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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

thursday, april 7, 2016

Tulsa voters approve Vision tax renewal package

Rendering of a facility at the proposed OSU-Tulsa Technology Innovation Park
Rendering of a facility at the proposed OSU-Tulsa Technology Innovation Park

Tulsa voters approved the Vision 2025 sales tax renewal package on Tuesday, which 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 citizens of Tulsa have clearly demonstrated their support for the Vision 2025 renewal proposal and the many public safety, transportation and economic development projects that will benefit our community moving forward," said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. "OSU-Tulsa is appreciative of the citizen support for our project that will continue to push downtown growth north of the IDL with our university research park and related commercial development."

The proposed OSU-Tulsa Technology Innovation Park 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.

White, Khojasteh chosen as 2016 graduation grand marshals

Khojasteh, left, and White
Khojasteh, left, and White

Dr. Margaret White, professor of management, and Dr. Jam Khojasteh, assistant professor of research, evaluation, measurement and statistics, have been selected to lead the faculty and student procession as grand marshals during OSU-Tulsa’s graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9 at The Pavilion at Expo Square.

White joined the faculty at OSU in 1986 as an assistant professor of management. She holds the Fleming Professorship in Technology Management and is the recipient of several teaching excellence awards, including the 2015 President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching, the Chandler-Frates & Reitz Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and the CBA Greiner Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching in 1995. Her research focus is on strategic alliances among multinational firms. White is past chair of the Research Methods Interest Group of the international Strategic Management Society and current advisory member of the SMS Research Methods Community.

Khojasteh joined OSU in 2013 as assistant professor of research, evaluation, measurement and statistics. He is a senior research scientist for the Center for Educational Research and Evaluation and coordinator of the Research, Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics program. Khojasteh is the recipient of an OSU faculty support scholarship and was recently named one of Oklahoma's top 40 people under 40 by Oklahoma Magazine. He has published numerous articles in national journals and contributed to an OSU joint research project with the University of Oklahoma that evaluated Oklahoma’s school grading system.

OSU-Tulsa disability awareness event to feature personal stories of courage

A football tackle. A zipline injury. Cerebral palsy. A motorcycle accident.

Whether by accident or birth, four Tulsans will share their stories of how these events impacted their lives during a special disability awareness event on Wednesday, April 20 at OSU-Tulsa. The program will begin at 6 p.m. in North Hall 151, also known as the B.S. Roberts Room.

Erin Jacobs, community relations director for The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, will emcee the program. Speakers include Emeka Nnaka, a former Tulsa Thunder football player; Victoria Baker, student at Oral Roberts University; Sean Lewis, a Tulsa Community College graduate; and Sean Kinder, a graduate research assistant at OSU-Tulsa.

Valyncia Wilson, vocational rehabilitation counselor with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, will discuss the services and resources available to people with disabilities. Read more.

OSU-Tulsa to host summer camp for people with aphasia

OSU assistant professor Sabiha Parveen, left, works with Karin Henry, who has aphasia, during last year’s OSU-Tulsa Cowboy Aphasia Camp.
OSU assistant professor Sabiha Parveen, left, works with Karin Henry, who has aphasia, during last year’s OSU-Tulsa Cowboy Aphasia Camp.

OSU-Tulsa will host “Cowboy Aphasia Camp,” a week-long treatment experience for people with aphasia from May 31-June 3 in North Hall. Aphasia limits the ability to understand, speak, read and write in the aftermath of a stroke, brain tumor or other head injury.

Graduate student clinicians in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program will provide one-on-one therapy for people with aphasia to help them improve their communication skills. Treatment will include a number of activities, including facilitated painting, music for language experiences, computer-based language therapy and more.

The primary fundraiser for the annual camp is the OSU-Tulsa Heels for Words Walk set for Saturday, April 16 at 9 a.m. in Lot A. For more information or to register online for the walk, visit the event website. To learn more about the camp, contact coordinator Karen Copeland.


R.D. Bell may be familiar to thousands of students, faculty and staff who have passed through the doors of what is now the OSU-Tulsa Library during the last 27 years.

He is the recipient of the Orange Pride Award, a quarterly honor that recognizes outstanding OSU-Tulsa employees.

Over the years, Bell has seen many changes as digital technology overtook the card catalog days of library services. OSU-Tulsa’s library information has been cloud-based for the past year. Read more.