engineering, is free and open to the public.