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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, march 24, 2016

Vision renewal includes seed funding for OSU-Tulsa research park

Rendering of proposed OSU-Tulsa Technology Innovation Park
Rendering of proposed OSU-Tulsa Technology Innovation Park facility

The Vision 2025 sales tax renewal package that goes before voters on Tuesday, April 5 includes $3.6 million in seed funding for the University Center at Tulsa Authority and OSU-Tulsa to develop infrastructure for a university research park and related commercial development area.

The proposed project would support activities at the university and be constructed on UCT Authority land north of the Brady Arts District. The project is part of an initiative to increase economic development in the area and maximize research opportunities for students and faculty on campus.

The OSU-Tulsa Technology Innovation Park and supporting commercial development, which will be located west of Boston Avenue, will enable the university to expand business partnerships and further grow and develop the campus community. Read more.

Oklahoma Secretary of State understands value of college degree


Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge found early career success while working in the family business and serving in the state Legislature. However, the former Oklahoma Speaker of the House knew something was missing – a college degree.
“Earning a degree from OSU was an aspirational goal. I believe all of us have something inside that will make us push ourselves when we want something bad enough,” he said. “I would advise people to make the time to earn a degree. It has made a difference for the better in my own life.”

Benge enrolled for classes at OSU-Tulsa while serving in the state House of Representatives, juggling his duties representing the citizens of District 68 with going to school and raising his young children with his wife, Allison.

“As an older adult returning to college, I found that I was a much better student than I had been at 18,” he said. “I loved going to class. Being in classes offered the opportunity to hear the perspective of a younger generation of Oklahomans, which was very helpful for me in my career as a legislator.” Read more.

OSU-Tulsa professor receives Albert Sauveur Achievement Award


Raj Singh, Sc.D., head of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at OSU-Tulsa and world-renowned expert on ceramic matrix composites, will receive the 2016 Albert Sauveur Achievement Award this fall for his pioneering contributions to materials science and engineering.

ASM International, the world’s largest professional society of materials innovation, will present the award during its annual conference in Salt Lake City on Oct. 23-27. Established in 1934, the Albert Sauveur Achievement Award recognizes those whose pioneering achievements have led to significant advancements in the materials science and engineering field.

In addition to his duties as head of the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Singh also is Williams Companies Distinguished Chair Professor and was awarded the OSU Regents Professorship in 2015. Read more.

OSU-Tulsa sets luncheon for TCC students considering bachelor's degree

Pete’s Pet Posse therapy dog, Rocky, greets prospective students during last year’s President’s Luncheon.
Pete’s Pet Posse therapy dog, Rocky, greets prospective students during last year’s President’s Luncheon.

OSU-Tulsa will host a special President’s Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow for Tulsa Community College students who are interested in continuing their education by earning a bachelor’s degree.

The annual luncheon provides prospective students a chance to learn about the benefits of transferring to OSU-Tulsa and earning an OSU degree. Attendees will hear about specific degree programs and services offered. Speakers will include OSU-Tulsa student Tameeka Lamb and Scott King, coordinator of student development and retention for the OSU College of Human Sciences in Stillwater.

Information about scholarships and financial aid also will be available that day during an optional session at 10 a.m. in North Hall 118. Attendees may take a guided tour of campus following the luncheon. Check-in will begin at 11 a.m. in Main Hall Commons.