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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Memorial service to honor victims of OSU Homecoming tragedy

Stillwater Strong

OSU will honor the victims of the homecoming parade tragedy during a community-wide memorial service set for Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

OSU President Burns Hargis, Stillwater Mayor Gina Noble and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, an OSU graduate, will speak at the service. The service will be live streamed on OState.TV.

Four people died and more than 40 others were injured in last Saturday’s parade incident. Killed were retired OSU Regents Professor Dr. Marvin Stone; his wife and OSU employee Bonnie Stone; two-year-old Nash (Strauch) Lucas, son of OSU student and employee Nicolette Strauch; and University of Central Oklahoma MBA student Nakita Prabhakar Nakal.

The members of Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa traveled to Stillwater this week to assist with therapy services for grieving students, faculty and staff.

A link to the online memorial page is located on the OSU-Tulsa website. The memorial is an opportunity to remember the victims and share condolences. The site also contains a message from OSU President Burns Hargis and updated information on other memorial services and fundraisers for the victims.

OSU-Tulsa professor follows winding path to international recognition

Dr. Margaret White, professor of management, holds the Fleming Professorship in Technology Management at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Margaret White never set out to become an internationally recognized strategic management scholar and Fleming Professor of Technology Management at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa.

She never planned to enter the management field or to teach others those concepts, but that is how she is making a difference in the lives of her students at OSU.

“Becoming a professor was serendipity,” she says.

As a youngster, White loved math. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Sam Houston State University and became a statistical analyst for a major oil company. Quickly, she realized that an office job with little social interaction was the wrong path. She returned to Sam Houston and earned a Master of Business Administration. Read more.

Seminar to focus on materials technology in spacecraft systems


Suraj Rawal, Ph.D., technical fellow at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company’s Advanced Technology Center, will discuss the development of materials technology for spacecraft systems at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 in Helmerich Research Center 153.

He will examine the successful insertion of several technology products into spacecraft missions, including carbon-carbon products for Genesis, XSS-11 and Grail, and nano-composites and additive manufacturing technology products for Juno.

Rawal earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Brown University and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from I.I.T. Kanpur, India. He has authored more than 80 articles related to advanced composites, multifunctional structures, thin film solar cells, thermal management, additive manufacturing and hypersonics. The seminar, presented by the OSU School of Materials Science and Engineering, is free and open to the public.

CFR conference to focus on family caregiving

Parish, left, and Qualls
Parish, left, and Qualls

Registration is open for the seventh annual Chautauqua Conference on Family Resilience set for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29 in North Hall at OSU-Tulsa. The event will be hosted by the Oklahoma State University Center for Family Resilience.

“Family Caregiving: Fostering Resilience across the Life Course” will focus on families who provide care for adults with developmental or physical disabilities, mental illness, chronic or terminal illness as well as those facing normal aging processes.

Keynote speakers will be Sara Honn Qualls, Ph.D., Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies and gerontology center director at the University of Colorado, and Susan Parish, associate dean for research at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

The cost is $20 for students and $40 for clinicians, academicians and others interested in the topic if paid by Dec. 23. Breakfast and lunch are included. To register, visit the Chautauqua registration website.