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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

thursday, april 21, 2016

OSU-Tulsa to honor Class of 2016 at graduation ceremony

The Class of 2015 prepares to walk across the stage during last year’s OSU-Tulsa graduation ceremony at The Pavilion at Expo Square.
The Class of 2015 prepares to walk across the stage during last year’s OSU-Tulsa graduation ceremony at The Pavilion at Expo Square.

OSU-Tulsa will celebrate the Class of 2016 during a graduation ceremony on Monday, May 9 at The Pavilion at Expo Square.
Sean Kouplen, chairman and CEO of Regent Bank, vice chair of the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees and OSU-Tulsa alumnus, will deliver the keynote speech during the ceremony. Margaret White, Ph.D., OSU-Tulsa professor of management, and Jam Khojasteh, Ph.D., assistant professor of research, evaluation, measurement and statistics, were selected as grand marshals and will lead the faculty and student procession at the graduation ceremony.

Graduates are asked to check in at the venue between 5:30-6:20 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.with the graduation concert and will be streamed live on OState.TV. For additional information, send an email or call 918-594-8164.

OSU-Tulsa students honored with Outstanding Senior Award

Ike, left, and Holland
Ike, left, and Holland

OSU-Tulsa students Nkem Ike and Elissa Holland were recognized as outstanding seniors during the OSU College of Arts and Sciences Honors Banquet last Wednesday in Stillwater.

Ike received the Outstanding Senior Award for American Studies. Her senior thesis explores the issue of white masculinity in crisis and its portrayal in television and movies. Following graduation, Ike plans to attend graduate school to study history with an emphasis in women and gender studies.

Holland was the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award for Liberal Studies. She will complete her Bachelor of Science in liberal studies with emphases in sociology and religious studies. She is responsible for social media and photography at her church. Following graduation, Holland plans to work full-time in the ministry.

OSU student research team awarded Governor’s Cup in state competition


A team of OSU students were recently awarded the 2016 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup for their work in developing a nano-additive for a tougher, more reliable carbon-fiber reinforced composite for commercialization.

The Innovation to Enterprise (i2E), a nonprofit organization focused on growing innovative small businesses in Oklahoma, presented the cup during an awards dinner last week in Oklahoma City.

The team, MITO Materials Solutions, consists of graduate student Haley Marie Kurtz from the School of Entrepreneurship and undergraduate student Kevin Keith from Mechanical Engineering Technology and were supported by post-doctoral fellow Dr. Kunal Mishra and graduate student Nathanial Evans from the School of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Richard Gajan, Thoma Family clinical assistant professor of OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship, coached the team with technical support from Ranji Vaidyanathan, Ph.D., Varnadow Chair and OSU-Tulsa professor of materials science and engineering.

MITO was awarded a cash prize of $20,000 for placing first in the competition. Kurtz, Keith and Gajan will travel May 25-26 Las Vegas to compete at the Tri-State Competition, which consists of the top two finalists from Oklahoma, Arkansas and Nevada.

The Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup is a statewide collegiate business plan competition that simulates the real world process of researching a market, writing a business plan and making a presentation to potential investors.

Free chair massages available ahead of Finals Week

Five-minute chair massages will be available to students on campus next week amid preparations for Finals Week. The free massages will be offered from 4-6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday in the North Hall Lobby and from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday in the Main Hall Commons.

Free popcorn will be available in the OSU-Tulsa Library from 3-7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Pete's Pet Posse Tulsa therapy dogs will be available in the library on Tuesday from 3-4:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. and on Wednesday from 4-5 p.m.

Free coffee and tea will be available during Finals Week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from May 2-5. In addition, Pete’s Pete Posse Tulsa therapy dogs will be on hand from 3:45-4:45 p.m. from May 2-6 in the North Hall Lobby and Main Hall Commons.

OSU-Tulsa 2016 Faculty and Staff Campaign nears end

The Cowboy Way Faculty and Staff Campaign will wrap up next week, but there is still time remaining to donate and make a difference.

“Every gift of any amount is important,” said Pam Higgins, assistant director of annual giving for the OSU Foundation. “Your participation is what matters most.”

The initiative offers faculty and staff throughout the OSU System the opportunity to give back to the university.

Charyl Turner, business affairs specialist in the Department of Budget and Finance, represented OSU-Tulsa on the campaign’s Executive Committee this year. For more information, contact Turner or visit or visit the Faculty and Staff Campaign website.