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Published: Thursday, May 5, 2022

Creating Opportunities: Ricky Graham

Pictured: Graham working with the Thunder Fellows student cohort in the Paycom Center, the arena where the OKC Thunder play.

OSU-Tulsa class of 2022 student Ricky Graham grew up in a family whose motto was “Make it to the NBA!”

He was an exceptional talent from a young age. In fifth grade, he led the Baby Hornets to victory at Tulsa’s Walt Whitman Elementary. After a move to the St. Louis area, Graham made the varsity team as a high school sophomore; by his senior year he was team captain.

Published: Wednesday, December 22, 2021

OSU-Tulsa Students create first PFAS Sampling Guidelines for Oklahoma

Dr. Kenneth Ede

From left to right: Lauren Meyer, Gianna Barolin and Debbie Bedingfield.

Three OSU-Tulsa graduate students – Gianna Barolin, Debbie Bedingfield and Lauren Meyer – have created guidelines to help Oklahoma environmental scientists measure a pervasive household chemical many people do not realize is dangerous. The document is the first of its kind in the state of Oklahoma.

Published: Thursday, March 25, 2021

American Studies grad applies diverse lessons to career

Shannon White credits much of her career success to her 2016 American Studies degree from Oklahoma State. She has been the program manager for Tulsa’s Riverfront Park, Gathering Place, since March 2017.  

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Student support key to OSU-Tulsa school administration doctoral program

Dr. Kim Castaldi, an Oklahoma State University-Tulsa school administration doctoral candidate, has spent more than 20 years in education.

From speech-language pathologist to director of federal programs and state director of special education, Castaldi has had many experiences. Still, she had one more goal to achieve … earning a doctorate.

OSU-Tulsa: We're built on transfer student success

 

The week of Oct. 19-23, 2020 is national #TransferStudentWeek.

When people think about transfer students, they may have a particular kind of transfer student in mind.

They may picture the freshman who gets homesick after the first semester away at college. They may imagine the junior who wants to change to a major their university doesn’t offer or the adult student returning to school after a hiatus.

At Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, most of our students are transfer students.

Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Hector Nolasco: Student Spotlight

The OSU Center for Family Resilience (CFR) team at OSU-Tulsa works to translate research about families and family life into strategies that help communities become resilient.

Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Driven to succeed: Cory Sales

According to OSU graduate Cory Sales, involvement in the OSU-Tulsa President's Leadership Society, here with new campus President Pamela Fry in the first row, was important in his academic success. Sales, in the middle of the back row, graduated from OSU-Tulsa with a bachelor's degree in management information systems.

It’s easy to see that Cory Sales is driven to succeed – both in his career but also in being there for his family. Since 2014, the 40-year-old has earned two associate’s degrees and a bachelor’s degree while working full time and being a husband, dad and grandfather. Though he attended Oklahoma State University-Tulsa a little later in life, his drive to graduate led to his recently being offered the position of senior IT security analyst for all of the Creek Nation casinos in Oklahoma.

Student Spotlight: Blaze Heckert

Blaze Heckert, Ph. D in one of the Helmerich Research Center labs.

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa is home to the Materials Science and Engineering program in the Helmerich Research Center and researchers like graduating Ph.D student Blaze Heckert.

Heckert carved a name for himself with his chemistry expertise and love for developing new materials.

Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Community Elders Share Valuable Insight in Black Wall Street History Class

The Ellis Walker Woods Memorial honors the first principal of Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School.

Black Wall Street History course instructor Quraysh Ali Lansana.

When Oklahoma State University-Tulsa’s Black Wall Street History course launched in August, instructor Quraysh Ali Lansana didn’t anticipate the majority of his students would have a direct connection to that history.

Published: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Building a foundation for the future

Even while employed full-time, raising her daughters and working through a language barrier, Bessy Valera accomplished her goal to earn a bachelor's degree.

Earning a bachelor’s degree can be challenging for any student. But Bessy Valera faced more hurdles than most.

“Growing up in Peru, my mother made sure I knew the importance of education,” said Valera, a recent Oklahoma State University-Tulsa graduate. “Unfortunately, higher education in Peru was completely unaffordable.”

Valera moved to the United States in 1996. Despite the difficulties that came with a language barrier, she found a career and settled in.

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