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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Icons for OSU in Tulsa honored at A Stately Affair in Tulsa

OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, left, OSU President Burns Hargis, Bryan Close, Peggy Helmerich, Gayle Jones, Allyson Cain, Bishop Edward Slattery, George Erbacher, D.O., and OSU/A&M Regent Trudy Milner, D.O., at A Stately Affair in Tulsa.
OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, left, OSU President Burns Hargis, Bryan Close, Peggy Helmerich, Gayle Jones, Allyson Cain, Bishop Edward Slattery, George Erbacher, D.O., and OSU/A&M Regent Trudy Milner, D.O., at A Stately Affair in Tulsa.

The 2015 Icons for OSU in Tulsa were honored Monday night during the sold-out A Stately Affair in Tulsa at Southern Hills Country Club.

The honorees included Bob Jones, former executive director of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, Bishop Edward J. Slattery of the Catholic Dioceses of Tulsa, Bryan Close, president of CloseBend, Inc., and Peggy Helmerich, community volunteer.

OSU/A&M Regent Trudy Milner presented the award for Bob Jones, who was honored posthumously, to his widow, Gayle, and granddaughter, Allyson Cain, a student at OSU-Stillwater. George Erbacher, D.O., OSU-CHS adjunct clinical assistant professor of radiology and OSU Medical Center graduate medical education committee chair, presented the award to Bishop Slattery.  OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett presented awards to Close and Helmerich.

Co-chairs Jack Allen and Dave Kollmann were also honored for creating a successful fundraiser. The black-tie event raised funds to support student scholarships at OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences.

STATE: A Lasting Legacy

As OSU-Tulsa president, Gary Trennepohl oversaw the construction of the Helmerich Research Center, which opened in 2008.
As OSU-Tulsa president, Gary Trennepohl oversaw the construction of the Helmerich Research Center, which opened in 2008.

Few people can say they have left a legacy that will benefit generations quite like Dr. Gary Trennepohl.

The ONEOK chair in finance, President’s Council Endowed Chair in the OSU Spears School of Business and the former president of OSU-Tulsa retired in December.

“During his time as OSU-Tulsa’s president, Gary Trennepohl was a trailblazer who cemented the university’s status as a leader of higher education in Tulsa and as a professor, he educated and inspired thousands of students,” says OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “His devotion to preparing students for success both in and out of the classroom remains an inspiration to his colleagues."

Trennepohl gave his utmost effort in every role. But as OSU-Tulsa president, he helped changed the higher education landscape of Tulsa.

Until 1999, Tulsa was the only city of its size in the country without a freestanding comprehensive public university. Trennepohl had been dean of the OSU Spears School of Business in Stillwater for four years when he was asked by then-OSU President Jim Halligan to become president of the new Tulsa campus.

Read the full story from the Spring 2015 edition of STATE magazine on the OSU-Tulsa website.

Professional development seminars kick off May 28

The OSU Spears School of Business Center for Executive and Professional Development will host a series of professional development seminars at OSU-Tulsa beginning May 28. All sessions will be in North Hall 140 or 155.

“Professional Image: Position Yourself for Success” will feature Andrew Urich, J.D., Spears School of Business associate professor of management from 9 a.m. to noon. He will also present “The Power of Influence” from 1-4 p.m. that day.

Lee Manzer, Ph.D., Spears School of Business professor of marketing, will present “Enhancing Service: Creating a Practical Customer Focus” from 9 a.m. to noon on June 23.

On July 14, Ken Eastman, Ph.D., dean of the Spears School of Business, will lead a seminar exploring “From Traditionals to Generation Z: Leading Generations at Work” from 9 a.m. to noon. Later that day, Raj Basu, Ph.D., OSU-Tulsa vice president of academic affairs, will present “The Manager as Conflict Resolver” from 1-4 p.m.

The seminars cost $225 per session. To register, visit the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development website.

Tips for staying safe during the summer months

Summer means more outdoor activities and raises the risk of injury. To survive the summer unscathed, here are some tips that can help:

  • Take breaks when working or playing outdoors to avoid heat stroke or exhaustion. Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen to prevent sunburns or blisters.
  • Wear proper gear when riding scooters, bikes and skateboards to prevent head, elbow, wrist and knee injuries.
  • Keep barbecue grills a sufficient space from siding and eaves and supervise the grill at all times.
  • Wear protective clothing when handling pesticides and fertilizers. Never operate a mower in your bare feet and avoid wearing loose clothing. Rake before mowing to prevent stones or loose debris from launching in the air.
  • Reduce your chance of getting tickborne disease by using repellents, checking for ticks and showering after being outdoors. Use insect repellents to keep mosquitos away and avoid bees and wasps.

To learn additional safety measures for summer, visit the OSU Safety website.

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