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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

OSU-Tulsa announces spring engineering seminar schedule


Michael Keller, Ph.D., an expert in experimental mechanics of complex synthetic and biological materials, will kick off the spring semester OSU-Tulsa Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 in Helmerich Research Center 153.

Keller is associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Tulsa. He earned his bachelor’s degree from TU and his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Illinois. His work has been published in numerous books and academic journals.

Other confirmed speakers include Parameswar Harikumar, Ph.D., University of Tulsa associate professor of physics and engineering physics, on Feb. 4; Don Lucca, Ph.D., OSU Herrington Chair in Advanced Materials and Regents Professor, on Feb. 25; Karl Reid, Ph.D., OSU Regents Service Professor and director of mechanical and aerospace engineering, on March 3; Wonbong Choi, Ph.D., professor of materials science and engineering at the University of North Texas, on March 24; and Mauro Sardela, Ph.D., director of research facilities for the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on April 28. Read more.

STATE Magazine: A passion for OSU

Jerry E. Marshall, center second row, listens to an instructor teaching in the Scot W. Marshall Interactive Learning Classroom named after her late son.
Jerry E. Marshall, center second row, listens to an instructor teaching in the Scot W. Marshall Interactive Learning Classroom named after her late son.

Scot Marshall loved his time as a student at Oklahoma State University. Now his family is giving back to his alma mater in his memory to help educate future generations of OSU students.

A successful entrepreneur, Scot and wife Renee started their own company in 1988. They created Preferred Tape Inc., along with sister companies. Preferred Tape creates plastic film rolls for use in shipping and safety applications.

When Scot passed away in 2012 at age 54, his family wanted to continue his passion for the university by helping future generations of OSU students. The Marshall family has provided $450,000 to provide for student scholarships and the creation of a new state-of-the-art distance-learning classroom for OSU-Tulsa. Read more.

OSU-Tulsa embraces Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

OSU in Tulsa students, faculty and staff march in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on Monday.
OSU in Tulsa students, faculty and staff march in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on Monday.

Located in an area steeped in the city’s history, OSU-Tulsa plays a central role in the city’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade as the procession travels through the heart of the campus.

“Our students, faculty and staff are grateful to have the opportunity to demonstrate OSU-Tulsa’s strong commitment to diversity and the community,” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy is honored through the unique ability that education plays in bringing people together.”

On Monday, OSU in Tulsa students, faculty, staff and Pistol Pete led BOB, the Big Orange Bus, the OSU Mobile Telemedicine Clinic and Miss OSU 2016 Triana Browne-Hearrell down John Hope Franklin Boulevard between North Hall and Main Hall before turning south on Greenwood Avenue. Read more.

Wellness Center to host spring health and fitness events

The OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center has scheduled numerous events to help students, faculty and staff improve their health and fitness.

Throughout February, the wellness center will host the Walking Facts event to encourage movement and health education. Participants are encouraged to look for a sticker each day in North Hall or Main Hall containing a health-related fact. The More Matters Pledge event in March is aimed at increasing the consumption of fruit and vegetables by encouraging individuals to sign a pledge to do so.

The OSU in Tulsa Health Fair will be from 2:30-5:30 p.m. on March 9 in Main Hall Commons. A variety of health services and information will be available at the event. In addition, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to enter the Fittest on Campus physical challenge competition set for April 4-8.

The wellness center has numerous treadmills, incumbent bikes and weights that OSU-Tulsa students, faculty and staff may use free of charge. An enrollment form must be completed each semester to use the facility. For additional details, visit the Wellness Center website.


Karen Castle, executive assistant for the Office of the President, is the recipient of the December Orange Pride award. This monthly series spotlights Orange Pride recipients and lets you learn more about OSU-Tulsa’s outstanding employees.

What do you like to do in your leisure time?
Go to movies at Circle Cinema, binge watch shows on Netflix, do yoga at Guthrie Green, eat out with friends and spend time with family (especially my six precious grandsons).

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I went to football camp at OSU last summer.  We got to practice with the team, eat dinner with them, tour the fantastic facilities, attend workshops and run onto the field through the fog.  It was so much fun!

Name one thing you are most proud of about OSU-Tulsa.
When people come to visit, they always comment on the great atmosphere among the staff and the beauty of our campus.

What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”  – Winston Churchill

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.