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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Faculty honored for exceptional teaching, research

Dr. Margaret White received the President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching at the OSU-Tulsa Graduation Ceremony on Monday evening.
OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, left, presents the President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching to Dr. Margaret White, center, with Spears School of Business Dean Ken Eastman.

Two OSU-Tulsa faculty were recognized for exceptional teaching and research during the university’s graduation ceremony on Monday at The Pavilion at Expo Square.

Dr. Margaret White, professor of management, was honored with the President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching and Dr. Bin Liang, associate professor of sociology, received the President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Research.

“These faculty exemplify the quality of the education that students receive as they earn an OSU degree in Tulsa,” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “Dr. White and Dr. Liang have provided extraordinary service to thousands of students and have garnered the respect of students and colleagues that makes them tremendous assets to our university.”

White earned her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. She joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University in 1986 as an assistant professor of management. She holds the Fleming Professorship in Technology Management and is the recipient of several teaching excellence awards, including the CBA Greiner Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching in 1995, Outstanding MBA Professor in 2004, Spears School of Business Outstanding Instruction Award of 2005, Outstanding OSU-Tulsa Faculty Award in 2007 and the Chandler-Frates & Reitz Teaching Excellence Award in 2012. Her research is focused on strategic alliance among multinational firms. White is the chair of the Research Methods Interest Group of the international Strategic Management Society. She has published numerous research papers and has been the recipient of numerous research awards.

After earning his Ph.D. and J.D. at Arizona State University, Liang joined OSU as an assistant professor of sociology in 2003. He has published a number of articles related to crime and the legal system in China. His work has been widely published in prestigious academic journals, including the American Journal of Criminal Justice, the Asian Journal of Criminology, the British Journal of Criminology and the Journal of Criminal Justice. Liang also is author of two books on the Chinese legal system and China’s drug policies. He also is a contributor to several academic books on criminology. He was a visiting Research Fellow at East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore in 2012.

Students may still enroll for summer sessions to get needed courses

The beginning of summer classes is quickly approaching and academic services staff encourage students to enroll as soon as possible.

Summer sessions begin May 18, June 8 and July 6. Students must complete financial aid forms to determine eligibility for financial assistance during the summer, including the 2014-2015 FAFSA and OSU-Tulsa’s Summer 2015 Enrollment Plans for Financial Aid Form. The school code is 003170.

Undergraduate students must complete an Academic Plan form and meet with an advisor prior to enrollment. To schedule an appointment with an academic counselor, call 918-594-8271 or visit the Advising Center in North Hall 130. Graduate students with questions can contact their faculty advisor or contact a graduate coordinator at 918-594-8445.

Enrollment for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 17, has also begun. View summer and fall schedule information on the Student Self-Services website.

Seminar to focus on intergenerational trauma, legacies of resilience


Kirsten Havig, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, will examine post-traumatic growth and self-development in survivors of family violence during a seminar at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow in North Hall 222.

Attendees will learn to identify key concepts of post-traumatic growth and constructivist self-development theory and how they can be applied to survivors of family violence. Havig will discuss how those concepts can be used to assist families in transforming intergenerational trauma into legacies of resilience.

The Center for Family Resilience will host the seminar and it will be simulcast to OSU-Stillwater. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Amanda Harrist.

Energy Conservation Program reaches $3.6 million in savings 

Going Green

OSU-Tulsa has saved nearly $1.9 million in energy costs as part of the university’s green initiative. Together, OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa energy conservation efforts have resulted in a cost savings of $3.6 million since 2007.

“Savings are a direct result of the choices made every day by students, faculty and staff,” said Angelyn Holmes, assistant director of the physical plant. “The behavior-based program asks each person to be an energy consumer as well as an energy saver. With everyone working together, we have become a model of thoughtful stewardship of our financial and environmental resources.”

The program, including standardized best practices and guidelines that promote responsible energy management, is designed to limit utility energy consumption primarily when buildings and spaces are unoccupied.

The standardized best practices in the program – shutting off lights, powering off computers and monitors when not in use, keeping windows closed and lowering blinds on south and west sides of buildings – are things most people do at home to save money and conserve energy.

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Students choose Oklahoma State University-Tulsa to reach a goal. Increased earning power. Instant credibility. Lifelong connections. A stronger network. Personal discovery. More opportunities. A better quality of life. A Big 12 degree. On May 11, more than 500 students completed a major goal – earning an internationally recognized OSU degree. They got there and OSU-Tulsa can help you get there, too. Find out how at OSUinTulsa.com.

To watch a video of OSU-Tulsa students discussing what it means to be an OSU graduate and see members of the Class of 2015 celebrate their graduation, visit the OSU-Tulsa website.