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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

thursday, december 8, 2016

Board of Regents appoints Fry OSU-Tulsa provost and vice president


OSU/A&M Board of Regents last week approved the permanent appointment of Dr. Pamela Fry to serve as provost and vice president for academic affairs at OSU-Tulsa, in addition to her duties as associate provost and associate vice president for the Stillwater campus. She had been serving OSU-Tulsa on an interim basis since August.

Fry has served as associate provost and associate vice president of undergraduate education at OSU since 2011. Previously, she served six years as dean of the OSU College of Education and three years as the head of the School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership at OSU.  She also served as OSU's interim provost from 2013-2014.

Prior to moving to OSU in 2001, Fry served 12 years as a faculty member and as an administrator at the University of Oklahoma with appointments at the associate dean, department chair, and program chair levels. A full professor in the area of curriculum studies, Fry holds a bachelor’s degree with highest honors from OU, where she was named to her college’s inaugural hall of fame class known as the “75 Who Made a Difference.” Fry earned a master’s degree from OSU in applied behavioral studies and a doctoral degree in the area of curriculum and supervision. She was named her college’s outstanding graduate student at OSU in 1989. Read more.

Walk-in advising for spring enrollment available today

Take advantage of walk-in undergraduate advising hours today to enroll for spring classes. Meet with an academic counselor in North Hall 130 during hours that correspond with your major.

For students majoring in arts and sciences, business, education or human sciences, advising hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. For students in engineering, hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Students who enroll by Dec. 16 will be eligible to win movie tickets or tickets to an OSU basketball game vs. Iowa State or Arkansas. For more information, visit the Academic Advisement Center or call 918-594-8271.

Former OSU-Tulsa student tracks history of African American baseball


A chronic disease redirected Sapulpa native Jake Cornwell’s life from fixing old cars to becoming an authority on Oklahoma Negro League Baseball.

For years, Cornwell worked in the automotive industry rebuilding old cars, but a 2008 diagnosis of Addison’s disease left him without the strength or endurance needed to build automobiles. He dug deep and realized that baseball and history were other interests he could pursue.

In 2013, he earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies with a minor in history at OSU-Tulsa. That year, he received an Outstanding Senior award. Cornwell set his sights on becoming a historian and completed a master’s degree in public history at OSU-Stillwater in 2015.

Since earning his master’s degree, Cornwell has been on tour across the state lecturing about the history of Negro Leagues in Oklahoma. Cornwell is featured on the OSU Graduate College website.

Holiday come-and-go reception set for faculty, staff

P3T pet therapy dog, Blue, prepares to celebrate the holidays.
P3T pet therapy dog, Blue, prepares to celebrate the holidays.

OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett is inviting faculty and staff to a come-and-go holiday reception to celebrate the season from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 in the Executive Board Room in Administration Hall.

The fourth quarter Orange Pride Award winner will be announced during the event in recognition of employee excellence. In addition to Barnett, Ron Bussert, vice president for administration and finance, and Raj Basu, interim vice president for student affairs, are expected to be at the event to help mark the end of the year.

Members of the executive floor team will bring homemade desserts or holiday favorites. For additional information about the event, contact Karen Castle.

Tips for staying safe in cold weather

Below-freezing temperatures have arrived in northeastern Oklahoma, which calls for safety tips to protect you and your loved ones from the cold. The American Red Cross offers the following recommendations:

  • Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
  • Bring your pets indoors.
  • Protect your pipes. Run water at a trickle to keep your pipes from freezing. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing. Wrap any outdoor pipes to insulate them.
  • Never use a generator indoors or in enclosed spaces. Generators should always be outside when running.
  • Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to keep pipes from freezing and bursting.
  • Do not use a stove or oven to heat your home.

It is also helpful to fill your vehicle gas tank before the latest blast of cold air and keep a container of kitty litter in the trunk of your automobile in case precipitation accompanies frigid temperatures.

OSU-Tulsa rarely closes, but campus may shut down in some cases of extreme weather. If campus closes, students, faculty and staff will receive an email from tulsa.news@okstate.edu.

In addition, a notice will be listed on the OSU-Tulsa website and there will be a recording on the main campus phone number at 918-594-8000. Information will also be posted on OSU-Tulsa’s Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, a text message will be sent to OSU-Tulsa subscribers via Cowboy Alert. Sign up for Cowboy Alert by logging in to O-KEY. The media also will be notified if campus closes.