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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, March 31, 2016

OSU-Tulsa alumnus Sean Kouplen named 2016 graduation speaker

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Sean Kouplen, chairman and chief executive officer of Regent Bank and an Oklahoma State University alumnus, will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 OSU-Tulsa graduation ceremony on Monday, May 9 at The Pavilion at Expo Square.

“Sean Kouplen is a distinguished alumnus of OSU-Tulsa and a shining example of the power of education and the will to succeed,” said Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa. “We are grateful to have Sean represent the university’s commitment to advance higher education within our community.”

A bank president and business owner by age 34, Kouplen earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1995 at OSU-Stillwater and earned his Master of Business Administration at OSU-Tulsa in 2002. He is a former OSU-Tulsa adjunct finance and management instructor. He was appointed to the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees in 2014. Read more.

OSU-Tulsa graduate student introduced as Schweitzer Fellow at reception

Zach Giano, left, with Michael Merten, director of the Center for Family Resilience and associate professor of human development and family science at OSU-Tulsa, at the Tulsa Albert Schweitzer Fellows reception at the University of Tulsa Allen Chapman Student Union.

Zach Giano, an OSU-Tulsa doctoral student in human development and family science, was introduced as a member of the inaugural class of Tulsa Albert Schweitzer Fellows during a special reception on Tuesday evening at the University of Tulsa Allen Chapmen Student Union.

He will spend the next year learning to effectively address social factors that impact health and developing lifelong leadership skills. His university advisor, Michael Merten, Ph.D., director of the Center for Family Resilience and associate professor of human development and family science at OSU-Tulsa, also attended the reception.

Giano’s project, the Support and Tutoring Enrichment Program or STEP, will provide families living in transitional housing with one-on-one tutoring services for adolescents and monthly enrichment seminars for older teens and adults. The project will address topics such as budget management, parenting support and resume building. Giano has partnered with Circle of Care – Pearl’s Hope in Tulsa. Read more.

OSU in Tulsa unveils new Pride Works program for customer service training

OSU in Tulsa Human Resources has launched the “OSU Pride Works: Quality Service Initiative” certificate program to assist staff in enhancing customer service skills.

The program includes online courses, instructor-led courses, a written report and attendance at an OSU in Tulsa staff conference. The certificate program must be completed within one year of attending the first instructor-led course. Some of the online course topics include identifying and managing customer expectations, internal customer service and customer service confrontation and conflict.

Participants will be able to translate practical methods and service skills for treating customers with respect and understanding while improving working relationships with teammates. To learn more about the certificate program and to find out how to enroll, visit the OSU Pride Works website.

Cowboy Alert to provide NWS messages for tornado warnings

Cowboy Alert subscribers will soon receive notification via text message when the National Weather Service declares a tornado warning in an area within 10 miles of the OSU-Tulsa campus.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for Cowboy Alert to receive tornado warnings and other emergency text and voicemail alerts on campus. The system helps to alert subscribers about campus emergencies, such as weather-related closings, active shooters or immediate biohazard threats.

To opt in to the Cowboy Alert system, log in to the
O-KEY system, click on Campus Alerts and Notifications in the left column and add your contact information.

O-State Open Late provides opportunity for admissions, enrollment

OSU-Tulsa Academic Services will be open through 7 p.m. on Tuesday for O-State Open Late to provide an additional opportunity to complete admissions and enrollment.

The initiative is an effort to accommodate students' busy work and family schedules by providing extra time to complete admission and enrollment. Admissions, advising, bursar, enrollment, financial aid and graduate student services will be open late that evening.

For more information about undergraduate enrollment and advising, call OSU-Tulsa Academic Services at 918-594-8355 or visit the Advisement Services website or visit North Hall 130. Information about services open late for graduate students can be found at the Graduate Student Services website.