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Once imprisoned, an OSU-Tulsa graduate takes on Oklahoma’s female incarceration problem

D'Marria Monday (right) and fellow OSU-Tulsa student Jacquelyn Jackson in 2017 -- one year before she would graduate and form Block Builderz.
Statewide activist and public speaker D'Marria Monday poses for a photo in Tulsa's historic Greenwood District.
 
D’Marria Monday isn’t content to hang out in the shadow of her famous uncle – OSU legend and Olympic gold medalist wrestler Kenny Monday.
 
“I want to create my own legacy. But having the footsteps of greatness behind me inspires me,” she says.
 

Family, community ties draw student back home to OSU-Tulsa

Tyreiha Walker inside Wanda J's Next Generation

Tyreiha Walker

 

Just as her four sisters have done, Tyreiha Walker grew up working in her Granny’s well-known Wanda J’s restaurants in north Tulsa.

She started at cash register at age 7, progressed to doing dishes then became a waitress by 14.

Walker now spends time at the family’s newest location, Wanda J’s Next Generation, on Greenwood Avenue across from ONEOK Field.

Learning to Lead

Members of the 2018-19 OSU-Tulsa President’s Leadership Society have made long-lasting friendships outside of group activities.

OSU-Tulsa President's Leadership Society

OSU-Tulsa President’s Leadership Society surpasses expectations

When Dr. Raj Basu first created a prestigious group to help high-achieving students at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa develop leadership skills, he wasn’t certain how much participation he might find.

Basu was pleasantly surprised when the President’s Leadership Society doubled in size to nearly 80 members in its second year.

Outstanding Senior on path to lifting voices of women, marginalized communities in film

Amairani Perez Chamu

 

The way things are going, it won’t be long before Amairani Perez Chamu’s name appears as director in the credits of a feature film.

She is focused on achieving her goal of making movies that matter, that help lift the voices of women, Latino and marginalized communities so they will be heard.

OSU-Tulsa student receives top honors from the OSU Alumni Association

Amairani Perez Chamu

Amairani Perez Chamu

OSU-Tulsa student Amairani Perez Chamu has been named a 2018-19 OSU Outstanding Senior, the highest student honor bestowed by the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association.

OSU-Tulsa engineering student says research enhances learning experience

OSU-Tulsa student Saqib Raza in the lab

As a child in Pakistan, Saqib Raza was known by his family for taking apart remote controlled toys and various household appliances to see how they work.

The problem was he never put them back together.

“That’s why I don’t have any toys from my childhood,” he says with a chuckle.

OSU-Tulsa student hooked on aviation - at first sound

Emma Keller

The first thing Emma Keller ever heard was an airplane engine.

After spending her first 18 months of life without the ability to hear, an operation opened up the world of sound. While leaving the hospital in her mother’s arms, she pointed excitedly as she heard an airplane flying overhead.

“Of course, I don’t really remember that, but my mom tells that story,” Keller says with a laugh.

Graduate student spearheads OSU-Tulsa’s move to zero-landfill status

Graduate student Lauren Branum fills a reusable water bottle to help reduce waste at the OSU-Tulsa campus.

OSU-Tulsa graduate student Lauren Branum outside Tulsa's Covanta facility.

Graduate student Lauren Branum has been “talking trash” for months, but it’s a good thing because the result will be a cleaner and greener Oklahoma State University-Tulsa campus.

Doctoral student to speak at International Astronautical Congress in Germany

Blaze HeckertOn his first foray outside of the country, OSU-Tulsa doctoral student Blaze Heckert will be a featured speaker at the International Astronautical Congress in Germany Oct. 1-5.

Heckert, who is pursuing a doctorate in materials science and engineering, was selected to discuss his research into improving materials used in aerospace components to better absorb energy and reduce vibration.

Business student inspired to provide support services for former foster kids

As she glides through campus on a skateboard with a beanie on her head and tattooed arm held out for balance, Rachel Millea is unlikely to be pegged as an undergraduate business student majoring in management.

Yet once she reveals her ultimate goal, it seems the perfect fit.

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