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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

thursday, march 9, 2017

Prepare for spring commencement at the OSU-Tulsa Graduation Fair

Alexis Turner tries on a graduation gown during last spring’s Graduation Fair.
Alexis Turner tries on a graduation gown during last spring’s Graduation Fair.

The OSU-Tulsa Graduation Fair will offer a convenient one-stop opportunity to help students take necessary steps to participate in OSU-Tulsa’s graduation ceremony. The graduation fair is set for 2:30-5:30 p.m. on March 21 in the North Hall Lobby.

RSVP for the ceremony to ensure your name is in the program, get sized for your cap and gown, learn about regalia requirements, check your graduation status and order personalized announcements or an official class ring at the event.

In addition, OSU-Tulsa Career Services will be available to provide job search advice, the OSU Alumni Association will answer questions about the benefits of membership and Graduate Student Services will discuss graduate degree programs with interested students. Free T-shirts and door prizes also will be given away.

Graduation is set for 6:30 p.m. on May 15 at The Pavilion at Expo Square. For more information and to RSVP, visit the OSU-Tulsa graduation website.

Vice Provost Tucker to assist with OSU-Tulsa academic development


Dr. Sheryl Tucker, OSU vice provost and dean of the Graduate College, is joining OSU-Tulsa’s ongoing efforts to strategically align its academic offerings to better serve the Tulsa community.  The OSU/A&M Board of Regents approved Tucker’s expanded role during its regular meeting in Stillwater last week and gave her the additional title of OSU-Tulsa Vice Provost.

Tucker will work closely with Dr. Pamela Fry, OSU-Tulsa provost and vice president for academic affairs, deans and faculty, to develop undergraduate and graduate degree programs and enhance class scheduling and student support services for admissions and advising. Her initial focus will be on graduate programs.

Tucker, a professor of chemistry, will maintain her responsibilities on the Stillwater campus and is expected to be on the Tulsa campus one day each week. Prior to coming to OSU in 2011, Tucker served as director for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program with the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.

OSU-Tulsa part of DOE-funded research into recycling materials for manufacturing

Dr. Raman Singh, right, discusses his carpet recycling research with graduate student researcher Abhishek Jain in 2012.
Dr. Raman Singh, right, discusses his carpet recycling research with graduate student researcher Abhishek Jain.

Students and faculty in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at OSU-Tulsa are participating in a nationwide U.S. Department of Energy research initiative to drive down the cost of recycling and reusing materials, including metals, fibers and polymers, in manufacturing.

OSU-Tulsa is one of 25 U.S. universities that will conduct research as part of the project, along with national laboratories, industry and affiliate members. OSU-Tulsa students and faculty will renew past research in carpet material recycling as part of the initiative.

Dr. Raman Singh, OSU associate dean for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and Helmerich Research Center director, Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, Varnadow Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. Jay Hanan, OSU-Tulsa associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Dr. Jeff White, OSU professor of chemistry, will work together on the research. Read more.

Support OSU-Tulsa programs through Cowboy Way campaign

The OSU Foundation will kick off its annual Cowboy Way fundraising campaign for OSU-Tulsa with a special ice cream social for faculty and staff from 3-4:30 p.m. on March 23 in North Hall 140.

The campaign offers faculty and staff the opportunity to provide financial support for specific OSU-Tulsa programs and scholarships.

To make an online donation, download a pledge form or set up a payroll deduction, visit OSUgiving.com. For more information about the Cowboy Way campaign, contact an OSU-Tulsa committee member.