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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

thursday, May 5, 2016

Prepare for a stress-free graduation experience

Members of the Class of 2015 enjoy last year’s OSU-Tulsa graduation ceremony.
Members of the Class of 2015 enjoy last year’s OSU-Tulsa graduation ceremony.

The Class of 2016 will graduate during a ceremony on Monday at The Pavilion at Expo Square. Sean Kouplen, chairman and CEO of Regent Bank and OSU-Tulsa alumnus, will serve as keynote speaker for the institution’s 17th graduation ceremony.

To ensure the ceremony goes smoothly for graduates, families and friends, follow some simple tips:

  • If you or a guest will need special assistance because of a disability, including guests with wheelchairs or walkers, please call Troby Thompson in Student Disabilities Services at 918-594-8354 to make arrangements.
  • Seating is limited so families should arrive early. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.
  • Coordinate a post-ceremony meeting point with family members.
  • Leave all personal items (purses, backpacks, etc.) at home or with a friend or family member.
  • Mortarboards are worn horizontally (parallel to the ceiling) with the point directly in the center front.
  • Tassels are worn on the right, front side of your cap until you receive your diploma (then change to the left, front side).
  • Graduate students should carry hoods over their right forearm during the processional.
  • And finally, relax and enjoy the experience. Use the hashtag #OSUTulsaGrad to tweet a graduation message that will appear on the big screen during the ceremony.

 Graduation Ceremony Schedule

5:15 p.m. Doors open
5:30-6:20 p.m. Graduate Check-in
6:30 p.m. Graduation Ceremony begins
7 p.m. Processional

The ceremony will be streamed live on OState.TV.

OSU-Tulsa Phi Beta Lambda chapter recognized for community service

The OSU-Tulsa Phi Beta Lambda chapter was recently honored for community service at the 2016 State PBL Leadership Conference at Tulsa Community College’s Metro campus.

Four chapter members qualified to compete in the National Leadership Conference by placing in individual competitions. Joey Tran placed first in cybersecurity. Jordan Mazariegos won second place in accounting principles and third for accounting analysis and decision-making. Yamila Pons placed third in accounting principles. In addition, OSU-Tulsa graduate Cat Rockholt, president of Oklahoma Phi Beta Lambda, was recognized with the “Outstanding PBL President Award.”

Each year Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda hosts academic competitions at the state and national levels to provide chapter members an opportunity to demonstrate their business expertise.

CFR to host conference on sexual health and aging

The OSU Center for Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa will host a conference on sexual health and aging from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 7 in the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium.

A number of expert speakers will examine laws, regulations and ethics regarding sexual health in care facilities and prevailing best practices for sexual expression for people with dementia. The conference is open to nurses, behavioral health professionals, social workers, case managers, long-term care administrators and anyone in the aging and social services network.

The primary sponsor of the event is LIFE Senior Services. The cost of the conference is $49 if paid by June 1. Late or on-site registration is $69. To register, visit LIFE Senior Services or call 918-664-9000, ext. 224.

OSU in Tulsa expresses appreciation to administrative professionals

Terry Brown, executive assistant, spoke at a luncheon to celebrate the work of OSU in Tulsa administrative professionals last Tuesday in North Hallat OSU-Tulsa.
Terry Brown, executive assistant, spoke at a luncheon last Thursday to celebrate the work of OSU in Tulsa administrative professionals in North Hall.

OSU in Tulsa hosted the 2016 “Standing Tall” luncheon and development seminar last Thursday in North Hall 140 to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day.

OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett and OSU-CHS Chief Operating Officer Johnny Stephens welcomed nearly 30 administrative professionals to the event and noted how important their work is to the university.

Terry Brown, executive assistant to Stephens and Hurricane Katrina survivor, was the keynote speaker. Door prizes were distributed to several participants at the end of the event.